Musings of a quilting librarian Grandma.



Sunday, June 22, 2008

It's True...

It's true--the rainbow really ends at our cabin in Missouri!

Mr Q and I were there last weekend, celebrating our 35th anniversary and we saw it for ourselves.

I realized that I was about to miss my every 3 month posting, and I had to share this photo.

I have been doing a lot of knitting, but mostly felted bags. And socks, of course, you always have to have some socks in the works. I'll share knitting photos next post.

I also have new photos of the cutest grandkids ever!

And a late Happy Double Digits Birthday to Miss BB! How quickly you have grown! And into such a beautiful, talented, and sweet grandaughter!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday!

Little Miss T just turned 1 year old. Happy Birthday!
What a pretty and sweet-natured little girl she has turned out to be. BIg brother Mr T is proud and helpful and Grandma Q loves them both to pieces.
This is the photo of my little one and her birthday cake.

And here she is after experiencing her cake.

I promise that no one else helped Miss T make such a mess, except for some of us who were encouraging a game of peek-a-boo.

Wouldn't you know I would finish my mittens the same day my first daffodil bloomed! But since then we have had several cold days, so I have had a few chances to wear them.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Almost Finished Objects

I'm almost finished with a pair of socks, all they need is closing the toe.
I'm almost finished with my first mitten, just weaving in about 8 strings. And 1/2 way through with the 2nd mitten. And yes, the thumb was not that hard to pick up and knit.
Maybe I will get them all finished by Knit Night on Tuesday.

I started a lace scarf with the bright yellow lace weight yarn that Sue brought to Knit Night last time.
It's pretty stiff, but it softens up a lot when washed.
Marianne from Knit Night gifted me with the coveted Make My Day Award, so I also want to thank the people who make my day. All my Knit Night friends: Of course Sue, who forced me to learn to knit and taught me so patiently, who makes me laugh, and who took a kitten off my hands. And Marianne, a friend rediscovered from our childhoods, and the fastest knitter ever. Emma, one of the first loyal knitters in the group, Amy and Joyce, the amazing bag knitters, Tony & Eric, with the lovely flowers and gorgeous knitting, hilarious Ann, and also Eva, Cindy and Esther, who don't have blogs, but need them.
The others who make my all my days: My little sister, My best friends Ann, Theresa & Barbara, my big sister, and my wonderful earth mother friend, Linda, with a brand new blog.

I'll leave you with a picture to warm any librarian grandmother's heart: Mr T reading with his little cousin, Miss H.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bye-Bye Camelot

It's been there most of my life, a giant castle standing over my walks home from Jr High, watching over my first drives, my trips to Pennington's and Weber's, my visits to the grocery, to Hancock's, to Church's and Cici's, stroller walks with my babies and long walks with my grandbabies. I have lived within a mile of this huge friend for almost all of my life. And now it is coming down. The big dinosaurs are chopping it into pieces and throwing it into giant dumpsters.
We knew it was coming down, we knew it was coming soon. We knew it was an eyesore, a danger, a firetrap.
But I guess I always kept my fingers crossed that somehow someone would save it, the old castle, and it would regain its former luster and glory. That presidents and entertainers, like Nixon and Elvis, would visit. That seniors could have their proms there again. That we could visit the funky piano bar and hear the lounge singers or attend another special Christmas party on the top floor.
I guess this is really the end.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Finally photos

Mr Q finally downloaded about 700 photos off my camera onto the hard drive where I can access them. So I am finally posting some photos of our travels this year. Here's an amazing hot spring spa we went to on our trip to Santa Fe with friends.

Of course I knitted socks on the way home through the panhandle of Oklahoma.

My neice and I made the long long drive to South Dakota to visit my sister, her mom. Here's mother and daughter silhouetted by the gorgeous sunset at Lake Campbell. They have a spectacular sunset every day. It's amazing!

Mr Q and I drove to Colorado in October and got to see the aspens in full glory.

But we always have to come back home to the grandbabies! Here are the 3 granddaughters.
Could there be any cuter girls ?

Tuesday, October 09, 2007


It has been brought to my attention that I should hurry to meet my every 3 months posting schedule. (Thanks, Amy!) I thought that I had found someone who posted more rarely than me, when I read Ann's blog, but now she is posting every day! (Stop it, Ann!)
I will blame Mr Q. and his 2 secondhand laptops. He hooks up one and I use it to download my photos and then when I start to post, he takes it out of town and leaves me the other. Then when I put photos on the other one, he gets a big virus on that one, and so on. I finally got a photo of my pretty purple sweater:

I made this sweater from a Noro pattern with Borocco Ultra Alpaca, which is alpaca and wool and super soft! It was my first sweater, so I was happy that it actually fits. I have worn it already to meetings and to Knit Night and I love it.

I loved knitting this sweater so much that I just bought 20 skeins of Peru Luxury DK from LittleKnits. I got the pretty fuschia, but now I'm afraid it will be too bright. Of course fuschia will be too bright, it's Fuschia!

I will try to post again sooner, but if I post before January, that will be pretty good for me. Hopefully I will be able to show some photos from our trip last week to Colorado where we FINALLY saw the aspens in full glory and it DID NOT SNOW this year!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Knitting Sweaters

I finally finished a garment that I can wear!
I made this cotton shell and it actually fits. I wore it to work and to knit night last week.
The pattern is Soleil from Knitty, I made it from Cascade Sierra that I got on sale at a LYS.
I love the lace along the bottom of the shell. It was fun to knit and looks pretty, too.
After I finished this sweater, I had the confidence to start a cardigan! It's a Nolo pattern, but I am using Berocco Ultra Alpaca in a lovely purple heather. So far I have finished the back and both fronts and have started the sleeves. I'm knitting them both at the same time, so that they will match.
How far I have come from all those scarves I made for Christmas 2005.
Last night I dreamed that 75 people came to Knit night! We had to meet in 2 meeting rooms and I was worrying about how long it would take for all of us to share our projects. Math in a dream--how boring!