Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Crap. Crap, crap, crap!! I should probably mention that the real reason behind this "mother-daughter' bonding is not my love of dyeing eggs - I hate it. Nor is it the desire to spend "more" quality time with Kathryn. I see her all the time; we spend plenty of quality time together. The real reason is we can't get out of the house today thanks to springtime in Minnesota and another winter storm. I'll leave you with these reminders of springtime in Minnesota while I go hunt for eggs which will be dyed, a few will be eaten, the rest will be throwm out in a few weeks. Fun, fun, fun!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
The Basket of Shame
This is where things go when I'm bored with them, or they lack a certain - something - to keep me moving on them. Or, more than likely, something prettier or more fun or - green - popped up on the radar and I dropped these like hot potatoes to move on. In no particular order:
The KISS Fake Isle Bag from one of the Knitting Experience Books by Sally Melville. I last worked on this during our knitting group retreat back in January of 2007. It's about 90% done.
If you guessed Fair Isle Jazz from Scarf Style - you're correct. I know this to be at least 3 years old since I started mine when the knitting group girls where all finishing theirs in a class. This is also when I learned that if I never did Fair Isle knitting on flat pieces again, it would be too soon. You may wonder how I learned that without having gotten to the Fair Isle section of the scarf -I did. It wasn't pretty and it's gone. For good.
Looks like we just need a sleeve and neck finishing here. Or that one-armed man from "The Fugitive". It just doesn't seem like this would be that hard. I remember that I got this far in about two weeks. Languishing in the basket has taken 18 months.
Seriously, I'm averting my eyes in shame on this. Sunrise Circle Jacket. Finished pieces. Requires maybe a good afternoon or two of finishing. And I think that's an over estimate as quite a bit is already done. This has been in the basket for 2 years.
But all is not lost. I recovered some missing things in all the bags. My favorite Clip 'n Snip scissors and one size 8 needle in the Fair Isle Jazz scarf bag. Maybe that's why I hated it - only one needle?
Friday, March 14, 2008
What I really love are circular entrelac pieces - bags, socks, hats, mittens, sweaters - anything where the back and forth of the pattern just settles you into a circular rhythm all the way around the project, and then back again. The benefit to learning entrelac was teaching myself how to purl backwards, from the front knit side of the piece. This avoids the constant turning involved in working each section. This skill has transferred to other areas where turning work has always been a hassle (heels on socks for instance). I'm a technique knitter - more fascinated by the process sometimes than the outcome. So getting two cool techniques in one shot - that's like a double bonus.
The pictures are of my LONG abandoned Lady Eleanor Stole in Silk Garden #84. While stash diving the other day, my friend Brenda found her hiding in the "basket of shame". Eleanor is actually going to be more of a lap blanket. Someday. Brenda is not allowed near the basket anymore. There are other carcasses in there.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
But I can come up with clever names for my hand spun like she does. And just like Carole, I really have no idea what I'm going to make with this stuff. Especially since it's so easy to make big plans for less than 200 yards of something that's sort of thin, but sometimes a bit - "thick-ish".
"I made yarn. Isn't that enough?" - Carole
Monday, March 10, 2008
This is the Kveldsro Coat from Simply Shetland - from top to bottom. It's so lovely and perfect for this time of year. Yes, it's just a bit big - 46" chest - but you'd want a jacket big enough to wear a sweater under this time of year.
It has this wonderful detail too - like this little bit of gathering in the back to snug it up just a bit.
And this side vents with buttons to class it up just a bit and to make walking in it easier - especially if you're short, which, I am.
Did I mention the buttons? I'd have bought it just for the buttons. The kit retails at $145 - which doesn't include the buttons. Was $90 a steal at the Needlework Unlimited Sweater Sample Sale? If I hate this thing in a few years, I could rip it out and make three sweaters! and still have 9 buttons left over!
Now the question becomes - how can I get people to ask: "Is that hand knit?" instead of "Did you knit that?"
Friday, March 07, 2008
Some Handmaiden Yarns "Double Sea Silk" (70% silk, 30% Seacell) in Woodland color way and,
"Casbah Sock Yarn" (80% merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) in Vintage colorway. I picked both of these up at Coldwater Collaborative. She just started carrying it - damn, after I quit!
And at the old fashioned candy store down the street in Excelsior, Simply Nuts & More, a $1.00 bag of my favorite candy. We called these Bull's Eyes growing up.
Fleece Artist "Sea Wool" (70% Merino, 30% Seacell). There's no colorway noted on the tag, but side-by-side with the Sea Silk - the colors are identical. AND - Hand Maiden is a spin-off of Fleece Artist. So, I'm thinking that these two were meant for each other. Like me and Vicki! Regardless, it's sumptuous. A pair of socks with a matching scarf!And then there's this darling little candle. I'm waiting until the porch is open and the official outside knitting season opens. It's perfect porch candle with the little stars all around it. It has a perfect "not-too-strong" scent for reminding me of a perfect weekend too.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The Silk Garden is a perfect yarn for late winter into the spring in Minnesota and the blues and greens in the color (#87) show off her eyes of the same color beautifully! And while I know we aren't supposed to bribe children, she's not mine! I can't tell - do you think she likes it?
Monday, March 03, 2008
Compelling Opening: You can start over at Chris' for the Friday evening festivities. I was having fun with food and wine and knitting. But this is the beginning of Saturday's wonderful day. We took Vicki to 318. This is where the Tuesday Morning Knitting group meets. And I got to bring both worlds together by introducing (soon to be a blogger) Brenda, who has heard about my blogger friend for years, to Vicki.
Middle: We chatted and had coffee for a bit and began our yarn-adventure at Coldwater Collaborative, then on to Needlework Unlimited. I'm fairly sure I had the largest purchases at both places but that's a story for another day. (Perhaps a sequel to this composition.)
We ended our yarn store visits at The Yarnery in St. Paul. We met up with Lauri before our stomachs realized we were just steps away from Cafe Latte and Renee! We enjoyed a late lunch, a few beverages, lots of laughs and stories , and some knitting. Vicki and I spent a quiet night at home on Saturday with lots of knitting, "The Osmond's 50th Reunion" on PBS (c'mon - you know you would have watched it too if you had stumbled upon it!), "Radio Days" on TCM and then "Saturday Night Live" until it got un-funny. Sunday morning we took a long walk with the dog and just talked, talked, talked. It was nice, nice, nice.
I had a great weekend. I felt like I was on a mini-retreat in my own house. I hope you had a good time too, Vicki!