Archive for January, 2009

What a difference a day (or two) can make!

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Happy New Year! 

Saturday was in the eighties.  Warm, sunny, blue and gold day.  D’Argo and I spent most of the day on the deck.  He was exhausted Saturday night from his strenuous day of duck watching and trying to get everyone walking past our yard to stop and play with him.   Most did.

Today is thirty three degrees and raining.   I am not complaining!  I am so grateful for the beautiful weather we had over the holidays.  Christmas day was warm and mostly sunny.  D’Argo and I went to Lance’s house for Christmas dinner.  Lance’s half sister Mel was there with her two year old Great Dane, Lula Belle.  I had not met Mel (she lives in Phoenix) and I was glad to finally meet her.  I like her and Lula Belle very much.  D’Argo of course fell in love with Lula Belle.  The little guy just has no fear of big dogs.  He was delighted to have someone new to play with

 Lance completely surprised me with my Christmas gift.   He gave me the Nameste, Malibu knitting bag and matching clutch in olive from  I had my wish list with The Loopy Ewe emailed to him, but I thought he had gotten something from my Amazon wish list.   What a great gift.  I love it.  It is beautiful and just what I wanted. 

I gave Lance a lemon cake and lemon bars that I baked for him and some of my homemade vegatable soup.   We had a good day.

Lance, Hercules and Panda came over here for New Year’s dinner.  I cooked a pot roast with fall vegies.  I got the recipe at  it was very good.  The only change I made to the recipe was to add a pound of whole mushrooms at the end when the green beans go in and I was out of thyme so I substituted rosemary.  It was delish.  The day was so warm we were able to eat on the deck.   I also made cheese cake lemon bars and of course the traditional black eyed peas and collard greens for good luck.  D’Argo enjoyed the day playing with Herc and Panda.

I finally got the sock right.   I am using size 2.75 needles and 48 stitches.  I am currently knitting the gusset  for the heel on the first sock.   I hope to finish this sock tomorrow.   The second one should go much faster since I know how many stitches to use and am more comfortable with the pattern.  Every third row of the pattern is yo, ssk across.   My stiff fingers were having difficulty with the ssk using these small needles with such large yarn.  K2tog was not much better.  I am doing slip one, knit, pass slipped stitch over.   That is working better for me, but that decrease does make a noticable left slant to the pattern.   I have tried the sock on and the slant is not noticable so I think I am ok with this.  I am anxious to finish these socks both because the weather has gotten cold and because I have new purple Birkenstocks that I want to wear these socks with.   The socks are shades of dark purple,violet and teal green.  I found the purple Birkenstocks at   

I still can’t believe I found purple Birkenstocks.  I needed the Mocha (dark brown) ones but when I saw purple all hope of getting something practical was gone.