Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I've been doing a lot of knitting on my Palette Shawl and happy to see some progress! This is a trapezoid-shaped shawl, thus the reason it kinda looks crooked!!   I've just started a new color - Stonehedge  Shepherd's wool in Seabreeze (a pretty heather green) that goes well with the other two colors.  I'll use all of this skein (left over from another project) then switch to another color.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


I've been working on my Palette Shawl as often as I can, but I'm either getting to be a slower knitter, or something.  It seems like it's merely crawling on!  

Friday, July 3, 2015


I assume your plans are all made and in effect right now for celebration of our great country over the 4th!!!   One thing about being retired and living away from family - nothing too exciting is going on around here.  Today we spent most of the day up in the Phoenix area - shopping and other errands.

I cast on this beautiful Palette shawl by Chandi Agee.  I sorta like my color selections from stash,  but am not too sure about one section being the pale blue.  I may have to come up with something else, but I don't really want to buy more yarn. (ha ha)  Once I got past the first few rows, I'm doing a better job of keeping count of my stitches.

I also have my "adult coloring book" nearby so that I can stop knitting and color for awhile to break the monotony and finished this particular picture I started several weeks ago.

Enjoy your weekend and keep safe!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


We (hubby and I) have just returned home from a wonderful 10-day trip to Washington State visiting family.

We spent time in western Washington visiting with our daughter and her family.   We attended our granddaughter's high school graduation, which was very nice.  They had a grad party for her the next day and got to see a lot of her friends and famiiy friends we had not seen in a while.  The younger granddaughter just gratuated from the 6th grade.

We rented a car and drove to Spokane (on the east side of Washington state) and visited with 4 more granddaughters, their mom, and two great-grandsons.  The youngest is just 5 months old and his brother just turned 3.   Such a lot of fun to be around the boys, but wow,  what a lot of energy that 3 yr-old has - hard to keep up!  But it was fun being around them.

We drove back to Seattle and flew home out of Sea-Tac.   Hard to believe how air travel is so much different these days.  "Back in the day" I was an airline "stewardess" and their was time to visit with the passengers, lots of elbow room, pass out food, etc..  Now eveyrone is all crammed in with very little leg or elbow room.

Due to said "lack of room"  I didn't do any knitting during the 3-hour flight.  Hard to get your arms in a position to do so.   In fact, I didn't get out my knitting the entire 10 days we were gone.   We were just way too busy.

It is nice to be home - the laundry is all done - had my long day of rest yesterday, and am now "back in the normal rut".

We are in quite a long heat spell.   We've had over 110 degree temperatures for well over a week now, and no end in sight.  These are really high temperatures for this early in the summer - hate to think of what it'll be like later this summer.

Are you planning a trip this Summer?  Write and let me know!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Good day to be doing things I want to do, instead of things I have to do.   However, the laundry is going, and phone calls being made for appointments, and a stack of receipts sitting here staring at me to be posted into Quicken!

 I'm certainly a procrastinator - but life is to enjoy, right?  Because this is really what I'm doing as we speak.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


After two doctor appointments in Chandler mid-day today (one for leg veins and one for eye exam), I was anxious to get home and now I know why.

Does this explain my happiness????

This lovely yarn is from Expression Fiber Arts.  They dye some beautiful colors, don't they.  Now I get to decide what to knit with them....such a problem!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I cast on my Ananke shawl and so far all is well.  Loving the color (Blackberry Cheesecake)  and the softness of the Superwash Merino from Expression Fiber Arts yarn.

It's been quite a long while since I've knit a shawl and forgot how long it takes to see any progress.   Pretty soon these rows will be sooooo long it'll take me forever to get anywhere.   The finished product will be mine - to wear in the highly air-conditioned lobby of the local Entertainment Center where our knit/crochet group meets.   I'm tired of goosebumps on my arms and always forget a jacket or sweater.  Maybe I'll remember this shawl - hope.