January 31, 2010

Knitting for imaginary dogs

What was that commercial all about? Incomprehensible yet cute.

The management for my condo refused to allow me to put up a poster advertising my dog sweaters yet they allow moving sales, tutoring and all manner of money making ventures. How is my advertising different... They typed up one sentence for me which was displayed on the bulletin board for 2 days and then it came down in favour of Mandarin Chinese tutoring. I'm so frustrated. I was invited to put up a poster in the Pet Valu store quite a distance from where I live but I think I'll try it. I suppose there's always the option of taping a poster to one of the light standards in front of my building.

Here are 2 more knits.

I rather like the one with the voile daisies and violets. This was actually a way of hiding a fault in the yarn but I think I'll start with the embellishments. Makes them look unique.

January 15, 2010

Still no room at the inn

In a desperate attempt to find even just the very smallest storage space, I climbed a stepladder to investigate the upper shelf options in my spare room. What did I find but 2 pieces of art from a class with Lesley Riley in image transfer at the Art & Soul Dallas. One is done on a folded paper bag and the other on a small canvas. There's still no space. I don't seem to be able to cast off my junk. Pretty soon I'll be featured on that A&E program, The Hoarders.
I see that the dollar is way up which means that I can justify cross border shopping on-line. And what would I like? Why, more yarn, of course.

January 4, 2010

Lazy day

Well according to my google gadget for weather, it's as bloody cold as it was yesterday. It's probably colder since the sun is shining.

I've been watching in awe as my yellow orchid has come into bloom. All by itself with no coaxing from me. I'm thinking I should fertilize it - the least I could do since it's bringing me so much pleasure. I keep eyeing the other 2 orchids for signs of life and there's just nothing there. I suppose I shouldn't be so greedy. I thought orchids only bloomed once a year. It's a happy sight with the condensation on the window and condo complex in the background. Now I'm glancing outside and I see there's a mini blizzard coming on with the snow at a 45 degree angle from the north. I'll upgrade the forecast to 'bitter' cold. Better turn the TV on to the Fireside channel.

January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

I cannot believe it's already 2010. Can't wait for the Olympics to start. It will give me a reason to stay shut in from the cold. Today there was a bitter wind and snow squalls off and on. I turned up the heat, tuned the tv to the Fireside Channel where I enjoyed the popping, cracking sounds of the wood burning in the fireplace. I needed the smell of the smoke to enhance the atmosphere and incense just didn't do it. Alas..
When I tired of my knitting, I switched over to my precious little book, "Shadow of the Vampuss".written by Karen Mahony and Alex Ukolov. It's a retelling of Brahm Stoker's "Dracula" with a cast of felines. The book review warns against exposing the story to under-age kittens. And the illustrations are beautiful. I find it incredible that vampire stories are all the rage. I thought of reading the 'Twilight" series but I think I may be too old for this. When I was about 11 years old, I started reading Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Brahm Stoker, and Sherlock Holmes. I have no idea how I was turned on to this reading and I'm sure I was even more frightened by not understanding the 'big' words. My grandfather was heavily into Perry Mason and James Bond and he loaned me his books. Needless to say, I didn't miss an episode of Perry Mason on TV. And Hamilton Burger yelling his objection: "Incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial'.
Those were the days.