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.