26 April 2009
Today's post would be a repeat of last week's post in which I finished 8 of the log-cabin quilt squares. I spent about 6 hours working those 8 squares today. I also spend another hour getting some sock yarn ready to dye. There's a bit of work to do on those, yet, but I'm hopeful of having them ready for a dye session on this Saturday. I've gotten some new colors to play with, so I'm dying to get at it (no pun intended).
I am only six weeks away from my 50th birthday. We were talking today about perhaps getting the family together to celebrate it, but I'm not sure how all of the schedules are going to work out. Also, my oldest sister and her husband won't be visiting Omaha until July, so we might wait until then because the family will want to get together to see them, too.
In the meantime, I am knitting. I have at last figured out how I want to do the sleeves on the latest pullover I've been designing. Now I'm wondering whether I want to wait before releasing the pattern as soon as it's done because it might be a good one to submit to Twist Collective. I don't know. I've got two friends who are going to test-knit the thing for me. One of them will knit a large size and that will be great because I can work on the sleeves while she works on the body. One thing I'm writing into this pattern is how to adjust it for the best fit, and one item of consideration is how to adjust the width of the sleeve without making the sleeve cap too large for the armhole.
Well, I've got to get some laundry done so that I have clothes to wear for another week of working for the jobs that pay in order to have time to do the things I love. Talk about a boring repeat! :)
Hugs and good knitting to you!
20 April 2009
19 April 2009
13 April 2009
I hope you had a nice Easter Sunday. We went over to my mom’s house. My DH cooked up a pork roast stuffed with Italian sausage and rubbed with spices. He also picked up a poppyseed cake and some rolls to go with it. My sister MT cooked up scalloped potatoes and mixed veggies; she also made a cheesecake-type of pie (from a prepared mix). Oh, and the topper was the butter in the shape of a lamb. Honestly! They pour it into a mould of some kind and when it’s set they put in cloves for the eyes and then put a red ribbon around his neck. They package him on that silly bright green Easter grass and put him in a clear container. I’m close to having a crisis of faith over this: If Easter is the celebration of the risen Christ, why are we hacking up the Paschal Lamb for our dinner rolls?
As you know, I’m developing a new pattern knit from King Tut cotton that incorporates the Flight of the Bumblebee stitch. I’m calling it Sweet Honey. It’s a woman’s short-sleeved (or no-sleeved if you opt for that) pullover. I’ve knit up the back of it, but I’m not sure I’ve knit enough. If I measure the garment flat I get 6” from the start of the armhole bind-off to the top of the garment. If I hold it up so that gravity can have its lawful effect, I get 7”. I think I should go for the latter, don’t you? After all, the garment hangs from the shoulders.
Fortunately, I am not knitting this for myself. I’m knitting it in size 36 which means it goes faster and I’ll find my errors more quickly. This small size fits a lovely woman at my LYS so I will have her try it on tomorrow when I stop by there on my way to the stationery shop.
So, as I am giving that project a brief rest I have been working on a short cardigan for my sister MA. The Opera Shrug that I’d knit for her was too tight in the shoulders, and she’d wanted something that came around to the front anyway. Thus, I’m using Cascade Venezia (worsted weight) and I’m knitting up a simple cardigan and incorporating the same lace pattern used in the Summer Sunner pattern. I am hopeful this will be pleasing for her. Of course, I’ve also started in on another pair of socks (a kind of no-brainer for knitting – the waffle sock pattern).
Would you believe I also got some yarn prepared for dyeing? After our noon meal at my mom’s I did a bit of mending (for my mom and for a friend) and then took some of my 8 oz cakes of Henry’s Attic Sport weight (washable merino) and reeled it off into 4 oz skeins. I have 18 of them to dye now.
On top of that, I’m very near the end of my umpteenth reading of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (by Susanna Clarke), one of my favorite novels. Her writing is so rich in detail that I discover something new each time. Oh, yes, I know how it all comes out, but it’s the journey one takes in the reading of it that is the most fun. I love her structure, I love her characters. (Plus, I learned a couple of years ago that the author knits. I have great regard for anyone who knits and writes so well!)
Alas, it is a drizzling Easter Monday here. I would rather be at home, reading and knitting.
Hugs and good knitting to you!
12 April 2009
You Are Coffee
You are highly ambitious and goal oriented. You feel like there isn't enough time in your day to get it all done.
You are outgoing and creative. You love talking with people, thinking up crazy plans, and then acting immediately on them.
When it comes to caffeine, you'd like a refill. You can almost always use an energy boost.
Life is too short. You're going to get as much out of it as you can. You live for today.
You Are a Lynx
You are a quiet observer of the world around you. Your wisdom comes from listening carefully.
You've always been extra sensitive and aware. And it's made it difficult for you to fit in.
You see past people's outward personas. You are able to penetrate a stranger's soul.
What you've learned about people is both beautiful and ugly. And you keep these secrets to yourself.
07 April 2009
I was sitting and knitting one afternoon at my LYS (String of Purls). Well, actually, I was sitting and knitting a bit as I chatted with Sally who works there. I'd finished early at the stationery shop so it was natural that I'd go across the way and get in a bit of calming knitting.
Anyway, this nice guy came into the shop. He was visiting from out of town and he wanted to bring back something nice for his wife. She was a knitter and she also taught knitting classes. Well, Sally and I had a hundred ideas for him, but he didn't have a lot of room for packing up three great projects (we suggested Anne Ginn's Circle Vest, among other things), so he bought some nice yarn.
Here we are, a few days later, and I'm looking into the String of Purls forum on Ravelry. The guys wife posted a nice note about how he'd stopped in, etc., etc.
Now, isn't this great how the internet has brought all of us together? You can shop, you can blog, you can stop over at a knitting site and leave a nice note . . .
This was one of those days when I needed a happy ending. No, it's not because of Kutner's suicide on House (I realize he's a fictional character, you see), but because it's been cold and I've been tired and I've been grousing about having to work and clean house (gawd, our home is a pig sty again!). Would you believe I came home early today and cleaned one of the bathrooms just because (1) I didn't want to take a nap (it would mess up my sleep) and (2) it had been driving me crazy? Yep, today was a day for happy endings.
Hope you're well. Hugs to you and Dave,