Category Archives: knitting

Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself. ~ Unknown

Once upon a time this was a knitting blog. Today I am (briefly) returning to my roots.

Many moons ago I dyed this sock blank:

a different kind of rainbow

I finally finished the socks on Saturday night:

Socks

I have to admit that I didn’t really like the socks when I finished them. They didn’t turn out at all how I expected. However, I wore them all day Sunday and we made peace.

Socks

I probably won’t ever love them, but I do like them. And they’re a perfect fit.

More details can be found on their Ravelry page.

On Sunday I dyed the blank for the my next pair of socks:

Sock blank

I cannot wait to knit these. It’s tough to see in the picture, but it’s a subtle tonal effect that I think will make gorgeous socks.

Finally, a picture of Milo. I’m not sure how this position was comfortable, but he was sound asleep.

Milo

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser. ~ John W. Gardner

Spring is on its way to this part of the world and that means more time outside.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs and I went to the park this weekend. The main activity of the day was running.

Sadie

Luka

There was running in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

And running in the fields.

Sadie

Luka

Both dogs enjoyed exploring.

Sadie

Luka

I love the look on Sadie’s face in this picture.

Sadie and Luka

And in this one.

Sadie

Luka continued his love affair with water.

Luka

At one point he became a bit obsessed with a tennis ball.

Luka

Luka

Luka

Where was Sadie while Luka was frolicking in the stream? She was catching a quick nap in the sunshine.

Sadie snoozes

All of the park activity led to Sadie’s second favorite pastime….holding down the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sometimes Luka helps Sadie hold down the couch.

Luka

Luka is clearly not as committed as Sadie is, though. He’s been busy making friends with his new brother. (Notice how Milo’s paw is ready to bat Luka if he gets too close.)

Luka  & Milo

Speaking of Milo, I don’t believe I’ve adequately demonstrated just how adorable he can be.

Milo 2

Milo

Milo relaxes

Milo

Milo

Milo

Milo

Here’s something random I noticed the other night.

Comparing paw sizes

Sadie is not a dainty girl, but her paw is dwarfed by Luka’s paw.

Finally, some knitting…the current pair of socks.

Socks

Follow the grain in your own wood. ~Howard Thurman

We’ve had arctic cold around here lately so the dogs and I haven’t gone on any adventures. We can barely go on our daily walks. All I have to post today is a mish mash of pictures.

Sadie doing what she does best (holding down the couch).

Sadie

Photogenic Luka.

Luka

Mister No Name continues the cuteness.

Cat with no name

Cat with no name

The cats have become friends and are now hanging out together.

Boys

Finally, a new pair of socks.

socks

Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories. ~ From the movie An Affair to Remember

The arctic temperatures moved out in time for the weekend and we took advantage of it. I had some errands to run and then we ended up at the dog park.

Being cooped up in the car for a couple of hours meant they were ready to run.

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

Sadie notice Luka overtaking her

Once they burned off all that energy it was time to explore.

The stream has started to freeze.

Exploring

Both dogs enjoy exploring the ice.

Luka

Sadie explores

Luka

Sadie loves to eat snow.

Sadie loves to eat snow

Luka splashed in the freezing cold water.

Luka

Sadie preferred lying in it.

Sadie

But not for long.

Sadie shakes

Exploring the woods is always enjoyable.

Sadie

Luka

When Sadie took a break I was able to snap a nice portrait of her.

Sadie

My portrait of Luka didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped.

Sadie's tail

This one is better.

Luka winks

All of the running was exhausting. Here’s how Luka spent the evening.

Luka super close up

The kitties continue to (literally) sniff each other out.

Romeo sniffing the new guy

And I will soon have a new pair of socks.

Socks

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland

What is it about getting older that makes the years fly by? I cannot believe the sun is setting on 2010.

Sunset

2010 was a rather slow knitting year. Life was busy and I also had several weeks when I did not knit a stitch. I still managed to finish six pairs of socks.

My creation

My big knitting related accomplishment this year was my yarn diet. The last time I bought yarn was one year ago today. I didn’t think I’d be able to go a year without buying yarn, but I did. And, shockingly, after the first few months it wasn’t difficult. If I’m tempted by pretty yarn I just look at my stash and realize that I already own a ton of pretty yarn and don’t need more. I’m going to extend my yarn diet to 2011 and attempt to go two years without buying yarn.

Personally, my life hit rock bottom in March. That’s when I had to say a sudden goodbye to my sweet Kishka.

Kishka enjoys the fading sun

I miss that dog and her songs of woo every day.

Sadie lost her buddy, but other than that she had a good year in 2010.

Sadie

She lost 10 more pounds (total of 28 lbs. lost) and has become a running wonder.

Sadie

Sadie’s world was rocked a bit in April with the arrival of her little brother, Luka.

