Your greatness is not what you have, it's what you give.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I have to have AC!!!

I have visitors this week! My daughter and the grands are here so Moose can take his annual golf clinic lessons. Of course we'll be squeezing in some swim time and maybe a movie or two. Wouldn't you know that on Saturday our AC went on the fritz and we had to have the whole shebang replaced. I was holding my breath because I thought their visit would be awful if we had the 90 degree weather that is predicted and no AC! So when the salesman came to take measurements and give us an estimate he asked if I needed the installation done right away. I told him no there's no hurry as long as my grandsons could stay with him at his air conditioned home! Guess what! The installers were here this morning at 8:30! It's amazing what a little incentive will do for an appointment schedule! Then it turned out that today was a beautiful day with breezes and cool air so they went for a nice long walk so I could knit with my Chicks.
 Elaine finished a cute little baby hat with an acrylic/washable yarn. The curly cue on top is adorable!
 Liz is making a hat using the same yarn from her cowl of last week. She is using two strands together for a bulky knit. That's one way to use up yarn quickly.
 My baby cardigan is almost finished. Just after I took this photo I started the I-cord edging on the sleeves. Then I have to pick up stitches all around the body edges and I-cord knit those too. I'm going to hunt for some cute buttons next week.
 Maureen finished her baby hat and moved on to....
a top down baby sweater. Can't wait to see it finished.
Carole is headed for the home stretch with her cowl. It will be long enough to wear doubled around the neck for a nice, warm, cuddle.
Beth and Cinzia were consulting the iPad for some knitting info. What would we do without the internet?
Dorah attached the buttons to her little cardigan and added it to the inventory.
Cinzia made progress on her vest.
And Sofia worked her way down past the sleeve openings of her top down cardigan and is working on the stockinette body stitches. That dark orange is the collar and the body will be the yellow. This is going to be one cute jacket!
Beth is making her cowl using Plymouth Encore, a good all-purpose acrylic and wool blend yarn that is machine washable.
Well, my grandsons have worn me out and it's past my bedtime. See you next week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Come see what we finished!

The Chicks had an assortment of finished objects this week. We started off with toddler's slippers and a warm little hat that just flew off my needles. I was feeling disappointed in myself because it seemed I had not finished any of my long knitting projects so I threw in a couple of patterns I knew I could finish quickly.
Then suddenly I had knitted to the end of this cowl and...
this cowl, which is my own design. But I'm sure you can find a free pattern on Ravelry if you search for Brioche stitch cowl. The green cowl was made with Berroco Vintage DK yarn and the purple with Madelinetosh Worsted.
Liz finished a warm woolie cowl too. Sorry I don't have the pattern name for you.
Carole's baby pullover was finished off with 3 unmatched buttons which look so cute! See, you don't have to have matching buttons for a sweater. It adds style and panache to mismatch them!
This cute little Missy was made by Maureen for a friend's new granddaughter. Better hurry and deliver it before the baby outgrows it!
Carole added her Minty Bricks to the inventory too.
It was cool enough, with a little artificial help in the background, for us to knit on the deck last night. We all caught up on our summer getaways. Maureen just returned from a cross country drive to deliver her daughter to Los Angeles for her fellowship studies. And Dorah had a celebratory trip to Milwaukee where she watched the Mets play and even got to meet some of them who were all staying in the same hotel where she was booked.
And still Dorah had time to finish her cardigan for donation. By evening's end the sleeves were done and it was ready for these cute colorful buttons.
I better get back to my needles. I still have miles to go on those scarves!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

