Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Bridge, Vintage Knitting Needles and the Garden

Driving home from the parade on Thursday we shot this photo using my iPhone of the Stark Street Bridge over the Sandy River that we use to go to "town" - Gresham, Oregon.  It was a nice sunny day and the light on the bridge was nice.  
 Below is a photo I took yesterday - the leaves on this Japanese Maple turn a brilliant red in the fall - and the sun was illuminating them so beautifully and I realized that many of the leaves had already fallen so I'd better grab this shot before they were all gone.  This is our "water feature" that we had installed after we had a new deck put in.  The Blue Heron you see is a decoy we use to keep the real thing from eating our pond fish - supposedly due to those birds being territorial it keeps them away but we don't think it works! :-)  We're down to 3 goldfish from our 3rd buy of fish, last time we bought 21 of them!
 I'm not sure you can see the effect I was after in the photo below - but the red leaves were reflecting in the water.
The tree below is a Pin Oak and it's the kind that turns red and the leaves stay on the tree all winter and then fall off in the Spring when the new leaves come out.  I love the tree but the fall leaves in Spring are not fun.  The leaves are just beginning to turn, but I will get a shot when they are all red and it's spectacular!
I just had to show you!  I was reading one of my fave blogs, "Crochet with Raymond" and she showed her mom's knitting and she uses these gorgeous vintage Tortoise Shell knitting needles and I fell in love with them.  So, I went to eBay and did a search and found these "Shellonite" needles, and promptly bid on a pair.  They must be made in Australia as all the needles like this are there on eBay -- the cool thing is he added a 2nd pair, the ones with the original label as a gift to me!  How utterly cool is that!??  Now I must make something with them.  Aren't they pretty?

We had such a busy week - and this weekend is cloudy, cold with a light rain falling and is just perfect for enjoying the warm glow from our pellet stove, we're watching "Pawn Stars", HGTV and the Food Network on TV.  I plan on doing some serious crochet action on a darling little girl hat that I'm making for one of my granddaughters with the uber cool Bernat Baby Jacquards "Florals". Hubby just told me he's going to make us chicken noodle soup for lunch! :-)

Thank you for coming to visit, I'd love it if you'd leave a message to say hello, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend with warmth and happy family moments.

((hugs)) Teresa


  1. Lovely photos and the knitting needles are something to behold!

  2. Thanks, Clara! I'm not sure what I'll use them for as they are tiny, size 12 is on them. I got some Crystal Palace 3.75 US 5 and they're about 3/4 of the size of them. But I'll find something to use them for! They're so flexible and just gorgeous!

  3. I am so impressed with your water feature. Incredibly gorgeous! As are the needles! So unique!

  4. I love your pictures. So different from cactus, palms and sand.

    I would be afraid to break those needles, they are so pretty.

  5. Denise, have you ever visited this part of Oregon? Very green! :-) The needles are exceptionally flexible.. and so pretty to look at! I love vintage needlework tools and have a pair of bronze knitting needles with a garnet set on the end! :-)

  6. melba - I wish the water feature showed up better in these photos but it looks kind of dark. It sure sounds pretty though. Glad you like the needles, they are gorgeous!

  7. HI Teresa, I thought the blue heron was Real!!! Love the pictures and I do see the reflection! Soooo beuatiful. Gloomy day here in VT and not feeling well, achy all over. BooWho. Loved your post ❤Robin

  8. Hi Robin, glad you could see the reflection.. :-) It's been very gloomy here for 2 days - we're expecting our son, DIL and two wild little grandsons to arrive soon. I'm sorry you're not feeling well... hope you get well soon. ((hugs)) Teresa


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