Egon and Gozer

When I married Mr. Pumpkin, I brought my kitteh, Egon, with me. He traveled down from Maryland in a cat carrier in the car. He didn’t like it much, but he was a trooper the whole way, occasionally venturing out to sit on my lap or Mr. Pumpkin’s lap. When we stopped for meals, we left water for him, and a little food, on the floorboards. The one night we stayed in a hotel that was rather methy. Someday I Continue Reading ››

The Post Wherein I Begin Again

The best-laid plans of mice and lady bloggers… We’ve been in our house for a little while. Two whole rooms painted. In two years. Also, they are the smallest rooms in the house. We are achievers! This is about to change. We are gearing up for a season of fixing, painting, and gardening. There will also be cooking, knitting, dyeing of yarn, and cats.

Things I Finished Long Ago

I realized that I had not posted a finished knitting project for a long, long time. Here are those cardigans I made for Mr. Pumpkin’s nieces. This is Wee Chickadee by Ysolda Teague. It’s an easy, simple pattern, even with the colorwork. Knit Picks Stroll Tonal. These are some vanilla socks I made for my friend, Penny. These are Graffiti on the Metro mitts. Super simple and fast! These are the socks I made in October (Socktober). Two of them Continue Reading ››

Bath – Part 1

I love having tons of washcloths available. The ones on the left are just white washcloths from Target. I keep them in this box, also from Target. Storing them upright seems to keep them fluffy. The cloth on the right is a shaving cloth for Mr. Pumpkin. It’s twice as long and slightly narrower. It fits better on your face than a regular square washcloth. This is my soap collection from Goatboy Soap. In the foreground is one of the Continue Reading ››

On Process

There is something wonderful about the process of a thing. I’m currently knitting Saltwater in more Sundara Yarn, Fingering Merino Cashmere, it’s deep purple. This pattern is quite easy technically, just knits and purls. But it’s a counting pattern. You can’t just knit obliviously, you’ve got to keep track to make sure you get the welts the right width. My Ravelry friend, Louise, taught me a method for tracking my knitting using a Moleskine and grids. It is satisfying to Continue Reading ››

On Knitting

As of this moment I have two sweaters, two pair of socks, a washcloth, a shawl and a hat on the needles. I also work full time. I just finished that sweater and am about to cast on a bigger project for my husband. I have Brussels sprouts in the oven, wine in my glass, freshly colored hair and a new, non ookie shower curtain in my bathroom. I am happy.

Gaining Skills

{{unknown}}The thing about a craft is that you have to learn. You could just keep doing that same bit you do, the one you know. Or you can expand your skill set and your knowledge. For years all I knew how to do was knit long rectangles. I made horrible scarves. Absolutely terrible things out of horrible yarn. It was fun, but I realized at some point that I had no real skills as a knitter. I FINALLY learned that Continue Reading ››