Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Not My Cats

As we wait for me to finish up my hyacinth Greenjeans, let me just throw a cute picture out for you. I think it's a universal truth that knitters love cats, so here are my friend Denise's cats Quick and Silver. I actually do have a cat, Spot, but he doesn't stand still for pictures. Denise's cats are pretty cute, though. And why wouldn't they be, with a hot mom like this?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Staycation Day

Butterscotch the goat, courtesy of my pretty darn good iphone camera

Today I'm not going to bore you with my ribbing. Suffice it to say, it's done, yippee, and I've definitely decided on making a short-sleeved version of my hyacinth sweater because I'm sick of it. Plus I finished one sleeve already and hallelujah, it's done.

Someone needs to exfoliate

Yesterday we took the girls to the zoo and had a really great day - it was perfect zoo weather: cool and a little overcast, but not cold. The animals were all out and we had no agenda, so we just wandered around in a very relaxed way. Anna even had time to stand still and sketch when the subjects were cooperative.

Friday, February 20, 2009


I'm not sure why this is taking So. Incredibly. Long. I feel like I've been working on this ribbing forever and making no perceptible progress whatsoever. I keep measuring from the armhole to the edge and it's always 10".

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My 15 Minutes

Maybe it was worth only 14 minutes of fame, but I was the "10 Questions" person in our local newspaper last week. Here's the link if you want to check it out.

And in the meantime there's a photo above of another WIP I'm working on - the Fan Neckwarmer - while I crank out the rib and cable part of Mr. Greenjeans. I'm hoping to have the body done before too long....

Monday, February 09, 2009

And the Children Sang My Praises...

My children have never set foot on the Iberian Peninsula. They hate Spanish class, they sunburn like crazy, they are light-eyed (except for brown-eyed Mary) and they basically exhibit no evidence of hispanic heritage except for one: they looooves them some Spanish food. And why not? The new interest in Spanish cuisine may be, well, new, but Spanish food rocks the house. Excellent olive oil, good wine, fresh ingredients, fabulous cheese - you can't go wrong.

Yesterday's dinner was a tapa of chorizo with bread, a main course of tortilla de patata (the national dish of Spain - if you don't believe me look at how many images you can google. Spaniards are passionate about tortilla.) with sliced organic tomatoes, and a dessert of homemade vanilla ice cream. And the children sang my praises.

PS Here's a video tortilla tutorial, with English translation...not definitive, but you'll get the idea:

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Despite a very busy schedule this week, I've managed to make a great deal of progress on several projects. I don't usually post progress shots, as you know, but if we wait till I'm finished it might be weeks before I post again!

Here's one item that's fit for public consumption - that is, it finally looks like more than an amorphous blob of yarn. It's a version of Mr. Greenjeans in Malabrigo Merino Worsted, colorway Jacinto, which means hyacinth in Spanish. I've converted the cardigan to a pullover, and I'll admit I didn't put a lot of thought into it so I'm hoping it will turn out okay in the end. It's looking sort of small right now, too, which is surprising for anything I knit. In the end, whoever fits it best will get a new sweater.