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Good Sunday morning.  It's a beautiful, bright and sunny day here.  This is the end of Peter Kevin's "birthday week" (what?  you don't get a whole week for your birthday?) and he's washing up the breakfast dishes.  It's not as bad as all that.  He's had four days of playing with his tools and doing pretty much what he wanted.
We've had a good mini vacation.  Sit back and be comfortable because here come the vacation photos!




Thursday was a grey rainy day.  We hung around the house and I think I napped a good deal of the afternoon.  I had a small cold and wanted it to go away.  Some cold medicine, hot tea and copious amount of sleep seemed to do it.  I did rouse myself to take a photo of a robin in our back yard and the first crocus.
I also finished the bright and colorful socks made from the Crazy Zauberball.  I gave them to Pk for his birthday since he kept telling me how much he liked them.  And yes, they are that bright in real life.  He …
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"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."
~The Buddha


When I was growing up, it was "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me".  As I got to be older, I realized the fallacy of this.  Now when I teach Handle with Care, I am always careful to include this updated (and I think more accurate) phrasing, "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can break my heart".
Usually, I can see the light of recognition dawn in some eyes as I say this.  Most of us have been hurt at one time by someone's thoughtless (or worse, thoughtFUL) words.  I remember a time when my father yelled at me for something I hadn't done.  Looking back, I know his anger came from fear but to me as a child, it was anger pure and simple.

I remember that feeling so well to this day.......
and it influenced how I spoke to my girls as they were growing up.  I tried very hard to t…
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Yesterday, Peter Kevin went out to run some errands and came back with an armload of carnations.  I put them into bunches and then posed them with the penguin I made for him several years ago.  He's made with black velveteen and white satin and a beautiful embroidered velvet vest. 

I don't remember where I found the pattern but he came out really well.  He lives on our dresser.

The rest of last week passed quickly and on Friday we had our annual Talent Show for clients and staff.  It's always the week of Valentine's Day and always well attended. 

I was determined to take time out of the paperwork and phone calls and go.  I'm so glad I did, otherwise I would have missed this

We have a large Asian component to our services and they performed a Dragon Dance complete with drumming.  It was wonderful.
Unfortunately, I can't show you any of the other photos I took due to confidentiality issues but you'll just have to take my word for the fact that a fun time was …
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Blogger is odd this morning (so what else is new?).  I can't seem to get the graphic to appear where I want it. (and their new verification screen is a pita.  I can never get it right the first time)   Wait, there we go!  I hope this is not an omen for the day.  Oh, well.  This will be a little off but then people have often told me I'm a little off so I probably shouldn't worry.  I was chosen to meet with the Inspection Team yesterday.  The powers that be chose the folks to meet with the Team well.  We were all experienced staff members with 17+ years of experience and none of us was afraid to ask "what does that mean?" when faced with a question we didn't understand.
I think it went well.  The good thing was that we were able to explain exactly what we do and how we approach our jobs.  In the past, this particular Inspection Team just came and looked at charts.  This is all well and good but charts are such a poor reflection of what we do all day.  It was ni…
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Happy Valentine's Day!

I gave my coworkers valentines that fold up into paper airplanes (and already I've seen one flying down the hall so it should be a good day!)

And tonight PK and I are having a quiet date.  We're avoiding the restaurants that jack up the prices and jam in more tables for the holiday.  After work, we'll hit the book store and browse magazines and books and have a coffee/tea and then go to the diner for a tasty and normally priced meal.

But I wanted to take a moment to say some things about the Love of My Life.  I know that with internet speak LOML has become a much abused phrase but when I use it here, it's with all truthfulness.

Peter Kevin is truly the love of my life and my very best friend.  He's the one I think of when I hear a good joke or a tasty bit of gossip or an interesting bit of news.

Our road has not been smooth and straight, we had a very rough patch in the early 90's and were separated for 2 years.  Looking back, it was the …
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And one week later, we have a pair of socks.  I don't think I've ever made an entire pair of socks in so little time.  (except for maybe during Sock Wars but I didn't enjoy those). 

They're comfortable on the feet and even when worn in shoes, the "bumps" don't feel uncomfortable.  The construction worked out easily and the pattern was really easy to follow.

They'be become Elanor's Feb socks.  Although, I think she prefers knits, she's happy for anything I make for her. 

