Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tracks in the snow

Oh man, do I have tracks in the snow: bunny tracks!!  Lots of them!  The buns have been busy playing in it and burrowing down to find a little grass to nibble.  They are adorable to watch.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Good weather for knitting

With the big snow storm that has hit WY (and we even got mentioned on national news!) the deep snow and icy roads have certainly not kept people from getting out and about, but it has given many a good reason to stay inside, keep a fire going, and just enjoy the first round of winter weather.  I find it a good excuse to cuddle up with a good knitting project! 

When I was in Port Angeles, WA in October, I got to visit a great little knitting shop!  I barely got in the door when I saw a knitting pattern hanging on a display of beautiful yarn.  The name of the pattern is Blue Water Cowl, by Shui Kuen Kozinski.  On the pattern it says, "This cowl is inspired by clear Blue Water."  Well, having been surrounded by water for two weeks, I thought that knitting this cowl  would be a good reminder of the Lighthouse Keeper experience.  I got Kathleen's attention and showed her the pattern and yarn, and she loved it too.  Seriously, when I looked at the pattern, I couldn't imagine how in the world it was knit, but the effect was so cool, I just had to try it.  How tough could it be???  I picked up a skein of yarn for myself, and I told Kathleen (who crochets) that if she bought a skein, I would knit a cowl for her.  She said she would also buy the pattern, and we had a deal.  The pattern had to be purchased from Ravelry, and a link to printing it off was sent to my email, ready to be printed when I got home.  So easy.  This pattern is knit in the round; it starts with casting on 280 stitches with the knitted method. 

At this point I am 2/3 of the way through the pattern.  It is the craziest thing I've ever knit; I can't imagine how the author of this pattern figured out how to make this design!  Seriously! The picture on the pattern looks like it was knit either with a little bit thicker yarn, or with smaller needles than called for in the pattern.  The fabric just looks more dense.  Mine looks a bit more lacy (although you cannot see it in this photo).  At first, I was not sure the more lacy look was going to work, but I think it will be fine.

I feel like I'm getting to the home stretch, and I am much more comfortable with the pattern now.  This is a good thing, because I have another one to make after this one is completed and sent to Florida!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a cold, snowy day in Wyoming...our first significant snow storm of the season.  How that contrasts with warm hearts that are full of gratitude and thanksgiving!

The chuckers visited me this morning, all puffed up and beautiful, searching the ground for seeds.  The furry rabbits are out; I saw a couple joyfully chasing each other in the deep snow around the woodpile.  Another contemplative bunny is sitting out in the yard, just watching a light snow filter down around her like powdered sugar from a sifter. I have plenty of firewood at the ready, and am about to start a roaring fire.  I am so thankful for a warm home surrounded by beautiful images from nature.

Yesterday, people were not in a hurry on the icy roads, but were careful and polite and patient.  Doors were opened for me at the post office, and at the grocery store, a lady insisted I get in line ahead of her because I only had two items in hand.  My music students were sweet, and parents all wished me a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am so grateful for all these acts of love; they are all around us!

Today will be a perfect opportunity to stay all tucked inside, pick up my knitting, enjoy the Macy's Day Parade and some football on TV, light some fragrant candles, keep the wood fire going, and enjoy a little turkey dinner. 

 And of course, I'm so grateful for my blogging buddies... Here's wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday dish cloths

I have been enjoying knitting up some holiday dish cloths for a beginning knitting class (3 sessions).  The gals are all knitting like crazy and are finding that they like the circular needles.  It is so fun to see someone learn to knit, enjoy the activity, finish their small projects, and look forward to the next step or skill.  Yes, the new knitters are purling now and not making many mistakes, switching from knitting to purling. 

By the third session, they should be confident enough to try one of these patterns, a reindeer or a bell.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I have not abandoned my knitting...

All the while on the adventure as Lighthouse Keepers, I worked on a pair socks.  I nearly finished the first sock during vacation, but not quite. These are the first pair of men's socks I have knit, and of course, there's extra length in the leg and the foot...knitting on, and on, and on! Since I've been home, working diligently, I have finally finished up the pair...and they are ready for Christmas wrapping!  Whew!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Beautiful cards

Another craft we did one evening at the lighthouse was to make these cards.  I think they are so elegant and beautiful.  Pat showed us how to make them; she brought so many beautiful papers with her from her years of collecting...talk about a stash!

Everybody made at least two cards, some made more.  I can see how this could become another addictive craft!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Drives to see some highlights

After we got back to Port Angeles, Pat was so good to take me (the only one who hadn't been there before) and the other gals on a tour of some of the interesting spots nearby.

I got to see the John Wayne Marina.  In the parking lot area, Kathleen led us to a Geocache, which was really fun to discover!

We also drove west of Port Angeles,  along the coast.

 And stopped at Joyce - the General Store there was most interesting.

We saw the where the dam was taken out so that the Elwha River was restored to its original flow, and the salmon are returning.
Elwha River

We did some shopping in Sequim and in Port Angeles.  Found some mighty fine yarn and a pattern which I'm anxious to get cast on the needles!

Pat took us to see Lake Crescent, which is an awesome place.  The temperate rain forest there is quite an experience to see.  It was nice to have lunch at the Lodge and take a short walk through the rain forest.
Lake Crescent

The fall colors were still beautiful here.

We got to take a ride up to Hurricane Ridge.  It was a cloudy day, but the road took us above the clouds, and we could enjoy the peaks and the cloud-filled valleys.  It's an outstanding view.  We were at the Visitor Center at the end of the afternoon, so the sun was bringing an end to our tour.