Thursday, January 07, 2010

New Year Greetings

The kids and I just came back from a quick trip to see my parents. Now that both kids work, we have to squeeze our travels in between every one's work schedules, but here the kids are with my dad.

And here they are with mom. She was recently in the hospital, but is doing much better.

Finally, here I am with the kids. My parents live in California's central valley, and we got typical cold foggy winter weather during our visit. We didn't get five minutes of sun over three days. I was glad when we drove out of the valley and into Lake county, where we finally got some sun. Then we drove into the familiar Humboldt County drizzle and we were home.

One of the many good things about having young adult kids is that we now have multiple drivers for our trips. This makes travel easy for me. I sit in the back seat and knit.

Here are a few recent knitted items. Knitting and winter are naturally compatible. Here's a fun hat I knit for myself. The pattern, Columbia, by Sarah Pope, is available through Ravelry.

I also knit myself this shawl from some lovely Misti Alpaca baby alpaca yarn that I had stashed away. The border is knit from an odd skein of Kid n Ewe mohair and wool blend that I picked up at a thrift store. The pattern, called Textured Shawl Recipe, is also available on Ravelry.

Quilting content is on the way. I'm working on a new hand embroidered Madonna piece, and I'll be posting some photos soon.

Happy 2010 to everyone. May the coming year bring us all closer together.


Kay said...

It's always fun to see family pictures. Thanks. Love the hat!

Debra said...

I like the family pics too!

Love that shawl!

Rian said...

Happy New Year to you and yours, too. That's a nice looking family. I have been hearing about the Tule fog in the central valley on my weather thingy.

quiltmom said...

Lovely photos of your family Barbara- and so nice you were able to all be together during the holiday season.
Your knitted pieces are gorgeous- such fun and the colors are so rich.
Have a great new semester as you return to work.
Warmest regards,