Wednesday, February 10, 2021

While Miz Kittling Knits: Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye

I seem to be losing my knitting mojo a bit. It may be due to the horrendous amounts of pollen in the air. Feeling sluggish and itchy doesn't lend itself well to picking up the knitting needles and getting down to business. 

I'm really hoping that it's allergies now that I'm almost halfway done with my own afghan. However-- looking on the bright side-- at least I'm not making a gift or a commission for someone else!

If all else fails, I can work more on my needlepoint projects. I have several lined up for both "right now" items and items for Christmas decorating. It seems that I'm always going from one end of the house to the other and spying things that I could make to liven up the place.

I did complete my first afghan of the year. It, too, is from my go-to pattern book, Leisure Arts Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans. These patterns focus on large-size needles, double strands of worsted weight yarn, and afghans made all in one piece, so they're perfect for someone like me who doesn't like sewing things together.

One thing that I have learned after making all these afghans is that you can also use one strand of super bulky yarn, and that's what I've done for this latest completed afghan.

The pattern I used is called "Blissful," and I used a single strand of super bulky, 100% acrylic yarn. The yarn is Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick in a color called "Waterfall." This Homespun yarn is light weight, super warm, and perfect when stitch definition isn't required for a pattern. Let me show you what the afghan looks like in a couple of photos.

Here it is, slung unceremoniously over Denis's recliner. I really need to find a more sophisticated way of displaying my work, eh?

Here is a closeup to give you a slightly better idea of the pattern and the variations in color. The color is called "Waterfall," and I really think this looks like ripples on water, don't you?

I think this one is going to go in the guest room across the foot of the bed. The afghan I'm making now is a bit dull compared to the others I've made, but I don't particularly care. It's for me, and I just want something that looks good and is warm.

Now... what have I been watching while I've been keeping my knitting needles busy? A series that totally escaped my attention when it first aired. Now Denis and I are watching Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye courtesy of the free streaming channel Tubi.


What's it about? Here's the storyline from IMDb: 

"Based on a true story, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye follows the adventures of Sue Thomas at the FBI in Washington, D.C. She's one hard-headed, soft-hearted woman whose talent for reading lips helps crack crimes and bag the bad guys in places listening devices can't penetrate. With her hearing-ear dog, Levi, Sue's a glutton for jeopardy - and there's (almost) nothing she won't do to bring notorious criminals to justice."

This series isn't cutting edge drama, but it's a pleasant way to spend an evening. Even the theme song is enjoyable. I like it for the camaraderie of the characters and for what I've learned about life with people who are deaf. Deanne Bray, the actress who plays Sue Thomas, is mostly deaf. Fortunately, the people in charge do not put her in perilous situations from one episode to the next, which would be completely unrealistic. And hey-- Sue's hearing dog, Levi, is a cutie. Added bonus? If any of you are fans of Murdoch Mysteries, Yannick Bisson (Murdoch) is one of Sue Thomas's co-workers in this series.

Time to get back to knitting!


  1. That afghan is stunning, Cathy! Those shades of blue and teal are fabulous, and you're right; the pattern does look like a waterfall. Sue Thomas: FBI sounds like a good show, too. You don't need edge-of-the-seat drama to have an enjoyable evening of TV...

    1. Sometimes the evening calls for something that's definitely NOT edge-of-your-seat!

  2. You mention the IMDb storyline, and that made me wonder if you've explored their streaming service. It sort of popped up on its own on my Amazon video app on the TV, and I've found a whole lot of free stuff there, especially the British stuff and the older TV series of our own. I started watching the Case Histories series from the UK just last night in fact, and if you don't mind about four minutes of commercials over the average hour, this is a really good source for good programming. I've only tried Tubi once or twice...need to do more exploring of that one.

    1. I'll have to check into that, Sam. Thanks for pointing it out. One of the things I noticed about Tubi is that the volume on their commercials is lower than the program you're watching. I'm used to it being the exact opposite... having the volume on commercials so loud that it blasts you out of your chair.

  3. You do beautiful work, Cathy! I always enjoy seeing what you have been working on.

  4. I read this while sitting under one of my blankets - I can sympathize with your desire for your own afghan!

    1. It's long enough so that it's keeping my middle third warm. Must knit faster!

  5. Love that color blue and the pattern. How talented you are and how lucky are all those who benefit from the beautiful craftswomanship.

    And a hearing-ear dog? Never heard of this, but since this is a dog and someone with a disability, I guess I'll check it out.


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