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Monday, September 28, 2015

It wasn't funny. Well, it wasn't yet.

We've all had those moments, and like my good friend Katie once said to her son while overlooking the destruction that once was her inherited mink coat, "It will be funny, but not yet." That is how I felt after knitting away Saturday night, then was well into my knit time on Sunday morning when I realized what you see above. I had two, yes count them, two left handed fingerless mitts.  FFFFFFffff&&&&&&#######KKKKKK!!!

I hate to admit this, but yes Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, I threw my knitting. Then The Guy pipes up with, "You can just knit two right hands, right?" as he soothed worried and nervous dogs. To which I replied that I didn't have enough yarn. Do you think  Gerry Fleck's sister had two left hands? No? Well Sh!t.

After I went and calmed down, and no there was no alcohol consumed. No knitting or craft problem has ever gotten better with increased alcohol consumption. Hell, the only problems I can think of that are improved with alcohol consumption are crisis's of guilt. Until the following day that is.
anyway, back on track, after I calmed down I tore back and fixed the issue and finished them up late last night. I hope your daughter likes them Sue. Don't tell her about the naughty language karma involved. She has children to raised with as few emotional scars as possible.

And I knit last night vainly hoping our sky would clear so I could get pictures of the lunar eclipse. See that picture right there? That's about as good as it got, let me tell you.

It's been a clear beautiful week here in the evenings. This was the night before the eclipses view. Gorgeous! Look at that rising moon and those colors! But not last night. Last night we had this.

***Blurgh*** That was when I first started to get set up with the big camera and I snapped that pic to send out to local friends on my phone to remind them of the excitement of the eclipse!

The excitement that we wouldn't see in about 5 minutes.

I was able to snap a few pictures as clouds scuttled by. But refocussing as the moon moved up in the sky became impossible because I didn't have the time to locate it in the frame and focus i the little windows of fast moving clouds.

And then it became a smaller target.

And then pointless. How did you all do? There wasn't even any of the red umbra look because that was being filtered out by the clouds. It was very depressing.

Image Credit & Copyright: Yuichi Takasaka / TWAN / from APOD's homepage
at least APOD got some good views to enjoy this morning.

So, lets talk about knitting. I have been suffering from startitis this week. Startitis you ask? Read here to discover what that is. I normally only ever allow myself to have three projects on the needles at any one time to assure things get done. I am now at 6 items, even counting those fingerless mitts that came off the needles yesterday. I am hoping however that those mitts start another pattern of me having some finishitis to wrap these items all up. I doubt that will occur but it's a pretty thought, right?  I now have the above seen linen stitch scarf, a pretty little shawl that you can find a pattern for here, pair of socks I'm just winging, a pair of socks that I can't release any information on until later, the faux paws, and a baby sweater that is still trying to learn how to have a hood grow out of it's neck line. And maybe someday I'll actually knit my sweater. Someday... Okay, so that's seven items. That just made me feel a little worse.

And no my Anonymous Heather and Jen, I still don't feel bad about making up my own patterns!

So, now that I'm suffering knitting anxiety I'll address a bit before bed, let's return to weather. I don't know if you all have noticed (as I do a little jig of happiness), but autumn is arriving.

Which means cooler temps, and more need of finished knitting items. Trust me, people look at you funny if you walk around with needles still in the items you're wearing to stay warm.

With the cooler temperatures I'm seeing more and more of these orb type of spiders webs. We have one at the end of our driveway even. A couple weeks ago there was one in the grass at the library that caught my eye because the spider that was making it was so big I could see the movement from about 20 feet away. Anyone know what these guys are? They're kind of cool as long as they stay outta the house.

With the return of cooler weather too, comes the return of more baked goods. I made the Smitten Kitchens sour cream and chocolate chip cinnamon coffee cake Sunday morning for breakfast. Very good despite some "I'm to tired to red directions carefully" mistakes. More dessert than breakfast though. That's not a complaint at all. I swear. I think I need a piece... I'll be right back.

But before we dive to far into fall, let's have a review of some of summers bounty. Dust bathing chickens anyone?

Garden Shots.

Katydids in the ornamental grass! I love all singing insects, I swear. Right now I'm listening to them sing and the screech owls make their funny little neighs. Last night there was an owl hooting as we watched for the eclipse. Now I need to find whippoorwills...

Full pear trees.

And early morning mists letting us know it was going to be another warm one.

All right everyone, I worked an 11 hour day and I'm getting tired so I'm shutting down. I'll leave you with the kids here and hope you have a great night.

Yes, yes that is my knitting bag the wee heathen is sleeping on. What a bitch.


  1. hi pups...pretty colors. happy the mittens turned out in the end. hehe. it is a little funny. :-)

  2. Wonderful photos as usual! Thanks for the update. Autumn is here too, but only in the early mornings and evenings. During the day it's still 70's -80's and feels like summer! I love this in-between time.

  3. Love all the pics but especially the ones of the kids! That little heathen is a hoot. I'm getting excited about Fall weather as well. I'm hoping we have a long wonderful Fall with puzzling thoughts of perhaps Winter has forgotten about us. Wouldn't that be marvelous?
    Love you, my friend! Squish the guy for me! And keep blogging! Cindy