Saturday, June 1, 2013


After much serious thinking, I have decided to discontinue my blog.  It appears I don't have too many followers and it's probably because I've not been too regular and interesting to others.   I would rather spend more time knitting.

I'm going to leave the blog up for awhile as I would like to continuing following others blogs.

Keep on knitting............

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Thought I'd bring you up to date on where I'm at on the Sea of Dreams baby blanket.  It's a fun knit and the yarn is really nice.    I worked on it quite a bit over the Memorial Day weekend.
Got this in the mail today.  Yarn for three Racing Raindrop Scarves - one in each color.   This scarf calls for clear beads (with a silver lining) along one edge, and I look forward to doing that.
Looks like I have my "work" cut out for me, so I'd better get at it.  

Saturday, May 25, 2013


First of all, "THANK YOU" to all our active and retired service people this weekend, as well as good memories of those who served and have passed!  They are and were truly heroes.

This morning we drove out to Leaf and Feather, a wonderful nursery near us.  They always have what we're looking for in the way of plants.  Its also a great place to bring kids, as they are a rescue place for birds of all types: chickens, peacocks, parrots, parakeets, etc. so lots of fun looking around.

We wanted a couple more plants to put along the border next to our neighbor's fence in the backyard, and picked out these petite oleanders with red flowers.  We already have an awful lot of yellow blooming back there, and also have a few pink oleanders, so these are a nice change.
As for knitting, I'm in a "startitis" period.  Don't know what's gotten into me, but I'm sure excited to cast on new projects.

First, let me show you a completed project:  A Ribbon Street Cowl knit in some wonderful Bare Naked Wool from a new fiber mill which only spins natural sheep wool - no dyes - so the colors are actual "sheep" colors.

 I've just started a Baby Blanket in some Madtosh Sock yarn in Composition Book Gray color.   I don't have a particular baby in mind, but just wanted to knit the blanket.  Pattern is Sea of Dreams.

 I'm awaiting orders placed for yarn and beads to make this Racing Raindrops Scarf from Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island, WA.  I've never included beads in my knitting, so looking forward to the challenge.
 And, last but not least, I've received the yarn to knit this scarf designed by a knitting friend, Tina Sanders.   Pattern name is Los Verdes.   The yarn I'm using is similar in color.
So as you can see, I have my work cut out for me, so now just need to get at it!!!

Happy knitting!

Friday, May 3, 2013


Since I don't have much else to show you in the way of knitting, I thought I'd post a few pictures of our yard.  Keep in mind the plants and trees have only been in the ground less than a year.

This is our Palo Verde tree and it's just loaded with sweet-smelling blossoms.  The bees and the hummingbirds love it!

This is an ice plant that has been blooming now for several months, non-stop.  The blooms open up around mid-morning and close every evening.  Can't believe it's grown from a small potted plant to now about 3 to 4 ft across just this year since we've been here.

Yes, we've been here nearly a year (come August 19th).  Things grow year around and the combination of the hot days and drip irrigation, everything grows like crazy!  We've already had several 100 degree days, but it's now cooled down to the 90's for a week or so.

The pretty bougainvillea plants we had last year when we moved in (5 of them) all froze this past winter even though we covered them when the temps were down in the 18-20 degree range for several nights.  So we're replacing them and others that froze.   Planted a couple honeysuckles and will show you a picture when they have some flowers on them.

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Wow, I can't believe how fast time flies (when you're having fun).  I've had things to say in my Blog, but just haven't found the time to sit down and write it.  I'm sure that never happens to any of you, my friends.

We had the last of our visitors, for a while anyway, during our grandkids Spring Break.  It was so nice to have the two girls and their mom for a week.  Did a lot of fun things, and the weather wasn't too hot for them, at least the first part of the week - was in the 70's, but 80's by the day they left.

We went to Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch, but stupid me, I took pictures of the kids feeding everything except the ostriches!

Here are the donkeys waiting/begging for food:


The manatees were fun:

The prairie dogs went crazy when you threw them peanuts:

These were the goats begging for something to eat:

Another day we went to an abandoned mining/ghost town.  Goldfield is pretty much kept like it was in the olden' days.

Their last day here it was in the 80's and we spent a good part of the day at our community swimming pool:
As for knitting, I should finish my Ribbon Street Cowl this weekend.  I'm hoping it's not too tight to get over my head!  I think I'll knit another one right away, as I love the pattern and it's an easy knit.  Good "gifting" projects.

There are two knitting groups just getting started in Maricopa and I have been going to them.  They're nothing like the ones I enjoyed in Graham, but I'm sure they will improve as time goes on.

Going out to a nursery this afternoon, but the temperature is supposed to be 101 today, so I'm sure we won't be staying outside long.   Although we are getting acclimated.  It's been in the 90's now for several weeks and we can handle that just fine.  It helps that the humidity is in the low teens.

That's all for now, and I'll try to be back more often.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Someone told us to be "prepared for a lot of visitors" when we moved to Arizona last year, and boy were they right.
Early last week we greeted old friends from Graham, Washington who were traveling in the area in their RV - so good to see them.
On Saturday, we drove to Casa Grande for corned beef and ham dinner with classmates of my hubby, who are snow-birding and live the rest of the year in the Boise, Idaho area.
Sunday, good friends/neighbors from when we lived in Sequim, Washington stopped by for a great afternoon of catching up on old times.
Monday, more good friends came from Graham, Washington and spent a couple of days with us before going to Apache Junction, AZ to open up their park model.   We'll be seeing more of them as they spend a few weeks down here.   Keith and his friend went for a swim one afternoon (our temps were in the high 80's - so just right.
They took these pictures of the swimming area in our "adult living complex".

