Friday, July 12, 2013

Knit Fit Two!

I am very happy to tell you that I will be teaching at Knit Fit again this year! The instructors have been announced, and registration goes live on August 1.

Here is a list with details of the classes being offered. I wish I could take a few of these others myself! I am having so much fun prepping for the class on knitting with vintage patterns and the class on advanced cables, Finagle Your Cables. I won't be able to resist giving you a few peeks of my work over the next few months, but I have to keep it all mostly a secret. The real unveiling comes in class!

I hope you'll join us for Knit Fit in Ballard the weekend of November 2 and 3 and I hope to see some of you in my classes!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Come with me to Ravenwood

Just on the other side of Spokane from us (that would be the eastern side), we'll take a left and pass all the fast food joints and big box stores. We'll head on up the hill and keep climbing, making a couple of right turns until the road almost runs out and suddenly we are sitting on top of the world.

We'll hop out of the car and go straight to the barn, where there are plenty of new moms with their spring kids, who love to lounge in the "goat hotel."

We'll walk over to a special pen where Max the Maremma watches over a couple of goats in quarantine. 
They're getting much better!

We'll amble over to the barn where Ghita watches very suspiciously and lets you know with a bark that you'd best not mess with her seven new puppies! We'll even hold one of the warm little bundles. So sweet.

And we'll happily and enviously stroll through Delia's beautiful garden with its new path. Delia will pick us some radishes and lettuce for the dinner salad and we'll admire her enormous raspberry bushes.

We'll scratch this little guy behind the ear before we head up to the house for dinner.

Wouldn't you just love it?
We certainly did.

Thanks so much to Delia and Reed for a wonderful visit!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

500 Posts!

This is my 500th post! Yea Figknits! It only took me almost eight years to get there, but I made it. To honor the occasion, I think I'll make this one really pretty by telling you about our Montana vacation.

It's no secret to anyone that Montana is known as pie-in-the-sky Big Sky Country. I was skeptical, because how could anything live up to that much hype? Well, listen to me. This time it's true and maybe with extra big pie in that sky, because it's not just hype. The sky is vast and ongoing! You can see whole weather fronts coming at you from several directions, especially when you are lucky enough to be situated here.
This is just one of the views from our vacation home where we had 360-degree views of four different mountain ranges, all part of the Northern Rockies. Our generous friend allowed us to stay in his home near Bozeman, MT, for a week and it was a sweet, sweet stay. We watched rainstorms far over other mountain ranges, which happily didn't make it all the way over to us but once. That way, we could spend lots of time outside soaking up all the beauty.

There were lilacs...

...and columbine...

...and lots of aspens and blue skies...

...and hikes with more big blue sky views...

...good food and drink...

...and yarn!
Did you have any doubt there would be yarn?
I found these lovelies at Stix Yarn Shop in Bozeman, MT.
This is Shetland-Icelandic blend from Harvest Winds Farm in Livingston and Montana wool yarn from Thirteen Mile Lamb and Wool in Belgrade. Beautiful!

The last part of the trip was to Ravenwood, and that deserves a post of its own.
Be back soon with goat pictures!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Junebug Days 2013 Grand Prize Winner!

The screen capture says it all!

Thanks to Fred for making my random name picker, and thanks to superhero grandkids Mal and Lu for helping us celebrate with their cuteness on my desktop!

What? Too tiny to read? Well, the winner is 

I will be sending Kate this fun package just as soon as I receive a mailing address from her. 

Thanks to all of you who played along with me this year--I hope you learned something and picked up some inspiration. I certainly did!

Junebug Days was much more low-key this year because of a big vacation (which I still have to tell you about) and more relaxed birthday celebrations. I took all of last week for slowing down and celebrating my birthday and Fred's is this week. On to the next party!

Edited: Yes, I left out the prize pic. I will try to go back to my usual method of spending a couple of hours writing posts to make sure I leave nothing out. Sound good? Yeah, I thought so....

Monday, July 01, 2013

Junebug Days Week Four Winner!

Hoorah! Last week's winner is

Congrats to Jesse! I will return tomorrow to tell you who won the Grand Prize!

Now to go and plug those four winner names into the random name generator machine...