Monthly Archives: March, 2007

A little bit of everything.

Yesterday dawned warm and sunny and this week’s Saturday sky is brought to you from Canon City:

Felicia and I were in Canon City attending the monthly meeting of Warm The World. This picture shows the finished items in the WTW inventory. The bags near the bottom are hats and scarves. The rest of it is blankets. Items on these shelves are tagged, counted and ready to be delivered.

When you look at this picture, it looks like WTW has a ton of inventory. However, when you consider that WTW supports many organizations this is not nearly enough.

This year WTW is supporting all of Fort Carson. Every baby born at the post will receive a handmade blanket from WTW. That’s estimated at 1400-1500 blankets. All of sudden these few hundred blankets in the picture don’t really seem like a lot.

WTW supplies yarn for it’s volunteers. Here is most of the WTW yarn stash:

See that empty spot in the middle? (I’ll zoom in for you.):

These are the cubbies for pink and purple yarn. WTW can’t keep these colors in stock. In fact, WTW is low on all pastel yarn. Do you have any pastel yarn around your home that you can donate? If you can, please consider sending it off to WTW. Besides yarn, WTW is also in need of gift cards for craft stores so that we can purchase yarn. If you can help, you can send any items to:

Warm the World
PO Box 1089
Canon City, CO 81215

Yesterday’s WTW meeting inspired me to throw a new scarf on the needles:

I’m calling this the Bunny Pink Scarf. It’s named after Sam’s new toy:

Shortly after Valentine’s Day I was at the store and came across a bin of stuffed animals that were 75% off. I picked up a few for the dogs. They destroy stuffed toys so quickly and I refuse to spend more than a couple of bucks on each toy. They don’t last long, but the toys see a lot of love:

All of that playing wears a girl out:

It’s a good thing I’ve got an attack cat keeping an eye on things:


Fabulous Friday.

Name two things that made you smile this week.

The antics of my dogs and several gorgeous sunsets.

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

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

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.

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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.

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:

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

Today ended with another beautiful sunset:

Summer and socks

When I made the decision to knit socks from the top down, I knew that a risk of this method is running out of yarn. Because of this, I view each pair of socks as a bit of a gamble. When I cast on I always wonder if I’ll have enough yarn. Call me crazy, but it puts a zing of excitement into each pair of socks. I haven’t knit a ton of socks, but I’ve always won the yarn gamble.



Until the Jewel socks:


This is where the socks were when I came to the end of the skein. I was originally going to do a 5″ cuff on these socks, but I got cocky and knit a 6″ cuff. Obviously, I should have listened to my first instinct.



I dove into my stash and knit on:



Jewel Socks

What: Jewel Socks
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Jewel*
Needles: size 3, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Garter Rib Pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks**

Date started: 3/8/07

Date finished: 3/14/07
Lesson Learned: None.

Destination: my feet!

* Used every bit of yarn and ran out before toe decreases were finished. Finished toes with Lion Wool in Ebony (size 1 Boye needles) and unlabeled orange yarn from my stash (size 2 Susan Bates needles).
** Pattern details: CO 64; 6″ leg; 8″ foot before toe decreases.

Ack! Please excuse the blindingly white legs. This is the first time they’ve seen the sun this year.

I adore this yarn. I would marry it if I could. It is a joy to knit and just glides off the needles. There will definitely be more Jitterbug socks in my future (but with 5″ cuffs!).

The next pair of socks will go on the needles this evening. I already have the yarn and the pattern picked out. Hmmmm….wonder what it will be…..

After a cold and snowy winter, we’ve skipped spring and have been enjoying a couple days of summer.

Puffy clouds floating by:

Dogs slobbering up the screen door window:

The hanging screen door is installed on the back door:

Dogs excavating the yard:

Playing fetch without freezing to death:

And the girls enjoying the sunshine:

The heel is turned and I’m knitting for home.

Tonight’s sunset:

When the cat’s away, the mice do play.

Or, when the ISP/laptop are broken, the hands are knitting:

I’ve been having ISP/laptop problems and couldn’t access the Internet, so all my attention was focused on these socks. They are both ready to have the heel turned. The picture does not do this yarn justice. The colors are so bright and so vivid. It’s just gorgeous.

Today was a rather dreary looking day:

Samantha decided it was a perfect day for snoozing:

The feast and nothing but the feast.

Friday’s Feast:

What is your usual bedtime? Do you like that, or would you rather it be different?

For the past few months, I’ve been a total night owl:  going to bed in the wee hours of the morning (2am-4am).  I love this sleep schedule and would keep it forever if I could.

When it comes to advice, do you give more or receive more?

Hmmmm….that’s a tough one.  I try to give advice only if I’m asked for it.  I’m also not one to ask for advice very often.  I’d have to say it’s even:  I give as much as I receive.

