Friday Finds!

It’s the end of the week and the weekend is just about here.  I can’t believe that June is almost over.  The time is just flying by!  Well, at work, I will be flying solo for  a week and kinda nervous about doing some new work to keep the wheels rolling.  I know I will do my best, just not a quick or experienced as my work partner.  Well, as they say, onward!

I hope you have plans for the weekend.  I know the weather is going to be great here.  Maybe, puppy and I will take a quick hike – can’t have my usual partners – son and daughter still out of state.  But daughter and son-in-law will be coming home on sunday, can’t wait to meet up and see them soon!.

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I decided to get back to my sock project.  I really want to make a bunch of socks for Christmas gifts – they are a fun, take-along project that doesn’t sit on your lap during the summer months.  There are so many different yarns and colors that you can use too.  Here is my sock that I am working on, still!

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

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Happy Tuesday!

Another beautiful weekend in June and boy, was it a busy one!  I think I mentioned that I had off Friday and decided to sit and  continue to read my book, The Book Thief, drink my coffee and have some granola cereal with fruit.  It was a nice relaxing morning.  With both my children far away, I planned on staying very busy, so after breakfast, I started cleaning my daughter’s bedroom where I now house my yarn, needles, and all my other important stuff.

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So,  I have been meaning to find a better way of putting my yarn away so puppy can’t get at it.  He seems to think its a game to grab a skein of yarn and run around the house with it in his mouth, ripping the tag and the yarn in the process. He’s a great puppy otherwise, he just loves anything paper, including the wrapping on my yarn.!  Now, if I never took him for a walk to use up his extra energy I would maybe understand, but this puppy goes out for a long walk almost every day!  So, I remembered that I had an extra laundry basket downstairs that was really high and had a lid on it.  So, I emptied all my yarn, actually it’s not all my yarn, but it’s the yarn that was sitting in a very pretty open, low basket that made a nice fashion statement, but also was right in front of puppy’s face!  Anyway, I don’t think I will be chasing after him or the yarn and more.  The only drawback is that I will have to dig down when I am looking for a particular color or weight of yarn!

 

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While working on my new yarn basket, I realized that I needed something new to knit, just knit.  Something that I didn’t have to read a pattern, or count or think.  I had a lot of thinking to do and I wanted to keep my fingers moving, so I pulled out some deep blue yarn and just started knitting.  I think it’s going to be a washcloth.  I felt so good to just knit!  I can’t wait to see how it turns out, then I can get back to my other projects.  I’ve realized that I get kinda bored with a project very quickly.  I don’t know why and  I don’t know if that’s a really bad thing, I just want to work on different projects for a short time  because I like to keep knitting.  I guess it sounds pretty silly!  So, here’s a peek at my washcloth!  Next time I will show you how my other projects are going.

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Happy knitting,

Nancy

Happy Friday!

The end of the week is here and your weekend plans can begin shortly!  The sky is already blue and the breeze is cool.  The kinda day I like to wake up too.  With all the hiking and family time, my knitting has gone by the waist side.  I love to knit and make beautiful things, but when you work all day and have sunny skies to go out and play in – it’s hard to get as much done.

 

This morning, it nice and quiet – no work today – and it’s wonderful to sit, drink my coffee out of my new favorite mug and talk to you!  Here’s a picture of my mug.  I just love the muted colors and feminine feel to it, but also like that it’s big and bold.

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So, just to keep you updated, I am still working on my Ridged Moebius Cowl and I am actually not sure about how I feel it is coming out, but I will continue and make a decision later on.  I have not touched 😦 my Foolproof Scarf for a while.  I should be able to work on both this weekend.

I do have a new interest in making some baby items, you know, something light and soft, colors other than black and tan, and something cute and fun to make!  I could add these items to my reserve and I know of  a couple of babies on the way that might enjoy a little something!  I have so many patterns floating around that I just need to sit down and look at them and decide.

Happy life, happy knitting,

Nancy

 

Weekend Fun!

We were able to fit in a mini-hike this weekend with daughter and unexpectedly son, and puppy of course.  It was a cloudy, breezy day, actually one that I have come to realize I do enjoy.  It makes me feel the breeze and see the trees move – its makes me feel alive and I can’t help but appreciate the day!  Anyway, we went to a place called Peebles Island, which sits between the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. There’s a trail (actually a couple) around the island overlooking the two waterways.  It was mostly a shaded path with evidence of animal life, and the outlook beyond gave you cliffs overlooking the fast moving water.  Here are some pictures that I hope you enjoy.

