Wednesday, December 31, 2008
It's called a counted thread em-
broidery for a reason!
You need to count.
I like the colors and think it will work overall, but for right now I'm going to have to pull out a quarter of that satin stitch section. It's two threads off! All because I failed to COUNT.
Oh well. What's time to a monkey?
[and these are not the subtly different colors called for by the pattern, I changed my mind.]
Monday, December 29, 2008
where; nor any color right!
Spent a lovely time yesterday looking through patterns and finally settled on the one I'd like to stitch. It uses two subtly different colors of pearl cotton in two sizes - so FOUR balls. Do you think I have ANY of the colors and sizes needed?
Need. More. String!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
noun: freedom provided by the cessation of activities; especially time free from work or duties.
It's been a very quiet, peaceful, relaxing Christmas and in large part, I think, because I have had more time off work this Christmas than I have had since high school. [and don't blab it around but that was a LONG time ago!]
The Leave It To Beaver socks are not the best looking ones I've ever knit, but just as I expected, the Lion Brand Sock-Ease is warm and wearable.
Pattern: Gentleman's Fancy Sock by Nancy Bush in "Knitting Vintage Socks"
Needles: Size 2 Inox dpns; just about my favorites
Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease (w/ aloe) color Rock Candy; less than one 438 yard ball
Friday, December 26, 2008
I've not accomplished much else. It's been a very relaxing day around the cul-de-sac. I have (finally) finished the Leave It To Beaver socks. And am quietly celebrating 33 years with JP.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Hope your plans and projects and preparations are going well, too.
[pattern from the OOP Interweave book:
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ahh! That's better. Now I can go back to churning out mini mittens.
[I love the new one; Waffle Knit Dishcloth found here.]
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Are you tired and stressed a bit this holiday season? Step back and PLAY awhile and I'll bet you start to feel lots better. I know I sure do!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Pattern: Estonian Triangular Summer Shawl
by Nancy Bush
"Piecework" magazine Jul/Aug 2008; preview from Nancy's new book
Yarn: Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb
color NY225 blood red - about 1/2 ball?
Needles: Size 4 bamboo circular
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
1. It must be Christmas. I teared up last night over a Publix commer-cial.
2. My Christmas cactus and I have much in common. We both are growing whiskers.
Two readers (i.e. fully 100%) suggested I use the wreath for a centerpiece, so last night as I was hanging up the cranberry and popcorn garlands, I did. I love how the colors complement my M&Ms.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Not quite - but closer.
Thanks to encouragement from a very kind fellow Ravelry knitter,
FloridaMo*, I attempted sewing on the edging to the Estonian triangle.
I had to pull out and redo the curve at the point but feel better about it now. Only trouble is I need to now pull out the WHOLE thing and start again. I have less length on one side than the other.
Live and learn. Good thing I have a goodly supply of holiday M&Ms on hand!
*FloridaMo is blogless, but I've linked to her Flickr pictures. She really turns out some beautiful shawls.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I read a good bit and I re-read almost as much as I read. I tend to re-read at Christmas more than any other particular time of the year.
Maybe that's because I like the familiar and like to repeat traditions at Christmas? Maybe it's because I'm lazy and can't find the extra time needed for extra library trips and searching for good new-to-me books. I'm pretty sure it's a combination.
At any rate, the current re-read is "Christmas on Jane Street" a true story told by Billy Romp and with Wanda Urbanska.
It's a short little volume and can easily be re-read in an evening or over a couple of mornings with coffee. The Romps travel from their rural Vermont home every Thanksgiving with a load of cut Christmas trees to a lot in Manhattan, only leaving late on Christmas Eve for the tired night trip home. It's a father-daughter tale, too and a reminder that parenting is rewarding, but also hard.
This year I suddenly remem-bered Google Earth and had the bright idea of searching out Jane Street so I could get a look at the real location. So amazing. I could even see Bonsignour, the French food shop across the street from where the Romps set up their trees. What a treat!
I noticed the book at the bookstore last night. (Well I had to go pick up the new IW Knits magazine, didn't I?) Seems it is the 10th anniversary of the publication of the book and there is a new softcover anniversary edition.
