July 31st, 2016 · Comments Off on Weekends
Weekends are freakin exhausting. This has been a great weekend but oh my am I tired and ready to go back to work tomorrow.
Yesterday was a day with friends and motorcycles. Rikki’s kids spent the last week with us. It was really nice to see the girls. Can’t remember the last time I saw my nieces. From my exposure after work, all the kids got along well during the week. Friday nights Rikki came after work. Saturday more, she and I headed to my buddy Art’s house. She drove my bike, happily I might add, while I drove my car. Once there I put on my motorcycle gear and climbed on the back of Art’s bike. We drove to Starbucks for a drink and then up to 7 Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park, which is a lovely ride.
We met up with another Harley rider. What a friendly group they are! After a break we got back on the bikes and headed to a parking lot where I drove my bike for a little bit. I was tired and not feeling it so I quit quickly before dropping the bike and hurting myself again. Hey a first for me. Back to the house for cosmos and snacks!! I left my bike at his house and head home in the car. We had a traditional Jewish dinner favorite of takeout Chinese in the dining room!
I fell asleep while watching tv at 8:15. What an exciting life 😉
Today I was up early and did my normal Starbucks run (in the car) at 6:30. Bike got delivered at 8:30 and I drove Art home, where I picked up an extra office chair and my Frye boots which his wife had cleaned and waterproofed for me. How awesome is she?!
Rikki and I then hit up Lowes where I got a closet organizer and have spent the rest of the day redoing my awful closet. My room looked like an explosion happened!
I was ruthless in sorting the shoes and clothes to see what should remain and what could be donated.
Some three dozen shoes didn’t make the cut along with a lot of clothes.
I have lots of empty hangers now. There where more but I tossed them or broke them in a fit getting them out of the closet :). Seven hours later and I am finally done.
I still need to clean the litter box, pay bills and do a load of laundry, but other than a shower and the litter box I am DONE for today. Time for a nice cranberry and vodka
Oh yeah I finished the Boss Socks which he wore yesterday :). Always nice to see the hand knits get used!
Tags: Family · Socks
We are at sea! Left yesterday from the port of Baltimore on the Grandeur of the Seas for a 5 night cruise to Bermuda. Cabin is the standard balcony that I’ve shown many a times before. The twins and I met out table mates last night at dinner. They are a really nice couple with a 15 year old son. Turns out they are also motorcycle riders with a comfy Harley cruiser that she sleeps on the back of, with mid-life tattoos too! My new peeps
Sunset last night from our balcony was beautiful.
My ribs are very sore after really pushing too hard the last couple of days with packing and all that. Today is going to be a quiet and relaxing day at sea. I’m up early, as usual and went up on deck with my coffee, kindle and knitting while the kids sleep in. This is better than the porch 😉
Tags: Family · Travel
July 15th, 2016 · Comments Off on Progress
Sock progress is slow but that’s because I haven’t been knitting all that much. Sure I spend about 3 hours every day as a passenger in a car but for some reason I don’t really knit. Don’t get me wrong I get twitchy when I don’t bring it with me. But it sits on the floor with my bag most days. I actually have been working on one of the other two sock projects and turned the heel on the .1 sock yesterday morning while waiting for my ride.
Tonight at dinner with the family I finished the cuff on the boss socks.
One more sleep and we are off on the cruise! I have so much to do as I haven’t started packing yet and I need to be on the road by 9am tomorrow. Ugh.
July 13th, 2016 · Comments Off on Wednesday Words
Look posting again less than three months! That’s because I have actual knitting progress to show.
I finished the first of the Mr. Pitt’s Socks on Sunday night.
I even cast on for the second one and am halfway through the cuff ribbing.
While I wait to be picked up in the morning, I’ve recently been sitting on the porch doing a bit of knitting. Contrary to past practices I’ve currently got three different sock projects in the works. This pair is dubbed 2016.1 Socks. I started using that nomenclature so that I could immediately tell how many socks I do each year.
This is the second in the pair and I think I might finally concentrate and finish this pair. They’ve been hanging around for a while judging from the .1 in the name ;).
I’ll be getting some extra time to knit soon as the twins and I are going on a cruise Saturday for my birthday. Will be a short 5 night cruise out of Baltimore with an overnight in Bermuda. I’m looking forward. Nope, haven’t started packing yet 😉
Finally here’s a gratuitous kitten shot because they are so cute.
Miss Cocoa is sleeping on my headboard between my iPad and lamp. Marshmallow is rather fond of the same spot and sleeps there at night.
Rides almost here so it is time to wrap this up.