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The water was brown-looking and moving very fast after the two or three days of rain from last week.

 

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Unfortunately, you can’t see them, but we noticed a large group of Herons standing in the water waiting to catch fish!  Seems surprising to me – but we saw it with our own six eyes!  When a couple of them flew to what they through was a better area, their wing span seemed a couple of feet wide.  An extra treat during our day.

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We then came across this little critter – he was sitting pretty for me and didn’t seem to mind us walking by, even with the puppy!  So, thanks for the great pose – anyone know what it is?  Please let me know.

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This picture is one of my favorites.  The trail is mostly covered with trees and the grass along the sides is long and sweeping.  It felt so good walking down that path with my special ones, daughter, son, and puppy too!

Happy living,

Nancy

Another Friday Finds!

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We are in the middle of a few rainy, rainy days!  The sky is filled with puffy, white and gray clouds.  The rain comes from time to time, sometimes light as mist, other times heavy, hard and noisy!  The weatherman promises a nice sunny weekend, just in time for Father’s Day!  Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the dad’s out there!

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I know that I have mentioned it before, another great interest of mine is reading.  I can remember getting in trouble when I was a young girl for reading after lights were out, and angling myself and my book to the end of my bed where I just caught some of the hallway light!  I just couldn’t wait to go to that place in the book, worry about that character, or rejoice on a mystery solved.  So, I wanted to share this book that I started reading last weekend.  It’s called The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.  It is set in the late 1930’s, early 1940’s in Nazi Germany, about a little girl, Liesel, and her interest in books and so much more.  If you enjoy learning how it felt to live during this very difficult time, it’s a must read.

 

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Happy knitting and reading,

Nancy

Almost Summer

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We are almost to summer and the weather is proving it!  This past weekend was just beautiful around here.  There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was so blue!  What a great weekend to have a Friday off and enjoy an extra day.  It was just what I needed – a long walk with puppy, sitting down with my coffee and a new book (more about that later), and extra time to knit.  It was also a weekend to celebrate daughter’s birthday.  We had a great salad at McGrievey’s Pub out on the patio at dusk. That’s where these pictures of flowers are from;  I wish I could have beautiful flowers all over my patio!

 

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Well, I did get to start my Foolproof Scarf after several readings and a couple of questions at Trumpet Hill knitting store.  I have just done the first 8 rows,  but hope to continue to show you more next time.

 

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Friday Finds!

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So, I found these beautiful flowers to hang in my yard and they remind me of the great months ahead.  Consider njgdesigns under construction with new ideas, photos, new knitting items, conversation and maybe(?!) a whole new look!  Give me your comments on what you like, and what you would like to see more off.  Don’t be shy – let’s hear all that you want to say!  I love sharing my ideas and  life with you!

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Life is about the path that you enjoy along the way!

Happy knitting,

Nancy

Welcome June!

This has been the perfect sunny weather this weekend.  As I mentioned, son, daughter, puppy and I went on our kinda first family hiking trip together on Saturday.  The weather couldn’t have been better!  The sun was shining, and after climbing 2,000 feet, the cool breeze felt so unexpected and wonderful.  So, son, who usually directs these events, planned a 3.6 mile hike up  the bald-rock summit of Buck Mountain overlooking Lake George.  The day was clear so we could see the High Peaks of the Adirondacks.  The boats in the Lake looked like tiny dots against the clear water.  But, what a trek!  I have to say, I am so happy that daughter and son are in great shape.  I did pretty well too, but I definitely needed a little more time climbing that rocky path to the top.  Unfavored knee was getting a workout for sure!  Anyway, we made it to the top and here are some of the great views to share!

 

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Now the way down was quicker and much easier (especially on the unfavored knee) and we enjoyed our time together!  Puppy couldn’t wait to relax in the back of the car and we couldn’t wait to get a little refueling!  We all stretched our muscles and probably were a little sore in places, but all in all, we would love to plan another hike next time son is home for any amount of time!

Of course with all that beautiful weather and son being home, my knitting did take a back seat for the weekend.  I have worked  hard on my Ridged Moebius Cowl, as you can see, it is getting wider and wider.

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I hope to start the Foolproof scarf that I mentioned last week also.  It’s kinda quiet now that son has headed back to his work site.  Even puppy seems to be looking around for him!  Funny how that works!

 

Happy knitting,

Nancy