Monthly Archives: October, 2006

Snow, a sock and something new.

This morning, all of the weather reports predicted that snow would begin after sundown. Does this look like ‘after sundown’ to you:

Since I was not expecting snow until after I got home, I ended up with very cold feet:

Max, my snow loving dog, has been eating the snow off the deck:

He’s also been romping with his sister:

That’s not the best picture, but I love how in sync they are: from their tails to their noses.

The first Jellybean sock is coming along nicely:

Log Cabin #3 is taking shape:

I’m looking forward to seeing this one develop.  I think the colors are going to look wonderful.

It’s finished and I love it!

What: My second Log Cabin blanket
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft and Caron Simply Soft Brites, more details below
Needles: 8
Pattern: Traditional Log Cabin blanket
Lesson Learned: I still love these blankets. They are perfect TV knitting and I love playing with the colors.
Destination: Warm The World

From corner to corner, the blanket is 47″. It is 34″ on each side.

I used the following colors of Simply Soft (well less than one skein of each): Plum Wine, Black, Dark Country Blue, Iris, Grey Heather, Autumn Red, and Dark Sage.

I used the following colors of Simply Soft Brites (well less than one skein of each): Berry Blue, Grape, Watermelon, Limelight, Blue Mint, Lemonade, and Mango.

Almost finished.

I’m working on the border for Log Cabin #2. The next full length shot will be when it’s finished. Here’s a close up of it:

Earlier today, MJ and Felicia helped me pick out the color scheme for Log Cabin #3. Here’s a sneak peek:

I have two Saturday Sky pictures for this week.

This one shows the layer of fog over Colorado Springs this morning:

And, a little later, the prairie and the Peak:

Torn between two loves.

I can’t stop thinking about knitting socks.

I’m also obsessed with knitting Log Cabin blankets.

I wish there was some way I could knit on both at once!

Our little introduction to winter is over and my feet are happy once again:

Here’s what Pikes Peak looks like from where I live:

Doesn’t it look like you could take that dirt road all the way to the mountain?

Friday’s Feast

TGIF!!

Quite frankly, today’s Friday’s Feast is rather lame.    I don’t want to break tradition, though, so here it is:

 Appetizer
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend reading other blogs?

I have no idea.  I surf while knitting, watching TV and during down times at work.   Often I just skim blogs.

Soup
Your community wants everyone to give one thing to put into a time capsule. What item would you choose to include?

My community just did this and I didn’t particiapte.  ‘Nuff said.

Salad
What is the most interesting tourist attraction you’ve ever visited?

Honestly, I can’t pick just one.  Interesting can mean so many different things. 

I was very fortunate to grow up in a family that took driving vacations every summer and I traveled to much of the United States.  I’ve done a bit of traveling as an adult, too.   

The trips I remember most fondly have been:   Banff, Arlington, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg, the Keys, and Mansfield.

The destination that had the most impact on me was Colorado.   My family visited Colorado multiple times.  On one of these trips, I declared my intent to move West (I was 11 or 12 at the time).   When I was 24, I did just that and have never regretted it for one minute. 

Main Course
If you could give an award to anyone for anything, who would it be and what would the award be titled?

I would carve a piece of cheese and give it to the person who wrote this question.

Dessert
What do you think your favorite color reveals about your personality?

Another odd question.  My favorite colors are green and purple.  I guess that means I like money and singing dinosaurs.

I have no knitting pictures because I’ve been spending all my time knitting.  The first Jellybean sock is coming along nicely.   I expect to put the border on Log Cabin #2 this weekend.  The yarn for Log Cabin #3 will (hopefully) be purchased tonight. 

Soapbox

I generally keep this blog focused on knitting, dogs and clouds. I like reading happy blogs, so I try to write that kind of blog.

Every so often, though, something gets under my skin and I have to grab my soapbox and pontificate to my heart’s content.

Today, I’m ticked off about this.

I was streaming live coverage of this tragedy as it happened. As soon as the reporters began stating who owned the plane, I started to get ticked off. Once it was discovered that a ‘celebrity’ (I hate that word) owned the plane and was on board, the news anchors were practically orgasmic in how they reported the news.

It was disgusting.

The news was reported so quickly, that I just knew that the families hadn’t been notified. One man’s father found out his son was dead from a TV newscast.

What the hell is wrong with this country?

Yes, I know we live in the age of instant news and it’s usually a wonderful thing.

Call me naive, but it shocks me that not one news organization held back the identity of the dead.

Have they no heart?

Can they not imagine how they would feel if it was their son, husband, brother?

As the above linked article states, the world found out this man was dead before his wife did.

One of the men who died today was ‘celebrity’, but he’s also a person.

A person with people who love him.

Those loved ones deserve respect.

Socks, dogs, snow and a satanic cat.

I woke up this morning to this:

By this afternoon, it was 50 degrees and sunny.

The dogs are settling in for a long winter’s nap:

I’ve cast on for the Jellybean Socks:

I came home from work today to find my cat possessed:

Ribbit

 

The surgery on the Green Eggs and Ham socks did not go as planned: 
     

No regrets, though.  I wasn’t loving these socks, so now I”ll just knit them over!

There’s been a definite shift in weather over the last day or so.  I noticed it this morning when I had to forgo my usual choice of footwear for my winter footwear:

Speaking of winter….snow is supposed to fall tonight. 

I should probably find my snow shovel. 

Saturday sky…brought to you by two states.

Saturday Sky from Colorado:

And, (courtesy of my parents), Saturday Sky from northern Michigan:

I love Colorado, but miss autumn in Michigan. There’s something magical about it.

I started off my day by blogsurfing and this post cracked me up.

Knitting and feasting and pictures!

This really is the cold from hell. I only worked 5 hours today which makes just 8 hours of work so far for this week. The rest of the week has been spent on the couch.

I think I’m slowly starting to improve. The nose isn’t as stuffy, but the cough is hanging tough and making it nearly impossible to sleep. The worst part is the fatigue. I am just flat out exhausted. I’m going to lie low through the weekend and hopefully bounce back next week. I hope so. I haven’t been this sick in years. My condolences to anyone else who got hit by this killer cold.

My poor dogs have been so neglected this week: no walks, no playing, etc. I feel like a horrible dog mommy, but I’ll make it up to them.

I’ve been knitting in the Mystery Project and also on Log Cabin #2:

I switched the Log Cabin Blanket from the Denise Needles to the Knit Picks Needles. Wow. It is so much easier to knit this on the KP needles. The blanket doesn’t get caught up on the cable and picking up stitches is ridiculously easy. I’ve been knitting with the Denise Needles and the Needlemaster and the Knit Picks needles are superior to both of them.

It’s time again for Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Name a song you know by heart.
She Let Herself Go by George Strait. I may or may not have been caught by fellow drivers belting this out at the top of my lungs at a red light.

Soup
What will you absolutely not do in front of another person?
Take a crap. But I will do it in front of dogs. I don’t have a choice. They like to line up and watch.

Salad
How often do you use mouthwash and what kind do you like?
Um, not very often. Call me a freak, but I have bad memories associated with mouthwash, so never buy it.

Main Course
Finish this sentence: I am embarrassed when…
Why on earth would I answer this and embarrass myself on my own blog?

Dessert
What was the last food you craved?
Tamales.

It was another gorgeous fall day here in Colorado. I took some pictures on the way home:

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