Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thorntower and Cats

The back of Thorntower is complete:

I was in a panic because I am very sure I didn't order enough yarn for this....so yesterday I posted a desperate plea on Rav and sent email to the dozen or so shops that carry the yarn looking for the right dyelot. And guess where I found some--the UK! So that yarn, which prides itself on being American sheep and milled in America, is coming to me from London.

Jessie the cat had a vet appointment and the vet fears she has a food allergy. Luckily (or not!) there's a vet allergist in Eugene, so I'll call and get an appointment for her. Argh!

Sunday, July 27, 2014


The Clapotis is heading to the home stretch--twelve rows of the 'straight' section and then I start the decreases. And I just got some new yarn for my next one (maybe the cable idea I'm thinking about?).

Today we went on a loop hike around two waterfalls. We took the dogs and they had a great time. I woke up feeling great--a few weeks ago, I'm not sure if I mentioned it here, but we went Stand Up Paddleboarding and I twisted my knee (not so long story--my feet were basically cemented to the board and Tim gave me a gentle push off and I lost my balance but didn't move my feet and well, yeah, twisted knee). It has been given me trouble off and on (hurting in different places) but I can put weigh ton it, there's only a teeny bit of swelling, no bruising (meaning I'm pretty sure I didn't 'blow out my knee'). So today I woke up and it felt terrific.

I made the mistake of not wearing hiking shoes so the knee got a little twisted again and I lost my footing and slipped down some rocks so I might have undone all the healing but it actually feels OK this afternoon. Tomorrow will tell.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Today I have nothing..

...but pretty wound up balls of yarn.
The three large navy balls are for the Thorntower. The yarn is Quince & Co "Lark" in the color Peacoat.
The two smaller yarns are two purply yarns for the shawl. This yarn is by Color Shift on Etsy.
The red is a yak blend from Bijou Basin Ranch.

So. I was cleaning out the yarn room the other day and I found a Vogue Knitting magazine from Fall 2006. Wondering why I had saved this in the yarn area (as opposed to the magazine area) of the house, I sat down and went through it. And found a sweater I loved.

It is here.

So I'm trying to decide whether to make this or not, given it takes 2100 yards of dk yarn on small needles. Which means it would take forever and I'd have to buy yarn to make it.

And the pictures on Rav don't make the sweater look nearly as good as the pictures in the magazine: do you think?

My choices at this point are to: 1. buy cheap yarn and knit it up even though it will take a gazillion years; 2. rejigger the pattern for a bigger yarn that will be more cost efficient or 3. move on to the gazillion other patterns I like since I might fall out of love with this sweater once I start working on it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Desert Island Knitting

If I only could knit one thing---just one--for the rest of my life, it would be clapotis.
While walking the dogs today, I was thinking it would be cool with a cable in the Stockinette between the dropped stitches, yes?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Building the Thorntower

I have about 16 or so rows left before I do the armholes:

And here's another close up of the cable.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It never rains in Oregon in the summer

Except when it does!

We've had two days of rain--nothing deluge-like, just a nice gentle rain. I'm not sure if it will do a lot for the garden or not. It is a nice break (and a good reminder of what will arrive in, say, two months!).

This is incredibly hard to see so next time I'll stretch out part of it, but it is a lace shawl that has little hearts. Very cute.

I spent much of this morning straightening the guest room aka the yarn room--organizing the yarn in little cubbies. I even made a little chart telling me what was in each. I really need to either sell a bunch off or knit it down.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I've purchased many patterns from the Twist Collective but haven't knit a lot of them. I"m changing that now by knitting a sweater called Thorntower. It is a cable knit by Robin Melanson.

I'm knitting it in Navy blue so of course it is almost impossible to see the cables...this is the back.
And here is a close up (upside down):
It is complex enough that you have to pay attention but then it has a lovely stretch of reverse stockinette in the middle.

The yarn is (I think) from Jered Flood (is that his name? Brooklyn yarn maybe?) I'll check and update you the next time I post aout this.