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Sunday, October 29, 2006

It seriously snows in Colorado

Mr Q and I just got back from a lovely week in Colorado and let me tell you--it snows in Colorado.
We checked with weather.com before we went and it was supposed to be 50-60 degrees all week. We spent a weekend with my lovely neice in Denver and it was warm and beautiful fall weather. The next weekend we spent with Mr Q's gourmet cook nephew and his wife and their adorable little girl in Denver. Cold but still fall-like.

In between we went to Mr Q's sister's beautiful cabin in the mountains near Fairplay, and it snowed, and snowed and snowed. I was expecting a week of me reading and Mr Q fishing and long walks in the woods, but got a week of reading, knitting and watching the snow fall and fall and fall. We couldn't get to any of the lakes to fish because all the roads were closed. My SIL and I planned a trip to Breckenridge, but when we got about 20 miles from the cabin it bagan to snow in the mountains so we went to the tiny library in Fairplay and met the not-so-friendly librarian and used the internet to check the weather which forcast more snow, so we went back to the cabin again. Luckily BIL had set aside a good supply of firewood and the big black stove in the cabin was plenty warm. I had lots of books and lots of knitting projects to keep me busy and the snow was lovely. On the trip I knitted a Harry Potter scarf for kindergardener Grandson for his Halloween costume, and worked on a bigger striped bag to felt, and a stripy sock for me. We ate some dandy homecooked food and drank a bit of wine, too.

The only really scary part was leaving on the last day when we slipped off the road into the ditch. Luckily Mr Q doesn't panic in the snow, so we got the car out of the ditch with Mr Q carefully accelerating and me pushing the car. It took 50 minutes to drive the 9 miles from the cabin to the main road. The rest of the way into Denver I was clutching the arm of the cardoor and even covered my eyes around turns. Obviously I need to stay in Oklahoma where it rarely snows and when it does it melts the next day. And I live one very flat mile from my work. Thank goodness!

After we got safely back to Oklahoma, where it is now glorious fall, it really snowed in Colorado--2 feet of snow! I was so happy to be here instead of there. Next time we visit Colorado in the summer! And I plan to finally get to see Jefferson Lake and Breckenridge, too.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Back to Quilting

It's time to get back to quilting again. I have been only knitting for such a long time, but I have baby relatives on the way. I have a new grandaughter expected in February. Younger son and his wife will have a daughter to go along with their kindergardener son. We are all thrilled. Of course, new baby needs at least one quilt from Grandma!

And Mr Qs neice and nephew are both expecting babies next month. The other day Mr Q said "Are you making quilts for these babies for Christmas?", which threw me into shock. Of course, I'm making these babies some quilts, I have made them for all the other babies, and it shouldn't take too much time. I just need to clean out my sewing room of almost a year of junk, and stuff from my sister's move. Then buy or sort out fabric and cut and piece and quilt them! That would be OK if I just stayed home from work for about 2 weeks or so. I think I will get them done and I'm actually getting excited looking through books for just the right quilt, and for a pattern that is really fast to make up!

I bought lots of Wool of the Andes yarn from
Knitpicks and have been crazy knitting little bags and felting them. I made an adorable green bag and actually sold it at our library craft sale the other day. WooHoo! I was sort of sorry that it sold because I really liked it, but I can make another one just like it. After I make the 2nd sock from the River Rapids Sock pattern from Sockbug, and finish a lace stole, and finish the striped sock I have on my needles right now.....

Mr Q and I are leaving tomorrow for Colorado to visit relatives and I guess I can knit in the car, and in the motels, and in my sister-in-law's cabin. Maybe I can at least finish a sock, and maybe that stole, too. I just went to visit my sister, and knitted quite a bit on the stripey sock in the car, but there were no mountains or hills or curves on the way to South Dakota, jut corn fields and soybean fields. We had a fabulous time and now I can visualize where my baby sis and her new husband live, and work and eat out. I cannot quite visualize it with 3 ft of snow, but I think I will get photos when that happens, since baby sis is the champion photo-taker of all time!