Category Archives: blankets

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~ Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955)

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:

Warm The World is currently looking ahead to winter and our commitments totaling almost 3000 hats and scarves. Can you help us reach our goal? Full details can be found here.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

 

I’ve been a picture taking fool lately.

 

Clouds…..

 

 

 

Clouds at sunset……

 

 

The girls playing Follow The Leader:

 

Samantha keeping watch over her territory:

 

Kishka enjoying a nap:

 

Kishka watching me take pictures:

 

 

 

A license plate I saw today has me wondering….

 

 

Rush the band? Rush the nearby town? Rush the hypocritical bigot? Or is this person just in a hurry?

 

And finally, knitting!

 

Another FO:

 

Warm The World Hat #2

 

 

What: Warm The World Hat #2

Yarn: Unknown from Warm The World stash
Needles: size 8 dpn’s

Pattern: Seamans’ Cap, kind of*

Date started: 7/29/07

Date finished: 7/30/07

Dimensions: 9″ diameter and 7″ high

Lesson Learned: None

Destination: Warm The World

 

* I used this pattern as a guide and used the following modifications:

  • Used size 8 dpn’s
  • Did not change needle size after the ribbing
  • Worked from the top down and cast on 6 stitches
  • Used K2P2 ribbing

And, a new project:

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

231 years ago, a group of men decided to take a stand against England and declare America’s independence. If they were alive today, I wonder what they would think of the current American government. I have a feeling they would be ashamed.

Today, I celebrate the group of men who took that stand in the sweltering summer of ’76. May the men in power today change their ways and stop making a mockery of everything America stands for.

I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time on Ravelry, but I have managed to do some knitting.

The Summer of Scraps blanket is coming along nicely:

One of the Pink Clouds sock has a partial heel flap:

The Tropical Monkey Socks have turned their heels:

Finally, the storm at sunset last night:

 

 

Edited later in the day……….

A tornado touched down about 10 miles from my house.  I managed to get a picture of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams

I’m surfacing from the vortex that is ravelry to actually post about a new project. (If you’re waiting to get in, be patient. It’s well worth the wait.)

Here’s A Gem of a Blanket:

I don’t have a Saturday Sky picture, but I do have a picture of Friday’s sky:

Samantha is not the most snuggly dog, so when she does something like this, I could just sing with happiness:

My favorite thing about summer:

Yummy!

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine

After what seems like forever, I can finally say I’m on the mend. I’m up and around a little bit these days, but am still taking it easy (I’m scared to death of relapsing). I’m amazed at how out of shape I am after the past few weeks on the couch. Just running the vacuum cleaner is exhausting. The important thing is that I’m finally feeling human again and can imagine a day when I’ll be able to live a normal life. My PT is concerned about some pain that I am having so I go back to my doctor tomorrow for her opinion.

I have been knitting. The Pink Clouds socks are moving along and are ready for their heels:

I’ve also been knitting squares:

Please excuse the crappy color in this picture. I forgot to take pictures before the sun went down.

The squares were inspired by last Saturday’s Warm The World monthly meeting. We have a lot of scrap yarn in the warehouse, so June and July have been designated as the months of scraps. I brought home a bag full of scrap yarn so I can make squares.

Warm The World has a warehouse manager now and all I can say is ‘wow!!’. Our warehouse has been totally reorganized and it’s inspiring just to stand and look at all of the yarn and projects.

Here are the finished items (blankets, hats, scarves) that are ready to be delivered:

We have had the good fortune of receiving several large donations of yarn lately. Here is the wall of yarn (isn’t it pretty?):

The wool and wool blends:

More yarn:

The wall of pattern booklets and inspiring projects:

All of these blankets arrived on Saturday:

Here are 100 blankets in the back of Felicia‘s truck:

These blankets are going to be delivered to Fort Carson later this week. All babies born to deployed soldiers are going to receive a blanket. At this point, we have 400+ babies projected to be born this year. This first batch of 100 should give us a good start. We have more blankets at the warehouse that are reserved for soldiers’ babies.

Felicia and I are working on another project for Warm The World and we hope to be unveiling that within the next couple of weeks. To facilitate this project, I am teaching myself CSS. It’s not as tough as I expected, but I still have a long way to go.

The heat has returned to my corner of the world and I’m not enjoying it. However, it does make gorgeous clouds:

Since I’ve spent so much time on the couch, the dogs have been missing out on their usual napping spot. Kishka snagged some sleep time on the couch earlier today:

Progress and feasting.

The Sunshine Lilac Blanket is coming along:

This week’s Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Which celebrity (or celebrities) do you think will make headlines this year?
What an inane question. Bleech

Soup
They say that good things come in small packages. What is something little that you think is great?
What? Another odd question. And ‘little’ is quite relative. Next!

Salad
Name a song that makes you want to dance.

I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but You Spin Me Round. The song is silly, I’ve heard it 1000 times, but it always makes me want to dance.

Main Course
What is your favorite font?
My favorite font? I think the question writers were hitting the bong this week. I tend to use simple fonts. I detest web pages that go all gung ho with fonts. If I had to choose, I’d probably say Lucinda.

Dessert
If you were to write a do-it-yourself article, what would it be about?
Another wtf question. I have no clue.

Man, Friday’s Feast was a bust this week. Hopefully they gain momentum as the year progresses.

Goose egg on my noggin’.

Earlier tonight, I was having a perfectly wonderful evening. Samantha was snoring in the hallway. Kishka was on the chair, chewing a bone. I was lying on the floor, snuggling Max and listening to a podcast.

Suddenly, my head exploded in pain. I’m not kidding. I saw stars and was disoriented for a couple of seconds.

When I regained my wits, I realized that Kishka had dropped her bone on my face. It hit right on the bone under my eyebrow.

I have had bones dropped on my head before, but there must be something about that eyebrow bone because it hurt like hell. I’m now sporting a goose egg on my eyebrow and a headache.

She’s lucky she’s so cute:

The Sunshine Lilac blanket is coming along:

Or, it was. After taking this picture, I realized my stitch count was off, so I ripped back most of the yellow. I love this pattern, so I’ll reknit it quickly.

I love this face:

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

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.

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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