Saturday, October 18, 2008

Creepy Critter

Sorry we had to kill this girl, but just looking at this gives me the creeps. First black widow I have seen since moving here nearly 5 years ago.




Bonus track: a beautiful butterfly sipping lantana cocktails last weekend.






Bonus track: a beautiful butterfly sipping lantana cocktails last weekend.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

I just bought tickets

http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/CirqueDuSoleil/en/showstickets/saltimbanco/intro/intro.htm

(I swear to god I tried to make a link here but couldn't do it)

go look at this...half of the purchase is a birthday gift for my oldest friend, the other half is for me.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Alpaca loveliness


This is 8 ounces of the softest alpaca EVER. Daughter gave me the fiber for Christmas and this is how it spun up. I think the color is pretty true. My friend Holly has designed a lace cowl pattern that I'll be test knitting, with the hope that I can do one with the alpaca. I wish you could feel this stuff. It's like BUTTAH

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ha! Ha!

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As a 1930s wife, I am
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Friday, August 08, 2008

Last of the Best

2 days ago, we lost Stinky, our last, great cat, who was 17. I think once Rocky left us, Stink didn't have much left. She had outlived 5 other cats. She was found at the age of about 2 weeks in a gutter on Milwaukee Avenue, and I called dibs on her the minute I heard about her. When we finally were able to bring her home, she kept curling up in her litter box. She was dubbed Stinky thereafter. I don't think we'll have another cat - it's just too damned hard to lose them. Here's a picture of her from last year. I took some last week but haven't uploaded them yet.


Here's my picture from last week. Glad I took it!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Gone and never to be forgotten

Today my 16 year old cat Rocky curled up on her little bed at my feet (right under my desk) and died. Just like that. She was healthy and happy to the end, so I am thankful that she had a good long life and didn't suffer at all (I've had way too much experience with that). I'm down to one cat now, which is really hard to believe. Of course Buster the Boxer has the energy level of at least 3 dogs and a half dozen cats, so I think we won't add to the menagerie.

Here's my pretty girl, who was named Rocky Raccoon for her beautiful multi colored coat, doing what she loved: inspecting boxes.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What I made



This is about 155 yards of mohair/alpaca plied with silk (in bigger photo you can see the little silk nubs). This yarn would have been a dud if not for the silk. It was spun weirdly (still can't figure out what I did wrong) but I'm happy with the result. Not as fussy as usual.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

6 weeks later

It's so freakin hot here (110 today and no end of 100's in forecast) I bought a portable swamp cooler for my office. It works pretty well, sort of shoots damp air at me, but it's enough to help a bit. Yes, I have AC in the house but the office just never seems to cool off and the computers don't help things. Anyhow, it's a sad day today. I just now finished off the last of my Arizona Diet Blueberry Green Tea, which is no longer available here. Anywhere. (If I am wrong, please let me know!) It seems that Tucson is a favorite city for market testing, and that means the things I love are destined to be discontinued. Wishbone has a new salad dressing, a berry vinaigrette, which is wonderful stuff, good on salad and salmon and chicken. I bought a case of it. Of course, because I bought a case, it won't be discontinued. I ain't taking any chances.

Nice to see y'all - I'll try not to stay away too long...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

It's been a couple of months,

But lots of knitting going on - wanna see? I've posted some of this stuff on Ravelry. I think I'm spending more time there than anywhere else, and that's not saying much. Anyhow, here's some stuff for you to see (lots more but no photos yet):
Felted Stained Glass Bag - needs to be lined and handle-d yet, but I just love the colors


Sivia Harding's Journey Cable Socks done with Noro Sock. I was thrilled to match the stripes.


Loksins' formal portrait. I have done 2 more pair but none are as sweet as these, my first


Non-knitting? My roses. I think there are 4 here, and the color is pretty true.


Jaime made the stained glass years ago, and our ornamental iron guy at work made the frame. This window is above my dining room window and the sun was relentless. Danny used perforated steel to calm everything down. It's perfect!


Here's Buster inspecting the turtle. He's fascinated by her.


A very musical finch in the yard. He hung around for quite awhile.


And sunset? You say you want a desert sunset?


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

I HAVE been knitting

and un-knitting - here's my forest path stole, pre-frogging. I'll get back to that pretty soon (that's 3 years worth of work sitting here - sob)


This is my friend Kari's birthday gift. She liked it.


Oat Couture sweater for my daughter's friend's new baby girl.


And my finally-finished Loksins (after several gauge issues I found great success).


I have more and better photos but I'm tired - I'll get em posted soon.

Gasp...



Officially coming up for air...I have missed posting here. Just want to say hello and post a picture or 2.