Thursday, April 30, 2009


Want to see the brightest sock ever? This is it. This has got to be it. It positively glows in the dark, and looks much better in real life than it does in pictures. It's my first Sockadelic sock, and it is making me very happy with its in-your-face crazy brightness. One done, one to go.

I've also cast on for the Garden Gate sock... again. This has got to be the fourth or fifth time. The thing to the left is the toe. Not very big yet, a bit weird-looking, but I'm convinced it'll get better as I go along. Because... because I have a real gift for self-delusion when it comes to knitting. Moving on.

What do you mean, my Banff sweater was big enough to fit 2 people? And I was convinced it was going to work out. Uh...
Wait. Let me change the topic.

Look, Morgana. Upside down.

Who can resist an upside down cat picture?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

WIPs, FOs, and YUMs

And now, back to our regular program! Anybody say yarn? I bought some for a gift the other day, but more about that in another post. Must work on some of my WIPs.

Here's one of them, the Sockadelic sock. I saved this particular Sugarbee Studios sock club kit until I thought my life needed a bit of brightening up. And boy, is it ever bright! Lots of fun to knit.

Speaking of Sugarbee Studios, this was the last installment of 3, the Caloroso sock. Fabulous pattern, great bright colors. Here it is without flash to better show off the pattern...

...and here it is with flash, so you can see just how bright the colors really are. Awesome, right?

Now we get to the YUM part. Apple spice muffins for breakfast, because it wouldn't be a proper weekend without any baking at all. They were good, I've had 3 so far and keep going back for more.

It's too warm to knit my alpaca vest today, but I'll show pictures of it soon. I've separated the front and back and am partway into the armholes. It's 80 degrees out, though... no alpaca until it cools down again.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Ugh, it's been a long, long time since my last post here. I've been knitting, and there are WIPs and FOs to show off, but somehow, I haven't been able to get off my butt and actually do it. This whole seasonal affective thing is getting pretty darn old pretty darn quickly. Fortunately, the sun is coming out more often now, and I've been making sure I get some fresh air and exercise. That ought to help.

It's supposed to be 70 degrees out tomorrow, and almost 80 on Saturday. It's finally getting warm again. Almost time to put away the alpaca and break out the spring/summer yarn. There isn't that much of it in my stash, but when I'm busting, I'm busting, and it, too, needs to be worked up.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Productive Sunday

I've been feeling down lately, mostly because of the gray weather. So I decided to go back to sitting in front of my happy light, and it's working! This was a very relaxing, productive weekend.

I got to bake -- this is applesauce spice cake. Easily one of the more expensive cakes I've ever made, it calls for 1 3/4 cups of maple syrup! Next time, I'll buy B grade.

I also have a new knitting project: the Back to School u-neck vest from Fitted Knits. I'm making the smallest size in leftover yarn from the Dad Sweater. Look, the color actually looks burgundy! This is the closest I've come to getting a good, true-to-life picture of this yarn. I have about 7" of ribbing done and will be knitting another 2 because I'm long-waisted.

Here is my progress on Calorosa -- aka the Pink Socks. Yes, those are bobble-like entities. I could push them into the lace and have them be dents, but for some reason, I like them when they're sticking out. If I'm doing the k5tog, I want it to be visible.

Also, I don't yet have 5 people for the paying it forward craft-style. If you don't want to do it because of money, time, or simply 'cause you don't wanna, I understand. But in case you do... see my previous post.

OK, that's it for now. I have to go get the burritos out of the oven, then put my foot up. I managed to twist my ankle and it still hurts a bit. "Look where you're going" is really good advice, whether you're 5 or in your 30's.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Paying it Forward

I'm not a meme person. I'm not a chain letter person. But today, I saw something on That Crafty Bitch's blog, and I really like the idea. Check this out... a chance to win something hand crafted... by me!

The first five (cinq) (cinco) (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. (No refunds… no exchanges!!!!)
2. What I create will be just for you, with love from me.
3. It'll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it's going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. I may even create something totally unbelievable and surprise you!! Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note/post of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to it.
7. I'll contact you for your mailing address, so we don't all get spammed. No spam! It'll be fun!

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

2 Weeks Till Taxes!

Ours are done, how about yours? We had the help of Mr. Merlin J. Fuzzbutt, CPA -- just like last year. He's usually a good boy who knows better than to lie on the table. But... this cat is attracted to tax stuff! We couldn't get him off the folder that had our tax forms in it. He's obsessed with taxes.

Me, I'm still obsessed with socks. Look, they come in pink and lacy!

I've promised myself to knit more non-sock objects this year, so that's next. But first, I have to go make pizza. The sauce is done, the dough is rising, I need to go knead it.