Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday Felines

You're making this blanket for me, right Mom?

Number 1

My first finish for 2018 
and the first socks to make it into the 2018 Box O' Sox.

Pattern:  Solar ( a free pattern on Ravelry )

Yarn: Oink Sock from Oink Pigments

Colorway: Joy  -- which may be a discontinued color. I don't see it on their website.

While I can highly recommend this pattern, I can't say the same for the yarn. The yarn was a bit of a disaster. It was very splitty and the dyer was a bit sloppy with the dye. 

There are unintentional specks of orange dye spotted through out the yarn. It might be that the dyer needs a lesson in mixing and stirring before popping more yarn into the dye pot. Just a suggestion.

But, I persisted and now I have a pair of socks
to pop into my brand new sox box.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The FO, the HO, and the FlaminGO

The FO
(finished object)

I don't remember which blogger posted about this book,
but all I can say is, THANK YOU!

I enjoyed this book even more than A Man Called Ove,
and I didn't think that was possible.

The HO
(half-finished object)

Half a pair of Solar socks
and the second sock already down onto the foot.

Solar is a free pattern on Ravelry.

The Flamingo Box

Bridget convinced me that I needed to join her in making 12 pair of socks in 2018 for the Box O' Sox challenge that circulates around the podcast-o-sphere every January. While I am not joining any official group, I am going to do my best to fill this box with 12 pairs of me-knit socks by Dec. 31, 2018.

First order of business . . . find a box.

Could there be a more perfect box?

Now I just have to fill it with 23 more socks.

Yeah. I can DO that.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Weekend That Was


This is Jay.

Jay is a service dog, but he's allowed to have hugs and scritches.

Jay is sweet and furry and HUGE!

Jay is into nose boops and silly scrunchy head rubs.


Oh, that blue, blue sky.
What do you belie?

Have you not quite told the truth about how COLD it is?
The sky did not tell you that it was 23°F when we took our little walk.
We walked over the Fetter's Mill Bridge and along the Pennypack Creek.

Oh, Lordy!  I do hate walking over grid bridges.
It's a surreal feeling.
Your feet are THERE, but not quite ALL there.
The bridge is closed to auto traffic,
but you can walk over it on foot.

Looking south at the Pennypack Creek.
Looking north.

On the west side of the creek there are lots of very old houses. This one is on the historic register. Steve and I both decided we would love to live in this house. There's only ONE problem. It's not for sale.

Okay --- make that TWO problems. If it was for sale, I doubt we could afford it. 
I think it has a comma problem.
As in, too many commas in the price.

Thankfully, LOOKING is free.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Felines

So, so rainy today.

I think I'll just hunker down in this basket and take a nap.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throw-Back Thursday

Apparently Creepy-Cranky-Christmas Guy is not a big fan of kayaking.

Come to think of it,
he's not a fan of much of anything.

WE enjoyed the trip though. That guy in the red kayak, that's Mark. He's the owner of Amelia Island Kayak Excursions* and was our guide for the trip from Fernandina Beach over to Cumberland Island. I'm not sure he knew what to make of CCChristmas Guy.

I'm not gonna lie ...........this trip was a bigger challenge than I expected. 

It was on the weekend after Hurricane Matthew had hit the island. It was at high tide AND there was a full moon (it was a moon-rise tour). The river was pretty rough and running pretty fast. Even with the Hobie Kayaks (you can peddle AND/OR paddle), at the end of the trip, Steve and I were both pretty knackered.

But, it was oh so worth it,
even if CCChristmas guy doesn't think so.

To be out in the river was quite an experience. We paddled around the end of Fort Clinch and then headed north across the Amelia River to Cumberland Island. The wild horses on the island were close enough to the river that we got a good look at them. We had a nice walk along the shoreline and then it was time to head back.

The paddle back was much more challenging that the paddle over. The tide was going in and it kept pushing us off track. So while trying to go forward you also had to compensate for being pushed sideways. We certainly got our workout that evening.

