Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Two-Trick Pony

My spinning mojo is back.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Forest Hideaway

These green socks have been finished for a while and I think they came out quite well.
I improvised the pattern.  I thought it would be nice to do a travelling rib but then I got bored and went back to stockinette. I continued 3 ribs down each leg to make an angled path though. How they came out two different shades of green I haven't quite figured out yet.  The yarn was in the stash for a few years before the perfect project came along, maybe the outside got a little bleached.

It rained a bit overnight and the sky has been full of interesting clouds today.  Blue sky and sunshine can, in fact, be boring.

Galen (the 17 year old cat) is still with us.  He takes up most of my time and attention thse days with medication, fluids, special diet. and his general love of being petted.  It sucks that he is getting old and infirm but it must be worse to be him (this evening was another where he ate dinner then puked it all back up).  He is extra soft today after getting fluids last night .
Feb 13 2016 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Posh Bunnish Guys

To celebrate Ostara today I had a "rabbit rampage" in the backyard.  Percy enjoyed hopping, digging, chinning everything he could reach, more digging, some grass eating and even some mid-air pirouetting.  He also got a nail trim but he was less enthusiastic about that.    Cecil just joined the family - someone from trivia found him in their backyard and I picked him up today.  He's quite sweet.  He did some observing, some lap warming and some yard exploring.  There were no rabbit fights but there was some carefully supervised sniffing.

I'm still learning the collage feature but I though this was a good first effort.

Thursday, March 17, 2016


I finished the "After All This Time" socks a couple weeks ago, just in time for the deadline. They came out wonderfully. The second sock was knit in just four days which was rather crazypants.

I'm not sure if the last photo is a cat bomb of a sock picture or a sock bomb of a cat picture.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


I completed my "Sledding Joy" socks tonight and can say I made it under the burled arch for the Iknitarod.   I'm after the first few but well ahead of the red lantern.   
Now it is time to turn my attention back to the "MalWear" socks.  My goal was to have them both done by Sunday at Midnight but I'm pretty sure there's no way that's happening. Before the end of the month for sure.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sledding Along

Happy Pi Day!

Tonight's big achievement was getting fluids into Galen (the cat) on my own. I like it when the vet does it and while $8 a treatment isn't too expensive it has been adding up.  He has been looking much peppier over the last couple of weeks.  Using pill pockets to get his meds into him and staying more current with fluids is really helping.  His coat is super soft and shiny and he is interested in his surroundings.  I found the heating pad and it has been pressed into use.  The weekend was chilly and rainy so it came in handy.

Knitting is progress, albeit slowly.  I have started to replace knitting time with Diablo 3 time and there's only so many hours in a day.  I will finish the Sledding Joy socks for sure but don't think I'll be able to turn in the brown socks on time.  Partial points are still points. Soar Ravenclaw!

Sad news out of the Iditarod - someone on a snowmobile tried to run down two teams and killed a dog.   The mushers are still mushing but it is very sad.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Sledding Joy

The first sock is just about done.
I just need to get off the internet and graft the toe. And put away laundry. And do dishes. And, and, and.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016


The Iditarod socks are zooming right along.  This morning I started where the stitch marker is and am a out 3" further down the foot.  The goal is to finish tonight but I will be happy if I get to the place where the toe decreases begin.
Taking the cat for a blood draw in the morning but I should be able to get some knitting progress accomplished before work.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Mini Marching

It is a minisock theme weekend in Ravenclaw tower.  I had kits and mini sock blockers, I had empty needles, I had scraps of yarn. It was a great weekend.
As you can see, I got tired of knitting during the first sock and switched to a mini-er pattern.  They still take about an hour each.

Saturday, March 05, 2016


Watching the ceremonial start of the Iditarod and getting warmed up for the Iknitarod.  I made two mini socks while I was waiting for the race to start so ironically now I need a rest before I cast on for the sledding socks.   But I have my mug, I have some fresh tea and the weather is appropriately overcast.  After the live stream I'll walk the dog.