Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Soooooo slooowwwwww

Even with the decreases, this is sooo slowwww.

I do love how Moss Stitch looks, and I do love how it hides flaws, but man it is sooo slowwwwwww. It is the molasses of knitting.

The cables look good, though.

And in other news: Jessie Cat checks out the newly painted bathroom and lives to tell the tale:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Knitting Magic

Well, not exactly magic, but here is a tip to make many of your knitted pieces look great. And the tip is:

Applied I-Cord

I put it around the armholes, along the bottom, and along the neckline to give this a bit more shape and to stop stuff from rolling. I love how it looks!

There are several good tutorials online so check them out and try it!

Ten on Tuesday: Cheese

The proposed ten on  Tuesday is your ten favorite kinds of cheese.

I'm not a big fan. I've never been a huge fan (perhaps because I was raised in a home where cheese=Kraft American Singles).  We never ate "Blue Box" (ie Kraft Macaroni and Cheese) and when I worked in advertising, I worked on Velveeta Shells and Cheese which is...well, Colby, Swiss and Cheddar, Blended all Together but ick.

I do like brie, I do like a nice melty gruyere, I do like swiss, and I'm fine with cheddar but the stinky cheeses-no thank you.

I worked yesterday morning and then took some spring break time in the afternoon and read. It was a rainy day so that seemed to be a perfect thing to do.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Socks x 2

Two pairs of socks are on the needles. First is the 'mindless' socks that I knit while reading, the yarn is  from String Theory:
 The second pair are the Legolas socks. These are actually quite fun but a bit complex so I haven't worked on them as much as I should..maybe I'll take them for the trip to Chicago. There is a cable pattern (on the top of the sock that you see here) that twists around the leg, so it is somewhat impossible to photograph well. I have no clue what the yarn is but it is blue and soft and kind fragile (oops).

Saturday, March 21, 2015


I've finished one repeat (63 rows) and have six more to go. 
I really like this pattern--the chart is well written, the pattern makes clear sense, and I'm looking forward to finishing the 'second' repeat to see how it all fits together.
The yarn is Rowan Cotton Cashmere or something. I'll check and let you know.
This is the start of spring break. I head out next Thursday to a conference in Chicago for a quick 48 visit, where hopefully I'll see my former student and good friend Kati, and deliver the little blue cardigan in person on Friday. Kati is planning to be induced on the Monday after the conference, so this is just in time! She'll be taking the train from Milwaukee for one night. 
Today we did a bit of Spring cleaning and home improvement. Tim is busy painting the guest room and I cleaned out Stella the cat's sleeping crate (yes, one of our cat sleeps in a crate), vacuumed, put away laundry, and washed the ice maker. Now I'm going to read for a bit. :-)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Visual Evidence

I think the deer have been avoiding my neck of the woods, because there are a bunch of tulips ready to burst. I took pictures just because you never know when the deer will return.

Five on Friday: Five Things Always in My Purse

What five things do I always have in the purse I'm carrying?
1. My wallet
2. Keys
3. Jump drive
4. Reading glasses
5. Lip balm


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Almost done and getting started

This top needs applied icord around the sleeves, neck and bottom, and then ends woven in, but so far so good:

I tried it on yesterday and it looks good, although I wish I had knit it an inch longer. But hopefully with applied icord and blocking it will fit fine (the yarn is milk cotton, which might stretch a bit).

I cast on for this:
The pattern is Winterlong and I'm using Rowan Cashcotton DK that has been in the stash forever.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Last Minute Baby Sweater

Well, the buttons aren't on and it isn't blocked, but the ends are woven in (not snipped off yet) and this will be ready for a new baby boy who will be arriving a bit earlier than planned!

Hopefully his mom will be meeting me in Chicago next week, but if not I'll be sure to get this to him close to his birth data of 3/30/15.

Ten on Tuesday: The St Patrick's Day Pot of Gold List

If I had a pot of gold, what would I do with it?

1. Build the house on the coast.
2. Private plane
3-10. Use the rest to donate to worthy causes.

That was quick!

I'll be back later with some knitting pictures.