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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

A long time ago (March 2009) I dyed this sock blank:

88/365:  Today's dyeing adventure.

I immediately cast on the socks.

I loved the socks while I was knitting them, but it took me 28 months to finish them.

Socks

Fittingly, I cast off on Independence Day.

Milo was overcome with joy.

Finished socks

I put the socks on for their photo-shoot and (if I may be bold) I think they look fantastic.

Socks

Looks can be deceiving, though. The socks are so tight I can hardly get them over my heel. I fear that if I wear them I will blow a hole in the heel (as I’ve done with two other pairs of super tight hand knit socks in recent months).

That’s right, I spent 28 months knitting these socks and they don’t fit.

:: sigh ::

Luckily, my mother’s feet are two sizes smaller than mine and she likes pink. When she’s in town later this month I will give them to her.

Until then, Milo thinks they make a stylish pillow.

Milo likes the new socks

I have been bucked off the sock knitting horse but I’m going to get right back in the saddle. This yarn is going on the needles next:

Sock blank

The kitties enjoy sitting in front of the door and watching the birds play in the dogs’ water bowl. The birds are about three feet in front of the cats in this picture and they were both cackling like crazy.

Romeo and Milo watch the birds

As always, full details for the socks can be seen on the Ravelry page .

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. ~ Oscar Wilde

Summer has definitely arrived in my neck of the woods. The dogs and I headed out very early yesterday morning so we could hike before the heat set in.

Hitting the trail

We missed a couple of walks last week so running was the main activity.

Sadie and Luka

The heat quickly arrived so we took a couple of breaks along the trail.

Taking a break

Our breaks allowed me to photograph the gorgeous day.

Where we're heading

Where we were

Some of the cactus (cacti?) were blooming.

Flowering cactus

The reservoir was a welcome relief from the hot weather.

Keeping cool

We missed a couple of our walks last week because I was busy purchasing a new (used) car. For the past eight years I’ve driven a Saturn sedan. I loved that car and it was always solid as a rock (nothing other than routine maintenance). However in the past few months it started having major issues. Considering the car had 172,000 miles on it I had to face reality and get something different.

As much as I loved that car, it was not good for hauling dogs. The tiny back seat meant that Sadie and Luka (and every other dog I’ve owned) had to contort themselves whenever we went for a ride. As I started looking for a new vehicle my main consideration (beyond the obvious price, mileage and safety) was to get something that was more comfortable for the dogs. (I think picking out a car based on canine comfort officially qualifies me for the Crazy Dog Lady Club.)

Mission accomplished.

Riding in style

We took the new car hiking this weekend. On the way home I turned around at a stoplight and saw this:

Turned around at a stop light and saw this.

I think they like it.

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

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

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~ Anne Bradstreet

It was another spectacular weekend here. Sadie and I spent time at our favorite park.

View from park

We walked across the fields.

Sadie

Sadie urged me to stop taking pictures and walk faster.

Hi

We climbed the hill…

Sadie on hill

…and I sat on this bench on top of the hill.

Bench on top of hill

Sadie sat beside me.

Sadie

We both enjoyed the view.

View from top of the hill

We made our way down the hill and went to Sadie’s favorite spot: the stream. Sadie immediately got comfortable.

Sadie

A few minutes later a lot of other dogs showed up.

Stream full of dogs

Then the playing began.

Chase

Chase

Much to Sadie’s delight, another dog decided to play Chase with her.

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie

Sadie and friend playing

Sadie and friend

After the game it was time for a cold drink.

Enjoying the cold water

A quick nap in the sun…

Sadie

… and a real nap under a tree.

Sadie

If Sadie could give the day two paws up, she would.

Sadie

The latest pair of socks are going very, very slowly. This is how far I’ve gotten.

yarn

Hopefully I’ll have actual socks to show off next weekend.

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Kishka had a vet appointment yesterday and I had him look at her leg. I thought she hurt it at the park last week (she’s had a heck of a limp all week). It turns out she has a severe case of arthritis in one of her knees. It’s so severe that if she were a younger dog (Kish is around 10 years old), my vet would recommend a knee replacement. Because of Kish’s age, it’s about management of pain.