I always enjoy seeing old friends at the bookstore.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Saturday after Thanks-giving. No work. No malls. No to-do list. Leftover pie. Plenty of string. A compilation iTunes CD from JP surprise on my desk this morning. In other words, a practically perfect day!
The formless blob at left is the RED shawl. The separate edging is complete and just needs attaching. Then I'll need to block the daylights of it if it is indeed to be a shawl. It is frighteningly small just now.
AND a Christmas card arrived today. Not even December.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
....or my first step to becoming a Net Granny.
I think Kay and I are about to play a variation on the folk story, The Elves and the Shoemaker.
Kay, [the elf in this senario] in spite of turning out record numbers of dishcloths, isn't ready to embrace the purl stitches in a sock, but would still like a pair of handknit socks. Who wouldn't?
You can see the bag, recycled from our now-closed LYS, has made a couple of doorknob drops already. Today it was hanging on my doorknob and two balls of nice cotton/wool/nylon blend sock yarn were inside.
I get the fun and Kay gets the socks. But probably not by Christmas, Kay. You know I work best at a relaxed pace. Besides, Mary beat you to it. I got a bag of yarn from her on Saturday!
[more about my plans for that loot later]
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
A sign you just may be letting the Estonian knitting get to you: you start referring to your candy as nupps!
Nope. They are Nips. But you can see what I mean.
I've finally made it to chart 2. Whee. I'm still enjoying the pattern and I'm still SLOW.
I'm going to try to squeeze a few more nupps in today, but I managed to find the black beads I need for the snowmen 'coal' eyes and buttons on my other project and I need to get that finished.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there’s none of him at all.
He hasn’t got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he’s a coward you can see;
I’d think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
---------------------Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
I took this picture a number of months ago and it's been hanging out in draft form since then. I'm not sure even why I wrote it except I know that as I did my walk that day and watched my shadow move and change, these lines kept running through my head.
Today is the birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson and I've loved his poetry since childhood. Most of the small, early poems I read and loved were from my Childcraft; Vol. 1 "Poems of Early Childhood".
I confess to being quite immature and my childhood may have lasted longer than many! I have my Mother to thank for preschool reading material and trips to library.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I am working on the red shawl. I promise. Granted I don't get very many rows done each day. In fact, on good days I get a whopping 2 rows done. But I've finally decreased down below the 200 stitches mark so I'm feeling a bit better. Will it be done in time to wear Christmas? I have very serious doubts. But since I didn't start it with that in mind, I hope I won't be too disappointed.
Instead I finally got around to another project that's been percolating - and one I hope I surely do get done soon.
Sometimes there can be just a very subtle difference between floss colors. Since I intended to take the blog photo outside anyway to get the best lighting, it only made sense to audition the colors while out there. [probably keeps the neighbors scratching their heads about me, too!]
In the past I've always aimed to end any holiday stringplay by Thanksgiving. I don't need any stress of working on gifts right up until the last minute. I do much better without those kind of complications. Well, Thanksgiving is almost here. Yikes. Time to get this project done.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Since the exhibit closes this Friday, I won't link but here's a bit from the exhibit description:
introduces audiences to environmentally focused cut paper art. The exhibition includes works from artists of the Swiss Scherenschnitt (scissor cutting) tradition, along with contemporary artists working in North America. Visitors will see silhouettes, dioramas, paper lacework, pop-up drawings, and complex symmetrical designs.
We both had a great time and were amazed at the work exhibited. The tiny images I'm able to post here cannot convey the beauty and intricacy of the work. This one is by Ueli Hofer.
We saw some very traditional Swiss scherenschnitt by Beatrice Straubhaar,
Many of these artists can be seen in this YouTube video (but be forewarned; there is a very intense yodeling soundtrack!!)
(also click on my pictures to see the details larger)
In addition to the exhibit, we toured the permanent exhibit on the evolution of papermaking and viewed the Dard Hunter collection. Hunter practiced "the creed of the Arts and Crafts Movement, whose proponents believed that a hand-crafted object was inherently more desirable, beautiful, serviceable, and worthy of human endeavor than anything made by machine". Amen.
It was a lovely fall day made even better by getting to spend time with a good friend.
