Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Anyway, we drove up later than we had planned on Friday and missed getting to go to SAFF at all that day. However, we did find a good Asian restaurant that had several different Pacific Rim cuisines. It doesn't have a website for me to link you to, so I'll have to tell you from memory that we had sushi (Osaka Maki I think it was - a roll with crab and cucumber topped with smoked eel and raw salmon), miso soup, and green tea. I had a Hawaiian chicken dish and Keith had something more typically Chinese with filet mignon & scallops. At dessert time the waitress and manager talked us into trying the tempura cheesecake. They take a slice of lemon cheesecake, dip it in tempura batter, fry it up and serve it with ice cream. I don't want to think about the calories or cholesterol, but it was super yummy.
On Saturday I woke poor Keith up at 5:55 a.m. I just couldn't sleep. I was excited about being able to look at yarn, but more importantly, I wanted to see the livestock. I work in a yarnshop; I have friends who buy lots of yarn online; I buy look at yarn and buy it online - in other words, I can find yarn. I don't have lots of opportunities to pet llamas, angora rabbits or alpacas. Keith and I did the circuit of all the yarn and fiber vendors. I think if I were actively spinning or processing my own fleeces, I would have gotten more out of SAFF. I did buy 5 skeins of sock yarn. Keith picked out 2 that I'll knit up for him, and I found 3. I did offer to buy him more, but he just didn't find anymore he liked, and he seriously doubts that I'll do his anytime soon. I also found this gal, Dee Sharp, who makes really fun jewelry. I would show you the manta ray that I got for myself, but I need to take a pic. She doesn't have it on her site.
I'll edit this later and insert yarn pictures for you to drool over as I do.
Keith was fabulous and willingly went with me to see all the animals. We have alpaca pictures, we saw angora rabbits galore, and we wandered along the stalls where the llamas were kept. Later we went to the tent where the sheep and goats were. The most wierd thing to me was that as we wandered around the sheep and goat tent, I was overcome with thoughts of cheese. It was a strange thing to be looking at these adorable tiny sheep or looking at big fluffy sheep and thinking of cheese. It only made sense as I was leaving. Goat milk and cheese smell a bit like the live goats do. A year or two ago I tried goat milk as a substitute for cow milk. It's supposed to be more digestable, but it has a smell. Goat feta doesn't bother me a bit, but the milk smell was a little too strong. Apparently it smells enough like live goats to have me thinking of cheese when I should be thinking about fleece.
That's all I'm blogging about tonight. We took a long scenic way home today. We left Fletcher just before 11:00 a.m. and got home around 6:00 p.m. Obviously we took the scenic route and made a few stops. More later.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
As for me, I got through the day without crying, even when I thought about Pixel and Brownie. I feel sad, but at least I wasn't crying.
I didn't even think to take a picture of the finished Debbie Bliss armwarmer. Here is a link that shows you the picture in the book. I used a different color of yarn, but it basically looks like that. The hat that I'll be teaching is on the front cover of this book, One Skein Wonders. It's the one on the top of the "e" in One.
That's all for tonight. Just wanted to let you know that Scooter is doing pretty well for an older kitty.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Scooter seems unusually needy today. I'm not sure if we're just more aware of it, or if he misses his mom and aunt. At least Keith is taking this week off, so someone is around the house a lot of the time to provide petting and snuggling to the old boy.
As for Scooter, we have to wait several days for the results of his bloodwork. In the meantime I've been feeding him the last can of venisen whenever he demands some. The vet said the knobbly thing on his neck is a warty growth or skin tag, so that's a relief. (That's what they said last time he was in, but it's a relief to know that it's not anything worse.) I'm not ready at all to lose him.
As for knitting, I actually got quite a bit done last night while waiting at the animal ER. I stopped knitting after I got the news about Pixel, but much was done before then. I'm working on an armwarmer for a class that I'll be teaching at work. Nothing that I've designed - this is a Debbie Bliss design using Debbie Bliss yarn. We're planning to have basic and intermediate classes of the easy gift ideas through November. I'll post a picture after I finish it up tonight.
I feel sort of numb today, but I met Daphne for coffee. She is such a wonderful friend, and it's so nice to be able to discuss my feelings about Pixel and Brownie to someone who understands so well. I feel wrung out, but better after visiting with her.
That's all for tonight. My sinuses and head still hurt, and my heart just aches. I'll stay distracted with Bones and House tonight while I finish the armwarmer, then off to an early night's sleep.
At least if Scooter has hyperthyroidism we can catch it in time. He's not very thin, and he's still alert and active. We do have one big grooming issue - he's not doing his claws anymore. He doesn't like it when I hold him to trim them either.
I'll update when we have the results of his wellness visit with senior checkup.
