Knits and Flowers

This is my first Fiddlehead mitten. I’m about 15 rows into the 2nd mitten. We had a heat wave this week and I was doing other crafts so I didn’t work on it all week until last night. The last 15-20 rows drove me insane because I kept messing up one stitch and I would have to frog it. Finally I got it finished, though.

This is Mr. Alligator, knitted from the Mochimochi Land book. He is pretty cute and his legs were a bit fiddly, and it took me a little while to sew the yellow to green in his mouth but he is really cute. He really looks like an alligator! I used Peaches n Cream cotton in Apple Green, and some random yellow acrylic for the mouth, and even more random black acrylic yarn for his eyes.

 

This week I sewed an apron for the fair since I’m in the clothing project. I bought the fabric at a local fabric/yarn store and it’s way prettier than anything Hobby Lobby would have. I bought the nylon webbing for the straps at Hobby Lobby though. This is the biggest thing I’ve ever sewed.

Here is the back of the apron.

I also sewed a camera cozy using this tutorial: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/02/ipodcamera-cozy-tutorial/

It’s purple on the inside and I just happened to have the daisy button laying around. I had to redo the elastic about 3 times because I kept sewing it on backwards. Ugh. Then for the apron I made double sure that it would work out the first time because I’m pretty sure the webbing would be harder to undo than the elastic.

 

 

Our yellow lilies are blooming but our Stargazer lilies still have a bit to go before they bloom. This is a yellow tiger lily that’s pretty neat because it turns downward.

This is a “Dreamland” lily that we got 5 plants of for $7 at the Garden Walk we went to. They had a plant sale. All of these are blooming right now and they are really pretty. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My first trophy!

On June 18th I was in a local 4-H horse show. I showed my horseless horse coach’s horse DC in Horseless Horse Groom (HHG) Hunt Showmanship and HHG Hunt Walk/Trot Equitation. In Showmanship (which I always think is kind of a crapshoot because you don’t know if the horse is going to behave and trot for you when you get in the ring) DC did not trot so I didn’t get a ribbon. However, in the Equitation class, I must have done pretty well because I got 1st place out of 8 people! It was my first 1st place in a riding class. I was expecting to get a blue ribbon but then I went up to the ribbon people and I got a trophy! I was really happy because this is my last year in 4-H so it was my last chance to show at the June Show and to get a trophy was amazing. 🙂

My coach and I waiting for my turn in showmanship.

I got DC to stand fairly square for the judge.

Trotting during the equitation class.

More trotting.

Me after the class with my trophy.Then the weekend after that was the State 4-H Hunter & Dressage Show. I did my first dressage test ever at this show on DC. He was being really antsy and not at all calm as he was at the June Show. While I was trotting around on him before my test, he tried to canter a few times on me and then he even did a little buck. I stayed on him, though.

I did the Intro A dressage test went pretty good, because he was being very sensitive and antsy and I felt like if I tried to get him into a proper working trot he would have starting cantering or something. Usually he is very calm but at this show he was definitely not.

I got 50.6% on my dressage test which isn’t too bad considering the state that DC was in. I didn’t mess up on the dressage pattern which was good. I had to memorize it, but it wasn’t that hard to memorize.

I’m just glad he didn’t do anything crazy while I was in the ring.

Trotting during the dressage test.

In other news, I finished my Nemesis socks on Wednesday and I started a pair of Fiddlehead Mittens! I was so mad because I had to rip back half the foot and the gusset and the heel flap because I made a tiny mistake BEFORE the heel flap that couldn’t have been fixed without frogging. But it didn’t take THAT long to reknit.

I am knitting my Fiddlehead mittens in Cascade 220 in dark grey (the same color I used for my Central Park Hoodie) and butter yellow, and the lining will be purple baby alpaca. It’s been going pretty well so far except I started on size 3’s and had to frog it because it was turning out half an inch or more too large. I restarted on size 2 needles and it’s going well. The pattern looks nice but I don’t have pictures. Honestly I’ve been so busy doing other things that I haven’t had a chance to blog about my horse shows until now.

Our garden is flourishing. We have a tiny pepper growing on our pepper plant and our lettuce THOROUGHLY enjoyed the stretch of cool weather we had in June and it was HUGE. I think next year I will plant a square of lettuce every two weeks instead of all at once because we didn’t really eat it before it got bitter but we have a more manageable amount of lettuce now.

