Category Archives: Socks

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

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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

Each moment in time we have it all, even when we think we don’t. ~ Melody Beattie

The heat returned this weekend so we arrived at the park early to beat the heat. It was a gorgeous day.

View

View

We spent most of our time by the stream.

Stream

Sadie enjoyed lying in the cold water.

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Luka spent his time exploring the stream.

Luka in the stream

Luka

Luka enjoys the stream

Luka going after the tennis ball

We also walked through the cool woods.

Exploring

Flower

Park days are the best days of the week.

Sadie

Luka actually slept on the way home.

Luka snoozes on the way home

Sadie spent the afternoon snoozing with the stuffed bear.

Sadie

Luka snuggled the same bear later in the evening.

Luka sleeping with bear

It was a quiet night around my house. Both socks now have heels.

Socks

There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home; they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego. ~ Janet Schulman

What a difference a week makes.

Last week at the park the dogs and I struggled to stay cool. This week it was 50 degrees colder and the sun was not a factor.

Foggy day

In many ways, I prefer this kind of weather for the park. It’s not nearly as nice for me, but I can let the dogs run to their hearts’ content and not worry about them getting too hot.

Luka about to run up the hill

Sadie runs

We did a lot of exploring this week. We walked through the woods.

Sadie in the woods

We wandered through the fields.

Luka explores the field

And someone found yummy stuff to roll in.

Luka rolls in something

They also posed nicely for pictures.

Sadie

Luka

Sadie

One thing I love about adopting a new dog is discovering who he/she is and the quirks of his/her personality. Luka continues to show his uniqueness. When he’s on land, he’s not that interested in tennis balls. He’ll sometimes play with one at home, but he doesn’t fetch. However, once he gets in the stream he starts hunting for tennis balls.

Luka climbing down waterfall

He’s persistent.

Luka looks for a ball

And always successful.

Luka found a ball!

Once he finds the ball he start playing fetch with himself (dropping the ball and then chasing it down the stream).

Luka going for the tennis ball

I love to watch him do this. I think Sadie enjoys it, too.

Sadie looks at Luka

You can watch, too. I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video in this post, but you can see it here.

Sadie is always exhausted after our trips to the park, but Luka usually takes a short nap and is ready to play an hour or so after we arrive home. This week I made sure we walked more than we usually do. Finally, Luka was tired when we got home.

Luka pooped from the dog park

He slept all evening. Victory!

I was able to work on my socks without interruption.

Socks

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Our trip to the park this week can be summed up in one word: hot. We did a little bit of walking through the fields.

Sadie and Luka

Luka dawdled behind me at one point and then raced to catch up.

Luka

We spent most of our time in the woods by the stream.

Trail

The dogs chased each other.

Luka chases Sadie

Sadie

And ran around by themselves, too.

Sadie

Luka

Luka explored the rocks.

Luka on the rocks

And they both enjoyed cooling off in the water.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie was soaked (and kept wanting to snuggle me so I was soaked, too).

Sadie

She wanted to keep playing, but she was very tired.

Sadie

She dug a hole in the dirt and rested.

Sadie

Luka rested in the shade, too.

Luka

We had a lot of fun and the heat was exhausting. After we arrived home we all fell asleep. (Sadie got a head start: she slept the entire drive home.)

Finally, there are new socks on the needles.

Socks

Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting. ~ Anonymous

The weather over the weekend was fantastic. It was one of those gorgeous days at the park that took my breath away.

View

One of my favorite things about Colorado is the sky. From time to time, I have people email/comment to ask if I alter the color of the sky in some of my pictures to make it so blue. I do not. The sky here really that blue. This picture shows it and I love the contrast of the green and blue in this picture.

Green and blue

The wind was manageable this week so we were able to explore more of the park.

View

We walked through fields.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

We climbed the hill.

Climbing the hill

And enjoyed the view from the top.

Overlook

Sadie enjoyed a rest in the sun.

Sadie

We walked through the woods.

Sadie

At one point, Sadie spotted something in a tree.

Luka - There's something in this tree!

She encouraged Luka to take a look, too.

Do you see it, Luka?

But, the dogs’ favorite spot was the stream.

Sadie and Luka.  Well, Luka's butt.

