Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Stuff

I cranked out another pair of cashmere socks. Same yarn, same needles, same everything, only this pair might fit a small child. There isn't anyone in my family with petite feet, nope, not a one. No idea who will get these. I guess they'll sit around until the right Cinderella foot comes along. I also made another pair of felted slippers; all that's left to do with those is stitch on the leather soles. I had to throw in a picture of my wee dog. The dirty laundry basket is a popular handout.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Year Long Project is Complete

It's finally finished! There's an obvious lack of wall decor, but everything else is complete.

Dude Hat

An early Christmas gift for D-man. I got a kit from Churchmouse Yarns that included enough Rowan yarn to make 3 or 4 hats. I busted this zippy, stripey stocking cap out in a couple days. I have one last gift on the needles
then a year of "all about me" commences. Of the last 12 things I've knitted, 10 have been for other people. This year I will be the recipient of all my knitting finery....

Sunday, December 7, 2014


A few pictures to keep you apprised of my knitting and general geekiness. First, I received the new Kate Davies book all about Yoke knitting, no, not how to cook eggs kind of yolk, but knitting yokes.. On the same day (it was a big day) I received a package from Churchmouse Yarns containing yarn for Denny's new wooly hat. Let's hope I get it done in time for Christmas... Then I stayed up last night and finished these sweet slippers. I've already busted some stash for another pair. I'm setting lofty goals, lets hope I can get 'er done. I love the pouty bow. A few weeks ago I finished these Nordic Star slippers. Wow, were those an ever popular Instgram item! I'll probably be making those again as well. Then, in between slippers I made these angora fingerless mittens - *yawn*. I'm not sure why, but those were so boring to knit. I loved the yarn, it's super dreamy, but the rest, meh. I made my mom a cowl. Not for Christmas, just because. It turned out pretty snazzy, in my humble opinion. I used a bunch of Rowan Fine Tweed that I had bits and pieces of. Worked up nicely. Oh, and last week I picked up a "mushroom." Not just any ol' mushroom, but a KOMBUCHA mushroom!! If you don't know what Kombucha is, I'm sorry. Go directly to Whole Foods and pick up a bottle in the refrigeration dept. STAT! It's fab stuff. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink, and that's all I know other than it's freaking incredible. I got my mushroom, or live culture, or whatever you want to call it from a friend. She also gave me details how to, well, grow it? Anyway, the picture I've posted is not that of a placenta, but of the actual mushroom or live culture. Dennis thinks I'm completely nuts, and will probably have his fingers poised to dial 911 upon first sip. Scaredy cat. Somewhere in between all the above knitting etc., we had Thanksgiving. I made a German Chocolate cake and 6 (yes, I got a little overzealous with the bread starter and ended up with A LOT of bread) loaves of cheese bread. And lastly, I won the metro photo competition for my submission of Native American costuming and beadwork. I was pretty chuffed with myself, and I have a little extra pocket money for Christmas!
Back to studying... Side note: For whatever reason I can't create paragraphs. I can when I use my app, but not when I use my laptop. What???

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Faux Athleticism

This shot makes me look far more athletic than I really am. When the opportunity presented itself I took the a) short-cut or b) route with the shallowest water depth and lowest, driest, bank. Wimpy. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

9th Living History Farms Run

Well, this year's run was considerably warmer than last year. Top temp today was around 50, last year we never saw the numbers on a positive side. 

Right off the bat I rolled my ankle on the uneven terrain. I hopped on one leg to the side of the course, walked for a bit, then continued on. I'm not sure that was a good idea. I'll see if the pain subsides in a few days. Then decide on my next course of action. Despite my injury I finished considerably faster than last year. My fastest time on that course was in 2005 (my first year) at 1:12. Today was 1:49. I'll take it. 

Here are some pics for your viewing enjoyment. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Few Finished Projects to Report

I'm off to a bit of a late start with my Christmas production, but I do have a couple completed things under my belt,and one under construction. Prepared to be wowed!
The little beige pair is by Churchmouse yarns, Turkish Bed Socks pattern. I knitted these with some of my beloved cashmere stash. I have enough stash to make several more pairs. Whup! Whup! The star slipper pattern was given to me by an Instagram friend. I love these things! They are simple, warm, and cute. I made those using leftovers and stash. The Ivory color is Elsbeth Lavold yarn, its a camel/wool combo--nice stuff, and the blue is Quince <3 Do you know how hard it is to hold your feet together in the air while photographing? Whew, getting old and crusty isn't fun... I could use a little yoga in my life. The turquoise project is the Cafe Au Lait pattern for fingerless mitts. I just started, so I'm not sure what I think of these. I'm typically not a fan of lace knitting, but this pattern is fairly simple, hard to screw it up. I'm using angora wool for these, mainly because I loved the color. I thought for sure all the angora fur would go right up my nose and drive me nuts, but no, it's awesome stuff!! This weekend I will be making my annual trek to DesMoines for the Living History Farms race. My compadre, TG, will be accompanying me. This could be my farewell tour.... The subzero temps last year almost killed me, I'm hoping for a wee bit of a reprieve this weekend. The forecast shows a slight (very slight) improvement in temps, let's hope that holds. Ok, back to studying...... School update: Degree change (this makes my 4th). This week I will be pursuing a degree as a paralegal. Boring. And now that the world of blogging knows that piece of information I must now return to reading.... .

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Well, it was an almost perfect day....

...'cept I couldn't outrun the effing mosquitoes. I must have looked like a spaz to anyone who saw me running, I was constantly swinging my arms around in an effort to swat the bugs. I lost the battle. 

Nearly There

After a year of work the basement is nearly done. Carpet is on order and the finishing details are few! Dennis won't know what to do with his free time!

Love & Hate Up Close


Bustin' Out the Christmas Presents...

Knitting a pair of socks for my dad. This time using a wool/nylon blend. It's a barfy feeling yarn, but hopefully it will wear better for him. Last night I ventured to the Crescent Moon for Oktoberfest. Met up with good friends(and even our old instructor showed) from A & P, as well as my old friend Traci. As painful as it is to be in the middle of those drunkfests it was good to hang with friends, even if it was brief... Headed to the Wabash for a short run. Lovin' these fall days….

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Soon They Will Be Gone…..

I have enjoyed these sweet hummingbirds for the last few months. I will miss the action at the feeder. I sense they will be migrating very soon, as there has been much more of a feeding frenzy than normal.I suspect they are taking in the travel calories. They are so hilarious to watch, the dive bombing and air attacks are pretty funny. I miss summer already, dreading the doldrums of winter.
Sunday we went to the Wabash, I never get sick of that place. I walked with Den and the dogs for a bit then I ran back to the trailhead. I think I'll try to get a few more trails runs in before the snow flies, there isn't anything better than the Wabash in the fall. Did I mention I'm dreading winter?