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Summer of Socks ’15



This was the summer of not knitting socks. Or knitting much of anything really. I kind of wonder if people still knit.


Texas and I did things that involved staying cool. There wasn’t a lot of jiu jitsu on my part because it was just too hot and I only have so many tablespoons. I think we rode bikes together once, maybe twice when that cold front came through.  He may have been crazy enough to go out, but well, he is a boy.

We never got to that second camping trip because the temperatures hit 108 and we really didn’t need to see what would happen to the things in my head. We ended up in New Braunfels and San Antonio instead. Rafting the river was so relaxing. Kayaking was awesome because I could pretty much dump myself into the water if I got too hot or just float with the current if I got too tired.

My body has definitely noticed the whole “taking it easy” trend and I can’t wait until it cools off and I can try to work out regularly again. (aka, I gained weight)

We added Hannibal I mean Harry to our little family. We spent a horrific amount of time trolling Fort Worth (or FTW as people like to shorten it to) for nicer neighborhoods and decently reviewed apartment complexes.  Neither of us completely lost our shit on the neighbors here. I am surprisingly ready to pack all this up and GTFO.


So, knitting.  I have the wash cloth that I cast on the day before our camping trip.  I know. A wash cloth. I totally didn’t care if it got sweaty or wet or dirty or whatever happens when you do ALL the things out doors. I started it July 24th and finished it today. Details here if you’re really interested.  I’m even fixin’ ta cast on another in the opposite colors.

I knit a little on that Julia that some Aussie chick made me start. I had to rip it back a bit because I seriously overestimated my knitting while drugged abilities. I’m back on track and about ready to change colors. YEAH!

Other than that, I bought yarn for a sweater knit along that starts tonight. (Obviously I’m not there. People! Blerg!) I might cast on for it tomorrow while Texas is at the Farm. Oh, and I’m considering doing a serious de-stash since we’re downsizing when we move.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Hello April

I’m still not certain what happened to March, but I think it went something like this:

  • I went to L.A.
  • Saw a live UFC event
  • Had my Rituxan
  • Became more medically interesting
  • Celebrated Texas turning 35
  • Knit a bit on a sweater

I want to add more length, but I’m kind of tired of it.  However, I think I have a Julia, a pair of socks, and may have bought Romi’s 2015 Mystery Shawl. (I’m blaming Margene for this one) At least I know I’ll like it, since I love almost all of her designs.

Now I just have to pick my two colors. It is going to be Beaverslide, but I haven’t been able to narrow it down further than this:

Although, I am leaning towards the green and white or the purple and white.  What are you doing this weekend?

Happy Easter y’all!

Finally Finished February

Did you know that people still blog? I cruised through feedly today and realized all y’all are busy. All I’ve gotten done I the past few weeks is this:


Project: Last Chance Sweater aka February Lady (Ravelry)
Started: March 10, 2012
Finished: Today

Yes, it took almost three years to finish. I’m o.k. with that. I finally finished it and it will be good for layering. Now I really want to cast on for another sweater. Maybe it is Iceageddon 2.0? Or just that I’m really happy to have a sweater I made and didn’t hate. She’s taking a bath and I’ll have to figure out where to block her.

What are you doing today?

She has broad shoulders


So I’ll let her take the blame.

I finished out my Manos trilogy with mitts and a scarf. I knit Texas a hat for his big head. Then, someone sent me yarn to make the coffee hat.


I’m thinking brown mitts with a blue cup at the wrist to match the hat. I may have a thing about matching my accessories. In the meantime, I’m cruising for a pattern that isn’t a mystery and still avoiding the sweater I said was going to finish.

Happy Tuesday y’all!

There have been a lot of little things


Some Christmas knitting, Jiu Bitsy ™ promotion day, and hello!?! A record player!

My first three records make me seem a little schizo. Fleetwood Mac, Violent Femmes, and Neil Diamond. No, you really don’t want to see my mp3 library. It gets worse.

