Category Archives: sunset

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~ Wallace Stevens


Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce (1882 – 1941)

Before the last month, I had successfully felted five items.

In the past month, it’s felting: 2. Me: 0.

Kitty Pi

What: Kitty Pi

Yarn: Lion Wool in Rose, Ebony, Winter White and Cadet Blue; Festive Fur in White
Needles: size 10

Pattern: Kitty Pi

Date started: 9/1/07

Date finished: 9/3/07

Lesson Learned: I really, really hate knitting with fun fur.

Destination: The kitties



This is the first time I’ve knit with fun fur and I HATED it. But, I think it fits for this project, so it was worth it.


I expected the sides of the bed to start going up at the second repeat of blue. Instead, they started before that, at the pink part. No amount of stretching and blocking could fix this problem. As a result, the bed was much, much too small. I’m not sure where the pattern went wrong, but it went very wrong.


So, I cut the bed up and it’s now a kitty mat. I have more wool in my stash so I may try making a kitty bed of my own design.


Speaking of kitties, here’s Parker, keeping watch on the neighborhood:



Here are two sunsets, taken on two different evenings:



When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure. ~ Alice Hoffman, ‘Here on Earth’

This past week has been amazing for a weather geek like me.

There have been gorgeous, sunny days:

Thunderstorms rumbling across the prairie:

Storms at sunset:

Stray thunderstorms in the middle of an otherwise gorgeous day:

A double rainbow (this was a full double rainbow, but I couldn’t get a shot of the whole thing):

The clouds in the eastern sky have also been gorgeous at sunset:

Samantha has been spending a lot of time hanging out in the yard with her trusty tennis ball at her side:

Romeo has started sleeping on his back. It’s adorable as hell and I’ve been trying to get a picture of it, with limited results:

Kishka has been enjoying the window AC unit:

And just looking generally adorable:

This week’s feast:

What is your favorite kind of pie?
It’s a tie between pumpkin pie and peanut butter pie.

Name something that made you smile this week.
Yesterday afternoon I was driving down the highway, iPod playing my favorite songs and admiring the big, puffy, white clouds against the bright blue sky. It was a perfect moment.

What do you do to cool off when the weather is hot and humid?
It’s rarely humid here, but when it’s hot (which it is right now), I like to park myself in front of my window AC unit. I have a chair that sits right in front of it and when I sit there it cools me off immediately.

Main Course
You receive $1,000 in the mail with a letter that says you can only use the money to redecorate one room in your home. Which room do you pick, and what do you buy to spruce it up?
I rent, so I wouldn’t spend the money on paint or anything I had to leave behind. I’d use the $1000 towards a new bed. (Yes, that’s boring, but it’s what I would do.)

Fill in the blank: My _________ says __________, but I __________.
My blog title and header says it’s a knitting blog , but I post more about the weather and my animals than knitting.

Here is the knitting. This is a knitting blog. Really.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is this weekend. I can’t wait.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus


I’ve been a picture taking fool lately.






Clouds at sunset……



The girls playing Follow The Leader:


Samantha keeping watch over her territory:


Kishka enjoying a nap:


Kishka watching me take pictures:




A license plate I saw today has me wondering….



Rush the band? Rush the nearby town? Rush the hypocritical bigot? Or is this person just in a hurry?


And finally, knitting!


Another FO:


Warm The World Hat #2



What: Warm The World Hat #2

Yarn: Unknown from Warm The World stash
Needles: size 8 dpn’s

Pattern: Seamans’ Cap, kind of*

Date started: 7/29/07

Date finished: 7/30/07

Dimensions: 9″ diameter and 7″ high

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
  • Worked from the top down and cast on 6 stitches
  • Used K2P2 ribbing

And, a new project:

The palest ink is better than the best memory. ~ Chinese Proverb

The heat wave has finally broken. I’ve been knitting on my (to be felted) bag:

There were thunderstorms in the area last night:

Romeo actually cooperated during a photo shoot earlier today (he usually closes his eyes and refuses to look cute):

Parker also cooperated (he usually likes to head butt the camera):

While this photo shoot was going on, Kishka kept a close eye on the action from the hallway:

The Feast:

Describe a toy you remember from your childhood.
The Sit ‘n Spin. I loved that toy. It was light blue and I used it so much that I broke off the handle. Now, however, I am old: if I even think about spinning around like that I feel like getting sick.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest) how observant are you?
7 or 8. As my father often tells me : “Always be aware of your surroundings”.

Where would you rather be at this very moment?
Actually, I’m pretty happy with where I am at this very moment: on my couch with my dogs asleep at my feet.

Main Course
When was the last time you learned something new?
Yesterday, in physical therapy. I learned new ab exercises using the exercise ball.

Fill in the blank: I have ____________ but I haven’t ____________.
I have the yarn but I haven’t knit any hats yet.

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. ~ Abraham Lincoln



231 years ago, a group of men decided to take a stand against England and declare America’s independence. If they were alive today, I wonder what they would think of the current American government. I have a feeling they would be ashamed.

Today, I celebrate the group of men who took that stand in the sweltering summer of ’76. May the men in power today change their ways and stop making a mockery of everything America stands for.

I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time on Ravelry, but I have managed to do some knitting.

The Summer of Scraps blanket is coming along nicely:

One of the Pink Clouds sock has a partial heel flap:

The Tropical Monkey Socks have turned their heels:

Finally, the storm at sunset last night:



Edited later in the day……….

A tornado touched down about 10 miles from my house.  I managed to get a picture of it.








Socks, sunset and snow (?).

I’ve been doing a lot of computer work lately, so I cast on a simple pair of socks that I can knit while I’m clicking:

Last night’s sunset:

The calm before the storm.

Kishka doesn’t want to see any more snow:

Sam’s hiding her face in her bunny to avoid even thinking about it:

Socks on parade.

The Iris socks are knitting for home:

The Pastel Rainbow socks are (finally!) past the heel:

The Socks of Spring have their cuffs finished:

Samantha loves her toys. Here she is with her (now headless) purple bear:

And, thanks to post Easter clearance sales, here is her new rabbit:

Finally, last night’s sunset:


The pattern of gorgeous sunsets continues:

Kishka continues to sleep in odd positions:

Sam continues to guard her toys while sleeping:

The Iris socks continue to grow:

I am (obviously) obsessed with socks right now. However, none of mine inspire me tonight:

It’s definitely time to cast on another pair!

If a picture is worth a thousand words…

…this is going to be a very long post.

Tonight’s sunset was, once again, spectacular. It was so spectacular that more than one photograph is required to showcase its splendor:

The first Iris sock is knitting up quickly:

Sam’s pink bunny has taken a beating, so i introduced another toy in the hopes of making the bunny last longer. Sam loves the purple bear almost as much as the pink bunny:

I didn’t mean to do it, but today ended up being portrait day in this house.

I managed to get an eye level shot of Kishka:

I snapped Samantha as she looked out the window:

Parker stopped batting at the camera long enough for me to take his picture:

And finally, the shy boy Romeo. He would not open his eyes for the camera.

And finally, furry paws!