Friday, July 15, 2011

More Socks for Akkhol

These are socks #18, 19, 20 and 21 for the year 2011

More socks for the orphanage in Kazakhstan. The first pair is knit from some old yarn in the short row pattern. Not my most favorite pattern, but the hand-dyed yarn calls for it. Regular 4 ply sock yarn.
Just enough yarn left from a skein of ONLine Supersocke Wellness II to make a pair of 16 cm long socks. 

A skein of 4-ply sock yarn dyed by that fabulous in-house dyer, aka youngest daughter.  The pattern is called "Fluss des Lebens" (River of Life) and is by the German designer Sonja Koehler.  It can be found free of charge on Sonja's Ravelry site called "Sonja's Sockenland."

And finally a pair of socks knit with another skein of ONLine Wellness II yarn.  These socks have a foot length of 22 cm. The pattern is based on the "XOX Socks" by Wollhuhn (literally translated wool chicken).  She offers several free patterns on Ravelry.

I'll close with Porky Pig's famous saying: "That's all folks" for today.  Knit on Merrily!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The tale of the gooseberries

We're getting our first gooseberries.  Finally!  After 4 consecutive summers of the fruit disappearing over night., we were able to fool the cedar wax wings by putting netting over the bushes as soon as the blooms turned into fruit.  Now the eating starts although there is plenty for freezing and making jam as well.

I am still knitting socks.  Just have to post photos.

In the meantime knit on merrily while we enjoy our gooseberries.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Bald Eagle Sighting

We almost collided with a bald eagle today.  We were driving west on US 10 close to the village of Baldwin, Michigan when 2 feet in front of us a bald eagle swooped down with claws extended.  It was an awesome sight.  The photo, of course, is not of the bald eagle we saw, but "borrowed" from Google images.  I hope he found his meal.  In researching it on the Internet, I found that a good no. of eagles in Michigan get killed in collisions with cars.  Who would have thought of this!