Thursday, February 16, 2017

More Fun in the Sun

On this chilly afternoon I've been looking at some more  photos from our recent trip to Arizona and remembering the warm, sunny days.  We spent an interesting afternoon exploring Montezuma's Castle National Monument, trying to imagine what it must have been like to live in this dwelling. Can you imagine climbing the ladder to get up here and trying to carry anything?  

Have you ever tried to grind wheat? Or Corn?

On the way back to Phoenix, we drove to Sedona and then through the Oak Creek Canyon where we spotted this waterfall. There was lots of snow in Flagstaff.

My sister and brother-in-law took us to Madera Canyon for a pleasant hike along the river. (This is also where we saw all those birds.)

The bark on this Alligator Juniper fascinated me.

We enjoyed relaxing and visiting with friends and relatives and also looked forward to the beautiful sunsets and starry skies at night.

And just before leaving the area, we drove to Taliesin West but didn't have time for a tour. Next time maybe?

On the way to the airport, we saw a first, this cell tower disguised as a palm tree.  I guess you'd not have to water it!  And yes, I did a little knitting, too.

When I saw this Daisy Stitch in a couple of patterns, I just had to give it a try. Both sides are interesting.  Soon I will try the mitts pattern where I saw it first.

The blue one is one of my go-to patterns, Grandma's Favorite.  I have another favorite started with the leftovers: the Almost Lost Dishcloth. Both are fun to do.

I haven't finished any projects lately except for these two dishcloths, but I have been working on some socks that I hope will one day be finished.  Stay tuned for that event!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Snow Here but Not There........

We've been back home for a couple of days and have enjoyed watching the snow melt. Here's what it looked like here last Monday when the schools closed for two days. (And thanks to our son for the photos!)

The railing on our front deck.

The plum tree in our front yard.  Fortunately it is staked!

This is the bird feeder hanging outside the window in the family room.

Meanwhile, this is the view from the back patio where my sister and brother-in-law are staying in Green Valley, Arizona.  We were there, too, enjoying the sunset.  We had just returned from a delightful hike in Madera Canyon and also saw this bird feeder.

Now we know why we never seen any of our state birds in our backyard.  They are all wintering in Arizona in Madera Canyon! (They don't like our yard in the summer either.)

I counted at least 12 wild turkeys there, too.

and Mexican Blue Jays filling their tummies

along with one very happy humming bird!

One afternoon, I was sitting on my sister's patio when I heard a snuffling sound and expected to see someone's dog.  Instead what should appear but this javelina, and in broad daylight no less.  As soon as I noticed him (?), he went down into the nearby canyon, but just as I was telling my husband what I'd seen, the little guy returned.  Thus, the photo! That's just a bit of our Arizona adventure.  More soon, but not much knitting has been accomplished recently.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Where Does the Time Go?

Here it is almost the end of January, and I've only written one other post.  How come the days go by so quickly?  I have, however, finished several projects.

As you may have seen on Araignee's blog, I made her a pair of mitts as a thank you for the soap she sent me.  The pattern is Fetching; the cables show up better on a plain color though.  i do a normal bind off rather than the picot one in the pattern

Lately I seem to be fixated on mitts.  This is the second time I've made these music mitts, and they are a fun project.

This time I used a Hatti kit, two actually, to make another pair of slippers.  There's probably enough yarn left for a hat.

Last fall, one of my grandsons requested a pair of socks in red and yellow, and I finally finished them.  Hope they fit and he likes them.

And at long last the seams in this sweater are DONE!  The pattern is Pacific Pullover and the yarn is Berroco Briza.  It was done ages ago except for the seaming which I always seem to procrastinate.

Here's the youngest modelling a hat made long ago.  Looks like it still fits!  Enjoy the last two days of January. Happy almost Ground Hog's Day.  Do you think he'll see his shadow?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Finally, a New Post! (And Some Finishes)

The grand kids "bug" got us, and finally I'm beginning to feel human again.  The plus side is that I've been knitting . (And little else, oh yeah, reading, too.) One of my resolutions is to pare down the stash, and so far, I've been good.

I finished this aging WIP.  The pattern is fun and a little bit challenging; the yarn has been discontinued, but I found some other colors in my stash so will probably make these again now that I've figured out the stitch.

