WHIPS AND OTHER THINGS

Finally started color four. I am moving along at a snail’s pace. I think it’s because I don’t like the lace section.

Another pair of plain socks. The color is so busy any pattern wouldn’t show up.

I gave a friend some leftover roving. What did she do? She needle felted a dryer ball with a dragon on it. She gave it to me and no I will never use it. Great display.

Bottom entrance to our house. This takes you into my studio which was once a garage. We took the garage door out and put large windows in their place. Also did some work and put in a propane heater in. This is where I love to sit and read in the summer. Not right now that’s for sure. Just to darn hot.

MONDAY MORNING

Finished my socks this morning. They always look baggy on my blockers but fit my foot just fine. I can’t remember the yarn and of course I got rid of the wrapper. I do a Knit Kitchener Stitch to close my toes. Very Pink has a great video.

This is a picture of our prickly pear cactus. They keep growing and have to be kept in check.

I have bright yellow ones but know they do come in different colors.

We didn’t do much over the Fourth. One of our children had their friends for a picnic and the other got on their motorcycles and headed for Kentucky. We did got for breakfast on the 5th. And that’s about it.

KNITTING, YARN AND LOOM

I’ve decided to sell my 8 harness Baby Wolf. I posted it on Facebook and had three offers within one hour. I’m so happy. The looms new owner will pick it up on Wednesday afternoon. It needs a home where it will be used. I’ve been unable to use it for some time.

I finished the first color of my Veiled Shawl and now onto color number two.

I don’t need any yarn but I fell in love with this yarn. I’m not even sure what I’ll knit with it. Any ideas?

BOOKS

A couple of months ago I came across a new to me author, Michelle Granas. I’ve read three of her books and loved each one of them. Amadea moves to a small village in the Pyrenees to become a companion to an aging aristocrat. She is very happy with the woman she’s become a companion too, but comes across some real charters in the village. This is a lighthearted story about the value of saying no and also about the sometimes unexpected nature of sustaining relationships. Enjoyable read.

Hania goes to Warsaw to attend her grandfather, Natalia Lanska’s funeral only to find her aunt and uncle have left Poland for a vacation leaving her to take care of their appealing children. Hania is a excellent pianist but because of her weight she’s unable to preform on the stage. In order to keep her cousins in food she starts taking in piano students. In the apartment building they live in also lives Doctor ┬áPrince Konstanty Radzimoyski . They go dinner, concerts and long walks and get a lot of stares because of this chubby woman is with a handsome young doctor. This is a funny and lovely love story.

Unlike the other two books Zaremba is an adventurous book. It also takes place in Warsaw, Poland. The book centers around Cordlia who has been left with a handicap and her somewhat dysfunctional family. He father an academic and Cordlia accidentally come across Zaremba, a wealthy businessman who is running away from the police. One thing leads to another and most novels and thrillers do but it ends up okay.

All of Michelle Granas books are very good but know that none of them have any graphic sex or violence.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY CAR SHOW

The guys in my family love International Scouts. This one my husband bought on Ebay and had it shipped in. Absolutely nothing has been done to it since it left the factor with all the paper work. Oh, yes it’s a 1973. This Scout has been entered in quite a few shows and won a lot of trophies.

This one is a restored 1977 Scout SSII. He finally just got it back from the fellow who restored it after five years. He told us yesterday he’s going to get the side mirrors put on next week. This is the first show this Scout has been entered at and out of 150 vehicles it finished in the top 15.

I haven’t been doing a lot of knitting. It’s been so nice out side and I’ve been working on the flowers and weeds. By the time I get in the house for the evening I’m just to tired.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. We had a great time this afternoon. Our daughter and our grandson came over and we went for pizza. Doesn’t get any better than jus spending time with your family.

ODDS AND ENDS

Yes, I’m still weaving. I was asked to demonstrate at the Cherry Festival in our town so I warped my Dorset loom with this pink Miss Bab’s yarn. Turns out I ended up demonstrating the same scarf two years in a row. It’s time to finish this scarf.

Purple sock photographed on purple blocking squares. And to think purple isn’t my favorite color.

I’m moving right along on my Veil Shawl. Lace section is next.

SUNDAY WALK AROUND THE YARD

First five jars of herbs. My friend gave me five pints with some dirt and seeds. I put them on my windowsill and water and believe it or not they are growing and ready to plant out.

We are so lucky to have these beautiful clematis. It has nothing to do with us just good old “mother nature”.

These peony are from Bill’s grandfather’s garden and have been moved three times. Still so very pretty.

We have four different rose bushes but this one is blooming so I took a picture of it.

We love our old tub with mums. I can see it from the kitchen window and it makes me happy.

I have a couple containers of cats and kittens. I love them and they don’t require any work. Not to mention they can stay out all winter.

Enough of my flowers. Pick up your needles and knit on, Barb

FAMILY

Friday was Benton’s first birthday. We were so happy to spend it with him, our great grandson and grand daughter Amber.

I don’t think he was very happy about being up a tree.

Emma, our three year old great granddaughter didn’t like it at all.

Our daughter Dawn and Benton. He’d not happy with me at all in this picture.

Emma outside for some sun shine and fresh air. Certainly not happy about it.

Pick up your knitting needles and knit on, Barb

WIP WEDNESDAY ONLY ITS THURSDAY

Monday I spent the day dyeing yarn for my next project. I had 10 skeins of yarn from Dyers Supply so decided to get busy.

My gray to black yarn all caked up to knit Veiled by Lisa Mutch. Not perfect but not bad either.

I’m still knitting my sock but at least I’m finally at the gusset.

This a work in progress called Vamping by Jennifer Dassau with the yarn being KnitCircus Yarns Lavis. I like how it’s working up but I’ve so much else to do.

Pick up your needles and knit on, Barb