Category Archives: scarves

Idleness is not doing nothing. Idleness is being free to do anything. ~ Floyd Dell

Remember when this used to be a knitting blog? Let’s (briefly) return to those days.

This is the Purple Ass Burr Scarf.

Finished Scarf

Earlier this month I got a burr in my ass about knitting a purple Homespun scarf. I cannot explain it. It’s something I had to do. So I bought the Homespun (my first yarn purchase in nearly two years) and banged out the scarf in a couple of days.

Finished Scarf

It’s exactly what I wanted but I haven’t worn it yet. I can’t explain that, either, but it’s done so I’m happy. Full details are on its Ravelry page.

Over six months ago I dyed this sock blank.

Sock blank

Last night I finally finished the socks.

Finished socks

These socks are fraternal on purpose. I knit each sock from a different end of the sock blank. I didn’t want to lose any of the blank colors and that was the best solution. Full details on the Ravelry page.

Finished socks

I’m in the middle of my annual vacation from work. My workplace shuts down for 10 days at the end of the year. I added some vacation time to that so I’m enjoying 17 days at home. Like last year, I’m realizing just how much Sadie loves the couch.

Sleeping Sadie

Sleeping Sadie

Sleeping Sadie

She has been sharing the couch with Milo.

Milo and Sadie

I love the look on her face in this picture.

Sadie

Luka has been no slouch in the relaxation department.

Luka

It’s a rough vacation around here, but we’re all managing. :)

Luka

You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it. ~ Charles Buxton

:: tap tap ::

Is this thing on?

It’s been quite some time since I posted so (of course) I have a ton of pictures.

I lost my knitting mojo for several weeks, but recently found it and started knitting again. I’ve been working on two projects.

Socks:

Socks

Scarf (started last winter):

Scarf

Besides knitting and dogs, one of my passions in life is classic movies. TCM (Turner Classic Movies) recently had a traveling exhibit of movie memorabilia and it stopped in a nearby city.

This Oscar was awarded to Casablanca:

Casablanca Oscar

This costume was worn by Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik. The detail on this costume was amazing. The colors were still vibrant. It’s hard to believe this costume was used in 1921. It looks brand new.

Rudolph Valentino costume from The Sheik

This costume was worn by Christopher Plummer in The Sound Of Music. My only complaint about the exhibit is that the lighting was awful. It was impossible for me to get a good photograph of this costume. In person the dark colors of this costume ware still rich and the details are striking.

Christopher Plummer costume from The Sound of Music

This dress was worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind. In the movie this dress was a vibrant blue/grey. It has definitely faded a bit and has some noticeable damage (stains and repaired rips/holes), but it’s gorgeous. The detail on the dress is stunning. The most surprising thing about the dress is that it’s corduroy! I had no idea.

Scarlett O'Hara dress from Gone With The Wind

I was driving home from work one day and spotted this:

Salvage yard fire

It turned out to be a salvage yard fire.

Salvage yard fire

I had never been this close to such a big fire and it was amazing to watch.

Salvage yard fire

No one was injured and no occupied structures were destroyed.

Salvage yard fire

It’s been a ridiculously mild fall here. We usually start getting snowstorms in October. It’s now December 12 and we haven’t had one snowstorm. It hasn’t even really snowed yet and it’s been quite warm. We even had a streak of 80 degree days in November. The dogs and I took advantage of that heatwave to hike our favorite spot.

Luka

The dogs enjoy the view

There are not many picture from that hiking trip. This is because a couple of miles into the hike I fell and twisted the hell out of my ankle. I’ve had a lot of ankle sprains in my life (I am a bit of a klutz) but this is the worst one (by far). I couldn’t walk the dogs at all for two weeks.

It’s now five weeks after The Fall. Recovery has been steady, but slow. I’m able to walk the dogs 4-5 days a week and for 40 minutes each time. (We usually walk 7 days a week for 60-90 minutes.) I’m not able to walk on uneven surfaces (only paved roads) so we haven’t even been able to go to the dog park. I’m hoping to be back at the dog park by the end of this month and back to hiking sometime next spring.

