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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Another Finish and Some Nice Walks

Both sides of this dishcloth look nice, and it's supposed to wash stuff well.

Despite this morning's snow, we have taken some nice walks lately. The other day we went to Coulon Beach on Lake Washington. Part of it was closed for renovation, but it has an interesting spot called Bird Island where you can see some of Boeing's unfinished planes as well as interesting birds. We think that group of black birds is coots. It was a chilly day, so maybe that's why they are cuddled together!

Just yesterday the sun was shining, so we walked up a nearby hill for some nice views of the University District and also downtown Bellevue which isn't far from our neighborhood.

Apparently this rhododendron doesn't know it's January, and it would snow today!

Have a good week.


Monday, January 16, 2023

Lots of Finishes!

I Made this guy for our son-in-law's birthday after hearing his family talking about getting another dog. They already have Lulu who's fairly high maintenance, so I thought he'd enjoy an easy/no care dog.

When I made this dishcloth, I couldn't find the pattern for the similar pattern below. This stitch pattern, which isn't quite the same, was in one of my books called A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. 

As you can see, they are similar,  but the second cloth is from this pattern which is part of a book.

While looking for the Purple Passion, I found this kitty pattern and just had to try it. I'm not crazy about the color, but this was the only appropriate color in my stash. (I am trying very hard to work from my stash!)

These hair ties are fun to do and a great way to use up small amounts of yarn. And the pattern is FREE!

This interesting yarn was in my stash! It's the Minimalist pattern.

It's been gray and rainy here which makes lots of knitting time, but the other day, the sun came out, and we took a fun walk and got to see a new trail as well as a murder (of crows), a pair of ducks, and a brand new play ground.  Too bad we didn't have any kids with us!  This trail exists on what used to be train tracks and is nice and flat!  There are a couple of spots that aren't yet finished including a very cool bridge. Eventually it will go the full length of the tracks that used to end at a winery and hosted "The Dinner Train," which was a fun experience.

Enjoy what's left of the holiday!

Saturday, January 7, 2023

A View of the Olympic Mountains!

 The other day on our walk when it wasn't raining like it was today, we got a great picture of Seattle. It shows the Smith tower on the far left and the Space needle on the far right which were once the tallest structures in town. Supposedly the pointed top was added to the Smith tower so that it could be taller than the Space Needle. Now there are lots of tall building including the black one which now stands above everything else, at least for now!

And yes, to get this view, you have to walk up a pretty steep hill!

The mountains in the background are the Olympics and they have quite a lot of snow right now.

Have a nice weekend!

Monday, January 2, 2023

Holiday Memories! Happy 2023!

It was a fun holiday, and we have lots of great memories!

Working on the train set up

Almost done!

Our Christmas table

Fun ornaments

The most recent surprise

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. December sure flew by quickly, and now it's the second day of January 2023! Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 31, 2022

The Last Finish and Post of 2022!

 Where has this year gone? I can remember when I was young sitting in the classroom watching the clock very slowly move to 3:30 PM when the school day was finally done, and now the days are gone in a blink of the eye. Yesterday I finished the second Minion hat requested by our youngest grandson. (I'm not sure what happened to this one, but I made the second one with different yarn and only 1 eye.)

Number 1

Number 2

Can  you tell I had trouble with the eye this time?  At any rate, it's done now just in time for his twelfth birthday!  (I well remember the scary drive up their hill in the snow to help our daughter when she came home from the hospital with him, and it's seems like yesterday.)  Good news though, there's no more snow and getting to their house will be easy!  I do have to get busy and make the cake I promised to bring because we are celebrating 2 birthdays tomorrow: his and his mom's whose birthday is 3 days after Christmas! (That was an interesting Christmas as I recall. ;>)


Thursday, December 29, 2022

Another Hat and an Ice Skating Adventure

Yesterday we had a fun afternoon! We took our 2 local grandkids and their adult cousin ice skating at the holiday ice arena that is available in mid November through December in our Down Town Park. We couldn't have done it without Charlie to help the kids. They were a bit tentative at first, but I think they had a lot of fun. After words he even took them to the park playground before they left for home in Magnolia. While they were doing that, we took a very long walk to where Dick finally found a place to park as all of the parking spots at the park/rink were full. (We have gone there lots of times and have always found a place to park; Charlie was lucky as he was in the right spot at the right time and got a place there.)

I offered this hat that I had just finished to Stella, but she decided it wasn't her style, so I will give it to charity. That yarn is quite fun but is no longer available.  She was wearing some gloves and socks that I made though.😊

Enjoy what's left of the day!

Monday, December 26, 2022

Brrr! Lots of Time for Knitting Here.

Well, we had an interesting week, first snow and then lots of ice! It was so icy here that we couldn't even walk to the mail box at the edge of our driveway, but that didn't matter because we didn't get any mail after Tuesday until Christmas Eve! Our younger granddaughter took a great video of a car slipping and twirling down the hill by their house. The driver jumped out somehow and the car stopped when it hit a car parked on the street.  Her video which I tried to post was even shown on the KOMO news!  Ever since Saturday, it's been raining, so no snow or ice is left now.

These were for Stella. She wanted a pattern from long ago, and I couldn't find it, so I improvised, using the stitch she wanted. I should have made the leg shorter, but she seems to like them.

When I stared this scarf, I failed to realize the yarn colors were like those of several of the local sports teams, so Max seemed quite happy with it.

 My sister requested a red hat, and since I had yarn left I made a pair of mittens.


That's it for now. Have a good evening!