Category Archives: Socks

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn. ~ Gore Vidal

After a week of cloudy weather, the weekend arrived and so did the sun.

Pikes Peak

It was a nice day to enjoy the park.

The stream was still frozen in many places:

Sadie on ice

Kish looks

Girls on ice

But there were enough areas that were not frozen so the girls could enjoy the water:

Sadie in stream

Kish drinking

The girls were able to run:

Sadie runs

Kishka runs

The squirrels were teasing them:

Sadie looks up

Kish looks for squirrels

There was barking and wooing:

Barking and wooing

Sadie watched me from behind the trees:

Sadie watches

Kishka kept on eye on Sadie:


Most of all, it was a day for hanging out and having fun:

Girls downstream

Girls look again

Girls off together

Girls through trees

Kishka even seemed to find a moment of zen:


Fun at the dog park is measured by one thing: mud.

Mud = fun. Sadie always has fun.

Sadie muddy butt

The yarn diet of 2010 continues, but I did buy a new project bag and stitch markers:

New bag

Stitch markers

These came from Annie Purl’s Etsy shop.

I’ve completed the feet on the Film Noir socks:

Film Noir socks


Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Kishka had a vet appointment yesterday and I had him look at her leg. I thought she hurt it at the park last week (she’s had a heck of a limp all week). It turns out she has a severe case of arthritis in one of her knees. It’s so severe that if she were a younger dog (Kish is around 10 years old), my vet would recommend a knee replacement. Because of Kish’s age, it’s about management of pain.

Kish has new food (with lots of joint friendly supplements) and a bottle of pain pills. Her days of fetch are over (too much stress on the knee due to the sudden stops and starts).

The park, however, is still in the picture so we spent part of our weekend there.

The girls went exploring together:


They looked for squirrels:

Kishka looks for squirrels

Sadie looks up

They were very excited to see that part of the stream was unfrozen so that they could go splashing:

Girls in stream

Sadie was so happy that she couldn’t stop barking with joy:

Sadie barks

Some of the stream thawed and was flowing throw the frozen parts of the stream:

Water flowing through frozen stream

I sat on this log and took pictures:

Log over frozen stream

Sadie loves to play Chase. Kishka does not play Chase. She never has (Max and Sam used to play it and would try to get her to join them) and Sadie has learned to not even try to engage her.

When we go to the park Sadie always looks for dogs who will play with her. On this day she was successful:

Sadie and friend

Sadie with flying ears

Sadie having fun

Sadie runs

Sadie runs

Chase makes Sadie very happy:

Sadie is happy

Kishka enjoyed exploring the frozen parts of the stream:

Kish on ice

Kishk on ice

Wooing at her sister (she loves to order Sadie around):

Kishka wooing behind Sadie

And drinking the ice cold water:

Kishka enjoys the cold water

We all enjoyed relaxing on the bank above the stream:

Girls hanging out above the stream

I had a comment a few posts ago about how svelte Sadie is looking. Since I see her everyday, her weight loss isn’t as noticeable to me. I know she’s lost weight, but I tend to focus on how much more she has to lose.

I went back to one of the first pictures I ever took of her back in March of 2008.

Here’s what she looked like then:


And yesterday:

Sadie sits

Wow. Those 18 lbs. she’s lost have really made a difference! She still has more to lose (which will be made tougher with Kishka’s limitations on exercise), but she has come a long way. Even if she doesn’t lose another pound, she is much healthier than she was when I adopted her.

I’m making slow but steady progress on the Film Noir socks.

Film Noir socks

I had a question about who makes this yarn. It’s by Sweet Paprika. They have a website and also sell through The Loopy Ewe.   I’m a sucker for self striping yarn and will definitely be buying more colors of this yarn.  It’s even more gorgeous in person and is a joy to knit.

:: cue gratuitous yarn p0rn shot ::

Film Noir close up

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. ~ Eddie Cantor (1892 – 1964)

After some bitterly cold weather this week, the weekend has been warm (relatively) and sunny. The girls and I headed out to our favorite park.

The stream where they like to splash was completely frozen:

Frozen stream

There were a few slips (just after I snapped this picture, Kishka’s four legs went in four different directions):

Kishka on the ice again

At one point, Sadie jumped out of the frozen stream and when she hit the ice covered stream bank she did nearly a full backwards somersault before landing back where she started. Sadly, I have no pictures of that (she was okay, just a bit startled). As for me, I was doubled over in laughter. 🙂

I always love watching how Sadie looks to Kishka for guidance:

Follow the leader

Following her sister

I’m so grateful that they’re such good friends. Sometimes I think they only keep me around to earn money to buy dog food and to use my opposable thumbs to open the locked dog food container. Otherwise, they’d be quite happy to kick me out and travel the road of life together.


