A Warm Hat for Gabriel

The sky is the limit! Or so I thought. It is good to feel that way once in awhile and I was on a massive high from making Simon’s socks when I began this project. I embarked on this hat-making journey as a naive, hopeful character setting off into the world  just like in a fairy tale… Read More

Prison pants

I have been hiking in jeans. They’re really heavy, and while they are very comfortable, if they were to get wet  they wouldn’t dry very quickly. I chose Supplex nylon to make some replacement hiking pants from, in a bright orange color for increased visibility in hunting season as well as ease of spotting ticks and other insects on the trail. Jess pointed out that the color is ‘prison orange’ which made me instantly hate the color. The end result was far from perfect and almost unwearable, but a good experience. Read More

Warm Socks for Simon

The time had come! I don’t know how many years it had been but I had wanted to knit a pair of socks for as long as I can remember. And now the time had finally come! I was excited and scared. Read More

Stripy Thermals for G

After the success of my stripy thermals, I had to make some for Jess and Gabriel. Here is Gabriel modeling his, Jess to follow. Read More

A Warm Hat for Simon

Having been recently reacquainted with knitting, it was first my intention to knit a hat for Simon. At the craft store Simon picked out a beautiful multi-colored woolen yarn and I grabbed a set of circular knitting needles- something I had never used before. When I got home and attempted my cast on, I had problems. How the heck do you use these things? Well a word to the wise, I now know that you always use a length that will be shorter than  the circumference of what you will be knitting. So since I surely wasn’t going to make a hat as wide as 29″ (the length I bought), I decided to stow those away for another project and I whipped out my trusty crochet hook. Read More

I’m on a Boat

We were planning on another cruise but we were still tired after last week, so instead Gabriel and I went and played on the boat at the dock and left mummy to her business. Check out the blue tether attached to his life jacket- I use that to tie him to something while I am elsewhere on the boat. It’s not a proper tether and not certified but at the dock it works great!

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New Shoes for Gabriel

The first  pair of shoes I made for Gabriel were a raging success both functionally and aesthetically: He walked and hiked in them a lot without any disrepair and he also received many compliments on them! I am encouraged. Now his feet have grown slightly and the inside seam appears to be rubbing against his big toe. So I busted out the leather and set to work.

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New Threads

After our experience at Cooper Falls where we got a bit chilly I decided it was time to bust out ol’ Faithful (Jess’s family sewing machine which we’ve been lucky enough to borrow on an extended basis from her mom) and create some fine-ass thermals.

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Cooper Canyon Falls Trail

With our shake-down camp behind us, we were finally ready to go on a real backpacking trip. I found a short loop on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Angeles National Forest that happened to be very close to our place and quite accessible, the Cooper Canyon Falls Trail Camp and Burkhart Trail loop. We were so excited to actually spend a night on the PCT! Read More

Shoes for Gabriel

Gabriel had worn the first hole in his Bobux soft soled leather shoes back in July when we went to Mammoth Lakes for a family vacation. Nearly two months and a few more holes later I have finally replaced them with my own soft-soled creation! We love the soft-soled shoes because we believe in some of the barefoot technology theories, mainly those regarding the importance of muscle development in the feet and legs that otherwise may not occur with feet bound in thick hard soles.

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Big Bear equipment shake-down

After the completion of our quilt, we had finished our three-piece ultralight equipment extravaganza, which also included the Tarp and the Net-tent for bugs. These were all designed by Ray and Jenny Jardine, ultralight backpacking and Pacific Crest Trail experts.

Now we had to try out our new gear, but where to go? The possibilities were limitless, with Simon’s new backpacking library full of options (as well as Jess’s book – Day Hikes in Los Angeles).

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Quilt Complete

We finished our quilt! This design was another one we purchased from Ray and Jenny Jardine.

Jess did all the measuring, cutting, and hand-basting and quilting, I did all the sewing machine work.

Here’s the run-down of its features: