At the Farmer’s Market, I saw bunches of Cosmos and my grandmother Hendricks came to mind.
She used to grow them. I bought a bouquet and put them in a vase.
They just look “old fashioned” to me.
This is the grandmother who taught me to knit. My father’s mother.
When I was at Laura and James house, I took this photo of the tag on the afghan they have in their living room.
Her name was Mary Alta but she went by Alta. I have never met anyone else named Alta.
My appreciation for all things handmade and knit was passed down.
Recently I was led to open the back of her Book of Common Prayer and found this list in her hand.
Here is a list of 26 afghans she knit for others when she was in the Nursing Home in Taylorville Illinois.
I’m Ruthie, Mark is my son and Marian is my Mother and “Roy’s Mary” is my sister.
My sister-in-law Bobbie, sent this afghan below (one my grandmother made) to Laura and James. An heirloom gift
The blue one is the one she made for me. Her knitting is just beautiful.
I was headed home after stopping at East Liberty Farmer’s Market.
Someone is getting the word out in a unique way.
I saw the VOTE yarn bomb sign a few days ago but then today the BIKE sign was covering it up.
Couldn’t the bikers have moved their sign up a bit higher so the yarn bomb wasn’t covered?
I got out of my car and lifted up the BIKE sign to get the picture.
I saw a couple of Yarn Bomb VOTE signs in Bloomfield, too. Today was the deadline to register.
The tag’s website read Pole2Polls.
It certainly caught my attention.
(And the Weekly Photo Challenge is SIGNS)
Highland Park at Highland Avenue and Stanton Ave.
Wednesday’s mail was waiting when I got home late. A box!
A box of yarn arrived from Web*sters in Ashland, Oregon. Silk Blend. 70% Merino wool and 30% silk. Manos del Uruguay. I’ve plans to knit my way through the freezing season. So soft and the colors like jewels.
Magenta, Aster, Dark Cherry. I love the names of the colorways.
Spolier alert: Knitty City Horizontal Cowls (link to their free pattern) for gifts.
I’ve made three already. Oh and an attempt for a circle scarf from a different yarn (the gray)
It can’t just post comfort food.
I like this particular pattern cause the circular knitting goes around and around and around, getting me to a peaceful place, sucking out my anxiety, making me calm. Trying not to notice the sun setting earlier already.
Set alarm about 3:30 AM to catch a 6:25 flight to Nashville, connecting four hours later to Panama City FL.
“Oh beautiful for spacious skies”
Knitting a horizontal ribbed cowl and two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, coffee and juice.
Self portrait St. George Island on the Gulf Coast
The closest fireworks I have ever seen. The beach had a number of colorful displays.
Marlene sent a video of the family singing Happy Birthday and I was missing being with them but
Erin baked a beautiful birthday cake, it some candles and my friend’s family sanga again. Very nice.
Thanks for all the nice birthday greetings and wishes.
Fourth of July Birthday is fun. Then the Daily Post said, how do you celebrate July Fourth and I had already posted this one showing my actual birthday cake.
Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Your Party
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.
Thanks for sending the photo tonight from Mendocino, MaryAnne L. ( friends since 1984-we met in Grafenwoehr, Germany-MaryAnne L. is a fellow art teacher and a master quilter, living in Texas)
Here is what she wrote when I asked her if I could guest blog the colorful tree.
“It’s called ‘Man Tree’ by Corrine Bailey of The Crayon Box. There’s the artist’s name pinned to it. Didn’t ask questions. I don’t know if I have enough info to blog. I do have one more pic of wool wrapped columns but don’t have store name. Have beautiful coastal pics tho”
“All of Mendocino. The buildings are part of the town that faces the ocean. I was standing on a bluff overlooking Pacific with town behind me. Lots of art galleries. If you zoom in on town upper left, you can see the wool columns and part of the name. see the wool columns and part of the name.“
Great guest blog, MaryAnne. The coast looks wonderful. Enjoy your vacation and thanks for thinking of me when you saw the “Man Tree”
for more info go to Mendocino Yarn Shop link to see Corinne installing the “color bombing” as they call it
The perfect twist ice cream cone as suggested by this week’s challenge eluded me. These photos are taken today expressly for TWIST.
Steve and I went over to the South Side to the Dairy Queen where one of my students had a shift Saturday night.
