Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Sadly, I have no projects to share this week. But that does not mean I have been idle. Last weekend I got to spend a lovely afternoon with my scrappy friends Gina and Pam.

I will get to spend more time with Pam this week as we host several friends flying east for a reunion at Taryn's scrapbook retreat, the Hamburg Hideaway, in Pennsylvania. It promises to be a very fun weekend, and I'm even hoping to squeeze some scrapping in! Actually, I really hope I can get some projects done, because as soon as we return I will begin packing and scrapbooking will have to be set aside until the move is complete.

While my scrapbooking supplies are packed away in boxes, I do have a knitting project to keep my hands busy - a simple pull-over sweater that will hopefully be my brother-in-laws birthday present. The pattern, Joukahainen, is available for free on ravelry.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Knit, Felt, Block

The tote bag is finished. I'm very happy with how this turned out. If I make another, I will probably shorten the straps by a few inches, but otherwise I really like this pattern.

Next up is another sweater. I need to find some downtime at home to ball the yarn and do a gauge swatch. In the meantime, I'm going to try to read some of the books that have been piling up.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Now This Is A Hike

I think Christine and I felt a need to make up for not hiking last weekend. Our original plan was to hike Slide. When Mike suggested we include Wittenberg and Cornell, telling us that while Slide was the highest mountain in the Catskills, the best view was from Wittenberg, we had to do it. Of course, it meant a nine mile hike instead of four and a half, a car shuttle, and another night sleeping in a tent, but Christine is a champion organizer. Six girls and Albert hiked seven hours and topped three mountains.

View from Wittenberg -

View of Slide from Cornell -

View from Slide:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hike? What hike?

Well, some things are not meant to be. Friday night we drove three hundred miles north to Lake Placid and made camp at 1:30 a.m. In the morning, Mike decided to go into town for coffee and a hot breakfast, which was nice, because it was freezing. Coming back down the dirt road to the campsite, his car hit a rock and cracked the transmission. Completely out of commission, we found our way back to town and spent the morning on the phone trying to get mobile. We ended up having my sister drive three hours to rescue us and bring us down to Albany were we could get a rental car. We are all deeply indebted to her.

While we were waiting, we explored the village of Lake Placid.

En route to Albany, we decided to salvage some of the weekend by hiking in the Catskills. We reached Blackhead Mountain as it was getting dark and night hiked a mile and a half to a campsite. We got the tents up and Mike got a fire started and made us dinner, teaching us a few things for future backpacking trips.

In the morning, the sky was low and dark. Hiking was not meant to be this trip. We packed our gear and headed back out to the car and home. Along the way we detoured to the Escarpment to take in the view of the Hudson Valley. We also met a friendly peahen on the backroads in the Catskills.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Braided Cable Handle Tote

I'm not ready to cast on another sweater yet, so I searched Ravelry for a small project and discovered this tote bag. It will be felted, so most of the stitch definition will disappear, but the resulting fabric will be much thicker and will make a sturdier bag.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The High Peaks

Checking in before I disappear off the grid for a few days. I am very excited about our planned expedition - backpacking the Wright, Algonquin and Iroquois peaks in the Adirondacks.

While I can't wait to hit the trail with my friend Christine, this trip is somewhat bittersweet for me. The last time I was in the Lake Placid region (the day these photos were taken), was the day before my father's memorial. I drove up early to spend some time alone in the mountains where he had lived and I had spent so much of my childhood. Dad stayed with me in the City before and after his heart transplant. I would come home from hiking and show him my photos. He would talk about the 46 High Peaks and, while recognizing that most of the Adirondack peaks were beyond him, hoped that he would get well enough to do some of the shorter climbs. Sadly, that was not to be.

This weekend will be my first time hiking in the Adirondacks. As I hike each of the 46 peaks, I will bring dad along with me, in my heart.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


A scrapping friend who has crossed the fence over to digi recently brought up a new type of challenge she's been doing - roadmaps. She challenged us to make a layout using the following as a blueprint (rather than a sketch):

1. layer two papers to make a page background;
2. use three or more photos, place the main one along one edge and the others grouped together along the other edge;
3. use at least one stitch, one button, and one piece of ribbon;
4. use frames, mats or pattern paper to emphasize your photos;
5. use a BIG alpha as part of your title;
6. use a word element or stickers as part of your title; and
7. journal on several strips of paper.
In addition to these prompts, I played around with several stamps and distressed the various elements with inking.

Thanks, Nikki!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Saratoga's Springs

I'm entering a wonderful month where there will be more opportunities to take photos than to scrap them. Lovely! While we were in Saratoga last weekend, we visited many of the springs located around town. Each spring had its own attributes, some stronger than others. The taste seemed to grow on Glenn over the day. Me? Not so much.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mmmm, Garlic

This is how our Labor Day Weekend began. After spending Saturday afternoon in Bennington, Vermont, we headed over to Saratoga Springs. We explored the springs, automobile museum and enjoyed the music festival that was part of the Final Stretch celebrations.

Yes, that is garlic ice cream he's trying to get me to try.