Sock It To Me Monday

I finished Audrey’s Rose City Rollers Socks in Rainbow Dashing by Yarn Geek Fibers. I love how fast these socks knit up. Audrey is very happy with them.

We’ve had a lazy morning. Instead of running errands, Elliot and I made sourdough crackers seasoned with Herbs de Provence. They are delicious, but the best part by far is having him as a helper in the kitchen.

I hope you are having a good start to your week. It’s going to be hot here this week, so I imagine we will be very lazy this week.

skinnytaste Week 25

This week I made Chickpea Salad with Cucumbers and Tomatoes. I love chickpeas. We always have a case of chickpeas from Costco on hand. This salad is right up my alley. I subbed red wine vinegar for the lemon juice because I forgot to buy it at the store. I am happy with the way it turned out that way and will probably make it that way again, as I regularly forget to buy lemons at the store.

The rabbits are eating my parsley, so this might be the only time I get to use garden parsley this year. The chipmunks are eating my strawberry plants, so I need to address how to keep them out or give up on strawberries. Luckily they are leaving the tomato alone and the lettuce is too high for bunnies, ground squirrels, and other neighborhood pests to bother.

Pollen Hat

I finished the pollen hat. It flew off the needles. It was such a fun pattern to knit. I highly recommend this pattern. Andrea Mowry comes up with such creative patterns.

I now need to decide if I’m going to pick up a project that is already on my needles or if I’m going to cast on a new project. I’m leaning towards casting on something new. I’m not feeling anything on the needles right now.

WIP Wednesday

Sometimes I don’t feel like knitting, but if I keep casting on projects I’ll eventually find something fun. This week it is the Pollen hat by Andrea Mowry. I’m using the Local Wool by Garden Wool & Dye Co. that I picked up last weekend.

I love this hat. The pattern is fun to knit. The yarn feels like it came from a sheep. The color is something I would normally not reach for, but it called to me when I saw it. The colors remind me of harvest time, which is around the time evenings get cool enough to pull on a hat. As a bonus, this hat is perfect for cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes.

My playground knitting project is a pair of Rose City Rollers for Audrey in leftover Rainbow Dashing yarn.

I hope you are working on something you are enjoying this week.

100 Parks in 2019

Last summer I made a passport full of activities to do with the kids. It was a great way to stay busy and keep track of all of the things we wanted to do over the summer. This summer I’m taking it up a notch: we will be visiting 100 parks in 2019.

I started keeping track of parks in the middle of April. Since then we have visited 45 different playgrounds. I have enjoyed exploring areas of town we usually don’t visit. I often get stuck in a rut and we do the same thing over and over, but being in different areas of town has led to fun discoveries (granted, most of the discoveries are lunch places).

Ideally we will finish our quest by the middle of October. I’ll write up a recap when we reach 100 parks, but until then, if you are looking for a playground in the Des Moines area or as a good stop between Des Moines and St. Louis let me know. I’m happy to share my opinion (clearly, as I am a blogger).