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Monday, January 30, 2023

Three More Hats and Then Some

Seems like I've been making hats lately.  This one was for my granddaughter who's a freshman in high school, and it's their school colors. (Much to my delight, these colors were the same as my high school in Wisconsin.

I started the hat below with a different pattern and then switched to this one, a free pattern. But  I failed to caste on the correct number of stitches for the pattern, so I could only do 3 of the Fair Isle designs.  (Just yesterday I started another one with nicer yarn and the right # of stitches.)

Then the other I received a request from our daughter's mother-in-law for a Minion Hat with 2 eyes.  It's for her grandson who just turned 2. I sure hope it fits!

How's your weather today? It's chilly (for us) but the skies are clear and bright blue!  Just the other day I got this picture from my sister!  It was taken in Duluth, MN, where her husband's cousin and wife live.  I get cold just looking at this photo!

On the very same day, this is what was happening at our house.  It actually rather spring-like, and some plants were beginning to sprout. Early today, however, it was in the twenties when we got up, and I'm hoping those sprouts survive!

Enjoy your week!


Saturday, January 21, 2023

Another Finish and Some Nice Walks

Both sides of this dishcloth look nice, and it's supposed to wash stuff well.

Despite this morning's snow, we have taken some nice walks lately. The other day we went to Coulon Beach on Lake Washington. Part of it was closed for renovation, but it has an interesting spot called Bird Island where you can see some of Boeing's unfinished planes as well as interesting birds. We think that group of black birds is coots. It was a chilly day, so maybe that's why they are cuddled together!

Just yesterday the sun was shining, so we walked up a nearby hill for some nice views of the University District and also downtown Bellevue which isn't far from our neighborhood.

Apparently this rhododendron doesn't know it's January, and it would snow today!

Have a good week.


Monday, January 16, 2023

Lots of Finishes!

I Made this guy for our son-in-law's birthday after hearing his family talking about getting another dog. They already have Lulu who's fairly high maintenance, so I thought he'd enjoy an easy/no care dog.

When I made this dishcloth, I couldn't find the pattern for the similar pattern below. This stitch pattern, which isn't quite the same, was in one of my books called A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. 

As you can see, they are similar,  but the second cloth is from this pattern which is part of a book.

While looking for the Purple Passion, I found this kitty pattern and just had to try it. I'm not crazy about the color, but this was the only appropriate color in my stash. (I am trying very hard to work from my stash!)

These hair ties are fun to do and a great way to use up small amounts of yarn. And the pattern is FREE!

This interesting yarn was in my stash! It's the Minimalist pattern.

It's been gray and rainy here which makes lots of knitting time, but the other day, the sun came out, and we took a fun walk and got to see a new trail as well as a murder (of crows), a pair of ducks, and a brand new play ground.  Too bad we didn't have any kids with us!  This trail exists on what used to be train tracks and is nice and flat!  There are a couple of spots that aren't yet finished including a very cool bridge. Eventually it will go the full length of the tracks that used to end at a winery and hosted "The Dinner Train," which was a fun experience.

Enjoy what's left of the holiday!

Saturday, January 7, 2023

A View of the Olympic Mountains!

 The other day on our walk when it wasn't raining like it was today, we got a great picture of Seattle. It shows the Smith tower on the far left and the Space needle on the far right which were once the tallest structures in town. Supposedly the pointed top was added to the Smith tower so that it could be taller than the Space Needle. Now there are lots of tall building including the black one which now stands above everything else, at least for now!

And yes, to get this view, you have to walk up a pretty steep hill!

The mountains in the background are the Olympics and they have quite a lot of snow right now.

Have a nice weekend!

Monday, January 2, 2023

Holiday Memories! Happy 2023!

It was a fun holiday, and we have lots of great memories!

Working on the train set up

Almost done!

Our Christmas table

Fun ornaments

The most recent surprise

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. December sure flew by quickly, and now it's the second day of January 2023! Happy New Year!