Monthly Archives: July 2010

Pollyanna’s Time Flies

Hey y’all, Anna-Liza here. Same ol’ same ol’ – life is busy, but the interesting bits keep happening when the non-interesting stuff keeps me away from the computer. At least, my computer time is taken up with the not-for-fun stuff.

Let’s see, you’ve sort of caught up with Lyda. Since she currently has no phone (can anyone say “scared of commitment”? To a phone plan, I mean), email and the rare blog post are our main form of communication, which means I’m only a bit ahead of you.

C’mon girl, it’s a phone, feeding it means plugging it into the wall for a couple hours. And there are no litterboxes involved.

Sorry, I digress. Lyda’s such a bad influence on me. Or me on her. I don’t know, we’ve been influencing each other for … um … about 30 years now. Hmmm, can that be right? (think think think). Yep, I was 18 when we met, and I just turned 48, so sometime in September will be 30 years.

Wow. We should do something to celebrate, but I can’t think of what just now. Weekend in Hawaii? Simultaneous massages by identical twins? We’ll think of something.

Okay, so back to me. Because half this blog is all about me, right? I think I last blogged on the 4th of July, of which day the main feature was that I have learned my lesson about going to watch fireworks in the rain in a minivan with four overexcited kids. And four increasingly annoyed adults. None of whom can get out of the car for about an hour and a half because it’s raining so hard.

Yep. Not doing that again. I love fireworks, but not that much.

Oh, and just for the record? I don’t drive a minivan. That belonged to our friends, as did two of the overexcited kids.

Okay, let’s see, I mentioned turning 48. That happened July 12th and it’s about time. I’ve been saying I’m 48 for probably 6 months now. Don’t know why, but the age of “47” just never registered – in my head I skipped that year completely.

Darlin’ K gave me a lovely pair of earrings he bought when he was on a trip to Santa Fe and Zombie Son and Knitting Sprite took me out for dinner in Boulder, at the Moongate Asian Bistro. We had a great time and Wee Sprite gummed her first cucumber slices. I had something that involved shrimp and ginger and bok choy, and it was delicious. And hazelnut-cappuccino torte for dessert – not exactly traditional Asian fare, but hey. It was my birthday.

Then there was ArtWalk in Longmont, which I always enjoy. The kidlets had a lot of fun “sword fighting” at the Renaissance Adventures booth, where I saw the cutest redheaded toddler swiping away at people with a huge foam axe.

Reincarnation of Red Sonja, doncha think? Oh, and that’s Mr. B in the background with the purple foam sword. And to be sure not to leave out Mr. R, here he is with a red foam sword:

And Outlaw Son’s dad came to town, and we all went up to the cabin for an afternoon of just hanging out. Bonus pic with Wee Sprite:

You can tell be her expression that she’s plotting mischief. Good thing she’s not so mobile yet.

I’ve been a little skimpy on the knitting lately, a regular feature of summer for me, although I’m still slowly working away on the shawl for Grandma-in-law and a second sock. Turned the heel, about to pick up for the gusset. This sock is actually a star. You’ll see it in a slightly less finished state in the Fall Interweave Knits – which, if you subscribe, you already have. The sock is used to demonstrate a featured product on page 12.

Pattern? I don’t need no stinkin’ pattern. It’s not Jaywalker, it’s just a basic chevron stitch. You do two side-by-side opposite leaning decreases instead of one double decrease – that’s probably the main difference. I use 5 stitches between the increases and decreases, since I have narrow feet. Other than that, it’s pretty much like this one here.

Oh, and speaking of knitting, I’ve been hearing the siren call of other crafts, mixed-media art and leatherwork, in particular. And guess what? I was browsing through a thrift store that was about to go out of business, so everything was 70% off, when I found a bag full of leather tools and scrap leather. Snagged it for $10.50.

Heh. Anna-Liza doing leatherwork. Where’s Marin when I need her?

Pollyanna Pops By…

Lyda here. Just a quick post so y’all won’t call out the National Guard to look for me. ‘Cause I’d hate for the Zombie Army to eat the National Guard’s brains.

Although it looks like they got some of the former National Guards already…

Sorry. Ancient political joke. But I digress…

I’ve been busy at work for many boring reasons, and I don’t have a connection to the Cosmic Innernets at home. I haven’t even set up my computer or unpacked my fabric, which shows you my ambivalence about my current dwelling. “Clean and quiet” are the opposite of what this place is, and y’all know that is not working for the Queen of the Cleaning Obsession.

If school wasn’t coming towards me like a freight train, I’d be out looking for a new home. I will be looking for a new place as soon as the week of school is over.

I went and got a PO box this weekend. If I’m going to be moving around like a gypsy, at least my mail can have a semi-permanent home.

And if I’m going to be a gypsy, when do I get the big skirts and huge hoop earrings? There should be some benefits to this nomadic life.

I thought about training the Zombie Army to eat tiny, barking, non-house-trained dogs * – I was told there were no pets living in the house – and people who yell at each other at 2 a.m. on a weeknight.

But who knows what diseases my zombies would catch?

Even zombies have to have standards.

* I’m kidding about the zombies eating the dogs.

Probably.

Pollyanna Has a Lot of Nothing to Say

… which is why I haven’t been posting. (Anna-Liza here). Been busy, but not with anything really interesting. So if you’re interested in the not-so-interesting details, read on! (Cute pic at the end as a reward if you do).

I started riding the bus to and from work, now that there’s bus service between where I live and where I work. The bus stop is about half a mile from home, and the stop near work is a bit less than half a mile from the office, so I’m getting a little more exercise, and the ride itself is most pleasant. I now have about 50 minutes more knitting/reading/vegging time added to my day!

As a result, I do have knitted stuff I’m working on, but haven’t taken pictures of any of it yet. (So, you know, there’s that “I can’t post about it ’til I have pictures” thing).

I have one Traveling Woman shawl finished for me and one in progress for Darlin’ K’s grandmother. It’s really more of a shawlette as written, which is great for a summer wrap that I can tuck into my purse, handy for over-air-conditioned restaurants or the evening chill that can come so quickly in Colarado. Oh, wait, I do have pics of the one for me.

This one was made from one skein of Plain & Fancy sport singles in the “Turquoise/Brown” colorway.

No pics yet of the one for my Grandma-in-law, but it’s out of handpained Wildfoote in a cream shade with several shades of pink and yellow flashes. She loves pink.

I’ve also got another, warmer shawl up on the blocking board.

This one was woven on a triangle loom. I made the main part in Wyoming last September and I finally got it out, blocked it, and put the fringe on. I have added some colorful wooden beads to the fringe and am still deciding if I want to add more. I’ll have a finished pic soon, and will do a post about making it. Really, I will.

We’re getting our packing lists written and starting prep for Burning Man, which we will be attending this year with the kidlets. We will be camping at Kidsville, so stop by if you’re there!

Knitting Sprite, Outlaw Son and Wee Sprite are moving to Longmont this month, which makes me smile every time I think about it. Maybe she’ll have more posting time once they’ve settled in – she has had some cool stuff going on. Wee Sprite is six months old now and cuter than ever, impossible as it may seem!

So there you go. I have to say, I’m quite happy with a quiet life! But it’s not so exciting to post about.