Thursday, January 18, 2007

Proud Mother moment

My seventeen year old son Ryan inherited artistic talent from his mormor I think. When he was 15 and in that everything is boring and stupid phase I MADE him take private art lessons as he put it.
Well, now I think he is enjoying it more. On our trip to Sweden he was looking for photo opportunities for inspiration. He loved this view of the Järvsö Church from the bridge showing the church long boat.
I think it turned out wonderful. He's been so kind lately. To cheer me up he'll sit and watch Monty Python with me which I absolutely love. Laughter is the best medicine. Nothing is funnier than the "Norwegian Blue Parrot " sketch.

Boy, I better start working on some Nordic knitting to live up to my blog's name !Still plugging away on the Farmhouse Lumpy Bumpy sweater for Anna. Have the body done now onto the sleeves and hood.

Saturday is the Portland Train Knit Adventure. I'm really looking forward to it. I've never been on a train in the US and it's lots of knitting time down and back, chatting with fellow knitters, and enjoying the scenery. Once there we plan to hit three yarn shops and the fabulous Powells bookstore. Kristin has spun a special order skein for me called " Be My Valentine" which I hope to start the Evelyn Clark
heart scarf pattern with. No yarn diet for me ! I'm sooooo addicted ! Thanks Charisa for organizing this.

Listening to Renee Fleming, soprano, her "Sacred Songs" album. Very peaceful.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A pleasant morning

Had tea and scones with my sister in law Karen at Village Yarn and Tea this morning.
She wore this Vogue pattern sweater she knit with Berocco Alpaca/Wool. Very elegant.
Thank you Karen for the treats !

She showed her Crystal Palace Merino Stripe Shawl in progress using
"Pacific Sunset" I managed to not buy any yarn but was tempted by some Fleece Artist. They didn't have the January issue of Piecework magazine that I've now stopped at 4 stores looking for !

Pizza soccer party in the afternoon and when it started snowing again decided to stay home from my sisters little Swedish Twentieth Day Knut after Xmas Party. I have no experience driving on snow and ice and have a wimpy van which can't handle it.
It is -5 C. Have to keep refilling the minis buckets with warm water or punching the ice forming on the top.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Xena the Wonder Dog does Xmas !

Gave the "Handknit Holidays Hat" to our friend Heather. She's the one who gave me the homespun that's used for the band. She sent this picture today. Isn't Xena cute !

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Each day is a blessing

My first sweater in years with Farmhouse Lumpy Bumpy. Just slid the stitches off for the sleeves and it's all downhill from there ! I can't remember where I saw these mesh bags to hold the balls of yarn together so they don't fall apart halfway thru. One of the drawbacks of being on 4 mind altering drugs at once ! No memory !Anyway,picked some up at Acorn Street. Seems to work great.

My sister Tina gave me some knitters balm from a little
shop in Ballard or the " Norwegian Quarter" as someone
put it once.It smells wonderful and feels very soothing.

Worry gives a small thing a big shadow. -- Swedish Proverb

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Thank you everyone

Thanks to all of you for kind thoughts, prayers, and more during
this time of strife.

Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. -- Swedish Proverb

Tried taking pics of any kind of knitting when I could.
These are from the Ängersjö Logging Museum gift shop.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Crystal Palace Merino Stripe

I wonder if they start with a new ball every square ? As you can see my square to the left is pointing the wrong direction !

Got my Hoxbro Wine Leaves Jacket kit last week. Love the colors, don't know when I'll get it done though.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

Life has to be better this year I hope........
I'm listening to Randy Travis's album " Worship and Faith" Alot of old Baptist hymns which bring back fond memories again of mormor and gammal mormor.

Took a Scandinavian Floral Painting Class last Spring thru the Arts Council of Snohomish County. That's where I met fellow knitting enthusiast Karen C. I think we drove the teacher crazy chatting about our love of knitting and Scandinavia. I didn't get my plate finished but it's close-hint, hint Karen !! Stode Church is supposed to be in the middle.