For the Birds

DSCF0450.jpgFinished!  My Take Five Socks (Dee’s awesome pattern).  The yarn was gifted to me from Al for Christmas.  Knit on size one double points.  It is an Oklahoma Yarn from a local dyer.   The color is a bit more pink than has shown up on the photo.

I started them a bit ago, and then put the second sock down while I knitted summer tops.  It was nice to have them ready to pick up again over the weekend.  You know this is a huge departure for me.  I normally stay true to one knit until it is done.  Could it be?  Am I becoming more flexible?

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Blueberry Dump Cake for Two last night.  There is nothing easier than dump cake.   It is more of a cobbler to me.  The recipe is from the book Delicious Dump Cakes.  There are many free dump cake recipes on line.  Go ahead, try one.  Best eaten warm in my opinion.  I’m a corning ware lover.  Are you? My mom always had corning ware in our cabinets.

Fireman and I walked for two hours around part of the Lake Geneva path yesterday.  He suggested we bring our trekking poles and I am so glad we did.  The path is uneven and changes in character often.

Finally, today we saw some shoots coming out of the ground Sunday when we did some yard work.  I was HOPING this new house would have some flowers in the springtime.   There are daffodil shoots coming up and hyacinth, too . I’m not sure if there are irises or day lilies coming up in a few spots.  We are far from over with the cold here, but the signs are there….

and we cleaned out a bluebird house that was just jammed with junk.  Here’s hoping a bird makes a nest there.  I’m very nosey and would love to see the birds carry on there.

Do you have bird houses?  We did in the old house and no one ever wanted to move in….

Here’s hoping for this home, let’s hope its FOR the Birds!

 

 

 

March Monday Q and A 2017

dscf0453* Aren’t these tiny skeins adorable?  (rhetorical question) 

*How many KITS of yarn and pattern do you have in your stash?

*Have you ever seen a snow rainbow?

*Have you tried virtual reality glasses on?

*What is the farthest thing OUT marked on your calendar right now?

*What one item in your wardrobe is most lacking?  In other words, what do you need to shop for soon?

*How many National Parks in the U.S. have you been to?

*What will you do with a single skein of handspun in dk weight that’s pure wool?

My answers:

  1. I only have one kit and it is the one I’m showing you.  It was a gift.  I think I’m too picky to buy someone else’s idea of a knit.  With my itchy wool reactions, I have to substitute yarns to be happy in the end.
  2. I have NOT seen a snow rainbow.  Next year will be fine, thank you Mother Nature.  I had never even heard of such a rainbow until the knit group ladies mentioned them last week at Needles’n Pins.
  3. I have tried virtual glasses on and I found them interesting.  I think they are a fad for kids.
  4. Memorial Day is my farthest out event. AL comes in!!
  5. Shoes.  Oh man I need a pair of clogs, I need a pair of inside -ish shoes, and I need some gym shoes to walk outdoors in.   I wear shoes out.  I need to shoe shop apparently!
  6. I’ve been to Yosemite, Sequoia National, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Everglades, and the Great Smokey Mountains ……I want to go to more.
  7. I think I’ll cast on a hat with my really wooly handspun that I purchased from a vendor that spins it herself.   No tag,  Just a basket of wool to pick from.  I’m in the mood to knit a hat.

Happy Happy Monday.  We are expecting southernly winds to bring us to 60s!  and then some thunder storms.  I know it will be a great Monday for Judy and Dee who are meeting up in Florida.  ahhhhh when cross country knit friends meet…its magic

Helena by Coco Knits Finish

DSCF0438.jpgI finished Helena.  It was a super easy knit.  It needs blocking, Captain Obvious here.

Details: Knit with Berroco Remix.  One and a half skeins.  I chose the 3rd version of the pattern.   Basically this means I knit it in the round for the first half of the pattern. I may make another.  I figure I’ll wear this one out.  dscf0440-1

Yesterday I thought we would clean our carpets.  We rented a machine and worked, like DOGS, for 3 1/2 hours.  Why did I think this would be a snap?  Moving furniture, running buckets back and forth to the machine etc.

I was worn out.  Pie was not happy.  She does not like the noise or the furniture moving around.  Given she can’t really see, I understand.

Anyhew, Fireman suggested we go to a fish fry for dinner.  We tried a new place and loved it.  I had a margarita and ahhhhhhhhh it was so good.  When our funny waitress asked if I wanted another, Fireman said yes for me.  Then she brought a 3rd….because the bartender made a mistake.  I did not drink much of the 3rd.  I really don’t drink often.  I stay away from it because of my family history of alcoholism.  But wow, I felt TOTALLY 100% completely relaxed as Fireman drove us home.
It is a good thing alcohol is too many weight watcher points, and I’d probably pick a bakery cookie over anything else anyhow.

