Archive for August, 2008


Just popping in to say: I’m all moved into my new house! My Mom is settled in hers.

My internet isn’t connected at home yet — so no pictures/posts for a few more weeks. 😀

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What a month this has been!
I apologize for the silence here and at your respective blogs.
Do these pictures help explain things?

(not that I can explain that glowing finger…)

In the middle of July we received the shocking news that we had to move, after 8 years in the same lovely home. The 3 weeks of sadness, stress and unsettled-ness that followed didn’t allow me any time to invest online (except for games on Facebook – somehow those weren’t neglected).

There are some big changes ahead – my Mom is moving 6 hrs away! I think it is going to be a really good move for her but I am really going to miss her and so is Kira.


She’s snuggling me because she knows how Mom feels about photos of herself – that and I need more snuggles these days.

The good news is that somehow, in this overpriced and pet-hostile market, I found a fabulous place for me and Kira and 2 of our kitties — the 3rd is going with Mom to Merritt — and my innumerable fish (yep still having babies!) and plants.

We’re heading out there tomorrow, it’s in the aptly named: Paradise Valley, and I promise to take photos for the blog!

Since my last post there has been travel, camping, a new baby (congrats Heather & Brian!) MOVING for a reno at work (lots of fun packing with 16 kids and next to no notice! but that’s a story to be filed away under: Best Forgotten), househunting, culling, packing, culling, a garage sale, a goodbye luncheon and still more culling and packing to go!

Somehow, there has been some knitting during that time — no records have been set but…still there is progress. See?

Yes – the same sock. Not onto the 2nd sock yet. Honestly. It’s going to be some world record if/when that sock becomes a pair!  It’s been deadly slow at work but…I have become hooked on those word game magazines. They don’t get tangled up in purse straps and…I don’t resent their interruption (much) by questions or phone calls – both of which I seem to be getting a lot of these days.

Ophelia is much farther along than this picture shows – she is quite lovely. Despite the fact that the last 3 balls of yarn that I have, of this discontinued yarn I might add, are distinctly more beige than off-white, I have carried on knitting as is – and am 2.5″ away from completed arm holes — does that even make sense? Completed holes. Hmmm.

I’ll be figuring out a way to dye the finished product because my eagle eyes did not notice the glaring contrast in shades while knitting during the Olympics. And after 3.5″ of lace work in beige, I couldn’t bear the thought of another online hunt for discontinued yarn or of ripping back the whole thing. This might be one of those things the Yarn Harlot has mentioned in the past – about knitter’s continuing to believe despite all evidence to the contrary, that things are going to work out. Ah well. 😀

I believe!

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Pardon my online absence — things have been nutty around here for what feels like forever!
Now that things have finally settled down…and I have access to technology (camping will deprive you of that) I hope to resume a more typical posting schedule. (yeah right!)

In the meanwhile I’d better catch up on these questions.

#5 1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?

You might not believe me when I say my favourite holiday is camping – camping in Oregon. In Manzanita/Nehalem Bay.
Camping is a lot of work – but it is also a lot of time relaxing. Sitting, laying, reading, knitting and talking. Great ways to spend blocks of time as far as I’m concerned. I also love being by the water and the drama of the shoreline on the Oregon Coast is spectacular.
I’ve always dreamed (briefly!) of doing the bike tour of the Oregon Coast. You know, if there were people waiting ahead of us down the road with camp set up and some food and cold drinks waiting!

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?

I would love, love, love to go to Egypt. A cruise along the Nile would be a dream come true.
I have been fascinated by all things Egyptian from a very young age – and my favourite book is Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge.

If it wasn’t for the violence and civil unrest, I would book today. That, and the fact that I am in about the lowest paid career there is…but oh so rewarding on other levels!

How about you?

#6 What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?


I’d have to say socks – dull but true. They are portable and you (hopefully) get to see some progress made during your trip.

#7 What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?

I love curling up on my couch, in my PJ’s with Kira beside me, coffee and water at hand and a great show on tv.
I also like to knit in the quiet of my backyard – though that tends to get the cats a little more involved with my knitting than I’d like…


What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?

Oops – kinda answered that one already! Great company is appreciated too – although, for me, the more I talk the less I knit and that’s because I use my hands a LOT when I talk.

#8 What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?

Fabulous restaurant food, on a patio with an icy drink, friends and family.
I also like BBQ’ing dinner with some grilled zucchini and red peppers. Yum!

#9 Would you ever consider entering your knitting in a competition?

Ummmm…NO! Usually my garments don’t quite fit the best (read: tight!), my finishing gets sloppy towards the end (shoulders!) and I’ve only recently started ripping back to fix small mistakes — I used to just go with it and pretend it was supposed to be like that.

If life wasn’t so crazy I would have totally joined the Knitting Olympics BUT life is crazy. Update on that later – I swear! Instead, I vow to complete – or at least work on – Ophelia, during the Beijing Olympics (what little I can watch after I choke on their politics/censorship)

Are you in the Knitting Olympics?

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