When you look for the silver lining…

When you look for the silver lining…

DSCF2433, originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

An army of these beauties greeted my morning yesterday as I was heading off to work.

I have completed my first week of work and I really love it. There is a lot to learn, but I feel energized and excited to learn it all!

In case you are wondering what I am doing, I am spending my work hours at my veterinarian’s office… working where I have spent lots of time over the years and I absolutely love it.

On the knitting front, I have cast on a sweater from the latest Knitty and the weather was nice and cooperated with my efforts with a lovely cool down and relief from the recent and prolonged Triple H weather we have been experiencing! I have the body of the sweater done, and have started on the sleeves. I expect to have it done long before I need it to ward of the crisp chill of autumn.

I also have one last hurrah of summer to finish with this little number from Knitty as well. Moreover, this one has the added benefit of no sleeves, so I expect to complete my Emmaline shortly and I will cast on later today!

Have a great Tuesday everyone! Get out there and do something you enjoy doing!!

Canned Summer…

Canned Summer…

Canned Summer…, originally uploaded by As Kat Knits.

As the temperatures climb back into the 90’s with a heat index to match, I am longing for some cooler weather.

However, I know that will not always be the case. Come about January 1 when it is cold and grey, summer will be a long forgotten memory.

Until I open some of this jam, that is. The warmth of summer will all come flooding back.

Hello, my name is Kat and I am a fossil fuel user…

Currently, there is not a 12-step program for addicts to fossil fuels but perhaps there should be.

Living in Michigan, I thought us immune to the danger of a catastrophe similar to the likes of the one that is decimating the Gulf of Mexico right now. Nor did I ever think that we needed to worry about an Exxon Valdez type calamity ever washing up on the shores of any of the Great Lakes.

Who knew that in my own back yard, an oil disaster was brewing?

Sometime earlier this week, an underground pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Partners released into Talmadge Creek some 840,000 gallons of oil. A drop in the bucket in comparison to the amount that spewed into the Gulf over the past months, however it is devastating to the fragile water Eco-system of West Michigan. This morning, Michigan Radio reported that already at least 50 geese have died and that the EPA is monitoring the toxicity of the area.

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Going Bananas

Going Bananas

It was a lazy Sunday here at Casa del KatKnits, it was a rare day off and I caught up on some laundry and a very tiny bit of housework.

And, I baked… yes, that is right, I baked.

I had some bananas that were nicely ripe and found this recipe on the internet, which fit the bill perfectly.

The result was this lovely loaf.

Up next, a wee bit of knitting on my latest project that I cast on today… Knitty’s Summer Surprise, Annis.

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime…

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime…

My Bodacious Leader posed some questions to her Bodacious-Wanna-Be’s this week so the focus today is all about summer.

Janey wants to know….

What do you do to get ready for summer? What says summer to you – music, food, clothes, activities, you name it…

Living in West Michigan where the Days of Summer are definitely numbered you will find most of the population here living each summery moment to its fullest. Moreover, with stats like this you can see why:

Almost half of Michigan is comprised of water and, except for Alaska, Michigan has more shoreline than any other state, fronting four of the Great Lakes: Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie. With 3,177 miles of Great Lakes shoreline it is easy to see why Michigan boasts a thriving recreational industry, and leads the nation with approximately one million registered pleasure boats.

However, what is a girl to do when she is not counted in the one million registered boaters?

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