Dunnottar Castle

The day started with this guy on the patio

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It was a long, long drive there, and a long, long drive back, but sooo worth it. We drove to Aberdeen to see Dunnottar castle, a stunning ancient ruin.

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Isn’t it beautiful, jutting out into the North Sea like that?

The drive there was mostly on one track roads,

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Once even trying to share the narrow road with a bus, bicyclists and sheep, driving through the Cairngorms.

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It was a day of primo knitting time too!

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On the way over, if we had had time we could have seen this

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On the way back, I thought this looked like an Andrew Wyeth scene

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A Quiet Day on Loch Ness

We all slept well and woke late, so it was a really quiet day. I was up first so a cup of tea and my knitting kept me company.image

Shopping for the remainder of the week was our expotition for the day. Salmon for dinner, with a view.

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Look what we found at the store!

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The girl and I went for a walk after supper and found my next house, and look, someone is already fixing it up for me!

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And this is the dock that goes with it. Heaven!

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Tea with this view before settling in for the night.

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By Loch Ness

It took twenty hours, but we’re finally here! Limo, jet, prop plane, shuttle, train, taxi, and rental car. What a trek! Here’s the girl in Dublin where we had to change planes.

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We flew a prop to Edinburgh! Caught the shuttle to Waverly Station, and the train to Inverness. Sheep everywhere!
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And all of us trying to sleep any way we could
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Taxi to the Inverness airport to get our rental car, got lost finding our cottage, shopped for dinner at Tesco, and finally made it to Hazelgrove. Here’s my view of Loch Ness while making dinner.
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Watching Braveheart, immersing myself in everything Scottish!

Pre Scotland

The kidney’s summer is pretty much over, which is why I haven’t posted in so long. It has been crazy around here for another reason too-a massive road/watermain construction project. On top of the kitchen reno, it about drove around the bend. Still, I managed to make tomato paste, finish a pair of socks, and arrange playdates for the kidneys. 

What I really want to let you know is that the girl and I are leaving for Scotland tomorrow night.

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Watch this blog for photos and commentary, starting Saturday!

Outlander!

 

A Kidney Summer

It’s kidney time again, which means two of the grandkids are here for 8 weeks. It’s a crazy, wild and amazing time for us, so, I like to share a bit. So far, we’ve been creating

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Eating ice cream

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And hanging out at the beach.

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G and I built a teepee

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And Sasha’s been keeping the boy’s booster seat warm on the way home from dropping him at circus camp

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Apparently she’s discovered the great advantage of being higher too! They love each other

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I’ve been working on Scotland plans, and knitting socks!

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And drawing facws

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I must get a move on with the two-color tank top or it will be too late to wear it!

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Best Day of the Week

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New sock yarn…yum!

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Yellow to go with the blue for this tank top.

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Herbs to plant.

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And books to read.

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And my sweet girl hiding in the sofa.

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It’s been a good day. Nothin’ better than that!

It’s Been a While

We just completed a kitchen renovation, and it’s beautiful, but we’re all still dealing with some anxiety over all the noise and mess. 

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Almost done in this photo! I do love it!

And just to add to the drama, this happened the other day on the highway

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I needed a drink and a hot bath after that!

The good news is I finished the quilt for the boy, and I hear he sleeps happily beneath it. That picture does a grandma good! Also finished the socks

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And began another pair, I’m obsessed.

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I guess it’s finishing time….I finished the blue sweater also, and gloriously, it fits!

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I am loving the art journal class I’m taking

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Now that spring is finally here, I am enjoying the magnolia

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And the patio

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Today it is raining hard, so I’m meditating drawing mandalas

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Blessings to all

 

 

 

New Season, New Kitchen

It has been chaotic around here with the kitchen renovation happening right under my feet. I have kept myself sane with knitting, of course!

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Wonderful soft and comfy socks. I think I’ll make another pair!

And a non-knit item for the girl’s birthday, a felt needlecase.

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As you can see I still haven’t finished the quilt for the boy 😔

Here she is wearing the skirt.

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On her way to see Matilda on Broadway for her birthday. So glad that project is done. It had its own crazy issues. Oy!

Here are the projects I’m working on-please excuse the upside down, sort of, photo, the kitchen is blocked off and I can’t retake it!

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This is the one with the cables at the neckline. Yummo! I love working with this yarn. Perfect tension.

And then this wonderful color!

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All the pieces are finished, just waiting to be put together.

Then this gorgeous thing:

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Yeah, this is the one that’s upside down, but you get the picture, right? It’s called Afterlight, designed by Amy Herzog. I am so looking forward to finishing it up, and wearing these chilly spring evenings. I better get going!

Lastly, I have bungled the socks I am making. As you can see, I have knit past the spot where the heel begins, so I must rip it out….sigh.

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Til next time folks…carry on and stay in touch.

 

 

What’s it worth?

Originally posted on Hunter's Design Studio:

This morning I caught a post on a quilting Facebook feed… a member posted a picture of a delightful baby quilt and asked what she should charge the neighbor that just asked to buy it from her. She mentioned that the quilt was made from a panel with pieced borders, and that the quilting was done in threads to match the fabric colors (oh, the thread changes!). She mentioned she was thinking $85. A fellow poster thought $100 was better. Another said it depends on the closeness of the friendship.

First of all… I’m not naming names here because I don’t want this person to feel pilloried – far from it, I absolutely appreciate her question and have one heck of an opinion about how it should be answered… a rather, ahem, shall we say passionate opinion – you are warned! Her question, which I hear dozens of times a…

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It’s kidney time in CT

While taking care of the kidneys, of course we make art! Check out the paper dress she made after school yesterday.

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He made drawings of the seasons and a paper hat. New rule: if you’re watching TV you have to be doing something creative.

Lately I’ve been working on # 10s and #1 needles at the same time. This is a bit strange. Generally I don’t do 10s, but I couldn’t resist the pattern. It’s a post or two back-a gorgeous purple sweater for moi! I just started a couple of new projects. Here we go:

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New socks! Some lucky male in my family will get this pair. The pattern is wonky though…a straight shot from cuff to toe, kind of like those crappy gym socks we wore in high school, so I’m going back to my old sock pattern and wing it from there. Should work out just fine.

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And then there’s this gorgeous magenta thing! It’s a Vladimir Teriokhin design i found in Vogue Knitting with a to-die-for cable around the V neck, like this:

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It’s going to be divine!

Another thing i am super excited about this week: my clivia is going to bloom! This is the first time I have been successful with a clivia.

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So I’m celebrating!

Go find something to celebrate yourself!

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