Mine. Neiman Marcus. Someone has beaten me to it, and now is making a killing at Neiman's!!


Back in the saddle.

I've been too melancholy—with a bit of ennui thrown in—to post this week. Eventhough the weather has been great, sunny and warm all week, I just felt poopy. Then someone gave me a gift certificate to my favorite LYS, and I cheered up. I purchase the new Rowan magazine and feel inspired to knit more than socks and hand warmers. I got very excited in the car last night flipping through the new Rowan that we did the grocery shopping in under 20 minutes so I could get home to see if my stash of Linen Drape would work on Elspeth. It does! Beaded Martha is also another possibility. How about in Elann's Baby Silk?

A Good Bias is half done.

Mission Falls 1824 cotton is strange. I don't know if I like.

Some shots from our day trip to Port Townsend last weekend. Imagine Star Hollows only twice as big. Quaint, lots of historical charm, and lots of B&Bs/Inns. Sure enough, the battery died before we started our trek through the town's main streets, but the surrounding area was lovely. Fort Warden and the beaches are great.

Gourgeous day at the beach.

Rusty bunker door.

Front side of the fort. The fort is a labrynth. Some of the rooms and corridors were dark and creepy!

Stairs leading up to top of the fort.

Upper level of the fort.

Last shot before the battery ran dry. The main business street is much nicer than this. Lots of Victorian era buildings.


Wow! What a beautiful day. With the step counter clip on and I took a walk to the neighborhood p-patch. See what I saw in 5,000+ steps.

Too early for spring?

Come on in.

New meaning to grass between your toes.

Who wouldn't want to get their hands dirty with a view like this?

Okay, don't forget to close the gate on the way out.

The folks living down this end of the neighborhood are very creative.

They come in any color you want.

Knitting update: A Good Bias shrug is half done. I have been getting some flare ups of tendonitis for the past few weeks, so not much knitting this weekend.


New project! And I didn't even have to buy new yarn. Only one more week and I will have made it a month without a yarn purchase. Yeah, yeah, it happened in the shortest month of the year. Baby steps, baby steps.


Good end to a good weekend.

Friday ended great, we went out for sushi on Saturday night, and this weekend I got much more done than I thought. On top of that, I got this on Sunday:

The seller looked a little dubious; made me a little suspicious that it may not have been his stuff he was selling, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I bought it for $15!! And look how I filled it:

And I completed my another pair of bootie slippers from that idea I mentioned earlier. The laundry was free all morning so I got to felt the slippers as soon as I was done. The 3-ply worsted felted better than the Lamb's Pride Worsted. Froggy is the 3-ply.


Happy hands.

If you can make mittens you already know how to make these. I used Lamb's Pride Bulky. 24 stitches (2x2 ribbing) are a nice fit with size 9 needles. Increase every 3 rows, this includes the increase row, to get 8 stitches for the thumb. For Lamb's Pride Worsted 32 stitches is a good fit with size 8 needles, and 12 stitches total for the thumb. I'm about to try 32 stitches on some Noro Kureyon.

I've got another idea for the bootie slippers. Hopefully I can try it out this weekend.
Reading plans for 2005 (a selected few from the list below). P&P is on the list and I gave it the hubby to read while I reread Persuasion. What a lovely book.

Bath, England 1998

Next is L'etranger, I just like saying it in French, Camus's The Stranger. We've been lucky and found many of the books at Half Price Books.

From the Guardian:

*Stacked on the night stand

Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930), Things Fall Apart*

Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875), Fairy Tales and Stories

Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817), Pride and Prejudice

Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850), Old Goriot

Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989), Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The

Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375), Decameron

Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986), Collected Fictions

Emily Bronte, England, (1818-1848), Wuthering Heights

Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960), The Stranger*

Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970), Poems.

