Thursday, May 31, 2007
Finish the current design and submit.
Begin work on a new design.
Finish the Faux Russian Stole.
Learn to spin.
Learn to spin well enough to be able to give handspun to my fellow fiber fiends as holiday gifts.
Lose 10 pounds by getting more exercise.
Weed the front flower garden.
Pots and plants for the deck.
I think that is it. Not too bad. Totally doable. Will I do it?
OK, what are your summer goals?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I had a bit of a panic attack after Youngest Son threw Toothy on top of one of the pillars. Toothy is an Allosaurus and his constant companion. Toothy was really looking forward to dancing around Stonehenge. I asked youngest son where Toothy would like to have his picture taken and pop, he threw him right up there. An extremely kind stranger gave Oldest Son a leg up so that Toothy could be retrieved. From that point on all dancing was done on the ground.
Then it was up to Yakima. We were trying to find a brewery but failed. We had 2 maps of the city and they did not match. Not very helpful. Yakima is an odd city. No plans to return.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
It is going well. I am so enjoying the pattern. The math has been done and I will have enough yarn. Its all good.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
We will be gone 2 -4 days. Our main road off the 5 will be the scenic 14. Where we go from there? It is an adventure.
An adventure needs good packing. Beside the ordinary we will bring gear for the ice caves, all manner of electronics, books and knitting.
For reading I will bring this and this.
For knitting... that was harder.
Enough yarn to work a few repeats on the Faux Russian Wrap. Socks of my own design. An airy scarf.
I can only do simple knitting in the car, I get car sick. But I am NOT going caving, and it is quite possible the rest of the family will want to do other hiking related things I will not want to do. That leaves a lot of time to knit. Yahoo!
Before I leave for the trip I need to sign up for a spinning class at the LYS. I have been thinking spinning thoughts for while and it is time! I normally do not take classes. I am more comfortable learning from a book. But I am also trying to branch out a bit. Meet some people who are not Girl Scouts. This class is a good first step.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
I have pulled the needles out of Mock Cable and set the wool aside. I have been using Louet Gems. I love this yarn. I have made 2 pairs of socks with it, one for me, one for Husband and still love the yarn. But this particular color is giving me grief. I can not count the number of socks I have cast one, knit 2 inches and pulled out. It must be a combination of the sheen and the color that is not working for me. I will get back to it another time.
Having pulled out The Mock Cable means that I do not have a pair of socks on the needles. Unbelievable. I think it is a sign that I need to return to my latest design and get serious about getting it finished so that I can submit it.
What do you know about the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Our LYS crawl/hop/tour is this weekend. I had 8 shops that I really wanted to visit. My plan was to do 3 or 4 on Friday and the rest Sunday. Friday turned out to be a better day to go to the zoo. Then there was, of course, baseball and Girl Scouts. Saturday was full up with a dance performance and baseball. Sunday.... I don't think it is going to happen. It just is not meant to be. I have projects on needles and others planned and I really do not need to drive all over Puget Sound using $3.64 a gallon gas to impulse buy yarn. There. Isn't that grown up of me?
OK, I know I should be grown up but, waa, I really wanted to go. Oh well, there is always next year.
Friday, May 18, 2007
They are beautiful, the pattern is a perfect match for the yarn. Such a simple pattern with such great results. Size 2 Knit Picks DP's - 68 stitches around.
This is the beginning of the Faux Russian Stole. It is really much more green than the picture shows, I will have to work on that in another post. The pattern makes sense and because I am using Sport Weight yarn and size 7 needles it is very satisfying.
While at the yarn shop this jumped into my bag
It is called Sonoma and looks very much like desert wildflowers in the spring. It is one for the basket, I do not anticipate actually knitting it up. I do however really like to look at it.
I have also begun Mock Wave Cable socks from Favorite Socks for Husband. There is only 3 rounds on the needles, you don't really want to see.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
What have I got to show off?
Blue Moon Fiber Arts - Socks That Rock - lightweight - Sunstone
Together they will become a sock of my own design. Very cool!
Monday, May 7, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
OK, they still need buttons. I will pick those up during the LYS tour.
I love the Linen Stitch.
And the cute little picot bind off.
This is the first holiday gift, done. Last year I did not start until August. Maybe I will be done by August this year?
We are assembling a group to attend Stitch N Pitch. We all went last year and had a great time. Yarn, baseball, garlic fries, yarn. Its all good.
Yesterday I began the new Rockin' Sock Club kit. First the positives. This yarn is wonderful! The colors are so beautiful knit together. The pattern called for a toe up cast on that I had not used before. It was easy and looked nice, no going back to tighten the stitches. So there I was making my toes, loving the yarn, then I hit the patterning. It is a YO, P2T repeat and then on the next row row P2T, YO. That was a lesson in frustration. I do not knit as tight as I used to, but I am still on the tight side. Add that to my not so pointy Addi Turbos and it was not pretty. Hand cramps, headache from not breathing, and the swearing. Oh my!
So Grasshopper was frogged and Embossed Leaves begun. I have knit this pattern before and really like it. After a few inches I was thinking they may become a holiday present for Youngest Daughter. After a few more inches it was obvious this yarn was all wrong for the pattern. The leaves showed up during the lighter colors, but not at all during the darker sections. Frog #2.
Pomatomus begun. I am still on the ribbing, not even enough progress to take a picture. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The sleeves also have a button closure and velvet lining.
Talk about spoiled! I am feeling it right now. Husband is a peach!