2016
05/27

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Knitting
Life

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A package

 

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Beautiful, aren’t they?    Two nights ago, I had no resistance left and shouldn’t have been looking at a sale page, but I did and this is the sock yarn that arrived today – enough for 9 new pair of socks.  I am definitely doing the happy dance today.  And yes, this really qualifies as a “want” not a “need”.

Mary was over today – she only gets to come once in a great while anymore because she is babysitting her new grandson while her daughter works.   We had so much to catch up on as we knit and crocheted.  And would you believe these wonderful yarns came right after she left?

2016
05/26

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Life

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Free socks #2

It’s been a busy day, since somehow gardens need to be watered and houses need to be cleaned.   So with the bit of time in between other chores, these socks have been progressing

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I’m really hoping that there is enough yarn to finish at least down to the toes.   I weighed a pair of finished socks and weighed the yarn left to do these and it was touch and go.   Time will tell.

2016
05/25

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Garden
quilts

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Daffodil progress

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There are many small pieces to add to the few larger pieces in this quilt. So I’d like to show you how it goes together.

IMG_4599Do you see these units?

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Then they are sewn together like this and a border is put on each side.   I know it looks like it is wrinkled, but that is actually the design in the fabric.

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Then there are different triangles in the border that goes around the quilt.   I really like how it makes the daffodils stand out.

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We are having a nice mix of hot, rain, and clouds.   Tomorrow, forecast to be cloudy, will be a great day get back into the gardens, especially since rain is forecast for the weekend.

 

2016
05/24

Category:
farming
Life
quilts

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A new quilt starts

IMG_4594These are the big pieces of the new Daffodil quilt.   There are many small pieces that will fill in between the major pieces.   Today I cut it out and barely started sewing as you can see.

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On days when they forage the other side of the road and around the house, this is what they do 5 minutes before feeding time.   They mill around and look through the sliding glass doors to let me know the time.

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Here is my 90-year young aunt showing off her birthday quilt.   She was so delighted, I was happy to have made it for her.

It seems I can go hard for 2-3 days and then I need a slower day – is that normal?

2016
05/23

Category:
food
Garden
Life

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Day of gardening

IMG_4589The potatoes are now 3 feet tall and growing rapidly.  Some are starting to flower, both in here and in the hillside garden.

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All the tomatoes are tied up and weeded, the ones that aren’t will be moved outside Sunday when we have some help.   One tomato plant was a gift, the others are all volunteers and some are flowering.  On the left is Chinese cabbage, kale beets, and lettuce.  In front and in the same bed as the tomatoes are a dozen sweet potato plants.  There are peppers in the back middle row and left row.    It is time to take most of the lettuce and out and replant.

 

IMG_4586In front are several zucchini plants, and there is cabbage and lettuce as well as started celery.  There is also cauliflower and broccoli near the back and 4 cucumbers.   I still have carrots, basil and cantaloupe to put in here.   It just takes time to get it all done.   We spent today mostly tying up tomatoes, fertilizing, and weeding.  My, those weeds are on steroids, they grow so rapidly

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And when that was done, this was DH’s reward for his help (which of course was started right after lunch).

 

 

2016
05/22

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quilts

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The circus is ready to start!

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I can’t believe this is finished and ready to put in my charity pile.   That makes me so happy.

2016
05/20

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Life
quilts

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The best laid plans

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My brother is on the next leg of his journey.   The eye doctor is very pleased with the surgery and said he didn’t expect my vision to be this good which pleases me.   He prescribed lens to bring me up to 20/20 from the current 20/30 for night time driving, but other than that they aren’t needed.    This is great news.

After a much needed nap, I started quilting this circus quilt.   All the blocks are done as well as the horizontal quilting.  I just have two rows of vertical quilting and then bind it.   However, that won’t happen tonight as the computer on the machine has decided to take a break.    Maybe it will be ready to go Sunday.

I wish each of you a wonderful weekend.

 

2016
05/19

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Life

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Free socks

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Some visiting and driving gave me just enough time to finish these.   I used leftovers from 4 different pair of socks.  So really, it became a free summer pair.

2016
05/18

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Life
spinning

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Into the city

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After some necessary shopping for some small items this morning, we headed into the “big city”, Seattle.   Our son lives right across the street from Pike’s Place Market which is a big shopping area for tourists and locals.  It is a place where farmers and artists rent stalls to sell their products.

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After meeting up with our son, we decided to have lunch.   We were amused by the name of this building, “The Sanitary Market”.   It just had a 100th birthday this spring.  Apparently being built when horses were still big on the street, they wanted it known that it was a “cleaner” place.   We had a wonderful Mexican lunch there.   The menu has both regular and vegan offerings.

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Son has a condo near the top of the building and these are some of the sights out his floor to ceiling windows.   The back wall is all cupboards and refrigerator covered to look like a solid wall.

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2016
05/17

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Knitting
Life

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Just in time

IMG_4557While out running errands, my husband was taken by all these signs on this car.’

I finished all the chores I set for myself yesterday and today and had 5 minutes to knit before going  to the airport.  And yes, I’m tired, but it’s so nice to see my brother again.   I  am going to bed early tonight.   I have no idea what tomorrow will bring as my brother has not yet decided.

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Do any of you know what this bush is?