And Pat?  the woman at work?  When I went in on Thursday, she was indeed ready to give it all up.  "I can't do this!"  I showed her mine and she was amazed and then said she would keep trying.  By the time she left on Thursday, she had worked up to the heel flap.  With any luck, she'll be in on Monday so I can show her how to turn the heel.

Friday night we went shopping after work since we were predicted to have some ugly weather this weekend.   We woke up Sa…
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And voila!  I finished one sock in 3 and one half days.  If only I liked the crocheted sock better.  I could be a real whirlwind.
Here's one finished sock with a close up of the heel. 
(and Dianne, they fit inside my shoes so yes, they are wearable)
I think I'd use a smaller hook with this yarn to make a tighter fabric if I were ever to do this again.  These will be fine knocking around the house socks but I don't expect them to last that long.
I followed a basic pattern and just threw in some rows of double crochet for a lacy effect on the cuff.  There's no way to make an actual ribbing.  I tried the instructions for "crocheted ribbing" but it's just aesthetic, not functional.  I kept the cuff short on purpose. 
I don't have much yarn left from the skein I started with.  Crochet does use up more yarn.
So, there you have it.  I'll take it in tomorrow and show it to my client who is determined to make socks.  Maybe it will inspire her to try again.  It…
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I wore my mittens today.  They are warm (all that double layers of yarn) and beautiful.  I'm going to leave them alone for now.  The pink yarn is superwash but the brown is not and I have a feeling they would not look good if I threw then in the dryer and only the brown shrank.(shrunk? shrinked?)

But, today I want to show you something I found interesting.  Backstory:  One of my knitting group members wants to make socks but is intimidated by "all those needles".  It doesn't matter than I have shown her over and over how you only use two needles at a time.  She's afraid.  She has no self confidence.  She has crocheted so many things including a Christmas stocking out of red and white cotton but if it doesn't come easy, she's afraid of it.  "YOU can do all these fancy things but I can't". 

So, I decided to help her make a pair of crocheted socks.  I found a pattern with a lot of instructions that seemed fairly easy.  She bought some yarn and…
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I haz mittens!  They took a while but the weather has cooperated and been actually warm enough this past week so I didn't need mittens at all. 

The pattern is Hansa Mittens.  I used September's artwalk club yarn  (White over Red by Mark Rothko was the painting) and some Knitpicks merino/silk sock yarn.

The pattern was not hard to follow and I haven't decided whether to block them yet.  Maybe next weekend.  If I do it now, they won't be dry to wear them tomorrow. 

They are a bit big (also a reason to maybe not block them, I don't need them to grow any).  The tips of my fingers come to the part where the decreases start.  I wonder if I wash them and throw them into the dryer for just a bit if they'll shrink.  I'm not sure if the yarn is superwash or not. 

But I'd hate to ruin them after all that work.  I'm going to weigh the yarn and see if there's enough for a pair of footie socks with contrasting heels or maybe a hat.  I still need a hat sinc…
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I thought I'd share a few photos from the past week. 

First,  Broad St (aka The Avenue of the Arts) with City Hall in the early evening sunset.  Those green awnings there on the left is the restaurant where we had dinner.

Elanor's January socks.  Just plain cuff down socks made with some yarn from a fellow blogger who brought it back from London when she went to Wimbledon.  It's a wool/bamboo blend.  The colors are grey and blue and yellow and white.  El loves the pooling and stripes.






  The start of El's Feb socks.  The colors remind me of berries and cream.  I didn't think it looked like much in the skein but caked and knit, it's beautiful.

Just a bit of end-of-the-week randomness.  I'm getting ready for bed so I can be rested for Handle with Care training tomorrow.  It's the one day a year I get to wear sweatpants to work!  
In honor of the Seventh Annual Brigid in Space Silent Poetry Reading, I offer you another of my favorites from one of my favorite poets. (and I had a lovely image to add but I'm at work and our filtering system doesn't play well with others)


i love you much(most beautiful darling)
more than anyone on the earth and i
like you better than everything in the sky

-sunlight and singing welcome your coming

although winter may be everywhere
with such a silence and such a darkness
noone can quite begin to guess

(except my life)the true time of year-

and if what calls itself a world should have
the luck to hear such singing(or glimpse such
sunlight as will leap higher than high
through gayer than gayest someone's heart at your each

nearness)everyone certainly would(my


most beautiful darling)believe in nothing but love


ee cummings