I love how Sadie plows through the water with wild abandon.

Sadie

Luka continued to enjoy drinking from waterfalls.

Drinking out of the waterfall

I’ve tried playing fetch with Luka, and he’s not really into it. He’ll fetch sometimes, but most of the time he just watches the ball fly through the air and then walks away.

However, he found a ball in the stream and really liked it. In fact, he played fetch with himself. He’d toss the ball around.

Tossing the ball

Then he’s watch it fall.

Luka plays fetch with himself

He’d paw at the ball.

I'm pawing at the tennis ball

Then he’d pick it up.

Going for my ball!

And start all over again.

Got the ball!

This happened near the end of the time at the park and Sadie was tired. She climbed out of the water and took a nap.

Tired

Luka was tired, too. This is how he fell asleep on the way home. (It’s hard to see, but he’s actually sitting on Sadie.)

Luka is weird, part 2

The way he fell asleep is further evidence that Luka is weird. I had my first evidence earlier in the week when I lost Luka. I lost him in my house. That may not sound too odd, but I live in a very small house (700 sq. feet) and losing a dog of Luka’s size in a such a small place was very strange. I found him tucked behind the couch.

The backside of Luka

I hadn’t even thought to look there because it’s such a small space. I store a lot of stuff behind my couch (my home has no storage space) and I didn’t think a cat, let alone a 100lbs. dog could fit back there. But he can fit and evidently he likes it there.

Luka is weird, part 1

I have socks!

socks

More details and pictures are here.

Finally, for those of us in the U.S., it’s Memorial Day. I’m enjoying my day off work, but I realize that it came at a horrible price. Thank you.

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor

The socks have heel flaps!

Socks

And since I took this picture they also have heel turns.

Today marks four weeks since Luka came home. He’s learned his name and often does this when I say his name (I love dogs that tilt their heads.)

I tip my head when you say my name.

When I went looking for a new dog, I hoped that I would get one that liked to play. I found one that loves to play.

Luka always starts by chewing softly on Sadie’s feet.

Sadie and Luka

When Sadie gets sick of it she jumps him.

Sadie and Luka

And the wrestling begins.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

After a week of cold and dreary weather the clouds parted (briefly) for our trip to the park.

Foothills

This week there was a lot of splashing.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

Luka

Luka found a deep part in the stream.

Luka

Luka

Sadie preferred to hang out while Luka explored.

Sadie and Luka

She loves the water.

Sadie

The dogs did a lot of running.

Sadie and Luka

Luka

We climbed the rocky hill.

Sadie and Luka

We spent a lot of time in the woods.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie likes that, too.

Sadie

Sadie also kept an eye out for squirrels.

Sadie

We walked about four miles at the park. The last mile was in the rain. We arrived home soaked, but had this waiting for us.

Rainbow

This afternoon I looked outside and saw Luka sleeping like this.

Luka lets it all hang out

Weirdo.

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back. ~ Arthur Rubinstein

Spring has sprung.

Spring

The blossoms have appeared at the park.

Spring

After a winter of brown the park is finally turning green. That means there are a lot of wonderful things to sniff.

Sadie and Luka

It was a gorgeous day at the park. I took a leap of faith and let Luka off the leash the entire time we were there. He was a very good boy and came back every time I called for him. He also stayed relatively close to me (not as close as Sadie, but close enough that I didn’t worry).

Sadie and Luka led the way on the main walking trail.

Sadie and Luka

We also went off the main trail to climb one of the hills.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

We all enjoyed the view from the top.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs explored the woods together.

Sadie and Luka

And, of course, there was a lot of splashing in the stream.

Sadie and Luka

Sadie and Luka

At one point, Luka was darting in and out of a waterfall. Sadie and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing.

Sadie and Luka

Then it became clear: he was trying to drink the falling water.

Sadie and Luka

The dogs enjoyed running together.

Sadie and Luka

They ran separately.

Sadie

Luka

And they played chase with other dogs (I love how Sadie and Luka are each chasing a different dog).

Sadie and Luka playing chase

All of the running meant they slept the whole way home.

Sadie and Luka crashed after the dog park

The feet of the socks are done. The stripes aren’t as close as the last pair, but I still love them.

Socks

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