Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I don't know what I did at school yesterday, but I really hurt my left hand. I picked up my socks to work on last night, and it hurt so badly I couldn't even hold the needles! Then today I could barely move it. It loosened up through the course of the day - I can actually type slowly right now - so I didn't bother going for x-rays like I thought I might need to.
But I'm taking the night off from knitting, just to keep on the safe side. So I've turned my attention to my new baby. I cleaned it off, and the water in the bowl was black it was so dirty!
I stopped at the library and picked up a book about weaving, and I think I'm going to put the names of all the parts on sticky notes and label the loom so that I can see what's what. Visual learner and all.
On a side note, while I'm doing all this I'm watching Tropic Thunder. I haven't laughed yet. Although Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant as always.

Friday, June 25, 2010

New Toy & New Socks!

Check out my new toy! I got a loom! I have absolutely no idea how to use it or even how to set it up, but I sure will have fun figuring it out! And besides, it was free!

And here are my new socks: Patchworksocken!! Knitted in mitred squares to make them triangles. After the ribbing, you decrease and make triangles, then pick up along the sides of the triangles to make squares, then mitre the squares to make more triangles. Sounds complicated but actually isn't. And I'm doing it in that luscious Indigo Moon fingering 'Milk Chocolate' that I got at Romni back in the fall. Socks are so much fun!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Here is the outfit that I made for my friend Christine at work. She's expecting her first in just a few weeks.
I've made this outfit before, and I love it. It's simple, works for boys or girls, and I love moss stitch.
And the apple buttons were just perfect for a teacher's baby!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Gross. Out.

Having 2 outdoor cats, I am used to watching my step first thing in the morning when I leave my house. I often have to slalom around mice, voles and the occasional frog to get out. Sometimes birds. No matter how often I tell them, "Rodents only!!", they do on occasion go for more of a challenge.
The screen on my kitchen door needs replacing, so on days that are relatively blackfly-free, I'll open the window enough that they can jump in & out at will. The other week I heard Bronte jump in, and a couple minutes later when I went into the kitchen, there she was stretched proudly out in front of the fridge, dead bird in front of her.
Then, a couple of days later, I heard a fuss on the patio and went out to see that Sulis had a baby bird cornered. It was a pheasant or a quail or something. I rescued it in a tea towel and sent it shuffling off into the wild blue yonder.
But today? Today was the WORST. There is a crawl space under my stairs, and the two of them often go in there to hide from Rosebud, or have a self-imposed time out, I guess. It's only covered by a curtain, so they can get in. The stuff stored in there is balanced rather precariously, kind of like a not-quite-fits game of Tetris. Last night one of them knocked a bunch of stuff over. So today I was picking it all up and balancing it back in stacks, and picking stuff out of the knitting basket that it had fallen into when I felt something squish in my hand.
It was a dead frog!!!!!!! In my knitting!!!!!!!!!!!
I didn't take a picture. So you'll have to trust me. Gag. Ick. Bleck. Grrrrrr.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


You know you're knitting obssessed when you're watching an episode of NCIS, and the victim is slumped over with a knitting needle sticking out of his neck and all you think is, "Susan Bates, 4mm".
Hey, it was a repeat. I already know who did it.