Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sea breeze

The weather outside was...frightful, NOT!
Pool onboard.

Tamed "feral" pig in Costa Rica.

Panama Canal with a man who has been in my life for 48 years... Yikes!

Cruising the Mexican Pacific coast, Panama Canal and Caribbean, I managed to find time to finish this gorgeous piece.  Too bad it didn't fit me, but then, it wasn't supposed to! ;)

And the wedding bell on the door means we were celebrating our anniversary!
by Rowan
Aran / 10 ply
73% Rayon, 15% Silk, 12% Linen
71 yards / 50 grams

Thursday, February 26, 2015

More leftovers, please!

Five socks have been made with the yarn from this pair.  I love what the pattern does.
A nice thick sock!  It satisfies the "hoarder" in me...
Previous socks (and others) on Ravelry:
Double Socks
Effekt Vest:
Spiral Socks:
Lace Socks:
Spring Thaw Socks:
If anyone is counting, the fifth sock used some of these yarns. Look for my Turkish socks.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Retiree Day

It's snowing!  I'm tired of rehearsals.  I'm tired of rehearsals that take me away 2 or 3 times a day... It's the high season for churches, and concerts, so I'm taking a snow day.  And, yes, dear readers, NM finally is getting snow.  The first for the month of February, yesterday there was snow in the air, but it was very wet, and just made things a little slippery.  This morning it has turned fluffy, and non-stormy.  Very pretty, and I decided to take the day off.  

My toes are cold, and retiree day means I want to wear flip flops around the house, so first I had to repair this.  How could my doggie chew off the toe in one piece?  The toe cap came off... (See previous blog post.)
I used 1 gram of leftover yarn and knitted a new one this morning.  All is well.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My feet are cold...

Isn't that what happens?  Your feet are chilled one evening, and you find yourself pouring over slipper patterns...
Or somehow, you are looking at methods to bind off and you see a slipper pattern that...darn, my feet are cold, I need that NOW!

Don't be alarmed.  A rat didn't creep into my photo just as I clicked... 

It's a doggie foot.  Yes, the dreaded yarn eating dog...  She's a good dog, but, she's pushing me.  Yesterday, I left the room for an instant-- I tell you, AN INSTANT-- and when I came back there was a sock with a severed toe.  (Someday I'll rework that toe, and it will show up in a blog post of its own.)

I digress...
I had the yarn, and I whipped up this "Kwiki Slipper", twice. The first time, the heel was so low, it was impossible to believe it would stay on my foot.  I used, Puno yarn from Rauma, which is bulky and soft, yet by the time you stretch it onto (my) foot, it doesn't seem thick enough to be a slipper.  It's lovely with other socks. Slipper number two:  Maybe tomorrow.

by Rauma  Bulky / 12 ply
68% Alpaca, 22% Nylon, 10% Merino
120 yards / 50 grams

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dogs and cats

We've had dogs and cats, and they have tolerated each other quite well.  In fact, when our previous dog got old and blind and deaf, the cats would walk her around the neighborhood, I swear, they would steer her home.
Then the dog was gone and the cats, Bonnie and Clyde, got two years of living the good life as "only cats".
Last Fall, the infamous yarn and needle eating dog was adopted, and the transition was not easy.  The dog has some herding instinct that makes her think that cats must be chased since they move. And the cats have separately made their peace.
Clyde has stood up to the situation and either ignores the chases by casually leaping out of reach or running like the devil to further frustrate the dog.
Bonnie, however, had another tactic:  She hides.  Disappears as long as the dog is in the house.  Comes out whenever she hears the dog is out for a walk.  Such is life, then...
We went away for vacation.  The young man next door, who adores our dog, and is constantly making the case to his family that they should have a dog (to accompany their two cats...) walks our dog daily, and took her home for the weeks we were away.  He brought her to our house to visit every day while doling out cat food, then we came home.
The first day, the first few minutes, the dog was in the house, I heard Bonnie meowing plaintively (she's a "talker") and suddenly she appeared from under the bed and headed right to the dog.  She rolled in front of the dog; when the dog started to move away Bonnie got right in front of the dog and managed to rub her and trip her up, and generally said, "I'm SOOOOO glad to see you!"
I don't know what happened, but there was certainly and transition made in their relationship. (Do you think the cats got the idea that the dog was feeding them?)
The dog remains a "chaser", and if she can get one of the cats to move away from her, she will chase them, but, Bonnie knows how to attack... amazing.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


What to do on a Sunday? Every Sunday, in fact!
A well earned snack, of hot cider and biscuit handmade by a friend. It's yummy, nutty and super thin. And a great mug! Thanks!
And to knit socks using leftover yarns.  Five leftovers.  


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