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Friday, September 27, 2013

Checking Out the Knitting?

As I was typing at the computer this morning, I thought I saw a flash of brown go by the window, and then a moment later another one.  This pair ended up in the back yard.  They checked out our yard but didn't nibble on anything before wandering over to the neighbor's yard.

Do you think they wanted to check on my knitting? Well, I'm working on yet another project with some lime-green Sublime cotton soy yarn I found in my stash, realizing that the person I'd had in mind for this project is growing taller by the minute and that I'd better get cracking and use it.

The pattern is from the Sublime book # 610 and is the cap-sleeved version of the Little Red Smock, called Frangipani. The yarn color is cucumber, but I like lime-green better.  It's nice yarn but is a bit splitty.  And I found some perfect buttons at Twisted in Portland.  Back to work!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Busy and Fun Times!

Gosh, these weeks just seem to slip away! And this past one was very busy:  Our older daughter celebrated her birthday in Chicago and sent this photo.  Looks like fun, doesn't it?

We spent a day helping our younger daughter with Max and Stella.

I wound my swap yarn into a cake.  (It fought that idea, but I eventually won.)  Isn't that a cool ruler? Thanks, Kathy, for hosting another fun swap!

Then, since we didn't have to sing this past weekend, we headed to Newport, Oregon,  to stay at Little Creek Cove, one of our favorite places on the beach. As the name implies, it's a sandy cove and a lovely place to relax.

You can see one of the condo units in the distance, but what intrigued me were the ripples in the sand from the wind.  It nice on Friday evening, so we took a quick walk at sunset.

Other folks were out enjoying the early evening low tide, too.

We found this pile of bones and wished they could talk.  What do you suppose it was?

The sun finally set, and we headed back inside, happy that we'd taken time to go outside as it poured off and on for  the rest of the weekend.

On the way back to Seattle, we stopped to visit our nephew and his family in Portland. The twins have changed a lot since we saw them last.  Sadly Sarah is missing because she had a migraine.  It was a great get away, but it does seem like we've been playing catch up ever since we got back.  Oh well, it was worth it, every minute!

Friday, September 13, 2013

A Couple of WIPs and a Couple of Finishes.

I am still slogging away on Sothia and down to the last few rows.  It takes for ever to get across those 793 stitches, and I think my yarn is running out.  I do have a plan: either switch to a darker blue-green or go back to the beige.  What would you do?

Another recently uncovered WIP, the Brandywine shawl has jumped into the lineup.  Figuring out where I'd left off was a challenge, but the life lines sure helped! The yarn has a bit of sparkle.

This was a really long-term project!  I started it in 1971 for our second daughter and just finished it now for her daughter.  Life got in the way of my earlier plan, I guess, but it's been framed and delivered.  (For those of you old enough to remember such things, it was a kit designed for Paragon Needlecraft by Julie Nixon Eisenhower.)

This is probably one of my favorite bootie pattern, knit with a smaller needle.

Max just loves his truck.  Can you tell he's serious?

Guess who's one month old today?  Looks like she's having a happy dream, doesn't it?

We're off to see her now!  See ya!  Take a minute to visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fun Finishes and Some Special Snuggles~

When I first saw this Feza Candy yarn, I knew it had to come home with me.  It worked up quickly on my second try with the store's cowl pattern.  The skein was just a few yards short for me to knit the pattern as written, so I frogged and changed it slightly by doing only 3 rows of knitting between the 4 rows of purling. Quick and fun! Next I'm going to try Feza Candy Deluxe which is all wool with a bit more yardage.......  

The next project was to seam and embellish these Ugg booties.  They will eventually go with a Fun Fur sweater for Little Lady that hasn't even been cast on.  Get crackin', Oma!

And who can resist a couple new photos of Stella who's now 3 weeks old?

Snuggling with Oma

and Opa. Aren't grand babies wonderful?