Monthly Archives: October 2005


At dinner on Tuesday, Great Gran pointed out that it was only two months ’til Christmas. I gotta get on that – the Traditional Limited Edition Emily Ivey Handmade Christmas Ornaments are usually finished by now. But don’t worry, I have a plan.

It’s such a good plan that I had time to make a play house for the cats.

kitties playing
kitties playing

Angus is not pleased that their new house is close to the fireplace. It used to be a quiet neighborhood.

Must Have Closure

I ended up selecting these as the Official Buttons of the Must Have Cardigan:

leaf and butterfly - it's not as bad as it sounds!

I think that’s a butterfly under the thing that looks like an olive branch. But it could be a cicada.

And the final effect is something like this:

me in the sweater on the bed

It’s so nice to have closure.

And the book I looked at while posing for the above picture is Handknit Holidays. Simply Delicious. There is a sweater in there that makes the entire book worth owning. You’ll know it when you see it, I was a little bit breathless after flipping through the first time. And if you don’t drool over the sweater, there are always the cabled tree skirt and matching stockings, the ornaments, the table runner, and the really tall socks that My Darling Sister wants (she will have to swear that she will wear them before I make them – but I am contemplating a shorter version to wear with clogs). Handknit Holidays is packed with knitting goodness and probably the best $20 I’ve spent this year (yarn and corduroy flats excluded, of course). I’d be looking through it right now but I don’t have it with me. I’ve left it with Great Gran for tonight – we’ll see if she can spot the Sweater of Emily’s Dreams. This is just as well, I’ve got to tutor my cousin in algebra tomorrow and I need to work my way through Chapter 7 to be sure I know what I’m doing. They are starting radical equations and irrational expressions. Sounds like fun, huh?

PS Great Gran and I are going to try felting one more time! This is our inspiration.


Speaking of Drama, even Accuweather’s maps are Bright and Shiny. They’ve even got an New and Exciting Worst Case Senario for a “Superstorm”. Enough about hurricanes, Esther, stay safe and dry – Wilma seems to be taking her sweet time.

record breaker

If it was going to be an insane year for storms, I guess I’m glad that the tropics went ahead and broke a bunch of records. Here is a somewhat Dramatic article (Washington Post). I enjoyed it for the Sensation! (can you see my jazz hands?). The NHC can be so matter of fact about things – you get more adjectives with the Post.