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961), Journey to the End of the

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616), Don Quixote

Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400), Canterbury Tales

Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924), Nostromo

Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321), The Divine Comedy*

Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870), Great Expectations

Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784), Jacques the Fatalist and His Master

Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957), Berlin Alexanderplatz

Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881), Crime and Punishment; The
Idiot; The Possessed; The Brothers Karamazov

George Eliot, England, (1819-1880), Middlemarch*

Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994), Invisible Man

Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC), Medea*

William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962), Absalom, Absalom; The
Sound and the Fury

Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880), Madame Bovary; A Sentimental

Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936), Gypsy Ballads

Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Colombia, (b. 1928), One Hundred Years of
Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera*

Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia (c 1800 BC).

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832), Faust*

Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852), Dead Souls

Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927), The Tin Drum

Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967), The Devil to Pay in the

Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952), Hunger.

Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961), The Old Man and the Sea

Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC), The Iliad and The Odyssey

Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906), A Doll's House

The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC).

James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941), Ulysses*

Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924), The Complete Stories; The Trial; The
Castle Bohemia

Kalidasa, India, (c. 400), The Recognition of Sakuntala

Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972), The Sound of the Mountain

Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957), Zorba the Greek

DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930), Sons and Lovers

Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998), Independent People

Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837), Complete Poems

Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919), The Golden Notebook

Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002), Pippi Longstocking*

Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936), Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC).

Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911), Children of Gebelawi

Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955), Buddenbrook; The Magic Mountain

Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891), Moby Dick

Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592), Essays.

Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985), History

Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931), Beloved

Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (N/A), The Tale of Genji Genji*

Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942), The Man Without Qualities

Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977), Lolita

Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300).

George Orwell, England, (1903-1950), 1984

Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC), Metamorphoses

Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935), The Book of Disquiet

Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849), The Complete Tales

Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922), Remembrance of Things Past*

Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel

Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986), Pedro Paramo

Jalal ad-din Rumi, Afghanistan, (1207-1273), Mathnawi

Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947), Midnight's Children

Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292), The Orchard

Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929), Season of Migration to the North

Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922), Blindness*

William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616), Hamlet; King Lear; Othello

Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC), Oedipus the King

Stendhal, France, (1783-1842), The Red and the Black

Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768), The Life and Opinions of
Tristram Shandy

Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928), Confessions of Zeno

Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745), Gulliver's Travels

Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910), War and Peace; Anna Karenina; The
Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904), Selected Stories

Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500).

Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910), The Adventures of Huckleberry

Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC), Ramayana

Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC), The Aeneid

Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892), Leaves of Grass

Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941), Mrs. Dalloway*; To the Lighthouse

Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987), Memoirs of Hadrian


Yippee!! My knitting is turning into cash. I made $45 dollars this week. will post a pic of my cash cow this weekend!!

Show and Tell

Do they still let kids have show and tell in grade school these days?

Barcelona (must be pronounced with the Catalonian lisp). Rooftop of Casa Mila (La Pedrera). Circa last century!!

Chocolate and chiles and alcohol!

Yummy! Chili and Pepper, Cassis and Champagne, and Chili and Highland Whiskey. We also tasted Apple and Cognac. Delicious!


Foot tales

Pre-felt booties. Adapted from the ever so popular Fiber Trends pattern for kids. You know kids, they have a hard time keeping things on their feet so I adapted these into bootie-style rather than the slip on style of the original pattern.

I adapted these into bootie-style rather than the slip on style of the original pattern.

Teeny tiny. Test run in slipper style.

My new tool pouch. (click)

Ingrid gave me a pen when I visited her shop.



We have been hit with a nasty virus. Not the computer kind. Lucky for me I
wasn't hit as bad as others. I had a feeling that something would be passed
around with so many kids around. The little birthday boy was lucky to have
dodged the bug. There were 13 people staying at my brother's house, and all
but one came down with an icky GI virus. Yuck!! We haven't eaten real food
in days. And we may cancel our Super Bowl Feast.

Phildar has a new freebie up. However, it looks very similar to the black
and white jacket pattern that has been up for a while.