Monday, January 01, 2018

Top o' the first morning of 2018 to you!

This morning dawned (before I got up) bright and clear, without the bitter cold so many on my Instagram feed are facing.

This afternoon I visited my friend Pam before she flew back to a much colder Virginia. I delivered her (early) birthday gift (the cowl) and her Christmas gift (the hazelnut bowl; Rick had to polish it after she chose it).
My current WIP is a cowl for myself. I used my birthday discount at the LYS to buy this soft, funky yarn (the pattern came with it); I was in need of a warm, basic black accessory. It will probably be finished before Brian's second basketball game ends this week.

As promised, here are several views of the two bowls Rick finished last week. He's not sure, but Rick thinks the first one is black locust. The second one is maple and much bigger; Mom chose that one as their Christmas gift.

I don't think I ever showed you the flat black walnut bowl he finished earlier in December. I think this is my favorite shape; it is very similar to my maple burl.

It sure is nice to have a handy husband. This evening he put our birdfeeder back together.

Early one morning last week, we heard a commotion in the dark. Rick thought someone was moving around upstairs (we were sleeping in the daylight basement) but I didn't hear any footsteps. The light of day revealed this (taken from below; see the bird perched on the platform wondering where the food went?):
Our best guess is that the raccoon load exceeded capacity. ;-) 

Daylight was fading when I got home from visiting my friend this afternoon, so I hustled down to the barn for my New Year's date with Lance. As we warmed up in the arena, the supermoon started to rise. Oh, my!

I didn't realize until I uploaded these photos that the moon rose just to the right of Mt. Hood, faintly visible in the top photo if you click to biggify. Very cool.

All in all, I can't imagine a nicer start to the new year. We even had black-eyed peas for supper. ;-)  I hope your New Year's Day was equally blessed!

That's it for today from . . .


Mokihana said...

Isn't that the Bamboo Bloom yarn and pattern? You'll LOVE it!! I've made several cowls with it.

Those bowls are amazing!!

Michelle said...

Yes, it is, Mokihana; good eye!

Retired Knitter said...

Those bowls. Amazing!!

Susan said...

It sounds like, after a fairly tumultuous year, your holidays wound down into a very lovely time. Rick does fabulous work! I hope this year is filled with nothing but happiness for you! xo

Sharon said...

Lovely work from both of you. Wishing you the best in 2018!

Mama Pea said...

Your writing has a "placid" feel to it! May the rest of this new year continue on in this way for you and yours. Happy New Year!

A :-) said...

Happy New Year :-)

All shall be well,
And all shall be well,
And all manner of thing shall be well.


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