10
Jan
2016

This past summer, a new pattern idea caught the eye of my sister and me.  It’s called the Scoreboard Knit Along  where one sets up a scarf, knit in the round – each row represents a point scored during the season.  Generally, two main colors (from your team) are chosen. Color 1 is used for your team’s points; color 2 for your opponents’ points.  Some people use a third color to knit a separator row between games.

I chose to use all three colors for the New Orleans Saints: Black, Gold and White. Because I wanted more variation and interest in what would be a very long finished piece, I decided to use black for the saints scores, and alternate gold and white for the opponents scores.  I separated games by purling the final rows of each.  My sister also decided we should augment these ridiculous things with beads to make them even more ridiculous! (In hindsight, I regret it because the beads catch and snag the scarf when it’s folded up.)

In this 2015 season, the games the Saints played in had a combined 984 points.  That is a lot of knitting, and because the pattern called for a mid-weight yarn, this thing ended up over 14 feet in length. At least the pattern connects the ends, so the scarf ends up doubled on itself, so the result is only 7 feet long.

ONLY. SEVEN. FEET. Hahahahahaha!

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This is probably the most ridiculous thing I have ever crafted, and if you know me at all, that’s really saying something. So, now, what does one DO with an 8 pound, striped, although quite cuddly and squishy, because I used nice yarn, monstrosity?

If I wrap it around my neck 4 or 5 times, it’s impossible to move, but is comforting.  Hey! Just like one of those travel neck pillows:

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It’s the perfect length for a good leash:

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I could freak out the children and tell them there is a giant python in the living room trying to ingest their dog!

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Or perhaps, Rapunzel Hair for halloween…

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We live in an old house. Maybe, this is the perfect item to block those cold, drafty doorway openings:

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Hm. Yeah, it makes a pretty good straight jacket.

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I think this is my personal favorite. I hate unannounced visits from people I do not know. Especially solicitors – anyone going door to door must be discouraged from coming near my place. What looks from the street much like a huge snake on the porch may deter a few annoying people.  Would you risk it?

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Ah. Scarfzilla  – the possibilities are endless.

 

12
Oct
2015

My sister has been in town several times over the past few months. Coincidentally, there has been a temporary Biergarten at the Space and Rocket Center on Thursday evenings, and we have been frequent visitors.  If you are a local to the North Alabama area, you should check it out. It’s free entry to the Davidson Center, and how often does one get to dine on schnitzel under a true life Saturn V rocket? The last week is October 22.

Much to the chagrin of my teenager, we also discovered how much fun the kids’ play areas are.

We also loved the book, The Martian, thus the inspiration for this hot mess. I think the pimp cup is a supernatural touch.

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30
Sep
2015

 

 

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My dog, Deuce (the numbnut on the right), LOVES to watch football, as well as equestrian events, on TV.  Most of the time, he sits in front of the TV, staring intently, watching the action on screen.  But, when the kicking game is happening, he goes ballistic.

He recognizes the formations on screen for punts, kick-offs, and field goals.  It’s the most amazing thing.  When the players line up, he starts barking and lunging at the picture. Sometimes, he’s so aggressive, I think he is going to knock the TV over!

The other night, Deuce dialed the intelligence dial all the way up to 11.  We were watching a game, while he was upstairs.  The announcer called “Touchdown!”, and wouldn’t you know, that damn dog recognized the meaning and came flying down the stairs to see the extra point.

Freakin’ unbelievable.