Been meaning to post for quite a while now but as in the past the longer it is between posts, the harder it is to do so. There’s so much that has happened that it is hard to know what to actually write about. Well that and Facebook has made itself the place where the quick blog posts used to be. So for my Facebook friends, posting would be duplicating the info. Now you know why I haven’t posted in forever. I’ll eventually figure out a balance not that anyone other than me reads this anyway. I’m good with that. The blog has been more of a journal for me than anything else and I do search it somewhat often. Going to do a quick review and maybe return to quick posts rather then FB snips.
Seeing as my last post was about having to say goodbye to Earl, the first update should be about the two new kitties that we’ve added.
First to join us was Viscount Marshmallow (the fluffy dude on the right). He’s a purrdoll- half Persian, and half Ragdoll. He was born December 1,2015. I drove go Pennsylvania in February to pick him up from a breeder I found. He is quite the character and tormented Serendipity so much that I got him a kitten.
Early May we added the one on the left: Countess Chocula, born February 24th iirc. She is a full Ragdoll and is a chocolate Lynx mink color point. This one is a spitfire and reminds me a lot of Duchess. After a rough introductory weekend, the two became best friends. Where one is you can usually find the other. Boy are they wrecking havoc and seriously entertaining the family. Missed having kittens in the house as it was 10 years since Serendipity joined us.
Moving along, I overcame some serious fear and dislike of two wheeled vehicles. My boss and good friend has a Harley. When I took advantage of a discount and bought a leather motorcycle jacket he decided that I shouldn’t be a poser and actually wear the thing on a bike. So he took me out for a quick spin to Starbucks…
I was initially terrified but relaxed enough to get an understanding of the appeal. I got a second ride in early June up to 7 lakes drive in NY and really got it.
I then signed up for the basic motorcycle class and while waiting for the start of it put a deposit on a bike :). It was a beautiful thing but having a less than successful completion of the class (dropped the bike twice -the second time was bad enough that I didn’t complete the class having bruised the heck out of myself and dislocated a couple of ribs) I changed to a better starter bike.
July 1st I bought a 2016 Harley-Davidson Street 500. It had all of 1 mile on it as the first owner won it but wasn’t a rider and didn’t want to be. So the dealer was selling it as used on consignment. I got a good deal on it.
Because of the ribs I have only ridden it once, last Sunday. It is sitting in the driveway tormenting me now 😉
Oh yeah I do still knit!
This is the first in a pair for the aforementioned boss/friend. He’s supervising my learning to ride (something that is readily apparent that I need judging from the assorted bruises), not to mention driving me to and from work since sometime last fall. Yup, no more train for me. I now knit in the passenger seat of a car! Anyway the pattern is Mr. Pitt’s Socks, which I thought was appropriate considering who they are for! The yarn is Patons Kroy with Cascade for the heels and toes. Could only get two skeins in this color so figured I would modify to use the short row heel instead of the flap and sub a coordinating color. About an inch from the toe now.
I think that’s a pretty good recap for the 5 mile view since February. I’m going to try to post on a more regular rate.
Tags: Family · Socks
February 27th, 2016 · Comments Off on Saturday Morning
Not sure when it happened, but over the last couple of weeks/months/years, I’ve taken to getting up early in the morning on a Saturday. During the week, the alarm clock rings at 5:45A.M., so it isn’t very surprising that I’m up at around that time on the weekends now. Today was no exception. I did have a little help from a friend. At 5:52A.M., Serendipity decided it was snuggle time when she jumped on my bed, meowed at me, and snuggled in loudly purring. I’ve since gotten out of bed and made a cup of coffee. Time for some *me* time.
Speaking of Serendipity, she’s been remarkably needy recently. It was not unexpected after losing Earl. The two had been a pair until very recently (as an aside, Earl seemed to go downhill very fast after he was diagnosed. It was like a switch was flipped and he went from what looked like an older cat who was losing weight but otherwise normal, to very not normal in the span of a few hours. My heart of hearts tells me that he’d been hiding his true condition from me and after we knew, he could stop the brave cover-up job.) when it became clear that he wasn’t doing well. Not very long after that (and not yet blogged) was the yearly family cruise. I’d post pictures here, but I haven’t quite downloaded them all from the camera yet. More on the cruise later but suffice it to say, we left on February 12th and returned on the 21st. A neighbor came in once a day to feed Serendipity, but otherwise, she was alone, and Twizzler the snake doesn’t make for a great companion.
In the days we’ve been back, she’s been stuck to my side. I don’t remember her ever waking me up in the middle of the night for attention. She did that Sunday night, and every night since. Poor thing. Wonder if this is the new normal or has she finally mellowed? Time might tell if I weren’t about to shake things up later today. But there’s time before that event and I’m off to snuggle with my cat and get in a little quiet knitting before the rest of the house rises.
…updates to follow
February 2nd, 2016 · 4 Comments
I had to say goodbye to Earl Grey today. Unfortunately the abdominal mass was growing and he was losing weight and getting weaker by the day. I made the decision to end his pain before he really suffered.
