Simplify it

This is KnittingPatternsGalore Jump for Joy Hoodie.  It is adorable says me.

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Someone of you, I’m so sorry, I can’t recall who, was contemplating the Elizabeth Zimmerman EZ baby sweater.   I’d knit this instead in a heartbeat.  Because I don’t need no knitting challenges right now.  Just success!   Also, I love a hooded baby sweater.  Keeping it Simple….

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This is Miss Pie Pie.  She adores Fireman. But, this morning she’s all over me and I’m so loving it.  He’s making noise with hammers and she’s not liking it at all.  I LOVE when she comes to me and sits on my lap and rubs me. We share the kitchen chair at these times, while I post. 0-2.jpeg

She is just so wonky eyed .  She’s not terribly pretty, but she’s our Pie Pie and she’s just so fun and quirky.  She can’t help that her expression never changes.  She also loves baked goods like me.  Have I told you that?  Well, she gets a bit of a crumb of pie crust or bread or cookie and she’s in heaven.

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Why on earth did I buy this book?  I love Ann Budd but this book is full of charts.  Not sure, this may be a giveaway!!!  Charts……ew.   They are not part of simplifying for me.  They are challenges.  SOME days, a very few somedays, I want to knit lace with a chart.  Mostly, I don’t. unnamed-1.jpg

Okay my cousin Kevin and I have been emailing way too much this morning.  It is noon and I have things to do before 3 pm barn.  But it is so fun to chat with Kevin. He sent me this photo and I just adore it.  I’m in the middle!  Four of the 7 are my family, 3 of them are his.  Please note my brother’s tube socks (far left) .  Please please note my mom’s decorations.
THERE IS ONE.   IT is a PLASTIC SANTA above the Fireplace.

One. That’s it.  Let me just tell ya.  I remember so much fun at Christmas.  I remember it as if we lived in Marshall Fields and it was all glitz and snow and glitter and toys.  But, look, it was ONE plastic Santa.  Gotta love my mom.  She had 4 kids then and one in the oven.  This is how one simplifies for the Holidays.

Im off to find that Plastic Santa.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the Best Pictures of 2019

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This photograph was sent to me by Zach yesterday.  It is his friend’s little girl. The little expert is 3 years old.  She has mastered the Tree pose apparently.  I can’t stop smiling!

If you haven’t seen Mason-Dixon’s post on how to find color tones that like each other, do go to their post from 11/13 today and give it a once over.

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My friend Eileen, gave me this lotion bar that feels like a deodarant stick.  It goes on so nicely and it is not thick or slimy.  I’d recommend one.  My hands are already getting super dry and Winter is not here yet!

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This sample was from my Beauty lady at Walgreen’s.  I love this stuff. You put it on when your skin is moist.  The water droplets on your skin and the moisturizer make your hands , legs, arms etc . feel very soft.

I have to find my Burts Bees lotion to powder product though.  Because it is still my favorite.   Hands down……

I’m wearing gloves at the barn now, and it is helping with my hands.  I’m also wearing a mask in the barn when grooming and saddling , just to help keep my hoarseness at bay.   I don’t wear it in the student ring.  Many of our students get upset if you wear a mask or a bandanna or anything out of the ordinary.  Plus, I wouldn’t want people to think I was sick.

I’m trying to stand as I work on my computer in the mornings.  I’m doing okay with it.  I’m acutely aware that I wish I was sitting down!!!

Hope that picture of Zach and his lil instructors daughter made you smile!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Fast Talker

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I have to talk fast here.  Yes, I meant Talk.  I feel like I’m talking to you when I post.  The reason for fast talk?  The snow has impeded our internet use since yesterday.

Here’s my relaxing new shawl knit. The yarn is a cotton blend so I will be able to wear it!  I’m using Lana Gatto Kenzie yarn in color way 8194.   It has a cast of blue in some parts and will look awesome with my usual jeans and jean shirts.
Our older baby willow tree got attacked by a buck.  I called the nursery and spoke to the lady who is usually filing her beautiful nails behind the desk ; she suggested we wrap the tree trunk loosely in burlap.  “Or,” she said, “You could just get a gun.”

“What?   I could never kill Bambi,” I said.  She said, “well you wouldn’t be killing Bambi honey, you’d be killing Bambi’s dad.” and then I felt stupid. ( And My dad was a hunter and he did love the outdoors.  He ate everything he killed, but none of his children would .  He loved his hunting friends and they were his closest friends without question.  He loved his hunting dogs, as long as they were really good.   I don’t think he was that good of a shot, because he would admit others got deer when he did not.  I went with him once to that place where you say “PULL” and then BAM, you shoot the ?Rifle and it is called a clay pigeon?  See, I only went once and it was pointless to me.

So that’s the talk for today:Shawl and memories of my father. My father is alive and having some rough times.  We reconnected a few years ago, at my initiative.  I will send him a letter today all about my memories of him hunting.  That kind of thing makes him crazy happy.

 

Whirlwind Weekend

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*Isn’t this a darling hat?  The girl who was wearing it, said it was a gift but it was hand knitted gift , from a friend.   The front is basically a brim with a purl some rows, then knit some rows pattern .  It was chunky and super cute on her.

