Manastash: A First!

Yesterday we decided to go for a hike on the Ridge.  This is a beautiful hike along the Manastash Ridge outside of Ellensburg.  It’s about 2 miles long and you climb about 2,000 feet.  It’s a steep climb. There is a trail that goes along in the woods though that makes the ascent a little easier, and we decided to take that route.  It eventually meets up with the other trail which is steeper and which ascends to the top of the mountain (as I like to call it.  Davey insists that it is not quite a mountain!).

We hadn’t necessarily intended to go all the way to the top, but once we started going we decided to go for it.  We did take frequent breaks.

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We worked our way up up up, and finally we reached the top!


When you get to the top, there is a book to sign, and so we signed it making note of the fact that it was Davey’s first time!  He was disappointed that we didn’t bring something to leave at the top.  Next time, I told him we would.

He’s ready to go again!



I’ve been knitting stripes.


I love these stripes knit in two of my favorite colors.

These stripes are calling little Lila’s name.  I am hoping that I succeed in making a cute little dress for her. The yarn is  Cascade 220 Sport Superwash.  Cascade is a practical yarn, but I always really enjoy knitting with it.  It has great colors and feels great on the needles.

Back to the stripes!




Yesterday this sweet kid turned 7.5.

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Davey just keeps on growing in so many ways.  Of course, he keeps getting taller and taller, but his little brain has grown so much too.  I love to listen to him read.  His curiosity continues to grow.  His questions surprise me and often send me to google.  Yesterday, he was teaching me about biomes and deciduous forests or something like that.  His sense of humor continues to grow as well.  I love that.

He is also not afraid to take on new challenges.  This last week has been very challenging as he tries to figure out this whole batting in baseball thing.  He’s a beginning baseball player, and it’s been tough on him trying to break through the beginner wall. He has worked diligently each day with David though, and he is really getting it.  I am proud of his determination.

Happy 1/2 birthday sweet Davey!

The Alaska Poncho!

I finished my Alaska Poncho the other day.  I love it.  I almost can’t wait until winter so I can wear the heck out of it.  Almost.  I am too thankful for Spring at this point!

David agreed to help me take some pictures of the poncho.  When David takes pictures of me it seems to result in expressions like this:



and this:

wool-gang-4But isn’t the poncho pretty?  It is so soft and warm.  I love the blend of colors.

I tried the stand to one side foot posed picture.




I got him to take a close up.  I really love the colors and how the pattern had blended the yarns.

wool-gang-1I decided to try to get David and Davey to model for me.  David was willing.



Davey wanted to get in on the “posing” action as well.


and this:



Two sillies.



Thanks so much to Wool and the Gang for the kit.  I appreciate it so much, and I had so much fun knitting it.  Now I will really enjoy wearing it!




Whidbey Island: Double Bluff Beach

On Saturday after the taekwando tournament, we did a little exploring on Whidbey Island.

I had done a little research and found a beach that looked nice.  It’s called Double Bluff Beach.



A great beach for a little boy to play.  There were these huts constructed with driftwood.



And so many sticks with which to pretend and do battles.




He was non stop.



All Davey really needs for total entertainment is a beach with sticks, sand, and rocks.  The shells and small tide pools though were definitely a great addition to that as well.



We walked a ways down the beach seeing what we could see and finding little things.  Davey pretended all the way there and back.



After we were done, David helped Davey with his shoes.  He had so much sand in his shoes that I don’t know how he could walk.


Davey loves to ride on the ferry (we do too), so we drove down to Clinton and took the ferry to Mukilteo.


We finished the trip off with fried fish and then ice cream for dessert at Ivar’s.

We have to get back to the beach soon!


Whidbey Island Taekwando

This weekend we went to Whidbey Island (our first visit there) for Davey’s first taekwando tournament.


Davey was a little nervous about it but he was excited too.

I think he’s laughing at Master Hughes (his teacher) in this picture.  He always makes Davey laugh.


David gave him some words of encouragement before things got started.  The older boy standing behind him always looks out for Davey and helps make sure he is where he is supposed to be.


They got all lined up, and then a group of black belts (and a few other up and coming students) kicked (literally!) things off by doing a great taekwando demonstration.  There was lots of kicking, flipping around, and breaking of boards.  Davey loved it (we all did!).


Davey had to wait awhile for his turn to do his form.  He passed the time chatting with his good friend Eva.


I think they were comparing patches here.


Finally it was time.  He’s looking a little nervous.  I didn’t realize that he was going to have to his form alone in front of 5 black belt judges!  They were really nice but doing it for the first time was tough.



He did well.  He had a mistake at the end which caused him to finish a little off, but overall he did great for his very first tournament.  We were just really proud of him for pushing through it.


He was a little disappointed in his performance.  He’s not thrilled with his medal.  He had thought that everyone got a medal, and they did.  But – they also ranked the top 3 places, and he didn’t like not being in the top 3.


He was very polite though and just did awesome working through a new experience.


He even made some new friends.


I asked Davey what he thought about it all.  He told me, “I didn’t expect to get a 4 medal.  Maybe 3 or 2, but not 4!”  So that was disappointing for him.  It was his first experience ever of competing in that way for a rank.  He’s ready though to do the next tournament, and David will participate in the next one with him as well.  It will be easier next time since we will know what to expect!

I am sure proud of our little 7 year old who wants to be a grandmaster one day.  He also wants to run a taekwando studio with David.  (Plus be an oceanographer!)

Alaska Poncho and a Mishap

I received my Wool and the Gang package a couple of days ago!



I loved the packaging.  Kits are just so fun!

The yarn is beautiful and so soft.  I’m not sure I’ve knit with baby alpaca before or if I have, I’d forgotten just how soft it is.

Wool-and-the-gang-yarnThe kit came with a nice pair of knitting needles as well.



They were so comfortable to knit with.  Notice the use of past tense.  This is where the story gets a little sad.  Somehow I was running around yesterday getting ready to leave.  I’d put my knitting project into a bag, and I am still not sure what I did, but I managed to break not one but both needles.  Somehow when I went to pick them up, I heard a snap.


I’ve been knitting for about 7 years now, and in that time, I think I have broken maybe one or two needles in all that time.  I’ve never broken two at once!  I was so disappointed and still feel very dumb that I was careless enough to let this happen.

So I had to switch to some 10.5 circulars that I have.

To make myself feel a little better about writing about the needles, I took a picture of Davey holding my project.  His smile certainly helps!

Can’t really see the work in process too well, but I’ve gotten a good start.

wool-and-the-gang-daveyThis is a great pattern for a beginner!   They provide great instructions which include not just the pattern but also clearly written guidance that would be very helpful to a new knitter!