Saturday, November 21, 2015

First Snow of the Season = Snow Minion Time!

Yesterday the majority of Iowa (and a healthy chunk of the Midwest) were visited by Winter Storm Bella.  Naturally the weathermen were overly excited about having something to talk about and the grocery stores were inundated by droves of individuals that equate snow with the end of times, but that's neither here nor there.

The first snow of the season means something different to me...  It means the Snow Minions will be out to play :)

It wasn't too long ago when the Snow Minions looked like this.

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As the seasons have changed, so have the minions. I took these pictures of the Snow Minions this morning.
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As always, they love to frolic around in the snow and their confidence has grown steadily throughout the years which means that their early tentative play has evolved into something a little more daring at times. Today the minions put in a little work before heading out to play - the driveway and sidewalks needed clearing. After a brief warm-up period indoors, I spotted the Snow Minions entering their playground, sled in hand. The elder Snow Minion was having fun pulling the younger Snow Minion around the yard.
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The younger Snow Minion took a brief break to create a snow angel.
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The snow that fell yesterday and overnight was thick and heavy but had changed by morning to a lighter non-packing weight. While this isn't the best for a snowball fight, the Snow Minions found other ways to use the snow in fun ways.
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"Look at this big chunk." "Cool, let me slice it in half." Snow Ninjas!
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I stood back and watched them play, snapping pictures now and again before my hands got too chilly.  While they were dressed for play, I was not.
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Stay Warm!

Saturday, November 07, 2015

FO's at the Retreat

Today was day 1 of the KnitXMidwest knitting retreat held at the Walnut Woods Lodge.  I thought it might prove to be a pretty background for some FO photos so after lunch I went for a little walkabout and finally got some photos of some of my recent projects.

It was a beautiful day and I was able to get down to the waters edge.
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First up are my Halloweentown Socks. This was a new colorway this year and was knit up on the Glint Sock base. I rather liked how they turned out and will definitely be putting out a few more skeins in this colorway next year :)

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Next is the Handbrake Cowl. The yarn is my handspun using a BFL roving my friend Krysten dyed for her Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Club a few years back.

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These are some scarves that I wove for the Vintage & Made Fair. I ended up keeping the blue one, little man claimed the stripey one, and I'm not sure who the other will go to yet.
The blue one is my #9 colorway (for the 9th Doctor) on my Superwash Merino DK base.

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The stripey one is my Yukon colorway (self-striping) on my Superwash Merino Aran base.

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And the other is my Mulled colorway on my Donegal Tweed Aran base.

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Remember earlier this year how I was lamenting about how I needed a new pair of mittens for myself so I CO a pair and didn't have enough yarn to finish the second mitt? Well, I finally got around to finishing the second. I ended up knitting the cuff out of some leftover Sea Serpent colorway that I had from little man's pair, and I knit the rest using the Knocker colorway. I don't think many people will see the green sticking out of my coat sleeves and if they do, so what?

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I have made a lot of progress during the retreat on a few projects today which is nice. My normal knitting crew didn't attend this retreat - I wasn't going to either - but one of my friends from Cedar Rapids let me know that someone she knew had to back out and there was a ticket available so I said "Sure, I'll check it out" and here I am :) 
My advent calendar prep is still going on but I am nearing the end (thankfully), and I am still plugging away on other projects as well. The hubby took the minions to the in-laws' lake house for the weekend since I will be knitting at the retreat.  It's always weird to be home when it's so quiet...
Here are a few more photos from my walk today.

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Most of the leaves have fallen but there were still some on a few trees.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Spooktacular Soccer

Happy Halloween!!!!!

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Little man chose to dress as Captain America and little miss was a Neon Skeleton.  This photo was taken last week prior to the Halloween Party that our local library puts on.  My FIL did the skeleton make-up.  :)
This week a few of the pumpkins we bought during the Farm Crawl earlier this month were carved. It was getting rather late and we had school/work the next morning so we only ended up carving 3 and used the rest for porch d├ęcor.
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My FIL decided to change up the make-up a little bit for trick-or-treat last night. Note the bullet hole.  Little miss was rather skeptical at first but decided that the bullet hole addition did add a little special something when all was said and done.
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We take trick or treating very seriously these days...  The sidewalks will be very safe this year!
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Little miss played her last soccer game of the Fall 2015 Season this morning at 0800. It was a chilly and rather dreary morning which lent itself to some interesting photos...
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Little miss scored the first goal of today's game and we ended up winning 4-1  I think it was 4.  4 or 5 anyway. Our final record was 6W-1T-1L.  Not too shabby.
Great job, Hurricanes!