Here are some more things from today:
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
First, I just done with a conference and got to see some colleagues from where we used to work - it was great. Got to introduce them to current colleagues and we all had lunch - the most work fun I've had in a long time.
Galiano vest in Knitpicks Hawthorne Rose City (and yes, this inspired me to re-read the Scarlett Letter). This needs a better picture.
Dark and Stormy- Green Mtn Spinnery AlpacElegance - 70% done
Tympany hat - using up Chroma odds and ends, lined with Comfy. Needs a pompom.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
So, the Blogger app was getting buggy and not wanting to load pictures, so I got out of the habit. Let me try and restart.
It's been really popular- shockingly so. With guys, too.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
So, we went on vacation, I posted some pictures and then things went insane. Work, dental surgery, the start of a new school year at home and work. Chaos.
So here's my Funky Grandpa, you can find it on Ravelry, whose sleeve I'm going to tear back because it's all wrong:
I think the pattern may all also need an advanced knitter to deal with the button band - that seems to throw a lot of folks, finding the right ratio is tough. I haven't gotten to that part yet, but icord edging can be tricky, and deep v necks can be tough to wear (and you have to wear the right top). It's a really great pattern and I've learned a lot working on it, so NO disrespect to it or other knitters who've done this one.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
In knitting news, I finished my second Cotlin Pipit. I added a little more shaping to it and I like it a lot. I'll get someone to take my picture next week.
I've started on Timamtti (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/timantti) with some Green Mountain Spinnery sock yarn in green. I think I'll add beads to the diamonds when I get to them:
I like the pattern as it's a shawl rather than a shawlette, those mini shawls which I'm kind of over. They just don't stay put on my shoulders or have enough heft to display their patterns very well.
And finally, in my stashbusting quest I found this pattern which I loved (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/funky-grandpa) which I think would be perfect with some Knitpicks Palette - grey, black and the stripes in blues and purples. Maybe with a zipper?
I'm still on the fence about the Kauni vest. I don't think the pattern I picked has even enough 2 color distribution, so the yarn gets lost. I'm about to frog it - but I'm open to suggestions:
Sunday, June 15, 2014
It was a busy weekend, 5k race, new chainsaw, lots of yardwork and food. Happy Father's Day to dads everywhere. I miss my dad, but we got talk to my father in law and make a fun dinner tonight.
Since all the housework where I reorganized my stash, I'm trying to focus on cleaning that up and slowing down to enjoy knitting more. I just don't have time to design anymore so I'm trying to be happy living in the knitting skin I've got.
I finished up some nice barn red socks
And on a home note - we have a mama cardinal in our front shrubs - can you see her pink beak?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
So, I had a late night pattern reading moment and made my Rolfe sleeves too long. But they knit bottom up and I had already attached them when I noticed. Ripping down is easy, but ripping up is a mess. Even worse when the ribbing is twisted. I cord to the rescue:
Insert the smaller size needle into the stockinette stitches
Cut off the unneeded portion a couple rows up
Pick out all the random bits, unthread the running yarn. With new ball (don't use the running yarn you just pulled out, it won't be long enough) cast on 2 new stitches and begin icord, knitting the held stitches one at a time each row
Work an extra couple rows after all held stitches are used up
Going to the Whitewater Center in NC then a baseball game tonight, so I'm going to start some socks.
Friday, May 9, 2014
So, that post about the kitchen redo? Yeah, that was a stressful day. While I waited, I weeded through my sock yarn collection and pulled out all stuff that didn't go with anything and I'm making some crazy socks with it for Larry.
The pattern is Mr Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks). They've been fun - I'll try these with a single color next. Which I will get sick of in about 3 inches because single colors are dull.
Also, I'm making a toddler sweater for Melissa's daughter to go with the toy armadillo. Zinnia comfy sport - it's really awesome. I'm making Rolfe without stripes but having to play with gauge. In fact I have to rip out the back and redo it tonight. I'll take pictures when I have it redone a bit. :p
I also want to start work on <a href="http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/galiano-vest">this</a>with some new Hawthorne in <a href="http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Hawthorne_Yarn__D5420251.html">Rose City</a>but I'm trying to carrot myself into finishing other things with this.
And finally - I've been re listening to knitpicks podcasts. I'm not very sophisticated in some of my methods - what I've been doing for decades works so I'm a little lazy - but episode 92 about weaving in ends is really excellent.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
IWe recently replaced out furnace and AC units. Nice, but not super newsworthy. Today we redid our kitchen. Our cat was traumatized.
The cat hid in the closet all day, and maybe I'm getting exhausted from too many house projects, but I was pretty wound up too. So I pulled out my stash and reorganized, frogged some old projects I never finished and generally got control of some chaos, just not that chaos.