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Archive for January, 2022

Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. It’s been too cold to spend much time outside this past week. That’s okay because it gives our dad more time to take indoor pictures of us.

Millie on bed 1-22-22 - lr

I’m bored of not being able to go outside and play.

Walter relaxing on bed 1-17-22 - lr

I sure hope it gets warmer soon. Having to put booties on just to go outside is no fun.

Our mom doesn’t enjoy having to put our booties on us either. Every morning it’s a wrestling match but she always wins.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. The weather has been cold out, so we’ve been spending time together on the bed a lot.

Millie and Walter on bed 1-20-22 - lr

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie and Walter here. We showed you some snowy pictures on Friday and here are the selfies we took that day.

Walter in snow 1-2-22 - lr

Don’t worry. This isn’t dandruff.

It was so nice to have some snow but today we are getting rain and most of our snow has disappeared.

Millie in snow 1-2-22 - lr

I like my selfie in profile.

We had lots of fun playing outside and after we were done this is how we both looked (although we don’t have a picture of Millie)

Walter sleeping 1-2-22 - lr

Zzzzzzzzzzz…

Even though our snow is going away today there is sure to be more on the ground in the next few days.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop. You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies. Thanks for stopping by.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We are happy to report that we got our Christmas wish to finally have some decent snow to play in! (Be sure to click on the images to get a bigger view)

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-5 - lr

It’s a winter wonderland!

The snow smooshed down the beautiful grasses in our perennial garden, but it was bound to happen eventually. 

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-4 - lr

What are you doing back there dad?

The snow wasn’t deep, but it came down wet, so it stuck to everything!

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-3 - lr

What a tranquil scene

We had fun wandering around and occasionally doing some zoomies, too.

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-2 - lr

Uh oh! I think I see Walter stalking me.

See if you can spot Walter in the next picture. You might have to click on it to make it bigger.

Backyard during snowfall 1-2-22-1 - lr

Do you see him?
I blend in so well Millie won’t see me coming.

We hope you enjoyed seeing our winter wonderland. Luckily, we haven’t had any warm weather, so the snow is sticking around for a while plus we’re expected to get a little more snow almost every day for the next week!

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to tell you about the crocheted jacket I recently finished. This is the second garment I’ve made from designer Tatsiana Kupryianchyk of LillaBjörn’s Crochet World and is called the Mont Blanc Jacket. Tatsiana creates well written patterns and has many videos to help you along the way.

8029 - Mont Blanc Jacket - front - lr

Mont Blank Jacket

For my jacket I chose Scheepjes Stone Washed XL in Deep Amethyst for the body and Scheepjes Furry Tales in Aladdin for the cuffs and collar. It might seem intimidating to work with fuzzy yarn, but Tatsiana produced a method that makes it much easier than you would think. (I won’t give away the secret here but just want you to know it was very easy to do)

This jacket has many design features I like such as pockets in the front and a pleat in the back.

Here is a closer look at the pleat that also was easy to do.

One thing I did differently from the suggestion in the pattern was I didn’t make the furry cuffs as long as the pattern says to. I think the proportions are better for me this way.

8037 - Mont Blanc Jacket - sleeve cuff detail - lr

My cuffs are about 5 inches long.

This pattern is worked from the top down, so you can try it on as you crochet. I also made the pockets longer than the pattern suggested and worked the jacket length to where I thought it looked the best. The final addition to the jacket were the buttons that Charlie custom made for me.

8031 - Mont Blanc Jacket - button detail - lr

Stained wooden buttons made from a dowel

Using a 1 1/4-inch maple dowel, Charlie first drilled the holes then cut slices of about and 1/8 inch thick. He happened to have some purple stain that was a perfect match for the yarn. I love the way the buttons work with the jacket.

When the jacket was completed, I still had quite a bit of yarn of both types left over so I decided to make a matching hat.

For the hat I started at the top and worked in rounds. For the first two rounds I just did single crochet and then, starting on the third round, I worked the same stitch pattern that is used for the jacket. It was easy to keep trying it on as I went for a perfect fit. When I was happy with the length of the main yarn, I used a slightly modified technique to attach the furry yarn as the jacket pattern and kept working until I had the size I wanted. I’m happy with how both the jacket and the hat turned out and love the way they look on me.

Overall, I’m happy with how the jacket and hat turned out and would recommend this pattern to anyone. You can find the pattern from LillaBjörn Crochet on Ravelry or Etsy.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly known as Hookin’ on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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