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.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Back Home! We aren't MIA.

We are back home from the Midwest and almost back in this time zone. Our ten day trip was great fun: we played with the grandkids, watched our grandson's first swim meet, celebrated our daughter's birthday, spent time with my sister and her husband, and visited friends in Wisconsin, including Kathyb!

David swam in 3 events and placed second in the breast stroke. Not bad for an eleven year old's first meet!

Daniel and Sophia love to swim, too, and had lots of fun with their blow-up Space Shuttle.

He made it!

And all the while, Mama Jill stands guard.

Yes, I finally finished the Sampler Sweater in time for the birthday party, including sewing in a million ends. (And no, I don't have any secret method but wish I did.)

The back is slightly different from the front.  And if you look carefully, you can see how I messed up on the sleeves. (My own design element, right?)

I think she likes it!

Here's a closeup of the Interrupted Cowl I gave Kathy, and I'm wearing the pretty scarf she made for me.  We had a yummy lunch together with Jill and Dick at SIMPLE in Lake Geneva, WI.

As I said earlier, we are back home with lots of nice memories.  And Memories will be another post soon as we also visited the town where I grew up after visiting friends in Neenah. That will be another post.  Till then, have a good Sunday.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Fun Weekend!

Last weekend we had a relaxing time in Newport Oregon at Little Creek Cove, a place we discovered several years ago. We arrived there late in the day because we spent the afternoon in Portland visiting our nephew and his family. It was 106 degrees there, and somehow in the heat we failed to take any photos.  When we stepped out of our car at our destination, we were shocked to discover that the temperature on the Coast was only 55, quite a change in a matter of hours!

This area is so different from Cannon Beach, it's hard to believe.  Lots of sand dunes are between the building and the water's edge.  In fact, it takes a bit of work to get to the water! As any where on the ocean shore, the beach varies with the tide.

The next morning it was very foggy and chilly, but we walked a long ways down the beach because it was low tide.  Everywhere there were clumps of kelp that had washed ashore.

We had to watch our step a bit, too, because things like jelly fish also washed up onto the sand.  I wonder if this one survived until the tide came in?

We were entertained for a while by a sandpiper that was catching bugs hidden in the kelp. It was running to and fro so fast that Dick took a movie, hoping to catch it in action.


Just in case the upload didn't work, here's what  it looked like.

By late morning the fog started to lift and that evening we were treated to a beautiful sunset.

It was a fun place to celebrate our anniversary and all too quickly it was time to head back home.  We drove a short ways up the Coast before heading inland and stopped to take one last look at the Pacific at Cape Foulweather which was named by Captain Cook.  He must have been in a bad mood then, for the weather was wonderful, but with all the rocks, it must have been a difficult area to said through. It's supposed to be a good spot to see whales.

The day after we got back home, we had two surprises.  First there was a wonderful package from Katherine, my swap partner in Kathyb's Dishcloth swap. Aren't I lucky?  (Thanks first to Katherine for all the goodies and also to Kathy B for organizing the swap.)

The other surprise was out in our garden where the sundrop (evening primrose) decided to bloom for the second year in a row.  Our neighbor, another Kathy, gave it to us a few years ago, but it never bloomed until last summer, and hurrah, it decided to blossom again this year. 

 Life is good!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Big Time Celebrating!

It's almost 51 years! We celebrated a little early at the Space Needle; it was a gorgeous day, and a good meal with my very bestest friend.

A few days later this little lady turned three.

And then in another few days this young lady turned 9!

(Her nightie fits! Hurrah!)

We and a couple of our neighbors have lived here in Tamara Hills since the seventies. They watched our kids grow up and leave the neighborhood, so we all gathered for a picnic in our backyard the other evening to celebrate Wes and Kathy's August birthdays. Fun times!

And I finished two dishcloths for Kathyb's Dishcloth swap.

It's been busy here!  Hope you all have a great weekend. It's supposed to be hot here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Our Saturday Adventure and a Birthday Finish!

Last Saturday we and a friend set off (along with lots of other folks!) in very cloudy weather for a hike near Mount Rainier.  Years had passed since we last hiked the Naches Loop Trail, and it's just as pretty as ever. This time the wild flowers were in full bloom which made our effort extra worth while! The clouds disappeared, and the views were terrific.

Fields of lupine were all along the trail.

The uphill trails were fairly gentle.

This lovely view of Mount Rainier appears right after you round the bend, part way through the hike. What a nice reward!

The clouds began to move in later in the afternoon, and pretty soon the mountain was barely visible.

We also caught a bit of Mount Adams a little farther down the trail.

So many flowers were in bloom.

And we didn't even have to climb to the top to find a little bit of snow!

Shhhh!  Don't tell Stella that her sweater is finished, just in time, too, as she turns THREE on Saturday. How did that happen so fast?  Check with Judy L. to see what everyone is knitting.