Friday, August 29, 2008


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I realized I never posted a picture of the finished Ahlstrom. Well, here it is! I tried it on yesterday and it fits really well. This is a lovely sweater and it seemed to knit up really quickly. And I do like Elsebeth Lavold Silky makes a very light garment, second maybe to cashmere in its lovely lightness.

Have a great labor day weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The hardest thing about getting ready

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OK, two hard things, about getting ready for vacation.

1. What yarn to take? Heavens forbid I get caught on the Oregon Coast twenty miles from a yarn shop with no yarn! Like that would happen! I am working on the Fylingdales/Flyingdales gansey from A Fine Fleece (picture tomorrow), I have half of a Faceted Rib sock done, and have cast on for a 'mindless' sock for Tim. Now I'm trying to decide which *other* yarn to bring with in case of an emergency.

From Left to Right:
-Wollmeise in Rake=Regenborn...which is in use for the mindless sock.
-Wollmeise in Red Hot Chili Pepper
-Wollmeise (sense a them?) in Mitternacht
-Beach ball yarn from the Woolgirl sock club...not sure who made it but I'll check and edit this later.

Along with six skeins of Classic Elite Tweed, I'll probably end up taking all of these guys too. You know how yarn just makes a place more homey.

2. What books to take? I have the second in the Twilight series, James' A Portrait of a Lady, and some other stuff. Once again, I always end u pwith more than I can possibly read, but that's OK!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Little Baby Dress

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I finished this little baby is a Christmas gift for a little baby that is already in existence, so if you picked baby in the pool you're s.o.l.

It is knit out of cotton ease (two old colors, and one new color) and then has a crocheted edging. The buttons are cute...the first ones I bought were little pink flowers that were too small. These are larger ones that look like tiny little glass paperweights, and are pink and green inside.

There's ribbing in the upper part of the bodice, and a bit of ribbing along the bottom, I guess to make sure it doesn't curl. Anyway, it is cute.

I've been in a finishing orgy...finished this, finished a couple of other sweaters (weaving in, buttons) and then wove in a bunch of ends on a bunch of socks. And I finished the pink portrait scarf and learned a sad truth: people with oval faces should not wear wimples.

Maybe that should be the name of my fashion book.

Oh well.


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Monday, August 25, 2008

Catching up

I'm juggling some things, getting some school things tied up, some research projects underway, and getting things organized (well, in my head) for vacation. But there is some knitting happening. Pics soon.

Thanks for all the votes! I will let you know when the babe is in place in its new home!

Friday, August 22, 2008

What do you think?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, we're planning to add a new family member in the somewhat near future. What do you think we'll be adding? Vote in my poll!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

All I See Are Seams

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Here's the Ahlstrom Bodice, in all its unfinished glory.

I'm going to start seaming it today, but who knows how long that will take? There are a lot of seams (that one down the front is the one that has sent me off the edge. One more seam! Argh!).

But it looks good, and it was a fast knit. There's one little blip on the front that I'll show you later, but I think I can fix that with a duplicate stitch.

So it seems very quiet out there in the blogosphere. Anybody out there?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's Like Red, But Not Quite

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Two pink wips to blather on about, and some various knitting reflections.

1. I realized the other day that I need to do a lot of baby knitting. A lot. It seems like many people I know are about to become parents. I have a lot of yarn in the stash that I've been trying to destah but I figured maybe instead of destashing i'd knit it into baby things.

2. This is a little dress in two colors of pink and white. I finished the back and am casting on right now for the front. I had a schematic of what a baby dress should look like, so I've been vamping on that using some cotton ease from the stash. It is coming out pretty cute, if i do say so myself.

3. Rantlet #1: it is way too hot to knit. I used to wonder why people would ever say this, but after three very hot and pretty humid days I can now see why. Even with the AC on, knitting has not been enjoyable.

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4. Pink thing number two is the just-started Mohair Portrait Scarf from Knitting Classic Style. This is the first pattern i've knit from this book but I'm sure it won't be the last. It is a lace (ugh) pattern knit in the round, so the final product can be either a scarf or a wimple. Pretty coo. The lace pattern itself is intriguing...there's 16 rows of lace over 160 or so stitches, then the number of stitches decreases by half for 16 rows, then goes up again. You can kind of see that I have what looks like a lace sandwhich with two 'big' sections around a 'skinny' section.

I've given the pattern my own twist by adding beads. Yay beads!

5. Rantlet #2. Feeding Frenzies. I hate to admit this, but I wasted almost an entire day stalking the sundara yarn site when it was to be updated. Finally...the notice that the yarns were going up....and then they were all there! Quck quick, into the shopping cart,...then to paypal...only to have paypal unceremoniously tell me my cart had magically dissolved.

Enough of this madness (for me). It is yarn. Yarn. Not a cure for cancer. Someone else can have the yarn I've been stalking: the sundara, the wollmeise, the whatever. Life is too short.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Two projects finished!

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Tim and I each finished a project this week. Tim's is a lot more wonderful, so we'll start with his.

We've been transforming our small front yard for the past few years. It started with killing all the weeds and grass...the yard was pretty much taken over by Morning Glories, and covering the whole shebang with landscape cloth and mulch was the only way to stop the infestations. Last summer, we put in the circular garden surrounded by river rock (which we hauled from the river ourselves). At the end of the summer, we planted five aspen trees. This spring, the garden has thrived, with a beautiful purple butterfly bush, dozens of columbine, and a few other plants giving us beautiful blooms.

