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Monday, January 25, 2021

Grumpy Chic Mittens

 Good morning,

It seems Bernie and his mittens are everywhere these days.  For those who knit, there's a free pattern available on the LionBrand.com web site.

I'm not a fan of mittens so won't be making them, but I do have some lovely original coordinating intarsia hats in the shop here.  ;)

This is getting funnier and funnier.  Even the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra had Bernie sitting in the audience at Cincinnati Music Hall on their Facebook page.



Sunday, January 24, 2021

First Place Elsa

 Good morning,

I took this picture last night when Elsa and Catherine got home from this weekend's Agility Trial.  

They did it again!  Congratulations on the First Place Ribbon to Elsa and her trainer/our daughter, Catherine!


Proud Mom

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Winter Blossoms

 Good morning,

It may be cold, gray, and overcast outside, but there are blossoms opening in my needlework studio!  These are for a custom order afghan blanket.  As soon as there are 80 of them, I'll start putting the next colors on them, then the final border and scalloped edging.  There's still a long way to go, but I truly enjoy making these.  

Of course, you'll see it when it is finished.  :)

Similar afghan blankets are available here.

All the best,


Friday, January 22, 2021

Joint Effort Dinner

 Good morning,

My Honey made the sausage soup and

 I made the bread.  The bread was so hot out of the oven that it was difficult to cut but amazing to eat!

What a marvelous home made dinner on a cold winter's night.  



Thursday, January 21, 2021

Seams and Finishing

 Good morning,

I'm making great progress on the custom order basket weave sweater.  Yesterday I finished matching each row and crocheting seams together.  After that I still  had to do all finishing of weaving in ends, sewing in my label, and adding a "hand made" charm.

It's a long process to design and hand knit a sweater, but the rewards are great!  I made a similar one for myself in navy blue more than 15 years ago and I'm still wearing it.  Perhaps it's time to make another for myself, too.

 As soon as I finish this sweater, I'll be back to work on the custom order afghan blanket I started recently.  I move back and forth between knit and crochet projects to give my hands and fingers a rest from the same repetitive movements.  It works!



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Color Selections

 Good morning,

Yesterday afternoon I played with yarn putting together the colors requested for a custom order afghan blanket.

I just love doing this.This will be a stained glass flower garden design.  

I have other things in the works right now, but had to get started on this anyway.  I always did my homework right away, too.  It's just the way I am....



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Day Trippin'

 Good morning,

The Covid-19 thing has us staying home most of the time, but there are certain things that we just have to do.  

It has become a joke that our road trips revolve around medical appointments, grocery stores, and the post office.  That's exactly what we did today and it seems to took most of the day.  We are exhausted when we get home.

Anyway., it was fun to take a picture of a freeway sign to remember the trips we used to take to Florida and Texas to cruise ship terminals.