I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~ Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001)
The Felted Bag From Hell is settled into its new home:
I’m making progress on the Summer of Scraps blanket. I have a feeling the finished blanket will either be gorgeous, or it will look like a gaggle of clowns threw up:
Another blanket has come off the needles:
A Gem of a Blanket
What: A Gem of a Blanket
Yarn: 3.5 skeins of Red Heart Soft in the color Gem
Needles: size 11
Pattern: Diagonal Baby Blanket
Date started: 6/24/07
Date finished: 8/21/07
Size: 33″ x 35″, 48″ diagonal
Lesson Learned: None. A quick, easy, enjoyable knit.
Destination: Warm The World
Samantha’s favorite toy is a tennis ball. She was playing with one last night and when I walked down the hall I discovered that she’d stashed it in a safe place:
I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by vanity license plates, but here are two more I’ve seen this week:
Say there’s a book written about your life. Who would you want to narrate the audio version?
Katharine Hepburn. Yes, I know she’s dead, but having her reading the audio version of a book about me is about as likely a a book being written about me!
Take the letters from your favorite kind of nut and write a sentence. (Example: Perhaps every avenue needs understanding today.)
Stupid question. Next!
If you could go back in time and spend one week in another decade, which decade would you choose?
I’m a bit of a bonnethead, so I’d pick the 1860′s.
Name a song that brings back memories for you.
The Boys of Summer. I love this song and have from the moment I first heard it: I was riding up a ski lift on a sunny, Saturday morning. I was listening to Casey Kasem‘s American Top 40 on my Walkman and the second the song started it mesmerized me. It still does
Do you prefer to wash your hands in cold water or warm water?
My to-be-felted bag was a very enjoyable knit and then I grafted the handles and tossed it in the washing machine.
How very quickly things can go so very wrong:
Felted Bag With No Name
What: Felted Bag With No Name
Yarn: 6 skeins of wool from stash
Needles: size 15
Pattern: My own.
Date started: 7/13/07
Date finished: 8/15/07
Lesson Learned: I’m an idiot.*
Destination: Place mats and coasters
* The most glaring defect to me is that the bag looks like a bra. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wish to carry a bag that looks like a bra. I don’t even like to wear the dang things and I don’t want a bag that looks like one!
*The bag shrunk in height: A LOT more than I anticipated. Still, I could have salvaged the bag except I grafted the handles incorrectly. I should have grafted the two handles on the same side of the bag, not the two handles on opposite side of the bag.
:: bonks self in head ::
What makes this so horrible is that I triple checked the handles before I started grafting to make sure I was grafting the correct handles.
Obviously, when I began grafting I had my head up my ass. And apparently it was up there so far I could have licked my own tonsils.
I will salvage what I can from this monstrosity. I plan to get out the scissors and cut the bag up into place mats (for the animal dishes) and coasters (for me, obviously).
There’s another FO in the house and I’m very happy with this one:
Angel Blanket #1
What: Angel Blanket #1*
Yarn: 1.85 skeins (3 oz. size) Caron Simply Soft in the color white
Needles: size 9
Pattern: Overlapping Waves from the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns, page 209
Date started: 7/30/07
Date finished: 8/16/07
Size: 17.5″ x 18.5″
Lesson Learned: None. A quick, easy, enjoyable knit.
Destination: Warm The World
* Warm The World is partnering with a local funeral home to provide these blankets to families who have lost a baby to stillbirth or shortly after birth.
There is also a new blanket on the needles:
The summer of gorgeous weather continues here:
Samantha enjoys some outside time (again with her trusty tennis ball):
Kishka, a.k.a. Miss Priss, did not come outside and instead sat just inside the house:
Kish would rather sleep on my bed:
Finally, the very handsome Parker: surveying his kindgom:
Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
I do laundry when I run out of something. I usually wash a load or two a week.
In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?
What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
Long term – keep up my walking routine with the dogs.
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
The husband killing woman in Tennessee walked out of jail after serving just seven months. Seriously…what the hell is wrong with our justice system? If a man served that amount of time for killing his wife, this country would be an uproar. Why on earth is she catching a break? She didn’t kill him in self defense. Her ass should be in jail for the rest of her life.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?
The felted bag is almost ready to meet the washing machine. Here it in in all its blob-y glory:
The weather has been foiling my attempts at viewing the meteor shower. I’ve consoled myself by taking pictures of lightning (for the local readers: these were taken during Saturday night’s thunderstorm over southern Colorado Springs):
When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. ~ Alice Hoffman, ‘Here on Earth’
This past week has been amazing for a weather geek like me.
There have been gorgeous, sunny days:
Thunderstorms rumbling across the prairie:
Storms at sunset:
Stray thunderstorms in the middle of an otherwise gorgeous day:
A double rainbow (this was a full double rainbow, but I couldn’t get a shot of the whole thing):
The clouds in the eastern sky have also been gorgeous at sunset:
Samantha has been spending a lot of time hanging out in the yard with her trusty tennis ball at her side:
Romeo has started sleeping on his back. It’s adorable as hell and I’ve been trying to get a picture of it, with limited results:
Kishka has been enjoying the window AC unit:
And just looking generally adorable:
This week’s feast:
What is your favorite kind of pie?
It’s a tie between pumpkin pie and peanut butter pie.
Name something that made you smile this week.
Yesterday afternoon I was driving down the highway, iPod playing my favorite songs and admiring the big, puffy, white clouds against the bright blue sky. It was a perfect moment.