I asked for a small twist cone! and this is how they make them on Carson Street. Waaaaah! It’s a half and half.
There was no licorice to be found so I had to think of another TWIST specifically for this week’s challenge.
Twist on a medicine bottle!
I saw TURN and an ARROW but no word TWIST what I was looking for….. a TWIST CAP! childproof? None to be found in the medicine chest here.
The leftover sock yarn ball has a twist to the strand! Finding a twist in the house
the base of the red glass goblet ( my friend Joanne knit me this patriotic dishcloth)
For the final image for TWIST
a couple of hanger tops.
and a couple from the archives Coney Island Ride
and a student made this scarf in knitting activity period this year
Is this a twist or a swirl?
Today’s post features GUEST Bloggers Photographs from different friends who follow my blog
One of the most satisfying aspects of keeping a blog is the response from readers.
The likes, the comments and the emails. The emails and messages with photos attached are always a pleasure to receive.
Some will say they saw something and they knew I would have photographed it.
Tulips Yoga Socks, A Lost Glove, First Pussy Willow, An Albino Goose, NYTimes Crossword Puzzle, A Knitted Blanket
I’ll start with Colleen’s guest contribution.
The subject of her email was Springtime Goodness and then the lovely photograph and the line -
“Today is a good day to be happy.” ( I like your thinking Colleen )
Joanne finished a pair of hand knitted yoga socks for her daughter
and the link for the yoga socks pattern
My sister sent me the last glove of Winter- New York City
My sister Mary sent me sign of Spring – Pussy Willow from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Marlene sent me this from Florida today. A Sting Ray. Hiding.
and a beautiful Florida sunset
Florida Vegetation from Mar
From Guest Blogger Bobbie in Kansas says “South Lake Park, Overland Park, Kansas. I noticed it driving to work the other morning and thought it was a swan mixed up with the geese, but could not stop as I had to be in the hospital, but was happy to see them yesterday on the way home. It has red eyes, and light colored feet and bill. The other geese were very protective and I could not get close.”
Vincie knit this soft and pretty toddler blanket and set me a photo so I could see how the pattern was working out. I am making a similar blanket.
Bill sent Saturday’s New York Times Puzzle completed Clue #56 was “Light Insufficiently”
“You are rubbing off on me–I sat down to dinner a couple of weeks ago and caught a pretty reflection in my wine glass. I of course thought “If Ruth were here, she’d be pulling out her camera and taking a picture!” So, I did it for you! : ) Let me know what you think! I used one with a flash, one without.” Flash or no flash?
Thanks for looking at the four days of 2010 Snowmaggedon photos this week. I imagine most people are weary of watching and talking about any weather ad nauseum but depending where you live, it’s been tough to ignore.
(Okay, Rob, Shuey and Kristin don’t mind sending the Florida temps to me)
Right now I’m curled up with a laptop and a shawl, enjoying the flannel sheets, unwinding from the week, deciding whether or not to go down to the basement to take the clothes out of the dryer while they are still warm and unwrinkled or wait until morning and give them a quick whirl.
This is what I found on my computer keyboard on my school desk this morning. Yes, I considered tidying up for the shot, taking off the knitting, removing the battery charger, pushing the papers to the side but this is what it actually looked like, unretouched. The custodian who cleans my room left me a lovely heart of chocolates. An early morning surprise.
(See the Knitting Blog for student progress in knitting since last post)
Thursday night the girls and boys basketball teams won their respective games in the playoffs and advanced to the next round. I photographed both games and this is what it looked like when I left school around nine. Getting more proficient at the action shots. The players sure move fast.
And then the bonus of the day- homemade Green Pepper Jelly shipped via the USPS from Omaha, Nebraska. Thanks J. Steve and I had some fancy appetizers before dinner. Steve had bought a container of organic cream cheese so I opened it and put them on some gift crackers Steve brought home.
This dish was given to me by my loving neighbors Ann and MJ who have both passed.
So that’s my Friday. Thanks for making and sending the jar of Pepper Jelly, J! Delicious.
A sunrise – a perfect beginning.
A baby, just born.
The first page of the dictionary.
The first page of the new calendar.
Once you start, more come to mind.
Beginning= possibility? A new start.
I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-
My Saturday morning.
Here’s the beginning -
The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks
A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……
a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-
Begin with a single match…………..