Monday, September 26, 2016

Monday Again

*Do you work better in groups or alone?
Alone.  I tried to never assign group work when I was teaching, knowing how much I hated it. 

*Butter or margarine?
Butter.  Why did anyone ever come up with margarine anyway?

*For a day : no phone or no computer?
Phone.  Easy.

*Gym shoes: wear them out or replace regularly?
I replace them, though not regularly.  I haven't truly worn out a pair since playing tennis in college.

*More likely to find in your couch cushions: money or needles?
Needles.  The finding money trope never, ever came true for me.

*What kind of knitting hurts your hands/arms/fingers?
None, really.

*How do you feel when someone asks you to knit for them?
It depends on who's asking, and what they want.  I like to have people choose their own yarn, and most don't get to that once they've asked.

*I choose my patterns based on : 
-the designer
-the difficulty
-ability to use stash on hand
The design.  I don't know from designers, and I'll tackle something difficult if it's pretty.

*I store my yarn in :
-plastic bags
-project bags
-bins and pots and pans
Cardboard boxes.

*Last company you called customer service .....

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Saturday

Even though the temperatures around here are still in the 90s, I'm trying my best to Think Fall.  Sitting in my den, with the windows open to the backyard, football on television and knitting in my lap, it's pretty easy to do.

In knitting news, I am working on this Side-to-Side Shrug, in these colors (I bought a kit):
The yarn is Cascade's Casablanca, but it feels very much like a Noro.  It's a wool/silk/mohair blend.

There are also two new things here for Harry's Hundred.  I've already sent a box out for the National WWII Museum's "Knit Your Bit."  The next box will be for the men's shelter here in town.  I'm thinking scarves and mittens/gloves next.
(That cowl is so yummily soft.  It'll be hard to let it go.)

There's no holiday knitting to do, unless an absolutely perfect pattern shows up, so all my knitting is pressure-less.  That makes things much better, much more comforting --- don't you think?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Visual Aids

First up, two photographic representations of sheer joy:
Priyanka Chopra at the Emmys.

A girl, named Mari, meeting President Obama.

Remember that sort of tease photo from a few posts ago?
Here's what a finished Myrtle Creek Shawl looks like:
Beautiful, no?  And for it to look so delicate and intricate, it's a relatively easy knit.  Easy and fun.  If you're going to the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival this weekend, you can see it in person.

Still on the purple roll, this is my nail polish today:
  It's "Let's Jam" by China Glaze, and I like it a lot.

My wait is over, as the new season of "Gotham" premiered last night.  Briton told me to watch it, that he thought I would like it, and he was right.

And I am knitting --- it's that I just don't have any pictures of the things I'm working on.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Hi.  I'm Kim, and I can't use a yarn swift or a ball winder.

*Hi, Kim.*

The swift will collapse, or the yarn feeding to the winder gets tangled underneath the wheel. . .  It's emabarrassing.  I'm so envious of the people who work in yarn shops, who can just pop the yarn onto the swift (with the starting point always on the outside) and wind a perfect yarncake without stopping.

Hi.  I'm Kim, and I used to be a garter stitch snob.

*Hi, Kim.*

Garter stitch always looked "rough" and "unrefined" to me.  I didn't need fancy pants cables or something to impress me, though.  Now, I've come to appreciate the ease of garter.  It means all you have to do is sit and knit, knit, knit.  Too, designers are stepping up their garter game.  I'm working on this scarf right now
in these colors

Friday, September 16, 2016

Chow Time!

It's September, and a new chance to try some products!

First up, 
Natural Balance Cat Food.  This is a pate', and my cats are accustomed to eating shreds or bits, so it took them a minute to figure out what was going on.  But then, as Lily's blurry head attests, they dug into it:
I've since mixed the Natural Balance with their regular food, and both Lily and Erin clean their plates.

Next was Nulo dry cat food:
(Yes, I did ask for the Adult Trim, but don't let the cats know.  They're very sensitive about their looks.)  Once again:
a hit the first time out of the bag.  Erin (the gray) sort of nudged Riley (the black) out of the way to perform a taste test.  Since that first feeding, I have to say that Erin and Lily have turned rather cold toward this food.  But, guess who stepped in in their places?
Yep, Rupert.  Finn sort of "taught" him to eat the cats' dry food.  Sorry about the blurriness, but he was chewing as I snapped the photo.  He has a very odd way of eating dry food;  he drops pieces on the floor (those "spots" on the right), then picks them up and eats them from there.  To each his own!

So, cat-wise, the Natural Balance and the Nulo both get a "B."  Dog-wise, an "A" for the Nulo!

Each month, I request and receive samples from to test.  My reviews are honest accounts of our experiences.  No monetary, or any type of, remuneration takes place.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


I must admit to slacking off on Blankapalooza-square-making during the contests.  With this, I hope to get back on track.  How's your Palooza knitting going?

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