Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

We had a small group at Thanksgiving at Mom's.  My sister and her husband spent the holiday with their new little grandson (the first!). 

Official holiday portrait.  Nils, Emily, Mom, Matt, Paula, Bob. Bob is wearing his Fair Isle Vest.

 Mom always sets a beautiful table.

Emily gets the green beans on.
Everyone modeled some of my knitted shawls.  It wasn't my idea but I loved it.  Even guys look good in lace.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Knitting Pipeline Podcast is Alive and Well

Hello Friends,

Someone commented that she hoped I would get back to podcasting soon.  I am still podcasting!  I only took the month of September off for travel.  The podcast episodes are on iTunes or you can get them at

Sometimes a feed will stop working for no apparent reason.  If you suddenly stop getting updates from me without warning then check the group on Ravelry for announcements or look at iTunes.

The good news is that now you have a lot of episodes to catch up on!

The feed for the show is

Friday, October 19, 2012

Walk with Me

This is one of the most beautiful falls we have had in recent memory and quite possibly the most spectacular since we have lived in this house by the woods.  None of the photos have been altered in any way. 

Take a walk with me...

The sunroom, my favorite place to knit, is awash in yellows and golds.

The maple that likes to show off right outside the window.  The path below leads to our compost bin by the woodpile.
Approaching our house from the road is a thrill.

Some roses are still blooming and the zinnias are hanging in there.  We have not had a hard frost yet.

The hummingbird feeder is still out for the downey woodpeckers.

A tree that was struck by lightening and nearly split in half looks quite colorful.

Looking up through the maples.

Oak Leaves on a tiny oak tree.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Weekend with Our Boys

Torben and Loki

Pete packing car for 3,100 mile trip

Sad goodbye to Pete.  I'm smiling here but crying inside.

Dog Love

Friday, August 17, 2012

Farmers Market

I like going to the farmers' market on the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday mornings.  There is such an array of color and texture!  I always come home with heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, corn, bread, and more.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Post Hike Pics

These are the first photos we've seen of Pete after the hike.  He and Mary are traveling for a while.  He's looking great and very happy!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Pete Finished the Trail!

Pete finished the Colorado Trail on Sat July 21st, 2012, about noon.  He has been taking the last 130 miles slowly so Mary could get to the end of the trail to meet him.  He was about 30 miles out of Durango on his last night and had a bad night.  The area where he slept is one that is popular and used more often.  He awoke in the wee hours to mice chewing on his gear.  These mice were intrepid and not frightened by his shooing gestures.  At about 3 am he put on his headlamp and started hiking the last 30 miles.  He had also run out of food and was quite hungry.  Mary came in later that night.  He is decompressing in Durango for a few days and will pick up his through-box on Monday.

He hiked the 500 or so miles in less than 30 days even with intentionally slowing down in the last week.  We can't wait to talk with him at length and see his photos!

I'm going to miss getting an email every day from him showing his location on a Google Map.  I'm sure there is a lot about the hike that he is going to miss as he adjusts to life off the trail.  Now he will focus some of his energy on looking for a job.  He hopes to relocate to Portland OR or somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Emily's Bridal Shower...mostly people

These are some of the people shots from Emily's bridal shower last weekend.

Paula, Emily, and Jan (Emily's mother)

Emily and hostess Cecelia
Playing "True or False"

Cecelia and Emily...two gorgeous ladies, both inside and out!

Emily with "Mormor"

Emily and my sister, Gayle

Mom, Emily's Mom, Emily, Me, and my sister Gayle
Lauren and Emily

Emily's Bridal Shower...mostly decorations

Emily's friend and wedding attendant hosted a bridal shower for her last weekend.  The decorations and food were done with meticulous detail.  For the record my mode of operation is to buy pretty napkins and maybe flowers for the table.  I really enjoyed seeing the creativity and care that went into the planning and preparation.

Sign on door

Hostess Cecelia with a little gift from me.

Party rye with goat cheese, apple slices, and pistachios.

Beautiful beverages and food.


Emily cuts the cake.
Card I picked out for Emily.  She designed it!

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