Monday, December 16, 2019

Some finishes and some snow

Happy Monday! I’ve been hanging out at home quite a bit. The weather has been cool and damp with rain, then snow, then rain, then snow!

I was able to make a few pair of mittens and I’m on track for my weekly schedule so far. Thursday I received a phone call from a first grade teacher who goes to our church.  She used to teach in the school that I donate all of the mittens to. In fact, she was the one who let me know of the dire need of the students. Well, she’s reading a book to her students today about red mittens and she asked if I happened to have a pair she could borrow. It was hilarious because I had just knitted a pair of adult sized red mittens and mailed them off that morning to Piper for her teacher. She had called a few nights before and asked me to make her teacher some red mittens because her hands were cold. :-) Well, what’s a grandma to do? Of course I made them the very next day. Unfortunately I mailed the mittens without taking a photo of them for you. Just imagine the red mittens in the picture below much, much bigger for a grown-up!  I dug through the mittens I’ve made for next year and would you believe I didn’t have one pair of red ones made? So I made a pair and delivered them to Lindsay yesterday at church.  That pair is included in the photos below along with five more pair. I think I need to make sure I always have a pair of red mittens in my bag!

I have made four more hats for the retirement centers knitting group that I will deliver on Wednesday.

I finished another nine patch square for my cozy memories blanket.  I also put a few rows on a pair of socks but forgot to take a photo for you.

We woke up to some completely unpredicted snow yesterday morning which made an interesting drive to church. When I checked my weather app it showed a 0% chance of precipitation and at that point we had about 3 inches in our driveway and it was still coming down!  So much for the experts! Ha!

A few years ago Dennis bought me this sweet little camper that sits on the table under our television. I’ve had it for a few years now and I love it. It gives me hope that summer will return and so will lake time.

This was a dollar store find for me this year. I do miss our trailer in the wintertime.

When Mandy moved out to her first place of her own we gave her the family tree skirt that she had always loved. I had made it years before using the candlewick embroidery stitch.  I crocheted a new one and I just love it.  I can throw it into the washer and dryer after Christmas and it’s like brand new.

We went to Dennis’ company Christmas party Saturday night. Afterwards we walked across the street to “The Grand Hotel” and tried taking a selfie in front of one of the Christmas trees in the lobby. Obviously we are not selfie people! Ha!  It was fun to get dressed up and see the beautiful lights downtown. But boy, oh boy, it was cold and we had to walk almost 8 blocks to where we parked the car. Brrr!

Mandy sent me this picture of her wearing a scarf to work this morning that I had knitted for her several years ago. It’s the “Pimpleisse” pattern that I got free on Ravelry along time ago.  Now, I may be a bit biased, but I think she is absolutely gorgeous.

I hope you are all doing well even in the hustle and bustle that is December. I know many of you are dealing with difficult situations right now and I am keeping you all in my prayers. I’m wishing for all of you time to slow down and remember the reason we’re celebrating this holiday season.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12



  1. Snow, Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
    Your Mandy is beautiful and if she is anything like her Mom, she is beautiful on the inside, too. Love the handmade tree skirt and your trailer decorations are so much fun.
    Wishing you a lovely day, stay warm :)

  2. Your daughter is beautiful. I love the story behind the red mittens. It snowed unexpectedly here on Saturday, too.

  3. I love the red mitten story and your little camper decorations. Your daughter is beautiful! Your tree skirt is lovely.

  4. First off.. you are right, your daughter is beautiful.. she could even be a movie star! All your kids are lovely, you and Denise did good! I love the red mittens.. kids do love bright colors so I bet they are popular with the little ones. Your snow is gorgeous! I hope we get some. I'm in love with your camper decoration.. I also love trailer xmas decorations. Stay warm and enjoy your cozy knitting and crocheting time, my friend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. Glad you were able to come up with a red mitten right quick.

    Yes ...........your daughter is beautiful and so is her scarf.

  6. It's unanimous. Mandy is beautiful! I admire your stitching and your trailer decorations and I am glad you were safe in the midst of your surprise snow. We had a dusting of surprise snow one Sunday morning a few weeks ago and I was grateful it did not cause difficulties while driving. I enjoy seeing you and Dennis even if you think you have not yet mastered selfies :-) The verse was one referenced at my church on Sunday and is a verse that encourages me! xx

  7. Your daughter is lovely and so is the scarf you made for her.
    How strange that you had all that snow and there was no chance of precipitation. Makes you wonder.
    That's a nice picture of you and your husband.

  8. Yes, Mandy is beautiful. Love the picture of you and Dennis. Snow!!! I need to take a picture of the camper ornament we have - we keep it hanging in our kitchen year round!!

  9. Your daughter and her scarf are beautiful. I loved the red mitten story. I know exactly what book they were reading, my grandkids have had me read it to them a few times.
    We also got some unexpected snow yesterday and then more last night. It is beautiful.
    I hope you have a wonderful week.

  10. What beautiful work and I'm so happy you could send the mittens so quickly!

  11. Mandy is beautiful, the scarf is too. Oh I would love to be able to knit and crochet like you do. (I've probably said that a dozen times). You make such pretty things. That snow picture sure looks cold but isn't it pretty. The red mitten story is a good one. It was so nice of you to get busy making a pair.

  12. Mandy is so beautiful, and she looks just like her mama! I love the scarf you made her, and oh, my, I LOVE the Christmas tree skirt! That is just gorgeous!!! What a neat story about the mittens. You have the kindest heart, dear friend, and every, single stitch you knit/crochet is done with so much love. I really like the camper figurine - the light shining through the window is so homey and inviting. I know you are anxious to get back out on the lake. It will be here before we know it, time goes by so fast! It was so wonderful to visit with you today! Sending love and hugs your way!

  13. Oh, your snow!!!! I love to see it but I hate it on the roads. Your little camper is so sweet as it your ornament. Mandy looks great in your scarf. I love that pattern. I've made three and I wear them all the time.

  14. Nice mittens and hats. It's chilly here and supposed to ☔ I'm sure the mountains are getting snow today . sort of slow day at work. Lord bless you my friend and enjoy the pretty ❄.

  15. You get so many things knitted! I just finished knitting one dish cloth! Your Mandy is pretty. Your camper items are just what you need. Nancy

  16. Your family is so photogenic! Beautiful pictures of all of you! I love the sweet little mittens. I have yet to make a pair. I tried once and the thumb was all wonky but I think I might be a better knitter now? You're supposed to get some really nasty weather this weekend? We're going to be in the 60's for Christmas...maybe some outdoor knitting? I would rather have some snow! LOL!
    YOur tree skirt is so pretty and I love that trailer that Dennis got you...too cute! I think i saw that ornament at the Dollar General! Stay safe and warm and dry!

  17. Your daughter is beautiful! Snow...imagine that I think you might be in for a snowy year! We haven't had snow for a few days now! What a nice thing you did with the red mittens! Yes you must always keep a red pair on hand! Your hats are really cute too!

  18. Mandy is indeed gorgeous but look who her mother is! Glad you had a fun dress up evening.