This has been my place quite a lot for the past week. See how happy and content Chloe is? We watch a lot of knitting podcasts together and since the temperature has been down to -14F on our deck more than once this week, -7 this morning, we've been hibernating inside. It hasn't been out of the teens since last week. This weekend is supposed to warm up to freezing and then we're to get lots more snow Saturday night and Sunday...just in time for Dennis' birthday on Monday.
I did make myself a pair of mittens. After well over 150 pairs of mittens since January, I finally made myself a pair. Mine were five years old, full of holes and the first pair I ever made. They were my practice/learning pair and had lots of mistakes. I thought I probably should make some for myself, you know the old, shoemaker who's children have no shoes story! :-)
Well, I made these and wore them to church Sunday morning for the first time. I ended up giving them away...
The Christmas Eve cast-on socks that I finished last week winged their way across the country to Brad's feet. They fit! That's always a concern when making someone their first pair of socks. After that I don't worry so much because I keep notes on everyone's individual stitch counts. This makes my heart happy. Seeing them on my kids feet. I can help keep them warm from far away. Gosh, I miss them all so much. I face-timed with Mandy and Piper this morning as usual, and then hung up and cried. I miss them.
I crocheted Dennis a scarf 39 years ago just before we got married. He STILL wears it when he snow blows and shovels. I've been begging him to let me make him a new one because that one is made with the old Red Heart Acrylic that is like plastic. Virtually indestructible. It still looks good! He had no interest in a new one, but finally, while we were buying yarn for my second pair of mittens, I talked him into choosing yarn and when we got home I gave him several patterns to choose from and I began this scarf for him. This will be more for with his good coat and he can keep the old one for shoveling and winter work! This is a free pattern on Ravelry call "The Dudester"! Quite the name. :-) I did remove one pattern repeat because after knitting about 12 inches on it, I realized it would be way too wide. So I ripped it out and began again. This is about 8 inches wide and I think it's just about right.
You do see wrapped gifts on the table above. We had our annual potluck/gift exchange at our house last night for our Bible study group. I had set the table out for gifts early in the afternoon. I do a little at a time and then sit awhile. Then a little more and sit. Repeat as often as necessary.
While at Hobby Lobby I found this snowman from Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer for $.83. That's right. Eighty three cents! He was originally $14.99. When I look at him I can hear Burl Ives voice from the movie. I just love snowmen and leave them out most of the winter. They make me happy.
I took these pictures on Monday from about a block away from our house. Aren't they pretty? That's Mt. Spokane. Nothing like my blogging friends Mt. Hood in Oregon, but pretty nonetheless.
Frost on the deck earlier this week. I think it was -11F when I stepped outside to take this. I know it was too cold on my slipper covered feet! :-)
And I'll end with that and wish you all New Years Blessings and a year filled with love and peace all over this world of ours.
Today's verse from my devotion was very appropriate.
"Follow God's example, therefore. as dearly loved children and walk in the way of LOVE, just as Christ LOVED us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2
Blessings always my sweet friend,