Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On a Happier Note

It's National Dog Day!  Every day should be!  Get a new sweater, all you dogs.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Three Years

I was wrapped up in making adjustments to my daily life, and finding the delight in having my weekends to roam the open roads that I nearly forgot yesterday marks three years that Piccolo left me.  The sting is still there, but somewhat fainter as other events present themselves to sting more.
These days I am focused on repair and care that my little family deserves.
Madeline, the Man, and me.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Details Omitted

Never again will I put up with a situation where I'm not treated with respect.

Lucinda cowl kit from Pepperberry Knits in color Crazy Redhead.  I think these colors will go with everything.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

At Least the Fish Survived

Things had not been working out to my advantage, and then they really weren't.  I was taking care of  friends' pets during this crisis.  I was tidying up, taking out garbage, and found one of their Koi in the jets of the pond.  I don't know how long the fish had been there.  I reached in and grabbed him, and threw him back in the pond.  Later in the afternoon, I found the same fish in the jets.  I turned them off for a while, and when I turned them on again, he was pulled in.  Jets off.  The fish was back in the pond, floating on top, on his side, barely breathing.  I was freaking out.  With my self esteem in the toilet, all I needed was a dead fish on the property that was in my care.  Phone calls and texts were made, and based on advice, I added water to the pond and moved the hose around so water flowed over the injured fish's gills.  After a few minutes, his lips moved like he was gasping for breath, and he started swimming!  Now if I could only harness that power to repair my own situation.
I found this sock in progress at the bottom of a box.  That much closer to a pair.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer of Misery

It was a matter of time, I think.  Madeline has a long back and is a jumper.  She was a little out of sorts a few days ago, and then on Friday, started whimpering and screaming in pain when she tried to hop up on our laps, or even when just doing the most basic movements.  Around midnight on Friday we took her to the emergency room.  I'm pretty certain it's disc disease, which I recognize from my experience with Piccolo.  The exam was cringe inducing to say the least.  She spent some time at the shop this weekend so I could keep an eye on her.  I'm doing my best to shove an anti-inflammatory and some pain meds down her throat, but she's a little stinker and her appetite is off, so I can't get them in her food.  Fortunately she is moving a little better, and took a long walk this morning.  But no more jumping or stairs for her.  We are going for a follow up visit on Friday.
Just another little piece of misery.  Strapped for cash, sick pet, still need to move, etc., etc.

Friday, August 07, 2015

I Need a Bigger Platform

Here at Lucky Penny HQ, we are having the Summer of Austerity.  The Summer of Misery.  I attempted some bold moves to try to change my circumstances, but now I need to think of another way.  Publish.   Self publish.  Work on the retail side of Lucky Penny.  I need an increased platform. Lucky Penny's fan page on Facebook has a little more than 200 likes, and my Instagram followers hover below 300.  If you happen to read this blog, and are part of my Facebook or Instagram family, thank you.
In the meantime, there's some knitting going on as always.  This is a hat knit from Cumbria by Kelbourne Woolens in their pattern, and now the name escapes me.  Additional round repeats for slouch.  I just love this color green.  I think it could easily be used as a neutral.  I really want a sweater out of this yarn

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I'm a Professional, Really I Am

A finished wardrobe piece from earlier this summer.  Rosalinda by Jennifer Wood, knit in the recommended yarn, Shibui Linen, held double.  I did the shaping on the skirt panels completely wrong, but proceeded with it as is.  It's shameful, as I teach people how to read and interpret patterns.  I added pockets to the side, borrowing from Cocoknits Liesl.  If I were to knit another, I would shape the skirt properly and not make the armhole openings so deep.  Moving on.
I have quite a few sweaters for the soon to follow fall season on the needles, and a Perkins Cove sweater in Anzula Breeze that I don't think I have a hope of finishing to wear to the Anzula trunk show that's coming to Knit 1 on August 2.
Our plans for moving foiled yet again.  Back to my frustrating Craigslist search.