Don’t you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work. ~ Gallagher

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started this thing.  Since I’m documenting the heck out of my knitting projects over at Ravelry, I haven’t felt the need to blog my knitting details here anymore.

I’m considering changing the focus of this blog for 2009.  I enjoy blogging (and looking back on old blog posts – they always jog a lot of memories), but there’s no need to repeat what I post on Ravelry, so this blog may evolve from being a knitting blog to being something else.

Speaking of knitting, there has been a lot of it!

The arrival of snow motivated me to knit a Dog Walking Hat:

The hat is AMAZING.  I knit it out of Cascade 220 (both regular and Superwash) and it’s like a furnace on my head.   I love it!

Changing up how I knit socks (from top down on dpn’s to toe up on Magic Loop) inspired me and I knocked off five pairs of socks.

This is my first pair of toe up/Magic Loop socks:

The next pair is knit out of my new favorite sock yarn, Kaleidoscope Superwash Sock Yarn from Blue Ridge Yarns:

This pair is knit out of Opal’s Harry Potter line in the Hedwig colorway:

I do love these socks, but calling this a Hedwig colorway is bullshit.  I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies and I don’t recall a blue/green owl making an appearance.

Like many sock knitters, I joined the sock blank dyeing craze.   This blank:

Turned into these socks:

And finally, these socks were knit from one of the first balls of sock yarn I ever purchased (at least three years ago):

The sock obsession soon morphed into sweater knitting.  I’ve never been a sweater knitter, but now I’m obsessed.

Baby sweater for my best friend’s newborn son:

Around this time last year I started a Central Park Hoodie.   It knit up quickly, but then I got distracted (and frustrated with how to knit the collar and buttonbands).  I picked it up again last week and it’s finally finished.  And it fits!   (This is the first sweater I’ve ever knit for me, so I was afraid it wouldn’t fit.)

Here are the bones of my Weekend Sweater.  It’s blocking now and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I’ll be swatching for my next sweater tonight.   The yarn is waiting for me:

Details for all of the knits can be found on my Ravelry page.

My furry family has all been doing well.   Here’s Romeo watching  the dogs:

Kishka and Sadie’s relationship continues to flourish:

The three of us did a lot of hiking this fall:

Sadie especially loves chilling out in the stream:

Colorado scenery never ceases to amaze me, even after living here for 11 years.

Here’s an early morning shot of Pikes Peak:

And some high country shots from my trip to Vail in October:

I can’t really explain it, but this is one of my favorite ‘scenery’ pictures that I’ve taken this year:

And this picture is one of my favorite critter pictures I’ve taken this year:

13 responses

  1. You’ve been busy, and I’ve missed your blog entries. Good to know that your furries are doing well! :o)

  2. I’m glad you posted! It was fun catching up with you. I’m glad the furbabies are all great. Love the knitting projects.

  3. I love that you are back and I really love the photos of your dogs.

    I took your advise on the dog walking hat, I made adjustments on the number of cast offs… Let me just say, you were right! I actually got too hot in my hat. Way too hot. I had put another hat over this as I have always worn two hats on my walk because I just don’t like being cold. My outside hat has reflective things so I can be seen at night. I am going to have to rethink my wardrobe choice. But it is a definite winner.

  4. kristi and otis | Reply

    Shizzle – you are knocking the knits out! Gorgeous photos as usual – fur and landscape. I too am thinking about changing my blog focus – more crafting in general rather than just knitting, Look forward to seeing what you blog becomes ;)

  5. Isn’t it great when your dogs are chums?

    I gotta find where you hang out on Ravelry. My blog is kinda languishing too.

  6. That Dog Walking Hat is just what I need, but I’ll need to do it in something other than Cascade 220 (it makes my head itch). The colors are great on that hat, too – it’s too friendly looking to mistake you for a bandit!

    Yes, I have a furnace, but I usually don’t turn it on until the evening. This house does have a fireplace, but we don’t use it because it would pollute too much. Since it’s way above single digits weather here, I just wrap myself up in multiple jackets and thermals, and then crank the oven up. ;)

    Your crew is stunning, as always.

  7. Kathy, it’s so good to see a post from you! :-) I never even thought of looking for you over on Ravelry.

    I love everything; the knitting, the Colorado scenery pics (which I never grow tired of!), and especially the furry baby pictures.

  8. Yippee..an update! What great pics…i NEED the pattern for the furnace hat! I just ordered a Ninjaclava the other day, but would love to knit one!
    The pets look happy and sweet as ever!

  9. LOVE YOUR BLOG! The pictures are just wonderful!
    ;0)

  10. I’ve missed you! I don’t spend much time on Ravelry, as I really like the blogs…I guess it feels more “intimate” in a way…don’t know why?

    Love your Blue Ridge socks especially! And of course, your photos are amazing.
    Happy Holidays!
    (((hugs)))

  11. Well, it’s wonderful that you’re being so productive and enjoying your craft so much. You had me worried for a little while but I am glad you wrote to say you were all right. I don’t spend that much time in ravelry, so I hope I can still catch a glimpse or two of your knitting in this space, along with doggy pictures and Colorado skies.

    Happy Holidays!

  12. Love the pics – found you via the CPH on Ravelry which is beautiful. I wanted to tell you I love the button on your user page! Happy Holidays!

  13. You’ve been busy! I love the dog walking hat, too =)

    Good to know you and the furries are doing well…

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