Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wagon train 2013, 1880's style

Hubby's holding down the fort while we are away...
I'm sure there will be MANY stories to tell!

Monday, June 24, 2013

More critters

Hubby was out mowing the North Forty when I got a call, "There are bunnies hopping all over around here! They are flying from one high spot to another and heading your way!"

Intrigued I grabbed the camera and headed outside. I imagine they were feeling a bit like the students who just finished the school year, totally carefree! They were running, jumping, and dodging each other through the tall grass. I tried to get a photo but was spotted. Thinking I could sneak around the vehicle and capture a great picture off I went. Only to be brought up short by a little bunny headed full steam in my direction. He screeched to a halt three feet in front of me and we both froze playing a little game of "chicken."
He was the first to run off. What do bunnies act like? Chicken!

Friday, June 21, 2013

It's watermelon season!

I ordered this yarn from Knit Picks because of its name, Watermelon. Their idea of watermelon is not quite as “fresh” as mine, just wish it was a little bit brighter! The yarn is 80% wool and 20% nylon so they should be durable a pair of socks, time will tell.
I do like the Vanilla Latte pattern, it allows for color but is not straight stockinette.
Pattern: Vanilla Latte
Yarn: Knit Picks, Stroll Fingering
Colorway: Watermelon
Amount: 1 skein
Needle sizeUS 1

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Fawn Photo 2013

While I was in Big Sky visiting the brothers, Hubby was able to capture the first official photo of fawn 2013! Momma and babe were next door for these photos. When Hubby tried to get a little too close Momma gave a snorted through her nose. Babe went one way and she went another!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bi-polar socks, showing off "Our ups and downs"

The irregular zigzags were hard for me to knit, I love symmetry! But went with “Relax and go with the flow!” My new mantra in retirement!
This sock will be for someone with a “fat” foot - just a little bit to much positive ease for me!
Pattern: Irregular Striped Socks
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks Ragg Shades
Colorway:Blue Striped Ragg
Amount: 2 skeins
Needles: Size 2 US

Friday, June 14, 2013

Photos from the Rockin' S Retreat, 2013

We had a great time at the retreat, lots of food and fun! We were pretty laid back, Linda gave English knitting a try and did her best to get the hang of knitting backwards. The rest of us happily knit on projects we had brought from home.
Cindy was the only one to complete a project while we were there, she "Knit, knit like the wind!" Her granddaughter will  be so happy to receive her Wonderful Wallaby!
 The definite hit was dying yarn:
 Once the yarn was dry we couldn't wait to get it wound...
 even when one skein turned into a bit of a disaster!
Everyone was impressed with the bags DD The California Dreamin' Gal made for us!
We are all looking forward to next year!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"Kool" yarn

We've been busy dying yarn. What fun!  Here is "the experiment" I did quickly becoming the resident expert during the retreat.
We're using Knit Picks Bare superwash fingering yarn, 75% wool and 25% nylon.The yarn took the dye well, Kool-aid Grape, Black Cherry and Lemon Lime. I'm using the Anastasia Sock Pattern, a free on on Ravelry. More Later!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We're off to the Rockin' S Retreat!

In the middle of a long winter our knitting group, fondly (referred to at the Knotty Knitters) decided  we should plan a small retreat once school was out. Chico was the natural choice. It's a very popular hot springs only thirty miles North of Yellowstone Park. I assure you, one visit and you'll want to come back again and again. Meals are Five Star OUT OF THIS WORLD but everything else is laid back and rustic. In the lobby board games and dogs abound, at the pool people soak, keep hydrated and visit.

I've wanted to go on a Montana retreat for a long time but frankly couldn't locate one. Without any thought I jumped on the bandwagon and got the ball rolling. Right now, we're on the road and will soon be in the middle of the Rocky Mountains soaking and knitting our little hearts out. Wish you were here!

Monday, June 10, 2013

What a surprise!

Years ago I learned that in order to get things done with Hubby's help I need to mention the wished for task and let it simmer. So a few days ago I mentioned to Hubby I was done with the raise flower bed out front. After twenty years of trying this type of plant and that type of plant only to have the deer eat everything on year three - I'm done.

I thought it would take all summer for him to mull it over and then perhaps this fall or next spring we would transplant the remaining deer resistant iris and daisies elsewhere. However, the very day I mentioned the first thing on my retirement "honey do list"...
he was off and running - literally!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I have several Vices - yarn being the biggest one!

About five years ago I met a lovely lady at the LYS, Wild Purls. Elizabeth had decided to learn to knit but wasn't the normal new knitter learning to knit on a dishcloth. No, she was in the process of finishing a fairly complicated sweater! Knit flat and with a pattern never ending pattern of seed stitch as I recall!

Her second project was a pair of socks. The owner of the LYS showed her how to  use double point needles and Elizabeth soon became very frustrated. For some new knitters that frustration might have ended their knitting career altogether. Not knowing Elizabeth well and not wanting her to leave never to return again, I quietly talked to her about the beauty of circular needles. Her eyes lit up and to my knowledge she never looked at double pointed needles again!

Sadly, Elizabeth moved to Texas but we remain in contact through Ravelry. She has fallen in love with knitting, crocheting, weaving, fiber, spinning and dying! Lizzy is now  the owner of Vice Yarn Company and I'm proud to have had a small part in her love affair with fiber!

Lizzy remembers our time together also and recently sent me several skeins of Vice. What beautiful yarn!
The blue yarn is Carnal.This yarn will make a beautiful Zuzu Petals which I'll be wearing this coming winter! Carnal is a merino, cashmere and silk blend. The shades of grey is in Covet a wonderful lace weight, I will be knitting Bonny with these 750 yards! Lastly is Paradigm a lovely fingering weight of 80/20. It would make a beautiful pair of socks but I will be on the look out for a more visual way to show it off!

Thank you so much so very much for this special gift, it brought back such fun times!

Friday, June 7, 2013

The third Antler is complete!

The final Antler Cardigan is complete. I can hardly believe that I began it in February, usually I'm not that slow! Perhaps it is because this is the third on of the same pattern and had really turned into a yawner.I hope the little gurls will enjoy them!
Pattern: Antler Cardigan
Yarn: Encore Worsted
Colorway: Ecru
Amount: 4 skeins
Needle Size: Size 6 and 8

This summer's greenhouse visitor

Last year's greenhouse dweller was a great little toad although he left without giving us any notice, he evidently enjoyed the stay enough to recommend the accommodations to this little guy, only about three inches long.
I would be a happy landlord if he just keeps the pesky bugs at bay!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

First Fawn of the season 2013

As Hubby and I were heading into town today, I spotted the first fawn of the year! Although I sounded crazy shouting, "STOP" a zillion times, Hubby's reaction was a bit slow and by the time he turned around the fawn and momma were gone. It was a tiny little thing following closely behind its momma.
Sadly, official rules state it is not a true spotting until there is a photo so I will diligently continue to be on lookout until there is confirmation!

Monday, June 3, 2013

She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things!

It was a great send off!
The five retirees...
Me, Jan, Kathy, Marie and Vicki

Deanne, Steph, Sharon, Amy
Whitney and Jo
Jan and her hubby
Vicki, Susan, Jane, Carol,  Lynn
Deanne, Patty, Jennie
Sharon, Lottie, Denise
Dylan and Susan

Marie, Kathy and Cindy

 "Her heart glowed with a degree of happy assurance!"

Saturday, June 1, 2013

School's out FOREVER!!

First year of school:
 Last year of school:
Great times!