Category Archives: Vacation Hoodie

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs

Is it just me or did 2008 just fly by?  It seems like I was just posting my farewell to 2007 and it’s already time to bid 2008 goodbye.

All in all, 2008 was a pretty good year (for both knitting and my life in general).

I finally found my sock mojo:

And, I developed some sweater mojo:

I should be finishing another sweater soon:

I knit a bunch of wash/dishcloths:

And, I knit something I needed:

The highlight of 2008 was definitely finding Sadie.  She is such a joy to have around and I firmly believe that she was destined to be my dog.

Unfortunately, I did experience heartbreak again this year.  I had to say goodbye to my beloved Samantha.    My big wish for 2009 is to get through the year without any of my pets dying.   (It’s been a rough couple of years.)

Since I detail all of my projects on Ravelry, I’ve decided to do something different with this blog (well, at least for 2009).   For the next 365 days, I am going to take one picture a day and post it here.    I’ve decided I want to challenge myself to look more closely at the world around me and also to document each day in my life.    I have no idea what I’ll find to photograph each day, but I’ll figure it out.  I also want to experiment with Picnik and discover more of their editing tools (I tend to use the same ones over and over).      I’ll still do knitting posts from time to time, but for the most part this blog is going to become a picture blog.

Happy New Year!

Don’t you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work. ~ Gallagher

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started this thing.  Since I’m documenting the heck out of my knitting projects over at Ravelry, I haven’t felt the need to blog my knitting details here anymore.

I’m considering changing the focus of this blog for 2009.  I enjoy blogging (and looking back on old blog posts – they always jog a lot of memories), but there’s no need to repeat what I post on Ravelry, so this blog may evolve from being a knitting blog to being something else.

Speaking of knitting, there has been a lot of it!

The arrival of snow motivated me to knit a Dog Walking Hat:

The hat is AMAZING.  I knit it out of Cascade 220 (both regular and Superwash) and it’s like a furnace on my head.   I love it!

Changing up how I knit socks (from top down on dpn’s to toe up on Magic Loop) inspired me and I knocked off five pairs of socks.

This is my first pair of toe up/Magic Loop socks:

The next pair is knit out of my new favorite sock yarn, Kaleidoscope Superwash Sock Yarn from Blue Ridge Yarns:

This pair is knit out of Opal’s Harry Potter line in the Hedwig colorway:

I do love these socks, but calling this a Hedwig colorway is bullshit.  I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies and I don’t recall a blue/green owl making an appearance.

Like many sock knitters, I joined the sock blank dyeing craze.   This blank:

Turned into these socks:

And finally, these socks were knit from one of the first balls of sock yarn I ever purchased (at least three years ago):

The sock obsession soon morphed into sweater knitting.  I’ve never been a sweater knitter, but now I’m obsessed.

Baby sweater for my best friend’s newborn son:

Around this time last year I started a Central Park Hoodie.   It knit up quickly, but then I got distracted (and frustrated with how to knit the collar and buttonbands).  I picked it up again last week and it’s finally finished.  And it fits!   (This is the first sweater I’ve ever knit for me, so I was afraid it wouldn’t fit.)

Here are the bones of my Weekend Sweater.  It’s blocking now and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I’ll be swatching for my next sweater tonight.   The yarn is waiting for me:

Details for all of the knits can be found on my Ravelry page.

My furry family has all been doing well.   Here’s Romeo watching  the dogs:

Kishka and Sadie’s relationship continues to flourish:

The three of us did a lot of hiking this fall:

Sadie especially loves chilling out in the stream:

Colorado scenery never ceases to amaze me, even after living here for 11 years.

Here’s an early morning shot of Pikes Peak:

And some high country shots from my trip to Vail in October:

I can’t really explain it, but this is one of my favorite ‘scenery’ pictures that I’ve taken this year:

And this picture is one of my favorite critter pictures I’ve taken this year:

Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement. ~ Charles M. Schulz (1922 – 2000), (Snoopy)

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Sadie. I’m always amazed how many comments my dog related posts receive. It makes me feel better about my lack of knitting content.

Speaking of lack of knitting content, I’m afraid it’s going to continue for the foreseeable future. I just don’t have much time to knit anymore. I usually have only an hour or two to knit each week, sometimes less.

My Central Park Hoodie has been frogged back again. Kishka sums up my current feelings about this project:

I do have a plan in place to fix this sweater but since spring is here, I’m just hoping to finish it by next winter.

When I have been knitting, I’ve been knitting on my third Log Cabin Blanket:

Sadie continues to settle into my furry family.

Some might even say she’s already spoiled:

I’m discovering new Sadie quirks almost every day. She likes to sleep like this:

Then when I call her name I get this face:

Her visit to the vet revealed that she weights 116 lbs. She should weigh around 80 lbs. Needless to say, we are doing a lot of walking.

The walking is followed by a lot of water drinking:

I caught Kishka sitting like this the other night:

It looks like all she needs is a beer and the remote control.

Energy and persistence conquer all things. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Last night, I seamed up my Vacation Hoodie. Then I tried it on and the nagging feeling that I’ve had for a few weeks smacked me in the head. The hood isn’t right. Sure, the sweater looks fine:

But it looks awful on me. The hood completely ruins how the sweater fits and how it drapes. Everything else looks great, but that damn hood mucked up the whole thing.

I wasn’t sure about the hood from day one and I should have left it off and knit a collar instead. I’m planning a hoodectomy for the sweater and will start that as soon as I work up my nerve (and maybe have a drink or two).

