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July 05, 2007

Sitting ducks

The knitting project that requires little thought? The cardi of course. I'm still on the increases but I'm getting fairly close to when I separate the stitches for the sleeves and then this starts looking sweatery.

mallard cardi

This doesn't do the color justice. It is a richer blue/green (actually, the color of the head and neck of a mallard). But I didn't take advantage of the morning sun for these pictures. You are getting slap-dash pictures at lunch in between errands.

It is nice to have a good 'ole wool stockinette sweater to work on between fancy lace projects and fancy socks.

June 27, 2007

Adventures in Oregon

Turning this:


cherries


Into this:


cherry jam


And leaving my hands looking like this:


dirty cherry nails


Which is pretty gross because they don't look stained so much as they just look plain dirty. Ew.


The cherry jam is OK. Not my favorite because that good cherry taste is gone and it is just sweet. I guess this is why they tend to do this sort of thing with sour cherries instead of Bing cherries. So I'm a little disappointed and I think, next time, I'll just freeze them and use them in recipes.


On the knitting front, it is slow but steady. I fell in love with this cardi:


tied cardi


And knocked people over getting this yarn for it. It is Plymouth Tweed in color 5321 (aka Mallard). It is lovely and hopefully won't pill much. The temptation is there to do it in Merino or Alpaca but this is the kind of cardi I'll wear a lot so it better stand up to the challenge a bit.


And can I just say, I love knitting in the (almost) round from the neck down? I probably would love bottom up even more because then I'm not doing endless increases but rather the glorious decreases but I'll take what I can get.

September 08, 2006

Recovery

I've been playing hooky from being a grown up and was at the beach. Hey, I earned a vacation and just because I am screwing up the vacation plan by being unemployed in the middle of the year doesn't mean I don't get to slip away and not think about work stuff.


So I'm back and I'm being responsible. I've started doing some contract work for a local university and while it SO isn't what I like to do, it is income. For a few months anyway.


The interesting part is that I'll be working from home. I'm not all that sure that it is a good idea since I get distracted easily (Have you seen my knitting habits? You think those are any different than how I am with all things?) I might have to set up some kind of routine where I leave the house everyday like I'm going to an office and work that way, I can go hang out in the lobby of the university.


The Yarn Harlot was here the other day and I was really looking forward to seeing her and getting my book signed but I had a last-minute meeting with the university which messed up my schedule (Can't leave dogs without potty opportunity at certain times of the day. They are very used to our schedule.) and then when it took me forever to get home from the meeting my plans to have knitterly fun were ruined.


Rats.


So I'm pouting a little about that and am trying to console myself with knitting victories.


After much heartbreak, tears, screaming at the gods, and a little help from a fabulous knitting goddess at Coastal Yarns, I have finally finished the ballet wrap sweater for my Aunt. It cheered me a little that my knitting goddess had to read the pattern outloud about 6 times herself to fully grasp what should be done. With her help I was able to chart the pieces which had given me grief.


Here is the back and the two wicked fronts that nearly drove me to drinking.


ballet wrap awaiting finishing


The pattern was from Interweave Knits and you can clearly see my mangled copy. That is what happens when you clutch something and cry into it. You can also see the book of soduku puzzles that I distracted myself with when the knitting got to be too much. Let it be noted that I have graduated to the expert level puzzles. These were less frustrating than knitting the fronts on the sweater.


The yarn I used was something I picked up on sale when Knit Picks was clearing out their yarn inventory to make room for their own lines. It is Reynolds Andean Alpaca Regal, an alpaca/wool blend in a lovely heathery grey. It holds up too. I ripped out one front and reknit 5 or 6 times and it did great. It started to untwist a little but not much more.


The sleeves are blocking. I don't think the curl will be eliminated much and may just go ahead and finish the sweater without blocking. Does that shock anyone? Has lightening struck anyone when they didn't block? Seriously, will it make the sweater look worse if I don't block it?


More pictures since I haven't posted in eons.


A little stash enhancement. I mean it is rude to go into a yarn store and not buy something, right? A few skeins of Socks That Rock. One skein for me and two candy-colored (I believe they are called Sherbert) skeins that will make some cute child's sweater. Hey, it is washable so I think sock yarn makes fantastic kid projects.


str love


And then, just because we can't go too long without a doggie picture, this is Sandy.


Sandy


I am dogsitting Sandy for my Mom. She is a lot of fun to have around the house because she is more doggy-like than my beloved greyhounds. She wags her tail and barks hello. And she has the best muzzlepuff of any pookie I know. If you don't frequent Cute Overload then you don't know that muzzlepuffs are the soft cheeks around the mouth. Sandy's are soft, whiskery and getting grey. And she likes to softly run them over my face.


We loves Sandy.


And then, because I was feeling frisky with the camera (I had just put in new batteries) I took a quick shot of my kid-yarn-impending-project stash. It isn't the only source but it is the bulk of yarn for these kinds of projects. I'm starting to email people I worked with 5 years ago that had a baby a year ago to see if they will let me knit for their kids.


baby yarn stash


I'm starting to sound pathetic.


Someone give me a job to stop this madness!