Monthly Archives: December, 2006

An ending? Or, a beginning?

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

~Bill Vaughan

 

The dishcloths are finished:

Dishcloth #6 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern: A little bit of garter stitch and a little bit of seed stitch
Dimensions: 8.00″ x 5.5″

Date started:
12/30/06
Date finished: 12/30/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

And a new blanket is on the needles:

Samantha

Saturday Sky and what else? A dishcloth.

For Saturday Sky I snapped a photo of the first blue sky and sun that I’ve seen in almost a week:

 

 

Dishcloth #5 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern: Chinese Waves
Dimensions: 8.00″ x 7.75″

Date started:
12/29/06
Date finished: 12/30/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen


I think I can get one more dishcloth out of this green cotton. Once this one’s done, I’m ready to move on to something else!

It may appear that I’m recycling pictures of Kishka’s odd sleeping habits, but I’m not. She was doing more couch yoga today:

 

Strike up the band.

The dishcloth and dog picture parade continues!

Dishcloth #4 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skein of Sage Green
Needles:
7
Pattern: Squares
Dimensions: 8.25″ x 8.50″

Date started:
12/28/06
Date finished: 12/29/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

The close up picture shows the true color:

 

I’ve got enough yarn left for one more dishcloth. I have to mix the solid and ombre colors, so am not sure yet what I’m going to do with them.

It was another stormy day here in Colorado.

Max spent it being spoiled:

 

Kishka continued sleeping in odd positions:

 

Sam hung with me on the couch, watching the snow fly by the window:

Feasting with an FO.

Dishcloth #3 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skein of Sage Green
Needles:
7
Pattern: Fleck Stitch
Dimensions: 8.25″ x 8.25″

Date started:
12/27/06
Date finished: 12/28/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

The close up picture shows the true color:

 

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
How do you usually celebrate on New Year’s Eve?
I’ve never really been one to do anything special on NYE, so it’s usually a regular ‘ole evening for me. I usually stay home (too many drunks on the roads). If the weather is clear, I step outside at midnight to watch the fireworks on Pikes Peak. I usually make a toast to the new year and reflect on the year that just ended.

Soup
Name one thing unexpected that happened to you in 2006.
A close friendship ended when I saw the person’s true colors. I’ve never lost a friend in such a way and it was rather unnerving.

Salad
Where was your favorite place that you visited in 2006?

I didn’t travel this year. With two elderly dogs and a job layoff, it’s just not the time. I’m a homebody though, so I don’t mind being at home.

Main Course
What resolution is your top priority for 2007?
I learned long ago to not make resolutions. Does anyone really keep their resolutions?

Dessert
Using just three words, describe 2006.
A roller coaster.

My precious boy:

 

 

 

 

We’ve seen this all before.

Dishcloth #2 for Mom

What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern:
Grandmother’s Favorite
Dimensions:
7.25″ x 7.25″
Date started:
12/27/06
Date finished: 12/27/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

The third dishcloth is on the needles:

 

Here we go again:

 

They can’t wait:

 

Another day, another FO.

My mother has requested dishcloths, so dishcloths she shall receive!

Dishcloth #1 for Mom


What:
Dishcloth
Yarn:
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern:
Textured slip stitch as seen in Mason Dixon Knitting book
Dimensions:
9″ x 8.25″
Date started:
12/24/06
Date finished:
12/26/06
Lesson Learned:
This pattern wasn’t nearly as painful as the first one that I knit. It’s not my favorite, but it acheived the effect I was going for, so that’s what’s important.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

I’m still deciding on the pattern for the next dishcloth, but it will be on the needles tonight.

It was another gorgeous day here, so The Three Stooges and I spent the afternoon outside:

Running…

 

Playing with Frisbees…

 

Looking especially photogenic (Samantha):

 

Chowing down on snow (Max)…

 

Plotting an escape:

 

And, being punished for the escape:

 

Kishka is one of the strangest most unique dogs I have ever known:

She was snoring when I took this picture. How on earth is that comfortable?

The Giving Time of Year.

It’s been awhile since I talked about Warm The World. I’m still knitting as much as I can for them and earlier this month, I attended their monthly meeting.

Felicia and I set out on a Saturday morning to meet Nan (the founder and passion behind Warm The World) and some other volunteers. I’ve met Nan before, but this was the first time I’ve seen her set up and met other volunteers in person.

To say the least, I was impressed all over again.

Warm The World is an entirely volunteer operation. There are no paid staff members. Not one.

All yarn, needles, hooks, and patterns are donated.

Anything that you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Anything. You may not think that one pair of needles or a partial skein of yarn is worth donating, but think about if just a few people donated their leftovers.

Literally every little bit of yarn, every needle, every hook, every pattern and every dollar that is donated will be put to use helping others.

Warm The World is the real deal: a charity that does what it says it does. There’s no catch and no ‘funny business’. There’s just Nan and her team of volunteers.

If you’re going to donate to charity this year, please consider Warm The World. Take time to click around their website and learn about this wonderful organization. Their newsletters can be found here.

Felicia also blogged about our visit to Warm The World (she even took pictures!) and you can find those posts here and here.

For the past few weeks, it seems that every news story I see/read and every blog post I come across is talking about what presents a person is giving/receiving. That’s all fine and good, but please remember that there are people in this world who can’t afford something as simple as a warm winter scarf.

Let’s help Nan warm the world: one scarf, one hat and one blanket at a time.

Saturday Sky.

Saturday Sky:

Someone’s been rolling in the snow again:

Double the FO’s, double the fun.

Ever since I knit my first pair of Fuzzy Feet, I’ve wanted to knit a another pair.

I tweaked the pattern to make them higher (and warmer) and also adjusted the decreases to fit my clown feet.

They are nearly perfect:

Custom Fuzzy Feet

 

What: My 2nd pair of Fuzzy Feet, these ones are custom fitted
Yarn:
Noro Kureyon , various amounts of colors 138, 102 and 166 (partial skeins of each)
Needles:
10
Pattern:
Fuzzy Feet
Lesson Learned:
None.

Destination: My feet

 

For the past couple of months, I’ve been looking for a new rug for my kitchen. I haven’t been able to find the size or colors I was looking for.

So I knit one:

Kitchen Rug

 

What: Kitchen Rug, 50″ x 50″, 67″ on the diagonal
Yarn:
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, 8 skeins each of Grape, Sage Green Soft Violet, Dark Pine and Ecru
Needles:
17
Pattern:
Log Cabin, 4 strands held throughout
Lesson Learned:
None
Destination: My Kitchen

Kishka says, “It’s boring to watch you knit!”

 

Blizzard knitting.

Like every other Colorado blogger, I’ll blog about the blizzard. This is what it was like here for almost 48 hours:

What’s a girl to knit during a raging blizzard?

Fuzzy Feet, of course!

For this pair, I tweaked the pattern so they should be a custom fit. They’re currently spinning in the washing machine so I should be wearing them later today.

Once the storm stopped, I took the dogs outside to play.

This is Samantha, waiting for me to kick some snow (she loves to chase it):

And here’s Kishka, checking out the neighborhood (look, the sun is shining!):

Finally, here’s Max my snow dog. He loves snow more than any dog I’ve ever known:

Next up on the needles: finishing a huge project!

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