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*The local pretty fountain that is a replica of one in Central Park, got a big surprise and froze itself.   I, personally, think it is so beautiful.  A gift.  An angel gift!
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I worked on adding no slip dots to my socks, yesterday.  I’d say about half my socks are now slip safe.  I do like wearing socks in the house, but as I’ve told you we have wood floors everywhere.  They do take about 4 hours to dry, but I leave them alone for a whole night to dry.  (locked away from wool loving cats)   We shall see how well they do when I gently wash them in the sink.

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This is my new pattern: The Cute Collared Cowl.

My weekend goal was to knit a cowl for charity.  I ended up creating this one .  I’m selling the pattern on Ravelry.   It worked up kind of quick, but my hands do not like big needles and chunky yarn.  Still the finish is fun and will keep someone stylishly warm.  I’ll be sending it off to Ravelry’s Resistance Knitters group.  The whole point of the group is kindness which I love.  I promised to contribute a knit and I shall.

Tomorrow,  we are expecting over 5 inches of snow.  It is also a holiday so no post offices will be  open.  It’s November and we are unusually snowy.  I fear our Barn classes will be cancelled as it is too slick for safe driving even up here in the country.  Most people have big trucks etc, but the road conditions have to be good for our clients.   We will find out early tomorrow.  Fireman got the snowblower all fired up late this afternoon.

More to tell:  I am very excited to say that I  checked  the Quince sticks that I cut and tried to root with root powder about a month ago.  I gave them the old scratch test, today and they are green!!!!!!  They  took!  Now, I hope the three that I cut and rooted will do well this winter. I covered them with fencing.

*  I spent time this fall, as short as it was,  moving  plants and dividing plants.   With snows coming early I hope I gave them enough time to get settled in.

* The farmers here are having so much trouble with hay harvest.  It is just too wet.  Even our Barn, which supplies and grows its own Hay, had to purchase for the winter.  Friends with horses are saying the same thing.

 

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Well, Marshmallow isn’t the most darling of the horses, but she is so so good with her  little riders.   She has a really thick coat, so she will be set for tomorrows snowfall.  The horses may get the day off, as I’ve mentioned.  They never seem to mind the cold.

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I don’t know if I mentioned that our Vietnam Veteran friend Larry, showed us this

boat, that I think is a Higgins Boat that was used at the Normandy Invasion .  It is now in Bayfield, Wisconsin.   It was an awful reminder of those who served and those who continue to serve for our freedoms.  I will be thanking all The veterans I know tomorrow, with a phone call .  Larry was in the Army in Viet Nam, My father was in the U.S. during the Korean War, and our dear friend Ray , served directing the funerals of our soldiers from Vietnam when they returned to our Military Cemeteries .    My father in law Russ was a Navy man.   I know a few nurses that I worked with that were ROTC and they deserve thanks, too.  Oh and my Uncle Dan was in the service during Vietnam as well.
It was difficult for so many families, then and now.  I know my blog pals have the utmost respect for those who serve and those who have served.

 

 

 

 

Sparkly……

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I found this berry/silver lanagatto on clearance at my new LYS. I think it will make an awesome headband.

I am committing to a charity knit scarf for Elise’s Lovely Yarn Escapes, campaign .  Currently she’s co-ordinating knits of scarves and hats for asylum seekers.  I can make a warm scarf lickety split!

I so enjoyed ALL of your thoughts on National Parks.  They are such treasures. This year we hit Zion in Utah, Apostle Islands in Wisconsin and Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge? Next year??   Not sure.  But we will make a plan for sure .   Oklahoma has other great State Parks we have yet to see.

If you go to Door County In Wisconsin, try to go to the Cave Point State park.  It is an amazing and beautiful place.

Wisconsin has good ones too:  Devil’s Lake State Park, with lovely hiking.  Of course, our 21 mile Lake Geneva lakefront path is a local treasure.  Door County has Peninsula State Park which is absolutely lovely for hiking.

Michigan ‘s Porcupine Mountains are just a stones throw from Wisconsin’ s northernmost border….about an hour away and beautiful!!!!

How about sharing your parks or little known gems ?

 

 

 

 

Repurposing knits, rescuing cats, reaching out to the needy and a fascinating read. R, R, R and R

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My girl is so happy with her new kitten Dolly.  Her other cat Lincoln is completely in love with this Dolly.   And Dolly loves Lincoln and Al.  Win. Win . Win.  This morning as ice glazed the driveway , I sat in the warm little front hallway and played a wand toy game with Fezzik.  Maine Coon cats stay kittens for a long time.

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I think about how having a dog made me get outside to walk daily.   It was rarely as cold as I thought it was going to be.  But, I do have long barn days on Mondays and Thursdays and I consider that my outdoor work.  The grooming area and stalls are not heated.  The arena is.  It will be very cold today.  So,  does anyone have a heated vest or jacket or gloves?  I keep seeing them on my computer ads.  I’m thinking of getting one or two.

