I met the morning knitting group at Panera Bread in Centerville and then went on to the afternoon group at Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro.
There were twelve of us at Panera and there were lots of finished projects, as well as, ones that were well on the way to being completed.
On the wall at the end of the row of tables we put together were these wiggly eyes watching us! So funny that someone would stick them up there.
Karen was wearing a very pretty shawlette knit from a skein of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. It had so much texture with all the different kinds of yarn .
Patrice showed the sweater and hat she finished for her granddaughter. So cute! I loved the buttons.
Maryanne was wearing a cardigan knit in my favorite colors!! Shades of olive green! Great job!
Lynn was almost finished with a hat and scarf set. The wool was SO soft and will keep the recipient super toasty.
Pat was crocheting an afghan for her granddaughter.
At the afternoon group, Sara was just about finished with a precious little jumper for her niece. she wanted to try it on her before sewing on the buttons - she might have to make the straps a little longer.
Diana was doing a little test knitting and was doing a fabulous job.
Lots of socks were underway around the table.
I worked on the Lace Coverlet, an adult sock, and a pair of baby socks.
I finished one of Rachael's sock this morning and need to cast on for the second one.
I started the baby socks Thursday night and knit them two at a time. I loved this method except for the twisting of the yarn coming from both ends of the same skein. The fact that I had two finished socks out-weighed the yarn tangles. The pattern is Plymouth Yarn P602 for Kid's Socks. The pattern gives instructions for Infant, 2, 4, 6, and 8. I did size 2. I used the yarn the pattern was written for - Jelli Beenz by Plymouth. I got the pair out of 1 skein and could get a third sock. If I bought a second skein, I could knit 3 pairs. At $3.99, this was a good knit.
Outside this morning, everything was sporting a layer of ice. Even the birdfeeder was decorated. I hear we're in for more icy weather this week.
Also, I chilling - doing nothing special today. Knit a bit, cleaned a bit, now I'm working a bit.
Yesterday was the knitting class and then the knitting group. Stephanie, a fairly new knitter in our group and a lace addict, had yet another nice shawl on yesterday. She said it was Summer Flies and it is available free on Ravelry. She knit it using Malabrigo worsted weight and it was really pretty. I loved the shape of it.
The grumpy birds, better known as Starlings, made their first appearance at my feeders today. They have long beaks and use them like jackhammers to clean me out of all my suet. They are aggressive birds. As much as I dislike having them at my feeders, I find their feathers fascinatingly beautiful. It looks like there are little fiber optic lights at the tips of each feather. When the sunshine hits them just right, the feathers are iridescent green and purple.
This is another one of my favorite sights here. The curve in the road pictured yesterday and this one of the sunrise.
The sun rises from behind these trees on our property line. I love the shadows on the snow. The shadows don't look nearly as impressive falling on green grass.
The snowfall dwindled away after midnight this morning. There were still a few flakes doing a slow dance to the earth. I think we got about six inches. One can never be too sure here due to the winds.
This morning dawned and the snow glistened like diamonds. The sun was reflecting off of each and every snowflake angle. It was just beautiful!
The birds were plentiful again today.
I was lucky enough to catch this Blue Jay. Usually they are so quick - they dive in - grab - and fly away with their treasured morsel. Today, he must have been tired. He posed for me - giving me a front view and even a tail shot! His feathers are just gorgeous in all their shades of blue. Some so muted and soft looking and others vibrantly blue.
The Red-bellied and the Downey Woodpeckers both made appearances today. They both tend to be a bit skittish around the other birds - especially the little Downey. Either they were starving or my offerings were just too good to pass up -- they managed not to be scared away by the frenetic flying in and out of the other birds.
The Red-bellied hunkered down on the suet feeder and helped himself. He would glance often at the other birds but didn't give up his spot and fly away.
The Downey felt more comfortable on the suet feeder that's off to one side of the main feeding station. A little less traffic over that way.
And, here is that darling little bird - the Tufted Titmouse. If there are two, do you call them Titmice??? He always looks so quizzical.
Here is a picture of the house today. Andy used the snowblower early this morning before leaving for work to make a path in the driveway. Good thing that machine has headlights!
Aaaahhh! Tomorrow is Saturday! Knitting class in Mason at Main Street Yarns first and then knitting group at Dorothy Lane in Springboro.
I left the house early this morning to head north for a work appointment. The snow was coming down like a very fine rainy mist. You could hardly see it. For something you couldn't see, it sure covered the ground quickly! I attended my two appointments in Dayton and Troy, OH and by the time I got back home, we had maybe 3-4 inches. They're predicting 4-6 so we're well on our way. It is supposed to snow most of the night with a low temperature of 8 degrees F.
The birds are acting like the seed in my feeders is the last available on earth. What a frenzy! It's like the blue-light special on black-oiled sunflowers seeds!