I think I'm running by Rainbow (the health food store) and getting some flower remedies for me and Scooter. I think we need the one to help with transitions. I may be anthropomorphic here, but I'm worried that Scooter is really going to miss Pixel. She's his mother and he's been with her almost every day of his life. He's had me and Keith almost every day of his life also, but we're not exactly the same.
As for me, my doctor's appointment got moved because of the steroid shot for the poison ivy. I just received from Amazon 2 books about hypothyroidism which I'll start looking through tonight.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
As for the poison ivy left in the yard, I'll be much more careful, but it's personal now. Mwahaha!
Keith is taking this week off, so I'm not sure just how much fun I'll have. He has that Calvinistic work ethic really ingrained in him, and he wants to do a lot of house straigtening. I've been doing laundry and working on some of my stuff in the bedroom. He cleaned out the junk from under the bed, and apparently it's all mine. (OK, it is all mine, but no one saw it under the bed. Oh, that's where those shoes were.) In other words, I have to act busy until tonight when I go on strike to watch the Simpsons and knit on something.
I guess I better get back to acting busy. I have found a couple of things for Goodwill. I may sneak back here later.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I'll post pictures tomorrow when I've got more time, but I finished my Cherry Tree Hill Supersock socks on Thursday night. To be precise, nearly finished. I have 4 ends to weave in which I will do tonight.
Of course I've already started on the Roses for You Spinning Bunny socks. Both the pattern and the colorway are Roses for You. The yarn is so gorgeous. I loved the way the Tencel made it shiny, but I was worried about the elasticity since it's only 50% merino wool. It is knitting like a dream although I do find it can be just a tad bit splitty. I do have another skein of this yarn, and I will definitely use it again. If you want to see the yarn in person, it's at Needle Nook. If you just want to see colors, here they are. The yarn and pattern I'm doing are the very first ones you see. Your monitor does not do these colors justice. I also have the Tamarack and Spruce.
As for the neighborhood watch, we have someone from the police department coming to meet with us soon. I think tomorrow several of us are getting together and working on the next steps to get this thing set up. Maybe we can use this as an opportunity to get more of the neighborhood on board with the curbside recycling and TNR. I would love to reduce the feral cat populations in then neighborhood. We're not overrun with cats, but it seems they do all eventually make their way to my house. I do leave water out for wild animals, so I have an abundance of delicious prey animals - doves, plump squirrels, and fat chipmunks. Just a few weeks ago a small raptor, perhaps a falcon, swooped through my yarn only about 12' off the ground while I was outside! And last night we were lulled to sleep by an owl hooting somewhere not too close.
Must find breakfast now. It's finally cool again, and I'm out of oatmeal.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Atlanta has less than 90 days of water left in Lake Lanier. That's a very strange and sobering thought. The drought has been so bad that pretty soon we'll be making a choice to brew coffee or take a sponge bath. I dread the thought of not being able to bathe daily. I know, that makes me sound like a spoiled American, but I'm used to being clean.
So honestly, what's a normal person to do? We've been pretty water conscious around here. My yard looks awful. The few flowers I planted last spring either died or are little brown sticks trying to stay alive. My van is in dire need of a wash and wax, but I sure wasn't going to do it here, nor do I really think about it when I'm out and about. Carwashing is not necessary. Taking a shower is.
I have one of those regulators that let's me turn off the shower flow when I'm lathering up. We've had it for years, and honestly I've used it for years. Some mornings it can be a little too brisk when the hot water is cut off, but that gets the blood flowing. We have a low flow toilet. I don't run the water when I brush my teeth. Now I'm turning off the water when I'm lathering my hands while washing them. I am water conscious, but there's only so much that I, as an individual, can do. More individuals need to be making those same small changes. A little from each person can add up to quite a lot.
Will this water shortage stop some of the unbridled development here in the Atlanta metro area? Those of us who have lived here for a long time can only hope so. Sure, I'm not a native Atlantan, but it's more than doubled since I moved here to go to college in 1981. Keith is a native, and he's watched his city mushroom.
In the meantime, we pray for rain. At least the temps are cooler, and that's less stressful on the plant life. I've been wondering when the trees were going to start falling, and I'm hoping the house doesn't take a direct hit. Pretty grim. I don't mean to be, but it's a situation I never dreamed I would be in. Seriously. Will I be able to take a shower daily in January? Think about it.
Monday, October 15, 2007
It's been a looong week. I worked yesterday, missing my usual Sunday afternoon nap, then I had to cover for Beth who had jury duty today. I still don't know if she'll be at work tomorrow, but since I have a doctor's appt for the wretched poison ivy, it doesn't matter to me.
