Friday, April 28, 2017

Finally Friday

Hello All,

Finally!!  It is Friday.  This week has been hectic at work...always busy before vacation.  Of course, I had hoped to leave a little early each day to do things, but that didn't happen.  Maybe today - I'm counting on it.

We leave for vacation tomorrow!  In the meantime, we are back on cat feeding duty for Talbot and Marcel through tonight.  Colin & Mailing are back in Pittsburgh for Mailing's sister's graduation from Pitt's School of Pharmacy.  So far, so good!  The cats are behaving.  Marcel did not try to escape and they are both using the litter box.  I'm sure they are both angry over being abandoned yet again...and so soon after the last time.  I tried to get pictures last night, but that is one way they were not cooperating.  Both refused to look at the camera.  Here is Talbot sprawled on the floor:

And this one of Marcel cracks me up - he looks possessed with a crazy eye:

He's playing with the leashes they wear when Colin and Mailing take them outside.

Hope you all have a wonderful week coming up.  I will probably check blogs periodically, but don't plan to post.  Have fun and I'll "see" you on the other side of vacation!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday

Hello All,

Once again joining Kat for Unraveled Wednesday.  Fortunately there has been no unraveling of yarny things.  The brain and body though?  Another thing.  Last night was one of those nights (again) where I was awake from 2 a.m. till after 4:30 (when I let Tyg out).  I was asleep when the alarm went off at 5:30.  So, I am more than a bit foggy this morning. 

Since these sleepless nights have been occurring more regularly (not all that frequent, but maybe once a month or so), I've learned to *almost* enjoy them when they are happening.  I take the time to really feel and listen to my breathing and practice my yoga breathing.  I think of knitting projects - some in progress and some I am thinking of for the future.  I'm beginning to think of these spells as more "found time" to just sort through things.  The downside is, of course, I'm exhausted the next day.

On a brighter note, I'm going out to lunch today to Seasons 52 which will be fun and delicious.

Progress on Match and Move continues (albeit a bit more slowly).  I've started Part II and the shape of the wrap is beginning to shift.  I'm not quite halfway through the dark grey color, so still a lot of knitting to go. 

It's hard/impossible to get it to lay correctly on the circular needle, but I think you can see in the picture that the one side (left) is still pointy and the other side is now moving across in a straight line.  The color progression will continue as it did for Part I, though I may not have sufficient pale grey.  If that turns out to be the case, I'll just finish it with some more dark grey.

Still up in the air whether or not I will take this on vacation.  I wasn't planning to as it is getting a bit bulky, but I'm enjoying the knit (pretty much mindless) so much and it would be great car knitting.  I'll figure it out.

I am still reading "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin.  Also still enjoying it, but I am reading at a snails pace these days.  Not sure what's up with that!  My Kindle is loaded with good stuff, so I plan to read a bunch while away.

Happy mid-week -- almost at the downside of the work week!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rainy Tuesday

Hi All,

Another rainy day here in Eastern PA.  I'm ok with that - just get it out of the way because Saturday we leave on vacation!  Good weather, please, while we are camping.

No yarny pics today -  I will save that for tomorrow's Unraveled post.  I have, though, made it to part II of Match and Move and am now able to see how the shape is changing.  Still a lot to knit and it is just plain old knit, knit, knit.  192 stitches on the needles now and that won't change (whereas in Part I it was increasing by one stitch every row).  Not a huge amount compared to some shawls/wraps, but it takes some time to knit.

Instead I'll show a salad from last night.  The dark red/maroon colored lettuce is Red Romaine from our garden!  Yay for the first garden produce in some time.

We had that along with spaghetti and clam sauce.

I skipped yoga last night and instead started to pull some clothes together for vacation.  I always over-pack, but at this time of year we really could have any kind of weather.  We plan/hope to do a lot of hiking and exploring.  Checking out Ravelry, there are no yarn shops within 50 miles of the various places we will be!  Bummer.  Next time we/I need to do a better job of choosing vacation spots - lol.

Usually I post pictures of Tyg stretched out.  Here is a cute one of him curled tightly.  Love his paws over his face.

This is where I normally sit in the kitchen to knit.  However, if Tyg is inside, the minute I stand up, he jumps onto the chair and (in his way) dares me to make him move. 

Well, a busy day ahead at work.  Hope everyone's week is going well.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rainy Friday

Hi Everyone,

A rainy, drippy, grey day here in Eastern PA.  Perfect for this:

I just love the way he tucks his paws between the pillows.

Unfortunately, I did have to get up and wander into the office this morning.  But, there is breakfast in the main kitchen and my 10:00 conference call has been cancelled again.  I'd say that's a great start to a rainy Friday.  Oh, and no mouse sightings this a.m.  Thank God!

I've only been able to get about a quarter of the light grey knit on Match and Move, hoping to finish it up this weekend so that I can start on Part 2.

Hard for me to envision it turning into a trapezoid figure, but that's what should happen once I start on the 2nd half. 

And socks!  I haven't forgotten these, but haven't knit on them since last weekend.  Still loving this yarn and the Spring-y colors.  My picture doesn't do the Pattern justice - it is very pretty with some eyelets.

We have no big plans for the weekend.  Saturday should be ok weather-wise, Sunday is supposed to be a wash-out (perfect kitting and napping weather).

What are you all up to this weekend?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Almost Broke a Foot...or Tyg is NOT Doing His Job!!

