Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Yarn Along

I can't really call this post Knitting This Week, like I have in the past.  I seem to have taken a hiatus from blogging and knitting.  Actually I seem to have taken a hiatus from weeding, opening mail, cleaning... Not for any exciting reason except for work.

So with that said, while I haven't been knitting to show any progress on any of my projects, I have been reading up a storm.  I have listened to two audio books- The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry and Hot Shot by Julie Garwood.  I have read four book- The Crossing Places & The Janus Stone by Ellie Griffiths, Rock with Wings by Anne Hillerman and Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton.  But according to my Goodreads challenge, I am still 12 books behind in my goal of 100 books for 2015.

The Maggie Sefton book takes place in Fort Collins but in the book it is called Fort Connor.  I have the next two to read as well but have a couple of other borrowed to finish.  I just started reading Denali's Howl.  And by just started I mean I've read two pages.
While I haven't been knitting I have been contemplating two new baby knits.  One would be for Bryan's niece who is having a boy and a friend from dance who with her partner is adopting a baby girl.  I don't want to make a big something that will take me a long time to knit, but more a thoughtful something that is a quick knit.  Does that make sense?  So what would you knit?



Thursday, May 28, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday

*  The sun finally came out!  Wednesday was a day of sunshine all day.  We stayed outside all day.  Consequently, mama is sunburned.  Oops.

Wednesday was C's field day and picnic.  They had sack races, three legged races, hurdles, balance beams, and of course tug of war!  She was one worn out little girl.



*  The roses in the front yard are finally all pruned.  So not only am I sunburned, but I am scratched up as well.  The soil in our yard is mostly clay.  Even though I've added amendment and compost for years there is still a lot of clay.  The garden is still pretty wet after three weeks of rain so I've not planted anything else.  If I walk in the garden I'll have 20lbs of clay attached to my feet!  Next week.  There's always next week.

Happy Thursday my friends.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday

* The top news story here in Denver is the weather.   It has rained 19 out of the last 21 days.  It has also been tradition that the road to the top of Mount Evan (the highest paved road in the US) be open by Memorial Day weekend.  Not this year.  There is still over four feet of snow up there!  And it snowed again on Tuesday.  Luckily there hasn't been any flooding yet, but it also hasn't started melting yet either.  The high yesterday was 45 degrees.  The garden has not been fully planted yet.  The roses are not pruned.  The grass is about six inches tall but it's too wet to mow.  For a state that sees the sun over 300 days a year we are all a little grumpy.

* Tuesday night was Miss C's dance recital.  The recital theme was Leap's Circus (her school is called Leap).  The dance her class did was the "Elephants on Parade."  It was super cute and they all did such a great job.

Happy Thursday my friends!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yarn Along

It is Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  Since it has been raining just about every day, I knit a lot this week.  However, I don't have much to show for my work.  I have been working on my stitch block cowl.  I finished the first section and have started the second section about a dozen times.  I just keep making stupid mistakes and have to rip back.  I have started using two lifelines so I don't have to rip back too far and that has help tremendously.   Finally some progress.  
photo bomb by Winston

 
I have also finished another square for my random square scrap blanket.  I only work on these squares while I have some down time at work.  Squares are easy to do at work... I can pick them up, put them down or not work on them for ages and still know where I am in the patter.... because there is no pattern!  I am going to sew them together soon.  I think I need some other color choices before I get to gung ho on putting them together.
I just finished reading the book Buried in the Sky.  It was about the deadly climbing season on K2 in 2008 and the Sherpa support on and off the mountain.  Fascinating.  It was recommended to me by a passenger on the airplane.  I started reading Barefoot on Tuesday but am still only a few pages in so have no opinion yet.  

What are you reading and working on?

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Random Thoughts on Thursday (and an eye update)

* This past Tuesday, Miss C had her final post op eye exam and vision test.  The eye doctor is pleased with how well her eyes are tracking and he said he couldn't tell that she'd had a problem!  She also did well with her vision test, but will still need to wear her glasses.  Her prescription isn't that strong. The doctor also said that if she takes them off (as she does when she plays princess- cause princesses don't wear glasses.), it is okay.  We've told her she has to wear them to school and to watch TV/ipad or when she goes outside as they are her sunglasses as well.  Our next visit is in six months and after that he'll decided if we can go to yearly visits! 

*  Meet Loretta and Patsy!  
A mama at preschool who also has a chicken addiction bought five Welsummers and asked a couple of us if we wanted chickens.   That day I emphatically said NO!  I don't have room for more chickens.  By the next day I texted her and told her YES!  I am excited by their chocolate brown eggs!  Right now they are living in a chicken wire box so they can be in the same run as the big ladies until they are bigger.  I've talked Bryan into building me a bigger coop which we need to get on that project soon!

Happy Thursday my friends!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mamas Day

     
 
This would be why we don't plant anything in Colorado until after Mother's Day!  

Happy Mamas Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Knitting This Week

It's Wednesday again and that means it is time for the weekly Yarn Along.  I am joining with Ginny and everyone to share yarn and books.  I didn't really get a lot accomplished this week on my knitting.  I have seven inches to go on the first of three patterns on the stitch block cowl.  But at least I am in a groove now.  I am using a lifeline since I started over or ripped back at least seven times before getting a go on the cowl.  I move my lifeline at every pattern repeat.  No more ripping back.  I am the farthest behind in our KAL because I finally bought more purple yarn to finish the Woven Scarf.


Six strands of 96" of knitting is not easy.  In fact it's rather boring which is why I've been working on this project since August 2014.  I had every intention of getting it finished to give to the recipient by December.   I guess she'll be wearing it next winter!  I had a hard time following the directions in the magazine...1 over 2, 3 over 4, 5 over 6 I got but it was the rest of it that I couldn't wrap my brain around.  So I made it work.  At least if it is wrong, it is consistently wrong.

I finished reading The Cirque by Martin Van Pelt.  I used to work with Martin before he had to retire. (Pilots have to retire at age 65).  The majority of this book takes in the 1980's in the Colorado Rockies.  It is a suspense book revolving around drug smuggling in the mountains.  It is also heavy on airplanes and aviation but I think the plot works well.  It certainly kept me entertained for the duration.  It did start a little slow, but picked up speed once the characters were introduced.  It's available on Amazon if you'd like to read it.

Happy Yarn Along Wednesday!