Friday, September 26, 2008


My day has been spent in a tax class and in the kitchen. The 18 mini loaves above are for a bake sale at church. I had a tax class this morning and also an online exam from a class completed yesterday evening. The rest of the day has been spent baking and cleaning up from baking. There are 6 Chocolate Loaves, 6 loaves of Strawberry Bread, and 6 loaves of Squmpkin Bread. The house smells wonderful. I will be taking these over to church soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Flam--- ---hole Fly

Here is a photo of the fly Len tied at this evening's meeting of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club. The name is too "colorful" to be included in this PG rated, family-oriented blog. It has maribou for a tail, chenille and estaz for the body, and red dumbbell eyes. (I don't make this up, folks.) If you want to know the name of the fly, you'll have to ask Len.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fuschia Prayer Shawl

Yesterday evening I finished knitting this Prayer Shawl. The photos do not give you a true sense of the fabulous color. It is Lion Brand Homespun and the color is Fuschia. I have really loved knitting with this color. Tomorrow the Prayer Shawl will begin it's journey through the postal service on the way to a special friend who has a friend/coworker going through a serious illness who is in need of prayers and a hug that hopefully this shawl will provide. I pray it brings comfort to this woman I've never met.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Update From The Workshop

The parts are coming together nicely. The top is not yet attached and there are some more coats of polyurethane still to apply, but here is the latest photo live from the workshop. Two more photos also from yesterday show the table from a different angle as well as a nice shot of the woodworker himself. (Yes, Emily, that IS the official woodworking shirt.)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Reunion at West Point

This past weekend was Len's 35th reunion at West Point. What a fun weekend. Friday was spent at West Point, which included a tour of the new library, time in the Cadet Store, a Memorial Service, lunch at Ike Hall, and a briefing by the Superintendent. Friday evening was the dinner dance back at the hotel in New Jersey. Saturday we had a 3-hour luncheon cruise on the Spirit of New York. The above photo was taken as we passed by the Statue of Liberty. The photo below was taken at the dinner dance. Lots more photos are posted in my Webshots album (link on the right).

Crazy Daisy

Quick post to share a photo of the finished "Crazy Daisy" circular cloth. This was knit using Sugar and Cream "Quilt Colors". This colorway is part of the new Culinary Colors. The pattern is online at

Later I will post some photos from our weekend at Len's 35th West Point Reunion. A fun time! Shawl knitting was the featured knitting of the trip. I started another Prayer Shawl and worked on that alternately with a Weaver's Wool Mini Shawl.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Some FO's

The Prayer Shawl is finished. This is the traditional K3, P3 Prayer Shawl pattern, knitted using Lion Brand Homespun "candy apple" color. It is a very rich red and the shawl feels so soft. I hope that it will bring comfort to someone who needs a warm hug.

I have several other small finished items.

This is the September KAL cloth from the Monthly Dishcloth KAL list on yahoogroups.

I also finished several cloths using patterns from Harvest Moon Designs. . In the photo below, the cloth on the left is "Hear My Hearts". The cloth in the center is "My Favorite Dishcloth" and the one on the right is "Another Favorite", which is a diagonal pattern.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Some Knitting and Some Woodworking

This weekend's post will have some knitting content as well as more progress from the workshop. I am thrilled to report that I have finished the first sock of the pair I've been working on for awhile. It feels absolutely wonderful on my foot and is spurring me on to finish the other sock so I will have this pair of socks to wear when the cold weather hits. Here is the finished sock.

Now, for a few photos from the workshop. Work on Emily's TV stand/bookcase has moved to the finishing stage on the carcass and shelf so it really doesn't look all that different in shape from last weekend. The real woodworking this weekend involves the top of the table. A special jig had to be cut out and assembled in order to cut the tabletop. Next step on the top is to use the router to put a nice edge treatment on this piece.

Here are some photos to show this weekend's work. Don't you just love these action shots with the router?