Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Its Working

That is the second CO for Cozy. Frogged. CO again, and sucessfully did 2 pattern repeats last night. Whew.

The VK shawl edging is also half done! Finished one side last night. (A couple of small mistakes in the first part I did, but I think I'll ignore them since this one is for me). Unfortunately it looks like I might run out of yarn again. I might be mailing a sample of the KPM to Needle's Eye to get another ball before the shawl can be completed. Chalk it up to bad editing on VK's part again...

Woke up to the most gorgeous pink sky this morning. Homer's Illiad and Odyssey were recalled in this morning's 'rosy fingered dawn' creeping across the sky.


Picture of the day


This is the last day I skied. July 17th. Up by Silverton. I'm the speck in the middle!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Desolation Ahead!

This coming Sunday I'm headed to Desolation Canyon on the Green River for a 7 day raft trip. Should be excellent, and the 4th multiday raft trip of the season!
I've never been to Deso before, but it looks cool:


gratuitous pic from earlier San Juan trip:


Yep, I like the river. Now I just have to decide what to knit on the river. Last time it was the Kureyon felted bag. I'm thinking the new neice baby blanket....or maybe time to bring some sockage?

Knittage: em, still working on the Kukuju hat, the baby blankie, the VK #18 (still only 1/4 done with edging), and what do I do? Last night I cast on for Cozy (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTcozy.html)in KnitPicks Andean Silk, Sangria color. But I screwed it up right after the first pattern repeat. I think I did an extra row of purl stitches and ended up switching the RS and WS. So, time to frog.
Maybe tonight I'll get some knitty pics up.

Pet-age: Took Wilco hiking in the Bisti wilderness on Sunday:

He loved it of course! Muffin is doing well, recovering, and the kittens are really trying to shred the curtains.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Another Wednesday

Just a quick update.

Muffin is recovering, the surgery went well, apart from the hit in the wallet. This is one expensive little kitty let me tell you! What with the bringing her from England with a plane ticket that cost more than mine, various minor vet trips, and now surgery, she really needs to consider getting a part time job. I'm thinking she'd be a good at frogging, is a natural exterminator of all things insect, and can be hired out for a good purr now and then (wait this isn't kitty prostitution is it?).

Knittage:

The VK shawl: I finally figured out the lace edging, and the first two repeats went well, til I made an error in repeat 3, and need to rip it again. I can't figure how the lifeline is working here to get the stitches on the needle again. But, I've only done 2 repeats of 18 short rows so not a huge deal. But, I have been putting it off til I can concentrate solely on this task.

Cookie Monster: I made a scarf that I shall affectionately call Cookie Monster, though Nate said he thought Oscar the Grouch when he saw it. Em, Oscar is green and this is mostly blu-ey, so I'm going with Cookie. It was with 4 balls of Trendsetter Masai, 15 US needles, garter. Simple, two night project to knit whilst hanging out with sick kitty.

Hat-dom: Well, finished three gift hats so far, all loosely based on the SnB Hot Head pattern. Two in Tahki Stacy Charles Shannon, one light blue based, one dark green based, both for Nate's sisters for Christmas. I also made Nate his in Reynolds Harmony. Last night while sitting with Muffin I cast on with 1 skein Noro Kukuju for another (for an unknown recipient at this time).

New Neice blankie: This past weekend I also started a baby blanket for the impending arrival of my new neice! Just a simple basket weave blanket in four blocks of color in Bernat Softee Baby (since it is very washable and soft!). Am about 1/4 done with the first color.

Garden:

Tons of stuff coming in now, though thank-god I only have one zucchini to currently use! Tomatoes abound, as do cucumbers, tomatillos, eggplants, and various peppers. The butternut squashes look so cute and small, and the fennel, cauliflower and parsnips are loving the slightly cooler weather lately. I eagerly anticipate the harvest of my first homegrown parsnips and fennel bulbs come first frost around the end of October!

This weekend I think I'll attempt canning of my first non-jam products ever.....

The weather is cooling down, should be 44 tonight. High less than 80 today. The leaves of the aspens in the mountains this past weekend were starting to turn gold. Soon the first snow will start to fall in the San Juans. I can't wait. Snow, skiing, crisp nights, and hat and scarf weather! I'm itching for it.

Comments:

Thank you so very much for the well wishes for my kitty, SP, Amy, Sara...it means a lot to me!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Muffin and the vet.

Just a short post.

My kitty Muffin


Is sick, and has been at the vet since yesterday. She has an intestinal blockage and needs surgery. So, tomorrow around noon, she'll be getting the surgery, and I'll be getting a bank account that is $1000 or so smaller.

I just hope she's OK. She is only about 3 yrs old, and has been mostly healthy, poor kitty...I love her so!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

My SP loves me!

My Knitty SP sent me the most wonderful package! It was packed full of wonderful things, all wrapped in pretty purple paper! I had so much fun opening everything. Thank you Secret Pal, I can't wait to knit the socks up, and read the book!

She sent me: lovely Lindt ball truffles, treats for my kitties, and two natural doggie treat biscuits (how thoughtful, thinking of my pets), The cutest handmade monogrammed cards, a sock pattern (in a protector too), two skeins of KPPPM (already balled, thank you!)to knit the socks, DPNs for the socks, Burts Bees lip balm (I am a confirmed lip balm addict and was running out!), Harry Potter book 1 (yeah I know I'm slow on the uptake here), a fabulously furry ball of purple eyelash yarn,the cutest hand knit sachet filled with lavendar (mmmm...), and the coolest thing, knitting word magnets! (Nate and I had a ton of fun with these!).



The handmade cards with my initials:


Wilco enjoying one of his treats:


The knitted lavendar sachet:


Treats for all of us!:


Kitties at rest....


And in knitting news, I finished the hat for Nate, finished another hat for his sister, and the diagonal scarf: (stockpiling Christmas gifts now...)


The VK lace shawl is progressing, I'm now at repeat 34 of 37! And then the edging....

I leave you with this: