Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Productive Time Away

We took a little getaway over the past weekend, and it was relaxing and fun.  This time of year can be a bit crazy with all the holiday preparation, so we appreciated our three days at Cannon Beach in Oregon.  The weather was less than stellar, so I even completed some knitting projects!

The clouds and rain did stop long enough for us to see this beautiful rainbow.  Do you suppose that there really was a pot of gold in the water?  It was hard for us to believe that last summer during low tide we were able to walk right out to Haystack Rock.  During this visit, we couldn't even get close!

High tide almost covered the sand completely.

Can you see how powerful the water and wind can be?  These huge logs along with lots of sand have been tossed up onto the walkway to the beach.

These are just a few of that rabbits that frolic on the Tolovana property.  We watched a woman feeding them organic carrots, so I imagine they will stick around, don't you agree?

When we weren't roaming the beach, visiting yarn shops, or the bakery, I was knitting or writing Christmas cards.  The above booties are for a friend who's expecting her first child in January.

It was fun to make this Almost Lost Dishcloth from holiday-colored yarn purchased ages ago.

This pair of mittens was made on straight needles although I did the thumbs on dpns because I was tired of seaming.  I'd have to say dpns for mittens wins, hands down!

If you've never made one of Rebecca Danger's patterns, you need find one to try. They are fun and will make you smile every time you see them!

*Just to clear up the confusion on the cake in my last post:  there was just ONE cake.  The pastry chef changed the number upon the direction of the waitress as Dick made some sort of comment that he couldn't possible be 75.  If you look closely, you can kind of see the stem of the 7.  Apparently the 25 wasn't quite " it" either, and that infamous number soon became a 15!  As to who sampled the cake before we got to DD's house, that shall ever remain a mystery.  Have a great week!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

What Happened to November?

 Since my last post, this month has been crazy busy!  First, was the weekend of Veteran's Day that started with the quilt show.  So many pretty quilts, and too many to show them all.  My favorite was the cat one. (Are you surprised?) It featured Laurel Burch fabric, and all of the cats were done with tiny seed beads!

Here are a few close ups: (If you double click on the photos, you can see the details.)

The sign tells you that it took the designer/quilter a year to do just the beading.

I fell in love with these dolls, too.  Have you ever worked with felted wool?  I have not.

The very next day we had a surprise family Birthday Brunch for Dick.  His brother and our SIL flew up from CA for the occasion.  It was a fun and busy weekend.  We were so full that we took the cake home.

Much to our surprise when we saw it next, it looked like this:

Since the birthday bash, we've been busy practicing for our Christmas choir concert on the 11th, doing lots of knitting, and of course, a little Thanksgiving cooking.

We took these over to the GK today; Stella grabbed hers and ran into her bedroom where she hid them in a drawer.  Maybe she'll try them on some day?

 Max put his hat right on; it's a bit slouchy now but should fit for another Christmas season or two!

And of course I finished another two cowls.  You will be glad to know that the last one, at least for now, is on my needles.

I don't bake cakes but I do make pies, and we are still eating this one.  With only three of us at our Thanksgiving table this year, we had a lot left over, but it is very yummy.

That's it for now.  If I have a chance, I will post a few more photos from the quilt show.  Till then, have a good week!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Surprise! Some New Finishes, Finally~

Good Morning!  Finally I have some new finishes and they aren't all cowls.  First, this pair of socks is done at last. It's Hermione's Everyday Socks pattern in Cascade Panda Silk Prints Spice Market. For some reason sock #2 always takes me forever, but I did it.

And you guessed right, the rest are Interrupted Cowls:

If you need a quick pattern and you have the yarn (Bamboo Bloom), give this a try!  None of mine have turned out as large as the one pictured in the pattern photo, but they are cosy.
Take a look at Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Autumn!

Leaves here are falling faster every day, but most of our trees have a long ways to go before they are totally bare.  Here's a leaf we found on our walk the other day.  It's pretty clear why this tree is called a Big Leaf Maple, isn't it?  (Thanks for the photo idea, Becca.)

When frost comes, this black-eyed Susan vine will be done, but we sure are enjoying its colorful flowers now.

This clematis blooms in the fall, but it would do better if we had more sunshine.

The Beauty Berry shows its tiny purple berries only in the fall.

Halloween will soon be here as well as the end of Daylight Savings. The days are getting shorter and sunrise is later, but we can still enjoy the garden.  Have a nice weekend!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Two Totally Different New Finishes and a Rainbow Wearer ~

For quite a long time now my quilt group has made Christmas stockings for the local Ronald McDonald House each year, and I have always participated.  For some reason, I also always procrastinate this project until the very last minute, even though I only make two stockings.  So this past week since the deadline for turning them in was coming up, I did my two and here they are, front and back. (My first grade teacher told Mom that I was a procrastinator, and I guess she was right!) 

Here is something I did finish in a timely fashion.  I showed DD#2 the pattern called Brooklin Vest; she liked it and bought the yarn.  It's finished, she's worn it THREE times and just sent me this photo! (She cut her head off because she said she looked too tired.) The yarn is Berroco Vintage Chunky, so it was a relatively fast project and the first time I ever knit something side to side, which kept it interesting.  And there were NO seams to sew together!

This is what the back looks like.  The color is more true in the above photo, and you can also see that it looks much better on.

Then DD#2 sent this photo yesterday which was taken last month when we were in the Midwest and I delivered the Rainbow Sweater. (DD#1 is in the middle of the back row, and my sister is on her right.)  The sweater is plenty long and should fit GD#1 for a while. I'm sorry you can't see the buttons as they were a real find: golden suns! Just perfect for a rainbow, don't you think?

Have a great week!

Monday, October 10, 2016

A "Potato Chip" Cowl (I've Gone Cowl Crazy!)

Little did I know when I saw the Interrupted Cowl on Dee's website earlier this summer that this innocent little pattern would turn into a potato chip project, one just leads to another and another!  So far I have made three of them.  The yarn is Universal's Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, and I already had yarn in my stash for the first one. You've already seen it, but in case you forgot, here it is:

I loved it so much, I got yarn for two more but this time Bamboo Bloom.  First I made this one, and gave it to Kathyb.

And I just finished this one yesterday:

Then, you guessed it? Before my needles cooled off, I ordered two more skeins, but this time I went back to Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.  We'll see what happens next!   Since my order isn't here yet, I guess I'll just have to get back to some of my other WIPs and one really ancient UFO.  Wish me luck.  Visit JudyL to see what others are knitting!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Two More Finishes

Airplane travel and car trips make for good knitting time. I finished up this Twirly Skirt and delivered it last weekend. It's a little big with room to grow, but I think Stella liked it. It was a fun project with a very interesting way to do the waistband.

Sophia requested another hat like this one only in pink:

Lo and behold, as I was leaving Pacific Fabrics last Friday I found a ball of Keppi in pink; however, Sophia is two years older now, and I soon discovered one ball isn't quite enough anymore. So, I dove into the stash and found some leftover Caron Simply Soft Sparkly, and voila! It's done.

The best news is that it plays well with the cat scarf that I finished a while back.  One Christmas gift complete. Hurrah!

Don't you just love it when someone actually wears what you've given them?  My friend Becca wore her Scoreboard Scarf to the first Seahawks game this season even though the weather was warm.  The temps have cooled now, and it really feels like fall, so hopefully it will get lots more wearing time. Go Hawks!

Check out Judy L's blog to see what's on/off other's needles.