Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Felines Vol 16 2015

This is Frosty.  He lives with my in laws.  They found him during a blizzard (hence the name).  They found him in a snowbank and he had a broken leg.  They rescued him and nursed him back to health.  

They checked around to see if he belonged to anyone and nobody claimed him ... so here he is several years later, still with them.  He is just like my Nikoh ... its scary how much they are alike.  He was very skid-dish when they first found him.  Now that he's been loved and cared for many years later, he's still a little quirky, but super sweet and friendly!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Traveling Monsters Vol. 6

This is Tutulli's visit, she hails from Texas.  Quite a ways from here.  We took her up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

The weather wasn't great, it rained a bit, but that cooled things off.

We helped my SIL make brownies.

We checked out the pond.

Lots of frogs, tadpoles, variations of tadpole/frog, newts!!  Don't know if I will swim in there again any time soon ...

We played Zombie Dice.

We checked out the bear (we have a smaller version - cub at home - didn't see the real bear(s) this visit.

We popped around the property and checked out the pretty wild flowers.

And the Lunar Moth.

And some other fuzzy moth ...

And some more flowers ...

And then the weather cleared up ...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Felines Vol 15 2015


My sweet, baby boy .... love his face!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A little crochet

I've been working on my crochet skills a bit recently.  I was happy to find that I now remember all the different stitch terms (and can work them) and I am beginning to see how crochet works (forming corners for example).  Being a knitter - sorry, Knitter - crochet didn't make a whole lot of sense to me and I don't always understand the patterns (especially if its not SPELLED out).  Now I am beginning to be able to work it, see its not right, study the finished item photo and go, ah ha ... that's what that meant,

Pattern: Vintage Linen Coasters by Amy Polcyn
Yarn: Schachenmayr Original Catania Solids, Mercerized Cotton, color Lavender

Really nice little pattern, great yarn.  I think I'd like to make some of these up as gifts (I'm guessing in my house they will end up as cat toys if we use them as coasters ....)

Pattern: Flower Garden Granny Square by Hiromi Widerquist
Yarn: Miscellaneous Peaches & Cream and Sugar & Cream

Awesome pattern, great for beginners.  I am thinking of making up many squares in purple, pink, blue and orange and making a blanket ... but its cotton, so I am still on the fence on this one, I'm not sure how functional it would be as a blanket in 100% cotton ... but it sure would be pretty.

Pattern: Vintage Hankie Washcloth by Julie Tarsha
Yarn: Phildar Phil Coton 3

This is a REALLY nice cotton yarn.  It has aloe in it, its super soft and really nice to work with.  If cotton didn't stretch and pill and make for not so great garments,  I would totally make a sweater out of this!  I would like to make up a set of wash cloths using the same 3 colors in different sections for each cloth.  Its a nice pattern, but I had trouble following the edging and ended up winging it to work out (it didn't quite make sense as written or line up with the photo of the finished item).

Monday, June 15, 2015

Traveling Monsters Vol. 5

Cookie came to visit from Ohio. I didn't have a lot of time to take Cookie out, but she did come out to visit with my other sister who was up from FL.

My sister and her friend (she was staying with) came out my way on the train, which saved me a good 1.5-2 hour  drive.  On the way back there was no train for 3 hrs or so at the station near me, she had asked me previously if I could drive them to another station to get back (which is right near the ice cream place ... is where my mind immediately went to).

We hung out there for a bit and had ice cream of course.  We went looking for the peacock, he wasn't in the pen with the other animals (probably avoiding the numerous field trips and LOUD kiddos).

We found him hiding in the trees nearby.  I guess he liked having his photo taken, because when I stopped to go back and pick up my purse off the walkway, he called out ... and scared the bejeezus out of me!

And I went back and took  more photos ...

And almost stepped on a chippie.  I thought he was going to climb right up my back while I was squatting to get photos of the peacock.  I don't know if he's used to people being around or what, but he was fearless.

And poor Cookie was like hey I thought we were here to take photos of me?!?!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Friday Felines Vol. 14


He's such a strange character ...

Monday, June 8, 2015

Master Knitting Level 2 Vol. 1

And on to Level 2!  As you can see, I took no break between Level 1 and 2, LOL!  With the excitement of passing Level 1 ... I figured I'd make use of the forward momentum.

Level 2 focuses much more on finishing techniques and color work. Of the 19 swatches most of them are displaying the knitter's seaming abilities, picking up and working bands (neck/arm) and button holes and pockets.

In addition to the 16 questions, which must be referenced and cited and usually have 2-6 sub questions (for example, questions 1-4 ... I counted 8), also required is 3-4 page report on the history of knitting, four book reviews as well as many more instructions and patterns for swatches written.

The projects include an Argyle sock (yup, just one), a Fair Isle wrislet and a vest (either Fair Isle or something with seaming).

Whew!  On to level 2!