Saturday, May 31, 2014

Oh No!!

As a knitter we have this belief if you knit faster you won't run out of yarn.
Doesn't really work but we are always hopeful.
In my case I managed to finish the foot of my sock before running out of yarn.
I had actually anticipated this happening as I weighed my sock yarn after finishing the first sock and found I only had 48 grams left.
 ( I really need to start weighing the skeins before I start to see what the actual weight of my skein when starting a project.)
  Being a supposed 100 gram skein I knew I was screwed.
Being the optimist I still could only hope.
Yes I could make the toe a different color but I thought it would be nice to match the original yarn.
I bought this skein of Plymouth Neon Now sock yarn while in Eureka, CA so I didn't know if I could find some more locally.
Fortunately, Babetta's which is just around the corner from me had some.
I am such a happy camper as Jim mentioned he really liked this yarn and the color and was interested in maybe some golf socks which I now have plenty to make him a pair.
I wouldn't want to waste such great neon colored yarn!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

National Wine Day

May 25th is National Wine Day. 
No I didn't make it up.  You can even check here if you don't believe me.  Anyway Jim and I did our part to celebrate and headed to Napa for the day.

Just imagine the size bottle you would need to use this corkscrew.  It would make for a great party!
The Merlot grapes just starting to grow.

Our view during our tasting at Spring Mountain Vineyard in the olive grove.
While you may not have been able to visit Napa today I do hope you were able to raise a wine glass in celebration of this holiday.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Queen Mom

Years ago when my children were younger and I got tired of hearing "mom", "Mom",
"MOM" I would tell my children I was no longer answering to "mom" -  please address me as "Your Highness", "Your Majesty" or "Queen Mom".  I even needle pointed a pillow to make sure everyone in the house knew I was serious.
It did create a little bit of quiet for awhile.
Alas my children have grown but I still have my throne.
Actually it's more of a creative throne that I like to sit in and do my handwork.

As with all creative people we don't like to sit and work on one project at a time.  Different days means different projects so I like to surround myself with many choices.

 Here we have a cowl I am currently knitting on along with some hand piecing for my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
 Here is my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt that I have been working on for over twenty years and finally close to being finished with the top and to the right not in the picture is a Christmas dishcloth I am knitting.  Never to early to start on those stocking stuffers.

And here we have the legs to another Mother Bear and to the left in the purple bag is a pair of socks I am knitting for someones birthday.
The weather here in Sacramento has been rather hot, for California in the 90's is hot,  and I have been enjoying sitting in my throne working on a little bit of this and that.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I talked to all three of my "babies" today.
My day is complete.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

And The River Flows

This week I am sharing with you a video of the Trinity River I took along highway 299 just outside of Weaverville, California.
  I managed to drive almost 800 miles in two days this past week and to break it up I like to stop and enjoy the scenery. 
 Shasta-Trinity National Forest is California's largest National forest and the drive is spectacular as long as you are not in a hurry to get anywhere.  They are working on the road and at times I would be stopped for anywhere up to 10 minutes as they would have the roadway down to one lane.
Fortunately I have my audio books and my knitting. 
 Unfortunately we are having a severe drought here in California but the water is still flowing in the northern parts but for how long we don't know.