Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Mishmash

I love it when all of my wild Fiestaware colors come together to make a pretty table setting:
Now, the $64,000 question is, did we actually sit at the table and eat dinner there?  Answer:  Yes - and I immediately washed the plates so I could re-set the table again!

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It's been a while since I've posted any knitting pictures!  I've been plugging away on socks - I'm very close to finishing one pair, and then I need to cast on the second sock of some really cool self-striping yarn that I found.  Then, I'll be all caught up and can start some more socks, woohoo!  With the heat, it's nice to not have a lot of wool sitting in my lap as I knit...these little socks are perfect for summertime knitting.  Here's a pair that I finished recently:
 Yarn is Adriafil Knitcol, colorway is Kandinsky Phantasy.  Pattern is Toe-Up Socks using German Short Rows by Staci Perry (but I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel).

The yarn did all the work in making the pattern and stripes, and I loved it.  I probably should have made these socks a tiny bit bigger, but I was following the sock pattern exactly instead of checking to see how it worked with this particular yarn.  Sock newbie mistake, what can I say?  I can get them on my feet, but I'll have to give them a test wear when the weather gets cooler and see if they're comfortable.  Otherwise, they might have to go to someone with smaller feet...and I will only cry a little - I really like these socks!

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Geez, you leave town for a week, then spend another week hibernating because of the heat, and suddenly there's a weed takeover in the front yard!  Sunday morning, Jeff and Paco did their best to take care of the situation:
Paco doesn't eat grass all that often, so it was funny that he immediately began to "help" Jeff with the weeding.
Of course Kip had to come over and disturb Paco.  There was some growling going on, as Paco was SURE that Kip wanted his weeds.
 
Weeds were more appealing than growling at Kip, so Paco went back to work.
 
Kip:  "Dis boring.  Why yu want weeds?  Mebbe if lizard on dem, sure..."  
 As soon as it was free, Kip appropriated Jeff's kneeling towel.  Because, cat.
 
 Meanwhile, Paco took a break from his hard work and hung out with me...
 Doing what I do best - drinking coffee and supervising the yard crew. 

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We are running a little earlier tomorrow morning, so hopefully it won't feel terrible.  You sure can tell we're in the depths of summer heat when all I hope for with a long run is that it isn't terrible!  No, it'll be fun because I'll be with my running buddies.  And we can suffer together, bwahaha!

Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

  1. Your tablescape is so pretty!

    What is that thing in the socks with a sheep on it? Is this how you hang your socks? :D

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    1. Those are sock blockers - once you knit them, you wash the socks and then let them dry on the blockers. They do a great job of shaping the socks, and in this particular case, stretching out the socks a bit if necessary (you buy sock blockers in foot sizes, so these are size 7-8).

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  2. Love the set table and the socks! Of course Kip would take over the kneeling towel because that's just what cats do. They do what they want. Hope your run is good and you guys get out of the heat quickly.

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  3. Luuuuuuv the socks! And the table, and the colors of it all!

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    1. Thanks - good to hear from you, Leslie! :)

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  4. TOTALLY enjoyed the picture-rama with Jeff, Paco, and Kip! Sophie likes to find flowers to eat when I start weeding. And the towel thing? Yes, cat. and dachshund :)

    LOVE the socks, and love that you are knitting socks and love that you are using knitting terms that I don't even know!

    Love your table setting. That's an idea for me. I have a hard time keeping my little table clear of piles of books and other stuff.

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    1. New to you sock terms? Must be Freaky Friday!! ;)

      Our little table is usually clear, but I have a harder time with our dining table - Jeff walks right by the counter in the laundry room and drops his work stuff on the table, ugh. Of course right now his laundry is on it, so apparently he just has a thing against that laundry room counter in general, LOL!

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  5. This is the order of the best yard jobs: 1. Kip (cats rule) 2. Shelley 3. Paco. 4. Jeff. Good job weeding, Jeff. Do we get an after pic?

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    1. I should have taken an after shot! Sadly, Jeff needs to get out there again...

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  6. That table setting is gorgeous! Very inviting!
    It's amazing how fast those weeds can take over - it's so freaking hot and dry, how are they even still alive?

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    1. For real - everything else is dying, but the weeds are green and huge!!

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  7. I love how colorful your blog and your fiestaware and your socks are!!! You're very vibrant!

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  8. OMG...I'm so laughing at the antics of your animals!!!!!! LOL!!!! (and I love fiestaware!) Have a great weekend Shelley!

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  9. Love the table set!

    Paco is so funny, I love that dog. Wish Bella would help me with the garden sometimes :) but she has a very important job made up for herself: garding the fish in the pond. She's obsessed with them, she can sit at the pond for hours and just watch them.

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    1. OMG, I bet Paco would guard fish, too...only because he would perceive them as being a threat to his food - at least, I hope he'd be smart enough to realize that!

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  10. Omg I love those socks! I say that abt every pair you do. But these might be my fave. I was going to offer to be the one who gets to buy them if they don't end up working for you. But then I read what size your sock blockers are!! Boo hoo, me too. (They're so cute with sheep on them.)
    Chrissy

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    1. Aw, thanks - I love these socks, too! I suspect my mother will end up with them, though...

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