Category Archives: Dishcloths

One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs

Is it just me or did 2008 just fly by?  It seems like I was just posting my farewell to 2007 and it’s already time to bid 2008 goodbye.

All in all, 2008 was a pretty good year (for both knitting and my life in general).

I finally found my sock mojo:

And, I developed some sweater mojo:

I should be finishing another sweater soon:

I knit a bunch of wash/dishcloths:

And, I knit something I needed:

The highlight of 2008 was definitely finding Sadie.  She is such a joy to have around and I firmly believe that she was destined to be my dog.

Unfortunately, I did experience heartbreak again this year.  I had to say goodbye to my beloved Samantha.    My big wish for 2009 is to get through the year without any of my pets dying.   (It’s been a rough couple of years.)

Since I detail all of my projects on Ravelry, I’ve decided to do something different with this blog (well, at least for 2009).   For the next 365 days, I am going to take one picture a day and post it here.    I’ve decided I want to challenge myself to look more closely at the world around me and also to document each day in my life.    I have no idea what I’ll find to photograph each day, but I’ll figure it out.  I also want to experiment with Picnik and discover more of their editing tools (I tend to use the same ones over and over).      I’ll still do knitting posts from time to time, but for the most part this blog is going to become a picture blog.

Happy New Year!

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. ~ Oscar Wilde

I’ve been doing more knitting that I’ve admitted to here.   I knit some dish/washcloths for a friend and now that she’s received them, I can post them here.

I realize the above picture sucks.   Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that until the gift was already mailed.  The below ‘in process’ picture shows the cloth much better.

As usual, details are on my Ravelry page.   (Are there any knitters left not on Ravelry?  If you aren’t and want project details on anything I’ve knit, feel free to ask.)

I’ve also started a kitchen towel for myself:

For the past few months I’ve been trying to find the right purple and green cotton yarn to match my kitchen.   I finally found it in these huge “Camo Cotton” skeins from Sugar ‘n Cream:

That’s 608 yards of cotton.  Holy cow!  I’m going to be knitting kitchen towels for the rest of my life (and I have three skeins of this yarn).

I need to say again how thrilled I am that I found Sadie.  She really is the perfect dog for me.    She is a complete joy (well, except for that little fear of thunderstorms) and it feels like she’s been here forever.   Sadie has lost a total of eight pounds  (Only 27 pounds to go!)   She’s also adorable as hell:

Speaking of adorable dogs, the other canine resident is no slouch in the adorable department:

Play by the rules, but be ferocious. ~ Phil Knight

I finally finished my third washcloth for Warm The World:

I’ve also started a new pair of socks:

And I’ve been working on a pair that I started a long time ago:

There were thunderstorms the other night that produced some cool clouds:

When it’s not storming, Kishka enjoys the sunshine:

Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Wow.  Long time, no blog.

I am very overdue in thanking all of you who emailed and/or commented your condolences on the loss of my sweet Samantha.  Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that you care.  Every time I lose a pet (much too often lately) I’m always amazed at the wonderful people who take the time to contact me and let me know that they understand my pain.

As I told many of you:  while the loss of Samantha was awful, it was easier to deal with than the loss of Max.  Samantha lived a full life (13 years is a long life for a large dog) and her degenerative myelopathy never impacted the quality of her life.   For that, I am so very grateful.

I am also grateful that I adopted Sadie when I did.  I never would have if I had known how little time I had left with Sam, but Sadie continues to be the perfect addition to the family.   It’s also comforting to me that Samantha gave Sadie her stamp of approval.

Speaking of Sadie….

So far, she has lost 2 lbs.   That’s not much, but at least the scale is moving in the right direction!

One of the most charming things I’ve discovered about Miss Sadie is her love of sleeping on her back:

She also loves water:

Kishka continues to accept her new sister completely.

She’s even figured out that she’s the dominant dog now and she likes to boss Sadie around.

She also likes to get into mischief with Sadie.  Here they are checking out a bird’s nest:

Thankfully, Sadie can’t get her large butt over the fence and Kishka obeyed me when I told her to not even think about it.

Brace yourselves, I have actually have knitting content.

I’ve finished two washcloths and started a third for Warm The World:

I’ve even started a new blanket:

Details for all projects are on my Ravelry page.

Speaking of Ravelry…..

My love for the Ravelry forums has plummeted in the last few months.  When the forums first started I loved them because they were so different than all the other knitting forums that are out there on the internet.   I never post on any other knitting forum because they seem to be populated by whiny knitters who take themselves way too seriously.