Since my walking is limited I’ve been amusing myself by taking pictures of the dogs. Sadie is absolutely adorable when she sleeps.

Sleeping Sadie

Sadie

Sadie snuggling toy

Luka hasn’t been left out of the picture taking:

Luka boy

Luka loves sleeping in his crate even when the dog bed isn’t in it (it was being washed):

Luka loves his crate

My boy is very photogenic.

Luka

Finally, if you love dogs, go here and enjoy a laugh along with Tank (although I’m not sure she’s laughing).   For her sake, I hope this winter is a short one.  :)

New Year’s eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. ~Hamilton Wright Mabie

I said this about last year, but I can’t believe I’m already looking back on 2009. It was another fast year and another year full of knitting.

I finished a sweater this year:

Cozy new sweater

Sadly, I haven’t worn it because the yarn grew a lot and it’s just too big. At some point I plan on ripping it out and using the yarn for a different sweater. (I adore this shade of green.)

I knit a blanket for a friend’s baby:

Close up

I knit a dog walking hat for a friend’s husband:

Hat

2009 was mostly the year of socks. I spent the first half of the year unemployed and I spent most of that time (when I wasn’t job hunting) knitting socks:

I have more socks on the needles.

This pair is almost finished:

Socks

I’m anxious to finish these socks because I love the color:

Socks

I’m also anxious to finish these socks because I love this pattern and this yarn:

Finished sock

I started this scarf and hope to finish it by next winter (I’m back to being obsessed with socks so it’s taken a back seat):

Scarf

I started out the new year with my 365 project and the intent to document the year by posting one picture every day. I lasted 139 days before my camera broke. When the camera was repaired I had lost interest in the project. So, 2009 taught me that I’m not as interested in photography as I thought I was. I do like to take pictures, but (if forced to make a choice) I would rather do other things.

When I did my end-of-the-year post on 12/31/08, I had one big wish for 2009: to get through the year without any of my pets dying. I’m happy to say that my wish came true.

Sadie has lost 18 lbs. since I adopted her and has discovered that she loves to run:

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Sadie hauls butt at the dog park

Kishka spent a lot of time this year doing the things that she loves most.

Rolling in the grass:

Kishka mid roll

Keeping the tennis ball away from Sadie:

Kishka looks behind her

And digging holes (note the dirty nose):

Kishka with a dirty nose

What did Romeo do this year? He bossed around his sisters and surveyed his kingdom.

Romeo

I’ll end this post (and this year) with one of my very favorite pictures. It was taken in the car on the way home from the dog park. They were both exhausted.

Uploaded from iPhone

I don’t want to live in a world where I have to eat sugar-free sugar cookies. ~ Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata, Animal Crossing: Wild World, 2005

If you live in the U.S. and have seen the news lately, you’ve probably heard about this year’s wicked flu bug. I lost about a week of knitting time thanks to this flu. It knocked me on my back for several days and even though I feel fine now, I’m still exhausted. The moral of my story: I’m getting a flu shot next year. :)

The Vacation Hoodie is almost finished. I’m blocking the button band now:

All that’s left is seaming and sewing on the buttons. The blow by blow details of this project are on Ravelry.

I started my next sweater. This one is a pullover and this is the back piece:

I also have a scarf on the needles:

The girls have been sharing the chair in front of the window lately:

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. ~ Doug Larson

My re-knit Tropical Monkey socks are still way too big for me. I’m sick of these socks and never want to see (or knit) them again, so I’m giving them to a knitting friend who will appreciate them (and who has bigger feet than mine!).

Several weeks ago I cast on for a new pair of socks, but I’ve never posted a picture of them:

I also started a new scarf:

I’m on vacation from work until January 2nd and I have big knitting plans:

Kishka has been enjoying the latest stuffed bunny:

Finally, a picture of what my girls were doing when I left for work yesterday:

Feel the fear and do it anyway. ~ Susan Jeffers

Lately, I’ve been quite fond of garter stitch.

