A storm rolled in earlier this evening. It's now 57 degrees. It feels so wonderful. Especially since my thermometer looked like this yesterday:
Just before the storm rolled in the sunset looked like this:
And when the storm started (it was LOUD), I was suddenly very popular:
The blankets are coming along nicely:
At work today, my boss gave me this for a job well done:
Hmmmm....I wonder what I'm going to buy......
Any guesses? (Blogless MJ - You may not guess!)
Sky for Saturday
And last night's sunset:
Today at knit group Blogless MJ loaned me one of her super cool needles
for the morning. These needles are as wonderful as everyone says
The join is perfect (hard to believe they're interchangable), the needles did not unscrew from the cord and the cords are far superior to both the Denise needles
and the Needlemaster
MJ had never knit with this cord before and there was no memory at all. No kinking, no stiffness, no nothing; just a perfect cord that did everything I wanted it to. (On another note: MJ let me break in her brand new needles! Is there a higher sign of love from a fellow knitter?)
My favorite part of the needles is the point. It is perfectly pointy. Picking up stitches on the Log Cabin Blanket was a piece of cake.
Also at knit group this morning, Blogless Ellen gave me a charm for my crocs.
Thank you, Ellen!
I think Kishka is trying to get a job as a model:
I wish she would. My dogs deserve a stay at home mom.
Completely out of ideas for a title.
I sat still tonight long enough to make some progress on Log Cabin #2:
I actually had an enjoyable drive home from work, snapping pictures along the way:
Tonight's sunset didn't disappoint:
However, Kishka is not impressed:
A slight tangent
I usually keep this blog politics free, but every so often, I just can't keep quiet.
The death penalty is a controversial topic. I've always been in favor it. This
Someone like that does not deserve to live.
Torture isn't legal, so I believe someone like that should die.
The knitting chat and photos will resume; probably later on today.
Slow and steady.
I want to thank everyone who responded to my request a couple days ago for feedback. I appreciate all the comments. The theme seems to be that pictures and regular posting are the key ingredients for a good blog. I think I do okay with the pictures, and will start posting more regularly. Any additional comments would also be appreciated.
And now, on to your regularly scheduled blog post....
I'm a fidgety person. I always have been. One reason I picked up knitting again was to tame the fidgetiness. Most of the time, it works.
Lately, though, I've been fidgeting more that usual and can't sit still long enough to knit. As a result, the first Log Cabin is at a standstill and Log Cabin #2 is only this far:
Summer afternoons are usually stormy in Colorado and today proved to be no exception. I snapped these pics on my drive home from work..
Here's Garden of the Gods
and Pikes Peak
There's Cheyenne Mountain
off in the distance:
And a little closer to home:
I was fiddling with the blog today and noticed that I've made 202 posts. 202! How on earth did I manage that?
Shortly after I took up knitting again back in the Fall of 2004, I discovered knitting blogs and was hooked. This led to starting this blog a few months later.
I started this blog for myself, to record the details of my knitting projects.
I never expected that anyone would read this blog and I expected to lose interest in it quickly.
Fast forward 17 months and I was wrong on both accounts:
I have a handful of regular readers and I haven't lost interest in posting. This blog has become a valuble resource for me. I often refer to old posts to see what yarn, needle size, etc. that I used on a particular project.
This blog has also led me to wonderful people I have 'met' in this always entertaining world of knit blogging. Reading other blogs inspires me, makes me smile and often makes me think about life and the world a little differently.
All this rambling is leading to something. I promise.
My blogging has become more interactive than I ever expected. After almost 18 months, I'm feeling a bit repetitive, a bit predictable. At times, I'm bored with myself.
So, I ask you, the readers of this blog, these questions:
What do you like about my blog? What do you dislike?
What do you enjoy seeing? Is there anything you never want to see again? Is there anything you want to see, but haven't?
Thank you for indulging my narcissistic request. I look forward to your responses.
Log Cabin-ing Along
The logs on the first Log Cabin are so long that there's not much visible progress:
(CD is for size comparison.)
Log Cabin #2 is shaping up nicely. I'm still not sure if my color plan is going to work. I think it will, but it's still a bit to early to know for sure.
"The summer night is like a perfection of thought." - -- Wallace Stevens
There's a cool breeze wafting in through the window; I'm listening to podcasts, surfing the web and Samantha is sleeping with her head on my feet. Does life get any better than this?