Sadly, that is now my opinion of most of the Ravelry forums.  For example:  there are many knitters losing their shit (on multiple threads) over this article.    I thought the article was pretty funny, but that’s not my point.

I am absolutely amazed at all the people who have whipped themselves up into a frenzy over what someone else (and a stranger to boot) thinks of their hobby.   Are people really this insecure and/or that much of an egomaniac?

It’s knitting, people.  It’s not life or death.  Get over yourselves.

An ending? Or, a beginning?

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

~Bill Vaughan

 

The dishcloths are finished:

Dishcloth #6 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern: A little bit of garter stitch and a little bit of seed stitch
Dimensions: 8.00″ x 5.5″

Date started:
12/30/06
Date finished: 12/30/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

And a new blanket is on the needles:

Samantha

Saturday Sky and what else? A dishcloth.

For Saturday Sky I snapped a photo of the first blue sky and sun that I’ve seen in almost a week:

 

 

Dishcloth #5 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern: Chinese Waves
Dimensions: 8.00″ x 7.75″

Date started:
12/29/06
Date finished: 12/30/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen


I think I can get one more dishcloth out of this green cotton. Once this one’s done, I’m ready to move on to something else!

It may appear that I’m recycling pictures of Kishka’s odd sleeping habits, but I’m not. She was doing more couch yoga today:

 

Strike up the band.

The dishcloth and dog picture parade continues!

Dishcloth #4 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skein of Sage Green
Needles:
7
Pattern: Squares
Dimensions: 8.25″ x 8.50″

Date started:
12/28/06
Date finished: 12/29/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

The close up picture shows the true color:

 

I’ve got enough yarn left for one more dishcloth. I have to mix the solid and ombre colors, so am not sure yet what I’m going to do with them.

It was another stormy day here in Colorado.

Max spent it being spoiled:

 

Kishka continued sleeping in odd positions:

 

Sam hung with me on the couch, watching the snow fly by the window:

Feasting with an FO.

Dishcloth #3 for Mom


What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skein of Sage Green
Needles:
7
Pattern: Fleck Stitch
Dimensions: 8.25″ x 8.25″

Date started:
12/27/06
Date finished: 12/28/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

The close up picture shows the true color:

 

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
How do you usually celebrate on New Year’s Eve?
I’ve never really been one to do anything special on NYE, so it’s usually a regular ‘ole evening for me. I usually stay home (too many drunks on the roads). If the weather is clear, I step outside at midnight to watch the fireworks on Pikes Peak. I usually make a toast to the new year and reflect on the year that just ended.

Soup
Name one thing unexpected that happened to you in 2006.
A close friendship ended when I saw the person’s true colors. I’ve never lost a friend in such a way and it was rather unnerving.

Salad
Where was your favorite place that you visited in 2006?

I didn’t travel this year. With two elderly dogs and a job layoff, it’s just not the time. I’m a homebody though, so I don’t mind being at home.

Main Course
What resolution is your top priority for 2007?
I learned long ago to not make resolutions. Does anyone really keep their resolutions?

Dessert
Using just three words, describe 2006.
A roller coaster.

My precious boy:

 

 

 

 

We’ve seen this all before.

Dishcloth #2 for Mom

What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern:
Grandmother’s Favorite
Dimensions:
7.25″ x 7.25″
Date started:
12/27/06
Date finished: 12/27/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

The third dishcloth is on the needles:

 

Here we go again:

 

They can’t wait:

 

Another day, another FO.

My mother has requested dishcloths, so dishcloths she shall receive!

Dishcloth #1 for Mom


What:
Dishcloth
Yarn:
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Needles:
7
Pattern:
Textured slip stitch as seen in Mason Dixon Knitting book
Dimensions:
9″ x 8.25″
Date started:
12/24/06
Date finished:
12/26/06
Lesson Learned:
This pattern wasn’t nearly as painful as the first one that I knit. It’s not my favorite, but it acheived the effect I was going for, so that’s what’s important.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

I’m still deciding on the pattern for the next dishcloth, but it will be on the needles tonight.

It was another gorgeous day here, so The Three Stooges and I spent the afternoon outside:

Running…

 

Playing with Frisbees…

 

Looking especially photogenic (Samantha):

 

Chowing down on snow (Max)…

 

Plotting an escape:

 

And, being punished for the escape:

 

Kishka is one of the strangest most unique dogs I have ever known:

She was snoring when I took this picture. How on earth is that comfortable?

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