Luckily, we have Half Price Books and I can get albums for only $4. I’m being picky, because you know I can go all crazy hoarder in 2.5 seconds.

I’m also giving two huge boxes of yarn to a 13 year old. Bad color choices, bad yarn choices, left over Purling Dervish stuff, and OMG! WTF was I thinking yarn. I was going to ask if she liked cross stitch and maybe clear out some of that.

I’m making room for fitness stuff. Our bikes, the weight bench, the stack of mats Santa brought. They’re kind of taking over the second bedroom. I don’t know either.

Happy Monday!

A Cat in a Hat


Not such a great picture, but the Maggie does not tolerate any interruptions to her sleep.


Sadly, the hat would have only fit Maggie. After all of the increases, I realized that it wasn’t going to work. On the other hand, I like doing color work, so I’ll start it again soon. I also think that I want to switch the colors and have a brown background.

Today, I’m casting on for something else and watching Gone With The Wind. We still don’t know if Texas is working tomorrow, so we’ve made no plans. Well, except 8 a.m. jiu bitsy. Yes, really. I’m thinking under caffeinated rolling will be cathartic.

Or I’ll need bail.

What are your plans for tomorrow?

Happy Wednesday y’all!

The cold cometh


Since it’s been so cold, I’ve been diligently working on my sock yarn afghan. It’s been nice to sit underneath it as it grows. However, it is also a little boring.

I may have started another pair of socks. Yeah, yeah. I know I have three other pairs started. But they’re cotton! I needed a wool pair.

And someone to finish my WIP’s.

Whatever. It will give Texas something to figure out when I’m dead.

Happy Thursday y’all!

5000 Yards of Wine

We’re counting the days until my next infusion. I’m so ready for the side effects because at least I can estimate how long they’re going to last. With the heat and the regrowing of B-cells, I’ve been pretty much stuck in the house since Tuesday. I may be a little itchy/ annoyed/ bored/ exasperated/ crabby.. you name it, I got it.

On the bright side, there are 5000 yards of yarn and a crochet hook.

And a lot of this:


So yeah, I kind of like Moscato wines. I had 3 bottles at home and nothing better to do. I bought a fourth bottle so I could really tie one on even out the regular and sparkling. I had to be fair like that. *ahem*

Salt of the Earth, Flore de Moscato 2013 This was new to me. It was very sweet and heavy. It had a honey like flavor. I went all red neck on the second (and third) glass and added ice to thin it out a little. It paired well with my Green Tea Smoked Duck.

Beviamo Moscato d’Asti 2010 In contrast, this was bubbly, light, and very floral. I thought of lavender when I first tasted it. I’ve had this one before, but I never noticed the floral bit. Of course, I’ve never had two bottles of wine in one night before either. With this one, on the third glass, I went all so-phis-ti-cated and added orange juice. It went well with the pork fried rice.

Los Pinos Moscato 2012: I love wines from this vineyard and they are from an East Texas winery.  (My favorites are All My X’s and Sweet Rodeo Red) There is no traditional Moscato sweetness with this one. It actually has a little burn going down and a spicy aftertaste.  The smell going in, the dryness, and the taste remaining on your palate remind me more of a Chardonnay. I had high expectations for this one. I have no pairing, but I bet it would be great for cooking.

Villa Alena Moscato d’Asti 2013 Sweet and a little spicy. There wasn’t as much bubbly as the   , but it worked. This was my favorite of the weekend. I could drink two of these at a time.

Ummm. Ran out of things to say about wine. Four bottles in two days. Considering I haven’t had a drink since patient day last year, I think I did good.  (Yeah, I keep forgetting about the annual Lemon Drop Martini thing.)

So, Happy Sunday?

p.s. When did bottles of wine start only giving out three glasses per bottle?

p.p.s. No, I didn’t share with Texas.

p.p.p.s. No one got drunk in the making of this blog post. Not even a little buzz. I tried. I have no idea either.