Luka boy

Sadie gets annoyed with Luka at times (he loves to play…she loves to nap…this causes conflicts), but I think she’s glad to have a partner in crime.

Running

The summer of 2010 was the summer of adventure. For the first time since my debilitating hip/back injury I felt strong enough to hike. The dogs and I logged a lot of miles on the hiking trails.

both20

The dogs enjoy the view

The highlight of our hiking adventures was the discovery of a place for the dogs to swim.

Sadie and Luka

I anticipate many hours spent there in the summer of 2011.

Romeo had a quiet year.

Romeo

Well, it was quiet until last week. He’s accepting the (still nameless) new guy better than I anticipated.

Orange Cat

There hasn’t been any snuggling or affection, but the hissing has stopped. I’m confident they will become friends in 2011.

My life has been such a roller coaster in recent years that I no longer try to imagine where each new year will take me. I have no idea where I’m going in 2011 but I’m looking forward to the journey.

Sadie leads the way

Deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was. ~ John Chambers

I have new things to blog about! (Finally.)

There is new yarn (it was a gift so my 2010 yarn diet remains intact).

Mountain Colors close up

Melody close up

I finished a pair of socks last night.

Socks

Complete details (and more pictures) are on Ravelry.

My workplace shuts down for 10 days at the end of the year so I’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out with my furry family.

I’ve found out just how much time Sadie spends sleeping on the couch.

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

To be fair, we are back to our regular walking/park activities (7 weeks after my ankle injury) so Sadie is getting a lot of exercise.

It’s been very mild here so Luka has to cool down when we return home from our walks.

Luka

Here he poses with his new stuffed cow.

Luka likes the stuffed cow

And, I caught him sleeping with his tongue sticking out.

Luka sleeping with his tongue hanging out

Finally, there is something else that’s new around here.

OC 7

I would love to do a proper introduction, but the poor guy doesn’t have a name.

Ever since Parker died 3 years ago I’ve thought about getting another cat. I didn’t know how Romeo would react, though, and didn’t want to tick him off.

About 6 months ago I decided that Romeo would be okay with it and started making periodic visits to the Humane Society. Until last week, no one caught my eye. Last week this face caught my eye and (most important) he meowed at me each time I walked past him.

OC 4

The new guy is around 3 years old and he was a stray. He has claws and this has been rather startling for the dogs.

Sadie approached the new cat like she approaches Romeo (slowly, with her tail wagging). However, she didn’t get the head nuzzle she was expecting. She got swatted across the face. If a dog can give a “what the hell?” look I believe that’s what she gave me when she ran to my side.

While Sadie is keeping her distance from the new guy, Luka is a slow learner. Here he is a few nights ago (moments before being swatted across the face):

Moments before Luka got swatted

The swat sent him looking for cover:

Luka got swatted by the cat and retreated to his crate

A short time later the cat went into Luka’s crate and chased him out. An hour or so later they declared a truce.

Luka shares his crate

If I don’t come up with a name soon this cat is going to start answering to Orange Cat. Anyone have any cool cat names to share? I’m leaning towards a couple of names but don’t know if they fit him.

OC 5

You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it. ~ Charles Buxton

:: tap tap ::

Is this thing on?

It’s been quite some time since I posted so (of course) I have a ton of pictures.

I lost my knitting mojo for several weeks, but recently found it and started knitting again. I’ve been working on two projects.

Socks:

Socks

Scarf (started last winter):

Scarf

Besides knitting and dogs, one of my passions in life is classic movies. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) recently had a traveling exhibit of movie memorabilia and it stopped in a nearby city.

This Oscar was awarded to Casablanca:

Casablanca Oscar

This costume was worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. The detail on this costume was amazing. The colors were still vibrant. It’s hard to believe this costume was used in 1921. It looks brand new.

Rudolph Valentino costume from The Sheik

This costume was worn by Christopher Plummer in The Sound Of Music. My only complaint about the exhibit is that the lighting was awful. It was impossible for me to get a good photograph of this costume. In person the dark colors of this costume ware still rich and the details are striking.

Christopher Plummer costume from The Sound of Music

This dress was worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. In the movie this dress was a vibrant blue/grey. It has definitely faded a bit and has some noticeable damage (stains and repaired rips/holes), but it’s gorgeous. The detail on the dress is stunning. The most surprising thing about the dress is that it’s corduroy! I had no idea.

Scarlett O'Hara dress from Gone With The Wind

I was driving home from work one day and spotted this:

Salvage yard fire

It turned out to be a salvage yard fire.

Salvage yard fire

I had never been this close to such a big fire and it was amazing to watch.

Salvage yard fire

No one was injured and no occupied structures were destroyed.

