Wordless Wednesday: Leaves Leaving

WIP - ing

The B4 bag in Noro is my activated project right now. The pattern has interesting handle placement for this bag, which will be felted. I am making this to send off to one of my sisters who needs a little boost right now. You can see assorted B4 bags and get info on the pattern at It is a fun and fast knit! I am using size 10 needles. This is going to be smaller than I had expected, but I don't feel like ripping and restarting----onward and upward we go!

In basket #2 we have the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket for DG#7. He is an active 2-year-old, so this hardy garter stitch is perfect for him! I'm using red for the main color and only white for striping. I decided to make fewer stripes than indicated in the pattern. My pattern is in EZ's book The Opinionated Knitter and is also available in other sources available at Here is a page with notes for the BSJ:

Oh, and yesterday know, the day after the Sox not the Rox won the World was time to check on ticket refund$, cancel the hotel room in Denver, cancel our reservations to board the dog-n-puppy show, and! the Rockies just saved us some serious $$$ !
"There is no joy in Mudville, Might Casey has struck out."


Dogs and Books on Thursday

Max Guards the Door
Try not to wake him on your way in!

I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So . . . what books have you abandoned and why?
Evensong by Gail Godwin Lost interest in the story line
Lazy B by Sandra Day O'Connor Ho-hum.....zzzzzz
A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel Stirred emotions/memories that I didn't want experience
The #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith Distracted by the dialect
How about you? What are some books that you've tossed without finishing?

…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,...
Philippians 3:13


Halloween Arrives Early!

Thank you, SP 11, what a fun surprise!! It's like going through my trick-or-treat loot when I was a child!! The Halloween decorations are just precious! There's the friendly bat tea light holder with wings on springs, a funsy Halloween card, the goofy rope skeleton, and the mmmmm-good Russell Stover candy. Along with the Halloween colors of Peaches & Cream, there are two balls of fun fur. We will put the magnetic pad to good use as a grocery list.

Thanks, SP 11 !!


Green on Green

Some left-over yarns went into this garter stitch scarf. Knit on size 17 needles, this scarf is made of chenille, ribbon, and Encore worsted weight in shades of green. It will be part of a package for charity.


Rox 'n' Sox

World Series 2007



Saturday Sky and Gifties!

A beautiful, sunny Fall day leads to rain and snow forecast for tomorrow. Difficult to imagine!

A colorful way to start Saturday! A gift box arrived from my partner in the "Back to School Swap" through Knit the Classics. (See sidebar.)

A Little Princess is wonderful read that I will pass on to my teen DGD. Look at the cute-cute puppy page markers and the Boxer Post-its! Love 'em!! This is the first Malabrigo I've ever had and can completely understand why so many bloggers rave about the colorways and the so soft hand!! I can't wait to work with it!! The pumpkin and cranberry candles are perfect! See the golden box gleaming beneath the yarn? It's filled with Russell Stover assorted delights. My deepest thanks to my very generous swap partner!! You made my day!
The Malabrigo is "Purple Mystery" and does not have the strong blue tones shown here.

"If you're lookin' for trouble, look right in my face!


"My hope is in you!
Show me the way!
Guide me in truth
For all of my days!"


Dogs-n-Books on Thurday

Lailah: You know how it is, girls. I just can't sleep with him snoring like that! And, don't even ask about that bear!!

" I recently bought that had the actual TITLE misspelled on the spine of the book. A glaring typographical error that really (really!) should have been caught. So, using that as a springboard, today’s question: What’s the worst typographical error you’ve ever found in (or on) a book? "

A title doesn't immediately spring to mind although typos seem to leap off the page when I'm reading. It seems to me that books do not generally have a "stand alone" typo. If there is one, typically there are more to follow.

Our local newspaper has many-many-many typos always! One that is particularly annoying is the use of 's as a plural!! In a newspaper!! Is this a typo or ignorance? I donn'tt no.


It's breast cancer awareness month. Take good care of yourselves.



R O C K T O B E R !!!

Colorado Rockies are the National League Champions!!!!
We bought our Coors Field Game Three World Series tickets online tonight!!!!! Yeeeeeesssssssss!!!!



Dogs-n-Books on Thursday

Lailah Shelved

Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? Gotten their autograph?
How about an author you felt only so-so about, but got their autograph anyway? Like, say, at a book-signing a friend dragged you to?
How about stumbling across a book signing or reading and being so captivated, you bought the book?
Generally, my interest is about the book rather than the author so I am not drawn to this scenario. I did attend a teacher's conference where I heard Tomie de Paola speak in a break-out session. He did sign my book which I eventually gave to a child.
How about you? Do you enjoy having signed books?
The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.
--John 6:33


Can You Find the Puppy in This Picture?

I finished this child-size crocheted blanket yesterday. It has been a WIP for a couple of years and is made of bits of left-over yarns from other projects.

Using an off-white yarn to lend some continuity, I double crocheted in a stitch two rows below after every fourth or fifth row. The picot border finishes it off and its ready to send to a charity for children.

Note: Lailah did bestow her final approval after her inspection of this blanket, which was conducted by stiffing.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7


Dogs-n-Books on Thursday

Max, absolute ruler of his domain

"Do you have “issues” with too much profanity or overly explicit (ahem) “romantic” scenes in books? Or do you take them in stride? Have issues like these ever caused you to close a book? Or do you go looking for more exactly like them? (grin)"
I prefer not to read books rife with profanity and explicit scenes that turn to vulgarity. Yes, I have closed the book on some like these precisely because I don't enjoy them. I read for pleasure and relaxation.
How about you? What's your take on this question?
Books won't stay banned - Ideas won't go to jail. - Alfred Whitney Griswold



The excitement here today is the Rockies-Padres one-game playoff for the NL wild card today at...when?....why, 5:37 PM of course, here at Coors Field. I'd love to go, but DH wasn't interested in even attempting to get tickets. Single seats sold out at 8:15 AM. To read more KNOW you want to......go here or
On the heels of the Broncos "rocky" start, this excitement is most welcome and even more thrilling!

Adding to my excitement is the arrival of my first SP11 package this Fall!! I love getting packages and this one is loaded with goodies! Starting with three skeins of Knit Picks yarn, stitch holders and a magnetic chart holder. Two skeins of the yarn is Swish Superwash in "Fired Brick" and one is Shamrock 100% Peruvian wool in a color called Callahan. Just beautiful! The wheels are turning to decide on a project for these.
The pile of blues and silver tied with a gold elastic is a lovely array of handmade stitch markers for large size needles. They are so precious with tiny beads and delicate silver shapes. I so appreciate the work that went into these and will remember my SP11 each time I use these markers.
Thank you so much. See the chocolates lurking back there? Uh-huh! And, so precious...the fashion forward chew bone for Lailah. How chic is that?!

Here we feature the brand new, stylish toy with the beloved raw hide bone.

Lailah immediately chose her new toy and went to her "hiding place" since the toy looks like something she probably wouldn't be allowed to have!!! She made me laugh!! On behalf of Lailah, slurps and barks and thanks!
Wow!! What a day!! Thank you very much, dear Secret Pal!!