Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today. ~ Meredith Willson, (The Music Man)
It’s been awhile, but I finally finished something:
Warm The World Hat #1
What: Warm The World Hat #1
Yarn: Unknown from Warm The World stash
Needles: size 8 dpn’s
Pattern: Seamans’ Cap, kind of*
Date started: 7/27/07
Date finished: 7/29/07
Dimensions: 6.5″ diameter and 6″ high (with cuff folded)
Lesson Learned: None
Destination: Warm The World
* I used this pattern as a guide and used the following modifications:
- Used size 8 dpn’s
- Did not change needle size after the ribbing
- Only cast on 60 stitches
- Knit 6″ (not 7.5″) before the decreases
There were more storms last night. Perfect for Saturday Sky:
I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards . . .*
One thing I’ve really missed during the past few weeks has been being outside and taking pictures. On Saturday morning, I settled in on my back steps and snapped some pictures.
Samantha worked very hard on excavating her hole:
Kishka was just trying to catch some rays, but Sam kept backing into her:
And throwing dirt on her:
I brushed Kishka and the breeze scattered her fur across the yard:
I haven’t been able to do any yard work this year. The weeds around the power pole are getting out of control:
My clothesline is just waiting to be used:
My gardening tools are also waiting for me:
I’ve watched more TV in the past month than I ever have in my life. I’ve rediscovered one of my all time favorite shows: The Wonder Years. I was a huge fan of the show during its original run, but had never seen it in syndication. Until now.
The ION network is showing it twice a day, five days a week and I’m Tivo’ing every episode. I was hesitant to watch the show again. I feared it might not live up to my lofty memories. I was wrong. I love the show even more as an adult. As much as I also love MASH and Little House (my two other all time favorite shows), they ended with not-so-great finales. The Wonder Years’ finale was every bit as good as the rest of the series.
My recovery is taking longer than I would like (but I’m healing at the rate that is to be expected), but I am so happy and grateful that I can knit again. I’m making progress on socks.
The Pastel Rainbow Socks are moving slowly, but there is a tiny bit of progress:
I’m still unsure about the Pink Clouds socks. I think the yarn may pool, but I’m hopeful it will keep striping:
The Tropical Monkey socks now have heel flaps:
Finally, what’s a post without puppy paws:
And portraits of my girls:
* quote is from the final voice over of The Wonder Years series finale:
“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like a lot of other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder.”
Today’s Saturday Sky isn’t just the sky, it’s the squeal inducing sight I saw this morning when I climbed out of bed:
To understand why I squealed, I have to back up a bit, to Tuesday.
A fast moving, strong snowstorm went through on Tuesday. The storm started with ice pellets falling from the sky for several hours and this morphed into 50+mph winds and several inches of heavy, wet snow. During the storm, my power went out and I looked out my window to see a power pole snapped in two:
Power outages are common where I live so I had prepared by filling my washing machine with water and turning up the heat in the house.
When I saw the power pole was snapped, I knew I was in trouble. Once the storm cleared and ushered in warm, sunny weather, I discovered that at least five power poles right about my house were snapped and over 150 poles in my area had suffered the same fate.
This was not going to be the usual 4-6 hour power outage. I expected it to be about as long as the longest power outage I had ever experienced here: 26 hours.
I was wrong. So very wrong.
My power went out Tuesday afternoon. It did not come back on until late Saturday afternoon. For those of you keeping track at home, my power was off for 98 hours.
98 hours with no electricity, no heat and no running water.
The lack of heat was only a problem the first day. I spent Night One shivering underneath five blankets while wearing a sweatsuit, wool socks and fuzzy feet.
The lack of running water was a pain, but wasn’t that big of a deal. I keep ten gallons of drinking water in the house at all times and while I did make a Wal*Mart run on Day Two for more water and batteries, the critters and I probably could have survived on those ten gallons. I used the water in the washing machine to flush the toilet, so I just missed showering and washing my hair.
The lack of electricity bothered me a lot for the first day or so. I’m a news junkie and am always checking the cable news channels and websites to see what’s going on in the world. When I knit, I’m always watching TV, surfing the Internet, emailing and IM’ing at the same time. After a day without these distractings, I settled into a relaxing new routine.
I took time during the day to sit on my deck and watch the birds play in the trees. When the sun had set in the evening I didn’t immediately pull the curtains and turn on the lights. I kept the curtains open until the last drop of daylight had been squeezed from the sky.
Then I turned on my lanterns and began to knit.
I started with the Socks of Spring, but they didn’t hold my interest for long:
I was in a heel turning mood one night and turned four heels:
Finally, I cast on for the socks I’ve been thinking about for about a month:
I’m amazed at how much I can knit when I focus on just the knitting. It was a nice change to knit only to the soft snoring of dogs and when I felt the need to hear noise, I caught up on the many podcasts that have been languishing on my iPod.
I’m happy to be back in the 21st century, but I’m grateful for the time I had to slow down and appreciate everything around me.
When the sock bug bit me a few months ago, I really didn’t know what I was doing. The first two pair of socks I knit this year were a couple inches too short. I’ve been looking at them in my dresser drawer for the past couple of months and wishing they fit. So, I decided to do something about it. I’ve spent the past couple of days unraveling the toes and reknitting them. Besides getting socks that fit, I’ve become very good at the kitchener stitch.
