Random September day
Thursday September 17th 2009, 4:22 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Food,Friends,Wildlife

I kept it short. I wanted enough yarn left to make a matching pair of socks of the merino Jasmin spun up for me: after I started with one pattern, I realized that at the size it was coming out to, I could switch and do it a la Water Turtles, a very open, stretchy lace, and not have to use up lots of yardage. I think my final stitch count was something like 241/row in the main body, only seven Water Turtle repeats long, and it’s plenty big enough for me. (Pardon me while I go run in those loose ends…)

This is the yarn Karin just surprised me with to replace the shawl I surprised her with to replace the yarn she surprised me with.

This is the baby squirrel near a towhee, to give a sense of scale.  It has already learned it is not to climb the awning support pole so temptingly close to the birdfeeder, not from me but from the other squirrels–and it was highly amusing to watch it and a gray squirrel this morning. They were staring at it longingly, twitching towards it and away and towards it and away in fierce repetitive tiny motions, not daring to but oh it’s fall!and you have to squirrel away food!!andandand!!!

All I did was unlatch the door and the two careened into each other while trying to run for the hills.   Guilty!

The baby squirrel tried to climb the fence yesterday and found itself sliiiiiiiiiiding back down the wood. Oops. Made it on the second try, though; it’s getting better at this quickly.  Yesterday the fence, tomorrow that pole, bwahaahaa. (If that big feederfiller isn’t looking…)

We’ve all had days like that–being new at something, trying again, and the sense of satisfaction at getting it right.

And one more thing.  My usual daily dose of hot cocoa?  Mom, this is for you: today I broke just a small piece off the end of a Valrhona 85% bar and grated it into the mug (and got tired of grating and just broke up the rest of it and threw it in).  Add the milk, nuke the milk (you don’t put solid chocolate into hot milk, they have to warm up together to keep the chocolate from seizing), and then I added the cocoa and sugar.  Skipped the usual dollop of cream.

Wow.  Things will never be the same.

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Gorgeous shawl on a pretty lady! I’ll have a couple of squirrels in tomorrow’s posting.

Fun time:

From halfway across the store I could hear a mother calling for her son. “Jimmy, Jimmy!” I turned the corner into another aisle and found a six year old boy playing with some umbrellas. “Are you Jimmy?” I asked.
“Didn’t you hear your mother call you?”
“Aren’t you going to answer her?”
He shook his head. “She’s not hysterical yet”

Comment by Don Meyer 09.17.09 @ 5:22 pm

Okay, now this quarter of studies is done.

Do you remember what I was knitting on? No? Sigh. Neither do I. 🙂

Comment by afton 09.17.09 @ 6:10 pm

You look lovely the color of the shawl is delightful love your smile:) Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 09.17.09 @ 7:53 pm

Gorgeous shawl and a fabulous color! The cocoa sounds delightful too.

Comment by TripletMom 09.17.09 @ 10:47 pm

This shawl is gorgeous! You’re so tiny…it just fits you perfectly 🙂

Comment by Carol 09.18.09 @ 3:57 am

I love that shawl! It’s gorgeous in the red, and I love the elbow length.

Sounds like you and Karin have a nice “It’s better to give than receive.” game going on there…chuckles.

Towhees are one of my favorite birds…such good solid color blocks they have.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 09.18.09 @ 4:01 am

One of the best things about September is it’s almost Cocoa Time!
I bet you appreciate every drop this year :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 09.18.09 @ 4:03 am

Wow! I clicked to see the shawl bigger and got surprised by the way your embiggens pop on the screen now. Cool, very cool.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 09.18.09 @ 4:05 am

Is it so random? Sounds like an Alison-kinda-day to me! Pretty yarn, cute critter, cocoa…. All days should be so random.

Comment by LynnM 09.18.09 @ 9:23 am

The best randomness includes chocolate thrown into cocoa. 🙂 I am glad for you.

Comment by karin maag-tanchak 09.18.09 @ 3:59 pm

We are moving out of cocoa time it is getting hot here but your description has sure tempted me! I love the yarn, such a pretty colour. Great shawl too. Happy knitting and cocoa drinking!

Comment by Vicki 09.18.09 @ 5:02 pm

Your squirrel learning curve sounds about right for my spinning re-connecting with my wheel curve. If ever I get this shawl bound off with its picot knit backwards edge, I’m gonna’ spin for a few minutes!

Comment by Channon 09.20.09 @ 12:22 pm

Wow, I’m behind on reading your blog–that shawl looks fabulous on you! What gorgeous colors, it really looks stunning.

Thanks for all your cheering notes lately on my blog. I have been overwhelmed in moving madness but read everything you post!

Comment by Joanne 09.20.09 @ 7:06 pm

Love the shawl and the squirrel. And the cocoa approach! If only the squirrel knew you keep the really good stuff in your cupboard…

Comment by twinsetellen 09.22.09 @ 8:32 pm

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