Thursday, January 17, 2019

Three on Thursday

I'm joining Carole for Three on Thursday...

Three things about life without pets:

1.  I now have to remember to rinse my dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.  It's been 14 years since I've had to rinse a plate.

2.  I have a lot of spare time on my hands now that I don't have to keep putting the trash back into the trash cans for the second... fourth....tenth time.

3.  We need to be a little more careful about eating things like popcorn and Cheetos.  There's no longer a four-legged vacuum cleaner licking up the dropped pieces from the floor.  We can no longer brush the crumbs off the kitchen counter and have them magically hoovered up by the dog before they even hit the floor.  And dammit!  The family needs to remember to stop throwing tomato slices on the floor.  I never realized how many tomatoes we eat until we no longer had a tomato loving dog who lived to catch tomato slices mid air.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Christmas catch up

While the first snow of 2019 falls, I'm playing catch up with showing you some of my Christmas knits.  Please forgive the photo quality.  I was hastily snapping photos in bad lighting at 4 a.m. moments before cramming the gifts into their wrappings.

Hitchhiker scarf or shawl knit with Knit Pick's Hawthorne

I knit my sister a Hitchhiker.  I used Knit Pick's Laurelhurst Hawthorne.  My sister lives a pretty busy lifestyle full of dogs and grandkids so I thought washable wool was called for.  I have to admit, I had a hard time parting with this one.  I came dangerously close to keeping it for myself.  I just love the 'pond scum' greens and browns in the yarn.

Simple cowl knit with Uptown Bulky Amplify yarn from Center of the Yarniverse
VCU Cowl

And a VCU cowl....

Black and yellow Uptown Worsted Spirit Stripes

And a VCU hat for my brother in law.  The hat turned out hideously bright, but it's VCU black and yellow so....  The yarn for the hat and cowl came from my new local yarn shop, Center of the Yarniverse.

knitted f-bomb, knit with scrap yarns as a joke gift.

And F-bombs for the supervisors at work.  The F-bomb project idea started off as me knitting one as a joke for a friend, then it sort of snowballed into all nine supervisors in my department getting one.  I was a little hesitant about giving them but they seemed to go over well.  I was a little surprised when several of the supervisors immediately sent pictures of the F-bombs to their mothers.  Thankfully the moms thought they were funny too.

And because it's snowing (sadly, more like sleeting mixed with a little frozen rain now)...

Snow on cedar
There's just something magical about the way snow hangs on the cedar's branches.

Monday, January 14, 2019


I'm lost.

This past Thursday, we said goodbye to Minnie.

She'd been showing her age for a while and we knew our time with her was short but....

Wednesday night, she seemed restless and kept walking up to us with her head hanging low.  She ate her dinner over the course of about 4 hours instead of her normal 30 seconds.

Thursday morning, I woke up and couldn't find her.  She wasn't on her bed beside our bed.  She wasn't on her bed in the hallway.  She wasn't on the upstairs sofa and she wasn't on the down stairs sofa. We have an always-open dog door so I thought maybe she'd gone out and couldn't get back up the steps to come in.  But nope.  Where was she?  I finally found her in a bathroom, laying on the floor, gasping for breath and unable to move or even lift her head.

I called the vet and changed that afternoon's pedicure appointment to a "We're having an emergency and are on the way" appointment.  And less than 45 minutes after arriving at the vet, she was gone.

Minnie was the last of our four legged children and I just don't know what to do with myself.  I feel lost and the house is just way too quiet now.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Three on Thursday - A New Year's Celebration

I celebrated New Year's by kitchnering my Hulk vs. Slytherin socks before I went in to work.  Why was it such a celebration?

socks knit with 2 different dye lots of Paton's Kroy sock  yarn. Colorway is Bramble Stripes
Hulk vs. Slytherin Socks

1.  My kitchner job worked!  It's always questionable.  I always, ALWAYS, get interrupted and I loose my place while mumbling, "Purl on, purl off, knit on, knit off...."

2.  It only took me eleven months and two days to knit the pair of socks.  The first sock was on the needles for eight months to the day, the second sock took four days.  Eight months vs. four days.  How does that happen??

3.  It was New Year's!  Of course I celebrated! 

The socks are obviously not identical.  I didn't even try to make them so. Each sock was knit from a different skein and the dyelots didn't match.  One skein looked to contain much more green and purple (The Hulk) and the other green and gray (Slytherin.)  The colors ended up matching much better than expected.  About the only difference is that one sock has 'dirty white' grayish stripes and speckles in some of the stripes while the other sock has no speckles and the the 'dirty white' isn't all that dirty. It's more of an oatmeal color.

