Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Younger daughter received him? her? as a consolation prize at a White Elephant Gift party last weekend. The gift she first received was an Ipad cover with Mickey Mouse on it. She doesn't have an Ipad, and that made the cover the worst gift at the party; as a result, the host awarded yD this puppy.
Rumor had it that this was a taxidermied puppy. Gaaaagggg...
But it's not.
It's a store-bought puppy, and when there is the proper battery in it, the abdomen rises and falls as if the puppy is breathing, AND, as a bonus, the battery will keep puppy breathing for a glorious and creepy five years.
So it's not as bad as the taxidermied puppy would have been, but close................
Friday, December 17, 2010
My sister told me a couple of weeks ago that her granddaughter has an American Girl Doll and SallyKnits had just made a sweater for her granddaughter's AG doll, so it was a perfect storm.
This is the result. It is a Classic Elite pattern, free on their website, and there is also a pattern to make a matching sweater for the doll's owner. I used less than one skein of Classic Elite Yarns Fresco (60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora---very soft---lucky doll!).
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
That's ice, more than we've ever had before, on our little pond.
And snow!!!! Look at all the snow!!!!
That is not from-the-sky snow. It is from-my-neighbor's snow-maker snow. When it stays below freezing for an extended time, he makes snow for the kids to play in. I can always tell when the kids are home from school from all the racketing of their sliding down the hill on whatever they can find. They have a blast, and I love watching them.
From the window of my warm house.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
The Opera Company of Philadelphia held a surprise performance of Hallelujah Chorus at Macy's (the former Wanamaker's), where the largest operational organ in the United States is still in use. Choir members were scattered amongst the shoppers at Macy's.
What a treat for the shoppers who were there!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Last year, if you will recall, I asked for a turquoise Thunderbird convertible.
I did not get one.
SO, you owe me, big boy. You owe me big time. I went to Cirque du Soleil last night, and now I know what I want this year:
A huge trampoline (climbing wall optional) and a younger body....40 years or so younger.
I'm counting on you.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
But if I WERE obsessed, which I am not, how could anyone blame me?
Look at this yarn (Malabrigo Rasta Arco Lily). The colors are gorgeous!!! And this is what the yarn becomes---even more gorgeous!!!This is the sixth---and possibly final---cowl.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I finally made something out of the yarn (Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Yarn, Willow Creek, in greens) I bought in LA many, many months ago. It was supposed to have been a scarf, but I learned the hard way - on size 2 needles no less - that there was only enough yarn for a very small scarf.
But the yarn finally told me what it really wanted to be: Autumn Leaves Fingerless Mitts designed by Abbie Tilden (available on Ravelry). See the leaf?
And Baxter vs Miss Babs? Because inquiring minds want to know:
Baxter is alive and well and continuing to tear up our home. The Miss Babs yarn has yet to appear in any form. I don't know where it is. (Although I admit that since Baxter seems fine, I'm not looking very hard.)
Monday, November 29, 2010
Did I make something out of the absent ten yards of sock yarn?
I didn't even put all the pom poms and tassels on these hats that the pattern called for because I got very impatient with all the fiddly bits.
But I did at least make them different: different colors, different numbers of pom poms and tassels. Now the girls will have no reason to argue over which hat is whose.
I can hear their mother laughing already.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thank you, S!!!
Here are random scenes from the beautiful Left Coast:
This is taken from an outdoor table at the In and Out Burger joint near the airport. One of the runways was built so close to downtown that the planes fly in scary-movie close to the businesses in the area. Another unusual LA business---for those people so desperate for nicotine that they don't have time to park and shop for it.
The Pacific! We had beautiful weather and so a trip to the beach was perfect.
It's November! And the flowers are blooming!
A beautiful day at the Flea Market.
A very crowded day at the Flea Market.
And as Arnold would say, "I'll be back..."
Monday, November 8, 2010
And I must share this, the cake topper. The bride's favorite toy when she was a child was Legos, so her mother surprised her with this Lego bride and groom. And the cake was layer after layer of cupcakes, four different flavors, with a large cupcake on top.
Friday, November 5, 2010
The Shaelyn shawl (in Creatively Dyed Yarn, Beaches, Miami color).....and the October Leaves fingerless mitts (in Plymouth Yarn Alpaca Prima, color 401).
And Susan B. Anthony's Flap Happy Hat (in Cascade 220)!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
And yes, this is not Baxter. But I like horses too. I always wanted one. Or two, so they could keep each other company.
Not going to happen, though.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
But this is the sign that greeted us at the entrance. Some very confused tractor fans must have shown up and wondered what all the yarn was doing at their tractor show....and where were the tractors???WE SAW.
Beautiful colors outside.
Beautiful yarns inside.
We decided to make a souvenir project---fingerless gloves, and doing that necessitated reading charts for the pattern. I have always avoided charts, but these were easy. They were for knitting in the round, so there was no reading backwards or upside down. I finished the thumb on glove one yesterday, and now I look forward to the second. They are made on size one needles and have some weird stitch combinations in them. It was intimidating the first time, but now? No problem. (I hope.)