Hello All,

This morning did not start off in the best way.  First, Tyg woke me at 4 a.m. to go outside.  OK, I'm fairly used to this now and I was able to fall back asleep until the alarm went off at 5:30.  Hopped in the shower and then stumbled downstairs to start the coffee.  Still somewhat in a daze, I was standing at the counter getting vitamins and prescriptions when I heard a noise.  I looked down and there was a HUGE mouse on the floor...very close to my feet (thankfully I had slippers on).  I let out a yelp, jumped and came down hard on one foot.  The mouse ran back across the floor and under the refrigerator.

Oy vey!  When Tyg came in shortly after that I had a nice chat with him about the mouse under the frig and how he (Tyg) is shirking his duty. 

Fletch was, of course, still asleep.  When I woke him I had a little chat with him as well.  It reminded me of the time we had been away on vacation for a week or two.  When we got home I picked up what I thought was a catnip toy in the middle of the living room floor only to discover it was a dead mouse!

Hopefully someone (Tyg or Fletch) will have found that mouse and taken care of him/her before I get home this afternoon.

Meanwhile in other news, out apple tree is in (almost) full bloom.

It is so pretty, I had to take a quick picture this morning.  Not the best lighting as it is a grey, damp, overcast day with rain expected, but I'm afraid so many of the blossoms will be gone with the rain.

I was able to finish the red section on Match and Move last night and started the pale grey.  I'm thrilled with the way this is turning out.  I'll share pictures with the 4th color once I get a bit more done.

We're almost at the weekend!!  I can't wait.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Unraveled Wednesday

Good Morning All!

Finally I have gotten it together to join Kat (and friends) for Unraveled Wednesday.  I'm continuing to be in love with the wrap I'm working on - Match and Move - by Martina Behm.  Her version is 2 colors, mine will be 4.  Since this photo was taken (and yes, that's Tyg trying to photo-bomb), I've worked some more rows and now only have 10 rows left of the red before I start on the palest of greys. 

The pale grey will continue in the same format as what I've done so far.  Then, part two of the pattern starts which will turn the piece into a trapezoid shape.  The four colors (dark grey, yellow, red, pale grey) will be repeated in part two.  All are fingering yarns - some from stash and some new.  I think this will be a perfect wrap for my office (which is always freezing in the summer) or on a breezy night.

Like others, I've had some difficulty getting into a book lately, but Bridget mentioned she was reading this book and I'm finding it just gossipy enough that it is fun.  I really liked The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin and am enjoying this one as well.

Happy mid-week!!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend

Hello All,

Catching up on some blogs earlier, seems like everyone had a nice weekend.  Ours was quiet, tiring and relaxing all at once.  With Colin and Mailing out of town, Fletch and I are on cat feeding duty.  Once in the morning and once in the evening.  It's not bad (about 40 miles round trip), but Saturday we added grocery shopping into the mix after our morning run to feed Marcel & Talbot.  We weren't familiar with the store (meaning I found more than was necessary to buy) and the store was huge compared to our regular place.  We didn't get home till 1 p.m.  Had some lunch, took a nap, got up and fixed dinner and then it was time to go feed the cats again.

Marcel has been misbehaving!  He escaped Friday night when we arrived.  Luckily Fletch caught him before he wandered too far.  Every time we unlock the door and start to open it he is right there anxious to get out.

Fletch is on his own for feeding through tomorrow morning as I am back to work and planning to go to yoga tonight.  He called me this morning to let me know that Marcel had not escaped, but that he discovered they had used the floor behind the sofa as a litter box instead of the real litter box.  Geeze!  And yesterday we found Talbot in a storage room downstairs that is always closed.  Not sure how he managed that Houdini trick.

Meanwhile, I was at work by 6:45 this morning!  Yikes.  I was expecting a pretty hectic day with a number of financial reports to get out before an 8:30 conference call.  That all evaporated about as soon as I walked in the door.  It's been a busy morning, but not in the way I had expected.

Anyway, finally a breather to post.  Last week Bonny had a fun post about keys.  Old keys.  And locks.  I love old keys and years ago my mother-in-law took keys from the farm house (her parents house) and mounted them on burlap and framed them.  We now have that piece.  Sometimes we hang it vertically, but currently it is hung horizontally over the dresser holding my stash of fabric.

That is a stuffed calico cat underneath the keys...Fletch gave that to me because it looks like our cat Maestro did.

I didn't get as much knitting done as I had hoped for (of course).  I did work on the socks and am almost done the leg of the more pattern repeat and I think I'll be ready for the heel flap.  I forgot to take a picture.  Usually I work on Sigla on Sundays, but since it was in the mid-80's, it was way too hot for Icelandic wool!  Instead I added in the red (which arrived Friday!!) to Match and Move.  I'm really loving this.

Next up after the red will be a very pale grey.  Then the sequence will start again with the dark grey for the last half of the wrap.

We'll be on vacation the first week in May - I need to figure out what to take to knit while away.  Nothing too bulky and not too much (I always take a million projects and maybe work on one).  Probably just a sock project (or 2).  Maybe some sock yarn scraps to start a blanket?  I also have some old, old patterns for lace edges (that folks used to attach to pillow cases and the like).  I have some very thin yarn and thought it would be fun to fool around with some of those patterns.

I'll let you know what I decide.