Friday, May 8, 2015

Reality Check

Earlier in the week I was heading out on a walk, and as I took a look around me the thought I've had so many times before ran through my head. I love where I live. The mountains, the trees, the lake, my little cottage, my front porch (back in use again now that the weather has improved). I am surrounded by so many good things in my life, and those are the things I tend to blog about.

Then I had another thought. Because I like to share the good bits of my life with you, you might get the impression that everything is always wonderful, that there isn't anything unsightly nearby, that all my knitting projects turn out, and that our cottage is immaculate. I think it's time to set the record straight.

Our cat Emily is shedding. It looks like she exploded on top of the couch.


Fergus is shedding too, although his hair tends to collect on the floor.


Yes, my daily walk is lovely, but at the junction of the highway with the road down to Lindell Beach I pass by this, possibly the world's ugliest sign.


Which, when I think about it, is perfect since it directs unfortunate campers at the nearby provincial campground to this, possibly the world's ugliest storefront.


Then there's my knitting. Every time I walk into my little craft closet I try to avert my eyes from this lump of disaster. It was meant to be a sweater for a newborn, but about halfway through my knitting I had to admit it was a complete failure. Unless I could find a kindergarten age child who didn't mind wearing a baby kimono.


Then there is this sock.


I actually quite like this sock, but I fear it is never going to have a "sole mate." You know the expression "it's what's on the inside that counts?"


That single sock has been languishing in my sock basket for over three years now. I don't have the heart to throw it out. I don't have the courage to weave in all those ends. And I certainly don't have any plans to knit the second one.

Now if you'll excuse me I think I better go find the vacuum. Have a great weekend!



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  1. thanks for sharing the, um, other side of life - I was sweeping today, no pets, but mine, where does all this dust come from? I like what the yarn harlot says - not dust bunnies, but dust bison!

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    1. Dust bison perfectly describes it! :-)

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  2. Words fail me..... . . . . . . . . . .except, I hope this doesn't mean you expect to see my less than perfect life? Especially, cat and dog hair! Now that I have a new dark wood floor I can't escape cleaning more often.

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    1. I think it would be a great blog challenge. Now that you have dark hardwood floor you shouldn't have any trouble taking some pictures and joining in. :-)

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  3. Ha! I understand. I am surrounded by scenes like that sometimes - although less pet hair as we have no pets! - it is always good to be reminded of the good by the not so good! xx

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    1. Yes, every once in awhile it can be a good thing to have a reality check. :-)

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  4. The inside of your sock made me laugh. I don't blame you for not doing the 2nd one, but that would be a really pretty pair. Maybe just challenge yourself to weave in ONE end a day. By the time you finish you might be ready to knit the 2nd one.

    Or you could just ravel it. Or you could just throw it away. Or you could find an amputee...no, wait. You didn't see that.

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    1. I don't know what it is about that sock. I've woven in far more ends than that with some of my Fair Isle projects. I don't think I could even bribe myself with chocolate or new yarn to get the job accomplished. Finding the amputee is the easy part. Somehow though I can't picture my son wearing this sock. :-)

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  5. That Westie hair is everywhere and he is tracking in so much dirt and twigs. First I thought I was losing a lot of hair as he was supposed to be a non shedder. My husband has white hair too but he is pretty balding so I can't blame him ! Oh that sock, all those ends...I had to laugh I know exactly how you are thinking! It is a beautiful sock though. I just ripped out 1500 stitches of a sweater I don't think I will knit. Ticks me right off when my projects bomb too!! Have a happy Mothers Day

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    1. Westies aren't supposed to be too bad as far as shedding goes, but they do seem to go through a couple phases of it a year. We have the dirt and twig thing happening here, along with some fir needles thrown in for good measure. :-)

      I'm sorry about those 1500 stitches. You are a way smarter knitter than me though. I probably would have kept knitting until I had half a sweater I didn't like, then tossed it into a bag and shoved it deep into my stash closet. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

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  6. The reality of life...certainly made me smile

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    1. I'm glad I could make you smile! :-)

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  7. Ha! Ha! I loved this post.Our house is full of black labrador hair. It collects in the corners of rooms she doesn't even go in. How does that happen? I have abandoned projects too. I have a quarter of a granny blanket languishing under a bed waiting to be started up again. I can't face it.
    I think Blog World is a little perfect bubble, so it's nice to see that other people's reality is just like mine!

