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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday's Flowers, The Cactus Version

So I'm a day late. Shoot me.

The cactus in the front yard has bloomed for the last couple years. We had three or four blooms earlier in the summer, the usual time it happens, but I didn't think we'd seen the last of the blooms. With all the rain we've had, somewhat more than usual, it became apparent this week that we were in for a record-busting bloom. Last night it happened. Nine huge flowers blooming at once, a record busting display. Too bad the blooms last for less than twenty four hours.

The night shot, somewhere around four thirty Friday morning.

And the day shots, a couple hours later.

And that's it for another year.


Friday, July 17, 2009


You knew this was coming, didn't you.

Welcome to Carolyn, the newest member of the family. Congratulations, Mike and Carolyn!


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Noro, Addi, Brittany, and Bling

This is yarn, and it is fun.

In Michigan I hunting for Noro Silk Garden and was greatly successful. This was the biggest score. I got yarn for Noro Striped Scarves and to knit a Lady Eleanor stole someday. You can see the start of the first scarf here. This is my current travel/grab-and-go project.

Another major purchase was several Addi Turbo needles in sizes I couldn't find locally. I like the Addis a lot, but they are a little pricey for the budget. I also saw some Brittany sock needles in the 5" size and got a couple sets. I don't know if I will like the shorter size but I thought it would be worth a try.

On the way to the checkout, I saw Wendy's new sock book and it jumped right into the basket. Outstanding!

Now this is the yarn that came with the scarf kit I purchased. There are several balls of glittery ribbon yarn in there, some sequins, and a very shiny yarn that is quite slick and likes to slip off the Addi Turbo circular. I have added in a lot of odds and ends of yarns that I have around the house to make a garter stitch scarf knit sideways. The scarf is knit on Size 11 needles and I'm using everything from bulky ribbon to sock yarn. It is going to end up much wider than the originally planned scarf; it will be a good stole width. There is a lot of bling in this and I'm really enjoying it, more than I anticipated. I've been picking this up just to relax with, but not as much as I wish these days. Three more days to the wedding!

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