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Friday, December 29, 2023

Happy almost New Year! And a Few Finishes

The reindeer have come and gone!

But the amaryllis keeps getting bigger every day.

I finished these two hats, one for the friend who's undergoing cancer treatment and the other for a new baby.

I also finally finished this project for my sister.

I hope everyone has been having an enjoyable holiday season and wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Another Finish and a Couple Other Photos

These mitts are done! It's the second pair I've made with this pattern, and they knit up quickly.

 I meant to post this photo earlier and hope it doesn't make you sore just looking at it! Our grand daughter and her friend were practicing on the balance beam that Dick made for her. Just last week her team won first place!

And this photo makes me sad! Practically every time I've walked lately, I've picked up lots of trash. I guess people just toss it out of their cars when they drive down our local streets. Between the trash on the streets and the fact that folks are no longer following the speed limits here, it makes walking not very fun anymore.  I hope where you all live, it's much better!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Another Finish and Our Crazy Plant!

I finally finished this hat and just discovered it's the fourth time I've used this pattern! This time, however, it fought me all the way for some odd reason.

Our good friend gave us this Amaryllis recently, and it's sprouting with the biggest flower bud we've ever seen. It also looks like there's another bud as well. Wow!

Well, it's time to get back to the rest of my "finish in December" projects.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Some Night Time Fun!

Last night the skies were clear, the moon was out, and we watched the Space Station fly over our house at about 5:45 PM thanks to a notification from NASA. You can get these emails, too, by signing up at Spot The Station | NASA

NASA (.gov)

You will only get the notifications when the ISS is visible where you live. It's fun to watch it move across the sky and imagine what the astronauts are doing and what they can see. Try it, it's fun!

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Yep it's another hat, this time for an upcoming birthday. This yarn is new to me, but oh so soft and easy to work with. It's Lionbrand Scarfie Lite and comes in several pretty colors. This color is called Rain and perfect for Seattle! The pattern is one of my favorite "go-tos" for hats. It doesn't seem to be available on Ravelry anymore though.  Oops, the dryer is calling, so I need to run.

Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving Day! Tomorrow I need to go on a long walk to use up a few of those delicious calories!

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Delivered! And a Surprise ~

I figured my friend might be tired of greyish hats, so I made this one for her.

Our crazy mixed up Christmas cactus doesn't know it's almost Thanksgiving. It was tiny when we moved it here from San Diego in 1977.  There are two other of its "children" in our garden window that aren't confused though.😉I wonder when and if they plan to bloom!


Tuesday, October 31, 2023

One More Hat!

 Last night I finished another hat, my third one this month!  The stitch pattern is very nice and not too difficult, so I know I'll be doing THIS HAT again soon. The yarn is a favorite of mine; it's Malabrigo Rios, and the hat pattern is DK Treadhead Hat. 


OK, that's it for now; it's time to get ready for the trick-or-treaters!


Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Another Hat! And Some Flowers

Here's the latest hat I've made for my friend who is having her second chemo today. I hope it will cheer her up. I used the same pattern as the last one only a bit smaller and added a topknot. (It seems that the pattern is no longer available though sadly.)

It's been gloomy and rainy here this week so far, and the indoor plants have cheered us up by blooming! I love my plants, both outside and in!

~~~ Have a nice day!~~~

Saturday, October 21, 2023

We Are Back Home! And a Few Finishes

 If you have been wondering where I've been, it's because we were out of town. First we went to Palo Alto, CA, to see my husband's brother and wife and then headed south to see more family and friends. When we were in San Diego, we visited our old neighborhood and were delighted to discover that our neighbors on both sides were still there! (We left for Seattle in 1977.)  

Our first house

When we knocked on the door of this house, it was opened by Betty, our oldest daughter's friend who is now grown up and was visiting her mom. What a nice surprise that was!

Another great surprise was seeing the orange tree Dick planted back in the day.  It was still tiny when we moved, but now it has lots of oranges!

We spent a couple of days in Anaheim, too, and had a surprise there as well. We got to see the Disneyland fireworks from our hotel window!

And I've finished a few projects this month.  I made this hat for my friend who's having chemotherapy.

I finally finished two pairs of mitts that I started long ago. I want to make the first pair again in a solid color so the design will show better.  And the bottom pair was given to another friend who just got home from the hospital after 7 weeks! (This is just a pair of mitts that I added a cable to.)

Hope you are having a nice weekend. We are happy to be back home again!

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Another Finish!

These socks were a fun knit, and I know that I will make this pattern again. Try it, you'll like it!

You know it's fall when you see mushrooms and fall blooming crocus.

But does anyone know what this plant is?

Do think she likes her newest hat?


Happy Sunday!


Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Two Finishes Finally!

The prayer shawl is done and has been delivered. She loved it. The color is more blue than in this picture though. I have made this pattern many times.

These mitts were made for a good friend who found the pattern and is a pretty quick project. The yarn had a surprise white streak that was hidden in the middle, so I had to work around it!

On the last sunny day here we went to one of our favorite parks. It's right in the middle of town and appropriately named the Bellevue Downtown Park. It's a great place for a walk with lots to see, including some interesting artwork.

This piece recognizes that the park was created from what used to be the original high school, and on the back it says Union High School. The path leads to an interesting side trail with lots of flowers, bushes, and trees.

The ducks and geese love this park, too. You can barely see the water that circles the whole area. In the winter there's a skating rink there!

This is a photo of the most recent art installation. We were there once when they were working on it, and much of the many pieces were on the ground.

Despite the fact that we've been to this park so many times, this is the first time I'd ever seen this piece! It's right in the very middle of the park and not real obvious.  
Hope you've enjoyed this little tour. If you're ever in the area, we'd be happy to take a walk with you there!

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

My Scary Walk!


I am in the middle of making a prayer shawl for a friend who's just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and don't have any finishes, but I still try to walk everyday.  Yesterday this is what I saw! It's a little early, don't you think? And kinda scary, too!  It is only mid-September, isn't it?

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Sister Hats and a Morning Visitor

I just finished two hats for two sisters. I posted photos of the younger sister  a while ago, and their Grandma told me the older sister had almost outgrown the hat I'd made when she was born.  So I decided to remedy that issue. The pattern is the Pumpkin Beanie but not in anything close to pumpkin colors. I was so happy to have enough yarn for two hats!

Look who visited our yard this morning with Mama looking for breakfast! Apparently we run a deer restaurant!

Happy Sunday!

Monday, September 4, 2023

Finally a Finish and a Fun Walk

Here's another dishcloth from the same pattern as the last one. This one shows off the stitch pattern much better, just as solids usually do. Both sides are interesting. Below is the back.

And this is the front. It's a fun knit.

Last Saturday, we took a walk at a nearby lake.
It's well worth the drive, and there's also lots to do. It's about a 3 mile walk, but you can turn around any time. There's a splash pool for kids, boats to rent, swimming when the water's safe, just to name a few. The geese and ducks like it, too! Glad we went then because it's rained every day since then!

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, August 28, 2023

Yesterday Was an Interesting Day!

Yesterday we walked along the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) and got on at the Railway Station. There right beside some old tracks and a signal is an amazingly hearty tree!

 Also on yesterday I got two photos of a little one wearing the hats I made.  It was an unusually hot day, and she doesn't look very happy about modeling them, but it was nice to see them on her and a greatly appreciated surprise!

Have a great week!