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    1. And here I was thinking black labs didn't shed! :-) I have no idea how that dog hair gets into so many places, especially places the dogs don't even go. The same thing happens here. Good luck deciding what to do with the granny blanket.

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  8. Hey Kristie,
    Skarloey the cat is shedding too, and even though Honey has had her bi-annual trim I still despair over the tumble weeds of fur that roll around my house. The sock made me laugh, sorry about that. All those ends!! It is a handsome sock though. Oh and I quite like the sign. I have a thing for paint peeling signs. Very photogenic ;))
    Leanne xx

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    1. It must be cat shedding season. I love "tumble weeds of fur" to describe all the dog hair. Fergus just got groomed as well, and it does help. The tumble weeds aren't as big or numerous as usual.

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  9. This made me smile..you tried, but there is nothing much to complain about here! You have a pretty good life there Kristie :)

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    1. I agree Anne. I do have a very good life here, in spite of dog and cat hair and an embarrassing number of UFOs. (Unfinished objects for any non-knitters reading this.) I can't imagine what the floor would look like if I had two Westies to clean up after! :-)

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  10. Tie the ends on the sock into small tight knots and clip them! No one will know. It deserves to be worn!

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    1. I thought about doing that Skeindalous, but then realized it would be very uncomfortable to wear them if they had knots inside. I guess I haven't given up completely on knitting the other sock some day in the distant future because after I took the picture instead of tossing the sock in the garbage I put it back in my sock basket. :-)

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  11. Reading this has made me chuckle. The lonesome sock is such a nice pattern so i can understand why you've kept it. I can also understand why you haven't sewn in the ends too as I find that so tedious myself. Have you thought of stuffing it and hanging it somewhere? Or am I being daft?

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    1. I'm glad I could give you a chuckle, Jacqueline. :-)

      I hadn't thought about stuffing it or hanging it somewhere. Too bad it isn't big enough to be a Christmas stocking. Maybe I should hang it inside my stash closet to serve as some kind of warning about what projects to choose.

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  12. We have plenty of fluff balls in all corners of our house, even hanging down from the ceiling. I blame the age, our house is about 90 years old and full of cracks. I'll sew in your ends if you like, but you must promise to knit the second sock if I do. Will sew in those ends, too. The sock is too beautiful to not have a partner. And no, I am not joking, the offer stands :-)

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    1. What a kind (and brave!) offer, Christina. I will keep it in mind, and if I ever get up the ambition to knit the second sock I might just take you up on it. Thanks you so much!

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  13. I often used to say, when I had a dog, that the hair I picked up every week was enough to build another dog. :)

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  14. Send your sock to me and I will darn in the ends. It's always more doing things for a friend than for yourself.

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    1. That is such a kind offer, Wanda! :-)

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    2. Sorry Kristie. I should check before I post. Meant to say it's more FUN to do chores for other people than oneself. Send your sock to me and I will return it to you, ends darned when you return to Scotland.

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  15. Our grey cat is also shedding! And I have several projects in a timeout right now!

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    1. I think it must be cat shedding season. Several of us seem to be in the midst of it. And it's always nice to find out there are other crafters out there like me. In fact, it seems like most of us have projects stuffed away in places where they will probably never again see the light of day. :-)

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  16. Too funny! At the heart of all our lives, we all have the shedding animals, the stores we pretend don't exist, and the sock that will never be finished or have its mate...no matter where we live! Thanks for your comment on my post :)

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    1. Yes, I think that was what motivated me to do this post Nicole. We all have the less than pretty bits of our lives that we tend to gloss over. It's best to have a sense of humour about it. :-)

