Thursday, May 31, 2007
James called from Boulder early yesterday morning to let me know he had sent me a couple of pictures. As he ran in the Bolder Boulder on Monday, I thought, race pictures. When I opened them up this is what I saw, he has adopted a 6 month old Chow/Golden Retreiver mix from the Boulder Humane Society. Look at those paws, this is going to be a big boy - but who could resist that blue tonge and love eyes. James has already signed up for "puppy classes" and is working on socialization with other dogs, people and especially children. I hope Asics likes to run, because whether he likes it or not, he's going to be a running buddy, after all he's going to have to live up to his name.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
He was where is always is in bookstores, the tech isle. I know that I must have been beaming like a fool when he looked at me. "I'm in the book", I said.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Allthings Heather sock yarn in Valentine, and a pattern from the Interweave Favorite Socks book, I have changed my mind since I took this picture and opted not to do Go with the Flow, but Uptown Book Sock instead.
this beautiful beaded scarf by Louisa Harding from the Hats Gloves Scarves: Easy Designer Knits for Family and Friends book.
I have choosen clear beads and this wonderful Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre in Bright, I know the picture looks red, but it's actually a berry wine colour.
Monday, May 21, 2007
The yarn took awhile to find, I had a rummage through the stash but I couldn't find yarn to suit. I ordered yarn online, but when it arrived it just didn't seem right for what I had in mind.
I think the yarn colours will be perfect for the pattern, bright, vivid, vibrant and flowery - perfect winter sock when one dreams of summer.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
As you can see the dogs that sleep together stay together. All that is except............
Scotia, wants no part of "sleeping on the floor", even if it is on a dog bed. Her spot is permanently fixed on the back of the couch.
New yarn to show, the one on the right is sKNITches "plum pudding" and the one on the left is Hand Maiden Mini Maiden in colour B, which I actually think is missed lettered, as it looks more like Moss to me than the colour it was supposed to be.
I also purchased two dpn cases, my dpn collection was getting slightly out of control, and I thought it was time I put it in some kind of order.
The next installment in the Tsarina Sock Club arrived. The pattern is Cookie's Garden, I am constantly amazed at the sheer genious of her designs. The yarn is ValCalcar, a pea green, deep red, and hand painted spring colourway.
It also includes 4 small red beads and 2 ladybird beads. I would love this to be my next project, however with Sockapalooza 4 and Rowan Exchange 2007 take priority. I have already decided on yarn and pattern for Sockapalooza and also for the Exchange. I have taken pictures of both and will be showing them in the next few days. The Exchange is first as it will be mailed by the 11th of July, Sockapalooza is not until the 2nd of August.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Zen Yarn Garden in Spring Garden
Pick Up Sticks Sock Club
I received my Sockapalooza Pal last week and my Rowan Exchange Partner yesterday. It's such fun being part of an exchange, knitting something for someone you will never meet and having someone knitting for you. I have my Sockapalooza sock pattern picked out and I ordered the yarn last week from Pick Up Sticks, hard to believe I didn't have the right colour combinations in my stash. I am pondering a few ideas over for the Rowan Exchange, still haven't made my mind up yet, will spend a little time pouring over pattern books.
I got a rather unexpected email today from Rowan International, as a thank you for providing feedback on what I wanted to see in the Winter 2007 Rowan #42, they would like to seen me a Rowan Classic Book of my choice or 2 of the Rowan Studio brochures, I choose the RYC Coast book. I love free knitting stuff.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Patiently waiting at the Arts and Crafts Fair
It was a wonderful trip, even though the weather was not the most cooperative. Boulder is a beautiful town, very clean with free and easy inhabitants. The best part is that James seems content with life and you can't ask for more than that.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Thursday, May 3, 2007
I did go and weigh in at WW, I really needed to know that after living through the dreaded "whatever this was" that I had to have gained something to my advantage. I knew the minute I walked in I should leave, the associate waiting to weigh me was a woman I had encountered only once before, and vowed then to never seek her support again (story is far to long to relay any details, but trust me "she is to be avoided at all cost"). I stepped on the scale and she giggled with glee, "oh my gosh you lost 9 lbs.", I knew that couldn't be correct, I had been ill but this ventured on the Twilight Zone realm. Between telling me this and returning to the screen she lost all the vital information and we had to begin again. Once again I stepped on the scale, "it's giving me different information", says she, "really?" says I. This time I had lost 2.8 lbs, more in the realm of reality I am thinking. She quickly printed out my sticker and even more rapidly adhered it to my booklet. I being ever curious asked if we could try the weigh in again on another scale, "oh no", says she, "we can't do that", "why?", I ask, "not allowed to", says she. I am 100% positive that I left with the "so called blank expression on my face", truly baffled and a little (as my mother would say) bamboozled. There you have it, at sometime between Monday and today, during my visits to the bathroom and my inbibing cups of tea I lost either 9 lbs or 2.8 lbs or some other lbs inbetween.
I will be on the plane this afternoon at 4:00 and heading out to Boulder, not exactly the fun filled weekend I had planned. I am fully intending on enjoying myself but on a kinder, gentler scale (light food and very limited alcohol).
To close this whole experience, this week has reminded me of a visit donkeys years ago of my paternal grandmother to our house in Scotland. My mother the ever adventerous cook (not in a good way - and I mean that in the loving sense of the words - my mother is fully aware of her limitations in the cooking department), made a raisin pie. My grandmother was, how do I say this, she was "as sick as a dog", so much so that forever after all we had to do was mention the words "raisin pie" to my grandmother and she would recoil in horror. I fully understand this week how my lovely gentle grandmother felt that weekend and the true meaning of the words "sick as a dog".
All going well, I will be home on Monday and on Tuesday will reconnect, sharing the joy of my weekend in Boulder.