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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Grand Celebration!

Things are kind of getting back to "normal" here.  We are back in our time zone and feeling relieved after hearing from friends and relatives, who live in Florida and weathered the horrific storm there.  The wildfire smoke has cleared here, but others in our state are still dealing with that. However, along with these scary occurrences, there have been some happy times.  

Last spring we went to a preschool celebration that sent these five off to kindergarten.  And yesterday was the first day for this little guy!  How can he be five already?

At the end of August, we traveled to Minneapolis to surprise my sister on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.  We enjoyed being with all of our relatives and finally getting acquainted with the youngest family member who's already almost 3. It was a very special five days!

Our grand nieces and grand nephew

and my sister and brother-in-law's family ~

We all enjoyed a wonderful celebration at the Minneapolis Landscape Arboretum.  (If you ever have a chance to see it, go; it'a an amazing place.)  The"kids" had assembled a basket of 50 things that reminded them of their parents. What a special gift!

Along with all of the visiting, we even managed a little exercise! 

No trip is complete without a stop at a yarn shop, right?  And this is an extra special yarn shop as it has been recently opened by our nephew's wife.  Stop in if you are in the area; it's a fun place!


This hat is made with a kit from that shop.  It was a fun knit but sure had lots of ends to hide! (There was enough yarn for another hat, but I'm still hiding those ends.....)

I finished two other projects:  socks for our grand son in his requested color and a shawl that I started in the last century and had to restart because I couldn't remember where I was in the pattern sequence.  (That should teach me not to procrastinate, right?)

And last but not least is my cast-on for Dee's fall KAL.  I so appreciate the November deadline!

The pattern is Nutkin and the color is Apricot Pit (?) which was the most fall-ish color in my stash.  That's it for now, but I just want to say that my heart and prayers go out to all the folks impacted by the recent hurricanes as well as the folks struggling with wildfires.  Be safe, too!


Araignee said...

Oh, that hat!!!!! Worth every loose end imho!!

Betsy said...

The smoke cleared on this side for a couple of days, but today it's creeping back. Ick. That hat! Oh my goodness and the shawl is amazing too! I'm so impressed. All of those ends would be worth it. I'm finding myself regretting not joining in on the fall KAL but I'm sure enjoying seeing everyone else's projects.

Tired Teacher said...

A bit of blue sky here the last two mornings, but by mid-day the smoke returns.

What a fun name for a yarn shop: I wish it was closer. Your knit hat is gorgeous as is the shawl.

Anonymous said...

Great projects! Love that beautiful hat. Best wishes to your niece on her shop! How exciting for her.

karen said...

glad you are home sweet home and just look at how much you've knitted while being busy! you are productive :)

kathy b said...


I love Minnesota. How wonderful that you made it to the event. You and Dick are so richly involved in your family life. I LOVE seeing the photos. And the blue socks rock. Happy KAL. !!I I'm playing too

Anonymous said...

Wonderful summer activities. I'm so glad you were able to spend so much time with family. I know how important they are to you. How fun - a new yarn store in the family!

elns said...

What fun and family happiness! Your knits look fantastic and I am going to have to agree with you about hte knitting procrastination. I'm struggling to pick up a few projects I set down, just a few months ago! Wishing you well.