Mood Music

I know a few of you share my love of music.  It can set my mood, which was the case this morning.  I love my Xm ’80s station, even more now that they’ve added the year released to the songs.  How could I not be energized when my ride to work was AC/DC and Survivor?  In an instant, I was a pre-teen with roller skates, dipping and swaying at the local rink, and despite the grey skies, I was grinning…

I needed music last night.  The Knight wasn’t home, and Sissy was just really being a pest.  She was behaving as she does when she’s trying to tattle on Gretchen, but Gretchen was playing at my feet while I folded laundry.  Not Sissy.  She paced.  She fretted.  She was stressed.  Finally, in a huff, I follwed her to the kitchen, where I promptly dropped to my knees and kissed her, and then put both dogs in the crate.

No photos, but the seal on the dishwasher finally granted the Knight his wish.  He’s been wishing that appliance out of commission for several years, and of course, it gave up while he wasn’t home.  There were THICK suds from the dishwasher to the pantry, and if Sissy hadn’t made me follow her when she did, they’d have been in the guest bath in moments.

Have you ever tried to mop thick suds?  It doesn’t really work.  I just set the mop in the midst, wiggled, rung out, and repeated until I could see the floor again.  THEN, I was able to mop.

So, while the hero and her sidekick chomped on treats, I cast on for Sissy’s cowl.  I didn’t make much progress, despite claims that it can be knitted in 1-2 hours.  I didn’t have but a few minutes last night before I cried uncle and retreated to the solace of my bed.  Maybe I’ll get home in time to finish it tonight.

The Knight hopes to squeeze in buying a new dishwasher between meetings tonight.  My request list is simple – it must fit in the hole we have for the now-former model, and it should be quiet.  Anything else I should add?

Maybe the FO report on the Voyager just isn’t meant to happen.  We’ll try again tomorrow.  In the meantime, I happen to know I’m not the only one who took that whole “sock yarn doesn’t count as stash” thing too seriously.  Join me in accepting Gaylen‘s challenge at the Stash Sock Club Group on Ravelry, where we’ll knit 12 pairs of socks from stash yarn this year (and probably next, and the year after that, and…).

my first pair of socks!

my first pair of socks!

I have on these warm beauties today.  They’re a little thicker than most of the other socks I’ve done, but that’s a good thing on a cold, dreary day.

I only finished three pairs of socks last year, and only one other pair remains on the needles.  I miss my socks, but I got distracted by lace and hats in 2008. 

Here’s a list of what I knitted last year, by category:

Socks – three sad pairs, including the two pairs of Pedicure socks.

Hats – 11, I think?

Wraps of all sorts – 13

There were about 25 other things including a couple of cardigans, dog sweaters, scarves, bookmarks…

Don’t tell the Knight.  I’m sure he’d say I knit too much, but I do have that stash to work through…

21 comments on “Mood Music

  1. Tobi says:

    Those are some of the prettiest Basset eyes I ever did see.

  2. Sue says:

    Didn’t you ever watch Lassie? You should know you need to follow them to the disaster when they act like that.

    I love that Sissy is a tattler. Monty used to tattle on the others. He would meet me at the door and let me know they’d been bad and he didn’t do it.

  3. grace says:

    that’s a pretty significant list of finished objects for one year, I like that you did so many wraps etc. Have fun with the new dishwasher, mine is terrible but if I tell maintenance they will just replace it with the same make and model, that and not having a washer and dryer are the only drawbacks to my apartment.

  4. gaylen says:

    That list of finished objects for 2008 is pretty darn impressive.

    Yea Sissy! Way to go on making mommy follow you to disaster. What’s that you say? “Timmy’s in the well?”

    Relax and let it be. As for the dishwasher – works efficiently is high on my list! I hate having to scrub the dishes before loading, might as well wash them all by hand. g

  5. Marjie says:

    Musts on my DW list: Quick rinse cycle (separate from the regular rinse) and a delayed timer, so I can load it, set it, add dishes if anyone eats ice cream or snacks before bed (like that’s never happened!) and, magically, I have clean dishes in the morning without listening to the noise! Good girl, Sissy, warning Mommy of impending doom!

  6. nichole says:

    I need to get my socks (that have been WIPs for many months now) done and get knitting on some new ones… thick ones, yes… I NEED those this week!

  7. Dawn says:

    Great pic of Sissy….looks so professional!

    Ug I need to join that sock group…I’m so behind in my sock club kits…I really don’t like having a stash, it bugs me because it calls out to me “knit me” “knit me”…yup I’m weird that way. Darcy has seen my stash and says I need to get one!:) Been working on it but then I start knitting franatically to get it down!

    You’ve made a lot!

    I was so glad when we moved to get a new dishwasher…the one at our old house was so loud that I’d only run it in the middle of the night! It never did die…waited and waited for it too!

  8. Ruth says:

    Gotta love a dog who averts disaster! Your list for 08 is impressive. I need to review my own knitting for the year. One thing for sure, it too is woefully short on socks.

  9. Sue J. says:

    What an adorable picture of your baby/hero. Our sweeties are so much smarter than we are sometimes. Hope you love your new dishwasher. All I require is that it clean the dishes and operate quietly. Is that too much to ask? Well, yes, because we have yet to find one that is quiet. Good luck with the stash knit down for 2009. I know better than to sign up for knitting down my stash. 🙂

  10. Amanda says:

    Glad you caught the suds when you did! I think your requirements for the new machine are perfect.

  11. anniebananie says:

    We have a frigidaire and really love it. You can wash either dishes on the upper rack only, dishes on lower rack only, or dishes on both racks at the same time. It’s quiet. It cleans well. I like it.

  12. p3knitter says:

    Ooo – very pretty – love the socks!

  13. MrPuffy says:

    12 pairs of socks this year. Uh huh. I’m counting – no cheating!

  14. Anita says:

    That’s a great shot of Sissy! 🙂 And she’s so smart! I hate that you had to clean up suds…. at least your kitchen floor is super clean now! LOL

    I like the timer on mine, or should I say it has a 4 hour delay, that way it run while we are alseep.

    12 pairs of socks in a year!? And you said I was ambitious with that sweater!

  15. Bubblesknits says:

    That has to be my favorite picture of Sissy yet. 🙂 Those big ole eyes get me every time. Bet you’ll listen to her from now on, huh? hehe

    Just went over and joined Gaylen’s group. Don’t know if I can do it right since I’m in two (yes, two…::sigh::) sock clubs, but I’ll give it my best shot. 😉

  16. Robin in VA says:

    Look at those eyes!!!

  17. What a GOOD GIRL!! And that pic? Oh, she is just too much!

  18. Nancy says:

    Oh dear! I hope, by now, you have a new dishwasher. I love my kitchen-aid in the architect series. It IS very quiet! Less quiet than even my washer and dryer. Sissy is such a good warning signal!

  19. Darcy says:

    What a good girl to warn you and I know about suds on the floor my bff dolores says it is weird to watch me scrub my dishes before I put them in the dishwasher but ours seems to just rinse them;)Hugs Darcy

  20. Miss Me says:

    good girl! sissy definitely deserves her cowl now.

  21. Kathy says:

    Sissy is good……..very good:). Dishwashers breaking is never good.
    Mine broke the day after I was put in a full leg cast a few years ago. Steaming water and suds filled my kitchen floor. Of course the hubby wasn’t home. Are they ever home when something breaks?

    Love those socks!

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