Category Archives: Emerald

Socks and critters.

Emerald Socks

What: Emerald Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Superwash Bare, fingering weight. Dyed with Kool-Aid.
Needles: size 2, Knit Picks dpn’s
Pattern: Garter Rib Pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks*

Date started: 1/18/07

Date finished: 2/11/07
Lesson Learned:  None.

Destination: my feet!

* Pattern details:  CO 64;  7″ leg;  8″ foot before toe decreases. 

I’m very happy with how these socks turned out.   I have the yarn and pattern picked out for my next socks and they will be on the needles this evening.

Critter time……


Parker the porker:

And Kishka, scoping out the neighborhood:



The response to my last post was overwhelming.  Thank you to all of you who took the time to make a comment, send an email and to share stories of the beloved dogs that have touched your lives.  I appreciate the time that so many of you took to send your condolences.  It touched me and gave me so much support.

I also want to publicly thank Felicia.  She has been a rock of support for me since Max was diagnosed, especially the past couple of weeks.    As Marlene Dietrich once said, “It’s the friends you can call up at 4am that matter.”   Or, in my case, the friends you can email at all hours of the night.  Thank you, Felicia.

My household is adjusting to life without Max.  The main thing I notice is that my house seems so quiet.  I always knew that Max was the noisiest dog in my household, but I never realized what a loudmouth he really was.  There have been times in the past week where the silence has been deafening.

As I mentioned in my tribute to Max, he and Samantha were very close and I was concerned at how she would react when he was gone.  For the first couple of days, Samantha paced.  Relentlessly.   I tried many things to calm her down and finally found something that worked:

I put Max’s collar on the dog bed so that she could smell him and she immediately went to sleep next it. 

Samantha slept with the collar for a few days and she stopped pacing.    She’s also hanging out with Kishka:

I started knitting again today and made some progress on the Emerald Socks:

This is the first time I’ve made socks with a pattern that extends onto the foot and it’s going very well. 

Do you want a set of Denise Interchangeable Needles?  The previously thanked Felicia is holding a contest and the grand prize is a set of Denise Needles.   She’s also giving away yarn, dpn’s and a knitting book.

Thank you again to everyone who sent condolences about Max.  My favorite part about blogging is all of the wonderful people I’ve ‘met’.  

Here’s the last picture I took of Max:


Ribbing.  Done. 


Maybe now these socks can get somewhere!

Last night, in the midst of procrastinating about the ribbing, I decided to patch my beloved Fuzzy Feet.  Three of them were getting quite thin:

 So, I knit up the leftover Noro:

Half felted it:

Then I patched the Fuzzy Feet and felted them again:

Viola!  Good (actually, better) than new!

Darling Kishka:

I think this picture of Parker is quite regal:

Knitting, critters and maybe you can help.

On Saturday, Felicia and I spent the day down in Canon City.  We attended the monthly Warm The World meeting and then went to lunch with the founder, Nan.  Felicia wrote a great post about our day here.     If you have anything you can donate, please consider Warm The World.  All of their yarn is donated.  They have no budget to purchase yarn.  Even a gift card to a craft store (Hobby Lobby, Joann, Michael’s) would be a huge help.  

My Emerald socks are coming along:

I was hoping to knit these faster, but I hate ribbing.   I really hate it.  With the fire of a thousand suns.    I need to just knit it and get it over with.

I was trying to watch a movie this afternoon, but someone kept flipping the TV to Animal Planet:

I snapped this picture of Kishka tonight:

 I took the picture on the fly and love it.  It really captures her personality. 

Feasting, animals on parade and a new sock.

This week’s edition of Friday’s Feast:

Which television shows do you just refuse to miss?

The Amazing Race and Grey’s Anatomy.

Who did you last speak to on the telephone?

My parents.

How many pillows do you keep on your bed?

Five:  a body pillow, a king size pillow, two standard size pillow and a neck pillow.   I sleep with all of those pillows.  I don’t have any decorative pillows. 

Main Course
Name one addition to your computer (software, hardware, etc.) that you’d love to have.

An external hard drive. 

What is your favorite foreign food?

I’m an insanely picky eater and am not fond of very many non-American foods.   My favorite “foreign” food would be hard tacos.  I adore them and could survive on them.

The animals were particularly cute today, so (of course) I took pictures.





Kishka and Max:

The Emerald socks went on the needles earlier this evening: