Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Baby Blanket

Coming soon to a crib near me . . .

Monday, September 23, 2013

More yarn?

 I bought a couple hanks of yarn while I was out visiting Dena. 
What can I say?  It's a tradition and I HAD to do it.  
This is just Cascade sock yarn, nothing special and not too expensive but I liked the colors.

I'm not sure what this orange one is for, but I loved it.  I bought orange yarn once before for a pair of socks for me but when I started knitting them, my husband claimed them for his own.  Since he so rarely wants anything I knit, those first orange socks became his.
These will be mine . . . well, maybe.  Most of the socks I knit end up as someone else's.

This yarn is more blue/green than this photo shows.  It was pretty and I liked it.
It is going to become a pair of Anna Zilboorg's A Beautiful Necessity socks.  The pattern is available from Blue Moon Fiber Arts - finally, after a very long wait.

These socks can be knit plain or embroidered and I think I am going to embroider them.

And blooming in my garden for fall - my piresea passiflora.  It's long been one of my favorite and I'm so happy to see it blooming!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

On the Needles

First, actually started is the Zodiac le Plume pattern by Holly Chayes in Cephalopod Yarns Skinny Bugga in the Sand Dollar color way.  This color is actually a pale lavender and very lovely but sometimes and in some lights it looks a little gray.  This is going to be gorgeous and it's a pretty easy knit.

 Next up is the Theodosia Shawlette by Sarah Eyre.  Sarah owns Cephalopod Yarns.  This is a lovely, lacy little shawlette and it should be a fun knit.  The yarn is sort of a burnt red-orange, it was a tough color to capture.  It is lovely though.  

And now for some gratuitous cute dog photos . . . they were, as always, helping me take these photos.  They are always by my side, helping with whatever I need help with. 
I guess they use their sense of smell to keep up with me because it sure doesn't look like they can see well enough to follow!!
Top dog is Casey, and the little one below is Zuzu.

And the whole time I was outside taking photographs, there was a flock of hawks flying over head and screaming.  I don't know if you call multiple hawks a flock or not, but there were at least seven that I counted.  I couldn't get more than two in a photo, but trust me, there were many more.  I was a little worried about Zuzu since she doesn't even weigh ten pounds yet, but she's safe and sound.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dena's Birthday Surprise

And here is another thing I forgot to take pictures of while visiting Dena and Mom.  
I knit these socks for Dena.  She likes handknit socks and she isn't supposed to be knitting these days.  So I figured I would just knit her a pair for her birthday.  The yarn is called Mad Sock in the Malachite colorway and is from Madsen Originals on Etsy.  I love the color and might just have to order some more for myself.   The sock Pattern is Diagonal Lace Socks by Wendy Johnson and is really easy.  I needed really easy because I started these when my shoulder was acting up.

And, in the fall garden, blooming today is one of my favorites - my toad lily:


Friday, September 20, 2013


This is Amari by Marie Grace Smith.  It is a free pattern available on the Juniper Moon Farms website and I knit it using Juniper Moon Sabine yarn.  It is a sample for them to give to yarn reps.  It is a really quick and easy knit - only took about 5 days and wouldn't have taken that long if I hadn't been traveling.  It took under two skeins of the oatmeal color and just a few yards of the pink.  It is on it's way to the yarn company now.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Teresa's Baking

Not only did Teresa cook fresh, from scratch Mushroom Soup while she was out here visiting, she baked a rhubarb pie.  Both of these items she shared with Mom and me.  But not with my hubby.

She had planned on making Mom some gluten free chocolate chip cookies while she was here but it seemed as tho she had run out of time.

But no, the darling daughter got up at some outrageous hour in the morning to make cookies.  Let's think this through - her plane left at 8:30 in the morning, so she needed to be at the airport by 7:30.  The airport is an hour from here so we had to leave by 6:30.  It takes a good hour to make cookies and get ready to go so she must have gotten up before dawn even thought about cracking.  I don't know because I slept in until 5:30.

But here are pictures of: cookies on the sheet before cooking, after cooking, after cooling and on the plate.  Mom wasn't up when we left so Teresa left the cookies with me to take over to Mom later.

What an awesome daughter Teresa is.

By Dena

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Mom's Birthday Present

This is the Triquetta capelet that I made for Mom.  I hadn't posted it because I didn't want to give away the surprise and then I was waiting until I went out to visit so I could get pictures of her wearing it . . . and I forgot!!!!  Maybe Dena will take a few for me.  It's lovely and soft because it is made out of Aslan Trends Baby Llama & Mulberry Silk blend yarn.  It was a fun knit since I had never done the never ending cables - the beginnings and ends are not supposed to show and the ends pretty much don't.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

By the time I got to Denver . . .

I started out knitting on the nearly finished sock but decided this was a good time to get the second sock going. So, after a few rows on the first one I started the second and it is going well.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Dena and I made cream of mushroom soup . . . Man, is it yummy!

Rhubarb Pie

Dena picked the rhubarb out of her garden and we made a pie. Delicious!

Fred and Jim

Fred and Jim have been splitting and stacking wood since yesterday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Riding to Oregon

and knitting a free-sole sock. One of Anna Zilboorg's patterns, as yet unnamed and unpublished.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mama's and Babies

The black mama is La Negrita and her brown baby is Junebug. The white mama with the blue eyes is Angelique and her white baby, also with blue eyes, is Augusta. Tanna the llama is in the same pasture. Tanna and Angelique are each ready to have new little ones any day now.