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This weekend started off with period shittiness but fortunately got better. I started a pair of monkey socks for myself with the Starry Night yarn. I love the colors and the monkey sock pattern works so well with colorful yarn. On Saturday, I finally got to go to a lys that I have been passing and passing but it is not in a convenient place. It's downtown Haddonfield, NJ where parking is at a premium. This is one of those towns that strives for old-timey perfection. They have a code that tells you what colors you can paint your house, etc. They once made a Viet Nam vet stop selling hot dogs from a cart downtown because it was unsightly. It is a historic area and terribly expensive. I like to walk down the streets but almost never shop there. I can't afford the snob tax. Well, Peter Kevin, Kate and I were on our way to a farm market on Saturday when he suggested that we stop at the yarn shop. I'll wait while you get back on your chairs. Yes, he said "why d…
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If you enjoy photos like this one taken from the Astronomy Picture of the Day (apod) website, you might have enjoyed our evening last night. Living close to a city of some size is a great thing if you like to attend cultural events such as the ballet or visit art museums. Cities tend to attract speakers who can hold you spellbound with their wit and wisdom. Not this time. Peter Kevin and I are both huge fans of apod and make a habit to visit the site every day to see all manner of interesting images of space and sometimes photos of earth that are often breathtaking in their beauty. So, when we heard that one of the men responsible for the web site was coming to a local astronomical society meeting to speak, we made plans to have dinner and attend. I have often said that I think good teachers are born, not made. I stand by that statement. The speaker was a teacher, a college professor with a Phd who knows his stuff. He is not, however, a public speaker. It was so disappointi…
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Parcel. Package. Present. Surprise. Today, my package from Olivia came. It had one of her pots in it and it is awesome. I love the pot. It is going to work tomorrow and sitting on my desk so I can show it off. There was some sock yarn from the Knittery and some Pink Grapefruit from Happy Spider. It is so pretty and will make cheerful socks for dreary winter months. As you can see from this other picture, there were some other really cool things in there. Unfortunately, blogger doesn't have smell-o-vision so you can't smell the lavender soap. I love lavender. There is a magnet for my fridge, a bright, colorful window sticker that I will put on my car window, a map with a decidedly different skew on the world, and an Aussie knitting magazine. The little brown beads are all hand carved native woods and they are so pretty. Very different from what we are used to. She also included some postcards and one of Jejune's note cards. They are so pretty and the detail is amazn…
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For once, our plans for our Sunday came to fruition and we spent a splendid afternoon driving through the Wharton State Forest. This is what you see as you start your drive down the Quaker Bridge Road. Today is the first full day of fall. This was about 3 pm and the sky was the lovely deep blue that it gets in the fall. Not a cloud anywhere and the sense of quiet in the woods was complete. We passed folks on horseback taking advantage of the day. But other than a few other cars, we seemed to have the woods to ourselves. This photo shows the ferns and underbrush just starting to grow back after a fire. We have had several small fires this year and one major one. The major one was started by an Air Force flyer who dropped a flare on a training mission and it started a forest fire (duh). It burned four families out of their homes and destroyed several thousand acres of forest. But nature is amazing as always and the light greens are becoming visible through the blackened tree trunks and…
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Happy Friday! I got home from work early enough to sit outside and knit (and fall asleep!) in the beautiful afternoon warmth. I have finished the first Kaibashira sock made with the Starry Night colorway. It looks a little big to me but Elanor tried it one and likes the looser fit. It doesn't stretch much so maybe this is good. I am about 3 inches into number 2 so I can finish it before Julie's strikke-along starts. It's hard to tell if the colors come through in this photo but they range from a yellowish green to teal to grey and various shades in between. I can't wait to see what my other skein will look like. I hope it is close because I really love this.
My yarn for the strikke-along came and I am excited to begin. I am doing the Snowflake Sock pattern from IK's fall issue. I am using blue and white yarns and I have never done colorwork before so I am psyching myself up for this!
A while ago, Bells wanted to see photos of where everyone lived. I have never taken…
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Well, I took the careers quiz and they picked Social Worker as my number one profession.
I guess that's a good thing because I am a social worker. They also said I could be an addictions counselor, clergy or a therapist. All talking professions. Hmmm, wonder what that says? I was kinda hoping they would say "astronaut", my childhood dream. Although I don't think NASA would be interested in a nearly 50 year old social worker....
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Well, it's Sunday evening and I cannot for the life of me figure out where the weekend went. I know everyone feels this way but damn.

Here is a picture of my finished Tofutsie mock cable socks. They are a pretty good match. The yarn is very thin but knits up into a soft and comfortable sock. I wore them Friday and spent the day pulling up my pant leg to show them off. If I were a faster knitter, I could make a killing selling hand knit socks where I work! Here is the beginning of the Kaibashira socks using the Starry Night colorway from Art Walk .
I really struggled with this pattern. This is try number 5 and I only got the required number of stitches I needed by modifying it a little. Maybe I finally did it right! I don't know but it worked. I love this color. I chose the pattern because it is a really subtle design and I wanted to let the colors of the yarn show through. I think this photo is pretty true to the colors. This pair of socks is going to my oldest daughter bec…
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You Are Sunrise




You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.

You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.

Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.

All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

What Time Of Day Are You?




