Monday, January 30, 2012

1-30-2012 I-Phone

Got a purple cover for my new/first I-Phone today!
Plan to spend the next year
learning how to use it!

1-29-2012 QC Chocolate Festival

Although I did not purchase the bar with the golden ticket...

I still got to meet Willy Wonka...

and taste samples and make purchases
from many fine chocolatiers...



after which DH & I toured the QC Botanical Center
http://www.qcgardens.com/
(which hosted the Chocolate Festival)


complete with cocoa trees, exotic flowers...




the obligatory waterfall with koi pond...

and the resident turtle, named Tortuga, which had buried itself
to get away from the large crowds!
Mmmm... I think I have a chocolate buzzzzzz....

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1-28-2012 Autumn Revisited

I bought this sock yarn this past October
because it reminded me of all the beautiful colors of autumn.
I started knitting them after Christmas 2011
and just took them off the needles today.
They fit perfectly!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

1-26-2012 Gathered Scarf Class

Today I attended a knitting class
at the new Knit & Knot Yarn Boutique
(see post on 1-18-2012).
We started a "Gathered Scarf"...
and I'm using an alpaca/silk blend that feels as smooth as butter
and has a wonderful sheen to it!
I plan to work on it at the Wed/Fri night "Sit & Knit"s...
Can't wait to see the finished scarf!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1-25-2012 Because Grandma Loves Purple

I finished knitting this baby sweater today.  :*)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1-24-2012 Variety is the Spice of Life

I have a variety of knitting projects 
on my needles at all times...

Projects that need bright morning light, fresh eyes, good concentration,
skinny yarn and needles, and complicated patterns
(like the orange and brown socks)
get done in the morning...

Things less complicated
(like the lavender baby sweater and blue/orange slippers)
get attention in the afternoon...

While mindless/no pattern necessary items
(like the gray alpaca cowl)
are knit while talking with my husband
or watching TV in the evening

No idle hands here!

Monday, January 23, 2012

1-23-2012 Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Year of the Dragon!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

1-22-2012 I believe



1-21-2012 Re-purposing

I spent today at church along with many others,
re-purposing used items for missions.

Old/gently used mens shirts
have their labels removed
and collars cut off...


...while others iron bias tape to sew around the neckline
to create 'hospital gowns' and girls dresses...





Others tear old sheets into strips
and wind them into rolls that are used for bandaging
in areas experiencing natural disasters...



Donated fabrics
are tied into blankets...
(which is what I did all day)



Young and old alike
moved by God's love
to help those in need.

1-20-2012 Sit & Knit

Saw this 'funky' crocheted scarf
at the Friday night 'Sit & Knit'
at the new LYS
Knit & Knot.
They served wine and chocolate!  :*)
I worked on knitting my alpaca cowl.

Friday, January 20, 2012

1-19-2012 Kalona

Cabin fever is setting in
so today DH & I took a road trip
to Kalona, Iowa
to check out their Amish Cheese House...

 They make 221,000 pounds of cheese a day...
except Thursdays/today...
due to a lack of milk from the suppliers...
just our luck!

But they still had lots of cheese to sample and purchase
in their cheese shop
so we bought some cheese curds
which came highly recommended by our SIL...
and dropped some off at our DD & SIL's place
on our way home.  :*)
I hope is was a nice surprise for them!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1-18-2012 Knit & Knot

3359 Devils Glen Rd.
Bettendorf, IA

is having their grand opening this week...
just down the street from me!!!


A rainbow of lovely yarns from which to choose!!!

Tatting supplies and classes are also available.

Owner, Joy, is a delight
and more than happy to help new customers!
Today I signed up for two classes...
I have a feeling my credit card will be getting a workout
now that I have a good LYS!

1-17-2012 Dustin & Nicole

D.D.S. Dustin & Ms. Nicole
are ready to prep my tooth
for my first crown.
They did a great job!

1-15-2012 Reinforcement

I've finished knitting the leg portions
of my cuff-to-toe socks (Harvest Dew pattern)
and I'm ready to start the heels.
I've read that adding nylon thread as you knit
the heels and toes
adds reinforcement in those areas
so may give it a try.
Makes me ponder...
what areas of my life need reinforcement?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

1-14-2012 Down by the River

Winter has finally arrived!
 So DH & I went down to the Mississippi
to check if the eagles have arrived yet.
 Still lots of open water...

 and the geese still outnumber the eagles...

Hopefully the cold weather will push more eagles down this direction...
The photographers are ready and waiting!

1-13-2012 Magic Pop



video
Two machines...
by Mr. & Mrs. Kim of South Korea...
in Iowa HyVee grocery stores...
one in DesMoines and one in the QC...
use high heat and pressure to make
freshly popped 'cakes' from wheat and brown rice
in plain, cheddar, onion, cinnamon and strawberry flavors.
We just had to try some!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

1-12-2012 DDS

Tried out a new dental office today
for my annual checkup and cleaning.
They used digital xrays instead of film.