We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. ~ Harrison Ford (1942 – )
There are new socks on the needles:
This yarn started pooling, so I decreased the stitch count a tad and now it’s striping nicely. That makes me happy.
I’ve pretty much decided to frog the Tropical Monkey socks back to the heel and knit a plain, stockinette foot. I plan to do that when I’m done with these socks. I don’t know why, but I really want to finish these socks. It must be the predicted change in weather for this weekend.
I haven’t done this in a few weeks, but here’s Friday’s Feast:
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you look forward to your birthday?
3. It’s not that I don’t like my birthday, but that it’s really just another day for me. I usually take the day off work and spend the day watching movies and knitting.
What is one word you don’t like the sound, spelling, or meaning of?
I hate the sound of the word ‘slacks’.
Do you wear sunglasses when you’re outside? If so, what does your current pair look like?
Always. I have a basic, cheapo pair of sunglasses. I’m prone to losing/breaking them , so I buy them at Target or WalMart.
If you were to write a book, to whom would you dedicate it?
Depending on what the book was about, my parents or my best friend. Maybe both.
Name a beverage that you enjoy.
I adore ice cold Diet Cherry Pepsi.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~ Douglas Adams (1952 – 2001)
The Felted Bag From Hell is settled into its new home:
I’m making progress on the Summer of Scraps blanket. I have a feeling the finished blanket will either be gorgeous, or it will look like a gaggle of clowns threw up:
Another blanket has come off the needles:
A Gem of a Blanket
What: A Gem of a Blanket
Yarn: 3.5 skeins of Red Heart Soft in the color Gem
Needles: size 11
Pattern: Diagonal Baby Blanket
Date started: 6/24/07
Date finished: 8/21/07
Size: 33″ x 35″, 48″ diagonal
Lesson Learned: None. A quick, easy, enjoyable knit.
Destination: Warm The World
Samantha’s favorite toy is a tennis ball. She was playing with one last night and when I walked down the hall I discovered that she’d stashed it in a safe place:
I don’t know why I’m so fascinated by vanity license plates, but here are two more I’ve seen this week:
Say there’s a book written about your life. Who would you want to narrate the audio version?
Katharine Hepburn. Yes, I know she’s dead, but having her reading the audio version of a book about me is about as likely a a book being written about me!
Take the letters from your favorite kind of nut and write a sentence. (Example: Perhaps every avenue needs understanding today.)
Stupid question. Next!
If you could go back in time and spend one week in another decade, which decade would you choose?
I’m a bit of a bonnethead, so I’d pick the 1860’s.
Name a song that brings back memories for you.
The Boys of Summer. I love this song and have from the moment I first heard it: I was riding up a ski lift on a sunny, Saturday morning. I was listening to Casey Kasem‘s American Top 40 on my Walkman and the second the song started it mesmerized me. It still does
Do you prefer to wash your hands in cold water or warm water?
My to-be-felted bag was a very enjoyable knit and then I grafted the handles and tossed it in the washing machine.
How very quickly things can go so very wrong:
Felted Bag With No Name
What: Felted Bag With No Name
Yarn: 6 skeins of wool from stash
Needles: size 15
Pattern: My own.
Date started: 7/13/07
Date finished: 8/15/07
Lesson Learned: I’m an idiot.*
Destination: Place mats and coasters
* The most glaring defect to me is that the bag looks like a bra. I don’t know about you, but I don’t wish to carry a bag that looks like a bra. I don’t even like to wear the dang things and I don’t want a bag that looks like one!
*The bag shrunk in height: A LOT more than I anticipated. Still, I could have salvaged the bag except I grafted the handles incorrectly. I should have grafted the two handles on the same side of the bag, not the two handles on opposite side of the bag.
:: bonks self in head ::
What makes this so horrible is that I triple checked the handles before I started grafting to make sure I was grafting the correct handles.
Obviously, when I began grafting I had my head up my ass. And apparently it was up there so far I could have licked my own tonsils.
I will salvage what I can from this monstrosity. I plan to get out the scissors and cut the bag up into place mats (for the animal dishes) and coasters (for me, obviously).
There’s another FO in the house and I’m very happy with this one:
Angel Blanket #1
What: Angel Blanket #1*
Yarn: 1.85 skeins (3 oz. size) Caron Simply Soft in the color white
Needles: size 9
Pattern: Overlapping Waves from the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns, page 209
Date started: 7/30/07
Date finished: 8/16/07
Size: 17.5″ x 18.5″
Lesson Learned: None. A quick, easy, enjoyable knit.
Destination: Warm The World
* Warm The World is partnering with a local funeral home to provide these blankets to families who have lost a baby to stillbirth or shortly after birth.
There is also a new blanket on the needles:
The summer of gorgeous weather continues here:
Samantha enjoys some outside time (again with her trusty tennis ball):
Kishka, a.k.a. Miss Priss, did not come outside and instead sat just inside the house:
Kish would rather sleep on my bed:
Finally, the very handsome Parker: surveying his kindgom:
Describe your laundry routine. Do you have a certain day when you do it all, or do you just wash whatever you need for the next day?
I do laundry when I run out of something. I usually wash a load or two a week.
In your opinion, what age will you be when you’ll consider yourself to truly be old?
What is one of your goals? Is it short-term, long-term, or both?
Long term – keep up my walking routine with the dogs.
Name something unbelievable you’ve seen or read lately.
