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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Finished! Hurrah!

Well, it's finally done! It's the Twelve Birds Shawl and has been one of the most difficult things I've ever done for some reason. I am glad it's finished, and I can get back to some of my other projects.

For some reason this isn't a real sharp photo of these two trees.  The one on the left is a Golden Chain, and the other one is a Korean Dogwood.  And then there's the pine tree that's trying to cover them up! All three of these trees have grown a lot since they were planted a long time ago.


Happy Wednesday!



Monday, June 3, 2024

Baby Items Done!

Right now my Twelve Birds Shawl is drying,  and I  just finished stitching the stars on the Sneaker Booties. (Would you believe those stars just arrived today from Spain, thanks to Etsy?) The baby hasn't arrived yet, so the booties have been finished on time.

Here they are with the hat I recently finished. I think they look pretty good together.

This little fellow is supposed to arrive around June 10th, we'll see!  As for the shawl, I am so glad it's finished as it fought me all the way. I don't think I've ever made so many mistakes that had to be corrected ever before!  It made me kind of crazy, and I am glad it's done!  I will post the photo when it gets dry.

 Have a good week. I will be happy when it's Wednesday because tomorrow I have a dentist appt. and am not looking forward to that! 😒

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Knitting and Exploring

It's been a while since I've posted as we've been busy with a lot of home improvement projects, but I did have some time to finish a couple of projects.
Our son-in-law's niece just graduated from nursing school, so I made her this little doll. It was fun curling her hair. The pattern says to wind the yarn tightly around a pencil and cook in the oven set at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, and it worked!

Here she is without her mask.

I made this little hat for our son's friend who is having her first child in June. Next up are a pair of "sneaker" booties.

 We enjoy exploring places to take walks and recently found two different parks on Lake Washington, and another one with great views of Mount Rainier.

Wouldn't it be fun to live in a house on that point?

 This dog was enjoying the view, too.

This park, also on the lake, had lots of visitors and an amazing dog park.  However, only the dogs were swimming!

This park has great views of Mount Rainier from its parking lot.

Can you guess what this bench is made from?

~Hope you are having a great week!~

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Here's What We've Been Up To Lately and Three Finishes!

Two hats from the same yarn, but two different patterns and sizes. It's interesting to see how the stripes are similar but different. The top hat is a child size and the bottom one fits me.

Yet another dishcloth when I realized I didn't follow the pattern correctly.

This critter was lounging in our backyard when we got home from the grocery store recently.

Not too long ago we took a nice walk near Port Angeles. We only did a small part of the trail because it extends from Port Townsend to La Push and covers 130 miles!

The trail was constructed on what was once railroad tracks.

This little plant has an interesting story.  It's called Miner's Lettuce and was eaten by miners to prevent scurvy.

Can you see the surfer? He was fetching his board. You can also see lots of logs washed up on the shores of the ocean in this part of the trail.

Just last Monday we drove to Leavenworth, WA, where we saw two carriages like this carrying tourists. We also walked a bit on a trail to Blackbird Island on the Wenatchee River. 

These trilliums are in our yard and were rescued long ago when the road behind our house was built. That road now is heavily used despite the deer and rabbits.

And here's why you haven't heard from me lately! We have been doing stuff in the house and yard. Now we are watering our new lawn until it gets established. Fortunately we've been helped by frequent rain.


Hope you've had a very nice April! How can it already be May tomorrow?

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Dishcloths for My Fellow Quilters and More Signs of Spring Nearby.

I was wrong! That wasn't my last dishcloth because I forgot to show this one


I also forgot to share this one.

I just finished this one today when I crocheted the border.  

The tan one was left over from the last giveaway, so you've already seen it. These will go to the quilt group. The 5 of us left before COVID finally got together again recently, and we are supposed to meet on Monday and will celebrate with another dishcloth drawing!

The other day the skies were blue, so we ran a errand and saw these daffodils. There sure were a lot of them, right?

Yesterday we took a walk in our nearby canyon and saw some skunk cabbage blooming

as well as some trilliums. This one was close enough to the trail to photograph,

and Squibbs Creek, next to the trail, was full of water and bubbling happily. So glad we walked yesterday because it's raining again right now. Hope it quits soon because it's not fun to walk in the rain!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Oops, One More Dishcloth, and Lots of Signs of Spring!

 Our daughter requested this one, and I thought the yarn looked like Easter colors. Do you agree? (The earlier ones were given out at our last book club meeting as a surprise.)

Our yard has lots of Spring flowers!

Lots of Camelias

False Aralia

Cherry blossoms everywhere!

Even this deer was out, probably looking for snacks.  Dick saw it on a recent walk.

Do you recognize this flower? It's on our Crown of Thorns houseplant which bloomed just before Easter.

Well, that's about it. Hope those of you that celebrate Easter had a nice one!

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Done! The Last Two Dishcloths and a Very Happy Sign of Spring.

This one was called No Purl, and as promised, there weren't any purl stitches.

This one took a bit of concentration.

Here are all seven of them. Can you guess what I plan to do with them?

Here's a very welcome sign of spring in our backyard. This plant was tiny when we bought it, and now it's around thirty feet tall! It's also been moved a few times but not lately.
Have a great day!