Kish has new food (with lots of joint friendly supplements) and a bottle of pain pills. Her days of fetch are over (too much stress on the knee due to the sudden stops and starts).

The park, however, is still in the picture so we spent part of our weekend there.

The girls went exploring together:

Girls

They looked for squirrels:

Kishka looks for squirrels

Sadie looks up

They were very excited to see that part of the stream was unfrozen so that they could go splashing:

Girls in stream

Sadie was so happy that she couldn’t stop barking with joy:

Sadie barks

Some of the stream thawed and was flowing throw the frozen parts of the stream:

Water flowing through frozen stream

I sat on this log and took pictures:

Log over frozen stream

Sadie loves to play Chase. Kishka does not play Chase. She never has (Max and Sam used to play it and would try to get her to join them) and Sadie has learned to not even try to engage her.

When we go to the park Sadie always looks for dogs who will play with her. On this day she was successful:

Sadie and friend

Sadie with flying ears

Sadie having fun

Sadie runs

Sadie runs

Chase makes Sadie very happy:

Sadie is happy

Kishka enjoyed exploring the frozen parts of the stream:

Kish on ice

Kishk on ice

Wooing at her sister (she loves to order Sadie around):

Kishka wooing behind Sadie

And drinking the ice cold water:

Kishka enjoys the cold water

We all enjoyed relaxing on the bank above the stream:

Girls hanging out above the stream

I had a comment a few posts ago about how svelte Sadie is looking. Since I see her everyday, her weight loss isn’t as noticeable to me. I know she’s lost weight, but I tend to focus on how much more she has to lose.

I went back to one of the first pictures I ever took of her back in March of 2008.

Here’s what she looked like then:

Sadie

And yesterday:

Sadie sits

Wow. Those 18 lbs. she’s lost have really made a difference! She still has more to lose (which will be made tougher with Kishka’s limitations on exercise), but she has come a long way. Even if she doesn’t lose another pound, she is much healthier than she was when I adopted her.

I’m making slow but steady progress on the Film Noir socks.

Film Noir socks

I had a question about who makes this yarn. It’s by Sweet Paprika. They have a website and also sell through The Loopy Ewe.   I’m a sucker for self striping yarn and will definitely be buying more colors of this yarn.  It’s even more gorgeous in person and is a joy to knit.

:: cue gratuitous yarn p0rn shot ::

Film Noir close up

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus (341 BC – 270 BC)

There has been stash enhancement:

Ladybug

Tiger

I bought this yarn (and the yarn in the last post) in 2009 because I’ve set a goal for 2010: I want to knit entirely from my stash this year and not buy any more yarn.  I have so much gorgeous sock yarn (and it’s all documented on Ravelry if you care to check it out :) ).  I need to use it and appreciate it so 2010 is the year of Sock Knitting From My Stash.   I’m posting about it here to keep myself accountable.   

One exception:   this does not count my current credit at The Loopy Ewe.    I can spend that credit this year, but that’s it.

After ten days at home I had some separation anxiety when I returned to work on Monday. When I came home I saw this:

Waiting for me

Sadie continues her love of being upside down:

Upside down

I watched a news program at the end of last year and one reporter declared the last decade as the time in history when technology took the biggest leap forward. I agree with him.

I was thinking about this the other night when I was lying in bed browsing the internet on my phone. I have an app on my phone that hooks into web cams around the world. I was watching scenes (live or close to it) from around the world while lying warm and cozy in my bed. I was also able to capture what I was seeing and here are my two favorite pictures from that night.

I watched the sun rise over the mountains in Austria:

And then I watched the sun rise in Paris:

What a wonderful world.

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ~ Josh Billings

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:

In summer, the song sings itself. ~ William Carlos Williams

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!):

Close up

A pink cloud at sunset:

Sunset

A cool odometer reading (I warned you these pictures were random!):

Cool odometer reading

Sadie had a bath today. She was not amused:

Sadie is not amused.

Her life isn’t all misery, though. She’s been enjoying summer:

Sadie

Kishka has also been enjoying the nice weather:

Kishka keeps an eye on something

She especially likes digging and then ends up with dirt on her nose:

Kishka with a dirty 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:

Summer on the prairie

Green prairie

Wildflowers

Day 130: Shades of pink.

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