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Knitting and feasting and pictures!

This really is the cold from hell. I only worked 5 hours today which makes just 8 hours of work so far for this week. The rest of the week has been spent on the couch.

I think I’m slowly starting to improve. The nose isn’t as stuffy, but the cough is hanging tough and making it nearly impossible to sleep. The worst part is the fatigue. I am just flat out exhausted. I’m going to lie low through the weekend and hopefully bounce back next week. I hope so. I haven’t been this sick in years. My condolences to anyone else who got hit by this killer cold.

My poor dogs have been so neglected this week: no walks, no playing, etc. I feel like a horrible dog mommy, but I’ll make it up to them.

I’ve been knitting in the Mystery Project and also on Log Cabin #2:

I switched the Log Cabin Blanket from the Denise Needles to the Knit Picks Needles. Wow. It is so much easier to knit this on the KP needles. The blanket doesn’t get caught up on the cable and picking up stitches is ridiculously easy. I’ve been knitting with the Denise Needles and the Needlemaster and the Knit Picks needles are superior to both of them.

It’s time again for Friday’s Feast:

Name a song you know by heart.
She Let Herself Go by George Strait. I may or may not have been caught by fellow drivers belting this out at the top of my lungs at a red light.

What will you absolutely not do in front of another person?
Take a crap. But I will do it in front of dogs. I don’t have a choice. They like to line up and watch.

How often do you use mouthwash and what kind do you like?
Um, not very often. Call me a freak, but I have bad memories associated with mouthwash, so never buy it.

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Finish this sentence: I am embarrassed when…
Why on earth would I answer this and embarrass myself on my own blog?

What was the last food you craved?

It was another gorgeous fall day here in Colorado. I took some pictures on the way home:


Mystery knitting and the weekly feast.

I have been knitting, but I won’t be showing pictures just yet. I’m participating in a virtual baby shower for Kristi and I don’t want to post the items I’m knitting for her until she receives them. I’m sure the triplets (yes, triplets!) were enough of a surprise for Kristi and her hubby, but I’m funny like that. I like people to be surprised by gifts. That’s what makes it so fun to give them.

As always, it’s time for Friday’s Feast:

What is your favorite herb or spice?
Well, this question assumes I know what I’m doing when I use herbs/spices. I don’t. I just kind of wing it when I cook and I most often use the all purpose italian seasoning.

Name a song you like but haven’t heard in a long time.
Melt With You by Modern English. It’s one of my favorite songs in the world and I haven’t heard it in months.

If you were to take just one minute to write down as many things as you can think of that you need (not want) to do, approximately how many things would there be?
I’m not sure I understand this question. Does it mean things I need to do every day (go to work, feed the dogs, etc.) or does it mean in the grand scope of life? Regardless, silly question. Next!

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Tell something interesting about one of your family members (nothing scandalous, please, just something unique).
When my grandmother got married (in the 1930’s), she didn’t tell anyone. She was a nurse and would have gotten fired.

What’s the latest you’ve ever stayed awake?
I’m a night owl, so staying up until dawn is not a big deal. I try not to do it very often because it throws off my sleep schedule, but on the weekends I’m usually up until 2 or 3am. The longest amount of time I’ve been awake without sleep is 36 hours.

Sky, dogs, feasting, knitting, what more does a girl need?

Doesn’t it look like fall?

There’s been progress on blankets:

At First Blush…

Deep Blue Something…

Log Cabin #2…

Taking the photo of the Log Cabin blanket was actually a bit exciting. I was balancing on the edge of the bed. Sam kept shifting position, so the bed was moving. I was trying to think of a good cover story to tell the doctor if I fell off the bed and broke something. Somehow I think “I was photographing a blanket on my bed for my blog” would raise a few eyebrows.

Speaking of my bed, Samantha has taken over:

I hope she’s comfy, because she won’t be staying there. 🙂

Max was looking especially photogenic this evening:

And I caught a moment of sisterly love:

During my travels in knitblogland recently I’ve noticed several knitters asking readers where to find the perfect knitting bag. Knitting bags are so personal. Every knitter I know has their own vision of the perfect knitting bag.

