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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Happy New Year!

 It's chilly and snowy here, and we even have icicles on our roof for the first time in ages.  Sadly we were unable to get down our hill to deliver this shawl to our younger daughter on her 50th b'day! (They have a hill that goes straight up to their house plus a very steep driveway, so even if we got down our hill, it still wouldn't have arrived.)  Soon though hopefully, but more snow is predicted tonight.

This was Casapinka's  Snark-o-meter mystery shawl which I started in August and got put on hold for Christmas knitting.  It was finished just in time but hasn't been delivered thanks to SNOW. 

This is the last of 6 gnomes, 3 gray  beards and 3 white.  They were fun to make and then include with the Christmas gifts for relatives and friends.  (Thanks to Val for the pattern and kit!) We kept Mr. Graybeard, and I think he'll live in our garden window, at least for now.

Best wishes to Everyone for a Happy and Healthy New Year!  (And may 2022 be a better year for all of us!)

Monday, December 27, 2021

Happy Holidays!

It's been a while since I posted as I've spent every extra minute working on Christmas projects. You'd think that I'd start earlier, right?
  At the moment we are pretty much snowed in!  Even  a relatively small amount of snow makes going down our hill treacherous! So, what are all these projects that have kept me busy?

These cute little guys are from a kit I got long ago from Val! (I still have 2 more to go.)

This little guy took way longer to make than I expected, but it was worth it because Max loves his new pillow!

Then there were the hats. The lower one was made from mohair and wool yarn held together.

Our youngest grand daughter was looking though one of my knitting books and asked for a purple scarf with this stitch pattern (domino). And the yarn was even chosen from my stash!

The next projects were mitts and bracelets. The mitts are another pattern from Val called Glinda. The bracelets which are fun to make are from a couple of kits.

We've also been doing lots of walking which eats up time but is so worth it when we see sights like this one! (We did not walk in the snow yesterday though.)

OK, one last photo and I will sign off.  One evening our cat was having a conniption at the downstairs window that looks out on our backyard.  Here's what she saw! (Do you think Santa missed him?)

Happy 2022! Let's hope that everyone stays healthy and that COVID finally goes away!

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Walks and Some More Hats

In case you've heard about all the rain in the PNW, I wanted you to know that the sun comes out once in a while, too.  There is snow in the mountains though, lots of water in the streams, and occasionally a beautiful sunset.

And besides our walks, I've had time to finish two more hats!


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!

Monday, November 15, 2021

A Couple of Finishes Plus Two Surprises

It's been rainy and very windy here. Luckily we've not had any power outages, at least so far. We did find some interesting things in our yard though.

A November rose!

 How did the tree know that we needed some pine boughs for our flower box out front?

 My most recent hat project. The zigzag design was fun!

I hope this has arrived by now! It's for my great niece and in the school colors of Loyola University in Chicago where she began her studies in the fall.

OK, now it's back to work on my other projects!  Have a good week!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Some Amazing Quilts!

In spite of the rain here, we found something fun to do. The Block Party Quilters had their first show since 2019, and we went there yesterday afternoon. I am always amazed at the creativity and talent. Here a just a few samples. (If you live in the area, the show is on all weekend.)

 Those cute little bears are made of furry fabric!

There were several Halloween quilts.

Here's one for Christmas.

As a fan of music, I loved this one.

Lots of little squares in this one!

This quilter must know a bit about science as well as quilting.

The camera emphasized the 3-D of this quilt. All those hexagons are made from circles folded into squares. I have no idea how it was sewed together!  There are also lots of beads sewn on, too.

These two have an amazing amount of applique on them.

This interesting one has lots of handwork.

  Now it's time for me to get back to work on some of my projects for holiday gifts!  Hope you enjoyed this tiny bit of the show!

Friday, November 5, 2021

Friday Felines


Our wonderful cat sitters sent us these photos of Ginger when we were in Cannon Beach. It doesn't look like she misses  us much, does it.  They bring catnip and string toys, and she looks forward to seeing them.

Have a great weekend! I hope to get some more knitting done!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Not Too Much to Report but a Few Adventures!

 Well, hello, I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!  All is well here. We actually got away for a few days and went to our favorite spot in Oregon, Cannon Beach. It was pretty rainy, but we did get in a couple of walks on the beach despite the high tide.

There were lots of big logs that washed up on the beach and even this rope.  Both are covered with lots of barnacles which made the shore birds happy.

This walkway down to the beach was filled with logs and sand. It would have been interesting to see those logs fly over the concrete walls!

There are lots and lots of bunnies that roam around. We were watching one big tan rabbit when a hawk swooped in and clipped my shoulder but missed the bunny! As you can see from the photo, the rabbits are pretty tame and do a good job clipping the grass.

We finally had a beautifully sunny day on Sunday. It was Halloween and also 57 years since we met at at a Halloween party. So we celebrated by a walk around a local lake and dinner out.

On our walk we spotted this heron and were amazed at how well it blended in to its surroundings. It was looking for food but turned once so we got its photo.

That's it for now.  Have a great day, and I hope to have some finishes soon!

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Lulu Update Plus Hats.

 Well, Lulu seems to like her sweater despite the fact that it's a little tough to put on. Stella got a hat with the leftover yarn.

I've been wondering how she got it off!

And I also finished a hat for a friend's first grand child; her name is Riley.

That's not to say that there's nothing on my other needles!  LOL  Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

My Most Recent Finish!

Earlier this year, our younger daughter's family adopted Lulu, a Havanese puppy. Then Stella, our youngest granddaughter and her mom requested a dog sweater which was a new one for me.

Surprisingly, I found a pattern, Stella picked out the yarn, and I got to work.

 It's all done now! I wonder whether Lulu will like it? Or better yet, will she ever wear it?! What do you think?