Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Taking FC to the GO station this morning, the news is full of the impending storm that is coming, and we're not getting the worst of it.  It reminded me of this:
Wasn't that a great movie?  I think we watched that 100 times, and it got funnier.  I love how Steve Martin holds it together until he gets to the rental car agency. Then he loses it.  Del Griffith would test the patience of a saint, wouldn't he?
Laura is fostering a kitten- they call her Pio, and she is so loving and gentle. Tucker is on pheromones, but it seems to be working out.

The only thing that seems to have any Christmas spirit around here is my cactus.  FC painted the dining room and hall on the weekend, and I feel it's a shame to clutter up my pristine rooms with decorations.  I hope I change my mind, but I'm thinking there will be no tree this year.

This Howard (who resembles Kitten Chow more and more) likes to get his accomplice Valentino to steal things so he can take them apart. I can just imagine the field day they'll have with tree ornaments.
That is if Tino doesn't drop on someone's head as they go up the stairs.

Have a great week- and a festivus Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- 5 Favorite Sweater Patterns and 5 Favorite Yarns

Why does this topic seem familiar?  I think we did this not so long ago, but I'll happily blab about knitting at the drop of a hat.

I'm not really the type of knitter that makes the same things repeatedly, unless it's socks or mittens. I think I may tweak this list to what is in my queue- things I have been meaning to make forever, and who knows if I will. We all have to have goals, I guess.

1. Mary Tudor. I have the original Campion yarns for this, and one day.....one day I'll get to it. Since Tudor Roses has been reissued, I may have a look at the Hebridean version, which looks very rich and regal.
2. St. Brigid- I have some Lapwing Hebridean awaiting this.
3.I have just received this book, and there is a gorgeous pattern Wildwood Cabled Pullover which I think would be stunning in handspun.
4.I kind of want to do another gansey and this one (yes, it is a free pattern) is tempting. I would have to convert it to circular knitting, but that is not a problem.  The question is, being the slow knitter I am, do I want to devote the time?
5.Aranmor- in case you think I've gone a little Alice Starmore crazy, well, I have always been a huge admirer, and alot of her designs are classics.  If I'm going to invest time and money into a project then I want it to be something that won't look dated. That being said, let's move onto yarns-
6. Hebridean, both the 2 and 3 ply. Soft, but not flimsy.
7. Peace Fleece.
8. Jamieson and Smith Jumper Weight and Jamieson's spinning Spindrift.
9. Most tweeds- Donegal is nice.
10. My new love is handspun. Nothing grabs me as much as knitting with earthy, rustic yarns, and the "flaws" are what make it beautiful. And you know no one else has anything the same.

Are you enjoying November?  The weather has been gray and windy- and up until today, fairly mild.  I love this time of the year.  Most of the leaves are gone, and it gets dark early.  It feels like living in a bear's den, ready for winter hibernation.

No kitten photos today- they are somewhere messing around the house. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ten On Tuesday- Ten Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving for us has long since passed.  I usually make much the same thing for Christmas and Thanksgiving- turkey and all that.  I guess the topic is the "all that"-

1. That mashed potato thing with the onions, butter, and cream cheese.
2. Carrots and rutabaga- mashed with butter and a hint of fresh nutmeg.
3. Cranberry sauce- sometimes I make it with fresh cranberries and mandarin oranges.  Sometimes just the good old Ocean Spray canned crap, which I love.  I seem to be the only person who eats it.
I do have a confession, I stalk Williams-Sonoma after the holidays.  This was 15.99 marked down to 3.99- who in their right mind would pay 16 bucks for cranberry sauce?
4. Gravy- made from the turkey drippings (FC calls it turkey droppings)
5. I have never made that green bean/mushroom soup/fried onion thingy that Americans seem to like, but I am intrigued by it.
6. We sometimes have pickled pearl onions, olives and sliced dills on a pretty plate.
7. Boursin and crackers.
8. Triple Cream Brie and crackers.
9. Pumpkin Pie and whipped cream.
10. Ah, the stuffing. Mine is done with that stuffing bread cubed, sauteed onion and celery (I detest celery, but you have to have it in stuffing), sausage meat, wild rice and lots of fresh sage.  Poultry seasoning and melted butter, we don't cut calories on holidays.

Kittens, the bad kittens.  Last night they went postal on my tree ornaments that I got at Target. I got 2 foxes- before and after:
Evil Howard shredded that poor thing and FC managed to get the other one before it was totalled.
I've been spinning- note the Christmas L.L. Bean catalogue, which seems to arrive in August.
Some Christmas-y socks- Holidazed in Socks That Rock Comfort and Joy.
Does anyone remember The Kingston Trio?

Hang down your head Tom Dooley,
hang down your head and cry,
Hang down your head Tom Dooley,
Poor boy you're bound to die.....

They look contrite, but really, they don't care.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, November.

I love November. The dark days and the smell of leaves- all crispy and shades of browns and golds.  Somehow things get quieter- until the Christmas rush.  Which will be here before we know it.

I have been sewing- onto tote bags now.  I went on a bit of a fabric binge-
 This is Christmas fabric- The Ghastlies, but in very unChristmas colours.
I have had this farmyard fabric in my stash forever- and I love the animals and the colours.
Here's the lining- I love those sheep. Pockets, of course.
I finished my Ruxton shawl- this is a detail of the edging which has acorns. LOVE it, and I hope to make more of Dee O'Keefe's shawls.
My Morticia is finished.  I'm not a huge fan of working with silk. I decided to add a crocheted beaded edging, and it sparkles beautifully with the beads throughout. I want to do another, non silk, in really Goth colours.
And Tino is making use of my basket quilt under the sewing table.  I got tired of evicting him.

Cats, eh?