Friday, October 05, 2007

Friday Cats

I'm sure that's out there somewhere, right? When there isn't much knitting to show, distract the readers with pretty cats?

Meet Shyla. She's the sister of Maxine, who was featured last month. True to her name, this one is a shy girl. But. She decided to come out and visit the other night, and make nice to "grandma." She is every bit as soft and silky as she looks.

D5 actually took this picture--and, Shyla is posing on an Ab Fab that I made.

Does that mean this can be an FO picture as well as a pretty cat pose?


Here's my Highland, doing his "contented cat" pose on a quilt.

In other news, I am packing for a quick trip up the coast with D3 and her family. Yes, Memere gets to spend some quality time with the Grandcarrot. We're going to hit the Aquarium, and Back Porch, and Monarch and whatever else we can find in Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove. Maybe I'll (finally) get D3 to scope out Asilomar, too--I've been telling them for years that it's an ideal spot for our Family Reunion.

So, here's wishing you a happy weekend, if you have the Monday holiday especially. I'm hoping to have lots of good knitting pics to show you when I get back--maybe some nice photos from 17 Mile Drive and the Bay, too!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Wednesday Wanderings

Yes, there has been knitting. Voila! Madgik finished a baby blanket today. Very very cute--soft, fuzzy, black with furry red trim. There's going to be a little devilish baby hat to go with it--too too rock n' roll!
The funniest part of this was her absolute horror at working with furry yarns again--so much so that the leftover yarns went directly into the trash can! I think she's really just OVER the funfur phase...


Is this not the cutest, cutest, most adorablest baby bootee ever?? It is definitely squeeee-worthy!

This was Mary's project today. She will s how you photos when the pair is done, complete with their little buttons, but honestly--too much! Now I have to find the copy of the pattern I downloaded, and start a pair for Sweet Pea.









How much stuff got moved out of my house during the sale?

Let's see: this many empty tubs' worth.




Oh, and this many too:

Simon says, what happened to my house??

More stuff to go:


Rocks! This rockpile has been around for quite a number of years. Some of the rocks came out of the concrete in the old driveway, including the two that I always tripped on when getting out of the car.
Always.


Bricks too. Himself had a "thing" about bricks, and he loved his brick pile.

So.
The brick pile before.










Rock pile after.


Brick pile after.

Rocks and bricks have gone to live with Mary U. She's been wanting bricks to build a planter with, and rocks to build a rock garden on.

Hey, after all her help with the yard sale, it's only fair, right??

Tonight is "dinner with the Ds" and more knitting time. I've cast on for a blanket for Sweet Pea, which I will take pictures of and post as soon as it looks like more than four rows of garter stitch! (It's the Totally Autumn blanket from Knitty, only done in Lotus Yarns' Lullaby colorway. You'll have to use your imagination for a bit. But there are only 8 rows of garter in the border, so be patient!)

And yes, we seem to be developing a vegetable theme for the latest crop of grandkids. First the Carrot, and now Sweet Pea. That's partly because the invitations for the baby shower have a little pea-in-the-pod theme, and it's just a cute way to refer to the baby-to-be. However, I draw the line--there will be no turnips, rutabagas, zucchini or Brussels sprouts! (Hmmm... just remembered that my dad always referred to D2 as his "hot tomato." Guess the veggie theme isn't so new after all!)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Remembering


Andrew Robert Watterlond
October 9, 1963--October 2, 2004
We know that this is not goodbye.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Aftermath

After all the effort, the sale is over, the boxes of leftovers are distributed to various charitable endeavors, the tents are down, the only thing left to do is relax.



Oh. I forgot. There are all those empty tubs to clean and sort and put away. But that's a minor detail!


My iron infusion today was--well, let's just say, I'd rather not discuss it. Moving on.
It was an impromptu Montrose Monday. Barbara brought her unopened package from Elann.


It's her bolero! Not only did she knit this beauty, it's the current front-page item on the elann.com website.

Way to go!

When I got home, I had a package too. A cute little square box, containing a cake of Cabin Cove laceweight. My prize from Dave's contest!

Thanks, Dave! Not only is it a great color, it's very very soft. I think this might work very nicely for a stole pattern I have in mind... I posed it on an antique desk we have. Family lore is that it came West on the Emigrant Train--from Virginia to Illinois. Back in the days when Illinois was the frontier. (The family later kept moving, to Nebraska and then on to California. But that's a story for another day.)

So. An altogether good Monday, all things considered, even though our heat is back and the temperatures keep rising. No complaints!

Oh--wanna see another video? You can mute the conversation, it's just the dinner-table talk.

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Experiment!

videoOk, this is my first video upload. What do you think? did it work??