Happy Saturday!

Finishing Helena

dscf0436I’m getting there with Helena.  I have one back shoulder to complete, then three needle bind offs.  Weave in ends.  Try it on.  Cross fingers.  

I like a finish without angst.  No, I love a finish without angst.  

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I needed to laugh last night, so I watched an old podcast of the Fat Squirrel.  Amy Beth can always make me laugh…outloud.  She asks for a micro donation to her podcast.  I have no problem giving her a micro donation.
That said, I hope knit blogs never charge for their words.   

She talked about how garter stretches out of control.  Does it?  Garter and I don’t get along you know, so I would not know.  

I watched a darling movie called ARRANGED yesterday.  Al gave it to me.  It is the story of two teachers in this day and age whose families are arranging their marriages.   It is an easy movie to like.  Thank goodness I don’t have to arrange my childrens’ marriages.  Thank goodness my father could not arrange mine! 

Finally, the photo above is our sunset last night in Wisconsin.  Either the weather folk and the Chamber of commerce are in cahoots, ( is that a word?) or we will be getting 50s and 60s in the next few days .  I. Cant. wait.

 

 

 

Shawls and Simulations

dscf0414Yesterday at Needle’n Pins Wednesday Knit,  Doreen showed us her finished Multnomah Falls shawl.  Isn’t it pretty?  She knitted it with Gypsy Girl Creations Transitions 100% superwash . This is a Stonebarnfibers fingering yarn.  (and I think of Teresa with the name of the pattern of course) 

I just love how the colors melt into one another.  She said the pattern is easy.  I’ve seen it knit by others but not in this wonderful yarn.  

It is snowing lightly this morning, so according to the Farmers Almanac Spring is on its way. dscf0421

This guy was outside the knit shop.  

Fireman got an indoor golf simulation gift certificate for Christmas.  I think he’s going golfing today…maybe he’ll golf Pebble Beach……

If we could have a knit scene simulation where would you knit today?  I’d knit on a screened porch at a cabin in the northwoods with my family all around me.  How about you?

 

 

 

 

March First, Twenty-Seventeen

dscf0408It is the start of meteorologic Spring here.  March, April, May by definition, so we made it.   And it is snowing.  One snow left per the robin theory I told you about last week.  🙂 dscf0409The birds are more dependent on sunlight, I believe than weather, so they KNOW.  This coming weekend is the last one before we change the clocks.  Spring Forward……YES!

dscf0412dscf0410I am about 8 inches into my Helena by Coco Knits.  This is very very simple knitting.  There are 4 ridges or i cordlike parts that divide the four sections.  I am love love loving the yarn, Berroco Remix Light.  30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% acrylic, 10% silk, and 9% linen.  It is 100% recycled fibers.   My color is bluer than this photo depicts.  It is color 6919.   

There is no wool content, and Fezzik knows it.  He hasn’t even tried to run away with the ball of yarn.   Oh and it is machine wash in cold on delicate, lay flat to dry.   

I will have to find other things to knit with this soft and cuddly yarn.   A cowl that doesn’t itch sounds amazing.  A big wrap scarf to wear right against my neck?  A shawl?  Countless options.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Good Visit

unnamedSo here I was  in the  Oklahoma City yarn shop.  Gourmet Yarn is a big store.  I bought a pattern there.   I promised to just run in.  Suffice to say I didn’t see half the yarn in this place.   This is a big shoppe. ….  a big big shoppe.   

I purchased this pattern: Take Me to Spain, by Drops Design.  Its a asymmetric vest. Later, I read the pattern carefully and it said,  “there are 14 related videos to this pattern” What?  I don’t want a class, I want a pattern.  It’s going in that binder where I keep patterns that I may or may not ever knit.  

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I had a wonderful chat with my Aunt yesterday.  She is like a sister to my mom.  It just lifted me up to talk to her.  She visits mom and she knows her so well.  Then Fireman and I went to visit Mom.  She was in a good good mood.  She laughed.  She cuddled her baby doll.  We talked about the baby.  (her doll)  

Maria Shriver wrote about her mom’s babydoll dementia days.  Some people don’t react or relate to the baby doll but some do. My mom loves babies and always has.  Nothing made her happier than having her own babies, fostering newborns, knowing someone was having  a baby.  So it makes sense that it  makes my mom happy to cuddle the baby doll. 

When I left mom last night, she was happy to be babysitting for me. She cradled the doll and we hushed quietly so that the baby would sleep while I was gone.  I assured her I left a bottle in the fridge if she needed it.  

For all of you who pray and wish and think of me and my mom during this time, THANK YOU.  I needed a good visit.