Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter has arrived...

and we have been getting snow almost every day for the past week. The new header photo is our deck railing this morning. I love when everything looks like it's been iced like a cake. The snow makes the world a much prettier place.
I really do need to get a new pair of boots. I hold my breath every time I lace mine up as the laces are barely hanging on. Doesn't it sound like an excuse to do some shopping today? I have to go out for a haircut this afternoon and maybe I'll leave a little early ;)

Pretty quiet around here the past week. A lot of time has been spent relaxing and doing nothing constructive. That'll change today, I hope, I finally figured out the next step in the knitted mitts instructions so there should be some progress with the knitting today. In the meantime I've been crocheting which, for me, doesn't take a lot of brain power.

Here is the progress I've made on the Calm Cowl for the CAL on Ravelry...

and then my progress on the fingerless gloves that I started last week...
it's fixin to get way more complicated.

I've also been keeping up with our new grand-dog's progress. He's so adorable, meet Bear, our daughter's new Havanese mix.
There really are a couple of shiny black eyes in there somewhere.


LittleDog is, as usual, having a little snooze. I hear snoring sounds behind me as I type.
He leads a dog's life for sure.

Have a great weekend! Thank you for stopping in. It's always encouraging to read your comments. If you'd like to check out more fibery peeps hop on over to Wisdom Begins in Wonder where Andrea hosts Fiber Arts Friday.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Distracted by Downton

Whoo, I feel like I've been involved in a emotional immersion program...oh, wait, I have...I started with Season 1, Episode 1 last Saturday and  last night I watched Season 3, Episode 2. That's a lot of Downton, let me tell you.

I have managed to get some crochet done while watching...

this is Maxi's Cowl, named for my dear departed pet. It's big and bulky and I really like it.

For some reason my photo skills have gone missing lately.

I've gotten a start on the Calm Cowl I'm doing for a CAL. What have you been up to this past week?

Thank you for coming. Be sure to check out Wisdom Begins In Wonder to see other fibery peeps and what they've been up to.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Life's a little different today

Hello! Welcome to my Fiber Arts Friday post. If you enjoy seeing what fibery peeps are up to you can also check out the blog circus at Wisdom Begins In Wonder after you've finished here. Thank you for coming. I hope you find something interesting/educational/fun.

After the worst day ever this week I'm ready for something fun. What's more fun than going crazy with some crochet and some crappy old yarn you've had in your stash for 5 or 6 years?
Above is the best representation of the actual color. This is the Spike Stitch Cowl. The yarn is Tahki "Twiggy Tweed". It's a blue/grey single with purple neps in it...and a lot of VM! I don't know what they were thinking when they sold this yarn but I cannot believe it was marketed commercially as it is. I've been picking pieces of dried grass and sticks out of it every few feet. This must be why it was so cheap on eBay, LOL
The label says "Made in France" and "we recommend dry cleaning", HA! Dry clean wool...a travesty if you ask me. This baby will be soaking in some Eucalan as soon as it's finished. Hopefully that will soften it up a bit. After so many years being stored away I'm sure it could use a little rejuvenation.

I tried to get a close shot of the stitches but it's difficult to see. It's single crochet and triple crochet alternating. I'm carrying the yarn double since it's quite fine. Super easy and fast but a bit hard on my hands.
If I hadn't run out of wound yarn I would probably be finished. I'll need to wind up the other two skeins so I can finish it this weekend.

After that I'm on to the Calm Cowl Crochet-along. Haven't done a crochet along before so I'm hoping it'll be fun. It's a nice looking pattern and I'm excited to get started on it. You're welcome to join in if you'd like.

Have a great weekend. Thank you for the kind words on my Wednesday post.
We'll be here, adjusting to a different life without Max.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Farewell Max

As you drifted off to sleep so peacefully I thought of the day we brought you  home...
and how fast you grew...
and how talented you were.
You set such a good example for your little brother Sam...even though he wouldn't listen...
and you were a great model too.
It was a good twelve and a half years. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Now you can chase those damn squirrels and never get tired.