Daisies and Chicago

On Monday my sister and I rode our bikes 12.5 miles and took some neat pictures of daisies that were blooming. It was really nice out and we went to McDonald’s halfway through and got snack size Rollo Mcflurries. Full of caramelly and chocolate-y goodness!

Here’s an updated picture of our vegetable garden. This is week 3.

Our tomatoes have flowers and I think one of them just made a teeny tiny tomato. The lettuce is already bigger than when we took this picture and we used some of our herbs this week when we made Sage Pesto Pasta. It was creamy and delicious!

I’m in the sewing project for 4-H this year and I am going to make an apron and enter it in the fair. We went to a local yarn/fabric shop over the weekend and I bought some fabric. I really like the colors of this fabric. It’s way prettier than anything Hobby Lobby would have.

On Tuesday I went to Chicago with the Art Club from my school and we went to the Art Institute of Chicago. It was epic because I did this huge semester-long project on The Old Guitarist by Picasso in my honors humanities class in high school and I got to see the actual painting there! Chicago is the biggest city I have ever been to and it was intense. It was a beautiful day, breezy and warm but not too warm.

Skyline of Chicago

Sears Willis Tower

Crown Fountain in Millennium Park

The Bean

There were a lot people protesting and these are some mounted police that followed the protesters.

The buildings in Chicago are way bigger than any other buildings I’ve ever seen and it was pretty intense. This is the Chicago Tribune building.

I just thought this was a pretty scene.
I had a great time in Chicago and it was really cool. I want to go back and go to the Shedd Aquarium and go back to the Art Institute. We spent most of our time in the Modern Wing so I didn’t get to look at the really old paintings. Also they have a horse exhibit right now at the Field Museum which I would want to see but I probably won’t get back to Chicago ever to be able to see it.

In closing, here is a silly picture of Jasmine:

Veggies!

Last week we put in a square foot vegetable garden and planted lettuce and onions. Today we planted the rest of the veggies because it is finally warm outside! It’s been way too cold this spring.

We planted, from left to right, two bell peppers (Better Belle and Golden Summer) and two tomatoes (Wisconsin 55 and Yellow Pear) in the first row.

The second row has rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, and two basil plants.

The third row has lettuce sprouts that we planted recently (Mesclun, I think).

The fourth row has yellow and white onions that we planted from onion sets. Some of them will be onions and the others will be green onions.

Here are a couple closeups.

Better Belle pepper

Yellow Pear tomato

Sage, parsley, and thyme

Baby green onions

 

 

 

And just because it’s pretty: a Bleeding Heart next to a hosta

The horseless hores project for 4-H has started up again and I’ve ridden my coach’s horse twice this week and I was so sore after the first lesson. Yesterday she made me trot with no stirrups or reins and I was a bit sore but not as sore as the first time. I am matched up with the same person I had last year. I’m really excited about showing in a few weeks. 🙂

Also my Multnomah is in timeout because I made a mistake on the row I’m on. The second Nemesis sock is going fine, and I am on row 2 or 3 of the first repeat. I kind of abandoned it while I was writing a ton of papers at the end of the school year.

 

 

 

 

Spring break is over

Here are some photos from the last half of my spring break. On Friday we ate breakfast at a local restaurant that uses local, organic ingredients. I got oatmeal and it was topped with maple syrup (I think), jam, toasted oats, and nuts. Also it had thinly sliced pear and a strawberry. It was really delicious!

It was so filling I only ate half of it!

After breakfast (which we ate at like 10:30 so it was really brunch) we went to the library so I could get The Graduate. I wanted to watch it since it had Simon & Garfunkel music in it, and I realized later that the Simpsons episode, Lady Bouvier’s Lover (season 5 disc 4 episode 4) was a parody of The Graduate. It was really interesting and I had never noticed that before. I’m not sure I completely understood everything that happened in the movie but in the Simpson’s episode Grampa Simpson is on the second floor area of the church banging on the glass yelling, “MRS. BOUVIER!” and then he falls through and then they go to a bus and sit there and a parodied version of The Sound of Silence.

