Saturday, March 29, 2008

Another Obsession

By now, all (one) of you who read my blog should know that knitting is one of my obsessions. Here are a few of my recently finished projects.

These are mitts that I made to wear to the STARS games. They were made from about a ball of Cascade 220 that I had leftover from a shrug I made to wear to the games.

Here is a little dress called Little Mary Sunshine that my friend The Knitting Fairy designed. I used two skeins of Sirdar DK in a pretty little blush pink color.

I am finally posting my Louisa Harding shawl made using four of her luscious yarns. I decided not to do the fringe thing. I need to find a neato mosquito button for the closure.

My friend Amy dyed this soon to be produced yarn for her line Madeline Tosh. She wanted a hat to show off the properties of the yarn, and I had to wrestle her to make it for her.

I made it in one day at a medical conference.

Until next time....

Merry Karma out.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Today - let's talk about my obsession with hockey - more specifically, the Dallas STARS hockey team. When they first came to Dallas in 1993, I had never been to or even had watched a hockey game in my entire life. I'm sure I might have caught shots of a game on the news and there was that storyline in Love Story about Oliver being on the Harvard hockey team - but that was the extent of it. I mean, I had heard of Gordy Howe, and I had heard about Slap Shot, the movie starring Paul Newman (but mostly because of Paul Newman).

In 1993, some friends gave us some tickets to a STARS game. I remember watching the guys skating around from one end of the rink to the other, and all I could think about was they resembled a swarm of bees to me. They seemed to skate around in a pack, kinda crouched over with their rounded helmet heads, their noses leading the way, and their sticks pointing out in the back resembling the stinger of a bee. Then, there were those fights! I really thought that they were totally staged, because surely, grown men didn't behave that way. I thought the way the crowd would cheer it on was a little barbaric, because sometimes, there was bloodshed, or even worse!

Flash foward to today: After being seduced by The Face of Dallas STARS Hockey (Mike Modano) into taking a closer look at the game (ch'yeah right!) - I am so into it. Since the refs tend to stop most of the fights before they get out of control (sometimes), I'm one of those people standing up and cheering my guys on!!! Why, yes I am.

Unfortunately, my STARS are not playing their best these days.

So ends the first installment of my obsessions. I have to leave you with pics that I took the day after the big snow storm, because I am pretty obsessive-compulsive. I starting feeling badly the night of the storm, and was pretty ill all last week. Apparently, I was fighting a viscious sinus infection. I did go to work, but when I came home, I just laid around like a wet noodle. So, I did not post any pics or happenings. Sorry. Anyway, as you will see, there was quite a bit of snow left.

From the front door...

This one too...

From the front window...

From the back door...

Yep, back door again...

The Kid's truck...

Merry Karma out.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

This Week in Weather

Monday early evening, The Kid and I were walking out of the grocery store and noticed that it appeared to be raining - No...Wait! It was snowing...Not in a big, fluffy flakes, really coming down kind of way, but in a small flakes, sideways blowing snow kind of way.

We drove home trying to predict if it was going to stick - checking the air temperature on the dash, factoring in the previous day's temperature in the high 60s - and hoping that it would. When we got home, I spent some time by the window watching it snow in the cul de saq and admiring the quiet beauty of it. I thought about taking a picture, but I knew that I do not have the technology, nor the technical skill to take a picture of it snowing in the dark.

When we awoke Tuesday morning, there was still snow on the ground. I did take some pictures before I went to work. By the end of the workday, it was all gone.

Here are some pics:

The view from the front door.

The view from the back door.

A closeup of some holly near the house.

So, this morning, the weather forecast was for a high in the upper thirties. A snow storm was predicted to hit north of us later this evening. There was a chance of snow accumulations, predicted to be about 1-2 inches, around the Metroplex.

Here is the view from my car driving home from work at 2:30PM. It had started snowing around noon.

I rolled down the window, while waiting at a stop sign and snapped this one.

Here's the kid at the bottom of the driveway informng me that there was no way that I could make it up the driveway.

I ignored his declaration and tried it anyway.

This view from the front door shows my car parked at the curb after repeated attempts to go up the driveway. The tire marks in the snow further illustrate my attempts.

This picture was taken from inside the garage looking out towards the neighbor's house.

It ain't Canada - but we are having a real life, frikken-frakken snow storm. Another wave is coming later.

Merry Karma out.