With the notable exception of the hood, I love this sweater and already have the yarn for my next Central Park Hoodie (without a hood):

Taking that simple picture of this yarn was harder than you might think:

It’s a good thing she’s so adorable:

My faithful watchdog (she’s looking out the front window):

I don’t want to live in a world where I have to eat sugar-free sugar cookies. ~ Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

If you live in the U.S. and have seen the news lately, you’ve probably heard about this year’s wicked flu bug. I lost about a week of knitting time thanks to this flu. It knocked me on my back for several days and even though I feel fine now, I’m still exhausted. The moral of my story: I’m getting a flu shot next year. :)

The Vacation Hoodie is almost finished. I’m blocking the button band now:

All that’s left is seaming and sewing on the buttons. The blow by blow details of this project are on Ravelry.

I started my next sweater. This one is a pullover and this is the back piece:

I also have a scarf on the needles:

The girls have been sharing the chair in front of the window lately:

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves. ~ Lynn Hall

I’m making steady progress on my Vacation Hoodie. The hood is almost done and the sleeves are blocking (excuse the shoddy pictures…..they were taken indoors at night):

The majority of my knitting these days is being done while enjoying TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar. I say this every year, but I have got to get a bigger Tivo. There just isn’t enough space to record all the fantastic movies. I love seeing my favorite movies (Casablanca, The Philadelphia Story) and discovering new favorites (like Hold Your Man). In terms of movies, I was definitely born about 50 years too late. Give me Grant, Gable or Bogie over any of the movie stars out there today.

My girls are still doing what they do best:

The other day I snapped a picture of Samantha and I think it’s my favorite picture I’ve ever taken of her (and I’ve taken a lot!):

Joy is not in things; it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner

Going back to work after my holiday break has put a serious damper on my knitting progress. My Central Park Hoodie was flying off the needles during my vacation. Now I’m back at work and I got hit with a killer cold so progress has pretty much ground to a halt. I have finished (and blocked) both the front pieces and the back pieces. I also finished the first sleeve tonight (this picture was taken yesterday):

I’m chronicling step by step progress of this sweater on its Ravelry page.

I find few advantages of being up and on the road at sunrise, but I do enjoy seeing things like Pikes Peak just after sunrise:

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

Before I bid 2007 a fond farewell, let’s take a quick look at what I knit during this year. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was fond of knitting pairs this year…..

A pair of blankets:

A pair of unfortunate felted items:

Two pairs of fingerless mitts:

A pair of hats (and then realized I hate to knit hats):

Sing it with me…..FIVE KNITTED SCARVES……

And finally (drum roll, please), thirteen pairs of socks!

I don’t set goals (knitting or otherwise) for the new year, but my current knitting plan is to finish my Central Park Hoodie:

It’s New Year’s Eve and I am very happy to bid goodbye to 2007. In regards to the quote in this post’s title: tonight, I will staying up to make sure 2007 leaves. There’s no two ways about it. This year has sucked. It has been the worst of my life.

I said goodbye to my Michigan Kitty and to my Once In A Lifetime dog. I miss both of them every single day. However, I can look at pictures/videos of them and smile. I’m so lucky to have had such wonderful animals in my life.

Also this year, I learned that the disease that struck down Max is also stalking Samantha. Samantha is doing okay. The recent bout of cold weather has been tough on her, but hopefully it warms up soon.

I’ve been battling hip and back problems for most of this year. However, there is some good news about this. My hip problems have completely healed. My back problem, however, will likely continue for the rest of my life. But, there is good news about this (really). To keep my back pain at bay, I have to work out every other day. I never would have predicted this. I am soooo not a ‘working out’ kind of girl, but it keeps me out of pain, so I do it religiously. I don’t enjoy it (in fact, I hate nearly every second of it), but I do it and I feel fantastic.

There have been other horrible things that have happened this year (which I haven’t blogged about). Thankfully, there are good things happening as a result of these bad things, too.

I am hopeful that 2008 will not just be a lot better than 2007, but will be a fantastic year.

Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything. ~ Floyd Dell

Back in September, I finished my Pink Clouds socks. At the time I talked about how the yarn (Claudia’s Handpainted) didn’t seem that special to me. After three months of living with the socks, this yarn is on my ‘never again’ list. I wear these socks once a week or once every two weeks. They’ve always been hand washed. And, yet, they look like hell. The color is fading/wearing off the bottom of the socks and they are pilling like mad. I am so disappointed in this yarn. The cost for this pair of socks was $22.

At first, I thought I might be expecting too much from my socks. But then I remembered my Pinky Purple socks. I’ve worn these socks weekly since March and they are also hand washed. They have some slight pilling on the foot, but that’s it. They look nearly brand new. The yarn for these socks was Knit Picks Sock Memories. The cost for this pair of socks was $6. The old saying “you get what you pay for” does not apply to sock yarn.

I am enjoying my vacation from work this week. I’m watching a ton of movies on TCM and knitting a Central Park Hoodie. This is my first sweater ever and I am intimidated as hell. But, I’m knitting on and figuring stuff out as I go. So far, so good:

The girls have been lounging around:

Sam’s been keeping an eye on the kitty:

Kishka fell asleep like this last night:

She’s also gotten really tired of all the pictures I’m taking:

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~ Doug Larson

My re-knit Tropical Monkey socks are still way too big for me. I’m sick of these socks and never want to see (or knit) them again, so I’m giving them to a knitting friend who will appreciate them (and who has bigger feet than mine!).

Several weeks ago I cast on for a new pair of socks, but I’ve never posted a picture of them:

I also started a new scarf:

I’m on vacation from work until January 2nd and I have big knitting plans:

Kishka has been enjoying the latest stuffed bunny:

Finally, a picture of what my girls were doing when I left for work yesterday:

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