Every year in Portland the media gets us all hyped up about the next impending 'Storm of the Century'
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Maybe I was feeling a tad guilty after the extreme stash enhancement on Saturday at the Blue Moon De-Stash Barn Sale
Or maybe I was just inspired when my kind husband had only supportive things to say when I came home with three more bags of yarn.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
One Christmas gift finished and blocked. You can't quite see it in this photo but it is some of that yarn with strands of silver in it..very sparkly and festivus.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace." - Milan Kundera (b. 1929) Czech author, critic
Friday, October 17, 2008
Why are miniature things so damned cute? I've always been a total sap for them. As I knit these, I was overwhelmed by their cuteness. I have 4 pregnant friends (Geesh! Anyone ever heard of overpopulation?) Anyhoo, I'm taking the opportunity to use up all the little leftover balls of sock yarn rolling around my house. Cute, cute, cute! I can hardly stand it!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Thought I better post a picture of this finished object.
It is nice though the bulkiness/boxiness doesn't compliment my..er figure such as it is so much.
if I were to make this again, I would modify the pattern to use a lighter yarn.
Still it is cozy!
I had a wonderful birthday weekend. My friend Danielle and I drove to Ashland to see Othello. She was my personal hero and drove the entire way allowing me to do what I wanted to do most, knit!
We stopped off in Eugene on our way down and went bird watching. We saw a rare Wood Sandpiper (not usually on this continent)!
We also went to a lovely little knit shop in Eugene and Danielle bought her first sock yarn! whoo hoo, a convert!
I spent some of my birthday money on the big, green leather bag pictured, some earrings made by a local artist in Ashland and a HOT pink leather case for my NEW business cards. This is the first time I have ever had my own cards so I thought they should travel in style.
As you can see the Bird in Hand mittens are almost done and I have started a new Monkey sock in STR 'Rare gems' with picot cuffs, inspired by Neuroknitter.
My Picovoli is also finished and blocking so more photos to come.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I stalled out on the first sleeve of the February Lady Sweater. I ran out of yarn and this brief (but valid) distraction was enough to take me off on the following tangent:
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted merino in Verde Esperanza and Lettuce
Needles: US 2
Then again, I have a birthday party to attend next weekend, maybe I should whip up a quick pair of Fetching for a gift.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I picked it up at the library on Sunday afternoon and finished Tuesday night. I am not an especially fast reader but was thoroughly engrossed by this one.
I have made much progress on the Gyrid tank though and only have a couple inches of boring knitting, some armhole shaping and finishing to go before completion.
My goal is to be able to wear it on my upcoming vacation in August. I am taking 2, that's right 2! consecutive weeks off. I read a study a while back that suggested if a person did not take at least 2 weeks away from their normal routine per annum, the health benefits of vacation; true relaxation in the physiological and psychological senses were essentially non-existent.
Wanting the stress of my daily life to NOT be the death of me I have decided to heed this advice.
I realized that the last time I was away from work for 2 weeks or longer was when I was briefly unemployed in 2001, a vacation..NOT!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
It has been VERY hot however to model for photos in the daylight hours! I braved it but the photos are not the best due to the circumstances.
I found this very satisfying to knit, excepting the very end when I had to drag the almost finished thing around in the heat.
My inclination is to start another sweater but I think I better look to some of my snoozing UFOs or unfinished/unmated socks first.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Will post photos when it is completed!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The pattern calls for 2X2 ribbing for the collar, cuffs and hemline. I would like to do something a bit more interesting...any suggestions?
I suppose a picture would aid the brainstorming eh?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
So far, it fits and Cheri, of The Naked Sheep gave me some tips and needed encouragement yesterday.
The yarn is to die for, a merino, silk, cashmere blend tweed in a deep purple color. I'm pretty sure it is going to be one of those colors that is not captured well with the camera.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Four, thirty-something, married women surrounded by the screams, guttural chants and beer bonging rituals of a breed of man I am completely unfamiliar with........ It was almost like going on safari (or how I imagine a safari to be), total culture shock.
Back to work and home, I did some planting this weekend and took it easy. I seem to have temporarily mis-placed the second ball of Sherbet yarn so I might have to find a different sock project for this upcoming work week.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
No one witnessed this so it is hard to say which part of his iron dog self went careening through the wood.
It was an older, somewhat rotten plank with a knot in the center, inherently weak , so says the man of the house. Karate chop! What will that dog do next? It amazes me how such a gentle, loving creature can be so powerfully destructive. 80 Lbs. of pure love!
On another front, the Shetland Shawlet is progressing nicely. I saw some folks on Ravelry had made cute mini versions using 1 skein of Malabrigo lace and 14 pattern repeats.
Since most women I know seem adverse to actually donning a 'shawl' I'm thinking I can sneak these into their wardrobes as 'scarves'.
I wanted to make my friend a hat for her birthday. I picked out the perfect yarn at Twisted, a lovely colorway of Silk Garden Lite that I knew would complement her long, auburn hair.
I looked at hat patterns and debated and knit on the shawlet and read this months book club selection and generally procrastinated. Then I remembered Calorimetry and cast on.
It turned out well and the fit was perfect, she loved it!
It was such an easy and fun knit and I had half a ball of yarn left so I knit a second one for myself.
I rode my bike to work this week and it was the perfect thing to wear under my helmet to keep the cold wind (and hail) out of my ears. I might need to knit some kind of neck gaiter too.
Such a fast and easy pattern and a great way to use up those 1/2-1/3 skein leftovers and stray buttons.