Thursday, October 11, 2018

U of M Homecoming 2018

 Hubby and I haven't gotten up early enough to attend a homecoming parade for several years but this year the weather was perfect and I had my Homecoming sweater ready to go!
Pattern: Bubbly Sweater by Isabell Kraemer
Yarn: Cascade Sport
Colorway: Burgandy and Silver Gray
Needle size: US 3 and US 4

Before the parade began we met up with Missoula's hero, MONTY! And he was sweet enough to let me have a photo with him...
We decided to watch the parade from its starting point and were able to catch a fun warm up by the college band. When I finally pulled out the phone they were winding down but it's still a fun snippet:

Had to take a shot with one of my favorite critters - just WHAT would I do without this guy? Knit acrylic? I don't think so!
 Also took a photo with Smoky.He looked out for Hubby many summer fire seasons over the years!
Fiddlers, spooks, horses, ax throwers, politicians, it was a great Montana parade!

Monday, October 1, 2018

The third pair of Norgewian Selbu mittens

Pattern: Norwegian Star Mittens by Rhonda Stovin
Yarn: Funull Pt2
Colorway: White and Dark Gray
Needle Size" US Size 4

These mittens are knit in the traditional yarn, Ramau from Norway. The resulting fabric is firmer than the others I made last week. An enjoyable  mitten knitting session. These are a traditional star mitten pattern. I've found a new mitten pattern that will be going on the needles soon. There is a sweater on the needles that only needs the yoke completed.

Friday, September 28, 2018

A salamander city!

We've been watching our tiger salamander grow for several years. We were sad he had such a solitary life in the dark, musty, sprinkling system box.  Over the years we started calling him Saul The Salamander. Today, Hubby came into the house delighted to tell me that in fact Saul was Sally....
Not one but two little guys are now living in the box, with their mom - and a dad.... somewhere....

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!