Cherry Leaf Shawl Update

Just to prove that I am still knitting – albeit sporadically in all this heat – here is a pic of my wip – the cherry leaf shawl in that lovely silk/wool Handmaiden I bought in Victoria:

It is simply lovely in hand, and now that I have the pattern memorized, it knits pretty quickly! I am hoping this week will be a bit cooler so I can actually sit and knit a bit during the afternoons!  Once the triangular shawl is all done, there is a border pattern that is knitted on.

I had the luck to win some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock yarn on ebay – and I think I am hooked. I love the weight and feel of the yarn, and I don’t know if I can bear to use it up – lol – now how silly is that?? It must mean that I need more – some to keep in the stash, and some to actually use!
Also included in that pic is the sock yarn I purchased in Whitefish – I love the colors (hey look Rachel – blues!!) and could not resist it.  I am looking forward to fall and having the kids back in school so I can spend an hour or two a day simply knitting.

Long, Hot Summer!

The weather has been amazingly hot – well over 30 degrees most days – without a drop of rain since early June.  We had two days in air conditioned luxury during out trip to Whitefish, Montana last week.  Whitefish is about a 3-4 hour drive from Lethbridge – we drove through Glacier National Park on the Going to the Sun Road, hence the variability in time.  The drive was fantastic, altho I am sorry to report very few glaciers remaining in Glacier Park.  We did enjoy our trip to Whitefish tho – the kids did some shopping, we had a few nice walks, went thru a farmer’s market, played in the pool, ate way too much, and enjoyed being out of the heat.  I found The Back Door General Store – which is really a quilting shop!  They carry McKenna Ryan quilts, fabrics and patterns – she lives just down the road.  I was absolutely delighted to buy all the fabrics for her Petals of my Heart quilt – you can see it here:

I already have the patterns, so just need to get busy!  I also bought flannel fabric for a quilt for DD – shhhhh, it is going to be a surprise!

I have been stitching a bit this month – I did these two blocks for the Ackworth Friendship Book RR that I am in:

I have also stitched a gift for a Birthday exchange, but am having trouble finding time to finish it!  The deadline on a model stitch job has just been moved up ….. and I spent all Saturday reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  While I am sorry to see the series end, I am happy with the ending!

 Finally, a garden update.  My yucca plant has enjoyed this hot hot weather, and has graced the back yard with its blooms:

 Keep cool everyone!

Time to say goodbye

1-bramble.jpg Funny how you are never really prepared for the things you know are coming.  Her full name was Bramble All Thorns – she was a month short of being 18 years old – 126 in cat years….. and had declined a great deal over the past year.  I remember her as the little ball of mischief that sat in my hand and crawled under the covers to bite my toes!  She was always definately MY CAT – and tolerated DH and the kids because they were mine too.  She and I travelled across the country and back again, and she saw me through some really hard times and good times too.  She died in her sleep, lying on my wing chair, and I buried her in a sunny spot in my garden, under the sleeping dragon.

Bye Bram, I already miss you.