Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not Called Pet Knits, Not in Any Language

I have been stalking this book on European ebay sites every since I knew of it's existence.  This was a limited release to some sort of book club in 2012.  A few weeks ago I connected with a German Ravelry user who seamlessly procured and sent it off to me.  Color me happy.  I spent a lot of time trying to get this.
A few months ago, I had an encounter in the store with a Knitting Diva.  Who makes proclamations on Facebook that they have no confidence or that they are leaving so all the fans chime in with affirmations.  We had met a few times over the years, but at first this person pretended not to know me.  I was introduced to the companion as the writer of a book called Pet Knits.  A total diss.  The title of this post is what I should have said.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Happy Occasion

A few weeks ago, I posted about the passing of two years since the loss of my Piccolo.  This weekend marks two years of living with Miss Mad!  Look at that happy little face.  She's such a silly little character.  After time away, I just can't wait to see her.  She's here to keep me happy.  I feel fortunate to be the one taking care of her.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Finish Something, Finish Anything

Taking more items off my list.  I made the patchwork part of the shams last year, and had them long arm quilted.  This was another project that I didn't want to pack, and finish at the new address.  I love the fraternal quality of these shams.  As an added bonus, I used some Laura Ashley home dec cotton that may have been in my stash for over twenty years.
About the new address--there still isn't one yet.  I could scream.  Please no unsolicited advice unless you are offering an apartment, and want to pay for me to move there.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Finish Something, Finish Anything

Tick tock.  I feel so overwhelmed by everything I have to do.  October 1 is the deadline, and we still need to find a destination for Lucky Penny HQ.  The Man is completely shut down over this issue, so the logistics and I fear, the funding, is going to fall on me.  There are projects that I want done so I don't need to finish them in the new place.  One was a book proposal, which is sent.  Now I wait.  I'm considering sending it out to some more publishers.  Another is a sewn piece that lines a knitted bag that I completely procrastinated on.  I'm going to be finished with that shortly.  Most of what I want done before the move are the sewing projects on my list.  In case I have to give up a sewing space.
Two new dog sweater prototypes are in the works.  For one, I taught myself a tubular cast on for a 2 X 2 rib.  This yarn is my new crush, Dream in Color Calm.  Intense color, it feels luscious, and smells good.

Friday, August 22, 2014

I Must Acknowledge

I can't let August 22nd go by without mentioning this.  Two years ago my Piccolo left me.  The pain of her loss has healed somewhat.  Not a day goes by that she isn't in my thoughts, but mostly as a happy memory.  Lots of things have changed since her death, including adopting my Mad, who is the happiest little addition to the household, and the impending departure from this place that didn't turn out to be the home that I wished for.   This photo is from 2008, with Piccolo curled up on a freshly made quilt that's currently on our bed.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Rusty and Bo

My friends Rusty and Bo.  Lovely adorable people.  Not their real names, just what they call each other.  Empty nesters with creatures that happen to fall into the nest.  Their home always has a hum of activity while maintaining a peaceful mellow vibe.  A home with a soul.  Circumstances find them with three dogs.  They are going out of town, and I will be providing in home pet care to the two tiny dogs.  Madeline will be my assistant for this task, and I suspect the Man will tag along.  I'm going to be working, but it's going to be a mini stay cation!  They have a lovely home and yard, and I'm going to get some rest, and quiet.  This is a photo of the initial meeting of Mad and the dogs.  A little sniffing, a little exploring, and afterwards everyone fell asleep.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

There's A List

At last, the deal breaker was revealed by the crazy landlords, and now the Man agrees to move.  I knew it would happen eventually.  I'm looking at September 1st at the earliest and October 1st at the latest.  Now to pack up the headquarters and find a place to go.  In the meantime, I've amassed a list of tasks to do before packing.  The last part of July and first part of August is going to be just nuts.  I'm still angry at how I got into this situation in the first place, and the expense and sheer work of a move.   Until the meltdown in February, I was perfectly happy here despite the state of disrepair and the lack of amenities.  I am determined that the next Lucky Penny HQ will have some.  What I really desire is just a place that I can feel safe.
Weather wise, this has shaped up to be a pretty good summer.  Moderate temperatures, including some sweater weather!  The mosquitoes are huge, through, and I'm pretty chewed up.