Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Day Off

Good Morning!

The snow came and my office was closed.  Actually, an e-mail went out Tuesday afternoon stating that the office would be closed Wednesday due to the impending storm.  YAY!  I went to bed Tuesday night without setting an alarm and slept for 10 hours!!  When I got up I wondered what was going on - no precipitation of any kind.  But, it started snowing around 9:30 and by 3 p.m. or so it had changed to sleet and freezing rain.  I was happy to be home😉

A bit of knitting was done:


The second Sunday Swing is now on the foot.  One pattern repeat finished; 3 more to go and then the toe decreases.  I had thought I would work on some other items as well - stitching, Fletcher's cowl, Hitchhiker...but instead I took care of some chores (cleaning, laundry and pulling the tax stuff all together).  I also managed to take a 2 hour nap!!  I think I made up for those nights of insomnia I had recently.

I also enjoyed not being on the computer...and will attempt to catch up on some blog reading today.  I have a few financial reports to run and send out, but other than that, my day is pretty open (and Hitchhiker came to work with me for lunchtime knitting).

The sun is out, the snow and ice are melting and Fletch is grilling tonight!  I think it's going to be a great day and I hope yours is as well.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Teeny Needle Tuesday

Hello!

It is a cold morning (25), but the sun is out and the sky is blue.  I'm wondering how long that will last...I've been receiving e-mails and texts from the "local authorities" warning of a winter storm from 6 a.m. tomorrow until 1 a.m. Thursday...and Thursday the temp should rise into the 50's.  The roller coaster continues.

So, it is Tuesday which means TNT (Teeny Needle Tuesday).  Here is the meager progress I made on the Penny Pumpkin piece.


It looks a bit wonky at the top, but it's just that the fabric is wrinkled and I didn't do a good job of smoothing it out.  When working on this I use magnification which looks like this:  Magnifier - I call it my crown - lol.  I also use an Ott light.  But, the battery on that died and Fletch replaced it with one that is not quite as strong and it is no longer very helpful.  I need to remind him to get the *right* battery for it. 

My eyes had had enough after stitching the buds/blossoms on the right and the leaf on the left, so I switched to my Sunday Swing 2nd sock and managed to get one pattern repeat completed before calling it a night.

Yesterday was busy enough that no knitting was done at lunch and in fact lunch was taken at my desk while working (a cup of noodles and an apple).  Today (so far) looks to be better and I should be able to work on my Hitchhiker for a bit.  More on that tomorrow....

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Weekending

Good Morning!

Another grey, wet day here...but that is better than we thought.  We were supposed to get more ice last night, but all we got was rain which is fine with me.  The roads were empty this morning thanks to it being Presidents' Day, so my drive into work was easy-peasy.

And just like that, another weekend is in the books.  And it was a fine one.  Saturday was beautiful - sunny and blue skies.  I met up with Dee for a bit of retail therapy, stash enhancement, coffee and knitting.  First stop was to Stitch Central - a new-to-me shop.  It is lovely!  All you quilters out there would go nuts with their fabrics.  The yarn is not bad either - lol.  Next we headed to Twist - a great shop near New Hope.  I exercised some restraint and don't think I got too much for visiting two (!!) shops.



A couple skeins of fun yarn, some DPN protectors and the latest issue of "Laine." 

We grabbed a bite of lunch at a very nice cafe in Peddler's Village and then headed over to the coffee shop for sipping and knitting...and chatting.  I actually started the toe decrease on my first Sunday Swing sock!  And finished it up that night as well as casting on for sock #2!!


The yarn is dark and it is hard to see the pattern, but it's there and the first one fits perfectly.  The ribbing for #2 is complete and (hopefully) I'll be able to start the leg tonight.  Yesterday I just worked on Fletcher's cowl which I had to rip out and then start again on smaller needles.  So far, so good (fingers and knitting needles crossed).  Sunday was also filled with chores - laundry and grocery shopping.

I'm hoping for an easy week with knitting time at work (Hitchhiker) and wishing you all a wonderful week.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Good Morning and Happy Valentine's Day!

I've already mentioned this to several people, but I do believe there is Hope for Spring!!  On my drive to work this morning I spotted a Red Winged Blackbird.  Normally I don't see them until Spring is upon us.  Not only did I see him, but his red patch was in the shape of a heart.  Perfect for today.

Moving along, as I drove down the road I spotted a skunk waddling across the road.  I also normally don't see skunks until Spring is upon us.

Dare we hope?

Happy to say that I slept well last night.  Honestly, I don't think I had much choice.  I knit a few rows on the Sunday Swing sock after dinner, but my eyes were burning and I couldn't keep them open.  Fletch had a nature program on the TV, so I joined him and promptly fell asleep - lol.  I woke up periodically to see bits and pieces, but at 9:00 I went upstairs and slept through until just before my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning.  Yay!

