Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Short and sweet

Just a few photos today.

Sophie on Sunday. She was posing so nicely then a snowflake caught her eye. (Some of you will find humor in that statement...)

My house Sunday night during the snow

This is a recent repair job that I did for a Haus of Yarn customer. I was very pleased with how this came out. I think she snagged the shawl on something. The angora was broken in two places. She didn't have any spare yarn, but the shawl had fringe! I took a couple lengths from the fringe and re-knit the hole. I think the customer will be pleased.

(I only kept the yarn tail so you could see the patch location)
I lightly needle-felted the ends in place so you can't even see where the new yarn was woven in. I was able to camoflage it in the darker pink mohair. Thank goodness for fuzzy natural fiber! The stitches are a bit thicker where I had to overlap, but it's hardly noticable.

We're gearing up for what could be a "significant ice storm" tomorrow and Thursday. Have no fear!

  • Bread? - check!
  • Milk? - check!
  • Toilet paper? - check!
  • Wine? - oh...CRAP!

Time to fear!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Plague Forecast

It seems that the White Death is on track to hit middle Tennessee sometime around midnight. Great. As if the stores aren't crazy enough with all the Christmas shoppers.

For those of you who haven't heard, Davis Kidd Booksellers is going out of business. They started their clearance sale and last night most everything was 30% off. As time goes on the discounts will get deeper...as will the crowds. I went last night and spent more time trying to find a parking space than I did in the store.

On to a brief knitting update. I've been knitting A LOT! I finished up a pair of fetching handwarmers for a good friend, but I forgot to take a photo. Drat! (We're going out to dinner tonight so I'll try to get some actions shots.) The yarn I used was quite surprising. I wanted them to be black with a hint of sparkle, soft, machine washable. This was PERFECT! Plus it was only a couple bucks a skein. The skein is 3 ounces and I have 1.15 ounces left. Not quite enough for two pair per skein.

Caron Simply Soft Party

I have more photos to post but I need to get moving with wrapping gifts, trip to the post office, finish Christmas cards, start baking, etc. 'Tis the season!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Caring Bridge

Caring Bridge is a website where people who need support due to cancer, premature birth, injury or other significant health challenge can stay connected with loved ones. When my dad was diagnosed with a rare form of appendix cancer, he created his own Caring Bridge site to keep everyone in the loop. Last month he spent nearly 2 weeks at the UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh for a pretty radical surgical/chemo procedure. This last trip he is referring to was the followup visit.

This is his most recent journal entry. It speaks for itself.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:58 PM, EST

We are home again, this time from P'burgh. Great news on the pathology report. All tumors were of the low grade, some even at the lowest of the low. So this means that research tells them I have a 90% chance of survival at 10 years!! The other news is we may not need chemo for now.
As for the UTI it realy took me down and now I am working to recover from that.
Thanks for all those prayers...don't stop. Bob & Mary