The husband killing woman in Tennessee walked out of jail after serving just seven months. Seriously…what the hell is wrong with our justice system? If a man served that amount of time for killing his wife, this country would be an uproar. Why on earth is she catching a break? She didn’t kill him in self defense. Her ass should be in jail for the rest of her life.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how happy are you today?
When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. ~ Alice Hoffman, ‘Here on Earth’
This past week has been amazing for a weather geek like me.
There have been gorgeous, sunny days:
Thunderstorms rumbling across the prairie:
Storms at sunset:
Stray thunderstorms in the middle of an otherwise gorgeous day:
A double rainbow (this was a full double rainbow, but I couldn’t get a shot of the whole thing):
The clouds in the eastern sky have also been gorgeous at sunset:
Samantha has been spending a lot of time hanging out in the yard with her trusty tennis ball at her side:
Romeo has started sleeping on his back. It’s adorable as hell and I’ve been trying to get a picture of it, with limited results:
Kishka has been enjoying the window AC unit:
And just looking generally adorable:
This week’s feast:
What is your favorite kind of pie?
It’s a tie between pumpkin pie and peanut butter pie.
Name something that made you smile this week.
Yesterday afternoon I was driving down the highway, iPod playing my favorite songs and admiring the big, puffy, white clouds against the bright blue sky. It was a perfect moment.
What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
It’s rarely humid here, but when it’s hot (which it is right now), I like to park myself in front of my window AC unit. I have a chair that sits right in front of it and when I sit there it cools me off immediately.
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
I rent, so I wouldn’t spend the money on paint or anything I had to leave behind. I’d use the $1000 towards a new bed. (Yes, that’s boring, but it’s what I would do.)
Fill in the blank: My _________ says __________, but I __________.
My blog title and header say
s it’s a knitting blog , but I post more about the weather and my animals than knitting.
Here is the knitting. This is a knitting blog. Really.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is this weekend. I can’t wait.
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:
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.
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.
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.
What is your favorite fruit?
Who is someone you consider as a great role model?
If you were to spend one night anywhere within an hour of your home, where would you choose?
On top of Pikes Peak.
Name something you do too often.
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:
Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~ Henry James
This afternoon I had a great session of PT. I’m healing a little bit every day and I’m able to actually do the exercises now. It does hurt, but I have come so far in just a month. I was so happy as I drove home that I took the scenic route and snapped some pictures.
The wide open plains:
A curious group:
Well, hello there, Ms. Cow. (She and I studied each other for a few minutes.)
This fence line stretches for miles:
When I was almost home, I passed a pair of antelope:
The picture taking continued when I arrived home. Here’s Sam in the yard I haven’t been able to mow all year (yikes!):
Kishka was hogging the water dish:
It’s been a stormy week here and a few nights ago I snapped my first picture of a lightning bolt. And not only that, but I snapped three more:
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?
Two: necklace and bracelet
What is your favorite instrumental song?
Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Who has a last name that you like?
I like my own name, thankyouverymuch.
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.
The Lord of the Rings movies.
Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me ___________ like ____________.
Nothing makes me laugh like my dogs.
Before I start jumping up and down (in my head, there’s no way in hell I could actually jump), here’s Friday’s Feast:
Name a funny habit you have.
I have to do things in order. For example, I have to take my multi-vitamin before my calcium. A more extreme example is when I get out of the shower. I must wrap my hair in a towel, dry off, brush my teeth, put on deodorant, put on sunscreen and then comb out my hair. If I do something out of order, I go back to the beginning and start over.
If you could instantly know how to play a musical instrument, which one would you pick?
It’s a tie between the violin and the piano.
How long is your hair?
Too long. It’s almost to my shoulders and I wish it was chin length. As soon as I can stand sitting in a stylist’s chair, I’m getting it hacked off.
When was the last time you forgave someone, and who was it?
This sounds horribly egocentric, but I last forgave myself. It was a long time coming (I forgave myself for marrying my ex-husband), but I’ve finally reached that point and have stopped beating myself up over it.
What is your favorite kitchen appliance?
There’s a three way tie: crockpot, bread maker and George Foreman grill.
:: cue jumping up and down ::
I got my Ravelry invitation! My user name is RunsWithNeedles. I don’t have much in there yet, but plan to take care of that this weekend.
Well, the good news is that my twisted pelvis is no longer twisted. The bad news is that I also have a disc problem, so my restrictions continue.
This is how I spend the majority of my time:
The Pink Clouds socks are making progress:
A thunderstorm passed to the north of me a few days ago:
Here’s my girls:
Here’s Samantha with her poor stuffed bunny. The bunny spent almost a week outside before she brought it back inside:
Parker (the porker):
And, last but not least, shy Romeo:
Fill in the blank: The best thing about where I live is _________________…
The best thing about where I live is the wide open spaces, the bright blue sky and sunshine nearly every day.
Create a new name for a deodorant (like “Flower Fresh” or “Shower Scent”).
What the hell kind of question is this? Like many things, the names of deodorant are just silly. So, I’d go in the other direction and name a deodorant Public Jackass.
What was the last piece of software you installed onto your computer?
If you were to receive a superlative award today beginning with the words ”Most likely to…”, what would the rest of the phrase say?
That’s easy. Most likely to have spent the most time on her couch in the last month.
What two colors do you like to wear together?
Pink and grey. Yes, I’m still stuck in the 80’s.
If you’ve made it through this long post, you are rewarded with a most undignified picture of Kishka: