October 15, 2014

Knit ALL the things!!

There are so many cozy things I want to make.

There are so many cozy things I want to make

October 9, 2014

Spoooooky ripple

My new ripple is looking a bit Halloweeny. The dark grey is a little blacker than I had expected. 


Spoooooky ripple

October 7, 2014

The start of a new ripple

And then there were two.

I've started crocheting a new ripple blanket. 

Christmas will soon be here, only a few weeks to go if you stop and think about it, and I have 2 blankets to crochet this year.

Three or so years ago I started making one ripple blanket each year to give to one of my nephews/nieces. One of my brothers has 5 kids and so far I have made blankets for 3 of them. This is the year I get to make blankets for his youngest, the twins. I am actually pretty excited that I get to actually make a "girly" blanket this year.

|| Ripple Ripple ||

I LOVED using Knit Picks Brava on my last ripple blanket. I wanted to use it again but had read online that the yarn now comes from China instead of Turkey. The majority of the reviews were not kind. I decided to just go ahead and order the Brava. So far, it's been okay. I did get some skeins from Turkey and I can definitely see (and feel) the difference. I much prefer the original yarn (from Turkey). But I have to say that even though the new yarn (from China) is much much thinner and kind of shiny, it still feels soft once I have crocheted it.

Have you tried Knit Picks Brava? What do you think of it? 

The start of a new ripple

September 29, 2014


The gang's all here.

Enjoying... brand new appliances. We only needed a new refrigerator but the Mother-in-law convinced us that we would get a better deal if we replaced all the appliances at the same time. I feel like such a grown-up now with my grown-up Stainless Steel appliances.

Debating... if I should buy a coffee maker to have at home. I only drink coffee at work and the husband doesn't drink it at all.


Watching... Sons Of Anarchy. We have always been a year behind in watching the show. We binged watched the last season on DVD (Yay for vacation) and now we are all caught up. No more spoliers that we have to worry about. We can finally find out what happens at the same time as everyone else.

Working... I am back to work today after a week of vacation. In some ways I am happy to be back but I already miss sleeping in. Getting up at 5:30 this morning was rough.

Choosing yarn colors

Crocheting... a new ripple. Christmas will soon be here and I have 2 blankets to make (maybe 3).

Dreaming... of a new iPhone. The new iPhone 6 is making me want to really take the plunge this time and get my first smart phone. If only I can find a inexpensive plan for only 2 phones. All the discounts available seem to be for multiple (more than 2) phones. Kind of unfair really.

September 15, 2014

It rained in the desert

Last Monday, Arizona was closed.
It rained. It rained a lot.

We got hit by a tropical storm that dumped a ton of water in a short period of time. The state was even under a State of Emergency.

It rained so much that the largest dry riverbed in town was overflowing. That doesn't happen all that often. Here are some pictures that other people took of the Santa Cruz River overflowing its banks. Can you believe that 99% of the year this is a dry riverbed? Amazing!

Now, there is another storm (Hurricane/Tropical Storm Odile) heading our way. This storm is coming from Mexico and is supposed to hit Arizona tomorrow. I wonder how much rain this new storm will bring?

September 12, 2014

Such an interesting creature

Morning visitor

Last month, I came across this morning visitor as I walked out to my car. I didn't have time to run back inside to grab my camera, so I quickly pulled out my iPod and took as many photos as I could.

Rustic Sphinx moth up close.

This giant moth is about the size of my hand. It's called a Rustic Sphinx Moth. It has awesome matte black eyes and it is covered in fur. It was so large that I could still see it all the way from the street as I drove away.

Such an interesting creature

It is such an interesting creature. Every time I look at these pictures it makes me happy that I got the chance to see one.

I know. I know. ANOTHER photo of a moth...

I know. I know. ANOTHER photo of a moth. But this one gives a better perspective of just how huge this thing really was.

Have you ever seen a Rustic Sphinx Moth?

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