Saturday, January 13, 2018

Fun Projects!

In a recent post I mentioned joining several KALs. (What? With all the other UFOs awaiting me?)  Well, I did, and even added a third one to work on during the Olympics.  Thankfully, that one doesn't start until next month.

Every January Wendy of Knitters Brewing Company features a sock KAL, and every year the pattern gets more interesting, er....... challenging.  This year celebrates her 10th year of doing this and started officially yesterday.  This is about half of my cuff, and I have no idea where it's going next.

Then, I happened onto another KAL for mitts, thanks to Tanna. (She has a really nice blog!)  I'm anxiously waiting for Clue 2 tomorrow and have decided to only tackle one mitt at a time.

My awesome sister made this pillowcase for me for Christmas.  Click on the photo to see the details as it's a great fabric for knitters.  (And she knows my favorite color is red!) She also made pillowcases for all of her seven grandkids. Isn't she amazing?

And besides that, she knit this fabulous scarf for me!  She's one crafty person, that's for sure. Isn't it great to receive something handmade just for you?  Hope you all are looking forward to a good week!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Two Birthdays Down, and Two to Go!

Three birthday gifts have been delivered, and two have been opened.  One is still on the needles and not "due" until the end of the month.  The recipient of number three has wonderful self-control and chose to wait till his real stay tuned for that reveal.

This is the vest I made for Max, and much to my surprise he immediately put it on!  It fits with room to grow. (The pattern fits sizes 2-8 and is an uncomplicated knit.)

It's hard to believe that this little guy is now six!  We had a fun time on Saturday watching him play with the Magic Tracks that were also a part of his gift.  He's in kindergarten now and learning to read.  In fact he read the book that we gave him to me when he took a break from playing.  Happy Birthday, Max.  May this be the best year yet with many more to come!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year! And One More December Finish, Too.

Why did I wait until today to post New Year's greetings?  Well, it's like this: in our family there are 3 birthdays after Christmas, one on the 28th, one today, and yet another on the 10th, quickly followed by one more on the 29th! So, you see, I've been knitting like a crazy woman.

This cowl has been delivered already.  It's a quick fun pattern from Darn Knit Anyway and was a great way to use a large button already in my collection.  Here's a close-up of the button which is one of my favorites ever.

The gifts for the next two birthdays are done, but I can't post them until next week after they've been delivered.  In case you're wondering, our snow is GONE!  The photo on my header is witch hazel which blooms here in January; there are several of these bushes/trees we see on one of our walking routes.  And in case you're interested, my goals for 2018 are to finish:12 WIPs along with 12 sock WIPs, most of which are missing sock # 2, and to finish some cross stitch projects along with some quilts that are just minus their binding. Wish me luck!  

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Happy Boxing Day!

Out front

Without a doubt, this was one of the most unusual Christmases ever.  First, I did something to my back that caused me to bail out of our choir singing, and then it snowed on Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day. (On the radio today they said it was the first time ever that it has snowed here for two days in a row!) Today, however, I am once again upright and felt well enough to do my usual Tuesday afternoon at the hospital teaching knitting.  I worked with four moms-to-be who are spending the holidays in the hospital, so who am I to complain? As promised I have some finishes to share:

Booties for a friend's new grand daughter,

several scarves,

a hat,

And a Monster named Louie. (If you've never tried one of Rebecca Danger's monsters, you should, as they are FUN!  Now, I need to get back to the needles.  There are four birthdays coming right up before the end of January, one on the day after tomorrow and two before January 11th. Yikes!

Our Backyard

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Finally a Post!

Wow, I don't think I've ever gone almost a month without posting anything!  And I've not been very good at keeping up with everyone else's posts either.  It's been very busy here though.  I have a few projects completed but can't share them till after Christmas, but I can
update you on a few things.

Last month we watched our youngest grandson sing as his school glee club honored veterans.  It was a fun, inspiring morning!

I finally finished this aged UFO but won't reveal how long ago it was started.  Maybe I'll even wear it next summer?

On the Friday before Veteran's Day weekend, a friend and I attended the Block Party Quilters' annual show.  This small quilt was done by a talented friend in our small quilt group.

There are way too many other photos for one post, but this one was one of my favorites and appropriate for the season. 

This little tank top hopped off my needles just in time for our littlest grand daughter to wear it in their annual Christmas photo with Santa.  (This year is the first photo where both kids were smiling, not crying, and I'm sure Santa appreciated that!)

Every year in Seattle there's a display of gingerbread "houses".  And every year the creations have been more elaborate and less like houses.  This year's theme was "Seattle Then and in the Future". ( Donations are given to support research for Juvenile Diabetes.) We never fail to be amazed at the creativity.  Here are two of our favorites:

Can you even imagine the amount of flour, sugar and candy are used in these?

Well, that's about it for now.  I will show the rest of my completed projects next week.  For once one of my Christmas cacti plants  looked at the calendar and is blooming right on schedule!

Happy Holidays!!

PS  The other thing that kept us very busy was preparing for our choir program on the third Sunday of Advent.  Have a listen if you wish.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

KAL Sock Finally Finished

It's been a busy couple of weeks, but I just finished Dee's KAL sock yesterday.  Nothing like waiting down to the wire, is there? I used the Nutkin pattern and changed the suggested heel to a heel flap.  For some reason, I also did a whole lot of tinking on that pattern, lack of concentration, I guess.  At any rate, they are DONE!

It's a little hard to see the pattern, thanks to the yarn.  Thanks to Val of Wandering Cat, I have started another pattern (Cascading Leaves), but there's no way they will be done any time soon.  More later, I need to head off to Pilates.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Is Here and So Are Some New Socks!

Signs of Fall are everywhere these days.  Just now we enjoyed a long walk under bright blue skies, trudging uphill and down through lots of leaves and pine needles. I love collecting Big Leaf Maple leaves as they truly live up to their name.  Here are some of the "smaller" ones. (Note the pencil!)

And here's my favorite find.


This pumpkin in our Chicago daughter's garden has an interesting story. They live on a small lake, and during the summer the kids found a strange plant growing in the beach sand.  They dug it up and planted it at home, thinking that it was a melon, but voila!  I think it will soon be carved, don't you?

While walking around that same lake, we stumbled upon the remains of a friend of Captain Hook and his pet parrot.  Don't you wonder what his story is?  There were lots of other signs of Halloween in the neighborhood, but this one was the most unique.

The squirrels, birds and other critters in our yard enjoyed this sunflower from our local daughter's garden.  No, they didn't clean up the shells.

These socks are finally finished.  I won't confess when they were started, but they were part of an "ancient" KAL at the Knitter's Brewing Company.  Sock #1 was done long ago, and then I caught the dreaded SSS!

Pair number four of the GKs' Sock Request has already been delivered and worn to school!  Just one more pair, and I'll be done with the "orders" placed in July when we were at Cannon Beach.  Daniel requested blue and green.  He got a few more colors as well.  As for that last pair of socks....they may take a while as that grandson's foot is my size!  How did that happen?