Friday, February 28, 2014

2-28-2014 Mystery KAL

using some of the cotton yarn
from my M-I-L's stash.
Each day the moderator gives participants
a few more lines of instructions
from the pattern
so one does not know what the design
will look like until it is finished.

2-27-2014 More Sub-Zero Temps

More sub-zero temps...
at least they are during the night
instead of during the daytime!
This winter has been brutally cold...
almost temps me to become a snowbird!
Things are slowly starting to warm up.
Normal temps this time of year are in the 40's.

2-26-2014 Stirrups

 Oh... the joys of being female...

2-25-2014 Stash Lapghan

Yarn from my M-I-L's stash...
I'll be making it into a lapghan for her.

Monday, February 24, 2014

2-24-2014 Booties and Sox

My GD decided that these blue booties are hers.
And the little pink ones are for baby sister.
Thanks, to my friend in Maine!

My GS is sporting a new SOX hat...
not too sure if he is happy about that!
Ninja warrior...
able to lift heavy objects!

2-23-2013 Stitches


Garter Ear Flap Hat

The start of a Panda Bear...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

2-22-2014 Happy 100th Birthday!

Happy 100th Birthday
to my dear Mother-In-Law!
I'm totally stealing these pix
from my nephew's wife's FaceBook page
'cause they are sooooo much better
than the ones my DH took!
Hope you don't mind, Stacey?!?!?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

2-19-2014 Giddy-Up

DH has been busy!
He is in Nebraska today
wishing his mom a
Happy 100th Birthday!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2-18-2014 Happy B-day

Happy Birthday
to the love of my life!

Monday, February 17, 2014

2-17-2014 Another 7 Inches

Mother Nature
dropped another 7" of snow today
for a record breaking total of 53.67 inches this winter.

DH & I ventured out into the storm
to run a few errands
and hit the grocery store...

...and then I stayed inside the rest of the day
and made a cherry pie for DH's birthday tomorrow!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

2-16-2014 Another WIP...

for grandbabies

I love my Daughter-In-Law!
She sends me the cutest pix
of my dear grandson!
Hugs and kisses from Oma and PaPa.

2-15-2014 No Parking

DH & I went to the QC Symphony
evening performance
We had one heck of a time finding 
a parking place
and wondered what else was happening downtown
to fill up the parking garages.
It turned out to be Roller Derby!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

2-14-2014 Vintage Valentines

Came across
and wanted to share them
with those of you who are old enough
to remember these!
Happy Valentines Day!

And what better way to love my DH
than to go in for my annual checkup yesterday ?!?!?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2-13-2014 Valentine's Dinner

Inspired by Chef Monika's cooking classes
and watching "The Chew" on ABC,
my DH suggested that we
cook a meal 
for Valentine's Day.
Since we have plans tomorrow and this coming weekend,
we pulled out our "Emeril LaGasse" Cookbook
and made our Valentine's Dinner tonight:

 A plateful of yummy Emeril deliciousness!!!

 Homemade Vanilla Custard 
with macerated berries and orange liqueur
for dessert.

And fantastic white wine
from a local Iowa vineyard!

We decided this was so much fun
we may do it every Valentine's Day
from now on!

2-12-2014 Thank You!

 Today I received
a surprise in the (snail)mail...
some hand-crocheted booties for my new GD
and a hand-knit alpaca cowl for me
from/made by my dear friend in Maine!
Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!
It has been a bitterly cold winter here in Iowa this winter
so your loving gift will keep me (and my GD) warm
and I will think of you each time we wear them!

(Moline... -22*F)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2-11-2014 It Hurts To Breath

-18*F outside today...
(up from -24*F last night!)
...heading to the mall
for my 3 mile (indoor) walk!

When I got home from my walk
I noticed this frost formation
on the pipes coming from the roof...

Time for some indoor activities...
like blocking a shawl I finished recently
and starting a slouchy hat!

2-10-2014 Play Date!

had a play date
with her new GB today.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2-9-2014 Fifty Years Ago Today

The Beatles came to the USA
and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show
...the beginning of Beatlemania!

it was great to see and hear them again!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

2-8-2014 Thrumming Alpaca

Today I finished knitting the cuffs for the mittens
and am ready to start knitting 
the main body of the mitten
so I'm spending the morning
making alpaca thrums.

Sooooooooooo glad
we are NOT knitting the USA Sweaters!

2-7-2014 Opening Ceremonies and LYS Knit Olympics

During the beautiful Opening Ceremonies
for the 2014 Winter Olympics
in Sochi, Russia this evening LYS
began a "Knit-Olympics"...
The project: "Thrummed Mittens".
We casted on our mittens
during tonight's "Sit & Knit" session
and we have 2 weeks until closing ceremonies
to finish our mittens!

Since I made a pair of thrummed mittens last year
and my husband LOVES how warm they are,
I've decided to make another pair... for him...
using black wool yarn and black/brown alpaca thrums
to match his black coats and jackets:

Most of the other knitters are making white mittens
and using the colors of the Olympic rings
for the thrums
for their "Knit Olympics":