Posts Tagged ‘Olive’

I Was Away

February 15, 2018

How did this happen?  My daughter loves musicals and my son loves opera.  And I love both.  And them too.  I am one lucky Mother.

The Met simulcasts several operas every year on Saturday afternoons.  I could go to Lewes by myself, but it’s much more enjoyable with someone else.  This time, it was L’Elisir d’Amore, a romantic comedy by Donizetti. It was beautifully rendered.  We had a great time.

Two days later:  I’m still trying to catch up from this trip.  It seems everything takes too long.

On the way home, I stopped at Cloverhill Yarn.  I keep forgetting that they are open Mondays.  This has always been a great place to shop even though it have been through four owners, I think.

  Her is some of which I bought.  There are so many wonderful things to make in my new West books that I believe they would last me until I die.  Well.  Except for socks.  Maybe he’ll bring out a sock book.  The neon mini-skeins are going to be socks, of course.

  Olive is not certain she knows me.

 

 

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Cat Blankets

February 21, 2014

I had no idea that I had so many!

022114 011  Olive loves the entrelac baby blanket.

022114 009  Sweet Baby Rue with his old shale blankie.  He likes to make dough on it and purr.

022114 008  Flo is a bit greedy and commandeers two of my favorite sweaters.

021814 007  And here is Sheena Warrior Princess upon her wool hat throne.

Olive and Cora

June 14, 2013

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Some cats know how to pose.

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Others don’t.  Or they just don’t give a shit.  I’m not certain which.

My Tree is Happy Right Where It Is!

January 11, 2013

It makes me feel good.  I don’t like Winter.  It’s cold and dreary outside.  In here, its bright and cheerful.  Every morning, I get up and plug it in.  It helps me make it through the day, especially when aches and pains are really getting me down.  Sometimes, Olive tries to help by removing an ornament or two.  She likes to sit on the little table and look at the lights.  She also climbs in and pretends that she is a decoration.  How could I take it down when she enjoys it so much?

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I made these for a friend of mine.  She’s a mail carrier and wears an old pair that she cut the fingertips off.  I just couldn’t stand it anymore so I made her these.  I love to make gloves.  They don’t take long and every time I finish a finger, I feel as though I’ve accomplished something.

The Quilt

August 14, 2012

I am so glad that I decided to go my way with this one.  It’s been fun figuring out how much of each color I would need for each section. 

I finished the main part, but yellow seemed to be the color I needed for the borders.  I didn’t find any in my stash so I went internet shopping.  I bought one yard each of three different yellows that I thought would work.  I laid each one over the quilt and they all work.  Happy dance.

 

I picked the pale one for the borders.  But, I haven’t been able to work on it as much as I would like.

What do you do when your cat looks up at you and smiles?

What was I Going to Say?

June 4, 2012

I sat down to write, but I had mail to read.  And then, I wanted to see what Otis and his brothers were up to.  Is it going to rain?  Should I go ahead and order that book everybody has been talking about?  What’s on TV tonight?  And on.  And on.  And on.  Oh, yeah.  I was going to blog about………. What?  Horse feathers.  I don’t know!!!

So this is what have I been up to: 

  • The front band on my vest is almost finished.  It looks pretty good, but it made need a little tweaking before I give it to my daughter.  It’s been a fun knit.   
  • I steamed five pounds of shrimp the other day.  After we had our fill, I peeled the rest for salad, shrimp fried rice and anything else I can think up.  We won’t be wanting shrimp again for a long time once we finish it.
  • I got shots in my knees this morning.  I’m already noticing a difference.  We’ll see after our walk tomorrow.
  • Dot has been giving Olive a hard time lately.  I think she doesn’t her picking on Flo or she just doesn’t like the noise.  Maybe she wants to be boss.  That’s fine with me.
  • My sock club came.  I’m not real thrilled with the colorway, but it will go with a lot of things.  I definitely like the sock pattern.  There is also a little shawl pattern that is kind of cute.  I’m not much on shawls.  They tend to wind up as cat beds.

