Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Cup Of Tea

Good morning. It's another sparkle filled morning in the Sierra! I am knitting away like mad on my Olympics project, but I thought that today I would show you a finished sweater. I wasn't able to do a lot of knitting or sewing for the last many, many months, but I did manage to complete one sweater that I think is sort of fun. It is knit with Cascade chunky yarn, and of course on large needles. Grab a cup of tea, and I'll show you...

I'm sorry to say that I don't remember the pattern that I used. It was a very simple one, and I like the shape. It's like a "swing" coat. It flares at the bottom with buttons that are off center. Sort of like me! The collar doesn't photograph well, but it fits snuggly around my neck to keep those Twain Harte snow flakes out.

My favorite part are the appliqued flowers. I'm old enough to remember the 'seventies. Do you remember how popular the Volkswagen Beetles were? Everyone had one. I didn't, but we won't go there... Anyway, if you were my age you probably had a Beetle, with these cute daisy flower decals on the trunk. I found the pattern for these in a book by Nicky Epstein.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Gonna Be Hot


I love Summer!

This Summer is a warm one.  The past two have been perfect and cool. I'm not a happy camper when the thermometer rises. Heat and I do not get along. One more thing that my Mom and I have  in common... That will be a different post for a different day.

Thankfully the Olympics are happening, and I can spend my day in the air conditioning knitting away on my Olympics project. I knit all day long yesterday while watching bicycling, rowing, beach volleyball, swimming and gymnastics. I love the aerial views of London. I wish I knew what some of those buildings were, so that I can go visit them sometime on a future visit. There was a round one yesterday that was red with a bluish roof. Do any of you know what I'm talking about?

I left the pocket off of my "Wonderful Wallaby". I don't think I would use it, and I want to finish my project on time. I will do the hood though. Right now I'm just knitting around and around and around. Sort of boring, but it's easy to keep my eyes on the television and pay attention to who wins and who loses. I think I've added about ten inches so far. Three more to go until something interesting happens.

See you tomorrow. I have to go clean during the commercial.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This Years Project

We usually do one remodel job a year, and this year it was a biggie. It started before Christmas, when as the song says the weather was frightful...
We replaced all of our windows and doors. Our house is almost thirty years old, and the windows were showing their age. Four of them wouldn't even open. A few others, even though double paned had broken seals, so they fogged up. Who wants fogged up windows when you live in a forest and need to see what critters are walking around outside?

So, before I have nothing to talk about but my "Wonderful Wallaby", here are some photos of the new windows and front door...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ravellenic Games----Let The Games Begin!

Ok. I'm doing it this time. I thought about it the last two Olympics, but wasn't a very sure or prolific knitter. I have a bit more experience under my belt, and I'm going to take the plunge! For those of you not familiar with what I'm talking about, I will attempt to explain... Ravelry is a fabulous website for knitters. You can download patterns, make friends, join favorite groups of knitters, etc. I joined awhile ago, actually at the beginning when they started it. I signed up, and had to wait for an invitation. http://www.ravelry.com/   If you are a knitter and you haven't signed up, you are missing out...

Where was I? Oh yes, I'm joining the Ravellenic Games. It's a group of knitters who are starting a project when the opening ceremony of the Olympics start. You must finish the project during the Olympics. Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/ravellenic-games-2012  The above photo is of my project for this year. Yes, I cheated.  I already started mine... I needed a simple non-thinking project, and this fit the bill. I haven't touched it in weeks. Promise! ...and I'm not picking it up again until the official opening ceremony. On my honor as a Girl Scout!

I am knitting "The Wonderful Wallaby". It's a hooded sweater, knit in the round from the bottom up. I'm using a yarn that is Llama and wool. It's Cascade, Pastaza and it's as soft as a cloud. It's unfortunately discontinued though. I think it's going to be a very warm sweater. Now you need to promise me that you won't tell my physical therapist that I'm going to be knitting like a mad fool for seventeen days.

Wish me luck! Let the games begin!

I don't know why I have three of the above photos, but I tried to delete two of them and can't... Genius at the computer at work.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fun Weekend

We took a picnic lunch, and went up the mountain to Donnell Vista. We had perfect company. Our son and his family. We had a little uninvited company (yellow Jackets). It made for speedy eating...

Our oldest grandaughter came for a Birthday weekend. We went to so many places, and these are not in order. We spent a morning in Columbia, and I have a photo of myself in this exact location when I was the same age. I was on vacation with my grandparents. Mam and Pap. It brought back so many wonderful memories.

Anyway enough about me...

We had tea at Columbia Kates Teahouse. We drank ginger peach iced tea, because it was very hot! The apricot scones were perfect!

The day before, we had a shop til you drop day for Madisons birthday gifts. We bought clothes, and art supplies and special things for Madis room. Oh, and a big bag of candy, because we also went to see a movie. Before the movie, we went to the Farmers Market where we had delicious pastries, and bought fruit and corn on the cob.

This is sort of a backwards post, but Nana's tired... BUT very happy!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Our Puppy

This is Rowan. Masters Once Upon A Time. She's three and a half months old. She is wonderful.

Some of our family find her more wonderful than others. Audrey is tolerating her, but Montana still is not enamored. In fact he has started using the couch that he wasn't allowed on, again. I can't get mad at him. Miss Rowan tends to pick on him a little, and he's ten. Too old to be abused by razor sharp puppy teeth. Audrey just puts the little firecracker in her place, and gets on with things!

Be back later, I have to go play with my new puppy...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In Progress

Well, I'm finally participating in Summer! I can weed the vegetable garden, and water, and harvest! I've spent time sitting on my beautiful deck immersed in the pages of some great books. I was reading a lot earlier this year too, but my memory was slightly altered by medications that I was forced to take to survive the ravages of my neck injury. I'm now back to being myself, and so happy. I feel normal!

The bumblebees are very busy as well in the purple coneflowers. Buzzing from pincushion to pincushion.

The sunflowers are so joyful. Don't they just make you smile? Ours are sown from year to year by the birds, and we let them grow where they are planted. Some this year are in the middle of our pumpkin patch.

We have a very large purple coneflower patch.

We have a happy Birthday boy that turned ten yesterday. My best friend, Montana...

We have another little surprise. Come back tomorrow, and I'll give you a peek.

Oh, I almost forgot. This is mostly a blog about my sewing, quilting, and knitting. The best part of this Summer so far, is that I'm doing all of those things now! Jumping up and down!!! My fingers work. I am very excited about having my life back.

 I'm even more excited because my Grandchildren are going to be making visits soon. I can hardly wait...