Thursday, October 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Today is a crisp fall day, with a gentle breeze and blue skies and lots of white wispy clouds. A beautiful day. A perfect day to wear a shawl. And it is upstairs blocking! Oh, it will look so lovely among all these leaves turning such vibrant colors. I can't wait for Sophie to receive it. Probably in a week or so.

I will tell you it was the most difficult knit I have attempted so far. The celtic knot cablework is 36 rows of anxious knitting, believe me. I did not want to have to make any repairs in that section, so I was extremely cautious, often recounting stitches several times before moving on. At the same time, though, watching those intertwining patterns emerge was so amazing. I mean, writing a pattern for that is simply mind boggling!

Reading has been more honestly listening. We travelled two weekends in a row and listened to several stories. After finishing Richard Peck's "A Long Way from Chicago" and "A Year Down Yonder", I found another of his stories at the library. "Here Lies the Librarian" was also a good tale, but whether it was the narrator or not, it wasn't quite as good as the others. I thought she could have given more life to the characters. "The Boxcar Children" series have been some of the kid's favorites. Right now, we are halfway through "Anne of Green Gables". Excepting Therese, who is very opinionated about most things, we all love it.

The pattern for the shawl can be found on Ravelry. Go visit Ginny's blog for more knitting and reading.

This is before blocking.

I am not very good at blocking. I had to use one of the mattresses since all the floors are marble and I don't have blocking mats. I am seeing the need for some though.

blocking on the bed

This last picture is from the ipad. Jack took it for me. I really like how the shawl turned out!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend photos

Since we started the school year, I have had little time to write. We have the first four weeks under our belts and we are slowly getting into a routine. I signed the kids up for a drama class and they love it. So once a week, we head out with a picnic lunch, our school books, and the ipad, and spend our day at the craft center on post. Therese's class is in the morning and the bigger kid's class is after lunch.

So, after a month, we were ready for a little fun this past weekend. We went to Garmisch and Ettal. God's handiwork is most impressive. Beauty was everywhere I looked. The weather was also perfect.

The hotel in Ettal.

The view from our balcony.

another view from the hotel

in the room, waiting to go to Garmisch. They tried watching cartoons in German, but opted for my ipad instead.

The view changed moment to moment. The same balcony view at a different time of day.

This was in the entrance to our building. The kids were fascinated. "How do you use it?" Jack asked.

The monastery dome across the street. The inside was breathtaking, and I will share that as soon as I figure out how to get photos from my phone.

Today we met with some friends and rode a cable car to the top of one of the mountains, Wank.

Miss Sassy

Enjoying the ride and the scenery

on top of the world

above the clouds