Friday, December 21, 2007
She's anxiously awaiting the arrival of her San Diego cousins, her Milwaukee cousins, her Los Angeles uncle and his fiance, who will all meet here with her local cousins from Plymouth and Deephaven for the "full family" Christmas (a very rare occurrence). There are big doings happening after Christmas this year!!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
She thinks the kitchen sink is tons of fun, until the water comes on. This may cause a problem for Tigger as this is where he drinks his water in the morning.
Sammy takes her own sweet time eating her breakfast and dinner. She is not a snarfer like the other animals around her, but rather, she prefers to savor her meal. Her 1/4 cup of kibble can take 20 minute to consume. And yes, for right now, she gets to eat on the counter because everyone else seems very interested in her "special" ("smells different from the crap we get") food.
She chews yarn when you're not watching.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Well, maybe not everyone so much.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Moved on to some Cascade 200 and down a needle size. Nice stitch definition, but somehow, the mittens got bigger and because the 220 was recycled from a different project, it was bugging me.So that leaves me with the Anemoi Mittens in un-recycled Opal on wooden double points (as suggested). I pretty much love everything about these mittens so far.
Now I just have to go back and read what everyone else used for their Bird in the Hand mittens. They are so clever and I really want to get back to them. That little bird on the thumb is just waiting for me!
The camera is home from Berlin!
Friday, December 14, 2007
February: Log Cabin Squares, knit by the Tuesday morning Knitting Group girls on our knitting retreat. This trip and everything about it is probably one of my top three memories of 2007.
April: If all it's going to do in Cancun when you're only there for four days is rain, then drink shots. Lots of shots. and play a dice game you don't know the rule for. Especially if the rules include taking pieces of your clothing off in front of strangers when you loose. Oops, did I forget to tell you guys that part in April?
May: Still haven't thrown out the cage, but there still isn't a replacement hamster.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
January: It's not the 0s, its the 9s. "Sunday was my birthday, my 49th birthday."
February: Blame it on the .... "It's really hard to say how it happens."
March: (oops - I must have taken this month off!)
April: OK - Break Over "Here's a tip for bloggers: If you take a really long break from blogging, you'll have a lot to say when you come back."
May: The Tuesday Group "For nearly two years we have met every Tuesday at 9:00 am at 318 Cafe."
June: Winding Down "I have a whole lot of nothing today - but I guess I can manage to wind it together in to a coherent post."
July: Taking a Break "I'm taking a break today thanks to a killer migraine but wanted to share the following to prove that Kathryn survived camp. . . . ."
August: What a Heel "I can be very stubborn at times."
September: 5th Grade "Here is a normal, average 5th grade girl off to her first day of school."
October: Faithful - Part I "People sometimes talk about being "faithful" to a craft."
November: Boo Hoo Hoo! "Based on the Halloween costumes I saw out and about yesterday, not every 11 year-old girl showed (or was shown!) proper restraint in the costume department."
December: Guilty "This weekend was spent preparing the house for Christmas."
Favorite photos (which do not require the memory stick in the camera) tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
1. What’s your favorite sock yarn? Note that the word ‘yarn’ is singular. Just pick one. Although I've only knit one sock with it, I'd have to say Koigu. I can't imagine anything would happen in the knitting of the second sock to change my mind.
2. What’s your favorite type and brand of sock needle? Addi Turbo circular Lace Needles. I love the sharp tips and the more flexible cord provided on the lace needle.
3. Do you knit your socks toe up, cuff down, or sideways? While I might be sideways when I knit them, I knit 90% of my socks toe-up. Sometimes I'll do a pair cuff-down just to switch things up a bit (like brushing your teeth with you non-dominant hand).
4. Do you knit both socks at once or just one at a time? I knit them one at a time, but I wear them both at once.
5. What’s your favorite toe and why? True confession - I didn't know it had a name. I do a Turkish or Eastern Cast-on and then increase until I have the desired number of stitches for the the foot. So whatever that's called, let me know so I can call it by the right name. (If you only knew how much I wanted to answer this "pinky toe on my left foot"!!)
6. Favorite heel? This I know. Short row.
7. Do you prefer plain or patterned socks? Yes. For different reasons. Plain for just having around when I need something for my hands to do and patterned for when I need to knit and think (oh, that reminds me of Amy kind of!)
8. Who do you knit the most socks for? This question should really read "Who do you knit most of your SOCK for?" And it relates directly to #7. I just get bore too easily I guess. Or distracted perhaps. And so lots of times, only one sock ever gets....wait, what was the question? Sorry. For me.
