Blue water ripple blanket

I am almost finished with a new ripple blanket!

I chose blue tones because my aunt is painting one of the rooms in her house a very light blue color.  Once the painting is finished, this blanket will look great on the bed or just thrown over a chair.

Thanks to Lucy over at Attic 24 for making an easy to understand pattern and a great tutorial 🙂  Here is the Neat Ripple Pattern

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Wine Country Getaway Continued

Here are a few more pictures from my visit to the Castello.

Barn

The Goats and sheep were eager for olive branches 🙂

The chapel

The chapel

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Here’s the view from the path on your arrival,the gift shop is right around the corner. Or you can go left and venture up the front steps, cross the draw bridge and sign up for the next tour and tasting.

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Detail of one of the doors near the entrance

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You are also free to explore most of the castle grounds!

turret

courtyard

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Even the bathrooms have a magical feel to them, I really liked the dragon faucets.

Gargoyle

There are many gargoyles placed around the entrance

Barrelroom

Barrel room

tasting

At the end of your tour you are taken into a private tasting room and they give you a score sheet that lists all of their wines and you are able to choose up to five wines to taste. My favorite is La Fantasia!

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If you are looking for something new to do or you are in the area, stop by and explore this wonderful winery. I count myself lucky to live in the heart of the wine country!

Castello di Amorosa – http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/

4045 North Saint Helena Hwy

Calistoga, CA 94515

Wine Country Getaway

I know this is straying quite a bit from crochet but I have to share this place with you!

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Nestled in the napa valley is a beautiful castle winery called Castello Di Amorosa built in 2007 by Dario Sattui. The castle was made with stone that was shipped over from Europe. This is my third visit to this winery and I always see something new, I finally got to see one of the castle kitties! Here is Lady Guinevere lounging in the shade of an olive tree.

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I love this place, there’s something very peaceful about this winery and I cannot wait to go back and take more pictures!

Crochet Humor

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Crochet Humor

Here’s your weekly dose of crochet humor 🙂

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Hats, hats and more hats!

I thought I would share some of the hats that I’ve made since I started crocheting last year. I have searched high and low for the patterns but sadly I cannot remember where I found them 😦 Maybe somebody recognizes these and can help me match them up to their patterns? Ok, I know that’s too much to hope for but it’s worth a shot! 🙂

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Broomstick lace crochet hat

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Shell crochet hat

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Ribbed crochet baby hat

Crochet Extras

yarn-bombing

I love to look at all the fun yarn bombs out there!  I feel inspired to create one somewhere local, but I don’t want the city of Santa Rosa to go through the hassle of taking it down.  I might just do one for a family member, maybe a tree in somebody’s yard will have to do 🙂 That way it can be enjoyed for awhile and not taken down immediately!

I love this local yarn bomb of the Sister city statues from Jeju City, South Korea located on Sonoma Avenue last year. Credit to Artist Judy Kennedy for knitting up these giant, cozy hats.

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Here is the article http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130113/articles/130119783

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Trees in DC

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Mini Cooper covered in YARN!

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This one looks fun 🙂

Yarn bombers

Team work!

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Ripple Stitch

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I was going through my yarn stash and I noticed I have a ton of purple tones! So I thought, I know how to get rid of most of this! Let’s start a ripple stitch blanket! 🙂

I am pleased with how it’s turning out so far, what do you think?

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I’ve been nominated!

Sweet! I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award!

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I want to thank The Veiled Purl www.veiledpurl.wordpress.com thank you so much for the nomination, it means so much to me! 🙂 Since I am just starting out in the world of blogging, this is especially cool and quite a surprise to me!

What is this award? Well, it’s an award to show your appreciation to fellow newbie bloggers. 🙂

The Five Rules:

Thank and link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
List 11 random facts about yourself
Answer 11 random questions
Create 11 random questions for your nominees
Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers! (no tag backs)

11 Random Facts About Me

1. I usually whistle while I clean. It makes the chore go by so much faster.

2. I absolutely love the smell of the first rain on a summer day. So cliche’ but seriously it is the most amazing smell in the WORLD! Besides chocolate 🙂

3. I am a HUGE fan of The Simpsons. I’ve been watching it since 1989 when it started on Fox.

4. I have a fear of spiders and clowns…especially spiderclowns! Ahhhh!

5. One of my favorite directors is Francis Ford Coppola. I just love his style!

6. Six is my favorite number. I just like the shape of it and I also love even numbers. I know, that’s odd right?

7. My first big concert was Metallica/Godsmack. I went with my mom and my best friend and it was the most amazing experience EVER!

8. I can identify most celebrities just by the sound of their voice. Creeper status!

9. Even though I have countless pages of hand drawn tat flash, I still do not have a single tattoo on my body. I’m not sure what I am waiting for, maybe I need to start researching artists again. SOON!

10. My favorite colors are purple, pink and turquoise. Also, I would put black in there, but black is not a color, it’s the VOID! LOL (a little inside joke)

11. I am a Game of Thrones fanatic, I am also growing impatient for the next book to come out! What am I to do with myself? 🙂

11 Questions From The Veiled Purl:

Who/what inspired you to crochet/knit/sew or do any of the other crafty things you do?

What inspired me was my great grandmothers’ crochet work, that we all still treasure. I also picked up this habit so I could stop the nastiest habit of all, smoking!

How old were you when you first learn to do any of the above?

28 years old, yeah I’m a late bloomer 🙂

What are your hobbies besides the above mentioned?

I like Making crafts I find on Pinterest, or at least attempting to make something! I also love photography and playing around with Photoshop.

What’s your favorite season and why?

I love Autumn, the leaves on the ground, the colors of the trees and the colorful sunsets are what make this season so great!

Tall or short?
Average

Sunrise or sunset?
Sunset

What is your favorite flower?
Stargazer lily

What’s a pattern that you really want to do, but can’t find the time?

A large ripple stitch blanket! They look so cool with bright colors, I just love them!

Knitting, sewing, or crochet?
CROCHET!

What’s a place you really want to visit, and why?

Ireland, because that is where my family is from and I would love to see the green countryside.

How old is your blog?

2 months as of today!

Blogs I Nominate:

http://elodieunderglass.com/

http://hooksngames.wordpress.com/

http://silkelf.wordpress.com/

11 Questions From Talia On The Hook:
1.How long have you been blogging?
2.What is your favorite kind of project to make?
3.Who or what inspired you to learn your craft?
4.Have you ever traveled out of the country?Where?
5.Do you sell your projects or do you give them as gifts?
6.What is your favorite food?
7.What is your favorite brand of yarn?
8.What is your favorite animal?
9.Who is your favorite actor/actress?
10.When you started your craft, did you learn from a person, book or video tutorials?

11.How often do you get to indulge in going to local craft fairs?

Happy hooking! 🙂

Crochet humor

Since I missed it last week, here is a double dose of crochet humor!

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