We took a drive up to the lake on Saturday. It was such a pretty day and temperatures in the low 50's! Yes, really! However...the lake is still frozen over as you can see below, although I wouldn't trust the ice to walk on it.
It may look like I haven't done much of anything to these socks for Dennis since last post, but actually, I ripped them out and started them all over again, so you're looking at the work of almost a completed sock! Ha! I decided I didn't like the size they were turning out to be. They would be way too tight on his instep, so I started over. I think I may have finally hit on the perfect number of stitches and pattern just for him. He loves to wear them with his cowboy boots. Yes, we live in the west and my husband really does wear cowboy boots. He has worn them since before I started dating him well over 40 years ago and we still lived in Nebraska. I guess Nebraska is the west to some of you isn't it?! :-) Would it be TMI if I told you I still love how he looks in his blue jeans and cowboy boots?! Anyway, he really likes my hand knit socks so he gets them whenever he wants a pair.
I was sorting through a bunch of patterns last week that I had printed off but I've never used. I'm trying to declutter the house a bit. At the same time, Piper and I were face-timing. I think we talked for close to 2 hours that day. She was going through the patterns with me and I was playing with her dolls and cars with her. All by my Ipad of course, but it's still fun! She loved this sweater and I don't know why I had never made it for her. She's into the largest size of the pattern, so it's now or never! Then we went to the yarn closest and she chose the yarn. It was almost like taking her shopping with me!
The garter stitch and stockingette stitch bottom part went very quickly, but the smocked part is REALLY, REALLY slow. Lots of fiddliness and counting. Oh, my goodness! The counting. I've had to rip it back several times because my smocking was off by one stitch because of decreases in the row.
Jeremy has moved in and we're enjoying having him for a couple of months until their house closes in April. Alicia and the boys drove over from Moses Lake yesterday and took me to the inspection on the new house. She is staying in Moses Lake until the closing so that the boys won't have to change schools, otherwise they would stay with us too. Their new house is wonderful, and only 5 years old, but built like a country cottage. It's on 10 acres with an option to buy another 10. It's literally up in the mountains about 30 minutes north of us. From the front porch they have a view of the ski runs at Mt. Spokane. They are lighted at night for night skiing, so I know that will be a beautiful sight. It was so peaceful there. Not a sound to be heard. The house comes with an in-law suite that they are determined that Dennis and I will move into someday. That will most likely not happen, but it's nice to be wanted isn't it? :-)
Alicia worked for me years ago. Dennis baptized both of them and performed their wedding. We're adopted grandparents to Kale and Hayden and we just love their little family. They've lived all over the country for Jeremy's job, but their end goal was always to get back to Spokane and now they've accomplished that. We're so happy for them. I took some photos yesterday, but until the house actually closes, I don't feel I should share them. Here are are a couple from the outside though. This is the view from the front porch. This is pasture is the optional ten acres they can buy. Most of the ten acres that come with the house are timber. It is SO peaceful.
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?" Romans 8:35
Blessings to you all,