Hollywood Bowl

Finally, I made it to the famous Hollywood Bowl music venue in Los Angeles, CA!

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We saw Robyn on her new tour. She was amazing! We were dancing and singing like maniacs to all her older music as well as the new stuff.

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The Hollywood Bowl is all outside so you can bring your own food and drinks to enjoy. I was in charge of desserts. I found this recipe for Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies (gluten free!) on Pinterest via the blog Beard and Bonnet.

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These cookies looked to delicious not to try. All I needed were 5 ingredients, which most of them I had.
Cooking Tips:
-Only put a little marshmallow between the peanut butter cookies otherwise you will have a fluff oozing out of the sandwich.
-These get messy so make sure you have hand wipes on deck.
Overall, these cookies were winners. Everyone was clamoring to get one. I will defiantly keep this recipe handy.

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Happy Monday!

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Morning Inspiration

Flowers consistently inspire my color selection. Here are today’s inspirations:

Let Your Heart Unwind- Shawl : This is a fun shawl pattern created in a color fit for royalty.

Summerhill- Cardigan: Clean, modern, with a hint of complexity…my favorite elements.

Leftie- Scarf: I love the hint of color toward the center of the flower. This scarf is a great way to give any outfit a hit of color.

Busy Fingers

Ahhh it is summer break. This year, work has been challenging as well as rewarding .  I made it and it feels so good! Since last week, I have mainly stayed indoors and caught up on some relaxation. During this hibernation, I finished several projects as well as cleaned a closet and made some gluten- free cookies (yum!)

The first project completed was my Yoga socks that I posted the other day. They are so fun I might make another pair.

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I also finally finished and blocked my Summer Lattice Top by Purl Bee Soho.  It came out lovely. Originally, I was wanting to work with a yellow and a teal Pima Cotton. Yet, at the last minute I went to my LYS and bought a light grey instead.  I feel the color combo suits my wardrobe a lot better.

Why did I love making this project?

1)I loved the yarn I was using ( Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton).  It was soft between my fingers and had the right amount of sheen. It also was not a tangly mess when I needed to do some frogging.

2) I loved the construction pattern. I was fun to make something that started at the bottom back edge, went over the shoulders, and down the front. For someone who is not the typical size it made it easier to check if I had the proper fit. It should be noted that there are directions for knitting it in the round if you are not one for seams.

3) This project is the perfect TV/ movie project. Most of it is stockinette stitch so I could look away from my hands a lot more.

The only thing I would change would be the length of lattice work in the front. The open lattice falls below the top of my bra, therefore, I will need to wear a tank top underneath. I probably should have read others comments on Ravelry more closely as it looks like others have adjusted the pattern so that the lattice work does not end so low on the bust line.

In other news, I dusted off my baking pans this weekend and made some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. I love cookies and the craving¬†finally overcame my will power. I am not a baker so creating them from scratch was not my number one choice. However, thank goodness for¬†¬†Whole Foods. I tried¬†Pamela’s Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix. What a great choice.¬†¬†They were delicious and affordable ($5.00 ish)!!! I had a friend try them and both of us didn’t notice the lack of wheat. So if you are gluten-free, I recommend¬†you give Pamela’s Cookie Mixes a try.

 

 

 

Free Pattern- Simple Yoga Socks

Aside from catching up on some movies, I tackled organizing my crafting supplies this weekend. Within the mess, I discovered that I had some leftover wool/ acrylic sock yarn. I decided to put it to use and make some yoga socks I saw on Instagram awhile ago.

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I always have cold feet and these would be perfect for yoga and/or dance classes. I decided to just modify a basic sock pattern by leaving off the heel formation and toe.

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Whit’s Yoga Socks

I have small feet so this pattern will fit a US size 5.
You need: Fine sock yarn, 4 US size 3 double pointed needles, 2.00mm crochet hook
Gauge: 1″ stockinette = 8sts
Cast on 48 sts. Split your stitches evenly among 3 of the needles.
Rows 1-28: In the round, Knit 1, purl 1 in a 1×1 rib pattern. (Total 3″ in length)
Row 29: Knit 22 sts. Cast off the remaining stitches.
Row 30: Use the  cable cast on method and cast on 26 sts. Arrange the stitches evenly among 3 of the needles.
Row 31: Knit in the round for the 3 3/4″ or desired length.
Last 6 rows: Knit 1, purl 1 in 1×1 rib pattern.
Bind off all sts. Use the crochet hook and edge the entire heel opening with a single chain stitch.
Repeat pattern to make two socks.

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Now the socks are done I better start going to yoga class more regularly haha.

*please alert me if there are errors/typos in the above pattern

Crochet Fashion

Crochet fashion is back and super trendy for summer 2014. ¬†Brit + Co just posted a great article called Not Your Grandma’s Crochet, which has some great fashion finds that are super modern and fresh looking. ¬†(Pictures are reposted from the Brit + Co)

Here are some of my favorites:urbanoutfitters1

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Looking at all of these beautiful crochet pieces got me itching to make a crochet piece for summer. Maybe a tunic? Or skirt? My only set back is that crochet is not something that I am superb at :(. I would say my knitting skills are advanced, but my crochet skills are remedial. For some reason it is super hard for me to translate those crochet patterns. But as they say:  Practice makes perfect right? I better hit Ravelry and start my search.

Anyone have suggestions for easy crochet patterns for summer?

Fun in the Sun- Weekend Wrap Up

Well Karl has arrived. Who is Karl you might ask? Well it is the name of the San Francisco fog of course ¬†:). Depending on what area of the city you are in you might not see the sun too often during June-September. Therefore, many San Franciscans escape the city for warmth and sunshine as often as they can. This weekend, I “ran away” to Lake Tahoe, CA for some nature and warm weather.

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On Saturday, I went hiking around Emerald Bay. It was gorgeous! Lots of tall trees, pretty wildflowers, and great views of the 3 mile long bay.

 

The natural beauty was a nice change from the city landscape.  It is so relaxing out there. I hope to return to the area again. Maybe in the fall for foliage?

What are some of your favorite nature spots?.