Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It was very clear to me...

It was very clear to me what I needed to do to be prepared for going to knitting retreat. One thing for sure was to finish a sweater I had started after the Holidays last year. I have felt that I was missing my knitting ojo, seems I would start something then loose interest, or get distracted by some other project, but I did get my act together and got my sweater done.
My finished three quarter length sleeve sweater

Really cute buttons

This was a very simple sweater for me, I have done far more complicated ones, but I needed to start and finish it. I love this sweater it's so comfortable, and I love the color too.

What the heck is it
This is Helen, she models hat, scarves, just about anything that fits. I needed a very warm hat, the weather here gets extremely cold in the winter, so for walking, taking the dog out, I have a nice warm hat. I used some hand spun that I did last year, another goal of mine, to use my hand spun up, just a small feat. So having those done I needed a project to work on at knitting retreat, so I remembered to take something easy, because I would most the time come home and rip it. So I cast on 648 stitches for a scarf. Well it seems I'm ready to go off on my trip. This year my walking buddy went with me, we were so excited. The first Morning at Fort Warden we went for a walk on the beach, and walked to the light house.
Light House at Fort Warden Washington.
We all had such a great time, it makes my year to see my dear friends, I love every minute I spend with them. We had a field trip to a local fiber processor, they have a small operation, but they work for a lot of people, and also dye the fiber too. I like the combination of wools I purchased, corridale,
Blue Faced Leister and Mohair.

Taylor Farms

I finished my scarf, and started a shawl, then it was over, and time to go home.   
Helen with the new scarf
                       I'm always happy to get home, but many times during the next year my mind will drift off and think of what a wonderful time I had. We came home with a full load.
Full load

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fall is rolling along nicely

Fall, so far has been very nice, and even though we are preparing for winter ,it's nice to do it in the sun. The wood is put up, the picnic tables are put away out of the weather, and most importantly my Dad's trailer is set for the snow and cold. The cat has stopped shedding, and the Dog is really putting on his under coat.

Mr. Coal Man               
We had a couple of weeks that we didn't meet at our Quilting group at the quilt shop, but I did get something done.
The Pink One
I call this the Pink One for reasons apparent in the picture, but in person it's lovely, and it will grow on me. I'll be sending it off to the quilter later this year.
The Thirties Reproduction Fabric
 My pin wheel thirties reproduction quilt came home from the long arm quilter, I'm very happy to have it back, and it turned out so beautiful.
A Happy Quilt
So I was reading a Blog that I always look forward to, this person doesn't post real often, but when she does it makes me happy. On her most recent post, she has been considering that she would stop Blogging. Several people wrote and protested, and begged for her to continue, and she is going to continue. I myself had been considering doing the same because I felt as though I was being to repetitious, but then I realized that I'm not just boring my family and friends, but people from all over the world. Blog Spot shows who and from where people are visiting your Blog. Well I'll keep posting and maybe someone from China may find my ramblings interesting. It's crazy, I have almost more people in Russia reading this blog than from here. 
    The bonus cutting of hay
    With the weather being so cooperative some of the hay farmers  got a third cutting ,  this is a bonus for them.            I will be heading for Port Townsend at the end of the month, for of course my yearly trek to see my friends at Knitting retreat. Katie and I usually go together, but we are bring some of our friends from here with us to share such a wonderful experience with them.
    What the heck is it ?
              I am knitting here in the Methow, I've been a little worried that I've lost my knitting Mojo, but maybe I'll be inspired at retreat. In the time before, I'm knitting this, and when I'm done I'll show you.   Hope your fall has been heart warming. Diana                                                                                                                     

Friday, September 6, 2013

Feeling it in My Bones

I am feeling it my bones, our already strange weather summer is coming to it's end. Our beautiful Methow valley has been hit with several storms lately. The humidity has been high, so our normally very dry area has made us hot and sticky. The powerful lightening storms have really been putting on a show, and the heavy rains, well they have closed one of the Mt. passes twice. This of course gives all us locals something to talk about at the, Post office, Hanks Market, and maybe the feed store. Life goes on regardless.
Black Eyed Susan
Some of the projects I've been busy with this summer, are a couple of Quilts. This one called the Black Eyed Susan, designed by Thimbleberries, I finished earlier at the beginning of this season, then sent it off to the capable hands of a Long Arm Quilter. Here's the finished Quilt.    

Thirties reproduction fabric
This I just finished a week ago, when my last finished Quilt came back, off went this one to be quilted. I had a fun time making both of these beauties. 
A Sneak Peek
Just a little sneak peek at the next one, yes pink and green, very cute. This one is small, but it will be beautiful. 
Country Craftsman
I have been spinning on my Country Craftsman wheel. I took it to the Shear Creative Guild, to keep there to spin on when I'm at a meeting. I'm spinning Blue faced Lester wool, I'm really enjoying it.  This weekend there are many things going on, such as the Okanagan Fair. Well that's all for now, oh but wait in a few weeks I will be preparing for my yearly trek off to Port Townsend, for my Knitting Retreat !

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gosh it's been over a year

Over a year, time continues to go by at a fast rate. Things are much the same here, and since it's been so long since I've posted, I will keep it short. The Methow is still beautiful as ever, it's always unpredictably beautiful always no mater the seasons. Just the other day my walking buddy and I where on our evening walk and took this picture.
We feel so lucky and blessed to have so many opportunities to be a part of this area, to live breath and see so many wonderful sights.  I'm still knitting and spinning here too. No pictures of knitting right now, but I have been busy spinning, mostly this last  winter.
I finished a couple of quilts, and started another, I'm finding it still to be fun.
      Two finished
One ready to be shipped off to the quitter and one just started.   So yeah, I've been busy.  What have you been up to?