Friday, October 24, 2014

Off the Needles

The I Love Football hat is done!  And I think it's going to be too big.  Oh well, too big means he'll grow into it, so that's not so bad.  However, there's yarn left over, and I cast on a smaller version. I am also practicing "jogless" stripes. We'll see how that goes.



I found this cute charm at Country Village and attached it as if it were a bead.



Lots of other projects are under way at the moment, including the binding on a long neglected quilt.  Meanwhile, the house plants are doing their thing, too.



I love the goldfish plant, and it's been having lots of "fish" lately.



The hibiscus is back inside after its summer vacation on the porch.  It rewarded us with one solitary blossom. Said blossom fell off right after the photo was taken. Do you suppose it wants to go back outside?  Note to plant:  It's getting cold out there, and you wouldn't like that one bit!  Not too much else to share, so see you next time. Check out Patchwork Times for more knitting projects.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lace and Chocolate and Other Sights in Brussels

We had a wonderful time in Brussels.  Lace and chocolate are part of my
memories from this city, and there were many shops everywhere for both.
The windows in each chocolate shop were amazingly decorated.

This one contained a chocolate fountain.

We spent part of one afternoon the Lace and Costume Museum.

Here are someone's bobbins all set up for creating some
 beautiful lace. I can't imagine trying to follow that kind of pattern.















This was just one of many pieces in museum. There was no way to 
photograph all of them! There also was an exhibit of clothing from the
thirties that was very interesting. This dress caught my eye.  Another 
featured under garments, including girdles. Do any of you remember
 those?!

This little doll is hard at work, and you can see the amazing piece behind her.
 Both were on  display in a shop window.

Our hotel was quite near the Grand Place, a huge square surrounded by beautiful buildings that were lit up every night.
There was always something interesting happening.

Every evening a different band in full uniform would march through the streets.


Something was always happening in the courtyard below our hotel window. That week there were celebrations honoring the Ukrainian culture.

Some of the passages were very narrow.

And some were wide enough for cars and horses.
Four guys were "driving" this contraption.



We enjoyed some quiet moments in this beautiful cathedral.


Its majesty made me feel very small.



Each stained glass window was unique.  Yes, Brussels is a beautiful city. We only spent four days there and only saw a tiny bit, but we loved everything we saw.  Next stop, Germany. PS Blogger was behaving very strangely today.

Friday, October 17, 2014

On the Needles and Off

 Nothing like a deadline to get stuff finished, right?  Every year our quilt group makes 80 or so Christmas stockings for the local Ronald MacDonald house.  I never make very many, and this year what with being gone, I only managed this one which I finished yesterday.  I had promised to have it done by today's meeting.  Whew!



Side One~


Side Two~



And I'm knitting away on a hat for Max in Seahawk colors. Go Hawks! See what others have been doing at Patchwork Times.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amsterdam Memories

Amsterdam is a fun and interesting city! You've already seen our hotel and a couple of other photos, but since we spent several days there, we have lots more.  I will try to pick only a few.


Our hotel was right around the corner from the Museumplein, the huge square where several museums are located.  You can see the Rijks Museum and the enormous Amsterdam sign in the background.  Lots of young people enjoyed climbing on the sign for photo ops. We spent some time in the museum, specifically to see Rembrandt's Nightwatch painting again. It is BIG and takes up a whole wall on the top floor of the museum along with other classical paintings and is a popular spot to visit.



The buildings, both old and new, are all very beautiful.  I especially liked the concert hall.



This hotel had even higher narrow stairs than ours!  And among the flowers is one of my favorites, the black-eyed Susan vine.


Many of the houses have a hook at the top for moving furniture to the higher floors. The stairs inside are too narrow!


Flowers are everywhere in Amsterdam, even growing in the tiniest places, and sometimes out of a crack in the sidewalk.



We had fun trying different restaurants. This one seemed to have a permanent guest that was not interested in either spaghetti or pizza.  She was sound asleep when we first noticed her.

We took this photo for a choir friend.  When she was 17 and newly graduated from high school, she came to Amsterdam and worked in this hotel as a chamber maid. It's right across from the train station. Once, on her recommendation, we stayed there, but not this time.

After several days, it was time to leave this beautiful city, knowing we'd be back on our way back home to Seattle. There were many places we didn't visit because we ran out of time. Another trip perhaps? 

Next stop, Brussels. Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Settling In and Catching Up

We are finally back in this Time Zone!  It became fall while we were gone, and now we are settling in for the season, catching up with friends, doing chores and our regularly scheduled activities.  Ginger and Mocha are keeping a close eye on us and have almost forgiven us for being gone so long.



The fall blooming clematis is showing off. It would grow clear up the second story if allowed.




I finished a Pumpkin Hat for Stella and am working on some other projects also.



Great niece Maddy is getting acquainted with her little sister.



Becca and I had a delightful afternoon at Country Village which started with lunch next door. She sent this fun photo.  That scone was very tasty!




Traveling is fun, but it's also good to be back home, isn't it?  Life is good.  More travel photos soon. Get inspired with others' knitting at Patchwork Times!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Off Someone's Needles~

We have just returned from a wonderful two week trip to Europe and have lots to share! Our plane flew home directly from Amsterdam where our adventure also began.  Because it was daylight all the way back to Seattle, the views from the plane were amazing. 




We spent three days in Amsterdam exploring, eating, and getting used to the time change. Our hotel was located just around the corner from the Rijks Museum which was very convenient. You can see the narrow stairs, but they were nothing compared to the ones inside!  Then we learned our room was on the fourth floor, which in Europe is really the fifth floor as their system begins with the Ground Floor.



Looking up

and down!  Luckily there was an elevator, but even that was an experience. It held 3 people, two barely with luggage!



In Amsterdam most folks get around on bicycles, and as you can see, this one marks the spot of a nice little yarn shop called Penelope's. Every bit of the bike except the wheels was covered with knitting. Surprisingly, I didn't buy any yarn, but I did find some really cute buttons.


Flowers are everywhere in Amsterdam. These cheery sunflowers greeted us at the airport as we started our exciting days in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.  More photos later, I promise!  (Hope this isn't too disjoint as I am still pretty jet-lagged.)
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Bob and Mary!

Now that the gift has arrived, or at least I hope it has, I can show it on here. In between the knitting this summer I finally finished something I'd been working on for Bob and Mary for a long time.  Their fiftieth anniversary gave me a goal for finishing, and I came close but was late because we had a last minute idea.  You know how that goes?


This is the top of a little oak box.  It came without glass, but we were able to have a piece cut to size at Sunset Glass, a local shop that's helped us over the years.  Then, we had another idea, to find a way to put a label on it like you would on a quilt.   Enter this online shop!  We were really happy with the results as well as their service.



We were together a year ago in June, minus our younger daughter and her family. (She was expecting Stella then and couldn't travel.)  Their two other boys' families were not able to attend either.) Bob and Mary are just off  center.

Fifty years have passed since they said, "I do."  And now their family, including grand kids, numbers 16!  September fifth was the big day, but they've been celebrating all year long! Next year, we plan to do the same.