Finished Santa Sweaters

Santa’s together modeling four different cable patterned sweaters.

The sweater on the far right is not a cabled sweater..

I decided to take a break from cables and knit eight more sweaters. I let the yarn dictate the pattern.
As I finish sweater nine and ten each Santa will be able to choose two more new sweaters.
Admiring the sweaters.
They don’t want to choose sweaters until the next two are finished.

Laundry Day for ACorn

The day is warm and sunny ACorn sets out his laundry tub.
Two plastic forks with a bit of leftover yarn make a good clothesline.
He suds up his water with laundry soap.
Washes his clothes on the scrub board
Hangs the clean clothes on the line .
Rests on a spool waiting for his clothes to dry.

Sweater Time for the Santa’s

This is the time for Sweater Sister’s mini sweater challenge. This year the four sweaters will include a cable in the pattern.

The Santa’s are ready for new sweaters this year. Here Santa is looking at the double cable panel sweater. It is the first one to be knit for him this year.

Choosing the yarn color for his sweater.
Getting his size 000 needles out.
Finished turtleneck collar of his sweater.
The first fitting of the sweater. Now on to the sleeves.
The finished sweater.
A happy Santa.

Three more sweaters will be knit. One a week for the next three weeks. Will post as the next three Santa’s get their sweaters.

Working on Sew4thesoulbook

Sew4thesoulbook is a fabric book I’m working on at this time. All fabric and hand stitching. A friend gave me a bag of blue fabric pieces that I’m using . Pages 1 and 2 . Theme circles and squares . Embroidery stitches are whimsical versions of straight stitching.
Pages 3 and 4 . Theme: A pocket with an x marking the spot. Rectangles, straight stitches, buttons added. After making a pocket we were to make a tag. My pocket is a double pocket. I made two tags .
Two fabric tags for the pockets. I will be adding a hanger to the tag with the leaf.
Pages 5 and 6. Theme: Suffolk Puffs and two colors I rarely use. Purple and orange. French knots and straight stitches used.
Pages 7 and 8. Theme: woven then embellished.
Pages 9 and 10. Theme: Breather pages. These are the new pages being worked on at this time.Whatever embroidery stitches we wanted to use. Stitches need to cross over other stitches. A circle needed to be cut out of the work. I’m anxious to see what comes. It’s a fun learning process.

Mud and Mackens Rock

It was a gray rainy day as I rode along in the car with my humans.
The dirt roads had turned to mud.
It was slow going with deep potholes.
I had a hard time staying seated on the dashboard.
The ditches were full of water.
We reached our destination. Mackens Rock.

I’ve been here a couple years ago. You never know what will be painted on the rock.

Finally we get to a paved road as we head home.

Riding Around

As I headed out today for a ride we followed a big mower
edging the road.
I saw this little Shetland pony on the left.
It looks big in the picture but it was small.
The dark brown horse on the right had her long legged foal with her.
I’m sitting on the ledge at the side window of the car.
I spotted these yellow iris blooming in the ditch alongside the road.
My human stopped the car so I could see these wildflowers.
A tree just split down the center and fell .
I was carved from wood like that.
My human just said we’re heading home.
I was very surprised. We hadn’t been out long today.
I hope to be back again tomorrow.

Little Spider Returns

I was out on the deck today.
Surprise!
Little spider crawled out of the flower petals.
Those green eyes were looking at me.
A movement scared Little spider .
He crawled inside the bottle.
As he crawled down the stem he slipped landing in the water.
He managed to grab the stem crawling back up to the top.
He forgot how he crawled in. He couldn’t find the way out.
My human scrunched the leaves together.
Little spider escaped safely.
He quickly crawled back to the bud and dried himself off.
I was watching closely.
My human pushed the big basket of flowers close.
Little spider crawled off the bud and hid.
I think he was embarrassed that I saw him fall in the water.
It’s nice my human takes the camera out with her each
morning to capture moments like this. Little spider could have died if
she hadn’t been around to save him.

Looking Good

Checking on the peony this morning.
Decided I needed a closer look.
Went in to grab my ladder.
Now to get it up to the bottle.
Being a small squirrel makes it hard to carry big ladders.
Got it !
Climbing up.
Looking good peony.
I went back in the house to retrieve my movie camera.
Oops !
Forgot to move the ladder.
Got it on film.
Man !
Now I have to get this stuff back in the house.

One Peony

It rained today.
The rain came down so hard .
One peony was beaten to the ground.
I was happy my human saved the peony.
It’s a nice big flower.
Smells so good!
My human only had a large water bottle handy.
It was half full of marbles and pennies.
That’s alright it will hold the peony.
The peony looks good up there .
My human put a doily under the bottle.
Perfect flower for the outdoor table.