Thursday, January 31, 2013

Feeling Groovy

175 meters of merino from the Feeling Groovy colorway by Chameleon Colorworks.

Man, this is bright!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


I picked up an eight pound bag of organic navel oranges at the Co-op today.  There were eight oranges in the bag.

Girl of the House snapped a picture.

One clementine, one normal navel orange, and one of the humongous navel oranges.

(Yes, humongous is a word in our house.)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Conference winners, plus...

Northfield Girls Alpine Skiing took first in conference.  

The top five skiers receive All-Conference Honors.  Girl of the House was All-Conference for the second year in a row.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Playin' Possum

Visited by a possum.  I thought they slept all winter?  
Guess it was warm enough to wake him up.

He play dead for quite awhile after medium dog checked him out up close.

He finally got up and left, but I was too impatient to wait for the walking away picture.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sleety day

In less than three hours of falling sleet, we had two cars in the ditch in front of our house.  
Paul headed out and spread sand on the corner.

Birds coped better than humans today.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

First Place!

Girl of the House had a ski race at Welch Village today.

First Place Winner!

(Notice her mittens?)

Friday, January 25, 2013

I won!

I never win things.  

But this week I won a prize on Ravelry from the NaKniMitMo group.

A beautiful kit to make the Marion Mitts by SpillyJane, the official mitten pattern of National Knit Mittens Month 2013.  It already came in the mail!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Almost done

Only a few ends left to weave in.

Then a quick bath and some blocking, and they'll be ready!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mixing it up

Finishing up a four ounce bump of Merino from Chameleon Colorworks.  She used to have a fiber of the month club, and I still have a pretty good-sized stash of fiber remaining. 

I never could keep up to a monthly delivery, but it sure looked pretty sitting around the house in baskets!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Word of the day - Appulse (yeah, look it up!)

Last night was the closest that the moon and Jupiter will appear relative to each other until the year 2026, at least across the US and southern Canada. 

Paul got some great pictures with our big telephoto lens.

The small spot to the right is Jupiter.

Wouldn't it be fun to have a telescope?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Downton Abbey KAL - week three

Week three of the Downton Abbey Knit Along. 

I like to listen to The Current (89.3).  Apparently, everyone there has decided to call it Downtown Abbey.  

Every time they mention it, I giggle.

(at least I hope it's a conscious decision)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Too Flashy?!

These looked springy in my Ravelry queue.

Now they just look really, really flashy.

But I still think I like 'em.

So far.

Saturday, January 19, 2013


There's a right and a left.

Girl of the House has claimed these.

Friday, January 18, 2013


Girl of the House raced at the Welch Invitational today.  
15 girls high school teams. (17 boys) 
Her team placed 3rd.

Way to go!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Crossing the bridge

Just before I climb the last hill to home, I go over the Cannon river.

And it's always lovely.

(Trying out the blogger app on my phone)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Take THAT, Mr. Mitten!


Fixed 'em.

Although, Rani had an excellent point.  
I should have just knitted two left mittens, and had two pair!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Can you see the problem?

Can you see the problem?

I was ready to knit the thumbs when I discovered I had two RIGHT mittens!

Guess these will take a little longer to finish.

Monday, January 14, 2013

On a mitten binge

I'm feeling a mitten binge coming on.

Why does the sage that lived on my deck this past summer still look alive?  
2° January weather and all?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I got the color I needed!

A fellow Raveler came through for me and sent me exactly the color I needed.


And now, the Hiroshige mittens are finished, blocked and ready to be wrapped. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A window to see the world

While it's a bit difficult to photograph, I'll bet you can tell that this our Luna-dogs favorite window.

Is there any actual point to trying to keep this clean?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Creatures of Habit

Same home-made pizza almost every Friday night for the past 14 years.

Sure, we're creatures of habit.  

But we do know what we like.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

After attending a ski meet in the rain, there's almost nothing better than coming home to a warm crockpot full of chicken vegetable barley soup.

We've done soccer in the rain, but seriously, a ski meet in the rain?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Aran Sandal Socks, Live and In Person

Aran Sandal Socks.

Finished and blocked Monday Jan 7.

Modeled by Girl of the House today.

Wrapped and presented later this week!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ski Race

Second ski race of the high school season.

Girl of the House placed fourth.  Up from last weeks number five ranking.

Onward and Upward!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Downton Abbey Mystery Knit Along

I must (sadly) admit that I have finally succumbed to the mystery knit along phenomenon.  I've resisted oh-so-many years.  This one finally nabbed my attention.

It appears it is going to be some type of gauntlet.  I came too late to the party to obtain the specially dyed Lorna's Laces yarn, so I'm using some stash Lorna's Laces in the Forest colorway.

And I actually knit this while watching Downton Abbey last night!

Now, just eagerly awaiting the clue for next weeks episode.

Sunday, January 6, 2013


It was a bluebird day on Saturday.  Perfect for skiing at Welch Village.

We're not going to discuss how, for the first time in my life, I fell off the ski lift.  Right? 

We took a long hike in the Carleton Arboretum today, doing some geocache maintenance.

Another amazing bluebird day.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Foiled, yet again

A quick pair of Hiroshige mittens, originally to be knit as a Christmas gift for a friend.  

I grabbed Dale of Norway Heilo, three balls from my stash.  The rust color no longer had a ball band.  It appeared to be a complete ball and the pattern called for 50 grams (one ball).

I ran out of rust as I neared the tip of the mitten.  The thumbs are also incomplete.  Not a complete ball, eh?  I should have known better!

How hard could it be to determine the color and order more?  Apparently, VERY hard!   Determining the color looking at my computer monitor has brought me these four colors, none of them correct.  Knitting out of stash yarn has ended up forcing the purchase of five more balls of yarn.  Sigh...

I've got a line on one last color.  We'll see if this last possibility will be right.  Here's hoping!

Friday, January 4, 2013


Apparently our household, with a 17 year old girl, has become a certain demographic.  This catalog arrived in the mail.

Is this really what is worn to prom these days?


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Aran Sandal Socks

Aran Sandal Socks 
     from Socks, Socks, Socks

I started with 2 balls of stash yarn (Dale of Norway Falk) but I'm rapidly knitting it up.  Looks like I'll have to pick up another ball...

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Can't we all just get along?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Last year
  • Completion of three long term Dale of Norway sweater projects

This year

  • Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more;  Whine less, breathe more;  Talk less, say more;  Love more, and all good things will be yours.

I had all kinds of fancy ideas for resolutions, but yeah, that pretty much covers it.