Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crocheted Ruffle Scarves: Red Heart Boutique Sashay Scarves

Over the past few weeks, I've whipped up a few ruffle scarves to add to my Etsy shop.  I love crocheting these scarves; I can make one in an evening.  These novelty yarns are so pretty and colorful.  I had a hard time taking nice photos.

The top two scarves are Red Heart Boutique Sashay "Boho" and the third scarf is Red Heart Boutique Sashay "Sequins".  The top two scarves have quite a bit of metallic gold thread along the ruffle border as well as lots of very tiny gold sequins.  The last scarf just last little purple sequins along the border.  You can't see the sequins very well in the photos, but they add a lot of shimmer.   I really love the "Boho" line. It's so new, I am not even seeing it on Ravelry yet. 

Fun!  These would make really great gifts. I don't care to wear ruffles myself but I always think these scarves look great on ladies.  I wish I could pull off ruffles. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Striped Infinity Scarf in Zauberball "Burnt Almond"

One of my favorite patterns... Striped Infinity Scarf by Michelle Hunter. 

This time, I used "Zauberball" by Shoppel-Wolle in the colorway "Burnt Almond".  It's always a treat to use Zauberball.  I think I am ready for autumn.

Zauberball contains a lot of yarn in one ball. This scarf can be worn doubled up or tripled up.

Love this pattern.
Love this yarn!

Morning Walk on Friday

A few snapshots from my walk yesterday. We are off for another walk in a few minutes. We are so lucky to have so many beautiful places for walks. This is Pathfinder Park in Florence, Colorado. It runs along the Arkansas River but there is also this pretty little pond.

I snapped four photos of the little sunflowers and couldn't decide which photo I liked best so I am using two of them. You just can go wrong... yellow sunflowers, blue sky, fluffy white clouds, with mountains in the distance.

Hope you have a great day.  Puppies are calling me... time for a walk!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Drop Stitch Scarf "Transfix"


My knitting lately has been projects I can easily pick up and put down, easily memorized, and easy enough that I can chat and knit at the same time. It just occurred to me that I have been on a scarf kick lately. I'll post photos of those other items soon. 

For now I am showing you my current drop stitch scarf which I am knitting with Berroco Boboli Lace. It's DK weight yarn and I am using US Size 7 needles as called for in the pattern. The pattern is called "Transfix" and is on The pattern calls for two balls of yarn and suggests casting with 60 stitches. I cast I just 30 stitches for narrower scarf. 

Berroco has other yarns called Boboli. I made mittens a few years back in a worsted weight Boboli. The colors in the Boboli yarns are really pretty. I have another Boboli project planned but I think the scarf will keep me busy for the time being. 

Would you like to see the two reasons I am leaning toward easy knitting projects these days?

Yep, it's difficult to knit with a lap-full of puppies. 

These are all pictures of puppies on my lap. 

I love these guys!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Your Daily Dose of Cute


Ann, the owner of my local yarn shop, asked me to make some Chicago Cubs pillows for her sister. Apparently her sister is a big Chicago Cubs fan. It appears her dog, Ewan, is a big fan of my pillows.  These photos sure make me smile.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Backyard Improvements... a pergola.

After having two big cottonwood trees removed from our backyard, we thought it might be a good idea to have a pergola built for a little privacy and shade.  I like how it turned out but it's rather tall, and it's not providing much shade or privacy.  We are contemplating some options. For example, I am thinking of hanging some red canvas fabric in the ceiling area.  The area is nice and shady in the evening hours (it's just in the morning hours that it's really hot and sunny).  In the future, we are thinking of adding hanging flower baskets and maybe a little table and chairs. We are in no rush. We are enjoying the area. It really is like an outdoor room and, because it's so tall, it actually feels much more spacious than I expected.

I don't get to sit alone.  Puppies in lap. :)
Yep, this is my view!  Sandy on the left; Brutus on the right.

Sweet Brutus.  Such a cuddle bear.

I especially love the view looking up!
Sandy (notice Brutus in the back in the shade!)

Big Brute!  He needs his bangs cut above his eyes.

Some guys we know from work who are now retired (Bret and Bob) did a great job on our pergola!
Thanks fellas!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Yarn Bombing and other things in Fort Collins, Colorado


We spent the 4th of July weekend in Fort Collins, Colorado. It's about a four drive north from where we live. We were walking around a bit one evening near the historic downtown district and stumbled across some yarn bombing.  I never investigated the significance of the "150" or the wagon wheel, but I realized the stripes woven in the fence were not just stripes...

They were music...
And then I noticed this pretty little back alley with gorgeous hanging flower baskets, so of course I had to snap a photo of that as well...

On Saturday, Zach played in a tennis match.  It was hot! 
Damn hot!
After the tennis matches and a really nice lunch out, we decided to drive into the mountains for some cooler temperatures.  The town of Estes Park was our destination.  We drove along a road that follows the Big Thompson River.  We could see where the flooding occurred last summer.  It was really dramatic to see the high water marks and some homes which were destroyed from the flooding. Sad.
After we walked around the cute tourist town of Estes Park, we stopped an played some mini-golf on the east edge of town.  You couldn't ask for a more scenic location for a mini-golf course. The place was just gorgeous!
Do you like Zach's putting technique?
There were flowers all over the place at the golf courses.  I enjoyed looking around at the scenery even more than playing I enjoyed playing mini-golf.
There was a nice waterfall near the 18th hole.
Ever awesome min-golf place seems to also have Skee-ball!

On Sunday, in Fort Collins, we rented bicycles and rode around town.  Fort Collins is an extremely bike friendly town and there are miles of bike paths.  We drove home Sunday afternoon and the holiday traffic was not too terribly bad.  It was nice to visit Fort Collins and Estes Park again. 

As always... I am most happy to be home again. 

I have actually been knitting recently. I'll try to post some photo soon.  But first... some photos of our latest back yard improvements!