Saturday, September 29, 2012

still summer

We've been riding a heat wave here in sunny Saskatchewan.  It has been very dry and the daytime temps have been into the high 20s (pushing 80 F).  There were a couple of nights in Sept. that we covered some of the garden veggies because of frost warnings but nothing in my yard froze.  The chilly nights made the leaves turn though.  It's been glorious!

The garden is giving us lots of vegetables (there is nothing better than a tomato picked and eaten while it is still warm from the sun) and the flowers think it is still summer.

Cooper spends as much time outside as possible.  He is definitely not an indoor kind of guy.

All of the dogs have been digging at the base of the big willow tree in our yard.  I think that there are mushrooms lurking along the root system and that's what they're after.  The poor lawn is taking a beating in the process.  Dan has been putting grates over the holes but the dogs just push them aside or dig new holes so it's been pretty futile to try to stop them.  I had trouble getting good pictures of the dogs today because they were so busy sniffing and digging.  Bentley, being a hound, has his nose to the ground most of the time.

This picture of Austin is blurry because he wasn't interested in posing; too many better things to do on a lovely afternoon.

I did get a head shot of Robbie though.

According the weather forecast this heat isn't going to last.  By mid-week we will be victims of an Arctic air flow and it will feel like autumn.  Although I really like the fall season I am sorry to say good-bye to summer.

Monday, September 10, 2012

have to share

I know that many of you fiber folks read Yarn Harlot's blog regularly but for those of you who don't, I just have to share her post today of a truly amazing, thoughtful wedding gift for her sister- and brother-in-law.  I've watched the video twice and it gave me goosebumps both times.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

more baby knits

When I posted the pic of the first baby cardi that I made for dearest granddaughter, Marguerite asked how many sweaters this baby was going to have?  The answer, I guess, is as many as I get around to making.  Anyway, here is the latest little knit off the needles.

I started this little cardi before we knew that dearest grandbaby is a girl so used Dream in Color Smooshy yarn in the gender neutral Beach Fog colorway and opted for the cabled version rather than the lace one.  As it wasn't finished before we found out that a little girl would be the recipient, I used the picot hems to make it a bit more feminine.  This is the 6-12 month size so will hopefully get some wear before it is outgrown.  I'm pleased with this knit and the pattern is well-written and very versatile so I highly recommend it!

I pulled out some treasures that had been in storage so that they could be used again.  This blanket was knit for me when I was a baby.  I don't know who made it and will have to look for my baby book to see if mom noted it there.
The pink edging and little rosettes are crocheted.  It's very sweet.  I washed it carefully because there weren't superwash wools widely available in the 1950's and this is definitely wool.  You can see the color difference between the natural white wool and the white acrylic sweater in the next photo.

My mom made this tiny cardi when we were waiting to adopt a baby.
Geoff wore this little outfit home from the hospital.  Well, he actually only wore it for a very short time.  We traveled to Saskatoon for him and stopped for lunch at McDonald's there before hitting the highway for the 2 1/2 hour ride home.  I changed his diaper then and was too new at the parenting-of-a-baby-boy routine (ie: keep it covered) to prevent him from peeing all over the front of his little outfit requiring a change in clothes.  Valuable lesson learned.