Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bad Choices

In the dead of winter many of us have the desire to get away from it all... Despite my fears of contracting the Norwalk virus, right about now I would give just about anything to find myself boarding a cruise ship - except maybe this one. What were they thinking? The St. Lawrence River in January? Why not just go to Antartica in July?

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Knitted Brain

My kids like to watch Daily Planet on Discovery Channel. So - last night the boys and I were watching it together. At the very end of the show, right before the last commercial break, there was a reference made to science and knitting. That piqued my interest.
Check this out! Isn't it beautiful? I can't even imagine all of the effort that must have been put into this lovely piece of art. I don't think I'll bother putting that in my knitting queue... I know I'd never get around to knitting it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Self Portraits

I don't know about the rest of you, but I have always found it very difficult to take photos of my finished socks on my own feet. Firstly, there is the whole perspective thing. If you're not careful, you end up with that whole freaky Citizen Kane kind of thing happening with your calves and let's face it, no matter how secure you are with your bdoy image, you don't want your calves to look like they're the trunks of mighty oaks. Secondly, there's that whole forgetting to shave your legs thing, thinking that no one will be able tell in the stitch detail shots only to realize that you are WRONG as soon as you publish the post and look at the photos. I live in a colder climate. No one much sees my bare legs for many,many months each year - so yes, maybe I'm a little lazy about it. Thirdly, since I do not have acrobatic training, shots of any interesting sole or heel details can't realistically be shown on my own feet. I'm too old to learn how to contort myself that way.
Not knitting a whole of hats for myself, I didn't realize that relatively speaking, feet are a piece of cake! Taking a picture of your own head? That is almost impossible! However, I hereby present to you my Little Red Cap. Yes, it is quite abit slouchier than the original, but I like how it looks and it doesn't give me hat head!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Dog Post

Tiger is in the cellar hunting right now, so I can do this without fear of my toes being assaulted by a set of very sharp cat teeth. We are a cat's household and I'm sure that he would feel betrayed by a dog post... No - we aren't getting a dog. Tiger would never allow that, and he has Mr. Me's full support. Me - I could be convinced, although I'm still not sure that I could handle housebreaking a puppy.
Right before Christmas a couple I know had to make the decision to help not just one, but both, of their dogs make the journey across the rainbow bridge. It was a very sad time for them. They still had 3 cats, so they weren't left completely without companion animals, but it just wasn't the same without a dog. There seemed to be only one solution to this problem: adopt a new puppy! And look - she has her own puppy blog - how cute is that?
On a more serious note, I didn't realize that many of the shelters in the Southern states have no option but to euthanize many of their animals because there are so many of them. This little girl is lucky enough to get to make the trip north to Canada to be adopted, but for me it helps to bring home the importance of parenting our animals well.
Not quite Dogs on Thursday, but probably the closest I'll ever get!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Happy New Year everyone! I hope that 2009 will be filled with much joy, well written patterns and luscious yarns and fibres. If anyone out there is still keeping track, you may have noticed that I have been lacking in dedication to my blogging. I thought that maybe a "new look" for the blog might be a bit of a motivator for me. I still have to fiddle around with the colours and such, but it is a start...