Thursday, February 11, 2016

At sunset

I've noticed some beautiful sunsets over the mountains lately.  I should have used my camera, rather than my phone for this shot; a sunset gives you so little time to get the right equipment at hand!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Coloring Book

When I was a the lighthouse in October, one of my friends brought along three adult coloring books.  I had never seen them before, and they were beautiful images to color.  I don't remember too much coloring going on, because we had so many other things we wanted to do, but the books were there if we wanted to do a little coloring.

Then, for Christmas, I was gifted this beautiful coloring book.  The images are very attractive and would be fun to color.  I looked for my colored pencils and found a set of 12 colors.  I think I might want to invest in some more colors and maybe some gel pencils...I'll have to see what's available locally.  I just haven't made the time to do so.  Knitting is my go-to activity for relaxing or decompressing.

Have you seen a variety of adult coloring books?  Have you done some coloring?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Progress in purple

I finally reached the color change in this skein of yarn.  Yahoo.  The Brickless scarf is coming right along, but because I continue to add more stitches to the needles, it is taking considerably longer to complete a few rows!  I'm liking the transition to purple a lot. 

Oh yeah, and of course I watched the Super Bowl, and am thrilled that the Broncos won the champion title.  With all the hype about the Panthers, and how everyone was betting in their favor, I was worried about the game. (I saw them in the playoffs, and they were impressive.)  But, if anything, this game showed how awesome the Denver defense really is, as it took Newton right out of playing the way he's used to. I never would have guessed that Denver would take the lead and keep it throughout the game.  The fact that they got an offensive touchdown and a 2 pt. conversion at the very end was good frosting on the cake!  I'm happy for Manning and the Broncos!!  Way to persevere through the challenges of the season!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Wood pile

Today was cold, and I see that more snow is predicted before this front moves through. Brrr.  Seems like I've been hauling in and burning quite a bit of wood. 

It's finally February... and like January, I'm afraid it's going to be more of the same in terms of weather.  I was trying to think about what has stood out to me about February in the past, some thread I could pick up on.  I used to get out in the cold a whole lot more when I went downhill skiing on the weekends, but that was years ago.  I don't so much relish getting out in the cold any more; I can see why people flock to more southern climates when the opportunity is there. The only thread I can pick up on is "it's winter in the Rocky Mt. states, and it's going to be cold"!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Closet attack

Is it too early for some spring cleaning?  Not here, where the cleaning of an upstairs closet was long overdue.  I repeat, LONG overdue.

A cold winter's day is perhaps a great time to tackle something like this.  This is something I definitely do not enjoy doing, but feels so good when it's done!

In the end, I took three bags of clothes to a local "gently used" clothing drop-off.  And I threw away many more bags of  "stuff" that just needed to go...outdated, did not fit, haven't seen it in years, don't need it.

The picture is bad...but hey, it's just garbage.  Whew...glad to get rid of it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Still building the Brickless

I'm gaining on getting to the halfway point (I think, anyway) of the Brickless Scarf, and STILL, I have not started the color change.  That's what's keeping me's got to happen soon!  I'm so curious what it will look like.

Monday, January 25, 2016

New cast on

Looking through my stash, I picked out a single ball of fingering yarn that I bought at Yarn Fest a couple years ago.  I decided I could use the scarf pattern Brickless and be assured that the yardage would work out fine, and I could probably use up the entire ball.  Since it's fingering weight, I cast on with size 3 needles.  The yarn is ModeWerk Flow, 100% Superwash Merion, a product of South Africa, hand-dyed in Minnesota.

I decided to work from the center of the ball, and as the yarn came lose, it was very kinky.  Those first few inches of knitting will look a lot more relaxed after it has been blocked.  Right now I think it looks kind of funny.

I'm interested to see what the scarf looks like as the yarn goes from white to purple...