No matter what the socks look like, they fit and they're warm.  Exactly what I was hoping for.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


So, pardon me while I just jump right in.  I've been away from the blog longer than I meant to be.  Christmas got the best of me.  And working full time through Christmas!  Good grief!  How do people do that year after year?  I know I'm spoiled, spoiled rotten, and I'm Way out of practice dealing with Christmas, a job and a family all at once but...  It has been 24 years since I worked at Christmas time.  But still....  Wow!  Hat's off to those of you who not only survive it but, thrive throughout it.  If it wasn't for Amazon and my daughter doing all the baking, we would not have had any Christmas at all.


Phew!  I'm glad it's over!  And let's move on to 2019.

My word for 2019 is Joy.  And meet Larry the Lama

My word for 2019 will be Joy.  And as luck would have it, the day after I put it in writing, I found this Joy cup in the dollar section at Target.   And it's already bringing much joy.  The cup itself is a nice gray color and I seem to be slightly obsessed with gray these days.  It has an awesome travel lid that doesn't leak when I'm my silly self and bend over to pet the dog with a cup in my hand.  (I can't count the number of times I have dumped my drink all over the poor dog and floor from doing that.)  My hot drinks stay hot much longer than in a normal coffee cup.  And of course, it's a constant reminder to find the joy in everyday moments, which is something I desperately need.

And speaking of joy....  Meet Larry.  Larry the Lama.  Is he not adorable?  He arrived in the mail the other day and has kept me company at my desk ever since.  He's so soft and a stroke or two of his soft fur calms me right down when I'm stressing over 2019 budgets, taxes and general to-do lists.  He may become my blog mascot of sorts.

So, as I mentioned earlier, please bear with me.  I'll get to the knitting soon enough.  So much has happened since I stepped away from the blog back in mid-December.  There was Christmas, New Year's, Winterfest, life, and of course, plenty of knitting.  I'll tell you all about it but probably not in time-line order and not today.  Today, I'm going to go be joyful and knit another round.  Or ten.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Photo Friday

I got a couple of pictures for Christmas.

The first,

Original painting of a sassy lama from a local artist
Gay Lama

"Gay Lama" according to the artist.  I'm so excited and amazed to have received this painting.  Our neighborhood had a craft show a month or so ago and I saw the painting there.  I bought a poster of a different lama, got the artist's contact info and promptly came home and gave it to my daughter with instructions to tell Dad I wanted the painting for Christmas.  

Then I promptly forgot about Gay Lama.  Mainly because Dad doesn't believe in giving gifts that were asked for.  He thinks they should be complete surprises.  I wasn't likely to receive Gay Lama so I put thoughts of him out of my mind.

Until Christmas morning that is.  (Luckily, Sarah didn't listen to the instructions and bought Gay Lama for me herself.) Gay or not, I think he's very sassy and I can not wait to hang him on the wall.

And second,

Finally!  A decent photo of my son!
Zack and Megan

My photo-phobic son gave me a framed picture of him and his girlfriend.  You just don't know how exciting it is to have a photo of his face.  Since he turned three, he has acted as though he was in Witness Protection and has avoided photos like the plague.  Every single picture I have of him has his hand, his hat, a dinner plate, a cup, a bowling ball, the dog.... (you get the idea) in front his face.  

Anyway, I'm quite happy to have a photo of Zack's face and if the gift idea was the girlfriend's, then I like her even more than I did before.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Three on Thursday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We sure did.  My daughter was sick, which was very disappointing (and amazingly, the first time either of the kids were ever too sick to Christmas) but she rebounded, sort of, for Christmas Day.  She had that Dawn of the Dead cast member look to her but we weren't having to poke her to see if she was alive.  Big improvement from Christmas Eve. 

And speaking of Dawn of the Dead... did anyone else happen to notice Shaun of the Dead is currently on Netflix!  I think the camera scene just may be The best bit of cinematography ever!

But I'm digressing.  

It's Three on Thursday and I got a yarn bowl for Christmas!

1.  My awesome sister gave me a new, gorgeous, handmade pottery yarn bowl.  It's much bigger than my small wooden one and is going to make my life SO much better.  No more switching balls of yarn in and out of the bowl when I'm knitting on multi-skeined items.  And look how well the bowl coordinates with my weather cowl.  I am head over heels happy with my new yarn bowl!

2.  The bowl came from Locust Hill Pottery located in Mechanicsville, Virginia if you're tempted to buy one for yourself. 

3.  Wait!  Did my sister tell me she was taking a pottery class from Leslie Messersmith, the artist behind Locust Hill Pottery??  I want to take a pottery class!  I'm so jealous!  But it's okay.  I have a beautiful yarn bowl!  (And hopefully I'll benefit from my sister's future pottery adventures.)