My hubby is down to only 3 more radiation treatments (had a total of 45 - every week day and travel 60 miles round trip). He'ss doing pretty good.  We sure are looking forward to the end of all this, and the neighborhood is planning a "celebration" party for him next week.

And....since this is a knitting blog, this is what I have been working on - it seems I've not made a lot of progress on my scarf/cowl, but it's an enjoyable knit.
Also casting on for this cowl, which I'm really looking forward to working on.  It's being knitted with the new Anne Hanson Bare Naked Wool in the Burnt Toast color.
Knit on!

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Just received this picture of our nearly 7-months old great-grandson.   Can a little guy get any cuter than this:
I sure wish we were closer to give him hugs as he grows.   He lives in Washington and we live in Arizona.   We last saw him when he was a month or so old - so huggable!  He's already sitting up by himself, saying ma-ma and da-da and just started to crawl yesterday.   Sorry, didn't mean to go on and on about him, but just can't help it.

On the knitting front, I am working on this cowl with some wonderful Sweet Georgia BFL Sock yarn that is so wonderfully soft and the colors are beautiful.
I'm not very far along on this project, but am loving the yarn.  Unfortunately, I cast on on a 24" needle which is certainly on the short side.  I'm hoping it works out well, or I may have to knit off onto a longer needle before this is finished.
Will be posting more pictures as this grows and becomes more "photogenic"!!


Monday, February 4, 2013


Well, I accidentally deleted the first version of this post, so that's not a good start.  I'll see how much I remember of what I said.

Yes, love month is here!   I love February for several reasons:  I get to make Valentines to send to my grandkids and others; my brother and son-in-law both have birthdays this month and I get to pick out funny (age-wise) cards for them.  Of course, they send the same kind back to me since my birthday is also this month.

The Arizona weather has been beautiful the past week or so - in the 70's - can't get any better than that!   In my last post I discussed the cold weather we had - down to as low as 18 degrees.   Even though we covered everything: citrus trees and plants, (see photos in last post), our yard now is filled with dead-looking trees and plants.   This is a photo of our lemon tree:
Our landscaper stopped by today and advised us to do nothing for a least two weeks before trimming off the dead ends of all these limbs.   He said the lower part of the trees are still alive, but they're sure ugly right now.   I supposed we won't be getting any lemons, limes or oranges this year....sadly.

I finished my Align mitts.   They're so soft (mostly alpaca) and will gifted to someone in the family as they wouldn't get much use around here.   I've already cast on to make a cowl next.  I knit every day while waiting for hubby to get his radiation treatment, then sit outside the front of our house in the sun for an hour or so (until I get too hot).

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Arizona is warming back up - thank goodness!  I know for some of you, our lows of 20 degrees F are to be laughed at, but for us, that's cold!!!!  Our highs are back in the low 70's and night times in the high 30's to low 40's.  

We've gone from this scary picture, (kinda looks like 7ft. tall ghosts) showing our 3 citrus trees and many of the small plants covered,
to this:
I even went out on our front porch and knitted a little the last few days - the sun is so welcome.  Here's what I've been knitting on:

Finished these, which turned out to be little snug so that the design doesn't show up well.   That's fine, they'll be perfect for any of my 3 great-granddaughters.

I've started on these fingerless mitts, and loving the yarn which was hand-dyed by my good friend, Trine. 
I'll be spending a lot of time in doctor's offices for hubby, so that means lots of knitting time!

Friday, January 11, 2013


Time to blog again to let you know what's going on around here.

First off, let me show you this beautiful sunset taken from my front yard (in Arizona) just two evenings ago.  That's one thing we've noticed - the sunsets are much more colorful here than back in Washington state.  There was some wind blowing and the forecasters were predicting 40% chance of rain - but nothing ever happened.   It is turning cold for the next 4 days - by cold I mean highs in the 50's, but low in the low 20's, so we had to cover our citrus trees, and half a dozen other plants around the yard.   Hope they don't freeze!

Next I wanted to let you see my Mal Hand Thingies.  I'm loving the pattern, but the yarn I'm using (Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherds Wool Worsted) is not real stretchy, so they're turning out too small for me to wear.  I can get them on, but it stretches the "slip-stitch" design out too much.  But...I have 3 granddaughters out there that would love to have them, so no problem.

I've knitted a few rows of the 2nd mitt, and am looking forward to finishing so I can knit these Ghislaine mitts next from yarn I have in my stash.

Some days I get a lot of knitting time and others not.   Hubby is currently going to physical therapy a couple times a week to ease the pain in his hip.  He's trying to put off hip replacement.   Then in the next week or so, he'll start radiation treatments for prostate cancer (45 treatments = 5 days a week/9 weeks).  It'll be a long drive (60 miles round trip) - so knitting time should be plentiful.  Lots of stress in my life right now, worrying about him, and having the son of our best friends pass away from the same cancer this week.  I'm counting on knitting to help me along.  I've never had a massage and am thinking maybe now is the time!

Hug your loved ones!