What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
It’s rarely humid here, but when it’s hot (which it is right now), I like to park myself in front of my window AC unit. I have a chair that sits right in front of it and when I sit there it cools me off immediately.
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
I rent, so I wouldn’t spend the money on paint or anything I had to leave behind. I’d use the $1000 towards a new bed. (Yes, that’s boring, but it’s what I would do.)
Fill in the blank: My _________ says __________, but I __________.
My blog title and header say
s it’s a knitting blog , but I post more about the weather and my animals than knitting.
Here is the knitting. This is a knitting blog. Really.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is this weekend. I can’t wait.
Thank you to the ladies who answered my question about the Rush license plate in my last post. Obviously, I am not at all familiar with the band. If I was, the freakin’ names of the band members on the license plate holder would have tipped me off.
In the good news department (and really, it’s about time, it’s been a rough year)…a couple of nights ago I took the dogs for their first walk since April! I probably could have walked them a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to make sure I was healed enough to handle anything that might happen. And, I’m glad I did because Kishka flushed a rabbit and took off running. When she reached the end of her leash, I was able to stop her without causing any pain to my back or hip. Once the weather cooperates (it’s been too hot and stormy to walk the past two days), I plan to get back in the routine of a daily walk with the girls. That will make all three of us very happy.
The newest project on the needles is coming along nicely:
I’ve also been knitting on the felted bag, but there’s not enough progress to really show in a picture.
I’ve owned Kishka for 4.5 years and last night she did something she’s never done before:
She slept on her back. I apologize for the completely undignified and unladylike angle of this photo. I knew that if I stood up and moved she would flip off her back.
Today was a gorgeous day here so the girls and I hit the open road:
Both of the girls love car rides. Samantha sits at attention the whole time:
Kishka enjoys the ride for a bit:
And then she starts looking bored:
Today the sky was bright blue and there were plenty of puffy clouds:
The heat wave has finally broken. I’ve been knitting on my (to be felted) bag:
There were thunderstorms in the area last night:
Romeo actually cooperated during a photo shoot earlier today (he usually closes his eyes and refuses to look cute):
Parker also cooperated (he usually likes to head butt the camera):
While this photo shoot was going on, Kishka kept a close eye on the action from the hallway:
Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.
The Sit ‘n Spin. I loved that toy. It was light blue and I used it so much that I broke off the handle. Now, however, I am old: if I even think about spinning around like that I feel like getting sick.
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?
7 or 8. As my father often tells me : “Always be aware of your surroundings”.
Where would you rather be at this very moment?
Actually, I’m pretty happy with where I am at this very moment: on my couch with my dogs asleep at my feet.
When was the last time you learned something new?
Yesterday, in physical therapy. I learned new ab exercises using the exercise ball.
Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.
I have the yarn but I haven’t knit any hats yet.
I have a new knitting ‘bag’:
I was taking out the trash last night and as I was lifting the kitty lit container into the dumpster I thought, “Wait a second….”.
It’s fits one of my mystery projects perfectly.
Want a little peek?
There may be some frogging in my future. One of my blankets just isn’t doing it for me and I want to use the yarn for something else.
Doesn’t it look like fall?
There’s been progress on blankets:
At First Blush…
Deep Blue Something…
Log Cabin #2…
Taking the photo of the Log Cabin blanket was actually a bit exciting. I was balancing on the edge of the bed. Sam kept shifting position, so the bed was moving. I was trying to think of a good cover story to tell the doctor if I fell off the bed and broke something. Somehow I think “I was photographing a blanket on my bed for my blog” would raise a few eyebrows.
Speaking of my bed, Samantha has taken over:
I hope she’s comfy, because she won’t be staying there.
Max was looking especially photogenic this evening:
And I caught a moment of sisterly love:
During my travels in knitblogland recently I’ve noticed several knitters asking readers where to find the perfect knitting bag. Knitting bags are so personal. Every knitter I know has their own vision of the perfect knitting bag.
I like my knitting bags cheap:
I do own more traditional knitting bags but right now, these are my favorites. They contain all my blankets!
When Lion Brand announced last year that they were discontinuing Cotton-Ease there was a bit of an uproar in the knitblog community. I will admit that I mocked the people who were upset about this. I didn’t understand it. What’s the big deal about a cotton/acrylic yarn?
Then, I knit with it.
There are no words to describe my love for this yarn. It’s soft, machine washable/dryable, affordable and a joy to knit with. It is the perfect yarn for my Warm The World blankets. I’ve been cursing Lion Brand for discontinuing it.
I’m cursing no more. Lion Brand is bring it back “in a few months” in “a beautiful new color range”.
I see more Log Cabins in my future.
It’s finally Friday, so time to feast.
Measured in minutes or hours, how much exercise have you had in the last week?
Oh, lord. I am busted. 10 minutes.
If you had to change your blog title to something else, what would it be?
I’ve never really thought about that. When I decided to blog, the name “Runs With Needles” just kind of popped into my head. Once I Googled and verified that no one else used that name, that’s who I became.
Name one television show you watched when you were 9-12 years old.
Little House On The Prairie. I still watch it almost every day.
If someone gave you $50 to spend with the one condition that it had to be educational, what would you purchase?
I’m a history geek, so would probably buy a history related DVD: Ken Burns’ classic, Civil War Journal, and The Revolution are all favorites.