Describe a memorable meal you’ve had.

I’m not one to get emotionally invested in meals, so I think this is a bizarre question.  I can barely remember what I ate yesterday.   The meal that I remember the most is my most recent:  a simple dinner of grilled cheese that was shared with friends while knitting and gabbing. 

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Name a work of fiction that affected the way you think about something.

Another odd question.  When I read fiction, I tend to read fiction that is brain candy.  Nothing too serious or engaging, but enough to entertain the brain cells for a few minutes.   I’m going to cheat and answer about a non-fiction book:  From The Ashes of Sobibor rocked my world.  It caused me to reevaluate every aspect of my life.  I read this book ten years ago and I still think about it often.  

What is your favorite type of fruit juice?

Hands down, it’s orange juice.  I adore orange juice. 

The end.

The end of the day:

The end of knitting the socks:

What: Pinky Purple Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Sock Memories in the color Grandma
Needles: size 1, Susan Bates aluminum dpn’s
Pattern: My own that was inspired by Knitty’s Thuja and with technical help from Sensational Knitted Socks*

Date started: 2/22/07

Date finished: 3/8/07
Lesson Learned: None.

Destination: my feet!

* Pattern details: CO 72; 5″ leg; 8″ foot before toe decreases.

Kish isn’t impressed with either:

Colors, socks and puppies.

The pinky purple socks are coming along nicely. One is ready for the toe and the other is well past the heel:

Waiting in the wings is my newly acquired yarn:

I took the girls for a walk at sunset this evening. I didn’t take my camera and the sunset was spectacular. It started out with a soft pink sky, then everything turned golden and by the time I arrived home, it looked like this:

The walk wore out the girls. When we arrived home, they both tried to play with a toy but immediately fell asleep:

On the road again.

Today was a spectacular Colorado day.   It was cold and windy, but there was not one cloud in the sky:

Felicia and I hit the road to Pueblo this morning.  Our destination:

Colorado Fiber Arts is the newest yarn store in this neck of the woods.  I was very excited about this road trip because I was hoping that this yarn store would be better than the yarn stores in Colorado Springs. 

I was not disappointed.  Colorado Fiber Arts is now my favorite LYS.  They are well lit, have plenty of space, great prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of yarn, notions and patterns.  On top of all that, they are supporters of Warm The World.  Colorado Fiber Arts is everything that the four LYSs in Colorado Springs are not. 

I didn’t even think of taking pictures in the store, but Felicia did and you can find them here.  I did, however, take a picture of what I brought home:

That bright blue yarn is going on the needles as soon as I decide on the pattern.

Today I was telling Felicia about my poor man’s swift:

It works better than you might expect.  My only problem came the first time I used it.  I wasn’t paying attention to how fast I was winding the yarn and the shade flew off the lamp.   Flying lampshades + sleeping dogs = freaked out dogs. 

The pinky purple socks are coming along:

The nights have been quite cold lately.  Kishka has to be sure to keep her nose warm:


 A gorgeous sunset finished off a wonderful day:

Flapping and feasting.

The socks. They have heel flaps.

I should be farther along on these socks, but I ran into technical difficulties. While knitting the first heel flap I was totally engrossed in an episode of Man Moment Machine. When the show ended, I looked at the heel flap and discovered that it was totally mucked up. I’m not quite sure what I did, but the stitch pattern was not what I thought I was knitting. So, I had to rip it and start over.

Friday’s are for feasting:

What does the color pink make you think of?
Rosy cheeks on a cold winter day.

Name something you thought you had lost, but later found.
The green and white checked blanket that was on my bed while I was growing up. A few years after I left home, I asked my mother to send it to me. She couldn’t find it and we assumed it had been lost to the sands of time. A couple of years later, she came to visit me in Colorado and surprised me with the blanket. She had found it packed away in the basement and it was one of the best gifts I have ever received. The blanket is torn and tattered and I don’t even use it anymore because it’s in such horrible shape (one tug by a dog and it would be dust). However, I like knowing that it’s stowed safely away and there whenever I want to see it.

In 3 words, describe this past week.
Lack of sleep.

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What are you obsessed with?

What kind of perfume or cologne do you like to wear?
I don’t own perfume. This admission may require me to turn in one of my X chromosomes, but I’ve never been a perfume kind of girl.

Now, for more Kishka Chronicles. Besides taking forever to eat her meals, she also like to flip her food bowl.

This habit of hers can actually be quite adorable. It’s also maddening because I’m always stepping on dog kibble.

I took the girls with me today while I ran errands. They both love the car, so it was quite a treat for them. When we arrived home, Samantha tried to chew on her Nylabone, but immediately fell asleep: