The one where she’s grateful

that she decided at the last minute to just work a half day instead of a whole day, so we left Little Rock around 2:30 p.m., getting to Fayetteville about 5:30 p.m.  Much better than leaving LR at 5:30 p.m. and getting to Fayetteville who knows when.  Glad to be here, glad to see the kids.

Here’s a pic of Josie Pug, the Queen Bee, with her “We are not amused” face.  No baking today, but worked on the Celebration Socks in the car, ready to turn the heel.

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.  Christopher Morley (1890-1957)



The one where she shows

off The Perfect Yarn for the En Pointe Pullover.  Tomorrow I swatch!

Class Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace, color #2405. 

While I’m on the subject, here are two more views of En Pointe


I baked two loaves of sourdough today like I’d planned but since the past couple of loaves using my recipe seemed too salty, I cut the salt (actually I’d planned to cut it in half but forget to add it altogether) and evidently the salt cuts some of the sour out of the sourdough.  Way, way sour, edible, but sour.  Bet I don’t forget it next time. 

When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.  George Washington Carver  (1864-1943)



The one where she’s jumping

for joy because her swift and ballwinder arrived today, which was a special sort of surprise because I ordered it from Knitpicks on Wednesday and didn’t expect it to come in for at least a week.  I’ve already limbered it up and of course, like a good little blogger, made before and after pictures:

Very cool, I think.

Science is organized knowledge.  Wisdom is organized life.  Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)




The one where she’s seriously in lust with

this sweater, En Pointe Pullover, Interweave Knits Spring 2011.  It’s got a moebius thing going on and I love it.  I’m going to look for the perfect yarn tomorrow, it’s done up in Louet Kidlin, which may or may not work for me since I’m not familiar with that particular fiber and it has to pass the “fondle test”, of course.  Here’s a pic –

En Pointe Pullover - Knitting Pattern

Nothing like a new project to get the juices flowing!

I think I’ll bake another batch of Hello Dollies tomorrow, but tweak the recipe a bit with toffee bits instead of chocolate chips.  If it passes Mr. Iknead’s taste test, I’ll post the recipe.  Yes, I’m aware that I have seven boxes of Girl Scout cookies in the pantry and the last thing we need is more sweets, but when has that ever had any bearing on anything?

I was going to have cosmetic surgery until I noticed that the doctor’s office was full of portraits by Picasso.  Rita Rudner



The one where she’s amazed

when she looks at her blog site stats and sees that she’s had 60 readers today.  To a greenhorn blogger like me, that’s huge!  Thanks everyone, whoever you are, I’m starting to feel like a real blogger.

Today, the main story here in Arkansas has been the weather.  We had some really strong storms move through late this afternoon and were under a tornado warning for a couple of hours.  When someone mentions tornados here in Arkansas, everyone sits up and takes notice, almost as many as when snow/ice/wintry weather is predicted, without the mad rush for groceries.  We did have some high winds here in central Arkansas but as far as I know, no major tornado touchdowns or damage. 

Celebration sock update:

and up close and personal

It’s starting to grow on me.

Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.  Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)



The one where the

beautiful Sinfonia yarn has found it’s place in the world, a simple stockinette skinny scarf.  The simplicity of stockinette really shows off the the blue shadings.  One more example of beauty = simplicity.  It’s my WIP Wednesday offering

I’m calling it My Blue Heaven.

One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one’s soul.  W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)



The one where she’s ready

to get to Fayetteville to see the Papoose.  I’m loving this grandma thing, just wish they were closer so I could exercise my grandma muscles more often.  I don’t even have any new pics right now, but you can be sure I’ll have some by the time we leave Fayetteville to come home. 

OMG, I almost forgot the best thing that happened today – Girl Scout cookies!  $28.00 worth of GSC to be exact.  They’ve been in my possession about six hours now and none of them has been opened.  That’s zero, zilch, nada.  Their days are numbered though; I’m totally taking a box to work to have for lunch tomorrow.  Here they are in all their glory

Bad pic, very interested Josie.  I think she thought she hit the mother lode and was very put out that I put them away.  So sorry.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  Dr. Seuss (1904-1991)



The one where it’s decided

to continue on with the Celebration socks in hopes that they will grow on me.  I started another Molly scarf to sort of cushion the blow of forging ahead with the socks.  Here’s a quick peek

A closer look

and (drum roll please), I have a ball band!!!  Here’s the vital statistics:  Cascade 220, color #7804, 100% Highland wool.

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.  Margaret Thatcher (1925-    )


The one where she has still not decided

if she’s really feeling the love with the Celebration Socks.  The pattern is a definite go, the yarn, not so much.  I like the colors, just not all together.  I did manage to get a picture outside today; take a look –

I know, I have challenges with getting my balls even. ; )

I’m an experienced woman; I’ve been around…well, alright, I might not’ve been around, but I’ve been…nearby.  Mary Tyler Moore (1936-     )



The one where she now has an

abundance of projects on the needles.  The Omega Sinfonia has been reborn as Elisa’s Nest Tote.  It’s a free pattern from that I found on Ravelry.  Nice, open lace pattern.  See –

I started Wilma Becker’s Celebration Toe Up Socks last night with some ancient sock yarn I ran across when cruising my stash.  I’ll post a picture tomorrow while it’s sunny, artificial light really doesn’t do it justice.  Dark blue, purple and orchid (I guess that’s what you’d call it).  Putting it on the to do list right now.

I baked a pan of Hello Dollies on a whim this afternoon.  I had high hopes that I might get a pic before Mr. Iknead helped himself.  Fail.  It happened while I was fetching the camera.  Sigh.  Here’s the not so perfect product

It’s never too late to be who you might have been.  George Eliot  (1819-1880)



The one where she gives

the Wollmeise socks the boot (no pun intended).  I took a close look at the yarn I was using and decided that the Sinfonia yarn was totally wrong for the project, for any sock project actually.  If I had kept going, my socks were going to be way, way too thick to ever wear with shoes.  So, as much as I liked the color and the sock pattern, I frogged them completely.  Note to self:  Sport weight yarn is not sock pattern friendly.  The yarn’s not dead, just waiting for the right project, maybe a scarf or hat. 

So, I really have nothing to share tonight, but I’ll do better tomorrow, I promise.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.  David Starr Jordan  (1851-1931)




The one where she gets started

on the Wollmeise Socks.  Now that I’m a few rounds in, the size 0 needles are way too small for the yarn, it’s way too tight.  Dang it – once again the ball band is MIA.  I know I made a conscious decision to put in in the knitting bag with the just started socks, and now, of course, it’s missing.  Seriously.  Or maybe not, since I found it.  Must quickly get yarn info posted before it has another chance to get loose.  It’s Omega Sinfonia, 100% mercerized cotton, Matizado Azules.  Maybe someone can translate that for me, I think it’s probably Spanish. 

OK, here’s my WIP Wednesday, as usual, better late than never –

Again, it’s the Wollmeise Socks from Loopy Ewe.  I frogged the tiny bit that I’d done yesterday and started over with 1.5 needles.  Much better, but the cotton having no “give”, it’s little harder on my hands. 

The Papoose has an ear infection.  She started running a fever yesterday afternoon and just not acting her usual, happy self so Lindsey took her in to the Dr. today.  Got amoxicillin (what we always call the pink stuff) and should be feeling better by tomorrow a.m.  Poor baby.

Abundance is, in large part, an attitude.  Sue Patton Thoele