Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A grey day fit for a frog post

Well my wonderful almost done and looking good sock had a problem. But didn't it look good?!

Do you see the problem? (note the lack of remaining yarn....)

I know, I know, most of you reading this have already heard or even observed my resigned expressions of discomfort, bummedness and sighs of acceptance. But can I tell you again how bummed I was?
This was my first sock!
I had tried it on!
It fit!
Alas, no more yarn in that particular hand-dyed lot could be found. I probably should have just used a different color when I ran out of that, but, oh well. It is too late. It has been frogged.

I don't want to talk about it anymore. It is a grey day and I am feeling like Eeyore.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Tank Cozy

This is the coolest thing EVER! My eldest sent me the link- I don't know quite where it orginally came from, I certainly can't take credit- but I absolutely HAD to share! A knitted Tank Cozy...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Travel Travails Transcended

Well, I had intended to create a post about our journey up north to Washington and Oregon. It would include photos like this:

"SHEEP!" That was me, pointing them out to my poor daughter who had to try to capture a clear image as I was driving at some undocumented speed down the I-5 in the middle of Oregon.

And this:

This is Herman the Sturgeon. He is 67 years old and 10 feet long. That is one big fish. He lives at a fish hatchery along the Columbia river.

It would show the reason why we went to Olympia, Washington in the first place...

It would show you my lovely yarn purchases I managed to squeeze in (or at least evidence of such- bag carrying)

I was going to demonstrate the environmental difficulties I faced in my travels:

(I'm not sure which is the more threatening environment, Mt. St. Helens in the cloud covered background, or the car with these two enclosed in it.)

And show reunions with dear friends from back in the day:

This is Karena who lives in Portland. I don't think she knits.

But this is a knitting blog afterall, so I'll just show you the yarn...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Travel advisory- blue skies visible

Well, I haven't been able to figure out a way to post pictures from the hotel computer, but we are currently in Olmypia, Washington! We had a lovely drive up (took some pictures of sheep!), stopped in a yarn shop in Portland, missed the one in Hood River, and today went to the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I figured if I commit half of a day to an airplane museum for Conner's sake that he won't give me too much grief for going to yet another yarn store tomorrow ; )

This trip has definitely made me see the advantage of having a laptop with wireless built in. Somehow we have one just old enough not to have it and now all of the hotels assume that you have one as well. Of course we have the complimentary "high-speed" computer in the lobby, but %&*^#! it's a PC! Ack! They have three and this is the only one that seems to want to let me check my e-mail. Oh well. I do actually remember the days when you were out of touch when you traveled. No cell phones, laptops, etc... NO, I don't remember dinosaurs thank you. It's possible that I will be able to use Isha's computer to get a post with pictures going tomorrow, so until then- neener, neener, it's sunny here!!!!!

Thursday, April 06, 2006


Wait, I almost forgot a most newsworthy thing. The sky is blue and the sun is shining!!!! Quick, grab your knitting and head OUTSIDE!

Purls of Wisdom

Wow. I just realized it has been a week since I have posted. Well, I am slowly recuperating from my sprained ankle. You would think that I would have lots of time to knit with a wounded ankle, but alas this has somehow not been the case. I have just spent more time puttering around the house because I am S-L-O-W. I have found it hard to knit while on Vicodin.
I have also been spending a lot of time on the phone offering emotional support to my afore-mentioned eldest daughter. She had a lovely visit here and then when she returned to Washington the adventures began. You know the kind, those everything-that-can-go-wrong-does-go-wrong adventures. The kind where you can hear the mischievous angels snickering as they duck behind a cloud because they are just messing with you big time. But somehow these life adventures always bring you to another level of consciousness so you can't get too pissed. She has an old Volvo. The brakes went out. She needs new brakes. New brakes that will cost more than the car is worth. She is in Washington to go to college. She doesn't have any money. School started on Monday and she lives about 8 miles away at a horse ranch without any access to public transportation. She is screwed. SO, she is now going to move into student housing and leave her boyfriend to fend for himself at the horse ranch. He is not so happy. Drama. SO glad I am over that stage of my life! (It will get better dear, I promise!) Just remember that it is the irritation that forms the pearl!

I will be heading up to Washington to visit her next week and help her finalize all of her moving (let me know about any "can't miss" yarn shops along the Interstate 5 corridor between California and Washington!).

Hannah came for knitting on Saturday. She is moving along with her purse and hopefully took it to Mexico this week and is almost finished! Dan is slowly accepting her new knitter identity. I am working on the black hubby sweater and a couple of socks (two different pairs-) as well as the German Clock Vest. Hopefully something will move towards finished status soon. Had a lovely time at the knitting meet-up last night! Knitters are some of the coolest people!!!!