My Garden, Such as It Is

When we bought our house a few years ago, the yard had been sadly neglected for decades. The bushes¬†in the front yard had spindly branches and thick trunks. They were all also ugly. Really ugly. We have been slowly ripping them out of the ground and replacing them with better and prettier plants. There were no roses. None of the shrubs had flowers of any worth. One side was all Nandina, which is a terrible and invasive plant, though it Continue Reading ››

All My Photos are Crappy

I’ve got an iPhone 7. It’s the easiest thing to take pictures with it. They aren’t the best photos. If this bothers you, look away. If I waited for perfect pictures to post on my blog I would….not post. Like I didn’t from 2015 – today. So crappy cell phone pictures. Below is a picture I took with my great camera. It’s a picture of Keria from my father’s yard in Maryland. That yard is currently covered in snow. I Continue Reading ››

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 ››