Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yeah, I know it's not Thanksgiving yet...

But Family Dollar had 6' white trees for $25 yesterday, so here we are. The LED lights cost more than the tree... heh...

I forgot to take the green cord/white tree into consideration, so I'm thinking of them as garlands...

The vintage glass balls were on my parents' first Christmas tree, and have been on nearly all of mine ever since my mom gave them to me.

I have a large collection of Mt. St. Helen's ash blown glass ornaments. This Santa was a limited edition from the 80's.

This awful tree topper was purchased by a pair of 19 year olds on their first Christmas together.

The reverse has a full moon face.


 More purty

And my favorite ornament of all- from my friend Melaine. She always gets Pride of Place.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Frosty Fairyland

It was -14 here this morning. That's Fahrenheit. And foggy. But the fog lifted, and left us this.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

October Picture Challenge Highlights

 The end


The 60's



Still Life






Could be a scary book cover

10 of Something



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Freebie Pattern- EXTERMINATE!- A Dalek Hat

Have I mentioned that I have become, very late in the game, a Doctor Who fan? I started with the Eccleston season, and I'm caught up enough that I am watching the new season episodes (yay Capaldi!) as they air.

Two of my Grands are also Doctor fans, and when I saw Amy Schilling's (Ravelry Name: amouse) Doctor Who Fair Isle Chart, I asked to use it to design a hat for my grandson, and then share the chart. She, very graciously, gave her permission, and here we are, with EXTERMINATE!- A Dalek Hat.

All of the instructions are on the jpg- click to enlarge and then download it to your computer for printing. Don't try to print the thumbnail- you won't be able to read it. This is not a difficult stranded project, but I would classify it as intermediate because there are long stretches of a single color, and a lot of float-anchoring. But don't let that frighten you away- the results are worth the work. When it comes time for the decreases, work K2togTBL (knit 2 together through the back of the loop) as indicated, and K2tog (knit 2 together) as indicated.

This pattern is free, for your own personal use and enjoyment. Please link to this blog post if you want to spread the word, and I'll ask that downloaders come here to get the pattern (rather than any one person printing off a bunch of them).


Click on the page, download to your computer, and then print from any graphics program.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Maple Beauty

North Eastern South Dakota is known for many things, but wonderful fall color isn't one of them. We rarely have any reds, and some years, even our yellows are washed out and dull.

Not this year. This year, our foliage was amazing.

Even the corn played along.

Friday, October 17, 2014

KOBO sale of Funeral Food this weekend! 50% Off!

KOBO is running a sale this weekend, with 50% off of select titles, including Funeral Food, the 1st Tory Bauer Mystery. Use the code SAVE50 at checkout!

If you don't have a KOBO reader, you can download a KOBO app for your phone or computer.


Monday, October 13, 2014

The Inspirational Umbria Workshop/Activity Schedule

Here's what we'll be doing in Todi, Italy, from May 24-30, 2015. Won't you come and join us? The registration and info links are to the upper right of the main blog page. We are going to have such an amazing time!

And in case you don't feel like clicking to enlarge, here's the text:

Sunday May 24 
Arrival: Unpack, relax, nap, soak in the beauty of the Hotel Bramante, and Todi 
Welcome Dinner: Meet your fellow traveling designers
Monday May 25
Morning Workshop Open Your Eyes: How to see the designs around us, tools to use in translating those designs, design and chart making exercises 
Afternoon Excursion to Assisi: Observe, sketch, take notes and photos for original knitting designs 
Evening: Free Time
Tuesday May 26
Morning Workshop Translating Inspiration: Turning our observations, ideas, sketches and photos into usable stranded knitting charts 
Afternoon Todi Yarn Crawl: Purchase yarns for your original projects 
Evening: Wine Tasting
Wednesday May 27
Morning Workshop Finalizing Original Design Charts: Choosing colors for your designs, and adding your new designs to provided charts for hats, mittens, and/or sweaters 
Afternoon: Free Time for Knitting or Relaxing, or an Optional Guided Tour of Todi 
Evening: Cooking Class, Pizza/Pasta
Thursday May 28
Morning Workshop A No-Pucker, No-Twisted Yarns, Stranded Knitting Tutorial: Begin knitting your original design 
Afternoon: Free Time for Knitting or Relaxing. Kathleen will be available for design or knitting troubleshooting 
Evening: Medieval Dinner with Archery Demonstration
Friday May 29
Morning Workshop Finishing Techniques: A discussion of finishing techniques, including steeking, which isn’t as scary as it sounds 
Afternoon: Free Time for Knitting or Relaxing. Kathleen will be available for design or knitting troubleshooting 
Evening: Short Presentation: Moving Forward with Your Original Designs
Saturday May 30
Departure: Saying good-bye to new friends, and old