Friday, January 30, 2009

Pity the Poor Band Director

... who is largely being ignored. I took this at my other favorite child's band concert just before Christmas (that's her, the first brunette to the left of the three blondes in the center). I found it again this afternoon when looking for something else. I like the yawn.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I Can't Believe I Knit This!

This is sooo not 'me,' how did it come off my needles? It's the Ekeby vest, a pattern by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton in her first book for Noro (I believe it's out of print). I sometimes call it the Ick-eby vest, but here it is, finished. In my closet. There's something I just like about it. Go figure. I took care of a small craving as well, and made it with Lopi. It's a lovely peacock blue-green.

As long as I'm (sort of) confessing to things, I will now bring up my mild case of Noro scarf fever. Instead of whipping up long ones like the Mason Dixon women and Yarn Harlot, mine are each made of two skeins. They're much more in my comfort zone, wouldn't you agree?

This one has been kidnapped by Mr. D. I had to hide it from him so I could take the pictures. The fine print: One skein of Silk Garden, color 267, and one skein of Kureyon, color 185. I love these colors!

I'd planned this next one for me, but I want it to be longer, so gee. Guess I'll have to make another. More fine print: One skein of Silk Garden, color 267, and one skein of Silk Garden, color 217. The screaming aqua on the ends is a little much, but the colors in the middle are my-o-my. I may find an adoptive home for this one.

Even now, a couple of weeks after they've been finished, I still like to pick them up and admire the colors. (Now is not the time to bring up the fact that I don't get out enough). If you're a little drunk or merely really bored, race the scroll bar up and down and watch the colors change. OK, don't.

Did I mention that I'm infatuated with the colors?

So. next question. Are either of these projects (the scarves count as one) worth posting on Ravelry?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

This is what many people have died to prevent and what many more have died to protect:

And what this nation has done 44 times: a peaceful transition of power. Here's to the greatest nation in the world.

Monday, January 19, 2009

One Snowy Saturday

The "opportunity" to work nights, holidays and weekends has kept me from cheering at my kids' sporting events, a fact that I think they secretly are grateful for. Happily for me, Laurel — my other favorite child — had a skiing meet on Saturday over at Bunker Hills park, one of the county's treasures. This was the start and the finish of the relay races (That is not her in the photo). In the home stretch, the kids would shoot up out of that gully just behind that green thing and then circle around off to the left of the frame, re-entering right in front of me to tag the next skier.

Long arms come in handy sometimes:

That's my kid. She's greased lightning.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

No Knitting, We Have Guests

Well, less knitting, anyway. We're dogsitting this week for Barb T., who is on a cruise in the Carribbean. Suppose she misses us? Me, either.

This is Cinder. She has a pink bow in her hair. It holds her brain in:

This is Tuxedo, a k a Tuxie, her foster chihuahua. He is shy at first and then loves you with abandon. He whimpers at the door when favorite child No. 1 leaves for school.

He's better at sitting still, so I have more pictures of him. The blue sweater gets washed alot because we forget to fold it out of the way when he dashes out into the yard.

It was entertaining to watch Riley and Gunnar try to figure out what had arrived — they kept hoping 'toys.' The novelty quickly wore off:

It has been a difficult week for Clover. Being superior and acting offended must take alot out of a cat when he has to spread it four ways. The picture notwithstanding, this was a very funny moment yesterday. With all four dogs strewn down the hallway, he sat in the door for a full two minutes

before making a run for it. I think he was steamed that none of them noticed.

Who needs TV?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A Minor Mystery

I finally got around to repairing Mr. D.'s sweater the other night. When I went diving into the main-floor stash, looking for the wee ball of Black Water Abbey yarn, I came up empty-handed — or at least not with what I was after. I have no idea what these were used for:

I never did find the BWA, which I know is there somewhere. Being the Queen of Brown and Gray, however, I found a suitable stand-in: the Gaelic Mist yarn worked just fine. Five minutes later, viola! the sweater is back in the rotation, just in time for January.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Good Bye to 2008

Oh, man. After hunkering against the last few months, does anyone else want to stand up and stretch? I am not prone to overly philosophical moods, but sometimes it's worth contemplating the future: What if ____ (fill in the blank, please!)
But all that can wait. I settled into the couch, with the prospect of working on sleeve No.2, and it was shaping up to be a quiet evening:


Not even Clover's best 'you morons' look had any effect.

Happy New Year. Here's to warm fires and possibilities.

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