Knitting, spinning, pets, food and other thoughts


Remember …

While red poppies would be more fitting for Memorial Day, I don’t have any right now, so these will have to do.

In the midst of the picnics, ball games and other activities, may we all take time to remember those who have gone before!


It’s been …

a quiet week … no, that’s not the right line. Things have been relatively peaceful, maybe too quiet, as we haven’t been able to get any response on a couple of issues with The Project, like missing screens on one of the gutters (now plugged, so it overflows every time it rains), and a new broiler that simply won’t light. Otherwise, things are moving along nicely, so maybe one of these days, we might be able to move in πŸ™‚

Toby visited the groomer yesterday and came home and enjoyed the deck.

Amber, up close and very personal (closeup setting on my Sony Cybershot) – she hops up on my lap when I’m at the computer, watches the screen, then reaches out and puts her large, furry paw on the keyboard, usually the space bar, but she occasionally hits the Alt key too. So helpful!



I found some niceΒ  shell buttons for my sweater on Saturday (the sleeve made a good carry-along swatch); unfortunately the photo doesn’t do them justice. Now all I have to do is finish the front bands and put it all together. I also have more yarn doodling to do πŸ™‚

I love the light shining through the little leaf on the trunk of this locust!


Happy dance!

I received the August 2010 issue of Knit ‘N Style in the mail a couple of days ago, and I’m very pleased to present my Portland Tweed Jacket. The yarn is Classic Elite’s Portland Tweed, a yummy blend of wool, alpaca and viscose, which was delightful to knit πŸ˜›


Measure twice …

or in this case, count at least twice; a knitter’s cautionary tale. The sweater was neatly joined at the shoulders, I’d worked both front bands and had planned on picking up and knitting the neck band last. It’s a very bad sign when you don’t have the same number of stitches on both sides of the neck – eh???


Note the 2 horizontal safety pins (the yarn color is more accurate here). I’d very carefully counted to make sure that both fronts had the same number of rows at the armhole edge; what I missed (do you think I can blame it on the construction?) was that I’d worked an extra 1/2 repeat of the pattern on the left front, making that side of the neck shallower (duh!). After much muttering, I frogged both front bands, took the left front loose at the shoulder and ripped back to the pin, then redid it to match the right side. The entire front and neck edge is now on a needle, and I’m trying to decide whether to mess with buttonholes, or just go with clasps πŸ˜‰

While Maggie has always liked Toby’s dog beds, until very recently, Amber avoided them like the proverbial plague. Now she’s suddenly decided she loves his bolster bed (27″ between bolsters) – I may have to get another so he’s got a shot.

Who, me???

I needed to come up with a quickie meal the other day and found a partial package of andouille in the fridge, so I sautΓ©ed that with a large chopped onion, about 1 cup of rice, a can of tomatoes and chicken stock, simmered it all for about 15 minutes, and garnished it with some cooked okra. It turned out pretty tasty!

Not quite jambalaya.


Not quite ready …

as they say, for prime time, but we’re making progress! Today, they installed all the base molding, plus the remaining door and window trim, and the furniture (which wasn’t supposed to come for a couple of weeks!) is now sitting in my studio/office/whatever-we-decide-to-call-it. The table expands from 72″ up to 108″ when both leaves are deployed, which should handle the Thanksgiving dinner crowd πŸ™‚

Apart from times when it gets turned into a carpenter’s shop and the occasional hummingbird dogfight, the deck is blissfully done, and perfect for knitting.

Peonies are the main display right now – I was glad to see that Festiva Maxima survived being moved. The pink one is one of the few that wasn’t in the path of the construction.


Wool Day 2010

Saturday was Wool Day at our friends’ farm – I always look forward to spending some time with fiber friends in such a lovely and peaceful (mostly, except when the peacock screeches!) spot. This year the sheep, goats and llamas had wandered off, so I didn’t get pictures of them.

We’ve been making progress in the CZ (Construction Zone), in fact it’s starting to look much more like a house, with painted walls (some touch-ups from construction dings needed), flooring and even cabinets in the kitchen. The base molding is here, it’s been stained and has at least 1 coat of sealer on it. Friday we went looking for some stools for the breakfast bar and not only found those, but a matching dining table (2 self-storing leaves) and chairs πŸ™‚


A day late …

I was intrigued by a post at Reluctant Entertainer titled “Home is … Beauty in Fresh Flowers” that inspired me to take some more flower photos, some tame, and a couple of wildflowers. The linky thing was for Wednesday, so I’ll just post the photos here instead. I’m more inclined to enjoy them outside than cut them to bring inside – I think they last better on the plant, and that way I don’t have to fight off the cats πŸ™‚

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Have a great weekend!