Thursday, May 29, 2008

Knitting Handicap

I crashed on my bike last week and my left hand took most of the impact. My hand and wrist are sprained/bruised. I'm pretty sure it would hurt a LOT worse if anything was broken.

This has made everything (especially work) including knitting difficult and painful.

I went to the Sasquatch music festival this weekend and slowly knit this on the long car ride to and from the Gorge.

The festival was really great but we showed up a bit late on Saturday and were put in the overflow camping area flanked by WSU frat boys. There we were sipping our Espresso/Cote de Rhone and reading Jane Austen. We are mostly in the same book club and Emma is this months read.

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.

I finished the Gentleman's Fancy Socks in Lorna's Laces Camouflage last week. See more photos here.

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

Kung Fu Fighting Canine

Despite the still sensitive looking wound on his front paw, squirrel lust overcame Pedro and he broke one of our neighbors fence boards in half.

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.