Category Archives: Sweaters

Life is not a spectator sport. ~ Jackie Robinson

Winter has arrived and the cold weather means I’m not taking as many pictures on our weekly outings. I managed to snap a few pictures last week before frostbite threatened to set in.

The dogs love to run when it’s cold.

Luka

Sadie

Luka enjoys patrolling the fence line.

Luka

When I snapped this picture I had just told him not to jump the fence (he does that sometimes).

Luka

Running around in cold weather requires fuel. The dogs’ favorite fuel is peanut butter. The favored peanut butter delivery method is a Kong.

Sadie and her Kong

Luka loves peanut butter filled Kongs

Luka looks a bit too comfortable in front of the computer (I need to check my credit card statements for any unexpected charges :) )

Luka

Sadie has no time for such nonsense. There is napping to do.

Sadie

Finally, the Fishermen’s Wool project is coming along.

sweater

Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live. ~ Charles Bukowski

A huge snowstorm hit here on Friday. I came home from work early (and just in time…the highway closed shortly after I arrived home). I was planning on hiding inside all afternoon (a foot of snow and 30mph winds are not my cup of tea). Luka, however, kept giving me expectant looks.

Luka

After a couple of hours of these looks I bundled up and we went out in the storm for a walk. The snow was very deep.

Deep snow

I nearly froze to death but I made this guy happy and that makes me happy.

Luka

Besides, how can I deny a Malamute the joy of playing in the snow?

Luka in the snowbank

If Sadie had her way I suspect she’d skip the frozen walks and stay on the couch.

Sadie

She is a dog who treats napping as an art form.

Sadie

Sadie

Yesterday morning I was sitting on the couch when this happened next to me.

Milo and Luka

I was sure that once Luka realized Milo was there the moment would end (Luka loves to bug/chase Milo).

I was wrong.

Milo and Luka

Maybe my boy is finally maturing.

Being trapped in the house this weekend has had its advantages. My Fishermen’s Wool project is taking shape.

sweater

I still can’t comment on Blogger blogs that utilize word verification, but I am reading.

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer

Four weeks ago tonight Luka had surgery. Today, finally, he was released to full activity.

I took him to a nearby school to take advantage of their fully fenced grounds.

I set the beast free.

Luka

Luka

Luka

I think he’s happy.

Luka

It’s going to take some time before we’re back to walking three miles a day and hiking on the weekends, but we are on our way.

During the time off from our long daily walks Sadie has been following Milo’s lead and practicing for the Sleep Olympics.

Sadie

Sadie

This is her favorite place to sleep: snuggled up against my leg.

Sadie

As cute as Sadie is, she is still not as skilled as Milo when it comes to sleeping.

Milo

Milo

Milo

I have been knitting and I finally took pictures.

The latest socks.

Socks

And a sweater.

Sweater

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.

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Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. ~ Lord Byron

Hey, look!  This post has words!

I’m one month into my 365 project, so I figured it was time for some reflection

Wow.  This is hard.  I didn’t expect the 365 project to be easy, but I also didn’t expect to have days where I wander around the house in the late evening desperately looking for a subject to photograph.   Thankfully, this hasn’t happened too often and I’ve had just as many days where I have to choose my photo of the day out of five or six great pictures.

Throughout January I spent some time thinking about just what I want to get out of this project.  My main goal is to document my life.  It’s already working.  When I look back on the January pictures I am reminded of some ordinary days that would otherwise be forgotten.  That alone makes this project worthwhile.

This project also has me looking at the world differently.  I’m noticing light and shadow more than I ever have.  I also spend my time at red lights looking all around me instead of staring blankly at the car in front of me.

I’m grateful that so many of you have stuck around while I take this blog in a new direction.   Thank you.

On to usual blog topics…

I posted a picture of my finished Kermit Sweater on January 10.   Here are some more pictures:

I’m pretty happy with how this sweater turned out.  I could easily have gone down to the next size.  The sweater is huge.  I like my sweaters a bit baggy, but this is pushing it.  I intended for this to be a casual sweater (for knocking around the house or to wear while running errands) so I’m not too disappointed.  I’m thinking about shortening it a few inches, though.  The Cascade 220 grew a lot (lengthwise) when it was soaked.

As always, details are on my Ravelry page.

My current WIP is a lovely pair of pink socks:

Unlike the rest of the country, we’ve had a pretty mild winter in my neck of the woods.  So when the world froze over earlier this week, I had to get outside and capture it:

I always have a tough time getting nice pictures of Romeo, so I was thrilled with this one:

I’ve also been taking an obnoxious number of dog pictures:

Maybe next year I should post a dog picture a day.  I don’t think I’d have a problem doing that!

