Fannie Pie: September 2005

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

My Hidden Talent?

Your Hidden Talent
You have the natural talent of rocking the boat, thwarting the system.And while this may not seem big, it can be.It's people like you who serve as the catalysts to major cultural changes.You're just a bit behind the scenes, so no one really notices.
For the record I thought this was common knowledge, not hidden at all, at least the rocking the boat part. So far, I can take credit for no changes of any kind, unless you count the times I've been asked to change my attitude ;-p

Scout knits

Here is Scout, taking a break during a hard days monstering and knitting. She is working on a corkscrew mohair scarf. She loves the mohair yarn and I think it's a great color for her.

She is off to the vet today to have a little operation. She couldn't eat after 10 last night which irritated her to no end. She woke up this morning and her little world had rudely changed.

No more food on demand, got shut in a crate, and made to ride in the big scary car to the place where they pick and poke you with stuff. Unbelieveable.

On the knitting front, I've almost finished the scarf Scout was working on in the pictures, no real progress on the sock, sweater or anything else.

My mother did request a new scarf to go with a pumpkin colored jacket. I found a beautiful hand dyed silk/mohair laceweight blend called Haiku, in the gold and grace colorway. For the record the color is much more varied and rich in person, the website almost looks like a solid color. It's the softest thing ever and I can't stop touching it, so I'm sure it will be on the needles before I finish my other projects. I just need to get it wound into a ball, lacking a swift it will require the assistance of DH. Luckily I have a ball winder and a DH who likes gadgets.

I realize that even though this blog is named after my big sweet girl, it's been all Scout, all the time. Pretty much how it is in real life. Fannie is the spooky sweetheart and she gets monstered right out of everything. She is shy, soft and polite, and has the most adorable face, definitely worth showing off here! So for the record here is the one and only Fannie Pie.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


I feel like I've been running around the last couple days from one scheduled event to the next... not exactly how I usually like to spend my time. It's not been bad, just busier than my usual. I feel like my 6 month old kitty/monster when she's tearing around the house pouncing on one thing and then the next thing and then nothing. Pouncepouncepounce.

Scout has started to bring me toys, like a dog, when she would like me to throw them for her. She'll chase it down and attack it for a bit, and then bring it back to me to throw for her again. I like to think she is playing with me... not making me entertain her. Bright side.

I have tried to capture the true Scout nature on film, well not really film, but digital media card... whatever.. but she is in almost constant motion. Turns out that makes it hard to focus on her and she often turns and attacks me, because I am within range and therefore fair game. Everyone knows if you're close to Scout, you will be attatcked. Stinkerbell. Here she is in action, attacking my foot as I try to take her picture.

Here is the one place she likes to curl up where you can actually get a decent picture of her... why yes, that is my sink. It's fun to try and brush your teeth around here....

Monday, September 12, 2005

Dreaming in Color

This morning I woke from a long strange dream. The kind that goes on and on and evolves but maintains some common element. This entire dream took place at the spot in the picture. There was a huge storm, ballet costumes and in the end I was helping Orsen Welles design a line of knitwear.
He was flipping through sketches, not even looking at each one, but picking one out almost at random and asking me... "what about this one?". I would look at the sketch and offer some idea or opinion like ' that one is silly, or I like that one only it needs to be longer'.... He'd cut me off and say, "okay, but not in those colors!". He was right, the colors were awful.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Starting Something

Well, we'll see how long this lasts! I'm hoping to keep a record of knitting projects and progress and possibly other projects. Maybe some venting/whining/bitching. I'll try to keep that to a minimum, but it is my blog after all ( I'll whine if I want to).

So.... on the needles right now.... I have one half finished salmon alpaca sock. (salmon is the color, there isn't a new type of fiber bearing fish.. ) these sock are intended for me, but I may well give them away, as often happens.

I just started a sweater out of lane cervinia londra, a very soft, lofty single similar to Rowan Polar. The pattern is from Interweave Knits fall 2002, it's called Tuscan Hills. I'm about 25 rows into the sweater and I've already altered it:p I can't help myself.

I originally purchased the Londra thinking it might be good for Rogue(from the girl from Auntie), but it was not a great yarn for that pattern, it really needs a plied yarn with all the cables and the loftiness of this yarn left it looking sloppy and fuzzy... not nice. I swatched some Debbie Bliss alpaca silk and it was lovely, but I'm a little worried about the fuzz factor. I'm not sure that alpaca silk won't totally fuzz out and loose the cable definition.... I'm going to do some searching for the perfect rogue yarn. So far for swatching purposes I've used the chart for the sleeve, and the cable pattern on the sleeve is very nice, works up really quickly.

Also on the needles, is a sock of Paton's Kroy, but not for long! I've only started the pattern just below the cuff and already I feel myself slipping into a boredom induced coma. This from someone who can make endless pairs of simple ribbed socks. I guess it's more the result than the process that is boring. If I take it off auto pilot and follow a pattern, the result should be worth the minimal attention it takes to follow the pattern, at least that is my new rule. So, these will soon be frogged and I'll start another pair, possibly something with a little cable....

I have several projects lined up after these, and hopefully will make a dent in the yarn piling up in my house. A yarn diet is in order, but not likely to happen soon. I'll probably just limit myself to sock yarn as it disappears fairly quickly and takes up little room!

I'm off to continue my tidying and knitting... wonderful activities for a Sunday afternoon.

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