Friday, November 7, 2008
I'm sure it won't be too long until I'm com-plaining about all the raking and how long it takes me away from the string, but not yet.
I think today must be the PEAK for the color. Every tree I've seen has been beautiful.
We've enjoyed a really great fall with pleasant temps throughout October.
It's overcast and raining just a bit but I wanted to get a shot of this tree in our front yard. These past few afternoons when the sun has been shining on it, it has just GLOWED.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
It's my first time using Lacey Lamb and I don't want to ever knit with anything else. When I'm not inching my way across another row, I'm online looking at the other colors.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
When the weather is as perfect as it is today, who wouldn't want a whole extra hour of it?!
We have really been having some lovely fall weather.
Throughout the month of October Kay was busily knitting more cotton washcloths. She may have mentioned her project and I knew she was working on a new batch but little did I know one would find it's way to my door knob. AND with some really yummy blackberry soap to boot. Thanks, Kay!
I spent my extra hour putting a few more nupps into the Estonian shawl. How did you spend yours?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
sary Socks so I would have no other WIPs and could knit my RED shawl with my full attention?
Gee. Where is that knitter? A little head cold and I cast on for the pajama bear and then the very next day.....the very next day!...I cast on for another pair of socks.
There is method to the madness. (I think.) Neither the Estonian shawl nor the pajama bear would be suitable for knitting while standing in line to vote. And from the look of today's headline, I'm going to need a project!
Way back the Yarn Harlot talked about some Lion Brand Sock-Ease so I kept my eyes peeled for it to appear at the big box. When I did find it, they only had three colors; a hot pink, an eye-searing yellow, and the one I chose - Rock Candy. It didn't really look like any candy I ever buy but at $6.94 for a pair of socks, I couldn't pass it up.
So I cast on today to get it ready and, instead of being reminded of any candy, I immediately thought of those striped t-shirts boys wore in the 50s. And even though my episodes of "Leave It To Beaver" were in black and white, I just knew he must have had a shirt in these colors!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Go look at the preview pages. ALL are wonderful.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I worked it exactly by Nancy's perfect pattern. It was my first time with this particular toe, which decreases 6 stitches every other round at three points. It fits well and no Kitchener required. I'll have to wait to see how it feels in a shoe.
After today's walk, I raked some leaves that have covered the driveway. One shouldn't have to rake in 80 degree weather!
But this was more a cosmetic effort than a real rake. It didn't take too long and was only to make the drive look nicer. The real rake will come much later.
There are still MANY leaves left on the trees. [I try not to think about it.]
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
....because, really, all I need is more patterns!
I was telling Mary only the other day that I don't know why I persist in buying Vogue Knitting. I don't fully trust the instructions, many of the projects are beyond my current knitting ability, and many are not exactly my style.
And in the whole time/patterns/materials equation, patterns are not the problem!
Still I'm off to make coffee, put my feet up and enjoy browsing through it. (Would enjoy this interlude much more if the neighbor's dog would quit his daily yelping!)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
I seem to be knitting yet again with gift yarn. Am I lucky or what?!
One of the other knitters at knit night said a friend had passed along to her some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock and she was going to pass along to me.
I was quite excited as I had not knitted with it before. It is very nice and I'm really enjoying it.
I dithered for days about which pattern to start. The color is Harvest 8NS (I assume that means nearly solid?).
The "Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern" in Nancy Bush's "Knitting Vintage Socks" calls for this exact yarn and color and I briefly considered it. And, of course, I had a look at the Evelyn A. Clark sock patterns.
I kept returning to Nancy Bush's "Anniversary Sock". I have the pattern from the Sept/Oct 2003 "Piecework" magazine Anniversary issue. I am loving this pattern. After the cuff, the back is stockinette with all the pattern on the front "where all the work would show to best advantage beneath a long skirt".
At the time I checked Ravelry, 100 pair had already been entered. My project was number 101. Fitting. I learned a lot about sock knitting and got such a confidence boost from all the wonderful tutorials and pictures by Terri Lee Royea at Socks 101.
Some people like magic loop or two circulars for sock knitting, but I love my short bamboo dpns.