Friday, March 21, 2008


For someone who has been steadfastly knitting away, I have no actual photos to share. Partially it is because I am too lazy to find my camera and download what I consider rather uninteresting images.


Soon, very soon, when he is dry, CLAUDE will made an appearance. Yes, after long last dear Claude has been sewn up, washed, and blocked. I think the fit is fairly good but he seems very limp. Suzy, The Enabler pointed out that why wouldn't he be after being ignored for almost a year? I hang my head in shame and hope for the best.

I have done both fronts of Storm and will be starting the back tomorrow when I have my Sat. morning Starbucks knitting time with Sharon. Now that I've worked out the kinks it's going as fast as something knit on size 17's should. I've also frogged a goodly part of the second chemo hat but have nearly caught back up. I have been having a lot of fun cruising through Ravlery checking out how various patterns look on real bodies. I am sorry to say that after looking at several versions of Pebbles I will abandon it. It looked bad on almost every size and shape, hanging in wrinkles from the stretched out shoulder seams. I have better things to do with my time. Such as perhaps casting on the XO Caridigan from Folk Vests. Now that looked good, very good and it would also be a bit of a challenge for me which I think I am up for.

I attended the second Auburn Knit Night and great fun was had by all. This is going to be a great group.

Meanwhile, it's...


We are moving beyond the time of interesting weather but we're still getting some very nice evening skies. My talented hubby took this photo.

In the springtime it is good to go down to the Buttermilk Trail down at Bridgeport and enjoy the beauty of the South Yuba River and the wildflowers. Having looked at several blogs based on the East coast I can only count my blessings that we're not knee deep or further in snow. I love living in northern CA.

Friday, March 14, 2008


My cold turned out to be a flu that knocked me down and sat across my head and chest for the last couple of weeks. I'm still tired all the time but at least I've stopped coughing and can now get a decent night of sleep. I think the weirdest and hardest part was having absolutely NO interest in pretty much anything. This is a mind that is constantly thinking, "I'll sew this!", "I think this would be cool to knit", along with various things I want to cook and spring-time thoughts of what to do in the garden. It's nice to be heading back towards the living and knitting part of the Universe at long last.

With that said I went into Auburn last Tuesday for the first ever Auburn Knit Night put together by my dear friend Sharon. We were small, only six, but we were perfect. I think this is going to be a great group. (Okay, so I didn't manage to photograph all six. Seventy people had signed up via Ravelry so check us out.)

In between bouts of uncontrollable coughing I've been working on some chemo caps for my friend Katrina who is going through yet another round of chemohell. I cruised Ralvery hat patterns and came across this lovely beret pattern offered for free by Aileen Cahill at Thank you Aileen. I love the pattern and have almost finished with a second version. The first was done in a Debbie Bliss cotton/nylon/silk called "Cathay" which was a delight to work with and should be nice and cool. I think I used size 5's dpns/circular. The second is striped using two skeins of cotton that I bought a longlonglong time ago. No name but I know for sure I'm using a size 4.

For EYE CANDY FRIDAY I offer up some wildflowers (that I haven't even identified for sure) that we saw in Death Valley.

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