Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A study of raindrops

Over the past few months, I've been documenting the garden after the rain. I love the way rain drops just sit on the leaves after a good misting. I've got an album going on my facebook, but I thought I'd share a few of my favourites here

Monday, October 5, 2015

Knit town funk

My knitting mojo has just up and left....

...and it didn't even leave a note.

I had seven projects on the needles, and I didn't want to work on any of them. I managed a couple of inches on Sandpoint, but I kept setting it down. I had no desire to pick up any of the four pairs of socks I had on the go. Not even my second pair of Undine could tempt me (I'm actually considering sending them to the frog pond.) Even the siren song of my Slinky Cat shrug design wasn't even remotely tempting.

So I did what any sane knitter would do in such an emergency...

I cast on for a new project
This is the beginning of the Maple Leaf Shawl.  I'm knitting it in Slinky Solo in an amazing shade of rich, foresty brown. It's full of red, gold and amber highlights...

But alas, even that wasn't enough to light my fire....

That picture is about as far as I got. I spent the rest of the weekend playing Candy Crush. My knit groove better return soon... I've got deadlines...

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why so serious...?

A little while back, Mom dyed up a new self-striper.
It reminded me of Harley Quinn... and since every Harley Quinn needs her Joker...
Mom set to work on another companion skein
 The dastardly duo are available on Alley Cat in the shop now...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The cold winds are rising...

So I'm staying indoors
I've got warm socks...
... a warm sweater, and a warm cat, and I plan on knitting until the weather warms up again! (Or at least until I have to go make some mash potatoes to go with my roast chicken dinner).

But I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to everyone who bought a pattern this week.
You really helped take a bite out of Rocky's emergency vet bill.  He's doing much better now - no more limp and no more pain meds. He's on a diet, so hopefully we'll see some weight come off him soon.

The sale is on until midnight today, so if you're still in the market, you can save 30% with the code DOLLARS4ROCKY. Thanks again!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday felines

I don't often snap pictures with my phone, because the quality is so poor compared to my SLR. But I couldn't walk by without a shot of this. Never, in the decade I've had Tux, has he ever paid ANY attention to any of the scratchers we have (with the exception of the Curl when we first got it). He doesn't scratch them (and can't now with only one paw) and certainly doesn't lay in them, much preferring the human couch or bed.

But for whatever reason, he's taken to hanging out with Peno on her new one. I've seen him there twice, and even Dave reported that he's been hanging out there when he's been home. These cats just keep getting weirder.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


It's October 1st. I love October. I love all the seasons, and each month has its beauty, but if I had to pick a favourite month, it would be October.

October has Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en (pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins) and I always take a week of vacation. The leaves are turning, the weather is cool but usually sunny. And everything just smells wonderful. October is when I first met Dave (13 years ago, now!). I can pull out my sweaters and shawls, and knitting is never uncomfortable.

Here are somethings that are kicking this October off right
 Popcorn Drift has bloomed! (And you can see how it got its name - it looks good enough to eat!)
The Sedum is flowering and getting nice and dark. The butterflies love it - I've even seen two Monarchs!
Kale! I'm not ever going to eat it (blech!) - but it will make a nice addition to the fall garden.
Sandpoint continues to fly. The back has been cast off and is already blocked - and I've got the ribbing for the front started.
More yarn for Christmas knits... these will become beret genereux for Dave's grandma.
A surprise package of the most beautiful, wonderful-smelling soaps from Araignee! Nothing better than a hot bath after a cold day out!

What's making you happy this October?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The littlest hobo

A little while back, I was watering the gardens when I noticed a crazy spider's web behind Queen E.
It wasn't your typical web, but sheets, over sheets of webbing.. more like thick cobwebs. And when you looked closely at the back by the fence
A little tunnel. And if you look really close... can you see those creepy spider's legs?

I've been watching it for weeks, trying to get shot of the spider. I'm pretty sure it's a Hobo Spider.. a nifty creature that creates funnel webs to hide in.
Last week, I was finally able to lure her out of her hole but tossing some grass into her web.
They aren't the greatest pics, because she's very shy. Realizing there was no food, she scurried right back in.
So far, I've managed to keep the cats from gallivanting through and wrecking her home. But she's on her own when it comes to the birds. Probably why she's so darn shy.