Lakeside finish

This weekend was mostly spent lakeside, enjoying good food with friends — and a pile of projects that needed ends woven in.

So while I worked on all those ends, I got to enjoy this view:

We all tromped out to the dock at some point, to photograph the spectacular cloud displays.

The lake was glass-smooth, which made for fantastic reflective photo opps, too.

Last night I blocked all those FOs.

Under the watchful eye of one curious calico, who managed to balance herself on a most precarious perch.

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Or maybe these will be mine

Blue heaven in a mitt, I tell ya.


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The other Mmmmm

Madeline tosh. Yum.

(I finished the malabrigo mitts. Pics later, after I weave in ends. )

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I do like malabrigo yarn – it’s so soft and squishy! And it makes lovely mitts, too. Got a pair almost done and they’re supposed to go in the Xmas gift box, but they’re calling my name…


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On a roll

Fog has us socked in this morning and the sky is a disconcerting shade of warm grey. It mutes all other colors, and even the bright fall display on the coral bark maple seems lackluster.

The fog dampens all sounds, and lies heavy on the spiderwebs; the creators have abandoned their handiwork and taken refuge beneath sodden leaves.

It also makes me want to curl up in my comfy chair with a cup of coffee and my knitting. With October upon us, the gift knitting has taken priority over personal knits, because while my gift box has a decent stash of presents in it, there never seems to be enough time to make everything I want to.
I am currently working on fingerless mitts; finished two pairs recently and have a third on the needles.

And the un-rainbow socks are in the home stretch.

I’m not the only one thinking of cozy knits – saw these at the mall the other day:


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Good timing

Thank you, Universe, for placing the chatty four year-old in the seat beside mine; he made my evening commute much more entertaining and lifted my spirits. His youthful honesty and open delight at the world helped ease the grief from the day (we heard earlier that our coworker lost his fight against cancer last night), and brought a smile to my face. That little ray of sunshine was exactly what I needed, and I could tell that his mother was glad for someone else to answer his stream of questions for a little while.
Oh – and we both agree: cheese is the best food there is.

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The answer


42 is also the number I will carry along with me for the next 364 days, because yesterday was my birthday. I am now twice as old as my second son, and half as old as Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Warren Buffet, and Buzz Aldrin.

It was a busy day! We started the morning off with breakfast at Easy Street Records, then browsed and shopped at the West Seattle Farmers Market. We swung by the house to put away our goodies (including some birthday flowers the Mr. got me!) and then headed back out to run more errands (and allow the Girl to get more driving practice).

We picked up some art supplies for the Girl, bought a few books at B&N, got my birthday latte from Starbucks,  and headed to the home improvement store to get shelving for the garage (which the Mr. got cleaned out on Saturday).

We got the shelf brackets, and as we were walking out we passed the appliance section. (We look at appliances a lot; most of ours are gearing up for a mass failure, and we’ve been trying to determine in what order to begin replacing them to thwart their evil efforts to leave us high and dry — or knee-deep in water, as the case may be.)

There, right in our direct line of sight, sat a matching washer/dryer set with bright yellow sale signs plastered all over them. Floor models, the very last ones in the inventory, and marked down twice to clear them out. The very brand and style we had been coveting, on sale to the point it was almost a BOGO.

The Girl quickly looked the models up online and checked reviews while the Mr. and I inspected them for damage (none), checked the warranty status (full), and discussed this fortuitous occasion that put us, appliance-needing consumers, at the right place and time to get a killer deal on two appliances that we had been coveting for the past couple of years.

A bit of a scramble ensued as we tried to figure out how to get them home (thank goodness for relatives with trucks!), but by the afternoon we were the proud owners of our very first brand-new washer and dryer, and a matched set at that! I feel like such a grown up!

Lots of sticker residue to remove, but otherwise perfect. And sitting in the garage, because we weren’t exactly ready to install a new W/D.

After all that excitement, we ate dinner and I cast on a Temperature Scarf – which will have two rounds every day for a year, in the color specified by the official high temperature of the day.

We then headed downtown to listen to some bands play – including the one our middle son is in, Arcanum. Made for a late evening on a work night, but it was great to see him at his new gig!

My son, the drummer!

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