Monday, January 28, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside

This is one of my favorite knitting positions except that I usually don’t have the blanket, mitts and hat.  Since the electricity bill doubled last month we have been on a heating austerity kick.  It is so cold the dog was fighting me for the blanket.  I’m afraid to be too insistent on increasing the warmth in the house because my line of yarn buying credit might enter into the conversation.  When I mentioned that my hands were cold I was told to put on mitts and knit faster.  Good enough!

I am enjoying the Chroma even though it is a bit splitty, but that causes a sort of uneven, rustic look to the stitches.  The hat is done with one variegated colorway (yellow, grey, blue and purple) with a stripe of stone grey.  When finished it will be my first Christmas gift of the year.  Yippee, I’m ahead of the game.

I have been listening to a lot of audio books while knitting.  I just finished Third Gate by Lincoln Child and started Sudden Death by David Rosenfeld.  There is not a lot on TV these days—or at least not a lot that I enjoy.  I love to watch BBC mysteries on the Kindle, such as Midsomer Murders, Inspector Lewis, Campion, and Miss Marple.  I really get “into” the manor houses and clothes and outdoor settings.  Love it!! 
Aren’t we lucky to have knitting as our anchor?  Stress, boredom, long waits, complete chaos, just knit through it!  One more football game or golf tournament on TV, just knit through it!  I think I could knit my way through Armageddon.  Today, thankfully, it’s just Miss Marple.

Good hot chowder for dinner.  YUM!

Life is good.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Macy and Max killed a squirrel on Squirrel Appreciation Day.  I think they resented the squirrels competing with the Inauguration and Martin Luther King Day.  The nerve of the little rodents!!  It was Max’s first kill but Macy is 4 for 4. 
I think max felt a little remorseful because he later took his squirrel toy outside and placed it carefully on the exact spot where the critter bit the dust.  Even squirrels deserve to be mourned! 

I finished the slouch beanie hat and like it a lot except that I wanted it to have more slouch to it!!  I made the hat from left over sock yarn so I had a limited amount.  The pattern says to knit 11 inches before decreasing for the crown but I had only knit 9 inches when I realized that I would have to make the crown a different color if I didn’t start decreasing.  Oh well, the Chroma is calling out to me for another hat, and I have plenty of it!  Slouchy hat here I come….

Speaking of socks, I was hooked by a skein of Blue Moon sock yarn in the shaded solids colorway Boysenberry.  Of course I ordered it!  You know what they say, “Don’t come knocking if your socks ain’t rockin’.”

I ask you--can such sweet faces belong to killers?
 Life is good.