Last week I met my new doctor who took over for my old doctor who is working part-time and mostly playing golf near Savannah. She ran bloodwork and found that I may have hypothyroidsim. I'm getting a real physical, the first one is several years, next week, and my bloodwork will be run again. In the meantime, I've been reading everything I can find on it online and finding out that, hmm, some of these symptoms sound familiar. They're the sort of stuff you think may just be parts of aging, but then again, maybe not. As for the poison ivy, it has been spreading some, so I think I've got some of the oil in the bedsheets. Clean sheets tonight and a hot wash for the ones currently on the bed tomorrow. I'm a blistery mess on one arm, so I decided to see what else I could do besides Benadryl & Caladryl.
Our neighborhood has had a rash of break-ins for maybe a year or so. We have more rental property now, and many of us who have lived here think it may be the kids from one of the rental houses. We are starting a neighborhood watch program.
10/18/07 - I'm just posting this as it is. Blogger was down the other night, and I lost part of the post.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Poison ivy seems to be benefiting from the increased carbon in the atmosphere. It now grows about 30% faster and stronger than it has in the past. The has lead to a strengthening of the oil in the plant that makes you itch like hell. Wait, here's the info about the increased carbon & urushiol (the oil that makes you itch.) Apparently my wanting to tear the stuff out by the roots is a REALLY bad idea. Just how in the world will I get rid of it? I'll read further.
Monday, October 8, 2007
That said, I've seen a sock yarn at the Loopy Ewe I've been eyeing for the past day or so. It's strictly the unusual colorway. If I wait long enough, I won't have to buy it.
Or how about this? Bunnyville print courier bag. I think this print is just too much fun. I'm debating the bag. I'm not sure the handle is a length I would like. I must make up my mind soon. This month LeSportsac is 25% off with a code from Lucky Magazine. I may just get another purse and get a messenger bag from someplace that I can try it out first.
In other news, I was a lazy person and did not make it to the gym. I did start counting calories and keeping that annoying food diary. It's downright horrible to see how many calories are in a Grands Flaky biscuit. (That's why they are so delicious, and don't forget the butter!) I will get to the gym tomorrow, slathered beneath my socks with Caladry Lotion. Mom had to add her 2 cents to my poison ivy yardwork by suggesting I learn what it looks like. I know what it looks like. I've had to pee in the woods before, and you damn sure want to know what poison ivy looks like. As I've mentioned before, the effects of it are cumulative, and I finally got to the point where breathing on it or looking at it funny makes me break out with those lovely blisters. Have I learned my lesson? Will I wear real shoes to do yardwork? In all honesty, probably not. I will dress appropriately when I tackle this area again, because I am damn well pulling every last bit of that plant out. For a seedling or 2, I'll just make sure not to get it near my skin. I was careless yesterday, and I'm paying for it today. Next weekend, when the weather is cool, I'll be outside with the heavy boots, sweats and long sleeves pulling that sucker out by the roots. (Is this the excuse I need to get some Wellies? If I get Wellies, do I have to wear a floral skirt, maybe by Laura Ashley, to do my yardwork?)
I think I've looked at too many Americanized ideas of how the English garden. Maybe I should just get back to knitting.
I know, I've already gotten the lecture from Keith about wearing flip-flops to do yardwork in. Yes, I'll actually start wearing things like old sneakers or boots along with long sleeves for yardwork. It's just so hard to wear those things unless the temperature really calls for it. You know what I mean. For me, it needs to be in the 50's at most for me to wear that much clothing for yardwork. (I'll just blame genetics here. Most of my ancestry comes from colder climates. As much as I love the South, cold, dreary England would be better suited for me temperature wise.)
After that, I goofed off watching bad TV and knitting. I worked on Keith's sock and sweater. I tried out the Spinning Bunny in the Roses for You colorway. Let me tell you, the colors are just incredibly gorgeous. They knitted up so beautifully. However, the Tencel is not as stretchy as wool, and it just didn't work with the pattern I was trying out. It would be fine if I weighed less and had thinner ankles. Since I don't know how much I have to lose to make the lace pattern work with this particular yarn, I frogged it. I'll work the pattern with a different yarn and use Spinning Bunny for toe up socks.
I have to go now. I need to hit the gym today. I'm still working towards that goal of 1 hour of aerobics a day. I'm a realist. If I actually get to the gym and do 30 minutes 3 - 4 days this week, it's more than I've been doing. I'll have to work up to that hour. Off to some low-cal breakfast and exercise. Ciao!