9. Do you darn your socks? If not, what do you do with them? No; I damn the quite often however.
10. Do you only wear hand-knit socks? See #8. Remember that I live in Minnesota and do the math. So sometimes I wear Smartwools or UnderArmour socks or black, blue or gray thick knee socks that I get at Target.
Bonus question: What pattern, if any, is your basic “I-just-need-a-pair-of-socks” sock pattern based on? Cast on 8 stitches and work whatever my toe is called until I have 64 stitches; then I use the Thuja pattern, short-row heel, work the leg, work 1 inch in 1x1 twisted rib pattern and bind off using the K2tog, return resulting stitch to left needle, K2tog, return resulting stitch to left needle, K2tog etc. Then start something new.
At this point you're either thinking "Man I hope that camera comes back soon", or "I hope she doesn't get one of her own for Christmas!"
Monday, December 10, 2007
Please keep Kathryn's classmate, Joe S., his mom, Kelly, and big sister, Gina, in your hearts. Their father/husband, John, was a good and decent man and a wonderful father, who left this world too soon.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I'm working on teaching her to leave her blankie on the bed for the day when she leaves - but she loves it so much now.
What - you all don't make your dog's beds every morning?
Monday, December 03, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
No snakes. Nary a one. Just the softest, cutest little guy you ever saw.
And for mom, a kangaroo caddy. She's made of kangaroo leather (yell at him, not me!) Sh has two pouches for holding on to all kinds of goodies.
And she can hold notes in her mouth for all to read.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Now we are home. In Minnesota. Where I'm generally more sensible about my clothing and appearance. So I wait until Tuesday to wear the new jeans out in public. Knitting group - no one laughed. In fact, I even had to point out that they were new jeans. Perhaps the new really cute top caught their attention first?
Piano lessons. This might be a good time to mention that the jeans are for a person about 6'5" tall. In order to wear my new jeans, I have to fold them up about six inches (What? I've seen it done!!!) and I wear boots. I bring my piano books, Kathryn's piano books, her basketball and dance stuff and my knitting bag with me to piano. My piano lessons are in the basement of the church/school where Kathryn goes. Down 16 steps. In boots and rolled up jeans. Where a boot heel could easily get caught in a cuff and....
Do you still need the camera?
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
But alas, my camera left me in San Diego and went on to better places without me. Is this the Sydney Opera House?? If not, then Mr. is in some serious trouble!!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
We are having our hardwood floors re-finished starting this morning. From what I've heard, it's supposed to be a new "dust free" process. I'm not completely buying that and I know that Holli will be freaked by the whole process so off the animals will go early this morning to their vacation spot at my father-in-law's. He won't know this until he reads it here or until I show up with the animals in tow. Sorry Dad - I know it's a day earlier than you had planned but it's just too loud and messy here.
Oh - and we are leaving for San Diego for the Thanksgiving holiday with the sister's family tomorrow. Blogging is not likely to occur between now and next Monday when Kate and I return (and Jon is somewhere in Australia!).
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday - full of all of life's rich bounty. One of the many reasons my life is richer is the presence of my blogging pals in my life. I am so very thankful for the friendships of each and every one of you! Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 16, 2007
She soaked for an hour or so while Kathryn and I visited with our new best friend, the orthodontist. I expect this to be a long relationship as well.
Tigger was most helpful in assisting me lay and pin FBS out for an overnight drying session on the now pinkish-tinged white towels used for blocking. They are on display now as the the "Shroud of FBS".
This morning Holli helped me pull up all the pins and promptly rolled all over the still damp towels. And because hanging the shawl over the blind in the family room was "different" she went and cowered in her hiding spot under my desk until it came down and the "all clear" siren was sounded.
So we made it. And on it goes today to the auction. Lucky for us there's more that enough left over for another shawl. For us!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
He truly is a man of few words - but was thrilled that you all checked in on his special day. Next up travel-wise, he will abandon us while we are all in San Diego for Thanksgiving to travel to Australia, come home for a week and then on to Berlin. Looks like Kathryn and I should stock up on cereal and noodles.
In other traveler news, I forgot that the post offices were closed yesterday when I left packages at the after-hours drop off. Oops! He doesn't look very happy at all does he? Lucky for us, he remembered where the breakfast stool was and sat right down next to Kathryn for his morning whine.
Wonder what's left in the box for kmkat?