Tommy, our only male cat (he is not complaining, what tom cat would refuse to be lord over two female felines?) loves the laundry fresh out of the dryer. And when I mean fresh out of the dryer, I really mean that he will go into the dryer to get at the softener coated clothes. New sheets on the bed? He is all over them, literally. White sweaters on your body? You will take a piece of him where ever you go. But on rainy days like this morning I understood his obsession and let him take a four hour nap in the heavy blanket we were getting ready to fold…only to wake him up with the flash of the camera.

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He looks so pissed cute!

I was so upset to hear that the business trip that Patrick was going on would be during the week.  I grew up in Santa Cruz and wanted to be able to go with him down to Monterey and show him around.  It’s a trip we have always wanted to take,  but something else always comes up.  So he was going it alone and he was going to bring back pictures.  He was even going to go to the aquarium in Monterey.  I was excited that one of us was going down there and maybe this would be the start of a new trip in the works.

That’s one thing about Patrick,  he’s a pack rat when it comes to information about the places he visits.  I am still sifting through packets and post cards from two years ago.  The pictures are worse.  I had to miss a trip to Florida with him and all I got back was a bunch of pictures of clouds.  The year before,  I had the cam in my hand, so thank god we got some pictures of the area and family.

No matter where we go,  Patrick will always take pictures of the clouds in the sky and sunsets.  When we were in Finland two or three summers ago,  he went down to the river by my families house at the same time every night to get the 11:30pm sunset.  But most of that trip was spent snapping large bodies of water.  When we went camping in Salt Point,  CA the cam was pointed towards the birds, never mind the baby skunk that I totally wanted to catch on the memory card.  But this trip,  not only did he bring back three post cards of Otters,  but he took four pictures of fish at the aquarium and over TWENTY-FIVE pictures of Otters.  Plus the picture of his car.  That’s another picture that keeps showing up in the file after road trips.

But this story has a sweet side and not just a shit load of Otter pictures.  The night before he went to the aquarium,  Patrick called me from his hotel room to check in.  He shared that he had seen an Otter eating while he was having dinner.  I reminisced about my love for seeing Otters in the wild and went into my encyclopedia state of mind,  spouting facts about Otters including them hitting their food with rocks…with sound effects.  I guess this stuck with him as he tried to catch those fast buggers in a pose.  The action shots are amazing,  though a bit fuzzy.

Sometimes life gets busy and I forget the smallest things he does.  He told me when he got home that he loved the sharks the best,  but I saw no pictures of sharks.  Enjoy the pictures.

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Relaxing after a large meal

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Clean Otter next to Godliness?

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The Kelp Forest, my favorite place as a kid

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Patrick’s Mazda MX-6

Wool!

March 25, 2006

Just more mountains of yarn to be rolled up into balls and made into something.  People ask me why I roll all of my yarn into balls,  even if it is a center pull skein.  I honestly don’t know.  Sometimes it fits in my bag better and sometimes I just want something to do with my hands.  I don’t like to have to pull at my yarn while I am Knitting so it’s easy to have  a ball unraveling at my feet.

I have plenty of the Purple wool and not so much of the brown wool so I might try to make a hat AND scarf this time.  Wow,  I am so living on the edge.

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Yum, purple and it’s pretty soft too.

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Ok, so this mess is a little scratchy.  It will get rolled up and put away for now.

I Love Alpaca

March 25, 2006

I only have one ball of this very light brown thick Alpaca yarn.  I am waiting for two more balls to come in from a yarn shop since it’s very popular.  It has been sold out for months.
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No clue what to knit.

Three Cables

March 25, 2006

Here is a thin scarf I made in a grey Alpaca yarn I got from a yarn shop in Lake Tahoe.  I think the brand name was “Wings,”  but I’m not sure.  It’s soft to work with though.  I knit stitched each edge stitch to make the curved edge.  The cables are six stitches wide with Stockinette stitch three stitches wide inbetween and four on the sides.

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It’s Thin,  but it’s warm

My Tools

March 25, 2006

I love paraphernalia of any kind.  I have the thing that goes with the thing for anything I do.  Not that I spend a lot of money getting these things,  but I do like to buy good quality things.  Things that will last and get more beautiful with age.  I think I got this from my grandfather who I inherited some of my household tools from.  That hammer I got from him is the best hammer I will ever use.  It must be years old by now.  It’s worn down and stained on it’s wood handle,  but it’s one of the most beautiful tools I own.

Part of the reason I Knit and/or Crochet is that I get some “me” time.  Part of that is putting on some good music,  lighting a scented candle and settling down with some soft fuzzy yarn.  Wooden tools blend right into this situation,  but the most important reason I use wood is so my hands do not hurt.  When my hands are hurting from working the yarn or computer use,  wood is warm and softer then metal.  The yarn won’t slip off as bad at plastic and metal.  Plus there is an amazing wood turner in Ohio that makes the most beautiful hooks and needles.  Go check him out!

Turn of the Century

The Hooks

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The hooks come in so many different woods from around the world and sizes…even sizes that no one else has.  The smallest size is 3.75mm and the largest is 19mm.

The Needles

I use Clover bamboo knitting needles.  You can find them at any craft store that sells knitting supplies.  I got my double pointed needles from Bambooneedlegirl on Ebay.  She sells wonderful bamboo needles and Crochet hooks and I look forward to buying something from her for the third time.  Bamboo is so light that you hardly notice the needles in your hands sometimes.

The Cases

Both the Needle and Crochet cases are made by women in Vietnam so they can provide for their families.  Not only did I help them by buying both cases, but they help me out as well.  There is a place for everything and even a zippered pouch for everything else.  I am tough on my things sometimes so I added snaps to my cases,  but they do hold everything well.  Both cases are made of silk and are in the Jade/Chocolate color.  There are five other color combos and they are not expensive.  It was $25 for the Crochet case and $35 for the needle case.  Check them out below.

Lantern Moon

Crochet Case

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Needle Case

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The Four Days They Flew.

March 24, 2006

The first day was a shock.  No one knew they were coming and some even called the TV news channels to report fighter jets flying low and fast.  Something was happening,  they were starting to circle.  Flying side by side and following the same paths and after awhile,  doing flips.

Flips?

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The Blue angels came to town and all of Sacramento got a free two day show as they practiced all over the valley.  The Air show was that weekend and It was beyond words.

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Oh, so close!

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Neat!