There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A new year has brought new socks:
I knit them from this blank (received in a sock blank swap):
The colors are a bit more muted that I usually go for, but I do like them a lot.
There’s been stash enhancement (some received as a gift and some bought with Christmas money):
I admit that I was hooked by the name of this color: Film Noir.
The yarn is perfect for a classic movie nerd like me. To make the yarn even cooler, it’s self striping!
I’ve had the past ten days off work. During my vacation a friend and I went to the see the Little House musical. I’m a die hard bonnethead (fan of LH and Laura Ingalls Wilder) so I expected to love it. My non-bonnethead friend also really enjoyed it. The musical was very, very well done. The cast was terrific and so were the songs. I was most pleased that the story stuck to the books (unlike the TV series). If you have a chance to see this show, I highly recommend it.
I spent the rest of my time off with my girls. There’s been bone chewing (them, not me :) ):
Lots of squirrel watching (again them, not me):
Hanging out together:
And a ton of all around cuteness:
There hasn’t been much knitting around here lately. I’ve been working too much and spend my weekends catching up on chores and spending quality time with the furry family.
When I arrive home from work I often see this:
That always brings a smile to my face after a long day.
We went to the dog park yesterday and Sadie was so happy she couldn’t stop barking with joy:
Kishka enjoyed the fresh air, too:
I recently acquired some new yarn. Now I just need to find the time to knit it:
If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~ Phil Pastoret
Fall is in the air, so it’s the perfect time for a new pair of socks to come off the needles.
These socks are called the Colorado Sunset socks. That’s because these socks began as a picture I took last spring.
A couple of days later I set out to recreate the sunset colors in yarn.
The sock blank looked promising.
The socks delivered on that promise.
Back in May, I cast on a baby blanket for a close friend of mine.
Two weekends ago, the blanket looked like this:
This was also just seven days before her baby shower.
All that week I came home from work and knit the evening away. On Saturday (the day before the shower), I knit all day and far into the night. I took a four hour break to sleep and continued knitting on Sunday morning. 30 minutes before I had to leave for the shower, I finished the blanket:
The mother loved it and it was a big hit at the shower.
I tend to procrastinate, but I’ve never cut a knitting deadline this close. I still can’t believe I finished it.
Details are on my Ravelry page.
I haven’t knit since I cast off this blanket, but I’ve been eyeing all the socks I have in progress.
I think the sock bug is about to bite me.
I’m still taking pictures! Here’s a random collection of some recent ones:
Some seriously cool sock yarn (and it’s going to stripe!):
A pink cloud at sunset:
A cool odometer reading (I warned you these pictures were random!):
Sadie had a bath today. She was not amused:
Her life isn’t all misery, though. She’s been enjoying summer:
Kishka has also been enjoying the nice weather:
She especially likes digging and then ends up with dirt on her nose:
It’s been pretty rainy here lately (well, for us, not compared to someplace like Seattle) and that has made the prairie very green and full of wildflowers:
Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today. ~ Meredith Willson, The Music Man
My camera arrived home last week and I immediately broke in the new lens by (what else?) taking pictures of the dogs:
Have you ever tried to pose a dog in front of a waterfall? It’s quite amusing (“Sit. Stay. Look pretty. Good girl. No, stay. Don’t look at the waterfall. Good girl. Stay there. Look at me. Good girl”).
The entire photo/video set is here.
I have been on a sock knitting kick for months now and lately I’ve stopped being monogamous and have been spreading my sock love around. (I guess you could say I’m a sock knitting hussy.)
These three pairs of socks are being knit from yarn that I dyed:
This pair is from a sock blank I received in a swap:
I also have a blanket freshly on the needles:
I was absolutely overwhelmed and a little gobsmacked at the comments and emails that encouraged me to continue with my photo-a-day project. Thank you so much for your kind words and the inspiration to continue. I really appreciate it and you almost talked me into continuing the project. However, I have decided not to continue the project.
I enjoyed taking a lot of photos and I did learn a lot in the short time that I took a picture every day. However, the bottom line is that the commitment the project required ended up sucking a lot of fun out of both blogging and photography. I had many days where I happily snapped a ton of pictures. But, I also had more than a few days where I absolutely didn’t feel like taking a single picture and did not enjoy the process at all.
The project did teach me something, though. Before the project I always had pictures I wanted to toss up on the blog, but I felt like if I posted a picture I needed to do a whole blog post about it and sometimes I just don’t feel like talking (seriously). This project taught me that I can just post a picture and people will find it interesting.
So, moving forward I will sometimes do a ‘proper’ blog post and sometimes I’ll just post pictures that I’ve taken.
But, before we move forward, I’m going to look back for a moment. I went through all of my photos of the day and these are my favorites: