Monthly Archives: July, 2007

Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today. ~ Meredith Willson, (The Music Man)

It’s been awhile, but I finally finished something:

Warm The World Hat #1

What: Warm The World Hat #1
Yarn: Unknown from Warm The World stash
Needles: size 8 dpn’s

Pattern: Seamans’ Cap, kind of*

Date started: 7/27/07

Date finished: 7/29/07

Dimensions: 6.5″ diameter and 6″ high (with cuff folded)

Lesson Learned: None

Destination: Warm The World


* I used this pattern as a guide and used the following modifications:

  • Used size 8 dpn’s
  • Did not change needle size after the ribbing
  • Only cast on 60 stitches
  • Knit 6″ (not 7.5″) before the decreases



Warm The World needs hats! Between now and the end of the year, we have committed 1000 hats. Details are here. We’d love to have you help us reach our goal.


There were more storms last night. Perfect for Saturday Sky:




My girls:


The palest ink is better than the best memory. ~ Chinese Proverb

The heat wave has finally broken. I’ve been knitting on my (to be felted) bag:

There were thunderstorms in the area last night:

Romeo actually cooperated during a photo shoot earlier today (he usually closes his eyes and refuses to look cute):

Parker also cooperated (he usually likes to head butt the camera):

While this photo shoot was going on, Kishka kept a close eye on the action from the hallway:

The Feast:

Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.
The Sit ‘n Spin. I loved that toy. It was light blue and I used it so much that I broke off the handle. Now, however, I am old: if I even think about spinning around like that I feel like getting sick.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?
7 or 8. As my father often tells me : “Always be aware of your surroundings”.

Where would you rather be at this very moment?
Actually, I’m pretty happy with where I am at this very moment: on my couch with my dogs asleep at my feet.

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new?
Yesterday, in physical therapy. I learned new ab exercises using the exercise ball.

Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.
I have the yarn but I haven’t knit any hats yet.


The blogging, it’s been sparse. The knitting has also been sparse. It’s just too damn hot to knit. I have been knitting a felted bag, but (of course) I keep forgetting to take a picture of it.

So, what have I been doing?

I’ve been uploading my whole stash to Ravelry.

I’ve been finding dog toys posed in weird positions:

This past Saturday I was barbecuing with the Warm The World folks.

When I arrived home from the barbecue, my date, Harry, was waiting for me:

I finished the book in about 24 hours (with a couple breaks for sleeping) and I think it was just perfect. It was worth the wait and it lived up to the hype (which I did not expect it to do).

This afternoon, I did something I’ve never done before:

I bought the beading supplies at a 50% off sale last year and just got around to using them. I’m not really interested in beading, but I wear a medic alert bracelet and I’m cheap frugal. The batch of bracelets I bought years ago are showing their age and are not holding up very well. So, I decided to make them myself.

I have to say, I’m very happy with the results. I had no clue what I was doing. I just kind of operated on instinct and before I knew it, I had finished eleven bracelets. I didn’t enjoy the beading enough to do it on a regular basis (I also don’t wear jewelry), but I’m glad I can make my own medic alert bracelets now.

Expect nothing; live frugally on surprise. ~ Alice Walker

Earlier today I was sorting my stash in preparation for its photo shoot (I’m uploading the whole kit-n-kaboodle to Ravelry). I ended up with three large bags of yarn that will be donated to Warm The World.  And, I found a knitting project that I had forgotten about:

This is (obviously) the Irish Hiking Scarf .  I started it at least a year ago and then stuffed it into a yarn bin. When I found the scarf,  I felt like it was my birthday. I’ve been thinking about knitting this pattern and now I can just jump right in and finish this scarf.

The feast:

What is your favorite fruit?

Who is someone you consider as a great role model?
My parents.

If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose?
On top of Pikes Peak.

Main Course
Name something you do too often.
Take pictures.

Fill in the blank: I really like ___________ because ____________.
I really like physical therapy because it’s given me my life back.

Finally, my girls.

Sam loves to sleep on her back (but only if she’s propped against the couch):

And Miss Kish, beating the heat with a bowl of ice cubes:

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired. ~ George Santayana

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments about the picture of Kishka in the last post. I realize that post was totally self-indulgent, but when I saw that picture of her I just had to share it.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that my charity of choice is Warm The World. I’ve been serving on the board since the beginning of this year and one of my projects has been developing a blog. It’s finally finished and you can see the new Warm The World blog here. Felicia and I will be writing the blog and we’re both excited about this new form of communication with the volunteers.

I’ve been knitting on the Pink Clouds socks, but I haven’t taken a picture. Since a picture-less blog is a boring blog, here’s a classic shot of The Three Stooges (picture was taken in June 2004).

I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world. ~ Samuel Johnson

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. ~ Abraham Lincoln



231 years ago, a group of men decided to take a stand against England and declare America’s independence. If they were alive today, I wonder what they would think of the current American government. I have a feeling they would be ashamed.

Today, I celebrate the group of men who took that stand in the sweltering summer of ’76. May the men in power today change their ways and stop making a mockery of everything America stands for.

I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time on Ravelry, but I have managed to do some knitting.

The Summer of Scraps blanket is coming along nicely:

One of the Pink Clouds sock has a partial heel flap:

The Tropical Monkey Socks have turned their heels:

Finally, the storm at sunset last night:



Edited later in the day……….

A tornado touched down about 10 miles from my house.  I managed to get a picture of it.