P.S. My new sock bag looks surprisingly good. There was a little bit of bleedthrough from the black fabric that lines it, but all in all it looks nearly new still.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I think I'm mostly a process knitter. I just flat out enjoy wrapping yarn around the needle. That said, I do like so see a bit of progress to. One of the most wonderful things about socks besides getting to use tiny needles and portability is that I can see progress. I know there will eventually be an end to this project at which time I can start on the next one. (Spoken by a woman who has 2 socks, Keith's sweater, a birthday gift and a chemo cap on the needles - perhaps I should get something finished, no?)
Well, it's Saturday, and as much as I would love to spend the day here at home lazing about, it's off to the wool works. We got in a new shipment of Jitterbug yesterday which I'll get to watch fly out the door.
I'd best go. One of my feline mistresses has come to check on me. I did feed them canned food the instant I got up (cats come before coffee in my house - or so they tell me), but now it must be time for a little kibble.
Friday, October 5, 2007
That said, I've been pondering knitters. Specifically, group versus solitary knitters.
I am mostly a solitary knitter, and lately I've met a few others who confess to being solitary knitters. Please remember I'm not a sociologist or anthropologist, just someone who ponders from time to time. I think part of the huge increase in knitting in the past few years has been the chance for people to connect with other people. Knitting groups have sprung up like mushrooms after a good rain. They are all over the place, both online and in the physical world. The other night at Knit Night someone said if it weren't for knit nights they would have no social life at all. And that's so wonderful that people have found a way to connect over a common interest and find the similarities.
But what about us solitary knitters? For myself, I do go to knit night at the shop most weeks, as well as AKG. It is nice to be around other knitters for awhile, and I get to do that every day I work also. But even when I didn't work in a knit shop, I tried one of the SNB knit nights and decided that at the end of the work day I'd rather watch TV while knitting over the cat in the lap. For a little while I felt odd about that. I'd read Stitch N Bitch and come away with the impression that part of being a knitter was hanging out with other knitters. It's not that I didn't like the people going to the SNB since I found most of them quite interesting, but it's never been part of my nature to do that. I did go to quilting classes where I hung around with other quilters, but quilting requires much more attention than knitting. Quilters talked around the ironing boards and cookie tray, but not much while actually sewing. It's hard to keep that 1/4" seamline straight and discuss politics. Truth be told, I just like to have some time alone, and I'm comfortable being alone. I have usually had jobs where I work with the public, or my job was intense, and at the end of the day I need the time alone to unwind and recuperate.
To thine own self be true are words I try to live by. And for you out there who are solitary knitters, it's totally ok to be that way. Just because there are a lot of knitters who like to get out and knit in groups doesn't mean we all have to be that way. I would also say get out and try a group or two. You may find that you like to go every now and again. I've found that a lot of knitters are quite interesting people if you can stop talking about knitting long enough to find out. I've been amazed at the careers of some I've met over the past few years. Imagine little ol' me teaching a doctor a knitting tip!
One of the things I love most about knitting is that it is such a flexible craft. You can have a room of 10 or 1000 knitters, and every single one of them will be doing it a bit differently. The same goes for our personalities. So solitary knitters, enjoy the peace and quiet of solitude. For you rowdy group knitters, have a great time at knit nights. As for me, I'll enjoy my solitude most nights and venture out weekly in order to stay in touch with what all is going on.
And before you think that I'm anti-social, one of my favorite pasttimes is hanging out with friends over coffee. I happen to be the only knitter amongst all my long time friends, and I can appreciate their non-knittiness on a whole new level now. (In other words, I don't have to worry they might buy that handpainted yarn out from under me.) Not only that, I can amaze them when knitting socks on doublepoints or Magic Loop.
I'm off to knit now in front of the telly with a cat in the lap. I think I'll work on a sock since Keith's sweater is now large enough to really interfere with a feline's sleep.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
That said, I haven't felt the urge to look at Etsy all day (or any other yarn websites) which is a very good thing since I received this today.
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Woolly Boully Meanie in Luna Moth.
I have another skein of sock yarn and sock bag to carry socks in progress on the way. Brooke of White Willow on Etsy shipped them today.
I've also had a chance to process some of the other feelings I have about Brownie's death. Part of me misses her while part of me feels relief. Of course I feel a bit guilty about feeling relieved. It has been a huge relief to not have to clean up after an incontinent cat several times a day.
Does the sock yarn shopping have anything to do with the fact for several months earlier this year my paycheck went straight to my credit card which had been used at the vet's office? Let's face it, working in a yarn store, while incredibly wonderful, doesn't pay as well as keeping books for small businesses who are willing to pay for outsourcing.
Sorry for the disjointedness of today's entry. I use this blog to examine some of my emotions and give you, family and friends, a chance to not read about them instead of whining to you over coffee or the phone. You have the opportunity to say "Eve's getting a bit emotional, so let's go see what's happening at Stuff on my Cat."
More cogitating on deep matters later.