Monthly Archives: October, 2006

Distracted.

I haven’t been knitting much this week. I’ve been distracted.

Late last year I moved from a 3600 sq. foot home into a 700ish sq. foot home. Obviously, this presented some storage issues. I’ve been trying various organization methods for the last few months and finally found a solution this past weekend. One of my solutions was a dedicated cabinet for knitting WIPs:

I’ve also been distracted by a migraine that’s trying to sneak up on me. I don’t get them very often (thank goodness), but when I feel a migraine coming on, I can sometimes prevent it by the timing of medicine and other tricks. So far, I’ve had a headache for three days, but the migraine is being kept at bay. Hopefully this continues because I really don’t have time to be incapacitated right now.

The other morning I followed this truck all the way through town:

I was intrigued by the license plate “MAW” and tried to imagine what kind of person had such a vanity plate.

A stereotypical redneck? A very old farmer?

I finally pulled up next to the truck at a stoplight.

It was a middle aged man in a suit. He was picking his nose.

Certainly not what I expected, but it cracked me up.

I hope knitting gets done soon. My fingers are getting restless.

Breaking news.

Here are the new Cotton Ease colors!

I am thrilled that Lion Brand came to their senses and brought back this yarn, but I was hoping for better colors.  This is a good start and I hope they build on this initial color palette.  

Some of the old Cotton Ease colors were a bit garish for my taste, but I am sorry to see that they did not bring back the Bubble Gum pink and Sugarplum purple.

I love that Berry color, though. 

The feet. They have been felted.

Before:

After:

What: Fuzzy Feet
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, one skein each of colors 166 and 102. Tiny bit of color 180.
Needles: size 10 dpns
Pattern: Fuzzy Feet from Knitty.
Lesson Learned: Noro takes forever to felt.
Destination: My feet!

I put these through the washing machine five times to get them felted. I may send them through again. I’ve been wearing them all evening and I think they need to be just a little bit smaller. They felted perfectly in length but not enough in circumference.

I have enough Noro left to make another pair. I’ll be tweaking the pattern a bit when I make the second pair.

Thursday’s blizzard is already just a memory. The dogs spent most of the day outside, enjoying the snow that’s left:


I spent much of the weekend cleaning and rearranging my furniture.  I took a break tonight to block the Fuzzy Feet and watch one of my favorite old movies.

A perfect end to the weekend.

Sky, fuzzy feet and dogs.

Today’s Saturday Sky was taken while I was driving (don’t worry, both hands were on the wheel):

When I took this picture I had a backseat driver:

Samantha loves car rides more than anything. She and I ran some errands today. Kishka wasn’t too stressed out about being left home:

I spent this evening watching my favorite chick flicks and knitting on my second fuzzy foot:

I should be felting them tomorrow. I can’t wait!

The Day After.

After yesterday’s blizzard, today was a gorgeous day. Here are some scenes from my day:
The piles of snow along the highway:

Abandoned cars along the highway:

A spectacular sunset:


In knitting news, I’m thinking a lot about this.

Thawing out while feasting.

When I did my snow day dance, I really should have clarified that I wanted a snow day with power.

I wasn’t able to get to work this morning. (Yay!) However, I lost power very early this morning and it didn’t come back on until around 11pm tonight. The downside of country living is that when I lose power, I also lose water and heat.

Thankfully, I thought ahead and filled up my washing machine with water last night. This allowed me to flush the toilet (via a bucket of water) today. I know, that’s TMI, but believe me: that was a huge deal!

I put all of my perishable food outside in the snow, so none of it spoiled. I also have a gas stove, so I could cook.

I spent today listening to the radio and knitting on my Fuzzy Feet. As the house got colder, I piled on more clothes. By the time the power came back on, I was wearing a T-shirt, two sweatshirts, sweatpants and two pairs of wool socks.

My camera batteries died before sunrise (and I obviously couldn’t recharge them), so I have no blizzard pictures. It was a doozy of a blizzard, though. There’s a snow drift in front of my house that is as high as the fence (four feet). The highway to my house is still closed, so I’m stranded at home.

However, I have heat, lights and water.

I have no complaints.

Here’s Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Create a new candle scent.
The smell of my mom’s spaghetti sauce.

Soup
Name one way you show affection to others.
Unexpected gifts and cards.

Salad
What is your favorite writing instrument?
A 0.9mm mechanical pencil.

Main Course
If you were given $25 to spend anywhere online, from which site would you buy?
Knit Picks, of course.

Dessert
Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what are you going to be?
No. I’ve never been into Halloween.

Here’s the first Fuzzy Foot:

And Kishka, posing again:

Fuzzy Feet. Apply directly to the feet.

We are under a blizzard watch for Wednesday night – Thursday morning. Rather than curl up into a ball and cry for my mommy, I decided to knit Fuzzy Feet:

Yes, I should be installing the rest of my storm windows, but a girl must have priorities!

Drive by posting.

Just a quick post to show progress on Log Cabin #3:

I owe several people responses to comments/email.  I haven’t forgotten, I just haven’t had a chance to respond.  I will soon, though.

Mostly sky, but a peek at knitting, too.

I’m a day late, but I did take these photos yesterday, so here’s Saturday Sky:

While I was out taking these pictures, I came across something that cracked me up. I snapped a picture and once I saw the picture, I knew I had to use Flickr Toys to create this:

I spent last night knitting on the Mystery project for the Dutchicans:

To keep the mystery alive, I used my photo software to mess with the colors of this picture.

I want nothing more than to knit today away, but I’ve designated it Fall Cleaning Day. Besides hunting and killing dust bunnies, I have to install my storm windows and seal all the windows that don’t have storm windows. Since I’m sealing the windows for winter, I fully expect it to hit 80 degrees this week.

Some feasting, some knitting, some sky pics and a darn cute dog.

It’s almost Friday, so it’s time for the weekly feast:

Appetizer
What is your favorite beverage?
Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi. Sometimes I get a little wild and mix it with grape Kool-Aid.

Soup
Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.
I don’t have a desk at home, so work it is: stapler, date stamp, calendar.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?
8. My mouth often gets me into trouble.

Main Course
If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?
Another silly question.

Dessert
What stresses you out? What calms you down?
Change stresses me out. I detest change more than I can say. I’m a creature of habit.

Snuggling with a dog calms me down. If I didn’t have dogs, I’m convinced the last two years would have put me in the loony bin.

I’ve put the heel in the first Jellybean sock, but forgot to take a picture of it. Darn CRS!

Log Cabin #3 is taking shape:

Log Cabins always look wonky for the first few rounds. My trust in the pattern is what keeps me going.

I was driving home yesterday and had to pull over to take a picture of the mountains peeking out of the clouds:

And, tonight’s sunset:

It’s been cold here at night (in the 20’s) and I’m back to sharing my bed:

Charlie Brown was right: Happiness is a warm puppy.

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