Salvage yard fire

It’s been a ridiculously mild fall here. We usually start getting snowstorms in October. It’s now December 12 and we haven’t had one snowstorm. It hasn’t even really snowed yet and it’s been quite warm. We even had a streak of 80 degree days in November. The dogs and I took advantage of that heatwave to hike our favorite spot.

Luka

The dogs enjoy the view

There are not many picture from that hiking trip. This is because a couple of miles into the hike I fell and twisted the hell out of my ankle. I’ve had a lot of ankle sprains in my life (I am a bit of a klutz) but this is the worst one (by far). I couldn’t walk the dogs at all for two weeks.

It’s now five weeks after The Fall. Recovery has been steady, but slow. I’m able to walk the dogs 4-5 days a week and for 40 minutes each time. (We usually walk 7 days a week for 60-90 minutes.) I’m not able to walk on uneven surfaces (only paved roads) so we haven’t even been able to go to the dog park. I’m hoping to be back at the dog park by the end of this month and back to hiking sometime next spring.

Since my walking is limited I’ve been amusing myself by taking pictures of the dogs. Sadie is absolutely adorable when she sleeps.

Sleeping Sadie

Sadie

Sadie snuggling toy

Luka hasn’t been left out of the picture taking:

Luka boy

Luka loves sleeping in his crate even when the dog bed isn’t in it (it was being washed):

Luka loves his crate

My boy is very photogenic.

Luka

Finally, if you love dogs, go here and enjoy a laugh along with Tank (although I’m not sure she’s laughing).   For her sake, I hope this winter is a short one.  :)

Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it. ~ C.S. Lewis

Summer is hanging on here in Colorado. When the dogs and I set out for our weekend adventure it was around 80 degrees and the sun was shining brightly. It was a perfect day for exploring. The only downside is that my camera is still in the repair shop so I (again) only had my iPhone for pictures (and video!).

We went back to our new favorite place. There are miles of hiking trails there and we just wandered around and enjoyed the day.

Hiking

On the trail

Besides views of the mountains some of the trails also overlook the city and the plains beyond.

Sadie and Luka

Even Luka seemed to enjoy the view.

Handsome boy

Luka enjoys the view

The highlight, of course, was the reservoir. We went there twice during our wandering and the dogs loved every minute of it.

Luka was very happy to be back in the water.

Happy Luka

Sadie swam, too.

Sadie swims

Sadie’s swimming, though, doesn’t just happen. I have to throw Milk Bones in the water for her to swim. I videotaped it this time. You can see that here.

I’m hoping to have my camera back soon so I can take some quality pictures of our adventures at this place.

I’ve made a lot of progress on the socks.

Socks

Sock wearing season is fast approaching and I can’t wait to wear the new pairs that I’ve knit since last winter.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

My camera is still in the repair shop so I’ve only had my iPhone for taking pictures. The quality isn’t great, but I have taken some pictures this week.

We had some very hot (in the 90′s) weather last weekend. Luka does not like hot weather. He would stare at me with this face like he was saying ‘please, make it stop’.

It's hot.

Sadie deals with hot weather by letting it all hang out.

She's no lady, but she sure is cute.

We went back to our new favorite spot this weekend. We did more hiking.

Heading down the trail

But the real fun happened in the water…

Luka enjoying the water

…running on the shoreline…

Dogs enjoying the day

Sadie

…and playing fetch.

Luka plays fetch

All of that fun means lots of sleeping that night.

Sadie sleeps

And a lot of dog sleeping means knitting time for me.

Socks

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finally, I have a finished project.

Socks

I’ve been knitting a pair of socks a month in 2010. However, I started these socks on Memorial Day and finished them a couple days ago. It’s been a busy summer and often it’s too hot to knit.

Socks

The yarn is Knit Picks Felici and I was happy with it. There were a few places where the yarn was white and a couple more where the color wasn’t saturated, but it’s cheap yarn so that’s okay. My other Knit Picks socks wear very well so I’m tolerant of color issues if the socks don’t fall apart.

Socks

More sock details and pictures are here.

I need to pick out yarn for my next pair of socks. I’ve been on a striped yarn kick lately, but I think I might want to break out of that.

I live near a school with a playground. A couple of weeks ago the school fenced in their playground. I was thrilled to see this because I finally have a spot near home where the dogs can run loose (our park is an hour from where we live and my yard is too small for the dogs to really run).

Sadie loves to run (while Luka sniffs every blade of grass).

Sadie

Luka also likes to run.

Luka

Luka also likes to run down the slide (I’ve got to get a better picture of this – it’s hilarious).

Luka goes down the slide

Sadie’s favorite part is the soft grass.

Sadie loves the grass

I will never use the word “ladylike” to describe my dear Sadie.

Sadie and Luka

I’m so grateful we now have this place so the dogs can run off leash more often than once a week. Running makes them happy. And that makes me happy.

Sadie girl

Luka

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