Tuesday, September 18, 2012

In the Zone

Although I have a sufficient amount of technological know-how to survive in day-to-day life, there are still a few things I just can’t quite manage to figure out.  Like the vision I have for this blog and bending blogger to my will. 

This blog is sort of in limbo while I figure out exactly how and what I want it to represent. 

Meanwhile, I have been busy knitting, designing, knitting, organizing test knitting, doing some random writing and knitting.  I wish my life was more interesting sometimes, but basically it is not. 

Because of my less than reportable life, I have also been suffering from a serious case of poor-poor-pitiful-me.  That is soon to be remedied with a visit to Florida.  I find there is nothing quite as soothing and restorative for me than to sit on a beach and watch the waves go in and out. (hopefully I will return full of fresh energy and inspiration)

So while I wait for my test knitters to knit,  and draft the final version of the patterns, I’ll continue working on my personal sock club challenges, my sock knitters’ anonymous challenges and other random projects from my queue.  Maybe someday I will even post a picture or two somewhere besides Ravelry.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this shot that I captured of the Great Sunnypatch Standoff of 2012. 

Even if you saw it first, I want it

Happy Knitting,


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What's up Wednesday

Just a short post to say that I put two sock patterns out for test knitting today, hopefully I will be able to release them into the wild very soon:

Danger Zone Socks

Danger Zone Heel
Charming Twist Socks

Charmed to meet you

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thoughts from the Archives

I found this list while I was going through some papers and things.  I didn't make note of the original author, but I think it is pretty interesting.   I think a few of these have eluded the members of our current society... maybe we need to reinstate them.

Rules for living

  • Never be idle
  • Make few promises
  • Always speak the truth
  • Live within your income
  • Never speak evil of anyone
  • Keep good company or none
  • Live up to your engagements
  • Never play games of chance
  • Drink no intoxicating drinks
  • Good character is above everything else
  • Keep your own secrets if you have any
  • Never borrow if you can possibly help it
  • Do not marry until you are able to support a wife
  • When you speak to a person, look into his eyes
  • Save when you are young to spend when you are old
  • Never run into debt unless you see a way out again
  • Good company and good conversation are the sinews of virtue
  • Your character cannot be essentially injured except for your own acts
  • If anyone speaks evil of you let your life be so that no one believes him
  • When you retire at night, think over what you have done during the day
  • If your hands cannot be employfully used, attend to the culture of your mind
  • Read the above carefully and thoughtfully at least once a week

I only have one to add.... 

Knit (or create) a little every day 

Happy Knitting


Zelda says, 

Reach out and text someone you love....

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Holding Steady

I am still here. I have been reading and knitting and trying to get my craft room into some state of usefulness.  The writing has somehow been eluding me.  I have been doing some, but what I have been doing is at a more “personal” stage and nothing I care to share.  I have also been experiencing some physical and emotional highs and lows which make it a challenge for me to challenge myself.  For the most part I am doing what I can and just trying to meet the small goals I set for myself on a daily basis.  I know the few readers I do have visit me mostly for knitting content or to see what the kitties have been up to lately.  In the interest of keeping my readers on board, I will try to share a little of both today.

Right now I have six projects on the needles.  Three pairs of socks, one pair of mittens started and now left over from the winter that never really materialized here in the Midwest, a vest which was a planned project and a shawl which is a treat. 

My photos as usual are dubious, but here are a couple of “in progress” shots that I can share. 
Hearts and Flowers socks pattern by Wendy Johnson

Some stripeys just for me

May Mystery Socks from SKA pattern Chiendent by RoseHiver

I did recently finish a pair of socks that I am extremely proud of.  As I am of the team they represent:
I call these "Hunt for (another) Red October" Go Cards!

And as for the kitties, they are excelling at a cycle of eat-sleep-poop-bug mama-eat-sleep again. All the recent pictures of the kitties are on my phone, so I'll have to share those another time, meanwhile, here's what they have been doing.

Zelda has laid claim to the spot I normally sit in whenever I’m not.  I’m trying to convince her to use the cat bed which she used to sleep in almost constantly but she hasn’t wanted anything to do with since we moved to IA.  She slept in it for about 20 minutes the other day and then as soon as I got up took over my seat on the couch, le sigh.

Saucey is a royal grouch.  She has gotten a smidge below her target weight and we are trying everything to get her back up to normal.  The vet of course offered the option of repeating the expensive tests we had done last fall which showed everything to be normal.  Her diabetes remains in remission and I don’t want to mess that up.  The best advice the vet has is to give her more carbs.  Okay….

We live quite the exciting life here at Chez Nana, but I will try to keep up in the future. 

Happy Knitting,


PS I did get to go on an adventure at the end of March... I went out to the Bay Area to see my daughter (s) and squeeze on my grandkids for a couple of days.... see... love them all so much.  (Happy Mothers day!)