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The theme this week with my knitting appears to be repurpose.  This was once a big felted sack that I used for quite a while for a purse.   Now it is Beatles’ favorite bed.  I took off the tie and just folded it into to a bed.  He loves it.  It has a second use life now.  Why does that make me so happy?

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Regina and Nancy and Betsy and so many more of you are charity knitters .  All of these warm hats were created by Regina in one week!   Since it is 20 degrees outside and snow has come so early, I know there will be some people who are going to feel the warmth of the hat and the compassion of a stranger who knit for them.

Finally, I finished a book!  A 360 page book!  It was fascinating and it was also a bit frightening.   Death in the Grand Canyon was written a bit ago, by rangers who have seen it all .

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Funny thing is,  Fireman went  to get his haircut today and , Diana, who cuts his hair was commenting on how treacherous the Great lakes can be.  SCORE!!!  Another woman who understands how I think!   He told her we will probably never go to the Grand Canyon after I read this book.   Oh and there’s half the number of deaths in Yellowstone as in the Grand Canyon.  I LOVE THE NATIONAL PARKS.   But I have learned from this book:

*People don’t realize how hot it is there (over 100 degrees to 120 degrees is not uncommon) and there is little shade.

*People don’t realize how cold it gets there (stranded at night it gets to the 30s or lower)

*People underestimate the power of the Colorado River.  It took decades before people successfully maneuvered through the Canyon river and many died trying.

*People don’t understand flash flooding phenomenon and they don’t heed Ranger advice.

*People trust the outfitters without truly checking out their experience levels and trusting them with their lives.

Now, wasn’t the nice?  I read it while knitting my friend’s hat.   Straight knitting that required no thought and I could just glance at while reading.  The full title: Over the Edge: Death in the Grand Canyon by Ghiglieri and Myers .(  Recommended by Fireman’s friend John who loves the National Parks, hiking and camping and nature.)

 

SILK PILLOW OUT OF A SOW’S EAR

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WE’VE ALL DONE IT.  FAILED MISERABLY WITH A HAT OR A FELTING PROJECT. 

WELL, THAT’S KIND OF PRESUMPTUOUS OF ME, BUT I ‘LL SAY THAT MOST OF US HAVE HAD THE ,  “THIS WAS A TOTAL WASTE OF MY TIME!!! AND MONEY!! AND YARN!!!” MOMENT.  MAN I STINK AT THIS……

EVEN AFTER YEARS OF KNITTING IT HAPPENS TO ME.  SO, MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT A HAT (FOR FRIEND MARK)  ENDED ALL WRONG.  I LET IT BE FOR A BIT AND HURRIED UP TO KNIT HIM ANOTHER HAT IN ANOTHER WAY.   AND THANKS FOR YOUR LOVING COMPLIMENTS!!!

SUDDENLY AFTER JUST LETTING THE FAIL MULL AROUND IN A DRAWER,A FEW DAYS,  THIS IDEA POPPED INTO MY HEAD.  I TOOK OUT MY NEEDLE FELTING LEFTOVERS, AND I STARTED PUTTING FLOWERS ON THE BIG MISTAKE.  THEN I FILLED IT WITH THAT WHITE STUFF THAT GOES ALL OVER YOUR CLOTHES AND SOFA AS YOU PUSH IT INTO THE  WANT TO BE PILLOW.

OH, I FORGOT, I TURNED IT INSIDE OUT AND STARTED SEAMING THE PILLOW UNTIL IT HAD JUST  SMALL OPENING LEFT FOR ME TO SEW CLOSED.  THEN I TURNED IT RIGHTSIDE OUT AND FILLED IT UP.

VOILA.  ITS A LIL PILLOW NOW.  I LIKE IT.  I KNOW MISS PIE WILL CLAIM IT, SO I’M ENJOYING IT VISUALLY FOR A BIT BEFORE I PUT IT ON HER COUCH. ( YES, IT IS HER COUCH. )

AND MY VENTURE INTO NEEDLE FELTING IS PROBABLY OVER.  I’VE DONE A FEW THINGS WITH FELTING AND PERFER TO KNIT.  BUT I’LL KEEP THE WOODEN TOOL .  ALL THE SPECIAL POINTY, SHOULD NEED A PERMIT FOR THIS WEAPON, FELTING NEEDLES HAVE NOW , ALL  BROKEN. ( AND ARE DISCARDED WITH THEIR KILLER POINTS CAREFULLY STUCK INTO THICK FOAM AND TOSSED INTO THE TRASH)

I LOVE THIS QUIRKY FLOWERY PILLOW.

OH AND AS AN ASIDE, FIREMAN AND I WERE WORKING IN THE WOODS YESTERDAY AND HE WAS WEARING  A HAT I MADE HIM!!! I WAS SO HAPPY .I TOLD HIM HEY!! YOU ARE WEARING MY HAT I MADE YOU!  SLYLY HE SAYS, “YEAH I GOT A BOWL OF SOUP WITH THIS HAT.”  NOT FUNNY FIREMAN. NOT FUNNY AT ALL.

BUT KIND OF….