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June 7, 2018

I finally finished the second sock over the weekend. And promptly wound off yarn for the next project.


But it’s slightly too complicated for takearound knitting… I’ve been thinking of making a crochet washcloth or two, just to learn some other stitches.

We’ll see how things go.



May 29, 2018

Early in May, we noticed that a robin had built a nest in the eaves of our back porch.

A week or so later, we saw that her eggs had hatched, and that there were now a mama and four baby birds.

We kept an eye on the dog when she went outside, but otherwise let things be.

We took pictures of them most every day. All credit goes to Larry, who is the only one tall enough to reach his phone up over the nest.

They grew fast – and one by one, they spread their wings and flew away.

And now we’re empty nesters.


May 22, 2018

Right before I left for Texas, I finished knitting my So Faded sweater.

Once I got home and caught up on laundry and housework, I wove in the ends, then blocked it out. Wore it to work as soon as it was dry:

In the interim I’ve been working on a sock project – this is my first attempt at an afterthought heel, using the Smooth Operator pattern, and I worked the heel while on the plane.

(In a standard sock knitting pattern, when you get to the heel, you stop knitting in circles and knit a square for the heel, then knit a few triangles to make things back into a circle, then continue down the foot.  In an afterthought heel you knit in a circle all the way, but add a few rows of waste yarn (in white below) – then you go back, pick out the waste yarn, and add a heel in its place).

And worked the foot and the toe on my flight home.


This is the first time in several years that I worked socks one at a time, but that heel makes it all worth it.

I bet someone has figured out how to do afterthought heels two-at-a-time…I’ll have to poke around and see.




May 17, 2018

It’s been a whirlwind of a couple of weeks!

First, the circus came to town. Bonus because the high-wire troupe turned out to be the Wallendas!  Larry has been a big fan of Nik Wallenda for a long time, and it was awesome to see him meet a legend.


Then, I had a business trip to Austin for a few days. I’d never been to Austin – or to Texas – before, so my co-worker and I wanted to see as much as we could in the limited free time we had.


It was a great trip, but I was happy to get home.

We landed just before midnight on Wednesday, and Alistair’s spring concert was Thursday.



May 1, 2018

The youth baseball season kicked off Saturday.

There was a parade and an opening ceremony, and reunions with friends.


And finally, a game.



Spring is here at last!


April 23, 2018

The boys were on school vacation last week. We spent a couple of days in New York City.

Stayed right in Times Square. The weather was incredible on the first two days – we didn’t wear jackets.

We used a hop-on hop-off tour bus for transportation, and got a little sun while sitting up top.

We saw the sights.

Did some shopping.

Even took in a Broadway show.

We took the train there and back, and by the last evening we were very happy to sit still for four-plus hours. According to my step counter we walked almost 35 miles in 3 1/2 days!



April 10, 2018

Can you believe my little Alistair turned 12 over the weekend?

Yes, we are both barefoot in this photo. No, I am not standing in a hole. He is that tall.

And the next day, we went to PAX East. My boys have developed a fondness for cosplay, and I love enabling their creativity.

Alistair is WaLuigi and Larson is StarFox.