Monthly Archives: June 2011


I finished the cat. His name is Roger.


Ellie was thrilled. And possessive.

Here’s the best picture I managed of him alone.

by himself

Because of this kind of thing.


And this.

dance Roger!

It’s naptime, so I am about to go borrow him for some ‘studio’ work. It’s risky, but I don’t know what else to do. Ellie says we can give pictures together another try this afternoon. She says she will hold him by one paw so that everyone can see what he looks like.

I think I’ve got my cat pattern test knitters already (rabbit pattern surplus), but if not, you’ll be the first to know.


The Armadillo Veggie Protection System has had satisfactory results.

picked stuff

Corn, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Ellie’s little corn is the cutest stuff!

And it was really delicious!

But she still won’t eat it. Veggies are for playtime, not dinner time.

She only enjoys the planting, watering, picking and playing.

I picked a bunch of tomatoes this evening. If you were my neighbor, I’d bring you some.

Father’s Day

2011 Mug

This Mug Belongs to DaDa

The nice folks at Twisted River Clayworks made this year’s mug exactly to Ellie’s specifications. They even made the mug bigger to fit all the words. When we opened the box, Ellie pronounced it “Perfect.” She has decided to take her Dad to Kangarooz this morning. Because “Dada likes to watch me have fun.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads and Dads-to-Be.

The Cuteness! It Burns!

Life is too short not to give into temptation.


It seems that I have raised my child to believe the same thing.

She used to want a grey kitty. Now she wants this one and she says he doesn’t need a body or arms and legs. He is perfect just the way he is thank you. They watched Shaun the Sheep together. It wasn’t at all weird.

I love this yarn.

I’m lying. It was totally weird that Ellie watched TV with a disembodied (pre-embodied?) cat head. But the heart wants what it wants.

Need v. Want

I’m working on the Rabbit and Mystery Patterns. And a couple little things for my sadly neglected toy shop.

But what I WANT to be doing working on the Cat. Because, seriously, this is some of the nicest yarn I have ever touched.


So very soft.

SpinSpanSpun, spun and dyed it just for me. Luscious.

One other thing I’ve been thinking about lately. Dish Rag Tag. The response to my little survey was Enthusiastic, but not Overwhelming. So I think we’ll have a race with 10 teams of 10 (100 total knitters).

To those of you who have never heard of Dish Rag Tag: Welcome new readers! For the past four years I have run a dish cloth knitting relay race with the help of Priority Mail to pass the baton (box) from knitter to knitter across the United States! You can catch up the rules in this post from last year’s race.

I should start working on the Official Pattern of Dish Rag Tag.

But what I WANT to be doing is working on the Cat.