chemex & linoleum

why yes, I knitted some new dishcloths.
Oh, and that? Well, that’s my vintage Chemex gifted to me by one of my fave customers! she’s moving ~sob~ and didn’t want to take it with her.

at least now I can drown my sorrows over her moving in the best cup of coffee ever!

dog days indeed

So, JOHNFALCONE and I are both off from work this week.  I had originally wanted to take a beginner glass blowing class together, but there were no beginner classes on the schedule this week.  We then considered some kind of Erie Canal cruise, but that sort of fizzled out.  We settled on staying the hell home for the first part of the week and then driving upstate to visit D#1 and my brother and SiL.  We had visions of lazing around, reading books, filling ourselves with G & T’s and generally thrilling to doing absolutely nothing.

We are two days into our staycation and here it is so far:

  • frustrating run in with shady appliance repairman that ended with JOHNFALCONE just fixing the damn oven.  When I called their customer service to complain about waiting 8 hours for a shyster to show up at my door, I was hung up on!  I suppose my mistake was expecting manners after their so-called service.  So I spent the better part of one of my vacation mornings leaving vehement google reviews, yelp reviews, any review I could.
  • surprise visit to the vet.  ugh.  Our Bridget is an old lady now and is not doing well.  Without getting all involved in the medical aspects, suffice to say at least she came home from this visit – so it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it was going to be.  But we are on the slippery slope.
  • a trip to the DMV is on tomorrow’s agenda.

although we are also heading for parts west & up tomorrow, so maybe things will improve.

I suppose it is a good thing we couldn’t take any glass blowing classes – it would have ended in a fiery mess for sure.

Santa in my trunk


This past Christmas I decided that I wanted to start collecting old plastic Santas. My cousins had one when we were growing up and I’ve always loved it.

“What if it ends up like the pig collection?” people asked.

Well then I will put them all on the front lawn and it will be a Terra Cotta Army of Santas! how cool would that be?  and what’s the matter with my pigs anyway??

on my way to work today I found my first soldier!  He was sitting in a trash pile by the side of the road — lucky, lucky, lucky!

Peapod is my new best friend

….. do I really need to write a blog post for further explanation?

It was totally worth it just for having the groceries brought into the house and put on the kitchen table!

OMG I am positively giddy with it all!

lots of happenings around here lately

Once again I have fallen behind the blog ball and now need to catch up — how about a photo overview?

Most recently we hosted a weekend of double knitting workshops with Alasdair Post-Quinn.  There were two Level 1 groups on Saturday and then a Level 2 on Sunday.  It is a mind bending technique, and Alasdair is an inspiring teacher.  Once everyone’s brains spring back we are going to have a Double Knitting KAL at the shop.  We will feel brainy and have fun all at the same time!


double knitting workshop


with Alasdair Post-Quinn

Although he doesn’t get a lot of bloggy coverage, here is a picture of Nick the evil cat on his way to the vet. He had been having some ‘litter box’ issues which thankfully seem to be solved. Getting him into that carrier was no easy trick I can tell you.

He is shockingly civil about taking his medicine which involves me syringing liquid down his throat!  Maybe he’s really not evil as much a misunderstood?



Umaro is finally off the needles! it’s an easy knit and I have no valid excuse for why the heck it took me as long as it did.  click the picture for Ravelry details.

done at last!