Raw Honey fingerless mitts knit in Honey & Fairytale. This is truly my absolute favorite fingerless mitts pattern ever. The chevron stitch is made with purl-bumps and is just too cool. I knit the Honey pair for Coralee & the Fairytale for me. June is now asking for her own set…my munchkin has good taste!
Iowa Young Birders trip to the Mississippi River this past Saturday–first trip of 2014! COLD, WINDY, horrid travel conditions on I-80, but great birding. In addition to the large numbers of Bald Eagles (eagle photos below courtesy of Coralee, my 11-year old, through the scope with her iPod), we saw a lonely Horned Grebe (which we are told is quite rare for our area and time of year), bunches of American Black Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Canvasbacks, and Common Goldeneyes. There is a juvenile Herring Gull photobombing my fairly awful photo just below….I should really bring the good camera on birding trips.
On our way home through the snow & wind, we stopped off at one of our favorite little bar & grills, the Sutliff Tavern. SUCH a hole-in-the-wall, but the food is incredibly scrumptious (the burgers absolutely melt in your mouth) & the view of the restored Sutliff Bridge is a feast for the eyes. We hadn’t planned to stop, but Merritt was (we thought) extremely carsick & needed a breather (turns out he has a viral infection). June fell asleep in the car during the last hour of the birding trip while the group was fruitlessly searching for a local pair of Peregrine Falcons on a city building. She was happy & rested a couple hours later & ready for her basket of fries (which she REFUSED to share, guess birding makes you hungry!).
I think braving the cold of winter on an adventure truly soothes the soul…but that could just be my Wisconsin-roots talking. 🙂