There was a visitor today plus some vacation pictures

Elaine's granddaughter came to visit today and although she is a pretty good knitter for a 7 year old (her grandma is a great teacher!) she couldn't put her iPad down long enough to loop a few stitches. But Liz and Elaine got right down to work.
 Liz finished a cute little baby hat that is an open tube on both ends but an I-cord runs through one of the ends to close it up. I'm sure if you knit one of large enough circumference you could make a combination cowl/hat the same way.
This is Liz's revised current project. It started out as a poncho but after seeing how long it was going to take to knit endless rows of stockinette to make it big enough to wear, she moved on to Plan B and is now making a cowl instead. I think that's an excellent idea Liz! 
 Elaine finished up the decreasing rows on her baby hat and just has to weave in the ends.
I finished my Minty Bricks scarf using Periwinkle Sheep Gradient yarn. It needs to be blocked but I wanted to show you how pretty it looks.
My husband's cousins have been inviting us to visit them in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for many years now but I always hated to have to go through the TSA nonsense at airports. I don't know about you but I don't like strangers putting their hands in places they don't belong! Now that I have TSA Pre-check, traveling has been more pleasant. So we finally took them up on their offer and headed out to Colorado last Tuesday. The drive through Denver was amazing. Look at those snow capped mountain tops!
We drove through real "Cowboy Country" and wound our way to a higher and higher elevation.
Which meant the view over the guardrails was going farther and farther down! Have I ever mentioned that I'm terrified of heights when someone else is in control?! It's a miracle I have any fingernails left!
Luckily, the views were so beautiful I couldn't resist looking.
I was very happy to be on the inside lane along here!
We stopped along the side of the road and saw real sagebrush! Who knew it was really blue!?!
The scenery was just breathtaking!
And our weather was perfect.
Then we finally arrived in Steamboat Springs and our first full day we hiked to Fish Creek Falls with the cousins and Crispy, their perfectly behaved pup.
This was our view west from the deck and our bedroom and...
Every morning we were greeted by the shrill calls of the hummingbirds who came right up to us on the deck feeders. Each evening they returned for their dinner. I couldn't believe how close they came to me! At one point he was so close that the breeze created from his wings actually moved the hair on my forehead!

Another view of the rapids below Fish Creek Falls.
Mother Nature really impressed me!
And I even walked across that bridge which is at the base of the falls.
Someone capturing the beauty of the falls in oils.
Isn't that AWESOME!?!
We walked down to the falls but now it was time to walk back up. Now I'm not saying I'm an Olympic quality athlete but I can walk 4 miles in under an hour (and for my age that's an accomplishment!) and the elevation was whipping my butt! There's something to be said for how the thin air affects you!
Back in town we visited the center where the flags of all the Steamboat Springs Olympic athletes hang. This was just a small representation of all the flags there. I couldn't fit them all in the picture!
Another day we hiked through a portion of Hahn's Peak. Crispy went for her daily swim to retrieve her tennis ball and we enjoyed the scenery. Can you see all those gray trees? They are pines which have been devastated over the last 10 years by the Pine Beetle. Acres and acres of pines have been affected but I'm told it's on the downswing now and in the process of recovery.
More beauty at Hahn's Peak.
The gardens sported all kinds of beautiful flowers. These are cultivated Lupines which are much bulkier than the wild ones out in nature.

And here's Crispy giving me her best "Please hug me" look. I am allergic to dogs and cats (it's their saliva not the dander) and was afraid if I had to take allergy pills I'd sleep all through Colorado. It practically made me cry not to wrap my arms around her and hug. She is such a well behaved dog. The ONLY time she barked was when she was told to say hi or goodbye! One evening as I sat by the setting sun Crispy walked casually past me and snuck a kiss on the top of my foot! LOL! Quickly I ran for the soap and water. I hope she wasn't insulted! LOL!
I think this was another part of Fish Creek Park when we went out looking for wildlife. When my husband walked here a few years ago he and the cousins spotted a huge moose and quickly turned the other way! I'm glad the only wildlife I got to see was Crispy!
There is the evidence of the Pine Beetle making the tree try to push it out by oozing sap.
What am I doing at the end of the line and so far from everybody?! Taking photos of course! It's a good thing we didn't see any bears or moose! I might have been an appetizer!!!
On my birthday last Thursday we went to the Yampa Valley Botanic Gardens for an outdoor concert from a classical quartet. It was a wonderful way to spend my birthday doing what I love among the beauty of nature.
Just wander through and I'll meet you at the other side....



Back home Crispy waited for her hummer friends to arrive for their nightly ritual.
All too soon it was time for us to return to Denver for the flight home. We went back via a different route which took us up, up, up to elevations I couldn't dream were possible on foot.
Yes that is snow at the base of this sign!
See if you can spot the four curves we drove to get up there. They get smaller as you look farther away. I still can't believe I was there!
Many thanks to Cousin Richie and Linda for making wonderful memories and helping me celebrate my birthday in God's Country!
And I'm ever so thankful we didn't see any bears!!!