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.