Day 10: New sweaters make me happy!

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!

If all the world’s a stage, I want to operate the trap door. ~ Paul Beatty

There has been a lot of knitting (and TCM movie watching!) around here lately, but the sweater is still in the big, green blob stage:

This is actually the second incarnation of the sweater.  The first attempt was way too big and hit the frog pond just after I split for the sleeves.  I am hopeful that this size will fit.

While I’ve been knitting the girls have been busy…sleeping.

Occasionally they wake up to see what’s going on:

And there has been some snuggling:

Don’t you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work. ~ Gallagher

I think this is the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started this thing.  Since I’m documenting the heck out of my knitting projects over at Ravelry, I haven’t felt the need to blog my knitting details here anymore.

I’m considering changing the focus of this blog for 2009.  I enjoy blogging (and looking back on old blog posts – they always jog a lot of memories), but there’s no need to repeat what I post on Ravelry, so this blog may evolve from being a knitting blog to being something else.

Speaking of knitting, there has been a lot of it!

The arrival of snow motivated me to knit a Dog Walking Hat:

The hat is AMAZING.  I knit it out of Cascade 220 (both regular and Superwash) and it’s like a furnace on my head.   I love it!

Changing up how I knit socks (from top down on dpn’s to toe up on Magic Loop) inspired me and I knocked off five pairs of socks.

This is my first pair of toe up/Magic Loop socks:

The next pair is knit out of my new favorite sock yarn, Kaleidoscope Superwash Sock Yarn from Blue Ridge Yarns:

This pair is knit out of Opal’s Harry Potter line in the Hedwig colorway:

I do love these socks, but calling this a Hedwig colorway is bullshit.  I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies and I don’t recall a blue/green owl making an appearance.

Like many sock knitters, I joined the sock blank dyeing craze.   This blank:

Turned into these socks:

And finally, these socks were knit from one of the first balls of sock yarn I ever purchased (at least three years ago):

The sock obsession soon morphed into sweater knitting.  I’ve never been a sweater knitter, but now I’m obsessed.

Baby sweater for my best friend’s newborn son:

Around this time last year I started a Central Park Hoodie.   It knit up quickly, but then I got distracted (and frustrated with how to knit the collar and buttonbands).  I picked it up again last week and it’s finally finished.  And it fits!   (This is the first sweater I’ve ever knit for me, so I was afraid it wouldn’t fit.)

Here are the bones of my Weekend Sweater.  It’s blocking now and I hope to sew it this weekend.

I’ll be swatching for my next sweater tonight.   The yarn is waiting for me:

Details for all of the knits can be found on my Ravelry page.

My furry family has all been doing well.   Here’s Romeo watching  the dogs:

Kishka and Sadie’s relationship continues to flourish:

The three of us did a lot of hiking this fall:

Sadie especially loves chilling out in the stream:

Colorado scenery never ceases to amaze me, even after living here for 11 years.

Here’s an early morning shot of Pikes Peak:

And some high country shots from my trip to Vail in October:

I can’t really explain it, but this is one of my favorite ‘scenery’ pictures that I’ve taken this year:

And this picture is one of my favorite critter pictures I’ve taken this year:

Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There’s so little hope for advancement. ~ Charles M. Schulz (1922 – 2000), (Snoopy)

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on Sadie. I’m always amazed how many comments my dog related posts receive. It makes me feel better about my lack of knitting content.

Speaking of lack of knitting content, I’m afraid it’s going to continue for the foreseeable future. I just don’t have much time to knit anymore. I usually have only an hour or two to knit each week, sometimes less.

My Central Park Hoodie has been frogged back again. Kishka sums up my current feelings about this project:

I do have a plan in place to fix this sweater but since spring is here, I’m just hoping to finish it by next winter.

When I have been knitting, I’ve been knitting on my third Log Cabin Blanket:

Sadie continues to settle into my furry family.

Some might even say she’s already spoiled:

I’m discovering new Sadie quirks almost every day. She likes to sleep like this:

Then when I call her name I get this face:

Her visit to the vet revealed that she weights 116 lbs. She should weigh around 80 lbs. Needless to say, we are doing a lot of walking.

The walking is followed by a lot of water drinking:

I caught Kishka sitting like this the other night:

It looks like all she needs is a beer and the remote control.

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