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DIY Fleece Stocking Cap

DIY Fleece Stocking Cap
This is an easy project and took me just under an hour to complete from start to finish. The original design doesn’t include tassels, but since I made this for my youngest granddaughter, I added tassels to the top and she loves it! For this project I used Rocket Red Polartec Classic 100, but Polartec Classic 200 will work fine just as well. 

Supplies used: ½ yard Polartec Classic 100 Fabric Kwik Sew #2527 Pattern ½ yard Tracing Material -I use Sew-In Interfacing (Optional) Ball point pen or marker Scissors or rotary cutter Cutting mat (for rotary cutter) Ruler or Tape measure Suggested Needle: Schmetz Stretch Needle 90/14 Suggested Thread: Maxi-Lock Stretch Serger Thread Household Sewing Machine Walking Foot attachment (Here’s a video on what a Walking Foot is/operates)
**This DIY project assumes you already know how to use your sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. If you don't, contact a sewing store for basic sewing l…

Mt. Willard - Solo HIke

Mt. Willard summit Willey's Slide (ice climbing) on the right
Mt. Willard (2,865ft) Elevation Gain: 900ft Trails: Mt. Willard Difficulty: Very Easy
Did a short hike today and the cool temps were invigorating and just wonderful! 4 years ago I hiked Mt. Willard and it was a different scene. Check out my blogpost here from that hike. 
Although there was much less snow today, I still needed my microspikes! Some parts of the Mt. Willard trail were very slushy, muddy and icy! There were a lot of hikers who weren't prepared with some form of traction, and I saw many slipping and falling. 

Centennial Pool
This section of the trail was especially icy!
Summit view of Crawford Notch

On my way back down to the trailhead I  took a detour and hiked down the climber's path to the top of "The Cleft" ice climb. 

Alex Honnold Book Signing

Free soloist Alex Honnold was in town for a free slide show presentation and signing for his new book “Alone On The Wall.” The Central Rock Gym in Watertown, MA hosted 500 fans for the evening of November 13, 2015. Enjoy the few photos I took of the book signing.

Watched a slideshow presentation and  then some Q&A from the audience members.

Then in line around the lead wall to get our books signed
I told him that I enjoyed reading his book and that I had one more chapter to go, and he graciously thanked me.
Thanks for signing my book Alex!

My review: Alex Honnold is an amazing climber! Before his presentation and book signing here in Watertown, MA., Alex was interviewed by the Boston Herald. It was a good interview and I'm glad that he cleared up the fact that he doesn't free solo all the time. Up until I started reading his book, I too thought Alex free solo climbed all the time. But that's just because his free solos get more publicity than his multi-pitch climbing. His book…

Books & Movies Library Management - iPhone App

To all my climbing and hiking bookworm friends!
If you’re like me, you love to read and watch movies about all things climbing and hiking! I don’t have a large library of books and movies, but it’s large enough to keep me busy! I found it easy to keep track of all my books and movies using two library management apps called “BookBuddy Pro” and “MovieBuddyPro” by Kimico, Ltd.
Both apps are sleek indeed and it’s easy to use! Cataloging is made easy and I have access to my entire library so I don’t have to worry about buying double copies of books and movies. Both apps pretty much have the same functions so I’m just going to include photos taken from my BookBuddy app to describe its features and functions.

The scanner makes it easy to add books and movies into your library. If for some reason you can’t scan the codes on the back of your book or movie, you can either add the title manually or do an online search. In this case, I personally find it easy to just enter the ISBN number in the …

Fall Foliage 2015

Echo Lake with Whitehorse and Cathedral Ledges

Echo Lake with Cathedral Ledge
Swift River