Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hats, Hats, hats

Hi There Dear Friends
 
 It has been cold over here. We had a very cold blustery week last week and then so much ice I couldn't get out of the house to go to work. I brought some work home as the weather people had predicted the cold front, but I had a little bit of time to also knit and get started with Christmas gifts ... yay!!!
 
I did get my daughter's cowl finished. However, she loved it so much I could not get a hold of it to take a picture and show you yet ... soon...
 
But what I have really been very excited about it lately is ... hats ...
I don't know about you but sometimes I get obsessed with making so many cowls... so many gloves ...
and now It's hats ...
it seems to happen on the holidays to me ...
In general I prefer the variety and I make a lot of different things at the same time ... but the holidays I always find myself making the same thing over and over ... It might be easier since I have to make so many of them,
 
I found a lovely pattern on Pinterest (yes another obsession of mine) and you can see it here at www.shemakeshats.com . What a wonderful blog. She literally makes tons of hats and donates and gives most of them as gifts. She got me really inspired to start a project I have been thinking about doing for a very long time ... I am getting ready for it and will tell you all about it next week.
 
For now I have been knitting, knitting, knitting ... hats... hats ... hats... like a crazy woman.
 
It all started with this hat for myself ...
I have never liked any ... I mean ...I have made hundreds of hats and I have never found one pattern I like on myself ...
this one is a first .
 
I have make some adjustments .. I made it with a ribbed border ... and changed the length a little... but I love it so much I think I'm going to make a dark color one for myself after I finish all the Christmas gifts.
 

Not sure if you can see the hat very well ... it's kind of tricky to take a selfy with the camera by my "official photographer" was not home...
 
I'm having so much fun I just wish we had a few more hours in the day (who doesn't right ?) or my ultimate wish is that I had 8 hands and arms (like an octopus - God please I'm just joking really ...) ... but what I really need is to just enjoy this really fun and great feeling ... and continue my journey ...
 
 
 
 
My niece, my daughter, my son... everybody wants one  ... and the list goes on ... what is a girl to do ??? just go buy more yarn (darn :)) and keep knitting ...
 
 
 
and that is exactly what I did ... 
 
 
 
 
We are going to celebrate thanksgiving next week and I'm most incredibly thankful for so many blessings ...
 
And amongst all the blessings I have to count I have you my friends to be so very thankful for ...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving !!!
 
 
 
Another sunset picture from Gino ...
 
 
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and our beautiful Mt. Hood seen from our window
 

And here is a picture of my charming photographer ...
 
Picture credit to Gino Simmons
( intagram simmonsgino

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another Cowl and n a Beautiful Sunset

I am slowly settling down to our house and finding that once again Autumn is a very calming and relaxing season for me.
 
Although I do love summer and widely enjoy the "new life" feeling that  spring brings to my heart I do love the Fall ...
 
Warm evenings, cuddling near the fireplace and a warm blanket on my lap with my knitting and crochet right beside me.
I feel so happy to have so many new projects and to be planning for the Holiday.
 
This time of year always brings me a feeling of anticipation and planning for good times with my family, great dinners and get together and lots of good memories to be shared. I have been working on my Christmas gifts  (which I cannot show here yet ... 
As I was working (with the elves) and trying to get a head start on Christmas, my daughter asked me to make another cowl for her... and what will a" knitting mama" do when her daughter asks her for anything ???
Of course, I abandoned anything and everything I had been working on and all I have been doing is "her" cowl ... lots of knitting ....knitting .... knitting ... as it is a garter stitch ... not too wide ...a bit longer than usual cowl... no pattern at all ... just the instructions of what she "had in mind" ...
 
See, my daughter has a very good sense of fashion and design and when she wants something (in all aspects of life) she knows exactly what she wants ...
She describes it to me ... I hurry to the yarn store ... and off I go ....
Knitting ...knitting...knitting ...
 

 
And pretty soon the final product will be done ... 
 


 
Another Day ... Another Cowl ..
and as we have a Holiday today I took the day to catch up on some house work and hopefully ... finish it for her ...
 

 
Hopefully I'll get it accomplished and will be back soon to show it to you.
Wish me luck
 
 
I also wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to all the Veterans who have fought for us ... Including a BIG THANK YOU to my husband who served in the US Air Force.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
 
Thank you so very much for all your kind and beautiful comments on my cookies and pumpkin ... I am trying to "learn" to take better pictures ... so bear with me as I go through this new path ...
 
I will leave you today with some beautiful pictures my son have taken ...
He LOVES to take pictures and I LOVE his pictures ...
Proud Mama .
All of these pictures are right here near our house ...
We are so blessed with such a beauty.
 







 
Photo credit to Gino Simmons
(instagram simmonsgino) 
 
 
 

Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HALLOWEEN
 
 
Hi There my friends.
Hope you are having a wonderful week.

I have been working and working and my daughter has been sick so I haven't been able to do much ... but here we are and tonight its
HALLOWEEN...
We don't go "trick-o-treating" anymore, our kids are teens now, but we are ready for the little ones to come visit us ...
I make chili and cupcakes every year and this year some of our kids friends are going to stop by ...
I made some treats for them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I made this cute pumpkin to give to a friend. I have been making some of them every year. It's a cute pattern I bought in one of our local yarn stores and my knitting group and I make them every year. I have a pretty good collection of them in my house. This one went to a friend who invited us for a Halloween party last week. 
 
 
We are staying home and enjoying a quiet, relaxing evening.
 
Where ever you are I hope you are enjoying your day and if you celebrate I hope you have a GREAT HALLOWEEN !!!
 
 
Thanks for all the great comments you leave for me and have a wonderful weekend.