He was a truly sweet cat that loved everyone. Nothing made him happier than being pet, except maybe if they used both hands to do so. He was a regular fixture on my bed. Not sure if I’ll miss his hogging the pillow though.
He loved his cat companions as much as his human ones.
Goodbye sweet boy. I’ll miss you.
It feels good to be blogging again, though I don’t know how many readers are still out there :/
I spent the last of the time off before returning to work taking time to enjoy my spinning wheels. Yes, I used more than one of them. I finished up spinning that really pretty blue/green fiber that I showed in my last post on the Pegasus. Using the slowest ratio (12:1), I split the fiber in half and spun a thin single onto two bobbins.
I got scientific halfway through the second bobbin and weighed the first bobbin, weighed the second bobbin, weighed the remaining fiber, weighed an empty bobbin, did the maths and figured out which bobbin needed how much more fiber until it hit halfway.
When done, I set about plying it on the Golding, using the same ratio (turns out it’s middle ratio is 12:1) and the jumbo flyer…
When done, I wound it off. I now have 520 yards / 4oz of Merino/Silk to play with. Should be able to get a decent little shawl out of it. Might actually knit another Simple Yet Effective Shawl with this.
One 4oz bag of fiber down. Pounds and pounds to go 😉 I figure between being in the two fiber clubs (ITW and Spunky) I need to spin a tad more every month to keep my head above water and I drown in the accumulating stash. We won’t talk about the sock yarn clubs I’m in. Sigh. To that end, off to spin a bit before bed!
January 2nd, 2016 · 1 Comment
And so starts another year. We spent a quiet night at home with sparkling cider and appetizers while watching various tv shows. I actually made it to midnight, which isn’t the guarantee that it used to be.
Yesterday was a mix of old and new. We spent the morning alternating between marathons of The Honeymooners and The Odd Couple. I took the twins to the 1pm showing of Star Wars. We liked it. Might not have been overly original but it was good. It was worlds better than any of the three prequels. It was like visiting with old friends. Looking forward to seeing episode 8 to confirm my suspicions.
My current knitting projects are finally reduced to two active ones. I have a pair of socks that I work on while out and about. Used to be the train knitting but now that I hitch a ride to and from work, they are now car knitting as long as it is light enough to see :). The home project is Minetta in yummy MadTosh.
I’ve got two more repeats of the decrease section left. While the cables don’t exactly pop I don’t think that they are completely lost in the colors.
I’ve also been spinning.
This pretty stuff is on the Pegasus. I’ve forgotten how very fast that wheel is.
This is using the largest whorl. Just looked up the ratios, 12:1, 18:1, 24:1. Guess I won’t be getting a worsted weight yarn off this thing with less than a billionty plies
I’m going to sit with my coffee and the Soap marathon on IFC and work on Minetta while I wait for the rest of the family to awaken. My 6:45 AM weekday departure time means that I get up early over the weekends too. I call it my me time.
Happy New Year
Tags: Adult · Knitting · Spinning
December 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Crafty
Lets pretend that my last post wasn’t in May of this year. I won’t even attempt to cover all the things that have happened since. Suffice it to say that it has been an interesting year.
I finished a project that I started no too terribly long ago. It started with the acquisition of a new wheel on Columbus Day weekend. I went to a spin in that weekend at the Golding’s farm and studio up in Vermont, where I tried out a new style of their portable wheel. I loved it so much that I brought it home. Meet Golding Gossamer, signed #1 by Seth. A sweet little wheel.
Here she is sitting between her bigger sister and my Matchless.
She is indeed a tiny little thing. Unlike the previous portable style, this one isn’t foldable, though the flyer head is removable. Since she isn’t an accelerator wheel like her predecessor, she isn’t quite as fast, but I don’t really notice as I can spin fine on just about anything. She shares the same bobbins and flyers as her bigger sister and since I have the jumbo and regular flyers for the full sized, I opted for the lace flyer and bobbins for this one as the second.
My first project was a batt of Falkland wool that I got from my favorite crack vendor, ITW, at I think Rhinebeck this year. I spun the batt onto two bobbins after splitting it in half, maintaining the colors. I then plied both bobbins together to get a fingering weight yarn that was just squooshy and divine.
I never measured the yardage but figured it was enough for a smallish shawl so I got busy as soon as the yarn was dry.
I cast on over Thanksgiving weekend, took it on my trip to Texas and finished it up today.
Project details are here on Ravelry.
On another note, the blog is back on WordPress and actually at a new (old) hosting provider. I moved it all today and migrated back to the old WordPress platform. We’ll call the last year a failed experiment and I’m gonna blame it for the lack of posting 😉
Tags: Knitting · Spinning