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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shawl Pictures

Happy Wednesday!  Although to me it feels like Tuesday becaue of the day off on Memorial Day for hubby.  I have a few more pictures to share with you.

The first is the shawl for my niece's wedding.  Yes, I know it's black and glittery.  It's a second wedding for both of them, outside in October.  There will only be immediate family there and her dress is above the knee, white and black with one glittery strap.  She loves her "bling" so I promised her a shawl with some glitter in it.  Please give your honest opinion.  It's a free pattern on Ravelry, called "Multnomah".  I added an extra 20 row sequence to make it a little bigger than the pattern called for.  The glitter sparkle strands don't show too well in the photo. I hope it holds it's shape after the blocking.  Black yarn is certainly hard on the eyes isn't it?

 This is where I've been sitting and knitting the past few days.  I have my radio on softly and the water fountain there by the chair.  Can you see it to the right of my chair?  Our son-in-law, Brad, gave it to us this weekend and I'm loving the soothing sounds of it.
 And this is my view as I knit.  Mt. Spokane is there on the left, but you can't see it in the picture.
 This is where I sit for my morning tea and devotions every morning.  Hubby bought me the rocker at Cracker Barrell a few years ago!
 And here is our table, all ready for us to enjoy a meal.  I love the summertime here in Spokane.  Do you see my little geraniums that I planted Monday?  I planted 8 flower pots that day.
 This is a picture a dear friend painted for us a few years ago for my birthday.  It's of a photo he took at the Oregon coast.  See the starfish?
 Here it is again!  This was my gift to myself this trip. 
There you have it.  A few more pictures of my life.  Hubby and I are heading out to look at a camper this evening when he gets off work.  I'm looking forward to it and hope to use it a lot this summer if we decide to get it. 

Teresa asked about my cast iron.  I just bought Lodge brand at Target.  It comes already seasoned, but I scrubbed it well with a brush and soap and then re-seasoned it with melted or liquid Crisco, very thinly applied so it doesn't pool.  Then I put it upside down in a cold oven with foil on a rack underneath to catch any drips.  Turn the oven to 425 and after it reaches that temperature, leave it for 1 hour.  Turn the oven off but leave the cast iron inside to cool completely.  You can do it up to five times, but I only did three.  There are as many ways to season cast iron as days in the month when you look online, but this seemed to be easiest and the most used by people.  I used the griddle to make grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch today and it worked very well.

Have a wonderful afternoon and I hope the sun is shining for you just like it is for me!   
Blessings, Betsy


  1. You did a faboo job on that shawl! I think it's gorgeous! You are brave to work with black, it kills my eyes to use black. Your patio is lovely and cozy with a great view.. how nice for you! A good place to look for cast iron is actually at thrift shops, the old stuff is really awesome. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. The shawl looks so lovely! I know how some people love their 'bling'... I'm just a 'brown and green' type of person, not much bling going on here. :-)

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful patio. Today I will get my geraniums planted, hopefully.

  3. Shawl is lovely, yes, black is very hard to work with.
    Patio looks great.
    We've got rain today, hope it blows away before the Jubilee weekend.
    Carol xx

  4. I love your shawl, I've made 2 of them so you know I like the pattern. Lodge is a good brand of cast iron. They have a factory and an outlet store in South Pitsburg, Tennessee, not too very far from me. I love my cast iron, too.

  5. Love the shawl and you deck is great...such a nice, comfy place to sit and knit. Here is Phoenix, with the temps almost up toe 110, it is impossible to do much of anything outside. Love the picture your friend painted for you. You truly live in a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing.