Thursday, July 12, 2018

2018 "First Fawn Of The Season" winner declared...

We've been playing the very competitive game of "First Fawn of the Season" for many years. This year the competition has been especially grueling. Some years a winner is declared over Memorial weekend and other years as late as July 2. This is the latest we've ever declared a winner and it's not because we haven't been looking. Hubby and I have gone on our walks with cameras at the ready, or driven down the road posed for a photo shoot, but it wasn't until today the first fawn of the season made an appearance.

Sarah and I were having our morning cup of coffee on the deck this morning when I noticed little Polly Picket perk up and look over the railing. She'd spotted a fawn just a few feet away, eating daisies!
 And so there you go, another year and another winner..... Polly Picket wins the 2018 annual competition!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018


I just keep knitting socks, I'm addicted! As long as Little Knits keep having great sales, I'll keep knitting willy-nilly! Who are these socks for? Whoever fits into them!
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss
Yarn: Opal Der Albschaferweg
Colorway: 9411 - Travel Fever
Needle Size: US Size 1

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Wonderful Wallaby is back!

I recently was asked to knit a shop sample of the Wonderful Wallaby for The Yarn Bar. I love this pattern and was pleased to be able to knit it again. Over the years I've knit many a Wallaby, and was sad when The Pirate outgrew his need for the security sweaters - which he'd worn everyday, rain or shine, for five years.

Pattern: Wonderful Wallaby by Carol A. Anderson
Yarn: Rowan Hemp Tweed
Colorway: Duck Egg
Needle Size: US Size 6 and 8

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A warm shalanket for cold winter night

Earlier this winter I attempted to knit a large shawl to keep me warm during the cold, cold winter evenings. It was  a nice shawl but just not as big as I wanted it ti be. Then earlier this June I spent several cold rainy days chilled, so I decided to knit a REALLY big shawl and wanted to see just what the mandala yarn would do on this ripple pattern.  It is a beauty but 3 skeins of yarn in a shawl is a lot!
 Pattern: Revontuli-huivi (Northern Lights) by AnneM
Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala
Colorway: Chimera
Needle size: US Size 8

The finished project is nice but I must remember how the acrylic rolls at the edge. I bought some very pretty wooden beads to try to weigh it down on the edges.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A beautiful wedding in the Seeley Swan

A fun fact: If you live Hawaii, the perfect destination wedding is Montana!

My niece, her new husband, and many family and friends began arriving a day or two before the wedding. Glacier Park was nearby and several couples went river rafting. First time visitors to Montana wanted to see a grizzly bear, (none sighted but a moose did make an appearance) and no one was put off by the cooler temperatures and occasional rain showers.

It was a beautiful wedding weekend.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stash Dash 2018!

Still knitting Christmas socks but have been waiting to finish them for Stash Dash. This year I'm knitting the 10K and my entry number is lucky number 50! I've been waiting for just the right entry number and decided 50 was it....

The year of my 50th birthday, the gals and I went to a James Taylor concert. We’d bought the tickets WAY before Open House at school was posted and when the Superintendent announced the date we thought we were out the tickets BUT when she heard of the conflict, she changed the Open House date. One sweet boss and my lucky day!

Pattern: Made it up with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Heritage 150 Paints, Cascade Heritage Solids
Colorway: Co 12 and red
Needle Size: US Size 1 1/2
 Pattern: Made it up with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Heritage 150 Paints, Cascade Heritage Solids
Colorway: Co 12 and pine
Needle Size: US Size 1 1/2
 Pattern: Hippy Ripply Retro Socks by Helen Darmara with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Heritage 150 Paints
Colorway: Co 12
Needle Size: US Size 1 1/2
Pattern: Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner, with a Socks on a Plane touch and Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Cascade Heritage 150 Paints
Colorway: Co 12
Needle Size: US Size 1 1/2
Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks
Yarn: Regia Schachenmayr Design Line
Colorway: 02461
Needle Size: US Size 1

A total of 1,688 meters ....
off to finish a sweater!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Garden Update

The yellow iris have begun to bloom...
 And I'm trying something else in the wheelbarrow this year. The succulents just weren't working and hope the impatiens will do better in the shade of the tree.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Happy Birthday Polly!

Today Polly Pickett has been in our lives for an entire year! She is the sweetest little kitty ever. Always purring, and humming at us for attention. An endearing trick she has is to run ahead of us as we go from room to room and then flop down in the entryway, doing somersaults and begging for a little loving. She recently has been asking to go out the front door,  so I put her in a harness and on a leash allowing her to take ME for walks! She now sits in front of the door whenever she sees the harness and is quite happy to wear the harness.
It's taken about a year but Polly and Denali are getting along and even have a morning chase around the house. Polly never knew there was a problem but Denali lost her kingdom last June and now doesn't rule anywhere but under the bed and is just beginning to understand Polly is here to stay.