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Pumpkin Patch on my Living Room Floor

It was my daughter Laura’s idea.  She called on Face Time and asked me what I was doing.  I showed her the little stack of different size pumpkins hats I knit this past week.

“Make a pumpkin patch with all the knitted pumpkin hats.” she said. “Stuff them with something to make them stand up.”  Good idea, Laura.

(I used a couple of large balls of yarn and some dishtowels.)

I was thinking about photographing outside in the grass but it is totally unfall-like with 85% humidity.

The morning sun was streaming in through the lace curtains onto the living room floor.

Not from every angle but the difference in lighting is remarkable.

My first full week of retirement, no back to school. It’s a transition.  And we’re moving from summer to fall, even though the heat is intense. Another transition.  I bought a snow shovel this week.

There’s still one hat on the needles. I’m knitting the last hat for my granddaughter Maura, who’s going to be 7 in November but said she’d wear one.  I already gave one away a few days ago.

My other neighbor, J said the first pumpkin hat I posted looked like a tomato!  I think these photos show the color of yarn as orange for sure. Two hats and the one for Maura are Superwash Merino wool and the others are Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Soft Non-Pilling Acrylic. Hopefully easy wash and dry for the moms.

The pattern was from Ravelry by Tara Thomsen in case you want to make some. Newborn to adult sizes.  That’s enough for me this season.

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Helping Grandma Load the Car

Had to get that cell phone to my eye as quickly as I could to capture this composition.  My son had called the kids to help me load up the car as I prepared to leave Columbus for Pittsburgh. Henry is tagging along.

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They were all (including Henry) going on their own trip, a couple of hours away, to select the Airedale puppy they’ll pick up Labor Day Weekend.

Stay tuned!

Anna as photographed by her mom, Erika, holding their choice- Josie.

Anna and the Airedale

Lots of shade in both photos


It’s Pumpkin (Hat Knitting) Season Again

I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day.  Who knew?  On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.

People, including Fallon Tonight,  have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.

I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance.  But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.

Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats.  You can only knit so fast.  This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours).  I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table  documentaries while I knit.  And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.

Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.

Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and

cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles.  I still can’t decide which material I prefer.

Each has good points.(no pun intended)

I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry.  Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I  bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats)  one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.

The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16") with worsted weight yarn

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16″) with worsted (4)weight yarn. Of course it looks much cuter with a baby wearing it! Stay tuned. 


Today was a good day- Weekly Photo Challenge

June 25, 2015.

The challenge was to create a gallery of a good day.

I tried the MESH app recommended for the challenge but was incredibly frustrated using it.  Will wait until they work out the bugs.

Here is a regular gallery of Today was a good day.

The story of June 25th has an introduciton  with a late afternoon (6/24)  photograph of Laura and Maura.

 


Carousels in Columbus OH and Ligonier PA

I missed National Carousel Day on July 25th but have seen two beautiful carousels in the ten days or so.  Idlewild Park was last week and the Grand Carousel at the Columbus Zoo today 

The lead horses look similar – http://www.carouselfigures.com/id250.html

Idlewild Park Carousel in Ligonier PA is first. Built by the Toboggan Company in Philadelphia 

  
   
And celebrating Michaels tenth birthday at the Columbus Zoo today 

Carvings by Marcus Illions from Lithuania who did the Coney Island carousel 

http://rutheh.com/2013/06/19/coney-island-carousel-restored/

   
    
 


Double Digits Today! Happy Birthday Michael

Michael Joseph is 10!

Likes LEGO®, Star Wars, Tin Tin, chess, swim team, dogs (especially Airedales). He’s kind, loving and creative.  He likes to laugh and make others laugh. He has a serious side.  I remember the day he was born in Florida, a decade ago. He’s a Gators fan.

Michael and Murphy were the first posted photo on the blog 6 years ago.

 

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With new cousin Charlie and sister Anna


Found Message at the Playground

Beneath Your Feet is the weekly photo challenge

Signage, written in chalk.  No one else around don’t know who wrote it on the pavement in from of the bench.

Sunday evening, we were at the playground with my two youngest grandchildren.  My sister Mary  is the one who pointed it out.

Of course, I had my cell phone to capture and share!  Didn’t walk on it. Just wondered who felt compelled to write it.

Hang up and parent sign

 


Henry the Airedale Photobombs the Family Picture

The baby was crying,.  Not a good time to try to continue on with a photos shoot anyway. But it was an idea.

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Penny was very happy to be front and center.


Cousins Watch the Cheerleading Performance

Maura attended a 3 day Cheerleading  camp at Olentangy High School.  She loved it!  She lead two of the cheers for the entire group.

Baby Charles and Aunt Laura came to see the performance.

Jack brought a book to read.  And he shared it with his new baby cousin!

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Jack would just have soon missed the performance but entertained himself with a book.

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Aunt Erika and Cousin Michael  take care of Cousin Charles.

 

 

 

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Maura led two cheers for the entire group.

 

 

 


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Believe it or not, Charles seemed to like all the cheering and music.

 

 

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In the parking lot.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Your Happiest Birthday Yet

For my daughter Laura, on her birthday. Your happiest birthday yet.

Born in Eschenbach, Germany

Here we are on Argonne Avenue in Grafenwoehr and in my Pittsburgh driveway almost 32 years later.

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Aunt Mary meets Charles

 

James holding Charles, Laura and Aunt Mary as she meets him for the first time.

  • *driveway photo courtesy of my neighbor Joaquin

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