Today started with knit group and this morning we met downtown. That's where I took my Saturday Sky
At group this morning, Blogless MJ finally finished binding off her shawl. She has over 1200 stitches and was doing an i-cord bind off. It took her over a week to do the bind off, but it was worth it:
The picture doesn't do it justice. This shawl is absolutely gorgeous.
I worked on the Log Cabin Blanket this morning:
While knitting this morning, a minor tragedy occured:
Yes, that is a Denise needle
cable that snapped. After a
lot of cursing, Blogless MJ lent me a needle so I could continue. Thank you, MJ!!
I've also been knitting on a new project:
Yes, the obsession continues. Right now, Log Cabin #2 looks very similar to the original. It's not, though. It's going to be totally different.
For both of these blankets, I'm picking the color sequence by using the random number generator
. I may eventually plan out a color pattern for a Log Cabin Blanket, but for now I'm enjoying the random method.
I'll leave you with tonight's sunset:
I'm home from work having my telephone line repaired, so I thought I'd do Friday’s Feast
.AppetizerFill in the blanks: I ____________ when I _____________.
I am very loud when I laugh.SoupName something you use to make your home smell good.
Vinegar and scented candles. I place bowls of vinegar out when the house starts to smell 'doggy'. I also have scented candles on the candle warmer almost every night.SaladIf you could receive a coupon in the mail for 50% off any product, what would you want it to be for?
Yarn. Duh.Main CourseBesides sleeping, what do you spend the majority of the hours of your typical day doing?
During the week: working on the computer. On the weekend: knitting and just putzing around the house.DessertWhat can you hear right now while answering these questions?
The hum of the window AC unit, CNN updating me on all the depressing news in the world and the phone guy pounding on something outside.
I'm heading into work as soon as the repair is done, so no time for pictures. The Log Cabin continues to grow (I'm just going to knit it until I think it looks finished) and a new project appeared on the needles last night. Hmmmm....I wonder what it is...........
Summertime and the knitting is easy (and still addictive).
It seems like every knitblogger out there is bitching about the heat. It's the same here in Colorado.
In my house, a sure sign of oppressive heat is a glazed look in the eyes:
The Log Cabin continues...........
The logs are getting quite long, but I'm not minding it at all. I'm on a classic movie binge and the long garter rows are perfect movie knitting. In the past week I'm watched Gone With The Wind
, and Key Largo
Next up is To Have and Have Not
When most people think of Colorado, they think of the mountains. I think the plains are pretty spectacular, too:
And the log cabin obsession continues....
With apologies to the late Robert Palmer
.........The lights are on, and I'm at home
My mind is not my own
My heart sweats, my body shakes
Another row is what it takes
I can't sleep, I can't eat
There's no doubt, I'm in deep
My throat is tight, I can't breathe
Another row is all I need
Whoa, I like to think that I'm immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say I can't get enough
I know I'm gonna have to face it, I'm addicted to this......
I hate to sound like a broken record, but I love this blanket! It's so much fun!Kirsti
hit the nail on the head with this comment: "... and I can understand the addiction - just one more strip, right?"
That's exactly it. Every night I just can't go to bed until I finish a log and start the next one. I'm doing the colors randomly and I just have to see what the next color will be before I can get any sleep.
This blanket is perfect TV knitting. I love knitting socks, but they require a bit more attention than this project. I've been getting caught up on some documentries and old movies I have on Tivo.
I'm also planning my next log cabin blanket in my head.
If I could knit socks with one hand and knit a log cabin with the other hand, my life would be perfect.
You are an obsession
I cannot sleep
I am a posession
Unopened at your feet
There is no balance
I will not accept defeat
Thank you for all the compliments on this blanket. The yarn is Cotton-Ease. I have ten colors and will be using them all!
Falling on my head like a memory.
Here comes the rain again:
I've been bitten by the Log Cabin bug:
I am positively obsessed with this blanket. It's so much fun!!
The Shepherds are not impressed:
Kishka is only mildly interested:
Saturday Sky, and some knitting
It's another grey day here:
We're had an unusual string of grey/rainy days lately. The last string like this I can remember was in 1999. It's a nice break from our usual summer weather of hot and dry.
The sock is coming along nicely:
I'm going to be starting another project, hopefully this weekend. I've been reading blogs and planning it out in my head. You might say I'm obsessed.
Kishka has the right idea on what to do today:
Storm on the prairie.
Another severe thunderstorm rolled through here this evening. Just before the rain started, I took this picture, looking southwest:
Once the rain stopped, the storm had moved on to the east:
I was working on the new sock:
And decided that I didn't like it:
I started another sock with this yarn, but forgot to take a picture.