A piece a week – Emerald stripe shawlette WIP and a Trip to the Emerald city Seattle

This post is a bit late as we were visiting some friends up in Seattle for a week. It was our first time up there visiting the city and it is just beautiful. The sun was shining and the weather was warm. The last time we flew in and drove out of Seattle up the I-5 all the way to Vancouver, Canada to do some visa business and it was raining, cold and not so blue!

This weeks project a super easy knitting project called the Seven and Zero Shawlette (I still have not finished it). I started it just before we left so I could have an easy project to do at the airport and it is an easy pattern to memorize. Oh, it has been a lovely knit and I am looking forward to finishing it as we felt the chill down the park this afternoon, even though it is still summer! I wasn’t up to doing a linen stitch at the beginning so I put a few rows of linen stitch in the centre in emerald green – just like a forest of trees you see from the highways of Seattle. The colour of the yarn is chipolte and is black with deep red throughout, I have a lack of darker scarves in my collection… so looking forward to seeing this for the upcoming season.

While we were in Seattle we visited the Aquarium to see the Giant Pacific Octopus, went to North Bend to go to the Twin Peaks cafe for some cherry pie, went on a bus and travelled on a boat from Lake Union to the Locks, enjoyed a chocolate tour at Theo in Fremont, chilled out by Lake Sammamish and visited the Woodland Park Zoo. It was certainly a mix of fun stuff with friends and very family friendly. After we visited the troll sculpture who lived under the Fremont bridge, I enjoyed the Fremont Sunday market near Theo with an underground car park filled with vintage clothes and other treasures. And on the the streets lot of food trucks and this guy, I really want the ladder back chairs for my table – such an interesting person to talk to about woodworking. I really love Shaker Style furniture as the designs are so practical and timeless.

My Emerald City shawlette in progress

Feeling tentacle of the Giant Pacific Octopus

Monkeys unite at the zoo!

Hanging out with the Komodo dragon

Enjoying one of the many ciders on offer in Seattle

Kids doing what they love – climbing big trees!

Day out to Lake Elizabeth in Fremont

It was hiking Sunday and the weather was just fine and sunny so we decided to enjoy a day out with the family. The plan was to go to Mission Peak, Fremont and hike up there but by the time we got there it was choc a block with people everywhere and no where to park in a neighbourhood full of ugly million dollar mansions, so we blew off that idea. So we decided to take the kiddos to a park instead and found Lake Elizabeth at Central Park, Fremont. The funny thing about Lake Elizabeth is that it is named after Elizabeth it’s sister city in Australia. We have driven through Elizabeth on the way to the Barossa Valley and all I can say is that I saw a lot of p*rn and hydropnics shops. If you like that sort of thing great, but not my bag at all!

We met a few locals of the lake and this gaggle of geese were quite noisy and my son overheard someone say they bite so we left them alone.

Honk Honk!

The 2 mile walk around the lake was just lovely and it did take us ages with snack and nature breaks but it was Sunday and it is nice to relax. Seeing the first signs of spring in the blossoms I enjoyed as it was the first time I took my 25mm to 105mm lens out for a wander. I just love it!

Come on Spring do your thing!

The kids were keen to enjoy the playground with the treehouse after our walk so we spent ages over there. This playground was super cool with a redwood replica play structure and huge boulders made out of fibreglass for the kids to climb – they just loved it. Here is Missy hiding in one of the many caves.

Missy hiding in a cave

We finally left as it was way past lunch time and time to go as there was one more event to go to in the afternoon – Chuck e Cheese, be warned that place is a zoo on a Sunday afternoon. We left with the gaggle of geese saying one last farewell with their loud honks. I am sure they just want to make friends 🙂 but we weren’t willing to risk a nip of a geese’s beak.

Gidday to you guys – Lake Elizabeth is cool right?!