Monday, 29 May 2017

Baby Blanket and Flowers

I finally finished the emergency baby blanket. I worked on it from the outside in.

It's hard to tell, but there are bobbles in the pink and one blue bobble in the middle of the blanket. 

Below are birthday flowers I got from my sister.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Baby Blanket for a niece's baby

I decided to do it form theoutside in, so started with a picot edging.
It is comiung along, but still has a long way to go. It measures about 24" square.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Random Garden Pictures

This is my new plum tree. We used to have two, but one died and of course our other tree stopped giving us plums. This year for my borthday my wonderful sister gave me a new companion for my plum tree. It is already at the end of its bloom cycle and as you can see, this one doesn't have any blossoms yet, so  I guess we won't see anything this year, but I'm glad my plum won't be lonely anymore!

Here are some random pictures of what I have been weeding. This is the red and white garden. Not much is happening in it yet, but I have been spending a lot of time each year digging out the creeping charly and the creeping phlox. Each year we have a little bit less weedy matter, but there is still enough to make it a multi-day task (about 8 segments and I still have that last one to go.)

Finally, this is my reconstitution of the garden my mom planned for me. Hers was only on one side of this garden, but I have it mirroring itself now and will need to find something of interest for the middle.  I seeded some poppies in the black dirt at the bottom and if they grow they will look nice. If not I will transplant in marigolds like I did last year.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Spring Garden Stuff

New garden with annuals.

My Minnesota Magnolia is blooming. It is so different from the magnolias to which I am accustomed!

My first daffodil bloomed today!

Sunday, 23 April 2017


There's a ghost in the machine and it is getting pretty creative! The last things I looked for on Amazon were old musicals on DVD like Fiddler on the Roof and Kismet. Maybe they think I need to listen to other things?

Personally I think this is an earroneous assumption!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Demonstration at Saint John's University

St John's and Saint Ben's students in Minnesota held coordinating demonstrations on campus today to try and improve relations between disenfranchised members of the community and the rest of the community. It was peaceful, friendly and  a good step forward. (I didn't stay for the whole thing because I have cuaght a terrible cold and it was miserably frigid outside, but here are a couple of pictures.)  I applaud their inclusivity!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Icy Driveway and New Knitting Project

Just a few pictures to show what is new in my life.  The thaw has turned our drive area into an ice rink.

and ... I have started a new knitting project (Yet another shawl) It is about 8" in diameter/radius right now.

The pattern is Herbert Niebling's Schneestern (but done in half round instead of the round. I'm using Qiviut from Windy Valley Farm.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Slippers finished

I've been trying to straighten up my home and part of that is trying to get rid of some of the massive quantities of yarn that are lying around my house. So I managed to get rid of one ball (with a week's worth of procrastination and a bit of knitting... whew... this will be even harder than I thought.

Anyway, here are some slippers that I have made:

I kind of like them without the cuff - maybe I'll do them again and simply extend the cuff that is already there.

This is my Amaryllis - when I potted it. It has a little green tongue now, but I don't have a picture yet.