"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Pics From the Parkarosa

Just thought I'd share some pics I took this morning around the Parkarosa.

First is the promised pic of the recently finished beaded ornament cover.

This pattern is from a PDF download book I purchased called 5 Holiday Ornament Covers by Glenda Payseno and Jann Mulhauser Designs. It's cover number 4. I did the whole thing as instructed at first, but it was way too big for the ornament. After doing a bit more reading in the book I discovered they'd used Czech 11's, whereas I used the Japanese 11's which are slightly larger, so I took the bottom 3 rounds of netting off and adjusted things a bit with the last dangle round. I also added small dangles above the larger ones cos the space was so large it needed something. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I especially like the peyote stitch collar that it starts with (which I've just realized doesn't show in the photo--oops!).

This book, by the way, is very well done. Nice large graphics, easy to understand instructions. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves making ornament covers.

I used size 11 beads in matte silver lined white, pearl white, transparent a/b pale teal, matte silver lined dark teal, and silver lined topaz. I also used some pearl white size 2 bugles and size 6 teal firepolished crystals.

This morning we had the most beautiful sunrise I've ever seen in all the years we've lived here. My camera did a wonderful job of catching it. (Click on it to see a larger version)

Look at all those purples, pinks, corals, oranges, reds, yellows.....wow! Mother Nature knows how to put on a show.

Just as I was sitting down to start working on todays blog post a woodpecker came to the bird feeder. It really had to work hard hanging there to get the seeds it wanted.

Finally, the clouds that have been hanging over the nearby mountains (less than a mile away) since Tuesdays rain finally have lifted, and what do we have? The first snow of the season.

I did go to my Knitwits meeting yesterday. Oh wow, it was so nice! Everyone had missed me, and had been worried about me, and were so glad to see me. It made me feel so loved. I've been a member for about a year and a half and I'm finally really feeling like part of the group. I've made new friends this past year. That is so cool! It felt good to get out of the house for something that wasn't medical related too. Just fun, conversation, and lots of laughter.

Well, that's it for today.

Have a good one.


  1. Oh, LJ, I am so happy you are able to get out and around. You have been in my prayers. I love all your beautiful pictures they came out so beautiful. Love your ornament cover.

  2. LJ, Love the covers! You are doing a great job on them. Also really loved the other pictures! LOL...Every once in a while I have to take off for the mountains. I think I am over due for my wind down. It is beautiful where you live, you are one lucky girl!
    Good to know you are getting out now! Means you are really on the mend!

  3. Beautiful ornament cover LJ! Love that sunrise picture too. What beautiful surroundings you have. That's great that you are getting out for fun stuff...keep on healing!

    Happy Beading!

  4. Beautiful ornament cover! You will have to show us a picture of your Christmas Tree with you lovely ornaments! I bet it is stunning!

    I love the woodpecker pictures. We have lots of them, too. They are so fun to watch. Imagine banging your head on a tree all day!