We did a lot of walking and they did a lot of running. This necessitated a quick nap:

Sadie catnaps

Kishka (of course) did some squirrel hunting. Here she is scanning the stream bank:

Kishka looking for squirrels

And here is her “wait quietly for one to come to the ground” technique:


The quality of this picture isn’t great, but it perfectly captures Sadie’s “I’m so happy I’m at the park” face:

Happy Sadie

There has been knitting this week. I don’t have a lot of time to knit, but I’m making good progress on the socks:

Film Noir socks

There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A new year has brought new socks:


I knit them from this blank (received in a sock blank swap):

Swap blank

The colors are a bit more muted that I usually go for, but I do like them a lot.

There’s been stash enhancement (some received as a gift and some bought with Christmas money):

On Your Toes Sunshine Yarn Cowgirl yarn

Rose yarn Opal Bare yarn

ptk yarn Comfort Sock Essential

I admit that I was hooked by the name of this color: Film Noir.

Film Noir close up

The yarn is perfect for a classic movie nerd like me. To make the yarn even cooler, it’s self striping!

Film Noir sock

I’ve had the past ten days off work. During my vacation a friend and I went to the see the Little House musical. I’m a die hard bonnethead (fan of LH and Laura Ingalls Wilder) so I expected to love it. My non-bonnethead friend also really enjoyed it. The musical was very, very well done. The cast was terrific and so were the songs. I was most pleased that the story stuck to the books (unlike the TV series). If you have a chance to see this show, I highly recommend it.

I spent the rest of my time off with my girls. There’s been bone chewing (them, not me 🙂 ):


Lots of squirrel watching (again them, not me):

Kishka squirrel hunting

Watching the squirrels

Hanging out together:


Sadie and Kishka

And a ton of all around cuteness:

My Kishka



Sleeping Sadie

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:


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:


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


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):


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:


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.


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

If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~ Phil Pastoret

Knitting Math



Continuing on:



In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. ~ Aristotle

Fall is in the air, so it’s the perfect time for a new pair of socks to come off the needles.


These socks are called the Colorado Sunset socks. That’s because these socks began as a picture I took last spring.

72/365:  Day is done.

A couple of days later I set out to recreate the sunset colors in yarn.

74/365:  Dye, dye, baby.

The sock blank looked promising.

Sock Blank

The socks delivered on that promise.


Sides of socks



Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today. ~ Meredith Willson, The Music Man

My camera arrived home last week and I immediately broke in the new lens by (what else?) taking pictures of the dogs:


Kishka and her tennis ball

Shortly after the camera returned the dogs and I went hiking.   Here are my favorite pictures (and video) from that trip:
View from parking lot

Stream crossing


Girls in front of waterfalls

Have you ever tried to pose a dog in front of a waterfall?  It’s quite amusing  (“Sit.  Stay.  Look pretty.  Good girl.  No, stay.  Don’t look at the waterfall.  Good girl.  Stay there. Look at me.  Good girl”).

Sadie poses in front of the waterfall

Kishka watches her sister

The entire photo/video set is here.

I have been on a sock knitting kick for months now and lately I’ve stopped being monogamous and have been spreading my sock love around.  (I guess you could say I’m  a sock knitting hussy.)

These three pairs of socks are being knit from yarn that I dyed:




This pair is from a sock blank I received in a swap:


I am test knitting this pattern for the designer (isn’t it fantastic?):
Side of sock

I also have a blanket freshly on the needles:


I was absolutely overwhelmed and a little gobsmacked at the comments and emails that encouraged me to continue with my photo-a-day project.  Thank you so much for your kind words and the inspiration to continue.  I really appreciate it and you almost talked me into continuing the project.   However, I have decided not to continue the project.

I enjoyed taking a lot of photos and I did learn a lot in the short time that I took a picture every day.  However, the bottom line is that the commitment the project required ended up sucking a lot of fun out of both blogging and photography.  I had many days where I happily snapped a ton of pictures.  But, I also had more than a few days where I absolutely didn’t feel like taking a single picture and did not enjoy the process at all.

The project did teach me something, though.  Before the project I always had pictures I wanted to toss up on the blog, but I felt like if I posted a picture I needed to do a whole blog post about it and sometimes I just don’t feel like talking (seriously).  This project taught me that I can just post a picture and people will find it interesting.

So, moving forward I will sometimes do a ‘proper’ blog post and sometimes I’ll just post pictures that I’ve taken.

But, before we move forward, I’m going to look back for a moment. I went through all of my photos of the day and these are my favorites:

My creation

Day 121: Finito!

Day 105: New socks with Kishka feet.