Here are the Splash of Red socks, before and after:
And the Candy Cane socks, before and after:
I’ve also done some unexpected yarn dying. The other day I was searching for the dogs’ heartworm pills (why do I always misplace those?) and found a stash of Paas egg dye. I don’t remember buying it, but I must have planned on dying yarn and then forgot I had the dye. I had one skein of Bare leftover from my December Kool-Aid dying session, so I tossed it in the ‘pot’ with some egg dye:
I like Paas dying a lot more than Kool Aid dying. It was much easier and a lot less messy. Here’s the finished yarn:
I didn’t get a chance to blog Saturday’s Sky this week and it’s just too gorgeous to skip:
Samantha continues to love her new rabbit:
And I finally got a shot of her sleeping on her back:
And here’s Kishka, smooshed into her favorite chair:
Today’s Saturday Sky was not pretty:
And the ground looked even worse:
I made the most of the weather by finishing a pair of socks.
Berry Pink Socks
What: Berry Pink Socks
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash: less than 1 skein of 807 (Raspberry) and small amount of 850 (Lime Sherbet)
Needles: size 4, Inox
Pattern: YO Cable adapted from Sensational Knitted Socks*
Date started: 3/14/07
Date finished: 4/8/07
Lesson Learned: 1 – This was my first time using Inox needles and I really liked them. 2 – This pattern was very enjoyable: simple and easy to memorize.
Destination: my feet!
* The pattern in the book is written for toe up socks with a short row heel and toe. I rewrote the pattern for a cuff down sock with heel flap. CO 50. 4.5″ leg and 8″ before toe decreases.
Today dawned bright and sunny, perfect for Saturday Sky:
It was the perfect day for a drive.
Here are my favorites:
And here are some others:
The Forest socks should be finished within the next day or so:
And finally for today, my security system:
I don’t have to pay a monthly fee. I just keep them stocked in kibble, treats, belly rubs and lots of love.
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
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.”
Yesterday dawned warm and sunny and this week’s Saturday sky is brought to you from Canon City:
Felicia and I were in Canon City attending the monthly meeting of Warm The World. This picture shows the finished items in the WTW inventory. The bags near the bottom are hats and scarves. The rest of it is blankets. Items on these shelves are tagged, counted and ready to be delivered.
When you look at this picture, it looks like WTW has a ton of inventory. However, when you consider that WTW supports many organizations this is not nearly enough.
This year WTW is supporting all of Fort Carson. Every baby born at the post will receive a handmade blanket from WTW. That’s estimated at 1400-1500 blankets. All of sudden these few hundred blankets in the picture don’t really seem like a lot.
WTW supplies yarn for it’s volunteers. Here is most of the WTW yarn stash:
See that empty spot in the middle? (I’ll zoom in for you.):
These are the cubbies for pink and purple yarn. WTW can’t keep these colors in stock. In fact, WTW is low on all pastel yarn. Do you have any pastel yarn around your home that you can donate? If you can, please consider sending it off to WTW. Besides yarn, WTW is also in need of gift cards for craft stores so that we can purchase yarn. If you can help, you can send any items to:
Warm the World
PO Box 1089
Canon City, CO 81215
Yesterday’s WTW meeting inspired me to throw a new scarf on the needles:
I’m calling this the Bunny Pink Scarf. It’s named after Sam’s new toy:
Shortly after Valentine’s Day I was at the store and came across a bin of stuffed animals that were 75% off. I picked up a few for the dogs. They destroy stuffed toys so quickly and I refuse to spend more than a couple of bucks on each toy. They don’t last long, but the toys see a lot of love:
All of that playing wears a girl out:
It’s a good thing I’ve got an attack cat keeping an eye on things:
Or, when the ISP/laptop are broken, the hands are knitting:
I’ve been having ISP/laptop problems and couldn’t access the Internet, so all my attention was focused on these socks. They are both ready to have the heel turned. The picture does not do this yarn justice. The colors are so bright and so vivid. It’s just gorgeous.
Today was a rather dreary looking day:
Samantha decided it was a perfect day for snoozing:
Today was a spectacular Colorado day. It was cold and windy, but there was not one cloud in the sky:
Felicia and I hit the road to Pueblo this morning. Our destination:
Colorado Fiber Arts is the newest yarn store in this neck of the woods. I was very excited about this road trip because I was hoping that this yarn store would be better than the yarn stores in Colorado Springs.
I was not disappointed. Colorado Fiber Arts is now my favorite LYS. They are well lit, have plenty of space, great prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of yarn, notions and patterns. On top of all that, they are supporters of Warm The World. Colorado Fiber Arts is everything that the four LYSs in Colorado Springs are not.
I didn’t even think of taking pictures in the store, but Felicia did and you can find them here. I did, however, take a picture of what I brought home:
That bright blue yarn is going on the needles as soon as I decide on the pattern.
Today I was telling Felicia about my poor man’s swift:
It works better than you might expect. My only problem came the first time I used it. I wasn’t paying attention to how fast I was winding the yarn and the shade flew off the lamp. Flying lampshades + sleeping dogs = freaked out dogs.
The pinky purple socks are coming along:
The nights have been quite cold lately. Kishka has to be sure to keep her nose warm:
A gorgeous sunset finished off a wonderful day: