Monday, June 29, 2009

A Ressurection, and a Move

I have decided to revive my blog, but since this is a fresh start, it calls for a fresh platform for blogging. Follow me at:

Maybe now I will be able to respond to comments!!


Monday, February 11, 2008

Some FO's for Monday

Some finished knitting from the last couple of weeks:

The Darryl Waltrip Dishcloth, pattern by Rhonda K. White
Pattern can be found here.

Knitted with size 7's using Sugar 'n Cream Stripes.

Fun to knit, I liked the striping, too! Already in use for dishes.

Next up, a new iPod sock:

iPod Sock, by Suw Charman

Pattern is here.

Yarn is Trekking xxl , colorway 126. Size 2 needles.

Love, love, love the patterning with this yarn. Eventually I will be making socks, too.

Lastly, here is my Morning Surf Scarf, pattern by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer .

Pattern is here.

Yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport Multi in Devon 1 skein total. Finished length is 59.5 inches. Perfect for those (2) cool mornings in So. Florida! I was afraid the edges were going to curl, but after blocking it keeps its' shape just fine.

Presently knitting some baby items for co-workers. Pictures to follow soon.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saturday Sky

A front starting to move in with showers expected. Still warm in the 80's.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

B is for.....

The Blimp!!

The Goodyear Blimp (or Airship, as they like to be called) has a base here in South Florida. I love when the blimp is out and about, it always makes me smile. The Goodyear blimp is based north of my home by about 20 miles. Lucky for me, I live near a municipal airport that hosts other blimps year round, such as the Metlife blimp, Direct TV, Ginn, Fujifilm, and Outback- to name a few. In February of 2005 I was lucky enough to ride on the Goodyear Stars and Stripes Airship.
Bringing the Blimp in for a landing.
Note our pilot with his hand out the window!
All tucked in for the evening.
We were up in the blimp for about 90 minutes, going up the Atlantic coast from Pompano into Palm Beach county and back. It was truely one of the best experiences ever!
Sadly, this blimp- the Stars and Stripes, crashed in a thunderstorm and is no more. There is a replacement blimp now, the Spirit of Innovation, which looks exactly like the old one.
You can see pics from my trip here.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Is For.....

Avocado! This is my "A" for the ABC-along 2008 from knitorious.
We have an old avocado tree in the corner of the backyard that was lush and full of fruit when we moved into the house in 2004. It is a shady respite on a hot day, and is home to parrots,woodpeckers, and the greenest lizards I have ever seen. Then, we had Wilma come through in 2005, and our stately old Avocado tree held on, but was reduced to this:

I think of all the damage to our property, this was the saddest. After much debate, we decided to see what the tree would do, instead of our initial reaction to remove it. I'm happy to say the old tree has filled himself out again, and this year was the best year by far for guacamole!! Here he is today:

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Moving Right Aong With No Knitting Content

I am making some progress with my Morning Surf Scarf, really, I swear!!! Pictures will follow soon!!

Aside from knitting, two things I wanted to get back to in 2008 is my photography, and to improve my baking skills. For 2008, my plan is to get back to doing a Picture a Week, which I did faithfully in 2005 and 2006, but fell off the wagon in 2007. You can see them here, in my SmugMug Galleries. I will probably post the weekly picture in the blog on Fridays. It is a good way to hone skills, and try out new things. Initially when I started, it was with a group of photographers that would critique each other's work, which was invaluable. That ended, unfortunately, and I wish I could find something comparable online. I'd like to do more architectural photography this year, and more nighttime shots.

My other skill I want to improve is baking. I've been a bread baker for years, and am OK at cakes, pies, etc.. I'd like to get better consistency with baking, so I am going to try a Baked Goodie of the Week. Today we have Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies from Cooks Illustrated, February 2008.

I have to say, these came out looking like the photo, that doesn't happen to me very often! And they lived up to their promise of being crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I just thought they were a little mild in flavor, I think I missed the raisins. I'd make them again, but with a modification or 2. I'd try them with raisins, or maybe a little sugar sprinkled on top. Overall, a good start to the new year!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Butterflies in the Garden

Awhile ago, Sososleepy asked me about who visits the yard. I have been blog neglectful, I apologise. I thought I'd post a pictorial reply.

Monarch, newly hatched

Long -Tailed Skipper

White Peacock

Cassius Blue

Zebra Longwing


Orange Barred Sulphur

Gulf Fritillary, newly hatched


Polydamas Swallowtail caterpiller

Giant Swallowtail caterpillar, affectionately known as Poo!

We also get Tropical Checkerspots visiting occasionally, a couple of different Sulphurs, and Skippers. I'd love for the Viceroy to come by, and maybe a Malachite or two! You never know!!

Saturday Sky

Early morning pretty pink and blue sky. It was a beautiful, warm day. 80's in December, anyone??

Sunday, December 2, 2007

We interrupt the knitting.....

My new Internet time waster : Dumpr

photo created on dumpr.

I love this site! My kid, my dog, the knitting, it has all been displayed on the museum wall! The amazing circles are cool, too.


Knitting circle:


Sunday, November 25, 2007


I AM still here! Sorry it has taken me so long to update this blog. Let me get things up to speed: New job started November 8th, and going very well! Old job, weelll..... the gentleman who was hired to replace me either has the most incredible bad luck, or a stroke of dishonest genius, because he fell down on his first day at orientation and had back surgery the next day. Such bad luck! Or, if you are a scammer, workers comp!! After a few hours on the job!! I'm going with horrible luck, those who know him say he is an upstanding kind of soul. This affects me, as I can't in good conscience leave the old job without anyone in my old position. So, I have been going in about 3 times a week after the new job to help out. This amounts to about 60 hours of work a week. Translation- no real knitting time :( I have to strongly reevaluate my Christmas knitting list, I know I will not have the time to make the things I wanted to. I discovered when I was knitting Miss Dashwood, I am definitely a process knitter, the joy is gone when a deadline is looming or I feel like I have to knit rather than want to knit.

I'm still working on the Morning Surf Scarf, I have about 6 inches to go. I fit in a few rows here and there.

A little over exposed, but here's the front and back. Unblocked. This is where I can sneak a few rows in here and there, in the car! Yes, I'm a car knitter. The traffic lights are unbelievably looongg here in South Fl, I'm also stuck quite often waiting for trains, and drawbridges over the intercostal waterway. I can get quite a few rows done! Car knitting does not lend itself to all kinds of knitting, but short row items work well, and socks make for good car knitting. And, no, I am NOT knitting while I am driving! Only when stopped. Today was a particularly pretty top down day.I want to thank the kind people who take the time to comment, and say I'd love to respond if I have your address. Blogger does not have auto reply, so I cannot respond unless you leave an addy. I don't want to be rude and not respond. So, thank you for taking time to comment if I have not contacted you. I do appreciate it. And lately I've been dead tired to do any surfing or commenting. Hopefully this will get better as Old Job looks for a more permanent solution to their problem.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Happy New Job to Me!

I'm changing jobs! I have forgotten how exhausting the whole process is! Saying goodbye to familiar faces and routines and getting ready for something new is exiting and exhausting. Knitting has been calming, and stress reducing, like a good friend. I'm going to move from community mental health to this place, a local hospital in my city. My office is actually located under the Children's Hospital sign, that is the Behavioral Health Unit. The Children's Hospital is really in the building behind the Behavioral Health Unit, and is part of a larger, general hospital. Better hours, better benefits, better pay. You know what that means......

More Yarn!! To celebrate, I treated myself to 2 skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Devon. This is the Morning Surf Scarf, by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer. If you are on Ravelry, search this pattern and see how beautiful it is. The picture on the pattern website does not do it justice. I would have surfed on by looking at the picture. That's what I love about Ravelry, being able to see a pattern made up in a multitude of different yarns, and how people make the item their own. For this scarf, I only cast on 26 stitches, as I don't need a thick scarf in South Florida. I'll wear this with light jackets and for color more than warmth. Although you can't believe how cold a lot of places keep their air conditioning! I start the new job November 8th. Yippee!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

FO Monday: Miss Dashwood

Miss Dashwood is finished, and on time! I had a month to work on her, and since I am a monogamous knitter, I thought I'd have pleeennty of time. Ha! It came down to the wire. She came with me on a trip to Rhode Island (plenty of airport knitting time). She got to go on a trip to Orlando. She even made an appearance at Stitch n' Pitch. She got around!! I knitted this for Child of Mine, who was a bridesmaid at a wedding in late September. The day before The Child left, I was down to the wire to finish the *&#@ thing! I think it was about 11 hours of knitting on that last day. Plus, I had a raging head cold for the last 3 days before finishing the shrug, knitting was the last thing I wanted to do. But, it is done, it fits, and it is appreciated by The Child.

check out the dress seam and see how poorly this dress was made

Pattern: Miss Dashwood, by Chic Knits

Yarn: Berroco Bamboo, 8 skeins

Needles: size 6 circulars

Started August 27, 2007

Finished September 26, 2007

Modifications: I shortened the sleeves, because knitted as written the sleeve came down to my wrist. I also did a plain bind off, as I couldn't get the bind off as written at 9 at night after knitting ALL DAY. It does make a difference, the edge does not have a lot of give. I may go back and redo the bind off.

Notes: Overall I enjoyed this pattern and it came out cute. To do over, I probably would knit this in a more traditional yarn to appreciate the stitch definition more. The Bamboo is a ribbon- like yarn, therefore the stitch pattern is not as visible, IMHO. The Child, who selected the yarn, is happy and that's what counts.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Finished Object Monday

Later this week I will post pictures and the tale of Miss Dashwood, but for today I have some fast fall knitting: the Illusion Cloth. This was a fun, easy knit and I love how it turned out!

