Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Touch of the Tropics

A couple of weeks ago Facebook popped up a "you might like this" on my news feed. Usually I ignore them because they are never things I would actually like. This one was different. It mentioned orchids.

Now, I DO like orchids.
I like them a lot.

Most of my Orlando orchids were given away when we moved to Jacksonville.
The ones that moved with us died almost immediately.

I miss having them.

So, when the opportunity came to maybe buy some orchids locally, I had to go see what it was all about.

No doubt, the orchids were flat out gorgeous. The problem was, they also came with an equally precious price tag. Being that we are now *up north* and they are being marketed as gifts, they had a pretty steep markup.

I very much enjoyed browsing the selection,
but left empty handed
saying I would come back after the holidays and maybe they would be marked down a bit. 

Fast forward a couple of hours.

Steve and I stopped at a local bakery to pick up some goodies to share with the company we were having that evening. Right next door was one of those produce markets/Christmas tree lots. What do I spy with my little eye???

That's right! 

$5 orchids!
They came in really tacky plastic pots in bubblegum colors,
but THAT was easily resolved.

I gots pots!!!

(The really surprising thing is .....these are VERY healthy orchids with really good roots!)

It brings a little bit of the "tropics" to my snowy house.

Just a dusting this time.

But . . . man oh golly it is COLD out there.

It's a good day to stay inside, admire my new orchid
 and knit the day away!

Monday, December 11, 2017

I Need A Hat

I need a hat.

I need a hat that is seriously warm,
but seriously pretty.

I need a hat made from THIS yarn.

Dark blue: Cascade Heritage Colorway:  Marine (from stash)
Speckled Yarn: Koigu KPPPM Colorway: P418
While I'm at it,
I guess I should probably make some socks too.

It's cold out there ya' know!

Q'ing Fibre  Colorway: Cha Cha