Wednesday, February 20, 2019


If you are wondering what I am doing today,
it is gardening!
My daughter is here and we bought some color!
It will go in the new strip of garden plot beyond the pool screen.
So much potential....

Big Dreams, Small Spaces is a great series on Netfllix--
I am inspired!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


 This little 1" tree frog is pretty common around here-they hunker down in the plants all day 
and come out to 'sing' at night.
 Today, Abigail spotted this large guy-2 1/2" of tree frog and spotted!
 He was very relaxed about his photo shoot!
The little one is called a Squirrel Tree frog and the larger is called a Barking Tree frog!
So now we all learned something!
While they are nocturnal, I am not even though my best knitting time
 has become the hour before bedtime!
It's a good thing these mittens are so symmetrical so I can memorize the pattern for each row!  
I have to get knitting--I had hoped to send these home with my daughter so Bruce would have this completed pair while they still have winter!
(I had worried the mittens wouldn't fit but my daughter tried them on
 and assured me they are spot on!  Phew!)
This is a short and sweet visit so I had better get knitting.....!

Monday, February 18, 2019

FO But Not Blocked

A little knitting is happening in spite of a major back spasm.
A pinched nerve?
I can knit, if I don't move too much,
don't yank the yarn out of the skein,
don't turn to look at my notes.
The sweater was a quick finish on the machine-
I did add the button bands and neckband by hand--
I can't skim that carriage back and forth.
I like the lace at the front and back hem;  it was a good exercise in design.
And the only exercise I am doing right now!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Outside Pleasures

 While there were lots of real live manatees in the spring, I didn't manage to catch a clear photo of one!  You will have to settle for these two guys (Will on left and a friend on the right!)
 It was a breathtakingly beautiful day to be on a field trip!
 This is looking north up the St Johns River.
 At home, there are so many colors that please the eye...ornamental kale,
 my favorit red camellias,
 the burgeoning azaleas
 and even the bees are out!
The calliandra bush is full of blooms because we didn't have a killing frost!
The honeybees are grateful to have the mild  winter,  too!

(this was late to post because I forgot to hit the publish button!)

Friday, February 15, 2019


 I made pretty good progress on the Squirrel Cardigan.  
One side is completed;  later on today, I will finish the left side.
I did decide to add a bit of lace on the bottom of the fronts and back.
See, it is starting to make sense.
But first, I have a field trip with Will to go and see the manatees in Blue Springs!
Pictures tomorrow!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Machine Embroidery Work

 This faux leather wallet is made 'in the hoop' as an embroidery project from UrbanThreads.
 It is a quick and clever project to do with materials I had on hand.
My son bought a cash register for the boys and we play 'shop';
I noticed they needed a wallet to carry their money.
 This wallet design holds the paper money and their 'credit' card in the slots.
 It's nice to hit the bull's eye when making things for the boys!
 We had a lot of fun spending the money-they even do chores to earn more money to spend--
a great learning tool, right?!
(Even when the money is fake!)
 Along those lines, there was also a pattern using the same kind of 'in-the-hoop' design 
for this Fox purse.  
(the red tipped pin is only holding down the flap 
 until I make it to the store to purchase a larger snap closure!)
I liked this picture because Nyki did a photo bomb and I didn't notice her at the time!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Give it a Go!

A new project on the LK150;
the swatch was washed and dried to check my numbers.
 And the stitches are cast on and now I am reworking some stitches to give a k2 p2 ribbed hem.
 The Koi Pond square is added to my sock blanket-this makes block # 108.


If you are wondering what I am doing today, it is gardening! My daughter is here and we bought some color! It will go in the new st...