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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Hello Everyone.  It's been a busy week around here.  I've been doing lots of knitting and crochet and since I'm feeling a little bit better every day, I've been trying to catch up on some of my cleaning although that's a never ending battle.

I finished the fourth "Antler Toque" but forgot to take a photo of the finished hat and gave it to a friend at church on Sunday.  She loves it.  I've made her lots of hats and she wears them everywhere.  She especially liked the double brim because she's prone to ear infections and this keeps her ears toasty warm.
One of the teens at church was selling poinsettias for his senior class at school so we purchased both a white one and a red one.  They are both gorgeous and help make up for the lack of a tree this year.

I also made this doily last week.
Here's another view.  It isn't lopsided, although it looks like it is here. :-)  It's 21 inches across.  My gift closet was getting to have slim pickings, so I thought I would make some up to have on hand.
One of the grandma's at church has three small grandsons.  A 3 year old and a set of twin 2 year olds.  She asked me Sunday if I could make them Batman hats for Christmas because the 3 year old is crazy over Batman.  This is what I came up with.  I'm taking this one on Sunday for one of the twins to try on for size before I make the others.  I don't think it's too bad do you although my color work isn't very good.  On moving boys no one will notice. Ha!
Another doily started last night.  It's much smaller and almost done, I think there are 3 rows left.
Sunday evening we had a ladies ornament/kitchen gadget exchange at church.  I forgot to take a picture of the goodies until several gifts had been chosen already. Lots of fun things and good food too.  We do this every year while the men have a tool exchange upstairs.  Fun!
Sitting by the toasty fire yesterday while knitting.  It has gotten cold here the past few days and we have a winter storm watch for tomorrow and Friday.  Ick.
Lot's of snow in the mountains but not here...yet.  Tomorrow it sounds like this view will change to white.  The clouds are obscuring the top of Mt. Spokane in this picture.
Some of my snowmen.  We didn't put a tree up this year, but I love snowmen and  have them scattered around.  On the far right is the Nativity that Teresa gave me last year.
This isn't a very good picture because I was taking a picture of my iPad with my phone while face-timng with Alex on his phone last night. Isn't technology something?  He had just picked Mutsuko up at the train station.  Yesterday was Alex's 28 birthday, (well, it's today here in the States, but it was today yesterday in Japan!)  Yes, our son who loves Japan was born on Pearl Harbor day.  Ironic isn't it?  Anyway, Mutsuko lived with us for over a year when she was going to school here for her Masters in Business.  She has always been very close to Alex and to our family, much like another big sister to Alex.  She's been back to visit us several times and we've visited her in Aomori City where she lives.   She was laughing at something I said here.  Dennis and I both just love Mutsuko and hope to see her in person again before too long passes.  Isn't she cute?  We sure miss her.
I need to get some laundry done today.  We have one of the Samsung washers that has been recalled because apparently they explode while you're washing clothes!  It's only a year old and we haven't had any problems but it needs to have the appropriate "fix" done to it for the recall.  They're supposed to be here tomorrow, so I want to have everything done in case they tear it apart and can't fix it right away for some reason.

Take care my friends and I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday season and remembering why we are celebrating.  Jesus came to earth for all of us as a tiny baby.  What a wonderful gift from God.

"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14



  1. Love your cable hats and the pineapple doily. We're waiting on the "winter storm" and snow up here too. Still haven't brought out the Christmas decorations. I may just put up a few easy things this year. Or maybe if we get that snow, we'll be more in the mood to put a tree and all the trimmings up. Stay warm!

  2. Love those hats! I need to try that pattern if I can find it...... Glad you are feeling better; that's great news.

  3. You are so nice and generous to give so freely of your knitted hats. Mine take so long that I rarely give them away! :-) Except the ones I made to send to Brazil with Taci. I'm so glad you enjoy the little nativity I made for you! Enjoy seeing the snow fall.. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  4. Your doilies are amazing!

    Thrilled to hear you're feeling better.

