119 posts categorized "Knitting/Crocheting"

keeping busy in texas

I did a bit of knitting to keep myself busy while Mr. worked when we were down in Texas.  Fortunately he can bring his work down to Texas when we go, unfortunately we are not retired so I have to bring portable projects to keep me busy. 

I did a bit of knitting down there.  I asked our girls if they wanted anything for me to make them. 

One wanted slippers.

Nonfelted slippers

One wanted fingerless gloves.  She still had the ones I had made her back in 2010.


Mr. wanted a new hat, so I drove to League City Texas to a cute yarn shop that I had found last year to get some yarn.

Seamans cap

Our two granddaughters feet were cold when they would come to the beach house, so I made slippers for them.


I still have some knitting projects that I want to make, hopefully I won't wait until the next time we go somewhere to work on them :)

fall is in the air

With that comes heating the sauna up more.

Sauna bench

Plus doing more knitting and over at Ravelry I joined a knit-a-long and made this cowl.

MKAL 2015

Finished MKAL

I also joined a spin-a-thon over here, and day 1 have one spool almost full.  I don't think I'll be spinning very much, I signed up before my mother passed away and now my aunt passed and it's been busy over here.


Me spinning

I have been quilting too, and have started to put a quilt on the frame.

I just love this time of year and I think I always will.

i'm racking up frequent flyer miles on my tires

Since getting back from our trip west to our daughter's wedding, my mother has been placed permanently in a nursing home.  I've been going back and forth a bit to help out and trying to live life 3 1/2 hours away.  A few doctors appointments along with my siblings and I packing up her things from her apartment.  That was bittersweet, pleasant and painful both.  What wasn't packed in boxes to be stored or taken by family, was donated.

So, in the midst of all that, I joined a take and swap that Nancy from Wyoming Breezes had hosted.  I received the package, picked out what I wanted, replaced what I took with items that I had to give away, taped it up again, printed a mailing label and off it went to it's next destination. Whew, did you get all that? LOL :)

I also received from Nancy a jar of honey and a cute Longaberger basket.  Thank you Nancy.

Honey and package

I wound up this yarn and I couldn't believe how big the cakes ended up being.  I love this yarn and I can't wait to get started on knitting it up in the Bozeman Vest.

Bozeman Cakes

The mornings now are so beautifully cool, but we're still having nice weather in the 70's and low 80's, which I am enjoying, the snow will be here before you know it and I'm enjoying each day till it gets here.

I call this next photo the morning after The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.  Did you all see it last night?  Wasn't it awesome!

Morning fog

And life goes on.

knitting and quilting

Doing both at the retreat I went on this past weekend.

I finally pulled out a quilt that I started on from a Block of the Month, oh I'd say about 4 years ago.  What was I thinking. I was very new to quilting and to tackle something this complicated was just crazy.  But I've been slowly plugging along on it and I'm getting to the point of putting it together...Yay!!!

Bella verona

Mini quilts made from my stash that I've been wanting to get rid of.


I can't wait to hang this one next summer in celebration of the 4th of July.

Flag quilt

I joined a knit-a-long over at Ravelry.  I got a late start but got caught up at the retreat.


It's nice to be gone, but it's nice to be home too.

Knitting and quilting, I just can't decide which one I like better.

Does it really matter tho.  I can love them both equally.


the color is...


The flowers along with their colors around here are dying out, except my sunflowers they are still blooming.  Tho I planted them at the tail end of when it was safe to plant and have them still grow.

I have fallen in love with yarn that I had found in a shop in Dillon Montana, made by Mountain Colors. It's so fun to have a few shops to buy yarn from, because they all carry different yarns.  So to say I was very excited to receive a package in the mail with yarn I bought.  I plan to make this vest for myself. 

We have had a really nice summer but the past few days have been pretty warm.  I'm not complaining really, just making conversation ;)))

Oh, and the color is...Yellowstone.


knitting for charity

Orange hat

I read and ad in our local paper that was looking for people who knitted or crocheted who would be willing to make hats, scarves, mittens or even donate yarn for others who did.  So I thought why not, I wouldn't have to make a ton of them, and they're not due until November 1st, plenty of time to get a few done.

Here's one down and who knows how many more I'll get done :)


hand-spun mittens

Blue & green mittens

They are finished and in plenty of time before the cold winter weather comes.  My very first pair of mittens that I have made with yarn that I spun myself. 

Correction, I have made mittens before but never with yarn I have spun. :))


jill of all trades

While in Illinois last week I stopped at the yarn shop that I used to go to and bought a couple of items.  I've been searching through the patterns on Ravelry for a pattern to make with this yarn, and I think I have narrowed it down.

Bag and yarn

And while sitting with my mom I worked on finishing the mittens I had started making with the yarn I spun.


This morning I started thinking of all the things I love to do...knit...quilt...sew...weave...spin wool...just to name a few.  I guess you could say that I'm a jill/jack of all trades.  My mind got to thinking on how I LOVE doing all those things and more.  I couldn't see myself doing just one thing.  Maybe that's why sometimes it takes me a bit longer to finish things, but I don't mind.

So there you have it, I am a jill of all trades, master of none.


texas knitting

 Knitting collage

I contemplated bringing my sewing machine down to Texas but I decided that I needed to finish some knitting UFO's and start some new knitting projects.  These were taken with my cell phone so I'm not sure of the clarity of the photos.



We took a road trip to lower Michigan a few weekends ago to see our son, daughter-in-law and the grandsons, who by the way are growing up too fast.  While there I knitted a couple of hats, one for each of the boys.  The oldest grandson A, wasn't wanting to try a hat on during his meal time :)

It was also time to carve the pumpkins and A was really getting into it, and C wasn't too happy about having his picture taken.


In between our little trips I've been sewing and one of my finished projects was a mystery quilt that I found on Facebook.


After going out for breakfast the other day we followed a grain truck to town.  We were thinking that he lost an awful lot of corn.  Now we know why there is always corn scattered on the roads.

Grain truck

Falling grain

Our phone rang last night and it was from the gentleman who we had met in Montrose South Dakota and had given a bottle of syrup to.  He wanted to thank us for the syrup.  How sweet is that?

I think we are ready for winter, we have enough wood, the gardens are cleaned out and now we just have to sit back and wait for the snow to fly.