Friday, March 11, 2011

Anticipation - Avian Style

We've been keeping an eye out on the bald eagle couple in NE Iowa which has 3 eggs in its nest now. (First is expected to hatch around April 1.) Here's the live video stream if you're interested too!

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Thursday, March 10, 2011


I feel giddy!

I have placed my first cache out in the wild, filled out the forms and sent them to the reviewer.

Now I must wait for him to review and ok publication....then, the fun begins!!

The cache contains a FTF (first to find) Pathtag (collectible coin) for the first one to discover it.

It's also large enough to hold a few very small trade items such as coins. I have been knitting miniature socks to put out in caches, so I put one in this along with a Chinese "good luck" coin. (Nickel in photo is for sizing purposes only.)

I can't wait for it to get published and to have some people visit the cache! I hope they have as much fun discovering it as I did planning it and putting it out there!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Oh My Darlin'

I've decided the color of these socks reminds me of clementines....which reminded me of the song from elementary school days....

This may be my new "vanilla" sock pattern. Just a quick knit sock when you need a pair asap.

My friend dyed the yarn, which was acutally a sock blank. I knit them toe-up using Judy's Magic Cast-On, a combination heel and Jeni's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

No frills, but nice warm socks in the end!

How was your weekend??

Friday, March 04, 2011

Early Spring On Prairie Creek

My DD needed to shoot some photos for an assignment in her photography class, so we zipped down to the nearby state park. This is what I found while she was shooting.
What you miss out on is the sound of the water running/rushing over the rocky areas. Definitely a sign of spring!

The ice has gone out of the Des Moines river, which Prairie Creek joins just a few hundred feet downstream from this spot.

I startled a bald eagle (or more accurately, a bald eagle startled me) from it's spot on a bare branch out over the river. As it flew away downstream DD was able to capture some shots of it in flight.

Good times!