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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Friday Night With Friends January 2018

I’m back!  It has been a while since I last posted.  I retired mid November and life has been a whirlwind since then.  A visit from DD#2 who lives in Newfoundland the last two weeks of November, renovations to my bedroom and another bedroom ongoing since early November, my brother and his wife visiting from Seattle over Christmas and sixteen people here for Christmas dinner.  This along with all the other miscellaneous things that have needed to be done for years that I am finally getting to. 

We have had lots of snow, then a big thaw and lots of ice but we are finally back to lots of snow after a big blizzard a few days ago.  Skiing and yoga and sewing take up a lot of my time.  Yes, I said sewing!  I did a lot of sewing for Christmas – six placemats, two bottle bags and seven hotmats.  I have photos of the placemats…. missed out on the other items.


These two were for my daughter and s-i-l in Newfoundland, a salmon, which he loves to fish for, and a whale that she sees often when she is out walking on the coastal trail.

The other four were for my other two daughters and their partners.  Another salmon, a halibut, a dolphin and a flying fish.


I also made a knitted rug before Christmas.  A second one is in the works and was my Friday Night with Friends project. It is about half finished.


Here is the completed one, which resides in a bedroom by the bed.  This rug, which is made from scrap strips of fabric, is lovely to walk on with the different textures of the fabrics and the knots.


Check out what everyone else did for FNWF here on Cheryl’s blog.  Thanks for stopping by.



  1. SO glad you are enjoying your retirement ... there is NEVER enough time when you retire xx lol x

  2. Congratulations on retirement. I agree with Diane. But I really like the rugs. Any instructions on this? I forgot to link back. gonna go back and change that. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  3. Congratulations on your retirement. I do love your placemats. You would need something warm underfoot with the cold weather you have been experiencing x

  4. Yay you're back! Missed you :) Love the placemats... and I've always wanted to do a rug like that... one day... xx

  5. Congratulations on your retirement! It is definitely a wonderful thing, but you are sure to wonder where you ever found time to go to work. Your placemats are amazing and I love your rug. I imagine it's rather hard on your hands to knit with fabric (I did it once and used denim strips to make a bag - swore I'd never do it again!).

  6. Retirement is one of my favorite words!! Congrats to you. Your place mats are very creative and a great gift. Love the rug, too!

  7. Janet, I do like those fish, WOW! They are FABULOUS!
    Oh,and congratulations on your retirement, welcome to the club! :-)

  8. Hi Janet love those placemats ,you are very clever with all the different fish,what a great idea to make a mat it looks great on the floor,well done my friend xx

  9. Enjoy your retirement....you will wonder how you ever had time to go to work. Love the fishy placemats - very colourful.

  10. Was für wunderschöne Tischsets und so zauberhaft gequiltet !
    Ein schöner Schmuck für den gedeckten Tisch 1
    Liebe Grüße

  11. Oh Janet, you are so talented with those fish!!!! I've been going to make a scrap rug for years now but always seem to have other projects on the go - but I like the idea of making it a project specially for FNWF!

  12. Oh wow you have been busy - both sewing-wise and life-wise! I love your placemats, they are so beautiful x