I tried to take some pictures of them today but they were so frenetic that it was a bit difficult.
I did get some nice ones of Mr. Cardinal and one of Mrs. Cardinal. The Mr. is so handsome against the snowy backdrop.
I also took some pictures in the area - of the house, the curve in the road below the house, the pond, etc. It was snowing so hard that the pictures look almost fuzzy. And everything is tinted in winter blue.
I have so many projects going and so many more I want to start.
Not only am I a knit-aholic, I'm a project-aholic,too.
Maybe I need a twelve-step program.
Here are two of my current projects.
First up - a Lace Coverlet by Plymouth Yarn Company. This is Plymouth pattern #1510 if you're interested. It is a great pattern - the design is easy to see and the pattern is simple to memorize as you knit across each row. It's hands-down the prettiest baby blanket I've ever knit. I'm using Plymouth Yarn Company's Dreambaby Shine in an aqua. This yarn has a shiny thread and is so pretty in this blanket. Knitter's Mercantile had this blanket made up as a sample in Dreambaby Shine white and it was gorgeous but I voted for the aqua.
Second - a pair of Opal socks for Rachael. This Opal is a little thicker than some sock yarns. I'm knitting these socks on a #1 needle instead of a #0. The knitted fabric is very dense and I think I could have used a #2 needle. Oh well - too late to change now!
My goal is to get these two things finished and then move on to two more. Then, two more. Then, two more........
I just LOVE to knit!
Saturday, I taught a beginner knitting class at Main Street Yarns in Mason, OH. It was fun! There were four students and they did well. We concentrated on the knit stitch. It's so awkward getting your hands used to doing something new. This Saturday is the second and last class and we'll be purling. Then, I'm scheduled to teach a scarf class in February. Can't wait for that!
We took the Christmas tree down Sunday and hauled it out to the burn site in the backyard. It was light as a feather and was nothing but ashes in a matter of minutes. You could say it was a little (HA!) dry! the spot where the tree was looks so empty. Even when I moved the Norfolk Island Pine and the magazine rack back into place where the tree stood. The Christmas tree just made the room look happy and warm. Until next year.......
Awakened to a very snowy day today. Now, it is coming down even heavier.
I opened the door to look out --- so quiet.
It's like the snow mutes everything.
It's so white that there's a bluish tint to the outdoors.
No outdoor play for Earl Gray and Gracie kitties today. They're going to stay snuggled up in their kitty beds in the garage. They'll watch the snow fall through the garage door window perched high up on their kitty tower. Too bad they can't see the bird feeders from the window. They would love that!
The bird station has been extra busy today. I filled the feeders last night in preparation for the snow.
All sorts of birds have been represented - Blue Jay, Cardinal, Titmouse, Towhee, Junco, Sparrow (couple different kinds), White-Breasted Nuthatch, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Dove, Purple Finch, Goldfinch, and House Finch.
This picture is neat - caught the Cardinal just as he was coming in for a landing.
I mentioned easy fingerless mitts yesterday. Here is a picture of one I finished yesterday. These are out of Noro Kuryeon. I can make one mitt out of less than 1/2 skein of Kuryeon. When making these mitts, you want to make sure you don't use over half the skein or you won't have enough yarn for the second mitt. Due to the color changes in the yarn, your two mitts will not be the same. You can also pick up stitches around the thumb opening and knit a thumb for these mitts.
Meg gave me a white Amaryllis for Christmas. It is full of blooms! Just gorgeous! Amaryllis grow so fast - an amazing flower.
Well, tomorrow is another work week. Come on Saturday!
We had snow flurries Thursday and again Friday into this morning. Everything is once again white. It had only been snowing briefly when I snapped this picture.
The snow didn't keep the Saturday knitting gals at home. We had a big group today at Dorothy Lane Market. Lots of busy needles.
Andy and I went to see True Grit tonight at the movie theater at Colony Square in Lebanon. Great little theater - all tickets are $5.00 each. Can't beat that!
I'm trying to finish a pair of fingerless mitts before next Saturday. Main Street Yarns in Mason, OH is offering a Learn To Knit class January 15th and 22nd. And, I'm the teacher! It will be a quick two-class session to teach just the knit and purl stitches. Fingerless mitts out of Noro are so easy and it is something that new knitters can make with only knowing the knit and purl stitches. I make them flat in a K1, P1 rib or a K2, P2 rib. Then, just fold them in half length-wise. Sew the edges together leaving a hole for your thumb. I'll have a couple of pairs to show the students so they can make their own.
Here are a couple of cute pictures of Taylor and Rachael taken just before they left to head home last Thursday. It sure is quiet around here without them.
The next two work weeks are going to be killer. Full of appointments and the need to do and catch up on reports. I dread it already. Tomorrow, I am going to try and spend the day organizing projects, etc.