Small wonders do happen at the Parkarosa. My tomato plant has tomatoes! The plants suffered some from heat and lack of water while we were away, but they're recovering nicely.
Second small wonder. My first Monkey Sock is DONE! Ain't it gorgeous? I love it love it love it. It's the first sock I've knit that didn't have holes in the corner of the gusset. Finally, I've conquered that problem. Very proud of myself. I've cast on the second sock already. I'm a motivated sock knitter! You'll notice on the side 2 new buttons (though I've yet to figure out how to turn them into links). I thought if I join a couple sock knit-a-longs maybe I'll get some of that huge stash of sock yarn used up.
Third small wonder. I finally finished the Sculptured Peyote Cuff. Beads used are size 8 transparent olive color-lined with lime, size 10 purple iris triangles, size 11 Japanese green lined a/b, size 15 silver lined bright lime. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and it was great fun to do.
Last week, just before we left on the camping trip, I received my swap pieces from the beaded spiral swap I participated in (a Yahoo group). This is one of the pieces I received. I just love it. The picture does not do it justice. It was made by Marilyn Southmaid.
This is a netted donut necklace with branch fringe and spiral ropes hanging from the center in white, lavender, and black. It was made by Loreta Scicluna.
I also got another necklace in white and amber, and a pair of teal earrings, but daughter Ruth has made off with the necklace, and I haven't had a chance to take a pic of the earrings yet. Suffice it for me to say they are gorgeous.
Yesterday Cindy, Jean, and I decided to do our walk at the Spokane Valley Mall. Afterwards, we went to Paradise Fibers in Spokane. It's a mail order place for yarns, fibers, weaving, spinning, and knitting supplies. I'd never been there. It was fun. Saw lots of stuff that I would love to have brought home, but we need to buy food and stuff like that. I did get a ball of 'manly' sock yarn. (I'm starting the Christmas presents now!). I got the navy colorway for Austermann Step Yarn. I'm not sure why they call it navy cos it's pastel shades of blues, greys, and browns. I found 2 books I couldn't live without by Elsebeth Lavold: Designer's Choice, Book One
The Viking Knits Collection and Designer's Choice, Book Two The Sentimental Journey Collection. I love her designs. They're so feminine and fun. I got an older issue of Knitters magazine that had a really pretty sock pattern in it, and an electronic row counter. Twas fun.
My daughter says she and Frank picked up my new Grandkitty Monday. They've adopted a 1 1/2 year old male tabby from the local shelter. We're going to their place for dinner tomorrow, so I'll get to meet him. His name is Meadowlark. I'm looking forward to it. Sarah says he's very sweet and affectionate.
Have a good day.