Category Archives: sunset

A post full of pictures.

Today’s Saturday Sky:

There’s been a lot of knitting (and TCM watching!) around here. 

The Grapes of Wrap shawl:

The Pastel Rainbow socks:

And introducing, the Pinky Purple socks:

I recently bought the girls a new toy and it’s been quite a hit:

Have you ever watched a cat take a bath?  It’s darn cute:


Time for toes!

I’ll have these socks finished in time for the Arctic cold front that’s due to arrive this weekend.  

Here’s Pikes Peak at sunset:

I’m going to have to move Samantha so I can go to bed:

An ending? Or, a beginning?

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

~Bill Vaughan


The dishcloths are finished:

Dishcloth #6 for Mom

What: Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, partial skeins of Sage Green and Country Sage Ombre
Pattern: A little bit of garter stitch and a little bit of seed stitch
Dimensions: 8.00″ x 5.5″

Date started:
Date finished: 12/30/06
Lesson Learned: None.
Destination: My Mom’s kitchen

And a new blanket is on the needles:


The Day After.

After yesterday’s blizzard, today was a gorgeous day. Here are some scenes from my day:
The piles of snow along the highway:

Abandoned cars along the highway:

A spectacular sunset:

In knitting news, I’m thinking a lot about this.

Some feasting, some knitting, some sky pics and a darn cute dog.

It’s almost Friday, so it’s time for the weekly feast:

What is your favorite beverage?
Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi. Sometimes I get a little wild and mix it with grape Kool-Aid.

Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.
I don’t have a desk at home, so work it is: stapler, date stamp, calendar.

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?
8. My mouth often gets me into trouble.

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If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?
Another silly question.

What stresses you out? What calms you down?
Change stresses me out. I detest change more than I can say. I’m a creature of habit.

Snuggling with a dog calms me down. If I didn’t have dogs, I’m convinced the last two years would have put me in the loony bin.

I’ve put the heel in the first Jellybean sock, but forgot to take a picture of it. Darn CRS!

Log Cabin #3 is taking shape:

Log Cabins always look wonky for the first few rounds. My trust in the pattern is what keeps me going.

I was driving home yesterday and had to pull over to take a picture of the mountains peeking out of the clouds:

And, tonight’s sunset:

It’s been cold here at night (in the 20’s) and I’m back to sharing my bed:

Charlie Brown was right: Happiness is a warm puppy.

You know you’re getting older when…

…”doing a shot” means this:

Yes, this post is brought to you by generic DayQuil, the “daytime, non-drowsy, stuffy head, sore throat, coughing, aching, fever relief” that leaves you stoned off your ass.

I worked a half day today. I was feeling okay this morning, but before I even made it to work, I was feeling just horrible, so I came home at lunchtime.

I spent the afternoon crashed on the couch and this evening I’ve been watching old movies on TCM.

Thank you to everyone who commented/emailed ‘get well’ wishes.  I do appreciate it.   🙂

There’s been a lot of knitting on the mystery project. I’m pleased with how it’s turning out.

Here’s tonight’s sunset, just before a storm blew through:

And here’s Kishka, looking rather concerned at my coughing/sneezing fit:

Sky, dogs, feasting, knitting, what more does a girl need?

Doesn’t it look like fall?

There’s been progress on blankets:

At First Blush…

Deep Blue Something…

Log Cabin #2…

Taking the photo of the Log Cabin blanket was actually a bit exciting. I was balancing on the edge of the bed. Sam kept shifting position, so the bed was moving. I was trying to think of a good cover story to tell the doctor if I fell off the bed and broke something. Somehow I think “I was photographing a blanket on my bed for my blog” would raise a few eyebrows.

Speaking of my bed, Samantha has taken over:

I hope she’s comfy, because she won’t be staying there. 🙂

Max was looking especially photogenic this evening:

And I caught a moment of sisterly love:

During my travels in knitblogland recently I’ve noticed several knitters asking readers where to find the perfect knitting bag. Knitting bags are so personal. Every knitter I know has their own vision of the perfect knitting bag.

I like my knitting bags cheap:

That’s one Ziploc Big Bag, two carryout bags from Chipotle and one bag from Picnic Basket Catering.

I do own more traditional knitting bags but right now, these are my favorites. They contain all my blankets!

When Lion Brand announced last year that they were discontinuing Cotton-Ease there was a bit of an uproar in the knitblog community. I will admit that I mocked the people who were upset about this. I didn’t understand it. What’s the big deal about a cotton/acrylic yarn?

Then, I knit with it.

There are no words to describe my love for this yarn. It’s soft, machine washable/dryable, affordable and a joy to knit with. It is the perfect yarn for my Warm The World blankets. I’ve been cursing Lion Brand for discontinuing it.

I’m cursing no more. Lion Brand is bring it back “in a few months” in “a beautiful new color range”.

I see more Log Cabins in my future.

It’s finally Friday, so time to feast.

Measured in minutes or hours, how much exercise have you had in the last week?
Oh, lord. I am busted. 10 minutes.

If you had to change your blog title to something else, what would it be?
I’ve never really thought about that. When I decided to blog, the name “Runs With Needles” just kind of popped into my head. Once I Googled and verified that no one else used that name, that’s who I became.

Name one television show you watched when you were 9-12 years old.
Little House On The Prairie. I still watch it almost every day.

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If someone gave you $50 to spend with the one condition that it had to be educational, what would you purchase?
I’m a history geek, so would probably buy a history related DVD: Ken Burns’ classic, Civil War Journal, and The Revolution are all favorites.

Do you tend to prefer dark colors, neutral shades, or lighter/pastel hues?
I like dark colors (hunter green, burgundy, navy blue, deep purple), but am also a fan of bright colors.

No knitting, but there’s pictures

Thank you for all the compliments on the Minty Fresh Blanket.  I am so glad I got past the false starts and seem to be on track.

Melanie inquired about the source of the pattern.  This pattern is in Quick Knitted Afghans.   I love this book.  Out of all the blanket pattern books that I own (and there are many!), this is my favorite.

There was another gorgeous sunset tonight:

I saw a license plate today that was both confusing and amusing:

Mmmbop? Seriously? And most importantly….why?

I realize that I am a bit biased, but I’m quite certain that I own one of the cutest dogs alive:

By George, I think I’ve got it!

A close up with the blanket stretched just a bit (to show the pattern):

I looked out the window tonight and saw this:

A few moments later:

Falling in love again.

For a few months, I set blankets aside to knit socks. I loved socks. Now, I have once again fallen in love with knitting blankets.The new blanket has been named Minty Fresh and I’ve started the cables:

Here’s a closer look:

So far, this pattern is a joy. It’s easy enough to do while watching TV/surfing the web, yet complicated enough that I’m not bored at all.

Driving home from work tonight I had to pull over and snap a picture of the sunset:

Our sky has been hazy the past couple of days due to wildfires in nearby states. The hazy skies during the day are kind of a drag, but the spectacular sunsets definitely make up for it!