Back next year

Goodbye blogland - I'm off to the East Coast to see my family and eat sick amounts of food and drink too much and laugh a lot and probably get testy with a sister or stepmother. Before I go, though, I wanted to share some pictures of my new dog, Henry. I've had him for a couple of months now and I already can't imagine my life without him. He was a rescue from the local animal control and I just can't believe no one wanted this guy - he is such a sweet little soul (although he's not that little - 55lbs - that's not so little, is it?). See for yourselves...

If only I could get my cat to love him as much as I do... This is the closest they've ever been to one another without Wilma (the cat) trying to tear a hole in his nose. In her defense, he is pretty annoying, chasing her around and everything. Henry, she DOES NOT want to play with your slobbery self!

Hope you all have wonderful holidays!!



screw christmas... just kidding

even though i live in the desert and the only way you would know it's holiday time is by the occasional santa hat stuck on the top of a saguaro cactus, i felt filled with the christmas spirit the other day. so on my way home, i steered my bike by the lys and bought some really nice ella rae wool. this yarn is a great deal (nice soft 100% wool at $6.75 / 220yds). anyway, i was going to make some cutie christmas ornaments a la the ones made by this lovely knitter. but when i tried to make them, they (it - i only stuffed one) looked ugly and lumpy and bumpy and not round, with ends hanging out everywhere. see fo yoself:

i must be the messiest knitter out there! maybe it's because i stuffed the ornament with batting that my dog pulled out of his latest chew toy, which he eviscerated in a very scary way. anyway, i'm not feelin the ornaments (they're from handknit holidays, by the way), so instead i'm going to use the yarn to make knit and tonic's quicko - cheapo. it should be perfect for that!

pictures of my long-ago finished rusted root coming soon. i loved that pattern and i actually wear it... outside of my house.

happy weekends everyone!


what was i thinking...!?

when i sat down and ordered a pair of $180 boots that i can't afford?? but aren't they so cute? i'm hoping i won't regret the splurge once they arrive and i try them on and love love love them! they're danskos, and i've got my fingers crossed that they'll be as comfortable as the clogs that i've worn to stringy leather threads...

i've had very little time for knitting lately but what i do have, i've spent toiling away on my DROPS lace cardigan. does anyone ever knit patterns from the DROPS site? i feel like this stupid little girl who doesn't know any better and there's a big world of knit bloggers just shaking their heads sadly saying to themselves 'it's a mistake she'll just have to make and learn from...' i'm sort of kidding, but really, why hasn't anyone knitted any drops stuff?? here's what i'm making and a peek at what i've been up to. real pictures to come.

i'm knitting the sweater with silky wool on size 6s (size 5 for the ribbing) in an earthy green color. i think the yarn is perfect for this project. i just love silky wool and silky tweed, but i've said that before... i've finished the body and am about half way through one sleeve so if i can keep focused on this project and not get all twitchy and ADD, i might even finish before christmas!!