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What's a big trip...

...without having at least one (maybe two, and probably three) little thing(s) go awry?

When we flew into the States we missed our connecting flight to our final destination and had to stay the night in the city where we had our layover. The next morning we discovered that a huge chunk of people had missed or delayed flights, so the airport was kind of a big mess. Still, I managed to get us out of there in the late afternoon. It's a shame that all we got to see was the inside of the airport, because I bet the city is really neat and I'm sure there are people there I could have seen. Guess where we missed our connecting flight. (And it's super easy, as there's a glaring clue in the photo.)

Of course, the Captain still had fun.
He has fun wherever he goes.

While we're having fun playing guessing games, I'll give you another teaser photo showing some yarn that I got. I'll tell you where I got it afterwards. I know ! I'm so bad.

I love the colors. I love that it's chunky.

I know that all you clever knitters know what this yarn is, or at least those who shop for yarn in the States know it. Come on. Tell us what it is.

Thanks for checking in, and "see" you tomorrow!

New member of the family!

Her name is Leeloo. [Multipass!]
She is a Bichon Frise.
She was born on June 25, 2008.
She is the Cutest. Thing. Eveeeeerrrrr.
P.S. She loves yarn.

Leeloo, our new family member as of September 6, 2008! She was a birthday present for the Captain, who hasn't stopped asking for a dog since our dear Lucy passed away. We didn't plan on getting one, or any dog for that matter. Getting a dog in this country isn't as easy as driving to your local Pet Smart; you won't find shops like that over here. You need to go to a friend who breeds their pet, the animal rescue or a licensed dog breeder if you want a puppy or a kitty. What you can find in some shops here is small pets, like fish, gerbils and sometimes turtles. And that is the kind of pet that we told the Captain we'd get him!

So on the day before the Captain's birthday, we went out for pizza (his choice) and then drove to our local Botanic plant shop and pet supply with the intention of looking at the fish, gerbils and (hopefully) turtles so the Captain could pick one out as a pet.

Before we could even get inside the Botanic, fate smiled on the Captain because - for that weekend only - a breeders puppy and kitty exhibition was going on in the salon right next door. Breeders from all over Rhone had come in just to sell their puppies and kitties, for those two days only.

Yes, we bought tickets.

"Just to look around. Promise!" (That's what I told Monsieur Le Hubby.)

We ambled around, casually looking at Siamese kittens and Terrier pups. Then we saw the Bichon Frise breeder with her small litter of pups. I stuck my hand inside the open pen and Leeloo immediately came stumbling over to me. [Heart tightens up at the cuteness.]

A happy boy and his dog.

In other news, I have two things to share because people have been asking:

Yes, I finished my design school studies (among the best in the class; why yes, I'm bragging) and am happy to have some fantastic new knowledge under my belt. Even though I've finished school I'm still really busy because I'm working away, and a few of the things I design and make *independently* are available online. I talk about them at, and if you're interested in learning about them you can drop in there as I like to keep for other things. Similarly, I have a photoblog at my trusty old where I occasionally post photos of places I've visited and things that interest me. I'm mentioning this because if you see me being quiet here, you can go there if you'd like to know what else I'm looking at besides my sewing machine and knitting needles.

What else? I've been on ravelry for a while. Username "skinnyrabbit". I am very bad about logging in there, though. I do try to do it at least once a month.

Okay, next entry I'll chat a little bit about my trip to Austin. I looooved Austin. I'd love to go live there. For reals.

[Taps microphone.] Is this thing on?

Well, hello there! Come on in. Have some of Captain Destructo's cake. He picked the recipe out of a dessert book, noted the ingredients, got them when we went grocery shopping and then made the cake himself (with some help from Monsieur Le Hubby).

All together now: Awwwwwww!

The boy is growing so fast I can't knit anything for him. He now fits into my shoes and the other day I mistook a pair of his jeans for my own. I had a mini heart attack when I couldn't pull them over my hips, thinking I had gained three sizes overnight (can chocolate cake really do that???) before I realized they were his. Phew.

In case you're wondering, I still knit things. Little things, that I can carry around with me easily. Like this lace in bamboo:

Don't ask me what it is, because I'm not quite sure yet what it wants to be. I loved the fiber so much that I just cast on and started knitting a lace pattern. It's getting hot over here so that's pretty much all I want to make in terms of knitting. Wool + my fingers on a hot day do not a happy couple make.

That's not all. Just because you're still reading this, I'm inviting you over to my other site for a chance to win something that I've made. Some of you might find it useful for carrying around all the things you're knitting and that I wish I had the time to knit. It's an original design of mine, a soft French lace tote. Head on over to to enter to win this tote!

Psst...I still have a load of yarn in my stash. I may have a giveaway here as well to kick off the summer. Dude! The party will never end chez skinnyrabbit.

Whooooo are you, who who who who....

Wow! It's been a while. How about I play a little catch-up? Real quick-like. First of all, this is the city where I now live:


It ain't Lyon.

Bordeaux, baby! I took that photo with my mobile almost as soon as we moved here from Lyon, in August of 2011. (To see some more photos I took at that time, you can go to I do miss Lyon (a lot), but Bordeaux is a fabulous city and I've made lots of great friends.

Also, Captain Destructo is very big now. Taller than me, and is still as thin and lanky as ever. He no longer wears my hand knit sweaters because I have no time to knit and finish them before he grows out of them, but he does spend a lot of time taking part in competitions doing this:


(Among other things.)

[Sidenote: He recently took part in a competition where Sanson Boris, French gold medalist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, gave out the medals and autographed Captain Destructo's glove. Suffice it to say that the Captain's day was made.]

And! He's no longer an only child. A little over a year ago, I had this view of my shoes:


No, that is not a helium balloon.

Which is why I made this:


This, too:


I wanted to make this for Captain Destructo in 2000, but didn't get the chance.
Twelve years later, I did. Yay.

And this:


Of which I think Leeloo the Bichon approves:


This was taken in April of 2012.
One. Whole. Year. Ago. Already!

More catching up soon, so that I can share more about the family and write individual entries for these projects (and others) including patterns and yarns I used. Isn't it awful of me to keep you hanging like that?

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