I ate the rest of my oatmeal on Saturday morning and we went to Noodles & Company for lunch because I had a coupon for a free Noodles dish because of my birthday. Apparently it was extremely filling oatmeal because I got a small Pasta Fresca with chicken and I couldn’t even finish it.

It was really yummy though, and by the way I got it with Parmesan cheese. I thought I liked feta cheese but I guess I don’t. Anything I would eat that has feta cheese in it I would just not eat the feta cheese.

For breakfast on Sunday I had a frozen waffle (toasted) with ricotta cheese (sweetened with a pinch of sugar) and strawberries (actually one large strawberry sliced. It was yummier than I thought it would be. The only times I’ve ever had ricotta cheese is when I eat lasagna on Christmas Eve. I got the idea from Iowa Girl Eats from this post: http://iowagirleats.com/2009/08/28/the-good-the-bad-the-zucchini-bread/

I’m going to make homemade English muffins sometime. I was going to do it today but we don’t have enough flour and at the store they only had bleached flour. I don’t know when I’m going to do it but it is going to happen.

As for my Multnomah shawl, I keep screwing up even though it is only garters stitch and increases and I don’t think I’m any farther than I was the last time I posted. But here is a picture anyway.

Birthday

Today is my 19th birthday!

I was going to make waffles, but I woke up too late to do that so I made toast with some cinnamon swirl bread we had. Sometime I want to make homemade cinnamon bread and make French toast with it. I bet it would taste really awesome.

Then I opened my presents. I got a new camera! It’s a Canon Powershot A1200 and I also got Dark Chocolate M&M’s, Coconut M&M’s, and a 4 gig card and batteries for my camera. I also got two packs of sunflower seeds.

It is way better than my old camera which was at least 6 years old. It takes pictures faster and the pictures aren’t as blurry in average light.

For lunch we made the Pioneer Woman’s Meatballs with Peppers and Pineapple. It was really delicious and I love pineapple so it was all good.

Then we did Happy Birthday and ate my cupcakes. I made Sugarcrafter’s Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting.

They are so tangy and lemony! The last time I made cupcakes was a month ago with my sister. We wanted to make cupcakes for funsies but they weren’t the best cupcakes. Maybe the recipe wasn’t that good or something. The lemon cupcakes are way better than those other cupcakes. I am looking forward to sharing them with the people at my knit night tomorrow.

Here are a bunch of pictures I took today with my camera.

My dog has to wear an e-collar because she has a hot spot on her leg that she keeps licking. She is silly.

Here she is yawning.

Mr. Bunny Nugget.

This is my Multnomah in progress. The yarn is KnitPicks Stroll Handpaints in the colorway Make Believe. I love the colors on the yarn and the pattern is really easy too. The pink stitch marker is there because I messed up one side and it had one or two fewer stitches than the other side. Then I fixed it but I didn’t want to lose the stitch marker so I kept it on. I have about 150 stitches, maybe a little more since the last time I counted.

I made a Grumpasaurus recently. He is currently limbless and he needs a comb on his back (spikes) but other than that he is very cute.

Here’s his tail. I ran out of the darker yarn so I started using a different yarn. I’m trying to make a whole bunch of stuffies so I can use up my sock yarn.

Almost forgot! I made an orange juice pulp.

Spring Break

My spring break just started today and I get to have a cold during spring break! Yay.

My birthday is on Wednesday and I am really excited about it but I haven’t decided on my cake yet. I am either making cupcakes or lemon cake or something.

I’m looking forward to not doing a lot of school stuff next week but I have two group projects and we will probably meet for those next week. I also have math homework. Yippee.

I’ll get a lot of knitting done and I can play my ukulele a lot too. I am currently working on a Grumpasaurus. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grumpasaurus I’m trying to use up my teeny balls of leftover sock yarn because they are annoying because they’re not really big enough to make anything with.

My camera’s batteries died again. I swear it eats batteries like nothing else. It’s really annoying.

I got some KnitPicks Stroll Handpaints yarn for Christmas and I think I’m going to make a Multnomah with it. I might start it next week because I’ll finish the Grumpasaurus and then I’ll just have my Nemesis Sock #2 to finish. I’ve got the ribbing done on it but the pattern is irritating me and I keep messing up.

I’m looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and listening to the music on my iHome and relaxing, knowing I don’t have anywhere to go. It’ll be nice.