Monday, April 26, 2010

The Yarn Eater Revealed

Paloma is named for the peaceful dove but in reality, is a naughty yarn eater. She was born in the late Spring of 2005 in Iowa. This humble barn kitten and runt of the litter conned me into to adopting her at a few weeks of age. Appearing to be small and sickly, she soon showed her true colors after arrival at my apartment. Regularly beating up her larger and fluffier brother (Paco, seen here with her in a rare moment of peace) became a regular hobby. Other hobbies include following the dog around (Paloma has always loved dogs), eating yarn and books (she prefers hardcover, but softcover will do), escaping from the house, knocking things of shelves, knocking paintings off walls, chewing on wires and whining at the bedroom door while I try to sleep. If let into the bedroom at night, she usually dozes off until ~ 4am. She then gets up and starts one of the previously mentioned activities. Her favorite talent is her ability to close doors, usually in order to lock herself and a sibling into a room while I am at work on vacation. This usually occurs in a room that does not contain a litterbox.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Mini Shawls: They're Not Just for Keeping You Warm

Woke up today to overcast skies so decided to do a desert hike at Calico Basin. By the time I got there, the sun was in full force and I had forgotten to put sunscreen on my arms. Fortunately, I had yet another Herbivore mini shawl with me (this one in Malabrigo sock yarn). So when I wasn't putting it on rocks for pictures, I put it over my arms for sunblock.
Daphne loved chasing lizards but soon got tired of the warm weather, so it was a short hike but pretty hike for us today. Spring is amazing here; there are spring flowers on the ground and mountains with snow in the distance.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Hiking and Knitting

Just got home from sock camp (will try to get some posts about that soon) and immediately took Daphne out for a evening hike at Lone Mountain. Lots of flowers blooming there now. I am glad to be back home with the pets!
Have been knitting like crazy lately, and not just on socks. I'm enjoying a couple of lightweight colorful projects in the spirit of springtime. I am finally making a Multnomah (pattern by Kate Flagg), using some beautiful handspun Sock Hop yarn from Crown Mountain Farms. This yarn is really making me want to do more spinning! I am also making yet another Herbivore (pattern by Stephen West), this time in Alchemy Bamboo. Both of these are relaxing knits, and the yarns are great color therapy.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sock Camp Begins!

Am now in Washington for sock camp; first class will be tomorrow morning with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I spent the day hanging out, knitting and practicing with my spindle. Tonight was registration, some social knitting (and drinking) and a bit of shopping. Did I get some Blue Moon sock yarn while the camp store was open? Of course.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fresh Snow

Getting ready for a trip to Washington for Sock Camp tomorrow, so decided to take Daphne back to Fletcher today. I had a feeling there might be some fresh snow, and was not disappointed. Conditions were perfect - sunny and cool with a couple of inches of bright powdery snow on the ground. There were no footprints (but a few animal tracks here and there) on the trail; we were the first hikers today! Daphne was thrilled and did not want to leave; she tried to join some kids sledding near the parking area.