Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I'm thinking that my brain is fried.  It needs a rest!  The last week has weighed heavy on the whole family and it has caused me to be unable to knit, read, THINK, or do anything useful.  It all started on Sunday when Fireman son began having chest pains while on duty.  Then, the whole family fell down the rabbit hole that is commonly known as "the hospital" and lost two days to fear, worry and waiting while tests were completed.  It's Tuesday and they still don't know what caused the chest pains but at least we are confident it was not a heart attack!!  I'm very thankful for that but still...fried!
Before the hospital hullabaloo I was having trouble deciding what to knit next.  I finished the blue sweater and continued working on EZ Cardi, but I'm a multiple project knitter--always with at least two projects going.  So what next?  I can't think.  My brain is fried.  It must be work!  It has been a long and tiring tax season and while we are nearing the finish line I am ready to quit NOW.  I have important stuff to do like decide what I will knit next!
Several blogs are talking about favorite yarn types--an interesting topic!  If you had asked me ten years ago I would have told you that I am a wool girl through and through.  Don't give me any of that acrylic junk.  Today, I am still not fond of most acrylics but I do have a love affair with Caron's Simply Soft!!  A few years ago I bought some Simply Soft for a shawl on the knitting machine.  It works great on machines because of the silky surface of the yarn.  The machine shuttle slides over it easily.  I loved the texture of the shawl and it is very warm.  It also washes and dries in the machines.  Who could ask for more from a yarn?

So yarn favorites:  Malabrigo first, Blue Moon Socks That Rock second, and Simply Soft third.  I'm easy to please!

Life is good.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Where Have I Been?

I ask that question (where have I been?) with tongue in cheek but it is a reasonable question when you consider that I have been among the missing everywhere for the last week--sick as a dog as they say.  That's not why I asked the question though.  I'm wondering how I missed all the hoopla over some of the world's greatest music--Five For Fighting.

I guess Five For Fighting has been around for many years because when I started listening to the music I had to say, "Oh I've heard that one," again and again."  Who hasn't heard Superman or 100 Years or Last Great American.  I know I'm the only person in the world who didn't know about this!!

DH is an avid NASA channel watcher.  I usually pay no attention to it but I was drawn in by the video here over the weekend and just couldn't stop watching it and listening to John Ondrasik's particular brand of smoky-pop-contemporary rock music.  Where have I been?

"Under the weather" as I was, I managed to finish the Spyrogyria mitts and wear them around the house all weekend.  They made me feel better so I guess they are mine.  I also have worked down to the last six inches of the last sleeve of the FOREVER blue sweater project.  I will finish it this week and wear it to ward off the AC in the office. 
Having spent so much time on this sweater, however, I almost want to stop myself before I go back to the EZ Cardigan and use the time for something entirely different and unusual (for me) like these--lace wristlets for Christmas gifts.  I know, I know, it is only March and I'm thinking about Christmas, but I have to knit a pair and wear them myself to see if they will work as gifts!  

On the doggy yoga front, Macy is still working on Matsyasana but Max has it down and is tutoring her.