Monday, September 17, 2018

Griz go Norway!

Just finished my first two pair of Norwegian Snowflake Mittens and they won't be my last! I realize they aren't in traditional Norwegian colors but when in the Griz Nation...
 A pair for me and a pair for the dedicated tailgate organizer!

 More former colleagues and Griz fans. So fun to catch up with them.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Griz season 2018

Saturday was the first game of the season and many old friends were there to cheer the team on!
It was great to catch up with the former work bunch and we hope to see them again soon!

(Griz were victorious and moved up to 14th place in the rankings - so glad Coach Hauck is back with his quatrerback keeper)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

More country critters

Years ago we found a tiger salamander in the box housing the underground pipes to our sprinkler system. He's there every spring and fall, and seems to be quite happy to lead a solitary life. He's quite safe in his dark hole and has plenty of bugs, and unbeknownst to me Hubby has been adding water in there once in awhile to give the little guy an underground lake!
Tiger salamanders are usually 6-8 inches long and live 10 - 16 years in the wild.  We've known about ours for five years and he's probably five inches long so sounds like he'll be around for a few more years.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Glad I tossed my hat in the ring....

BUT I'm happy to have Stash Dash 2018 in the books! A total of 13,164.4 meters was finished bringing me 3,164 meters over my goal. Last year I knit kitty beds with stash just itching to be used. This year hats were knit to use the excess acrylic yarn I've accumulated. Fifteen hats to charity, three hats to family, and three hats to a little duffer who needs our prayers.
Pattern: Pride-mossaa by Deisy Design
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
Colorway: Celestial and Copper
Needle Size: US Size 8

Pattern: Hat #18 Scrap Happy by J.G.Miller with a hack from Sally by Dela Hausmann
Yarn: I Love This Yarn
Colorway: Tropical Pink and Bloomtique
Needle Size: US Size 6
Pattern: Up & About Striped Beanie by Churchmouse
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
Colorway: Celestial and Lavendar
Needle Size: US Size 4
Pattern: Sally by Dela Hausmann
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
Colorway: All the colors I had on hand!
Needle Size: Us Size 6
Pattern: Little Pumpkin Head by Tar3820
Yarn: Yarn Bee Soft and Sheek Solids
Colorway: Pumpkin Spice
Needle Size: US Size 6
Pattern: Little Sprouts Baby
Yarn: Bee Soft & Sleek Marled and Multi
Colorway: Teal/Greeln Multi
Needle Size: Us Size 5
 Finished, Finished, Finished!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Kitty gives a disaproving glare to the socks

I have a love hate relationship with this yarn. When it’s good it’s very, very good but when it has to many knots IT’S HORRID!!

I was unable to make identical socks because on the first sock, at the toe, there were four knots. I started over and things were going great until the end of the second sock and I ran out of yarn. The bits and pieces I had from the four knots were not matching the pattern and so I have a pair with non matching cuffs, grrr...

Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Carlton Yarn Sock Weight
Colorway: Honey Porter
Needle Size; US Size 1

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Another new critter on the homestead

I was watering the plants this morning when I discovered I'd given this little critter a shower.
This is the first praying mantas I've seen on the property in all the years we've lived here.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hats and MORE hats

I've been enjoying knitting hats for charity. Sometimes, however, some of the hats are just perfect for a family member or two. Either way they will be keeping noggin's warm!
Pattern: Rib-A-Roni
Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal XLarge Polarwolf 8-fach
Colorway: Frostige Naacht
Needle Size: US Size 6
Pattern: Barley by tincanknits
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Heathers & Twists
Colorway: Dark Rose Heather
Needle Size: US Size 6, US Size 8

Pattern: Pride Mossa by Deisy Design
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport
Colorway: Black, Wine, Cobblestone
Needle Size:US Size 8

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Over the finishline with an extra 794.3 meters

It was time to do another massive destash of the sock yarn scraps. I really can’t believe I started another epic Scrappy Blanket but I must admit this time I looked for one I thought would be quicker and definitely with less ends to weave in. Now my bits and pieces of leftover sock yarn are gone and the result is a beautiful afghan.
Pattern: Make a Long Story Short by Wanda Spwizdrzal
Yarn: Leftover 80/20 sock yarn
Colorway: A rainbow of colors!
Needle Size: US Size 4

What a great way to get across the Stash Dash Finish line!