Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Yarn Along... A Wee Little Pink


~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?









This sweet little sweater is a birthday gift later in the fall.  It is not like me to have so many items completed so far ahead of gifting time, but I am not going to complain.  We are taking an extended car trip in September and there is a special project I want to work on.  More about that in the weeks to come.

I finished my book ( above) from last week.  It has been a along time since I had a book I couldn't put down.  I enjoyed it very much!

Linking up with Ginny!  What are you knitting and reading?

Monday, July 21, 2014

He's 5...But not Really!















Patrick doesn't turn 5 until this Saturday, the 26th, but scheduling caused his mother to celebrate this past weekend.  When your 5 year old best friend and you share the same birthday, someone compromises :)
I had not been in a movie theater with that many small children....ever.... and I was a little worried at the beginning, but once the movie began it all quieted down.  Patrick is all boy and the new Planes Fire and Rescue movie debuted this past weekend.  I do wish I could have captured Mr. Golfer asleep in his chair with Lilah laying on top of him like he was her own personal sofa! I do have one pic of her I will be sharing later in the week.  Precious.

Little sister Rachel had taken a mighty tumble off the running board of the Suburban the day before and hit her head hard enough on the concrete that it warranted a trip to the ER and a CT scan.  All was ok, but you could tell she was suffering from most likely a headache, confusion, and maybe being left out just a little.  Welcome to being the baby of the family Rachel!

Happy birthday Patrick!  My oldest grandchild will always hold a little special place in my heart! Grandmother loves you bunches!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

{ PHFR}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!


{Pretty}






This time of year is just glorious for the garden!  Unusually mild this summer, today we had loads of rain and everything just perked up and the colors shine. That top picture is obviously not outdoors, but on a gray day even those colors shine from the kitchen table, 

{Happy}




With the blanket finished in breakneck speed, I have moved on to a little sweater for the granddaughter below.  Rachel will be two in October. That blanket you see her holding onto?  She has coveted it since the day she was born ( of course that makes me sad:)))). So I am going to gift her with a little sweater.  It originally was going to be pink sparkly, but the yarn did not want to be a sweater, so I pulled some merino/cashmere from my stash. Doesn't every 2 year old have a cashmere sweater?  I though so.

{Funny}


She just cracks me up with those 2 fingers in her mouth.  No thumb sucking.  Just those fingers.

{Real}


Every Tuesday I make a trip to the library.  And every Tuesday I come home with a stack of books.  And every Tuesday I return unread books that looked good the week before, but weren't.  Yesterday I stopped in at Barnes and Noble.  I hadn't been there in ages.  I feel like a traitor buying a book since Mr. Golfer is on the Library Board for the city.   I have always enjoyed Barbara Delinsky.  Yes, she writes the predictable story line, but her style is comforting. Very homey.  And she is a knitter.  It doesn't hurt that this book not only begins with knitting, but the setting is Maine, my favorite vacation spot.  So far, as usual, I am captivated.  Knitting, gardening, Maine...what more do you need in a book?

Linking up with Aunt Leila!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yarn Along and An Amazing Finish!

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? 








Never in my history of knitting have I finished something so large so quickly.  Eight days and a blanket was complete.  Do understand that I had several days alone and a couple of those without a car, but really?  That is some marathon knitting!

I was curious as to how these colors would work together and the outside and inside light shows the contrast well.  I added the white to break up what I thought would be a darkness.

There is no written pattern for this. It originated from the Rocketry baby cardigan.  I had found this picture and loved the colors and texture, but there was no pattern.  This knitter had used the cardigan to launch her own blanket.  I used her meager notes and took off on my own.  I call this Erica's blanket.  Her new little daughter will soon be wrapped in all these stitches.  She made a special request for one of my blankets and I obliged.

Linking up with Ginny today!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ahhhh....







After the first two comments this morning I decided to go in and edit to add this picture.  Mr. Golfer is in the solid shirt and our dear friend in the print shirt.  The conversation must have been so funny!:)))






He is home and all is right with the world!  You would think after 8 years of taking these trips I would not be so antsy when he is gone, but I just don't like being alone.  Really alone.

I spent much of the time working on the latest blanket and watching a series I have been sucked into.  Netflix got me hooked on Monarch of the Glen and I am into season 4 already. I sat at either the computer or my iPad and knit.  Not too bad for the hot days we have had, but I should have been working on other things.  On a good note... I may have knit a blanket faster than ever.  Just a week into it and I have 3 color repeats to go and done!  Amazing!

I am laying out a calendar on the counter again in hopes that Mr. Golfer and I can coordinate the next few months.  Isn't it true that busyness comes in waves.  We have 3 weddings and a trip coming up that need to be coordinated.  Two of those weddings are out of town and one right in the center of a 6 day driving trip. Since I am the only one who coordinates digitally, I thought having the paper counterpart might help the other half?

I finally cut some mums from the garden.  The heat has been insufferable the last few days.  Even the heat loving plants were drooping. These ladies will just keep producing through the fall and I will see volunteers next years as well.

Mr. Golfer came through with yarn from Santa Fe.  A local dyer provides her brand to Yarn and Coffee.  Of course, not knowing the least bit about yarn, Mr. Golfer was able to identify items I knit and that helped the owner choose yarn.  I was quite impressed as he told the story. :))

Today is back to reality.  Wedding bags to complete, my car in the shop, and cooking for more than one!