Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bath

While in England, we took a day trip to the town of Bath. It was a nice little town full of shops, and a grand abbey. The main draw that brings the tourists are the Roman baths. Click big and notice the date...


Here are some pictures of the Roman baths, which are very well preserved. There is also a temple dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva.


Statues or Roman rulers line the upper walkway above the baths.











Sulis Minerva...



Such an amazing place.  Next time, the town of Bath.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

England

In November, the husband and I went to England to visit my daughter. She moved there last Spring with her new husband. She has since gotten a job in the local art scene, and seems right at home. We took some day trips that were amazing. Here's one you'll recognize...





Here's something that I never knew: Stonehenge is surrounded by these burial mounds of ancient Celtic kings and royalty. The barrows have long since been raided of any gold or treasure, but the mounds remain. 


What an amazing place to visit. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Ok, it is still 2013 as I write this. But in four or so hours, it will be 2014. 
This year, I had a child get married, get her master's degree, and move to England. I went to Europe for the first time ( and definitely not the last), and had a child go from a kitchen cook to a kitchen manager in a restaurant. Yes, it's been a pretty good year. My furry children are happy and healthy. I am working on my 32nd year of marriage to a great guy, and I have knitted a lot of things. Many were given away to people as gifts, as comfort and just because.

I hope that next year brings many good things to all of you. I will try to be a good blogger and visit this sight more often. I also plan to start visiting and commenting on my friends in the blogosphere again.

My resolutions?..

Keep off the weight.
Keep on walking. 
Donate more to those in need.
Stay happy.
Help others be happy, too.

What are your resolutions?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all that stop by the blog today!


Bella says Merry Christmas!


Athena says get this stupid thing off of me now.


Piccadilly Circus was decked out for Christmas when we were there.



The fountain was decorated like a big snow globe.


The town of Bath was lovely, too.


I hope that your day is merry and bright. I hope that it's filled with family and friends and love. Merry Christmas!





Monday, December 23, 2013

England From Another Perspective

I have lots of pictures of our trip to England. We went to some familiar sites, but I also snapped some pics that were off the beaten path.


Buttresses at Salisbury Cathedral


Saints and such galore are carved there.


Interesting oddities in the windows of a pub called The Mesmerist


Steampunk was prevalent there. They also had wonderful cider and a good lunch. I hear at night they are a rock-a-billy bar.


All of the shoes in this shop were made of non-animal materials. All I could think was, who would want to eat a shoe?


Beachfront artwork in Brighton.


A display of vintage sewing machines in a tailor's store front.


A weapon in the Tower of London that's shaped like a lion.

I'll post more mainstream pictures of my trip in the future. Just thought that I'd show you some not-so-normal pictures today. Have a good Christmas Eve! See you soon.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A (corrected)Pattern for Casi's cowl.






Here is a pattern that some have asked me for. It's my first attempt at creating a pattern. I made it for my secret Santa at work. I call it Casi's Cowl, but it's really an infinity scarf. I made it with Cascade Eco Duo (1 and 1/2 skeins) and size 8(US) circular needles.

Cast on 250 stitches, or more if you want a longer continuous loop.

First border
1. Knit one row, joining in the round. Place marker at beginning of knitting.
1. K1, P1, K1, P1..continue this to end of row.
2. P1, K1, P1, K1..continue this to end of row.
3. K1, P1, K1, P1...continue this to end of row,
4. K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO to the end.
5. Knit one row.
6. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end.
7. P1, K1, P1, K1 to end.
8. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end.
9. K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO to end.

Now work as many rows as you want in knit stitch (which will create stockinette) until it's as wide as you want before you continue the border below, which is the same length as the first border.

Last border:

1. K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO to end.
2. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end.
3. P1, K1, P1, K1 to end.
4. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end
5. Knit one row
6. K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO to end
7. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end
8. P1, K1, P1, K1 to end
9. K1, P1, K1, P1 to end
10. Knit one row

Now, bind off and block.




Well, hey there! I'm still here, although I have been a very neglectful blogger. Facebook kind of sucked me in, and I lost my way back here. Here are a few pictures of my last months...


My daughter and her new husband no live in England. Our sweet Grand-dog Moxie followed them on her own flight. A few weeks later.


I've been on a  40 lb. weight loss journey for the last year. 


I've been knitting a lot, and made this Color Affection shawl (wearing it in previous picture).


I finished a sweater that I started about three years ago.


We went to England to visit the ex-pats mentioned above. More pictures to follow.


The girls are fine, by the way.

Glad to be back in the blogosphere.