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  17. Oh dear, I'm laughing at the sock of doom, a shining example of the kind of project that taught me to learn to weave in ends as I go. (Actually, my project of doom was an intarsia pullover in cotton and cotton/viscose blend . . . those ends do not want to stay woven . . . )

    Tumbleweeds of pet hair roll perpetually through my house.
    -- stashdragon

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    1. Yes, that sock could serve as a lesson in many things Stashdragon, not the least of which is why one should weave in ends as they go. This is apparently a lesson I still haven't learned, as today's knitting task is to weave in ends on the Lopi vest I've just finished knitting. Words fail about the cotton intarsia sweater. I won't even attempt to knit intarsia, and the thought of doing it with cotton makes me feel a little bit dizzy. :-)

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    1. Thanks! Remind me to show you that sock in person. :-)

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  19. Hey, your reality is shared by many, including me! Smudge Bunny and Cody Dog shed at the same time, both spring and fall. My carpet starts to look like a mohair rug if I don't vacuum every day during their joint molt. They both have very fine silky hair which floats around in the air for hours it seems before it sifts down to the floor.
    That is an ugly store and sign, but the backdrop of beautiful mountains is gorgeous!
    I've had my share of knitted projects that didn't work. The sock is so pretty too!! My sister once saw a woman who had hung hand knitted lone socks from her front porch at Christmas time as a decoration. Now I wonder if these were socks that she couldn't bring herself to knit the second mate? Your sock looks like a good candidate for such a Christmas sock ;) No need to weave in ends or make a mate!
    I've read back a few posts here Kristie. Your flight to Chicago sounded horrendous, and I hope your mother felt much better once you were both safe at your brother's place. What an ordeal for both of you to have to go through! It sounds like it all ended on a positive note though. Your knitted bolero looks adorable ... love the details in the knitting :)
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Wendy

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    1. I think you might have me beat in the shedding department if you have a bunny/dog combo. Maybe we should be collecting all this animal hair to spin? (Just kidding, although I know some people actually do.)

      I think it is the contrast of the sign and the mountains that makes it seem especially bad.

      If only the sock was a little bigger it would be a perfect Christmas sock. That's interesting about the lady who hung her single socks out at Christmas. I bet that's exactly what happened - they were socks she just never got around to knitting a mate for. If I did that it would be this one lonely sock. They are the one thing I'm pretty good at completing. Some, like the knee socks I started a year ago, take awhile to finish, but aside from these I usually manage to finish the pair.

      Yes, the Chicago flight was a nightmare. My mom only partially recovered, and that was the thing that upset me the most about the situation. I doubt she will ever attempt the trip again.

      Have a great Sunday!

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  20. Ah thank you for this reality check. Max is shedding a full dog everyday. I have a bad cold and feel like my head is going to explode. I am crabby and grumpy and not feeling bright and sunny post s I read. I think the sign is hysterical, there is lots of that here in Florida. You all see pictures of the beach and the Gulf of Mexico and think that is Florida, the rest of us living and working here rarely get to experience all of that.
    Hugs to you Kristen and thanks for the reality check.
    Meredith

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  21. Oh Kristie, this did my heart good! I nearly laughed out loud at all those ends on the sock! :-)

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  22. This made me laugh! With three cats and a long haired large dog that blows his coat three times a year - I know the fur you speak of!!!!

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  23. That wrap over will be perfect for when Lucy starts ballet classes, surely ;)

    I think we are all guilty of leaving out the ugly, but there's enough of it in all our worlds so no one should apologise for not duplicating it.

    Luckily for me, whippet's don't shed much!

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  24. Nothing about you and your celebration of the everyday makes me think of you as one of those people who present themselves as "perfect." Just fabulously real and that is a very good thing.

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  25. Every time i try to photograph the new puppies I discover that their are parts of my house that could do with a quick clean up!

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  26. A fun post, Kristie. Every time I try to photograph something nicely for my blog, I see the camera has also picked up a bit of background fluff, a dead spider, a few crumbs, or something else to spoil the effect! Thank goodness for cropping.

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