Monday, 29 August 2011

A Taste of things to Come

I just got back from Stitches Midwest 2011 in Chicago. I'm exhausted so I can't blog about it now, but here is a sample of what I knitted:

Fascinating Fibonacci.

Miters by Design:

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Road Trip

Made it to Schaumburg and found my hotel. The Homewood Suites. It has a separate bedroom (Sorry about the shadow form the door.)

The sitting room is a bit dark and is dominated by the TV, but is tasteful and we have a great kitchen and bath (with a real bath tub!

Best of all, I got there in time for the welcome home reception: Buffalo wings and a great salad! They serve them here:

After dinner and a nice glass of Merlot, I went swimming in the outdoor pool and enjoyed the hot tub.

Now I'm rady for bed (except I've got knitting homework to do!!)

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Vampire W(h)ine - On the Rack

Okay - it is pinned out and will come with me to Chicago for Stitches Midwest. (Hope it dries in time!) Here are some pics!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Hi, Mom

Thought you might want to see a recent picture!

We went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival today. I'm too tired to post really, but here is a cool steampunk-like necklace that I acquired (and at a very reasonable price wiht the earrings, I might add.) Here's a close-up:

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Keeping Up with Arbogast

My Mom must like the bulldog, cause she has indicated that she hasn't seen any pictures of her on the blog lately. Of course that isn't quite true! Less than three weeks ago there was this picture of her protecting us from the green menace! Nonetheless, I thought I'd update on how us old timers are doing since the arrival of the ghastly Arbo.

Of course our older cat has had some difficulties adapting to this new energy ball. (The shelter had called him Spitfire if that's any indication!) Little guy adores her and just can't understand that she does not want to play EVER!

There has been a bit of hissing, and avoidance behavior, but they seem to be getting along just a bit better.

All us older citizens are having a hard time keeping up with Arbogast. His tendency to ambush us from behind curtains or body slam us when we are least expecting it, keeps us on our toes and after a few short hours this is what the household looks like on an average playday with Arbogast.

Copper has to protect the most important toys from kitty predation. The bottom of my contact lense case disappeared from the bath tub (without a trace) My hair brush is currently seeking asylum under the living room couch after being chased down the hall and across the dining room!

Of course Aimee feels completely neglected, if not exhausted from all the guerilla warfare being practiced around the house.

She's asleep on the couch right now next to Copper. (I think trying to blend in with the blanket in the hopes of getting a little rest before the next onslaught.)

We love our new little kitten, we really do, but this is how we have all decided we like him best.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Shawl Update

Just a quick update. I'd lost my (photo) card reader, so I haven't posted for a while! It doesn't matter though, I've mostly been working on the edging of the shawl. I have not pinned it out, so you can't see the points on the edging at all, but still one can get an idea of what it is going to look like.

You can see that at least one member of the family likes it. I am 11/16 of the way around and racing to get it done in time for Stitches Midwest at the end of the month. (I'm also really not looking forward to dressing it- There are hundreds of points on that edging and every single one will need a pin! I may have to do it in sections!

Oh and what the heck is this? I was digging in my garden and I unearthed this: about 2 inches by one inch and scary because it squirmed!

I'm guessing maybe it is a Cicada pupa because of the green, but the internet seems to suggest it's a moth. This one's a gypsy moth. So maybe mine's a luna moth. I couldn't find anything quite like it on the net.

So what would you do with something like that? Me, I buried it again. I didn't know what else to do with it.