This is so me. I like my life slow and don't like to be rushed for anything. I did however stay up last night and finish the Tofutsie socks. They look great. I can't wait to wear them to work tomorrow. Now I can play with my Starry Night. I think I found a pattern I like. It's the Kaibashira Pattern by Magknits. You can find it on the Art Walk Sock Yarn website. For some reason I am having trouble linking to it here. I cast on this morning. The instructions say "Cast on 187 stitches" FOR A SOCK FOR WHOM? Then I read the rest and there are stitch decr…
I have been thinking a lot the last few days (yes, I think!). Mostly about the internet and blogging. I read a lot of blogs and enjoy most of them, otherwise I wouldn't go back and read them. If I have a thought or opinion, I comment. Supportive comments are the norm but often it's just to say I agree, or not, with what someone has said. If I read a very popular blog which has 100+ comments I most probably won't leave a comment because I figure they won't even read all the way down to the end and don't need one more comment agreeing with them. I like finding new blogs and reading about other people's ideas and thoughts. That is one of the most amazing things to me. That you can sit down with a computer and write whatever you want and send it out there. There is a power in that.

The thing I won't do is leave snarky or mean comments on people's blogs. If I read something and don't like what the person is saying I may comment and say what I th…
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It came today. I knew what it was by the postmark and I wanted to prolong the anticipation just a little. So, I put it aside as I finished one more chore. And then I couldn't wait anymore. Here it is, the colorway is Starry Night and it is named after the painting by Van Gogh. It is beautiful. I knew it would be because Roxanne has such a good eye for color. This is the second month of the Art Walk Sock Yarn and I am loving it. Not only do I get some lovely yarn but Roxanne includes a page showing the painting and giving some info about the artist and the particular painting. Starry Night has always been one of my favorite paintings and the colors she pulled out of the painting for the yarn are so lovely. I promised my oldest daughter, Elanor, that she could have the socks made from it but I am having second thoughts. What kind of mother would deprive her child of socks so she can make some for herself? (even though the child is 23 and able to make some of her own if she could kni…
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I finished sock number one of the blue/white tofutsie mock cable socks. This is sock No.1, Partial Sock No.2 and potential sock. Bells is right. This is an easy sock and it looks great and it seems to go very quickly. This could become a favorite. It looks even better when it is stretched out on my foot. Then the "cables" really show. Number two is about a quarter of the way done. I want to finish them so I can wear them, of course, but also because I am anxiously waiting the Starry Night colorway from the Art Walk Sock Yarn Club. It should arrive any day and I want to play with it. I am not real good with more than one project at a time. I'm afraid I will succumb to the terrible scourge that is SSS.

As I was riding home today, I was working on my sock and a young woman sat next to me. She asked "Is that knitting?" I replied that it was. She was intrigued with the four needles so I explained that it's really easier than it looks. She is interested in croche…
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On the boardwalk in Atlantic City....Come on, sing along! Yes, we made it to Atlantic City and back safely although that was iffy for a while. As you can see in this photo, the day was brilliant. The weather was perfect. This is the boardwalk from outside of Bally's casino looking down the walk. The scaffolding on the left is part of the seemingly everpresent construction. They are putting in some upscale designer shops. On the right is the facade that makes up the Golden Nugget casino. It's made to look like an old western town, if old western towns went in for pastel shades of paint. The next photo is a shot of the inside of a store called It'Sugar. And it is. All of it. It is a candy store with three floors. I loved these candy buttons when I was a kid, although I remember eating a lot of paper when the candy didn't come off. And here is a photo of my almost finished sock resting on a bench in the shade. I won't describe the look on the face of my group member a…
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Monday holidays are great. Until Tuesday rolls around and work starts again and you keep forgetting that it is Tuesday and not Monday. Which I did. All day. It was weird. But now Tuesday is over and somehow the fact that tomorrow is Wednesday is not so weird at all.

Wednesday is the day we are taking our Social Rehabilitation program to Atlantic City. Yes, folks, America's playground here we come. Well, that 's what the sign said and it was always ok until Las Vegas got all sexy with it's "what happens in Vegas..." campaign. Now Atlantic City thinks it needs its own sexy slogan. It is not a sexy place. It is trying to throw off the Miss America image that it had for years and years. It's kinda sad really. Miss America belongs in AC. But, anyway, the Soc Rehab folks wanted to go walk the boardwalk and so we are going tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be glorious and I am looking forward to spending the day walking in the sun and admiring the ocean. I got bo…
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We will call this "Toreador Monkeys on cooler". The Toreador monkeys are finally done and are at this moment in South Carolina cradling Emily's toes as she vacations in Myrtle Beach. I was lucky to get a photo before she packed them up. In keeping with my resolution, here are my mock cable socks made from some Tofutsie yarn that I bought a while ago. I like the colors and I like the way the pattern looks like a cable when it is really just a series of yo's and slipped stitches. The repeat is only 5 rows long and it is so easy to memorize. I have frogged these far less than other new patterns I have attempted. Wait, forget I said that. I am getting cocky and the knitting goddess will stomp on me hard! Here is a close up of the stitches and the ball band.
I included the ball band because this yarn has a strange composition. It feels very string-like when you touch it. I think I bought it because of the colors it came in (I have a pretty grey and pink ball as well) an…