Runs With Needles

Runs With Needles

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Moving on out.

It's moving day!

I've packed up and moved here.

(If the link doesn't work the new site is: and the new site feed is: )

The coffee is hot, the couch is comfy and there's plenty of yarn. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Falling in love again.

For a few months, I set blankets aside to knit socks. I loved socks. Now, I have once again fallen in love with knitting blankets.

The new blanket has been named Minty Fresh and I've started the cables:

Minty Fresh close up

Here's a closer look:

Minty Fresh Blanket

So far, this pattern is a joy. It's easy enough to do while watching TV/surfing the web, yet complicated enough that I'm not bored at all.

Driving home from work tonight I had to pull over and snap a picture of the sunset:


Our sky has been hazy the past couple of days due to wildfires in nearby states. The hazy skies during the day are kind of a drag, but the spectacular sunsets definitely make up for it!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Long weekend

I can't believe the long weekend is over already. It was a wonderfully relaxing weekend, full of knitting.

Log Cabin #2 is coming along:

log cabin #2

I also started a new blanket:

Kishka and new blanket

And a close up:

close up blanket

The critters have enjoyed the weekend, too:




Saturday, September 02, 2006

Short and to the point.

The Saturday Sky picture for this week is pretty dreary:

Grey day

Today's weather was perfect for the first pot roast of the season:


Log Cabin #2 is coming along:

Log Cabin 2

I plan to spend my evening knitting and watching old movies I have saved on Tivo. I feel a food coma coming on, so I hope I can stay awake.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

A little bit of everything: some knitting, the sky, cats, a minor change, a request for help and a feast.

I want to thank everyone for your wonderful compliments on my Log Cabin blanket. It was all enough to make me blush. I do appreciate everyone taking the time to comment.

The squares will be winging their way to Samantha tomorrow:

five squares

I'm really horrible at knitting a perfect 8" x 8" square, so I hope Samantha can use them all.

The second Log Cabin blanket is coming along:

Log Cabin #2

I started a new blanket:

new blanket

A fast moving storm went through this afternoon. This storm was dropping golf ball sized hail to the east of here:

storm clouds

Parker and Romeo are the animal stars of this post:

Parker Romeo 2

I've changed my blog comments from requiring word verification to requiring my approval. I find it difficult to read some of the word verification 'words', so decided to make it easier on folks by approving comments instead. I hate having to do this, but I got spammed into oblivion the last time I left my comments wide open.

To those of you who blog, I'd like to ask your opinion of the different blogging services. I've thought about leaving Blogger for awhile now and am trying to decide where I would go. I have a pretty good idea, but wanted to solicit feedback from those of you who use different services.

If you blog and don't use Blogger, who do you use and do you like them? Why or why not? If you've tried someone else and not liked it, I'd like to know that, too. I prefer a free service, but would consider a low priced option.

I may not leave Blogger (frankly, I'm quite lazy and it's work to set up a blog), but want to find out about the options that are out there.

It's nearly Friday, so it's time for Friday’s Feast:


What are some lyrics you have misheard (such as, instead of "Gettin' Jiggy With It" you heard "Kick a chicken with it")?
Like so many other people, I thought the chorus to Blinded By The Light was "Racked up like a douche, Another lover in the night".

What is the worst movie you have ever seen?
This a three way tie.

In no particular order:
The Island of Dr. Moreau: This was part of a New Year's Eve moviefest many years ago. I didn't know anything about the movie, but it had Brando, so it had to be good, right? Wrong! It was just horrific. I still don't know what the plot of this movie was supposed to be. I fell asleep about an hour into it.

Mr. Jones: Another movie that I still don't understand. My mom and I rented it and about 20 minutes into it we looked at each other and said, "This movie sucks!" and we turned it off.

Eyes Wide Shut: I watched this entire movie and I'll never get those hours of my life back. I'm still bitter. This movie was one big wtf? As I was watching it, I thought the movie sucked and made no sense, but I hoped it would get better. It never did.

Using the letters from your favorite number, write a sentence. Example: Tomorrow has really easy experiences.
Lame question. Next!

Main Course
What was the most interesting news story you have heard this week?
Scientists have made a huge discovery in the treatment of melanoma. Their rate of success is very low, but it's quite a step forward.

Which word(s) would you choose to describe your wardrobe?
Dull and predictable.

It's a windy night here in Colorado. I love sleeping with the window open on windy nights. I'm going to sleep well tonight. Look how hard the wind is blowing:


Sunday, August 27, 2006

Drumroll, please.....

Log Cabin Blanket

What: My first Log Cabin blanket
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease, more details below
Needles: 8
Pattern: Inspired by Mason Dixon Knitting.
Lesson Learned: None. I adore this method of making blankets.
Destination: Warm The World.

From corner to corner, the blanket is 50.5”.

I used the following colors of Cotton Ease: Banana Cream, Popsical [sic] Blue, Pineapple, Sugarplum, Blueberry, Cherry Red, Pistachio, Orangeade, Candy Blue, and Bubble Gum.

I started with one skein of each color and had this much left over:

left over yarn

I’m very happy with how this blanket turned out. Even though it got a bit tedious near the end, I loved knitting it.

The Shepherds are a bit tougher to impress:

Sleeping Sam


Last night it was stormy and I snapped this shot out the back door:

Beginnings of a double rainbow

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Saturday full of sky and yarn.

Saturday Sky:

Pikes Peak

Clouds over foothills

This morning, Felicia, MJ and I had a yarn swap. Here's the yarn that was up for grabs:

yarn swap

All of this yarn found a new home, except for one skein. Can you guess which one?

MJ and Felicia also donated to my Warm The World yarn stash:

wtw yarn from MJ and Felicia

Also this morning I finished the square from hell:

square 5

I briefly considered tossing it into the fire. However, I didn't and as soon as I get the squares washed they'll be winging their way to Samantha.

On the way home today my car hit a milestone:


I bought this car in October of 2003, when it had 24,000 miles on it. I hit 100K sooner than I expected.

I drive too much.