Here’s a new scarf:

I’ve also picked up a project that’s hasn’t been seen in almost a year:

Romeo loves his cave:

Kishka was very cooperative during a photo shoot earlier today:

Until she got bored:

Sadly, there has been another murder around here. And this time, there was a witness:

Is there anything lovelier than a summer afternoon?:

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:

Appetizer
What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries.

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

Salad
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.

Dessert
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:

A plethora of pictures.

Yesterday’s Saturday Sky is courtesy of a very rainy and stormy day:

Today, however, dawned bright and sunny. It was the perfect day for hanging out downtown.

While watching people and dogs stroll by, I finished another scarf:

A Scarf With No Name

 

 

 

 

What: A Scarf With No Name

Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky: One full skein of Hot Blue and nearly one full skein of Hot Lime
Needles: sizes 10 Knit Picks Options
Pattern: Garter stitch

Date started: 3/23/07

Date finished: 3/25/07

Dimensions: 5″ x 76″, including fringe

Lesson Learned: I LOVE knitting the stripes in this direction.

Destination: Warm The World

 

I think my brief scarf obsession is over. I’m itching to get back to socks now.

Samantha spent some time today excavating her hidey-hole:

This made her very thirsty and here she is running for her water dish:

Once back inside, the girls took turns keeping watch on the neighborhood:

The cats have a room of their own (yes, really), but they usually hang out together:

Finally, here is Kishka. I’m quite certain she’s thinking “Please stop taking my picture. I’m trying to sleep.”

They really are flying off the needles.

When I started this run of scarves, I only intended to knit a couple of them. Now, it’s an obsession. I can’t stop: the yarn, the patterns, the instant gratification. It’s like a drug. And unlike Huey Lewis, I don’t want a new drug.

 

 

Ruffled Sunset Scarf

What: Ruffled Sunset Scarf
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky: One full skein of Carnival
Needles: sizes 10 & 17, Knit Picks Options
Pattern:
Baby Ruffle

Date started: 3/22/07

Date finished: 3/23/07

Dimensions: 7.5″ x 39″

Lesson Learned: None. I still love this yarn. The variegated is even softer than the solid colors.

Destination: Warm The World

 

 

There is another scarf on the needles. Tomorrow is supposed to be cool and rainy; perfect for knitting. I think the storm is already marching this way:

Photo Friday

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?

Brian Williams. I’ve liked him ever since he had his own news show on MSNBC. I watch his Nightly News every night and read his blog. He’s the only anchor/reporter I can watch and feel like he/she knows what he/she is talking about. (Katie Couric I’m looking at you.)

Soup
Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.

Chicken, strawberries and peroigoes.

Salad
If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?

Ack. I don’t like these silly questions.

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?

1776. I’m going to start it tonight.

Dessert
What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?

If I’m close to him, the eyes. If it’s from a distance, the chest and arms.

Another scarf flew on and off the needles in less than 24 hours:

Green and Blue Scarf

What: Green and Blue Scarf
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky: One full skein of Circus
Needles: size 10, Knit Picks Options
Pattern:
Diagon-alley Scarf

Date started: 3/22/07

Date finished: 3/22/07

Dimensions: 3.75″ x 44″, including fringe

Lesson Learned: None. I still love this yarn.

Destination: Warm The World

I knit a bit more on the Pastel Rainbow socks:

I like how this pattern looks, but knitting it is boring me out of my skull.

So, I knit a little on the Berry Pink socks:

Parker likes to strike a pose on the back of the couch:

While Romeo prefers to curl up in his blanket:

Samantha’s love affair with the pink bunny continues:

Kishka finally got a chance to play with the bunny while Samantha was sleeping:

Kishka also kept a close eye on me:

The girls practiced synchronized sleeping:

A gorgeous afternoon:

morphed into another sensational sunset:

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