Thursday, October 31, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

O Canada

We just got home from our fun-filled weekend in Vancouver. The kids had tickets to the Dixie Chicks concert and I tagged along. We had a bit of a scare when it was realized that two of our party were traveling with expired passports (check those docs before you get in the border crossing line, folks) but this is evidently not enough to keep you out of the country. Or prevent you from getting back in. 

We spent most of the day Saturday scouting thrift stores for Vintage Knits inventory, the team has grown quite accomplished in hunting down patterns and books for me. We also noticed that Canadians love their massive hedges. In about a hundred years of pruning and feeding, Katie's backyard hedge will look just as impressive. 

I forgot to take any pictures, but we did have a great time. And thanks Pia, for babysitting the pups!

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Girl

Here's little Moochie (aka Colie) and me after her baptism. She's such a cute little bug. Thanks for getting a decent photo of me, Pia!  Not easy.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

How Cute Are These?

Cara has been Pinterest-ing this week, and found a cute canister set to replace our dull ones. Here's her finished project, so cute!  We want more Carrie!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Football Hero

Mikey is playing flag football this year.  He's small but fierce.  His team should be called The Bad News Bears, but they have lots of fun even if they haven't won any games (he scored a touchdown this morning, yay!)  Best part of playing football?  The mouthguard of course.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I've blogged about this before, but can't resist. Autumn brings back fond memories of high school homecoming. And my senior year, when our class float went up in flames during the big parade. "Light of Victory" indeed.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Runner

RJ is in 8th grade now, and the fastest XC runner on his middle school team.  He's such a teenage boy (all BO and Axe body spray lol.  Meg, you have this odor combo to look forward to in about 10 years), but a very nice one.  He never ignores me when I show up at his meets, always makes sure to come over and give me a hug & thank me for coming.  I don't recall my own teenage children doing that...

He finished 10th overall today, and the high school is already scouting him

A Workhorse

Sometimes you want to knit socks with a workhorse yarn.  Nothing fancy-schmancy, no wild variegated colors, just lots of yardage and a solid yarn that will last.

A yarn that fits the bill perfectly is Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn.  I have used it for several of my "vintage" sock projects, including the Gentleman's Golf Stockings pattern that was published in Interweave's Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits magazine:

Heritage Sock is a great value!  437 yds per skein at $11.00, that's a steal.  It's 75% merino and 25% nylon, perfect for comfy socks that wear well.  It comes in a nice range of solids, plus tweeds and handpaints (those cost a bit more, but are lovely)  

I was so pleased with the way my Gent's Golf Socks knit up with Heritage; the color work on the cuffs stands out beautifully.  I'm going to knit another pair of 1890s stockings (soon-- just need to finish about 85 projects lol), and this yarn will definitely be the one I use.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

This is Why I Want to Move to Norway

On November 1st, they are airing a five hour tv show about knitting. With a "real time" sheep to shawl competition to break the world record.  I'd watch this in a heartbeat.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


We went to see "Gravity" last night.  Intense!  It was actually a lot better than I would have thought, this is normally not my kind of movie at all.  But in 3-D, it was fun if a bit nauseating.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Colie is getting so big. And Auntie Katie is her favorite (she loves aunties Cara and Pia too)