Wow.  Not bad for not knowing what to say.  Was that a double negative?  Where’s an English teacher when you need one? 

Always an atention getter.

Irene! Why Did You Do This?

August 29, 2011

Three trees went down on our tiny island.  I hope that it doesn’t discourage the geese couple next year.

 

Other than leaves and branches everywhere, there wasn’t much damage around here.  The creek overflowed into some yards, but that’s typical of any storm. 

One of the advantages of a hurricane is being able to leave the western windows open.  The girls loved sitting in the window, especially Cora.

Sunday morning, she was the first one out.  Here she is, trotting toward me.  It’s a wonder I was able to take this before she was on me for a back scratch.  It’s also a wonder my camera isn’t covered in cat hair.

“What twelve-foot drop?”  “I need to scratch my face!”  She is fearless!

Not to be outdone, Miss Olive gave it a try.  She said it was wet.  She doesn’t like wet.

Flo (aka Princess) stayed in and finished Olive’s breakfast.  Then she had, au lait sans cafe.   Thank you, Miss Kraft.  Some things you never forget.

Where was that boy during all this?

Watching rain and wind is really hard work!

I Cleaned My Worktable!

May 21, 2011

It was so easy.  It didn’t take any time at all.  I just spilled coffee on everything.  And the best part is….. I found the password that I have been searching for everywhere. 

And what else?

I’ve been enjoying Spring.

And so have the kids.

Can I Put my Wool Hats and Gloves Away Yet?

April 28, 2011

Can I put my turtlenecks, fleece tops and cords away?  Can I get out my shorts and sandals?  I hope so.  The last several days makes me want to do it.  But, it’s not May yet.  What to do. What to do. 

These days,  the only time I see Flo is when I get up in the morning and at suppertime.   She likes to sleep on the porch furniture at night and in the bushes during the day.  I don’t like her spending the night out, but she doesn’t care.  Don’t tell me to keep her in.  You have never been around this cat when she wants to go OUT!  And it better be NOW! 

I finished these yesterday and started another pair today.   I’ve had some blue that is boring, but I found an interesting pattern in More Sensational Socks.  I am thinking about making gloves with this leftover yarn.  They’re always fun to make.  And you don’t have to take off your shoes and socks to try them on.  This can be done at knitting group, but not on the subway.  It’s frowned upon for some reason.  When it gets too hot to knit with wool, I’ll switch to Sockotta yarn.  I’ve four skeins of the stuff and some Panda Cotton somewhere.

Cora has been trying to teach Rue back stretches, but he’s not interested.

He would rather hang out with his buddy, Gus.  And what are they looking at?

Is that Olive over there?

Scarf for Side Slip Cloche

January 4, 2011

I started the scarf the same as the brim on size 9 so it would be looser.  When it was long enough to fit around my neck, I joined another ball of yellow and needle and worked each stitch twice, putting one stitch on each needle.  I then worked the pattern for about thee inches.  It needs to be as long as it is wide.  When it was long enough, I knit or purled two together to return to sixteen stitches.  I reversed the ruffles by increasing rather than decreasing.  It didn’t take long at all and I was finished in a few hours.  I like these ascot type scarves, especially when I’m out walking.  If I get too warm, they fit nicely in my pocket.

I have figured out what is wrong with the cloche.  It looked like a big yellow blob on my head.  I like the shape of it. It fits snuggly around my head and covers my ears.  I tried a big flower.  Cute, but no cigar.  Finally, I realized that I needed to add a contrasting band.  So I’m currently knitting an attached I-cord around the top of the brim.  It should be finished tonight.  I’m also thinking about making a tam for not so cold weather.

Trying to get a picture of Rue Boy when he is playing is very difficult.  His favorite game is chase and he wears the girls out, especially Olive.  She usually takes her naps in the basement where Rue can’t find her.