lotus blossom!




This shawl has to be one of my quickest knits on record. I love everything about it – especially its sweet fresh-from-blocking smell (that’s right up there with baby heads and puppy breath).

I believe that Typepad and I have resolved our differences. Or more to the point, we’ve both decided to ignore and move past them. This is an element of all great relationships. Plus I’m scared to try any other blogging software.

Fall is in the air. It has been cold and rainy and there has been a definite winding down feeling around here. Weeds are growing unchecked between the bricks on the patio. Potted plants are looking leggy and spent and I all I can see are pumpkins. D#1 is packing up and we head out on Friday to take her back to college.

Here’s a little something to entertain on those frosty evenings ….. leaning double jowler!

This week has been busy! First off, I re-joined this. I went with Flair and Lisa for what is becoming our annual rejoin. We have all made solemn vows and on this, the second day of the program, I for one can say so far, so good. If nothing else, it is always loads of fun to see these two and the meetings give us a definite date night each week.

Another thing adding to the feeling of stress for the week is major sleep deprivation. I had to have a big talk with someone
about what a pug can reasonably expect from his humans at 4 in the morning. This lecture was preceded by me chasing him around the yard in the pitch black in my grandma nightie and flip flops with a flash light and the whip (yes, the whip) doing that whisper screaming thing …..
P o e g e t i n t h e h o u s e P O E !

I did take time to relax and have fun at this. Oh Spinning Guild, how I love thee. This month’s meeting was a spin in – no program, just sitting, spinning and gabbing. I met a few new members, one was Christine – very cool chick who may have fallen in love with my Lendrum and Woolie Winder!

Today’s excitement …….It is D#1’s 20th birthday!! We shall be celebrating with some shopping and dinner at a restaurant of her choosing. I simply refuse to believe she is that old. So let’s all agree to wish her a happy 15th, shall we?


pig plates


Section 8 is along the top of the picture from left to right. Per Vicki’s request, I took another picture and included one of Poe’s tennis balls for scale.


As written, the pattern will make a blanket that measures 40″ x 43″, which is a decent enough lap size. It looks like I will have some extra yarn at the end of this project and am considering simply making more sections until it runs out. Cara sent me this link to an interview with Kathy Merrick detailing things to consider when enlarging the design.

Last week I declared that I had come to the end of the indoor pigs. I told a few people that I am running out of patience for this pig-a-day thing, but more to the point, the sheer size of my collection is freaking me out. Good Lord I have a crapload of pigs! I like to think that my house is not freakishly ‘piggy’, but this little photographic exercise would suggest otherwise. It is time to face the truth and have a stern talk with myself – I have officially become That Crazy Lady. Anyway, my sister in law reminded me of a few other indoor pig things that I have yet to show – so here are a few that I found but I hereby declare I will not be going into any boxes or way backs of closets to dig more out. And yes, what that means is I have only shown you the surface of my collection!


these are pig measuring cups. They were bought for me by an eight year old D#1 at the elementary school’s Holiday Boutique. awwww!

porcine ephemera

It is a refreshingly cool and rainy day. I am almost through with seaming section 8 of Babette! D#2 gets home tomorrow and along with her the good camera so you can expect some good pictures soon.

Here is a small sampling of pig postcards and books in my collection.




P1010242How about a peek inside? and

another ?

Are you getting fed up with this pig thing yet? I think I am! Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of my indoor pig collection. And there is much I won’t be showing you – I have a fairly large collection of pig salt and pepper shakers that were put into boxes when we moved into this house and never came out again, and of course there are the few holiday pigs but I don’t intend to start unpacking any crates ….. Next up will be the garden pigs!