  5. Yay! You are feeling better! I think your family connection to Japan is healing. Your amazing stitching, including the Batman hat, inspire me! Now as for the washing machine...Mercy! You and yours are regularly in my thoughts with love. xx

  6. Mm they recalled Samsung washers here too, but I don't have one and to be honest wouldn't get one now either. Lovely makes the pineapple doily is a real work or art Betsy, glad you're feeling better, hope the boys you were knitting for last time enjoyed their presents.
    Sending hugs and prayers, sis
    Thanks for sharing,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  7. Thrilled to hear you are feeling better Betsy, it has been a long time coming. Love your beautiful doilies they are generous gifts made with love. My gift cupboard is looking a little bare too, I need to add a few bits and pieces. Isn't technology wonderful, enabling us to keep in touch with family. Hope all goes well with the washing machine. Take care.

  8. I'm constantly amazed at all you are able to accomplish. The batman hat is fantastic! Great work. The large doily amazing. I like the square one you are working on. It's been in the high 50s here and honestly, that's cold enough for me. In fact, too cold. I'm already wearing layers. Doesn't help that we don't have heat or insulation. I had my husband's Japanese business associate write our names down in Japanese when we visited him in Dubai several weeks ago. He was explaining to us how there are three different sets of letters/sounds they use when they are writing. Sounds pretty darn confusing to me. Heck, I've been in Kuwait for 22 years and still can't speak Arabic. Wish I was more adept at language learning.

  9. hope you feel perfectly fine soon.
    your art is eye holding .you are wonderful at your skill dear.

    loved the images and outdoor sights

  10. I always enjoy seeing the lovely things you make. Ohhh I love that doily. Now you've got me wanting to pick back up on my doily making again. I am so glad you are feeling better sweet friend. Blessings always. :)

  11. Thank you for the beautiful picture of Mt. Spokane! I don't like heights but I love to look at them! LOL! Your Christmas snowmen are so cute and I want to make some of those Antler Toques for my sons and SIL. Is it on ravelry? I'll check don't worry. Those boys will love the Batman hats. I love your doilies...I want to make some as I love the old fashioned doilies....if I could I would decorate in the 30's and 40's style....I love that era and didn't they make madagascars? for the arms and backs of chairs? What size crochet cotton? do you use? And what hook size? I need to get on Annie's Crochet site and see if I can find a doily book and supplies. That should go on "my list" of things to learn next year. Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration!

  12. Oh....doilies! They bring back such memories. My grandmother's house was filled with them. I inherited most of the ones she made but I've lost them along the way I am sorry to say. I made one once and it was pretty bad as I recall. Yours are stellar!

  13. Oh, that Batman cap! Wow, that is just amazing! Wonderful job! And the beautiful doilies...I love them, too. You do such lovely work. You are truly gifted in so many ways. I am so happy to read that you are feeling better and do trust Jesus to make you completely well. So thankful to know that you are enjoying this Christmas season, my friend!!

  14. Your hat looks so cozy. Cable stitches are fun to do. It's been awhile since I've done that one but so nice! It would have felt great today on this very cold day here in my town. So thankful for heat! Right now we have our small fiber optic tree up. Not sure if we are putting up the big one. I want to decorate a bit more this weekend. Take care and enjoy this season where we celebrate Jesus' birth! Hugs to you my sweet friend!

  15. YOu have the kindest heart Betsy. I love all that you have made and am thrilled you are feeling a bit stronger everyday. That is the best present of all. Happy Birthday to your wonderful son.

  16. So glad you are feeling much better. Your decorating is just lovely tree or not. Your relationship with that beautiful girl is wonderful. Happy Birthday to your son. Funny ours who loves Mexico was born onthe Day of the Dead. IM praying and trying to feel the enormous sense of peace around me . We all have our YEARS where CHristmas is tough, but this one is just JOY for us

  17. thank you so.much for writing this blog, which I love to read. For some posts ago you had picture of a babyplankett C2C, I have also crocheted that fot charity here in Sweden. May God bless you and your family Jaana

  18. What a lovely catch-up post; you are a kind soul and I love your Christmas decorations and the doilies are such a link to my past!