Category Archives: Berry Pink

New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

I said this about last year, but I can’t believe I’m already looking back on 2009. It was another fast year and another year full of knitting.

I finished a sweater this year:

Cozy new sweater

Sadly, I haven’t worn it because the yarn grew a lot and it’s just too big. At some point I plan on ripping it out and using the yarn for a different sweater. (I adore this shade of green.)

I knit a blanket for a friend’s baby:

Close up

I knit a dog walking hat for a friend’s husband:

Hat

2009 was mostly the year of socks. I spent the first half of the year unemployed and I spent most of that time (when I wasn’t job hunting) knitting socks:

I have more socks on the needles.

This pair is almost finished:

Socks

I’m anxious to finish these socks because I love the color:

Socks

I’m also anxious to finish these socks because I love this pattern and this yarn:

Finished sock

I started this scarf and hope to finish it by next winter (I’m back to being obsessed with socks so it’s taken a back seat):

Scarf

I started out the new year with my 365 project and the intent to document the year by posting one picture every day. I lasted 139 days before my camera broke. When the camera was repaired I had lost interest in the project. So, 2009 taught me that I’m not as interested in photography as I thought I was. I do like to take pictures, but (if forced to make a choice) I would rather do other things.

When I did my end-of-the-year post on 12/31/08, I had one big wish for 2009: to get through the year without any of my pets dying. I’m happy to say that my wish came true.

Sadie has lost 18 lbs. since I adopted her and has discovered that she loves to run:

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Sadie hauls butt at the dog park

Kishka spent a lot of time this year doing the things that she loves most.

Rolling in the grass:

Kishka mid roll

Keeping the tennis ball away from Sadie:

Kishka looks behind her

And digging holes (note the dirty nose):

Kishka with a dirty nose

What did Romeo do this year? He bossed around his sisters and surveyed his kingdom.

Romeo

I’ll end this post (and this year) with one of my very favorite pictures. It was taken in the car on the way home from the dog park. They were both exhausted.

Uploaded from iPhone

Cheery socks to brighten up a dreary day.

Today’s Saturday Sky was not pretty:

And the ground looked even worse:

I made the most of the weather by finishing a pair of socks.

Berry Pink Socks

What: Berry Pink Socks
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash: less than 1 skein of 807 (Raspberry) and small amount of 850 (Lime Sherbet)
Needles: size 4, Inox
Pattern: YO Cable adapted from Sensational Knitted Socks*

Date started: 3/14/07

Date finished: 4/8/07

Lesson Learned: 1 – This was my first time using Inox needles and I really liked them. 2 – This pattern was very enjoyable: simple and easy to memorize.

Destination: my feet!

* The pattern in the book is written for toe up socks with a short row heel and toe. I rewrote the pattern for a cuff down sock with heel flap. CO 50. 4.5″ leg and 8″ before toe decreases.

Feasting on socks.

Today’s Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
When you travel, which mode of transportation do you prefer?

I usually travel by plane because I’m short on time. I like the speed of flight, but I love seeing the scenery when I travel so I would prefer to drive or take a train.

Soup
Have you ever met a blogging friend in person?

No, but I hope to someday.

Salad
When was the last time you were really, really tired?

Last Saturday. I arrived home after the Quilt and Stitch Expo and crashed for several hours.

Main Course
If you could have dinner with any one fictional character from a book or movie, who would it be?

Ack. I don’t like questions like this. I can separate fact from fiction, thankyouverymuch.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: One day, I hope to see _______________.

One day, I hope to see my name on a mortgage. I really like my little rental home, but I long to paint the walls and have a bigger yard.

Yesterday I cast on for a new pair of socks with this yarn:

Then, I looked at my sock bin and got distracted by the Berry Pink socks:

I tried to include Kish in the yarn photo shoot but she really wasn’t interested:

She’d rather sit around and look pretty:

Photo Friday

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?

Brian Williams. I’ve liked him ever since he had his own news show on MSNBC. I watch his Nightly News every night and read his blog. He’s the only anchor/reporter I can watch and feel like he/she knows what he/she is talking about. (Katie Couric I’m looking at you.)

Soup
Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.

Chicken, strawberries and peroigoes.

Salad
If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?

Ack. I don’t like these silly questions.

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?

1776. I’m going to start it tonight.

Dessert
What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?

If I’m close to him, the eyes. If it’s from a distance, the chest and arms.

Another scarf flew on and off the needles in less than 24 hours:

Green and Blue Scarf

What: Green and Blue Scarf
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky: One full skein of Circus
Needles: size 10, Knit Picks Options
Pattern:
Diagon-alley Scarf

Date started: 3/22/07

Date finished: 3/22/07

Dimensions: 3.75″ x 44″, including fringe

Lesson Learned: None. I still love this yarn.

Destination: Warm The World

I knit a bit more on the Pastel Rainbow socks:

I like how this pattern looks, but knitting it is boring me out of my skull.

So, I knit a little on the Berry Pink socks:

Parker likes to strike a pose on the back of the couch:

While Romeo prefers to curl up in his blanket:

Samantha’s love affair with the pink bunny continues:

Kishka finally got a chance to play with the bunny while Samantha was sleeping:

Kishka also kept a close eye on me:

The girls practiced synchronized sleeping:

A gorgeous afternoon:

morphed into another sensational sunset:

Fabulous Friday.

Appetizer
Name two things that made you smile this week.

The antics of my dogs and several gorgeous sunsets.

Soup
Fill in the blank: Don’t you hate it when ________?

Don’t you hate it when people let their dogs run loose?

Salad
When you can’t go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullabyland?

This doesn’t happen to me very often. When it does, I often daydream.

Main Course
What is something about which you’ve always wondered but have not yet found a good answer?

I believe everything happens for a reason, but there are a couple of things in my life that I haven’t figured out what that reason may be.

Dessert
What is your favorite pasta dish?

My mom’s lasagna.

I think Kishka looks like she is smiling in this picture:

And here she is, caught in mid sentence:

Kish was very chatty today and I managed to catch some of it on film:

If the video won’t load from the blog, the direct link is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pby17dqcf4Y

The new socks are on the needles. They are Berry Pink:

Today ended with another beautiful sunset:

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