I like my knitting bags cheap:

That’s one Ziploc Big Bag, two carryout bags from Chipotle and one bag from Picnic Basket Catering.

I do own more traditional knitting bags but right now, these are my favorites. They contain all my blankets!

When Lion Brand announced last year that they were discontinuing Cotton-Ease there was a bit of an uproar in the knitblog community. I will admit that I mocked the people who were upset about this. I didn’t understand it. What’s the big deal about a cotton/acrylic yarn?

Then, I knit with it.

There are no words to describe my love for this yarn. It’s soft, machine washable/dryable, affordable and a joy to knit with. It is the perfect yarn for my Warm The World blankets. I’ve been cursing Lion Brand for discontinuing it.

I’m cursing no more. Lion Brand is bring it back “in a few months” in “a beautiful new color range”.

I see more Log Cabins in my future.

It’s finally Friday, so time to feast.

Measured in minutes or hours, how much exercise have you had in the last week?
Oh, lord. I am busted. 10 minutes.

If you had to change your blog title to something else, what would it be?
I’ve never really thought about that. When I decided to blog, the name “Runs With Needles” just kind of popped into my head. Once I Googled and verified that no one else used that name, that’s who I became.

Name one television show you watched when you were 9-12 years old.
Little House On The Prairie. I still watch it almost every day.

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If someone gave you $50 to spend with the one condition that it had to be educational, what would you purchase?
I’m a history geek, so would probably buy a history related DVD: Ken Burns’ classic, Civil War Journal, and The Revolution are all favorites.

Do you tend to prefer dark colors, neutral shades, or lighter/pastel hues?
I like dark colors (hunter green, burgundy, navy blue, deep purple), but am also a fan of bright colors.

Still no knitting.

It’s time to feast!

What was the very last song you listened to?
If You’re Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins. I love this song and some days it’s exactly what I need to hear.

What is one company/store/corporation you would recommend that people stay away from?
I don’t tend to be too vocal about this kind of stuff, but I have never purchased anything at Starbucks. I don’t think I’ve even been inside one of their stores. I give my business to the local coffee chain.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy having your picture made?
I assume this would mean having my picture taken and that would be a 3.

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Besides a bookmark, what is something you’ve used to keep your place in a book?
Postcards and photographs.

Name a food that you like that most people don’t.
This is tough. I am a very picky eater and like pretty basic stuff. I do dip my potato chips in mustard, but I don’t think that’s very odd.

Speaking of food, I just took some banana bread out of the oven:

It smells sooooo good. I may have to have a piece before I go to bed.

(Almost) TGIF

It’s (almost) Friday and that means it’s time for Friday’s Feast:

Name 3 things that you are wearing today.
Blue flannel pajama pants, coral T-shirt and orange bandanna. Yes, seriously.

Who was the last person you hugged?
MJ. 🙂

What do you like to order from your favorite fast food place?
A meximelt from Taco Bell. I love them. I adore them and I really shouldn’t. When I worked at Taco Bell (circa 1987), I once found a spider in the pico sauce that is used in meximelts.

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What time of day do you usually feel most energized?

In the evenings, usually between 6pm and 11pm.

Using the letters in your first name, write a sentence. (Example: Sweet unusual spaniels are nice.)
I don’t like these kinds of questions, so I’ll pass.

Tonight’s photo story features Max and is called “Busted!”:

Here is what the Minty Fresh Blanket looks like this evening:

The astute blog reader will notice that significant progress has been made. In the wrong direction.

I was happily knitting away on this tonight when I realized that I totally mucked up the pattern and stitch count. I couldn’t zero in on where it happened, so I put in a lifeline and frogged back to the border.


I don’t have the heart to knit on it tonight. I’m going to go to bed and read. Samantha is waiting for me.