While we probably won't get back to Fernandina to do trips
with Mark again, we will make new kayak memories up here for sure.

We are becoming kayaking maniacs.

And I don't care if CCChristmas guy enjoys it or not.

*If you ever want to kayak in north Florida/south Georgia give Amelia Island Kayak Excursions a try. They are amazing. We've done three trips with them and all were superb! They have everything from beginner trips to the more challenging ones. Something for everyone.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Ice, Ice Baby!

I have to admit, on the windshield it looks pretty.

Down my shirt was cold.

Hitting my face .......DANG! It hurts!

AND meant I did NOT get a falafal sandwich today.

We had heard on the news last night that the storm today would bring a wintery mix. We went to the gym earlier than usual and then as my *reward* we were going to go for falafel sandwiches.

We started out and it was just rain,
but a few miles down the road it was mixed with little ice pellets.

We decided to go to a more local place for lunch.
No falafel,
but a mighty tasty cheesesteak sandwich . . . the best I've had since we moved here.

Of course, no afternoon is complete without a latte
and I had a freebie coming to me with star points at Starbucks.

It was still MOSTLY rain.

By 4 PM it was starting a bit more icy and starting to glaze the roads.

We did the prudent thing and got off the roads before rush hour.

The only place we did any slipping and sliding was on the little road into our development.

We passed the salt truck on the way in.
I have to admit, they are pretty on top of things around here.


I just took the recycling out and you could skate down the driveway.

Think I'll just stay inside and knit.

Not a bad way to spend a cold, icy night.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

MAKE: Squares

The last time I showed my scrappy blanket it was all 
"squared" up.

Now there are 8 more squares knit since Jan. 1
New squares are along the right edge.
Seriously, if you haven't tried one of these blankets,
what are you waiting for???

I don't think there has been a project EVER that I've enjoyed more than this one.


In other news, I got word this week that the I ♥ Fall prize package I sent out did, indeed, make it's way to Alyssa. I got it out right after Thanksgiving and was so worried that it had been lost in the mail. I'm glad to find out that was not the case and that it made it's way to her just fine.

By the way, can we talk about the weather???

One word!


Way, way back when we were still in Florida, one of our friends said to Steve that he wished us a mild winter so that our first winter up north wouldn't be awful.

Steve responded that HE wanted to coldest, snowiest winter EVER so that if we survived this year, we would know that we could handle ANYTHING!

Well, looks like Steve got his wish.

We've had 4 snowstorms so far
and THIS was what my car dashboard said this morning when I went to meet up with Vera.

People, I am NOT going to lie.
That is DANG COLD!!!

But, you know what?
Still better (in my opinion) than living in Florida!

And, if YOU are hating this cold, cold weather,
you know where to direct your complaints.

It's all STEVE'S fault.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday Felines

No, Mama.
I wasn't chewing the buttons off the quilt Aunt Barbara made.

Really! It popped off all by itself.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

MAKE: A Change

As did many of you, on New Year's Day 
I made a new cast-on.

Now, I can hear you all.
But, Dee, we've seen that sock before.

Yes. Yes, you did.

On the other hand, no, no you didn't.

Down around 48 rows into the foot,
I decided to MAKE a change.
I ripped out the partially completed sock.

I really preferred that the pattern be only on the FRONT of the sock.

Not only do I like the effect much better,
it makes the knitting go a lot faster.

With a yarn I'm not really fond of,
that's a GOOD thing.

A VERY good thing.

Monday, January 1, 2018


Well, we made it.
Another year is in the books.

A new year has begun with fresh pages to fill in the calendar.

Instead of making a list of resolutions,
I'm jumping on the "word-of-the-year" bandwagon.

My word is:


It is a word with so much possibility . . . 

Make .............time for the things I enjoy

Make happen.

Make ..................socks.

Make ..............a difference.

Welcome 2018 . . . may you be kind to us all.

. . . 

Giroux didn't make it to midnight.

He snuggled down into his blankie and sacked out early.