When seen from above, looks like a plain 'ol striped cloth. But change the angle you see it, and candy corn appears!

It's cool, I leave this out on the counter and the pattern is visible. Get closer, and it disappears. Oooooo.......spooky!! The pattern can be found here.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Stitch 'n Pitch

I'm baacck! Well, with limited access, and my computer is not 100% yet, but I can now post with more frequency. Woo Hoo!
Last Sunday was the Florida Marlins vs NY Mets Stitch 'n Pitch. We had a lot of fun!! Knitters were well represented, but I may have seen more cross stitchers than knitters, at least in the area I was sitting. I brought my Miss Dashwood shrug to work on, and did manage to get a few rows in. It was kinda wierd to either half pay attention to the action on the field, or the knitting. I liked seeing what everyone brought to work on. I was suprised I didn't see any socks being knitted, I did see baby sweaters, and scarves, someone was working on a blanket (!) and I saw a tank top in progress. I noticed a couple of crocheters, and a little girl doing the cutest needlepoint! Lots of families, couples and non- crafters came with their stitchers to enjoy the game. The weather held out, it was overcast and threatening rain all day. Stitch n Pitch was well organized, and local shops had tables they attended to with displays and such. I'd do it again! The Marlins also do a Bark at the Park, where you bring your dog to a game. I may try that out next year, too.

Here is our section, we're packed in and ready to cheer on the home team (well, about half the stadium anyway, lots of Mets fans in attendance).

Notice how full our section is compared to the rest of the stadium, I'd say we were well represented with at least 150 people.

Some of us found creative ways to hold that extra DPN.

Here is the goodie bag and its' content. Local stores put in discount coupons and candy, there were cross stitch patterns, a crochet magazine with the most ginormous crochet hooks, and lots of novelty yarn I'm still not sure what I will do with it.

If you were there, I was the one wearing this shirt. I love it! You can find it here.

Oh, and the Mets fans went home very happy with yet another win!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bloggus Interruptus

Oh, blog, how I have missed you! Missed my computer in general, which is sick at the moment. My laptop took a leap off the table and pancaked itself on the floor when one of the dogs ran by and caught the cord with her tail. Worked OK for the rest of the day, but wouldn't start up the next day.Sadly, the drivers are corrupted. I've had a computer tekkie friend trying to recover hard drive data, but it is not looking good. My knitting patterns! My book marks! My photos! And music! Oh, the horror! Thankfully most of the music and photos were backed up about 6 weeks ago, but not the other files. Lesson learned! I'm using a borrowed laptop, so I probably won't be updating the blog until I fix my computer. Thanks for all your e mails, which I have responded to. See you when I'm up and running again!!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

A Nice Sunday

Today was a lazy day inside, almost sloth-like until I made myself get up and move around! There was knitting to this:
Watching the US Open!! OK, this image is not the US Open, but it is Roger Federer. This shot is from the Nasdaq in Key Biscayne (it was renamed this year to the Sony Ericsson). The Ericsson tournament is worth a day out of work to attend every year,I thoroughly enjoy it. But the Open is my tournament, I overdose on the coverage every year. Bless you, USA Network!

There was knitting to this, too:

The Boston Red Sox! Oh, yeah, I'm a member of The Nation!! I have followed the Red Sox since high school,and here in Florida I catch the games on MLB.TV. They won today, but last nights' no-hitter by the rookie Buchholz was as good as baseball can get. I got NO knitting done during that game! Today, I was torn between the two sports, so I watched both! And did some baking:

Cinnamon Swirl Raisin Bread. The recipe is here. May not look pretty, but the house smells wonderful and it tastes really good. I think this will make great french toast.

And I can't forget about the knitting! Here is a peek at Miss Dashwood: She is coming along with no major problems, thankfully!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

My New Toy

So, when I was at my LYS purchasing yarn for Miss Dashwood, 9 skeins of yarn seemed like a lot to wind into balls. I'll get a ball winder, I thought! I don't have a swift, but that was not a deterrent. I brought this home:

I love the look of the "cakes" of yarn it produces.

(bad photo at my kitchen counter)

So, I try the Berroco Bamboo. I heard a little voice in my head at the LYS saying ' this yarn is too slippery to wind....too slippery.....DON"T GET THE BALL WINDER FOR THIS YARN'!!! I don't listen. I get it home and it's winding pretty. Then I try taking it off the ball winder. Oh, yeah, collapses on itself. Voice in head says disparaging things about now! I try winding it onto a cardboard tube- won't collapse now, hahahaha!! Wrong! Here's my two tries, on the left off the ball winder, and on the right, wound onto a cardboard tube.

Not Pretty.

This is how the other 7 skeins have ended up:

Wound into a pretty ball without the aid of any fancy tools or gadgets!

I do like the ball winder, though. It is easy to use, actually fun! And it makes the plainest of yarn look mighty fancy:

Sugar N Cream, top, and Wildfoote, bottom, in their cakiest finery.