Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Doesn't really matter when the knitting is this satisfying.
I've completed the number of repeats of Bison Tracks for the main body but have decided to add at least one more before beginning the River of Life chart.
I can hardly wait to block and wear this one!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Hello! It's Pie Day here at stringplay. Luckily it isn't pie day often. Have you SEEN the "nutri-tion facts" for a slice of this stuff? It's best not to know.
Almost as tasty as the pie is this heavenly pattern by Evelyn A. Clark. If you aren't fond of YOs, you might not like it as much as I do, but I am finding it surprisingly intuitive.
I e-mailed Mary earlier to say that I wasn't thinking of the color of this yummy yarn by it's true name (Red Clover Honey) as much as I was thinking of it as Caramel Cake, another sinfully delicious Southern treat.
But then I opened my little two-slice box and noticed the picture. Hum....maybe I should call this yarn Pecan Pie yarn.
"But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie. " Billy Crystal as Harry Burns in "When Harry Met Sally"
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Couple it with the promise, the merest hint at last, of cooler temperatures ahead and I am walking on air. See that lovely leaf? I picked that up on my walk today. Not in my yard. No colorful sugar maples in my yard, and don't even remind me of all the raking ahead. Right now let me live in denial.
Happiness is also the blessings of good friends.
I was reminded of much happiness during my walk today.
I am most certainly not a gardener, but fortunately others enjoy it so I benefited from some lovely flowers and lawns in the neighboring subdivision; climbing morning glories at a mailbox, a mini-garden of zinnias and almost-spent black-eyed susans, the wonderful stacked rock terrace wall that must be the result of several hours of labor. I stopped, watched and enjoyed butterflies at a large butterfly bush. [Gee. Kinda wish I'd taken the camera, huh?]
"I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself, what a wonderful world I see skies of blue and clouds of white The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night And I think to myself, what a wonderful world." lyrics by George Weiss / Bob Thiele
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So far, so good. The Green Bead Experi-
ment is working out so far - in that it will block flat. Yeah!! I was a bit worried that it would want to cup.
I haven't technically blocked it yet but was so anxious to see if it would stay flat, I gave it quick iron with the steam iron. [Sadly : ( the iron and I spend a lot of time together.]
When I do block it, I'll need to come up with some way to stiffen it as I intend this to be a wreath.
I adapted a pattern from the May/June 2008 issue of "Piecework" magazine.
I'll just stop here and say again how MUCH I love "Piecework". Absolutely my most favorite periodical ever. Ever.
The pattern, by Deborah Robinson, was for "Nightfall", a lace fan. See this and more of Deborah's amazing work here.
I had been ruminating on some way to knit a circle with a hole in the middle to make a 2D wreath. I had only very vague thoughts until this issue arrived and I saw the fan. What if I changed to knit in the round and added more repeats? Luckily rumination did not result in ruination. So maybe I won't need Plan B after all.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Refusing yet to cast on for another project (is that what it's going to take??), I returned to the Green Bead Thing. Gah! This was actually begun on Memorial Day - the start of summer.
It stalled out once I reached a section that called for repeated k3togs.
But you know, if you sit and actually knit on something, it grows. Go figure.
Besides it's nice to be able to take some of the frustration out on the k3togs.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Not much knitting around here this weekend. I raced to finish the first ball on the Blackberry Bramble scarf only to discover the second ball has gone AWOL.
It is nowhere to be found!
I have decided to stop looking. Except about once an hour I think of something and go have another look.
For instance, I've taken out the sofa cushions three times. Not there the first or the second time? It must be there the third time! Such logic.
I've gone through bags, drawers, gotten the flashlight and peered under sofa, chairs, and tables, tried the trunk of the car. Was I robbed?
Kay says she's heard of several instances of random yarn thievery, that it's a growing problem, and that the police are stumped.
Luckily I have a fab new embroidery kit to distract me. Those lovely overdyed silk threads are a real solace. I've gotten the middle stitched and have started on the over-one verse that surrounds it. So mostly this holiday I've put in little Xs on the kit and caught a few Zs for relaxation. Not a bad way to spend a 3-day weekend.
In the meantime I've instituted a Yarn Amnesty Program. If it chooses to come home on it's own by the time I get this finished, there'll be no questions asked.