Saturday, August 1, 2015


I am done with these socks.

And, by that, I mean finished and seriously OVER THEM!

These socks are about the most imperfect socks I've ever let live.

While I was kitchenering the toe I found a huge mistake.

It's on the bottom.

Normally, I would care.



I worked up an acceptable fix and that's the way it's going to be.

Moving on!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Monkeying Around

In spite of some issues...
"No, Dad!  I wasn't playing with Mom's yarn.
...I was finally able to finish the first No-Purl Monkey Sock.


Yarn:  Shenanigans Sampson Sock  (discontinued)

Colorway:  Pansy Garden

Modifications: Other than doing them no-purl, they are knit as written

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Love/Hate Blogger Challenge

Amy @ Love Made My Home had a cute meme on her blog today.  I borrowed it ----- hope she doesn't mind.

The goal is to list 10 thing you LOVE and 10 things you HATE.

Ten Things I LOVE:

1.  This guy:
2.  and THIS guy:

3.  When my blooming flowers in the garden actually BLOOM!

4.  Monday Lunch Bunch ........we've been meeting for almost 30 years.  One other member has been there almost the whole time.  Others have come and gone.  But, still fun after all these years. I think over the course of time, I've missed maybe a handful of Mondays.
The two oldest lunch bunchers...
wait a minute.....that doesn't sound good.
Yeah....that's better.
5. Knitting and cross stitching ---- bless my tiny, pointy sticks, I'm a textile-a-holic.

6.  That time when the mailman comes.

7.  Firetrucks: 

Hangin' by the sireen waiting for some action!

My Dad and Steve were both firefighters.  And, while I do love those two, I've NEVER met a firetruck I didn't love.  Okay ---- maybe not the grey, white or yellow ones, but all the others are good!

8.  Food  --- yep, it's all good.  Well, maybe not liver or brains ---- but all the rest is good.  Oh --- not fish either.  

9.  People with a sense of humor

10.  Sharing a latte with friends.
Well, ONE of us enjoyed the latte.

Things I HATE!

1.  Dealing with doctor's office/insurance issues ----- so ABSOLUTELY frustrating!  It seems like I'm at the doctor way, way too much (and I am) and someday it will all be smooth sailing, but right now, not so much.

2.  Fish ---- oh, I like LIVE fish swimming in water, but I don't want to eat them.  

3.  Traffic in Orlando --- particularly I-4 --- it's a brand of nasty that just can't be quantified.

4.  When the mailman is late.  

5.  Disney ---- I know.....I live in Orlando. I should love the place.  I don't. I tried Disney.  DO.NOT.LIKE!

6.  Most popular television shows.  Don't *get* reality TV at all.  

7.  Snakes in the house.  

8. That goes for bugs too.  Stay outside where you belong.

9.  Loud stuff ----- don't like fireworks, loud motorcycles, loud voices, etc......

10.  When people are constantly late.  I understand if you have a problem once in awhile.  Delays happen.  But, if it is an "all the time" thing --- buh-bye.  (Luckily, my friends are pretty punctual.)

So, the question is .......

What do you love/hate?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Just so PERFECT!

It's a double edged sword.

On one hand, it's what makes our projects look so beautiful.

On the other, it stalls us and make us see imperfection where none,
or very little actually exists.

My O.C.Dee-ness has me way behind where I should be on these socks.

I think from now on I'm just gonna sing
Let it go! while I'm knitting on these.

(Of course, I'll just sing it in my head. Ain't nobody wants to hear me sing.)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Foto

Steve and I took a little mini-vacation yesterday.
We didn't go far from home, but what we got to see was other-worldly.
Unfortunately, I couldn't photograph the amazing sight,
but if you would like to see what we saw,
click this link.
All aboard for the bioluminescence paddle.

See that land off to the far-off right?  THAT'S where we are going.

The wind was blowing really hard and the water was very choppy. We hit some pretty big waves. It made the paddling challenging, but also A TON OF FUN! 

The best part was watching the "fish rockets". You can follow bright trails that the fish leave as they dart through the water. 

At the end of the paddle we were soaked, tired, and I'll admit, our muscles were a bit sore this morning. But, seeing this wonder of nature was amazing.

 It was totally worth rolling out of bed like old people this morning.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In Lieu of Knitting

Stitching has been a disaster this week.

Shall we focus on something a little more pleasant,

like say .......the "garden".

Let's see how my garden grows!!
Tacca Chantrieni - Black Bat Plant
 The Bat Plant has buds on three stalks.
This is, by far, my favorite plant.
If you weren't around last fall when I posted photos of it blooming,
check out this link Black Bat Plant in bloom.

White habanero
Steve's habanero is finally producing some pretty nice looking peppers.
There may not be many, but they pack a punch!

This tillandsia was one I found on the ground in Baldwin Park after a big storm.  Steve wasn't sure why I would want such an *ugly* thing until we went to a flower show.  Apparently these are endangered in Florida because of a grub that is decimating those in the wild.  They were selling for $30. a pop at the orchid show.  

Score one for me.
Although Giroux isn't too sure about it.
He walks by it like it might bite.

Sarrecenia 'Helen Jenny'

Really, the name of this plant should be Lazarus.

 I was trying to keep it as an indoor plant. That wasn't in the plant's long term plan. When I put it out on the porch, it thrived. So, as much as I would love to have it in the bathroom where I could enjoy it every morning. It stays out on the screened porch catching bugs to its heart's content. That's it for the porch garden. 

I'm headed off to do some knitting. 

 Hopefully, my restart will be a GOOD start.