Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Butterfly & cocoon knit toys

I haven't posted much about knitting lately, so these are my new favorite baby presents to make for people. For Christmas, Steve got me this this really cool book/magazine called Making and it had the pattern in there as well as a lot of fun textile projects and recipes. Now the pattern is on Ravelry.

These are fun and easy to make and are the cutest little giftss.

Thursday, April 20, 2017


This trip now seems so far away that its not even worth a post, but basically here are some pictures. We walked around the city a lot and happened upon a lot of street art.


I liked how even a parking ramp is artistically designed. 

The capital in the mile high city.

Sunset from the hotel room.

16th Street Mall at night. Much like Nicollet Mall except much more vibrant.

We went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which we all enjoyed.

They had a great view of the city.

Zonked, a rare moment of silence in the car. 

It was our first time in Colorado for all four of us and I'm glad we went, but it was very taxing the majority of the time with the girls. I'd like to go back when they are a little older and better travelers. Or maybe ditch them and Steve and I can go back and really enjoy all Colorado has to offer.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Trip to Colorado. First stop: Boulder

Earlier this winter we took a long weekend and visited Colorado, a state that none of have been to before (I've laid over there a few times, but that doesn't count). We first went to Boulder and stayed with friends Joel and Erin who have a daughter Aven, who is Eloise's age.

We first headed to Pearl Street, walked around and had lunch at a local brewery called The Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery.

Later we met up with Joel, Erin and Aven at their home and consumed the world's largest slices of pizza. 

The next day we headed to Rocky Mountain National Park, but first we stopped in Estes Park and visited the hotel from The Shining, the Stanley Hotel. Very beautiful and old.

Joel lent us all of their snowshoes and kid-carrying pack so we got to the park and tried to get ready to go. Eloise threw her first of many, many fits and cried for 30 mins plus while sitting in the trunk of the car. Eventually she was only happy when I was the one who was carrying the pack, which was very uncomfortable since it had been sized for Steve, but we just had to roll or else we were never going to do anything.
Harriet really liked snowshoeing, we did a loop around a frozen lake.

Eloise in happier times.

Views from the road.

While Eloise (thankfully) napped in the car, Steve and Harriet went to the extremely windy and snowy Bear Lake to check it out.

As we were heading out, we came across these elk who were blocking the road.

On the way home we stopped and ate at Oskar blues, which is a microbrewery that lead the craft brewery crazy 20 years ago. After this, we stopped at Left Hand brewery on the way home.

The next morning the dads took the girls to swim at the community center pool, Erin had to working and I spent an hour going on a hike alone. After a really long day with the girls the day before and a terrible night of sleeping for Eloise, I really enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful scenery.

After some lunch, we went for a hike up in the mountains.

Right by the hike, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), had an interpretive center and they had a lot of interactive exhibits about weather. It was a bizarre building designed by I.M. Pei.

Tornado creator. 

The girls just loved Aven so much. So much so that it was almost annoying because every place we went without Aven (Rocky Mountain), all they did was complain about missing her and wanting her there. She'll be in MN in April so we will reunite with her then.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Art shanties

This winter we headed out to the Art Shanties on White Bear Lake. It has been many years since we have visited and we are excited that it was just announced that the art shanties will be at Lake Harriet for the next couple years. An easy commute next year!
It was very slushy out there, but the day we went it was nice that it wasn't cold and windy. Some of these "shanties" were more sculpture than shanty.

Video surveillance shanty

Taking a ride in a seal! 

 I liked the Arterium shanty the best.

The ceiling inside. I bet it was even better on a sunny day.

This was one was a lot of fun. When you went inside the "river" was moving (see the woman on the right cranking to make the paper in the river move).

Tropical paradise.

Draw on the walls shanty. 

Birdhouse shanty. A bit hard to get in and out of.

In this van-turned-shanty-turned-theater they had hourly plays.

Fun for puzzlers.

Not quite sure what the point of this one was, but it was eye catching.

There were giant puddles of water everywhere and of course Eloise fell in one, luckily it was at the very end. We had to improvise to keep her feet warm.