We are having a Valentine's luncheon today at work - I'm sure there will be plenty of things I shouldn't eat.  I'm also sure I'll be consuming anyway.  Life is too short to not eat chocolate.

Wishing you all the best of days!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Unraveled Wednesday 2-13-19

Good Morning All!

It is back to work today for moi.  It was so nice to just stay home yesterday - and I'm glad I did as it continued to sleet throughout the morning and into the early afternoon.  I managed to get caught up on laundry that I had not gotten to over the weekend and had plenty of time to stitch and knit.  No unraveling!!  The Sunday Swing sock is onto the foot part:



Not that you can tell from this picture, but I have decided to continue the pattern on the front of the foot.  So far, so good!

Next up, my Hitchhiker has a few more teeth on it now.




This is such a fun and easy knit, though it is easy to get lulled with the rhythm and I've caught myself making mistakes.  Easy fixes, but a waste of time.  I'm really enjoying the colors in this yarn.

I'm pretty drowsy today.  It seems as though I'm back to having a bit of insomnia.  I go to bed and fall asleep just fine but almost every single night I am awake from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.  Oy!  Hopefully this will change soon.

Last night Tyg wanted to go out at 3 a.m.!  It was pretty mild (in comparison to what we have been having).  When I came downstairs at 5:30 he was not around.  Eventually he showed up with a live mouse in his mouth.  Yuck!  Of course he wanted to come in WITH said mouse.  That wasn't happening.  He finally dropped it (and it quickly expired) and came in to eat (thank goodness he doesn't [typically] eat what he catches).  I had to make sure NOT to step on the mouse when I left for work.  Hopefully Fletch will take care of it and I won't have to see it again when I get home.

Linking up with Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.  Here's hoping none of you have unwanted surprises waiting at your back door!!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Teeny Needle Tuesday

Good Morning!  Welcome to this week's edition of TNT.




Not a ton accomplished during the last week...but this dark fabric and 40 count is killing me!  I am determined to finish it though...it will just be slow.


Meanwhile we had some sleet and freezing rain overnight.  My office is on a 2 hour delay, but schools are closed and I think I will be making my own snow day!  I walked out onto the patio, and the freezing stuff is still coming down and the end of the patio is very slippery.  I know I don't have a lot to do at work today, so I'd rather stay home and be warm and safe.  By the afternoon it should all change to rain and getting to work tomorrow should be fine.  We are actually expecting a lot of rain this afternoon (so hopefully that won't just sit on the roads and then freeze).


So, today will find me doing some laundry, doing some knitting (hello Sunday Swing Socks), and putting the teeny needle to fabric a little later.


Have a great Tuesday.  If you are out and about in this Wintry weather - be safe!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Weekending and a Bird Question

Good Morning!

It is a snowy a.m. here, but not much - only an inch or so.  I think tomorrow will be the dicey day as sleet and freezing rain are forecast for tonight.  Today, though, the snow is powdery and light and the roads are not bad.  We had/have a 2 hour delay at work, but I'm here already as I have conference calls at 9 and 10.

Howard, from our IT department, loves to bake - he finds it relaxing.  Most Mondays find some kind of treat in our main kitchen from Howard.  This morning there are sugar cookies in the shape of hearts.  Sweet!

The weekend was fun.  We celebrated the Chinese New Year at Mailing's parents on Saturday.  Here are dumplings in the making:


Everyone (even Colin!) makes beautiful dumplings, nicely pleated.  Mine are the ones in front that are a mess - lol.  But, they all tasted good.  And the table with the beginning of food being brought out:


Everything was delicious.  Something new that I had was Chinese cauliflower - delicious!

Just in time, I finished my Sockhead Cowl Saturday night.


The picture of the cowl on me shows the color of the yarn more accurately.  I cast on 160 stitches and knit 30 rows of ribbing, then 60 rows of stockinette and another 30 rows of ribbing.  It really is longer than necessary, but will keep me warm.  I did not wear it today since I was already dressed in a turtleneck and wool sweater.

The first KAL sock (Sunday Swing) is now at the point where I need to pick up the gusset stitches.  I brought the Hitchhiker to work in case I have time to knit at lunch.

Like so many of you, we enjoy watching the birds come to our feeders.  We have a thistle feeder, one for sunflower seeds, a peanut feeder and a suet feeder.  A good variety of birds find their way to our yard in the winter - Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Cardinals, various Finches, Wrens, Doves, Blue Jays, Sparrows, Juncos (my Grandmother always called them snow birds), Starlings, etc.  This year missing from the action are Chickadees (one of my favorites - and my Dad used to talk of feeding Chickadees from his hand as a child) and Tufted Titmice.  In prior years there have been a ton of those two varieties.  I'm curious about why they are not here and wondering if they will show up (hoping they will).  Have any of  you noticed a change in what birds are around this Winter?

Well, time to get ready for my conference calls.  Hoping everyone's week is off to a great start!