A few months ago, I was knitting a little baby blanket which called for 4 skeins of yarn. My granddaughter Anna loved how the blanket felt to her touch.
She asked if I could make her a blanket. A big one. Certainly.
Eleven skeins later (and a lot of time sitting in the knitting bag, not being knit) summer break from school and a few long swim meets ( I perfected knitting a toasty blanket in 90 degree weather by draping it on an adjacent chair) the handknit blanket got finished!
I was returning home today (Tuesday) and completed the final stitch at yesterday’s swim meet. Phew! Anna would ask me how her blanket was coming along. I promised myself, I wouldn’t start another new project until this one was complete.
When we got home, Anna put it in the washing machine and sat and watched it for awhile. She set it for “quick wash” and then it had to be dried. it’s 100% man- made polyester (I know some knitters will disapprove it’ s not made with natural fibers )
But she said she didn’t like it, she LOVES it!
What else could a grandmother wish?
Monday night at the washing machine. Watching the time.
Tuesday morning. Piano practice.
The blanket reminds me of a chenille bedspread from the 1950’s. It is soft and squishy. Because the yarn is variegated, the color falls in random splotches.
Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn, Color Sittin’ Pretty
Pattern is the old basic dishcloth. Knit on the diagonal
Cast on 4 stitches.
K 2, YO, Knit to end. Repeat until half your yarn is used.
Then to decrease. K 1, K2 together, YO, K2 together, knit rest of row. Repeat until last four stitches then bind off.
Tonight on the way home from another swim meet, Erika was driving.
And then I saw the lineman working (at 8:44PM), the dark silhouette against the light sky. Camera on my lap from the swim meet. Lens cap off. Click.
Shot from the passenger seat with the 70-200 mm L series lens. At the intersection of Africa Road and Lewis Center Road, where they are widening the intersection.
The night before I had a similar shot of Michael riding the zip line
As the pool closed, Anna spotted a floating Barbie doll. Where? I had to ask as I didn’t see it right away.
Contrasting styles of shoes at the pool.
and a couple of swim moms with contrasting patterns
I had the camera already as I was photographing Mark grilling trout on a cedar plank. The late afternoon light was perfect.
Maura was running running running.
Old Grandma photographed her but Maura didn’t think anything of it and ignored my shooting.
Picked up Laura for lunch at the Brown Bag Deli in German Village, Columbus OH.
We had a glass bottle of 1/2 Tea 1/2 Lemonade, some Cape Cod Kettle Chips and a dill pickle on the side.
Tuna Melt reminds me of my friend Joanne and also my childhood. As I remember they were on an English Muffin half then.
My mother’s parents, Charlotte and Judd Van Sickle, were real bird watchers and kept a life list of all the birds they saw. Cousin John still has the list and maybe I can get him to guest blog it sometime.
I thought of my grandparents as I watched the finches gather in to dine. Only one brave finch stayed to eat as I crept around with my 70-200 lens and camera. They were attuned to an intruder but this one stayed to eat anyway.
Thought these two photos of Anna at the Dive Meet Monday afternoon, illustrate the concept of freezing a moment in time.
I shoot singly, not in a burst, try to anticipate the moment to click the shutter. Shot these with my 70-200 Canon lens. It was a hot day.
We woke up to pouring rain but the sun came out later in the afternoon. St. Patrick Church- Columbus Ohio, Saturday May 10, 2014.
It was a special day for a special young man.
The family gathered in to celebrate and friends came later to share the day.
The procession. Taken with available light and a Canon 70-200 L series lens.
Godfather Joseph in from NYC and Godson Michael Joseph
Four generations pose for the family portrait. Michael’s Paternal Great Grandmother is next to him on his right and his Maternal Grandmother Marlene is on his left. Grandfathers Pop and Pap in the back row.
Almost everyone ( not pictured Matthew in Croatia and James at work).
Took this with the self-timer and ran around and got in the back
With his family.
Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack helped Pap celebrate his birthday Saturday evening. (Donald is Erika’s dad)
Try to not shoot into the light source. Used the Canon 5D with the 50mm L series lens with available light
I photographed the three grandkids in the garage on the way to church. Jack was under the weather and stayed home with Pap.
Anna Maura and Michael in the garage. You know how I love to photograph them in the ambient light.
Not to leave anyone out- Jack giving the thumbs up after a good report at Children’s Hospital. Photographed by his dad earlier in the afternoon.
Posing for their other grandmother, Marlene.
Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).
March 21st is your big day. Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!
Last year you looked like this.
And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!
The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.
Sunday morning at St.Patrick Church Columbus Ohio with the family.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day