Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hello Cashmere. I love you.


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I finished these Cashmere socks from Janel Laidman's fabulous sock book, and I love them. The pattern is so beautiful, and there are little beads in there as well. I'm almost afraid to wear them, as I've heard that cashmere can felt pretty easily. Almost. I'll have to gird my loins and put them on sometime soon.

I'm off to be a keynote speaker at the Southern Oregon Visitor's Association Marketing Conference (ooh) at Seven Feather's Casino (double ooh) so maybe I'll wear them then.

Beautiful sunny day today. How is it where you are?

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Dog and his Wubba


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So I do have knitting to show, but I haven't loaded the pics onto the computer yet and I have this cold coming on and my face is all broken out and it just is not.a.good.day.

But I do have this adorable picture (if I do say so myself) of Pilot and his favorite toy, the Wubba (a Christmas gift from the dogs' doggie friend Gauss). This orange wubba is now living in the backyard where it is an orange-and-mud Wubba.

We took a different Wubba, Yellow Wubba, to dog training class because we needed a toy that Pilot "would go crazy over." And we learned that while he indeed goes crazy over Wubba at home, at school he is only mildly interested. We may have to bring out the big (and squeaky) guns for the next class.

But our little guy is doing great...he is calming down, he is happy to participate in training, and he just loves being with his pack. And his pack loves being with him. Muddy paws and all.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

These


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are no more.

Have you ever had a project that you know is just going to end up being a disaster (an unwearable disaster) but you just keep going anyway?

Well, these socks were becoming that project, as the foot of the sock was a good 2 inches too big. In addition, the way the pattern was written didn't make a whole lot of sense (to me). So, I decided to frog the socks, and then start over (at some point) with a different pattern (Eunny Jang's sock pattern from IK). And I was happy with that decision.

Except.

For some reason, my entrelac didn't frog. Was it the yarn? Is it entrelac? (Google is no help). I just know at the pick up parts the yarn wouldn't frog. Almost like there was a not in the yarn.

Luckily, this isn't the most expensive yarn (I love it, but if it must go to the big pile of tangled up yarn in the sky, I'm ok with that). I know Tim will give it a detangling go if I ask him (but he just detangled a ball that Pilot unwound, so I hesitate, even though I know he would say yes). I think it has to sit there in an off-the-needles glob for a bit until I can face it.

How is your day?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

You Can't Frog Entrelac

Obviously there's a story there, but the complete nonsensical nature of the title (to anyone BUT a knitter) has me very amused.

Stay tuned for the story, but I'm guessing you can figure it out yourself.

Friday, February 19, 2010

They're still beautiful


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I have fits and starts with these socks, but I still love the pattern and the beautiful cashmere yarn. They'll be done sooner or later. I've been spending more time doing the sleeves of the monkey sweater, because it is at the point where I just want to finish it.

In life news:
-3 more weeks to this term. Panic time.
-Pilot starts training class this week. Well, we go to the class and learn what bad parents we are. He starts on Tuesday.
-Fence is done.
-Sun is out.
-I'm a bit caught up, work wise, and may play a bit of hooky this afternoon.
-shhhhhhh

Monday, February 15, 2010

Atom


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I haven't been out to visit the alpacas for a while, and one of my students wanted to visit (she's designing a new logo for the farm), so with our fingers crossed against the rain we headed down to Cottage Grove.

Bil and Julia now have 22 alpacas on site: 18 females and 4 males. I think 4 or 5 of the females are pregnant...so come spring, it will be nutty there! The boys have the back pasture and the girls are living in the barn, but finally the pastures are drying out enough so the ladies can get outside more.

All of the alpacas look great. My little boy, Atom, has recovered from a rough start and now looks beautiful. His fleece is lush and soft, and he seems happy and healthy and alert. And as usual, Brownie is doing great. She isn't going to be a big girl, but she's beautiful.

We also visited with the chickens and the quail, and left with a carton of eggs that will be omelets tonight.

I can't wait to see what's next at the farm! Shearing day is 4/29.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

More monkey sweater


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I must must must think of another name for this sweater, named because it was inspired by a sock monkey.

Mine is different, of course, since the yarn is a charcoal/cream marl, not a light brown/cream marl that is typical of the sock monkey. I really like it...one sleeve is almost done, then all that is left is putting in the sleeves and doing a button band.

We're still busy, it is still raining, and no, I'm not watching the Olympics nonstop nor am I participating in any knitting Olympic type activities. I select my sheepiness very carefully when it comes to the knitting world!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Effluvia


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Life=Nuts

Not any nuttier than usual, just a lot on my plate at the moment. We're at the end of Week 6 of the term and this is when the real crazy starts. At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel...I think.

Here is the entrelac sock which does not get the attention it deserves. It's hard to tell the entrelac-ness but look closely. This sock is going to be great for those times when my feet swell to double the size they are now.
I'm hoping that they shrink. A lot. I think that's one reason why I'm not spending a lot of time on the sock.

We've been having our back yard privacy fence replaced after a hunk sort of blew down in a wind stormlet a few weeks back. Because we needed new fence posts and such, it has taken quite a while, which means we've been without an enclosed place for the dogs. Well, today the fence was done and Pilot finally got the opportunity to zoom around like a crazy guy: he needed it so much, and it was great to see him zoom! Unfortunately, between the fence guys and the rain the back 'yard' is now more like a back mud puddle, which makes for fun dog times, but we can deal. It's just nice to have a fence back.

The body of the sock monkey sweater is done and next come the sleeves. It's a pretty satisfying knit.

How are you doing?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Woolgirl Online Shop to Close

I'm so sad to hear that Jen is going to close the online portion of Woolgirl due to health issues. She'll continue with the clubs and kits, but no more Woolgirl store. Any readers of my blog know that Jen's store is one of my absolute favorites and her kits are little treasures. I'm glad Jen made some hard decisions that are in her best interest, and I wish her well and hope she feels stronger soon.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Curses


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My beautifully written and self-reflective post on today, my Knitiversary, was somehow swallowed up by the Internets. Silly, silly Internets. So let me recap:
-today is my knitiversary, ish, because I started knitting on Superbowl Sunday.
-I think either 6 or 7 years ago
-this sweater is based on a Sock Monkey
-I don't like sock monkeys
-But I like this sweater. It is done with Zitron Cambio and Red Cascade 220.

Questions?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Big old yarn


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So here's the chunky yarn sweater...it's Rowan Spray, and it comes off nice and tweedy. It's just a basic raglan that knit up in a matter of hours. I love chunky things, although certainly like chocolate, they can't be the base of my diet but it makes a nice little treat.

So currently on the needles (because you've been worrying, right?): pink cashmere cable socks, entrelac socks (a horrorshow in the making), a fair isle sweater where I"m still miles aware from the fair isle part, and a sock monkey sweater. Pics of the latter coming soon.

Morning Walk