Friday, November 22, 2013

A most lovely day...

Hello again.  What a wonderful day it is!  The sun is shinning and there is a dusting of snow on the ground.  I love waking up to snow, even a dusting!

 I know that this is only the beginning and that there will be more to come in the next few months and that makes me happy.  Of course there will be some of those people who will groan at this site.  And they won't enjoy my happy comments about the snow but that is okay.  It will be a pleasure to share my joy of snow with them and help them to see the beauty and wonder of it!  (or not... some people just can't be convinced)   And for those of you who think I don't do my part in the sweeping & shoveling of the snow...  I do!  Although, I do let my honey do the fun part which is using the snow blower!  (ha-ha)

There hasn't been much going on here since my last post.  Mostly trying to catch up on whittling down my Christmas List "to do" items.  I've been knitting up a storm and even trying out new stitch patterns!

There is a hat that goes with this.  Although, if I don't figure out how to finish the mitten top soon, there may only be a hat to gift!  This will be my first mitten.  Up until now, I've only done fingerless gloves.  Now I remember why.  ;-/

So, today, I will make a pot of stew and listen to some music and get to knitting!  I hope you all are having a most lovely day and I'll be back again soon!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What to do....

Hello everyone?  It's been so long since I last posted, I'm sure there isn't a soul who's going to be looking for a new post from me.  But, I'll take my chances and give this another try.

So much has been going on since my last attempt at a return blog posting.  And it's all been good, except for the part where I couldn't figure out how to post photos.  And I'm still not sure I'll be posting photos.  At this point I am just going to try to post words and see how that goes.

My family is doing well.  We've had visits from our First Born and Dilly-girl and the sweet grand babies, who are not so little anymore!  They are now three & two!  Amazing!  Baby Girl &  Darling Drew are together again.  Not sure if you all remembered but they were only able to spend time together on weekends and holidays because of their jobs.  But they have been reunited and are doing so well!  Honey and I actually spent a few days with them and it was so nice.  We hadn't done much of that lately and this month we'll get to spend time with them again over Thanksgiving!

My Honey is still working at the same job which he enjoys.  And when I say "same job" it's pretty surprising since he works as a contractor for a company in Offut.  First, it's a job that is under a contract and could easily and often not be renewed.  And secondly, after being in the Army and moving around and changing jobs, this is really quite nice to be able to have the same job and the same location for nearly 7 years!  We have NEVER lived anywhere that long!

So, what have I been doing since I last posted?  Well, I spent 5 weeks in Alaska this summer, one whole week with my Honey with me and the rest with my little ricky.  It was nice to be able to spend so much time with the kids and the grand babies.  Then I came home and it seemed like I hit the ground running.  I spent the rest of the summer helping in our Churches "Big Garden" and learned ALOT about growing & harvesting vegetables!   I also helped deliver to local church food pantries in our area. We are getting ready to deliver the sweet potatoes and brussle sprouts this Friday and then we'll be done with the garden for this season!  In September I started up the Fiber Ministry, Hearts to Hand, that I had begun last year.  We took a break over the summer and we meet up every Thursday evening.  We have three places/project we deliver to twice a year.  We knit (for the most part) 8x8 inch squares that will be sent off to a location in South Africa which then will be knitted together to form a blanket for orphan children with HIV.  We also knit up preemie hats, blankets and booties for our local NICU  and the last things are Chemo caps for the Cancer center.  We also have a girl who crochets a bunch of the baby items as well.  We gather everything together twice a year and have the blessed by our Pastor and congregation and then send them out to the various locations.  It's been such a blessing to be able to knit for good as well as for fun!  And I've gotten to meet new people in our community and get to know others even better.  I've also been doing a lot of personal knitting.  I'm working on Christmas gifts right now and I have to tell you all, I've actually knitted a few socks to completion!  And I'm not talking little kids socks, I'm talking socks for adults!  Namely me!  They are not perfect but they are wearable!

Woot!  I got the photo uploaded and here is my first pair of socks done with Magic Loop Toe up two at a time sock pattern!!!  I am still looking for a bind off that is more stretchy, but I used the Icelandic bindoff on these and they work better than your average bind off.  (one of the hazards of doing socks from the toe up is that the binding at the cuff is not very stretchy at all!)   I learned how to do the Icelandic bindoff from a Youtube channel called Very Pink Knits.  She has really great tutorials on knitting and quite often has segments on new or new to her stitches.  Love it!

I also made these!  Okay, disclaimer here.  I'm not very good at keeping track of patterns or yarn types! Heck, I can't even remember when I made these, but I did make these and may have even blogged it at one time, (that's how long ago I may have made them) but the reason I'm showing these to you all is because I actually used them in the garden this year.  They came in handy on one of those chilly (okay, cold) mornings when we had to pick green beans and I used them again when we harvested sweet potatoes!  When you pick green beans it's SO much easier to do with free fingers!!!  Anyhow, if you want the instructions for the these fingerless gloves, I could probably find them, but I can't guarantee it will be soon.  (just saying)

Okay, I think I'm done for now.  If these photos up load and the link works then I'll be one happy camper!  AND I'll probably start blogging on a more frequent basis now.  So, keeping fingers crossed... Until next time, you all have a great day and see you soon!