It's definitely been mitts weather here, but these are part of a trio requested by DD#1 for the texters in her family.  (The blue on the right mitt is more true for some reason.)

 I can't find this free pattern on Ravelry, but this link should work. I've made the mitts twice and the hat once.  They are long and surprisingly cozy.

What do you give someone who's birthday is right after Christmas?  I found a pattern for slippers using Top This hat yarn.  Somewhere on line I read that you should use puffy fabric paint to make them less slippery, so that's what I did. It dawned on me that I could write the birthday boy's name on the bottom of each slipper, so hopefully it will work!  The newest TH choices, including this one, are supposed to glow in the dark, but that's yet to be proven.

I'm saving my last finish for another post, but in the mean time look at what our Norfolk pine is doing.  Now we know why its other name is star pine!  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that this is my last post for 2016 and that a brand new year is just hours away.  We took a quick overnight trip to Port Townsend this week and were happy that the weather was a bit better this time.  Rather than driving the whole way, we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island, home of Churchmouse Yarn and Tea, and Mora's, a great place for ice cream, even in December!  As always there was a pretty view of Seattle from the ferry.

Here was the view from our window at the Tides Inn. The Port Townsend ferry was aglow in the distance that evening.

The next morning we spotted a brave boater and lots of ducks as well as a tiny bit of sunshine.

During the past few weeks I've finished up a few projects including another bead stew bracelet,

two more dish cloths (with barely a dent in this huge ball of yarn which has been put away till next year),

a toasty warm scarf from a lovely Berroco yarn called North Star (and loved it so much that another one is underway in charcoal),

and one of 3 pair of mitts which DD#1 requested for the texters in the family.

Pretty soon I'll be able to get back to some very neglected projects but not the Peace Cowl as I only did 8 rows before deciding that I really didn't like the color of the yarn.  

Wishing all of you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It's been a busy week here: finishing up gifts, baking, singing with our choir, and all the other activities that go along with the holidays. So, I thought it was time to take a few minutes to wish my blog friends the best holiday season yet!

On Friday we had a tiny bit of snow that's all disappeared by now, but the sun is out at the moment, and maybe today's sunset will look like it did last week when we were driving home from our volunteering at the UW hospital.  DD#2 said they had a spectacular sunrise (around 8 AM!) this morning  when all we had was FOG!

The sewing machine was whirring this week with a couple last minute gifts: an apron for our son-in-law, who loves hot sauce and cooking, and a blanket for our sports fan son.

Here's a very current photo of GD#1 modeling her cat scarf and requested pink hat. Hopefully they will keep her toasty warm!

And here's Ginger inspecting the lovely gift of Araignee's wonderful soaps.  Sorry kitty, they aren't for you! ( And thank you so much, Debbie, for your generous gift.) You are an amazing crafter!

  Happy New Year to all of my blogging friends!

Friday, December 16, 2016

"And Lo, the Days Are Hastening On......"

Does anyone besides me wonder who put the clock and calendar on fast forward? It's mid-December already and will soon be 2017.   Yikes!  The packages have been mailed, but there are still gifts to finish and wrap, music to learn, and, oh yeah, the Peace Project.  That is languishing, I'm afraid.  It'll get done eventually, but for sure not by the Dec. 21 date.  Oh well, it's supposed to bring peace, not stress.  I did complete another Interrupted Cowl, however.  (Don't tell anyone though that I have the yarn for two more......They won't get done any time soon either.)

I dove into my stash to find the next project, a Bead Stew bracelet, from Earthfaire.  I'd forgotten how much fun these are to make and also discovered a few more beaded projects patiently waiting for me to discover. (do?)

A while ago I promised to post more photos from the quilt show.  There's not room here for all of them, but when I saw this one I knew I had to include it for Dee.

Speaking of Dee, she is such a talented cross stitcher, and much to our delight, she sent us this sheep that is now reigning over our garden window.  Thank you, Dee!

At the moment it is pretty chilly (for us) here, and lots of plants are looking quite unhappy. Not long ago though Dick caught this photo of one of our Hydrangea plants.  The purple tipped leaves caught his eye.  Aren't they amazing?

And now I need to get back to work on an apron I'm making. Have a good evening.