Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Works In Progress

This heat wave is starting to become unbearable. It is just 12:30 PM, the outside temp is 92 [expected to reach triple digits], inside my unconditioned home it is 84...I have fans blowing lots of hot air around the rooms, but it is very uncomfortable. I can't knit all that well either because the sweat from my hands makes the yarn "stick" to the kneedles and that drag is a drag.
Since my Cuisinart accident a week ago last Monday, I just hobble around the house - house bound. Starting to get a little stir-crazy. I haven't mustered up the courage to take the steri-strip off the wound but I think I really need to do that today or at the very least tomorrow. Who knows what is lurking under that make-shift stitch.
I am using up the last couple of balls of the wasabi shawl yarn to make a HAND towel...ala Mason/Dixon book. And trying to knit lace, Miss Lambert's Shetland Shawl. Ooooh, I have to concentrate so hard on the pattern so I don't mess up the stitches. I have really never knitted lace before, well I have knitted sort of lace scarves but nothing this elaborate. I have one repeat sequence finished - 47 more to go and that's just the middle section, then I have to edge the damn thing.

Which One Shall I Work On Today?

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Another Sleeping Beauty

Look what he has done to my sofa! Geez it is scratched up and filthy

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Wasabi Shawl

Looks a lot like a spider web...the pattern calls it a flower petal shawl - don't think so. Minus a few mistakes it turned out okay. I finished it last night around midnight and was so excited to see it blocked and pinned out. This morning I took out the pins and put it on. Not bad...It blocked to the specified size on the pattern, however, if I were to knit this pattern again I might select another edge treatment. Those pointed edges really enhance the "spidery" look, perhaps a little too much.
I was eating some wasabi peanuts...the color of the treated nut is exactly the same as this shawl.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

He Can't Help It

Some how it always starts my day off in the wrong direction. He can't help that he is old...

He tries hard everyday to be a dog; sniff, eat (always seems to be hungry) and sleep and most of the time makes it to the yard to do his business. Well, not this morning even after being outside for nearly 1/2 an hour. I was making the bed and turned around and sure enough there was a yellow stream of pee all over the carpet. That poor carpet...really needs to get professionally cleaned. And this is what he does the best...sleep!
I still love him and care for him, but please....stop that behavior!
Knitting this morning on the petal shawl, pictures later. I am getting really close to finishing the body and starting the sort of looks like a giant cob-web.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

SouthWestern Felted Tote

When I finished felting this tote the strap reminded me of a coral snake. Hard to believe it is the same yarn as the body of the bag.

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More Stuff

A Yoga chic for wiping the sweat from my brow. 100% cotton and it washes well too!

Felted envelop bag. I used the left overs from the felted squattie. Either it is the color [black] or the yarn, but it sure didn't felt all that well. It took 5 times and it still shows the knit stitches. I could not get it to block evenly either. May carry this one or not. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 13, 2007

My Roses In The Garden

Carpet Rose
A collection of roses from my garden.

Julia Child

Julia Child and Ronald Reagan

What's On My Kneedles Today

Started this sock the other day. The self-pattern yarn is so fun to work with. There is a surprise in every round.

The other thing that I am also working on is this lacy shawl. The yarn is a 50/50 cotton/linen. It is knitting up really fast and it is addicting.

I went to yoga today. I haven't been there for a couple of weeks and boy am I sore! I almost feel like taking a nap. That's the thing with yoga, if you stop you get stiff but you never forget the poses, just get stiff....

Friday, August 10, 2007

Sleeping Beauty

Once a Weaver...then a a Knitter

My spinning old are you? Purchased you in college and that was 1977...collecting dust in the bedroom, however pretty to look at, you are now employed to work again. The front leg fell off when I started to spin. That was quickly repaired by my husband. Thank goodness, after all the excitement of using it again I would have been really upset if it was forever broken. I purchased this roving specifically for socks. It has been treated to become super wash yarn. It was fun to spin but I put way too much twist on it. When I went to ply it it became all kinked up and distorted. The color way is Tahiti. The colors in the roving are beautiful, however when you ply the singles it sort of went muddy. I am thinking it might be okay for socks, subtle muddy socks. The bottom skein was some random roving I found in my LYS. Not really enough to make anything other than a hat?

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Felted Hats

Today I found these hats in a dust covered hat box on the top shelf of my closet...wish I still had the pattern. It has been years since I made these and I suppose I could try to recreate the pattern. Fun for Fall.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The New Pie

This is much better...size 10.5 kneedle, and I have just started my 2nd ball and even better...I am so much farther along than before and it is correct!!! I did change one thing. I am not doing the yarn over increases - didn't want that "hole" in the shawl. Hope it does turn out though.

Never Was Good At Math

What was I thinking! I was onto my 3rd ball of yarn and not even a 1/3 the way done...I would have been sucking so much yarn into this black hole had I not wised up and pulled out the calculator. Out with the old...

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Pie R Square Shawl...hmmmm

Starting to run out of yarn on this shawl the way it is now. So, today, I put it aside. I rummaged through my needle bag and found my 10.5 circulars and with a new ball of yarn started in on this shawl again...way better. I am almost at the same place I am on the original one and I have only been knitting on it for a few hours. It is a lot looser and more lacy, but I won't be running out of yarn half way through it. There is no more yarn in this dye lot at my LYS and besides, the original one is really too tight. I was getting very overwhelmed by the fact that I would have to knit all those stitches across one row after the last increase...

Pictures to come soon, after I work a bit more on it....