Earlier this summer, we bought a gliding bench to put in the far end of the garden, and it was crying out for an arbor. Tim built one this week...made out of wood and wrought iron panels. It looks just wonderful, and is exactly what I wanted.

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I finished a much smaller project..this mohair tam. It's made out of Crystal Palace mohair something that has been in the stash forever.

I'm in the mood for smalle rprojects, as I've mentioned in previous posts. I'm almost done with the Ahlstrom bodice, and then I'm sort of open to my next 'complex' project. It might be a lace shawl, or it might be a cable sweater. We'll see. Stay tuned!

And we may have some news about a new family addition in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What is this with me and the bright socks?

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This is the second sock in a row that has been brighter-than-bright. Not sure it summer and the beautiful light? Because my regular color pallette is black, blue and grey. I do like a fun sock though.

Anyway, this is the faceted rib sock from Little Book of Knit Socks. It is a fairly simple pattern that is just complex enough to be interesting, but I can knit it while I read also.

It is so nice to do a lot of reading this summer. Last summer I taught and then Cody was sick, so I felt torn in a couple different directions. Now I tend to do some work in the morning and then take some time for reading in the afternoon. That's a nice perk to the academic life.

We've watched some Olympics but not a lot...we've never been big Olympics fans. We did get a little fascinated by the Tandem Diving though (when did THAT become a sport?). And I didn't join any of the Knitting Olympic groups...that just isn't my thing.

Are you watching the Olympics? And knitting? How is that going?

ps. Incredible Hulk-like hand is slowly getting back to normal. I realized that it looks more like Fiona's hand from Shrek (Fiona as an ogre, not as Cameron Diaz) and I've been sort of obsessing over how odd it looks.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My first!

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Voila! My first hand-dyed roving spun into hand spun yarn. This is some of the roving (now yarn) that I dyed with natural dyes a few weeks ago. The colors are reds and purples.

This was, unfortunately, not an easy spin. The roving was a wee built felted...I applied the dye cold, wrapped it in saran wrap, and gave it a steam bath, so there was little manipulation of the fiber but I do tend to poke things a lot. I'm not sure how others dye things and have them stay so soft. I have know idea what type of wool this is, so that might have something to do with it. Anyway...I had to predraft the roving significantly....pooch it out in all directions, in order to get it to spin. And once I spun it, I couldn't get it to wind on when I was navajo plying...not sure exactly what went wrong but after half an hour or so it just started winding on (I had already lost several yards of the yarn though).

In nature news...I was doing some rare trimming of our bushes outside and got stung on the top of my left hand several times. This happened on Friday, and I thought I would just have a few bumps. Yesterday, about 24 hours after the stinging occured, I noticed my hand had swollen up...not huge but it looks like the incredible hulk's hand to me. And it was itching like crazy. I've been taking antihistamines and using hyrdocortozone on it, and the swelling has gone downa bit. But it is still freaking me out to have two totally different looking hands.

And finally. I can't decide what to cast on. I have six things, SIX, that I want to cast on for:
-mohair top and shrug
-pink beaded cool scarf
-christmas gift #1
-christmas gift #2 (which awaits the arrival of one skein of yarn).

I think I'm going to do the beret just to get past that frozen moment on indecision.

How are YOU?

Friday, August 08, 2008

Half a front

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I was commenting to my new virtual knitting buddy, Amy, today on Ravelry that if you only knit on one project, you can get something finished fairly quickly.

Case in point...Ahlstrom...the top I began a week or two ago. I have the back and one sleeve finished, a good start on the second sleeve, and I finished the first half of the front yesterday. It looks pretty good! It is a good knit...enough to keep you sort of interested but not so intense that it takes a while to get a row done (compare to Portland, for example).

It does feel weird, though, not to have a lot of wips going on...other than this I have a pair of socks and a pair of mittens that I've sort of put on hold. I've started thinking about Christmas knitting...a few gifts for friends, but probably nothing major. And small projects, which I like.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Portland Comes Together

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I finished the pieces on Portland, and started the seaming up process today.

Long time readers of my blog know that seaming is one of my least favorite activities. In fact, I really hate it. In fact, I've thought more than once about sending sweaters out to a professional seamer. But being a knitter means finishing it all up, so I persevere.

This sweater is PERFECT for a seaming-hater like me. First, it has a saddle shoulder, so putting the seams in for the shoulders involves straight lines only. I LOVE that ! Second, the seams are done on seed stitch, so seams really don't show at all. I love that too! So far, so good.

There's a seed stitch collar that gets added at the end and then comes the blocking fun. But this is going really well!

Edited to add: Just fyi, and in response to comments, I generally block twice. First I 'steam' block to the dimensions, then I seam, then I do the neckband, then I soak the whole finished shebang and shape it one more time.

Monday, August 04, 2008

More Ahlstrom

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Although I have only about ONE INCH left of my Portland sweater, I will wait to show you that and show you the Ahlstrom in progress.

It is sort of hard to figure out how it will look, but the right side is slanty and hte left side is not. If that helps. And the back and sleeves are the same color as the left side...I have the back done and almost one sleeve done.

And I have to check...but I think my blogiversary is either today or tomorrow. Woohoo!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Second Spring

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We've been having a wonderful summer this year...not very hot, cool nights, warm days, just lovely. We've also been trying to remember to water, since it is a typical Oregon dry, dry summer (although we have had a bit of rain, but nothing that is enough to keep things going).

Either we've done good with the watering, or the garden isn't used to the nice summer, because one of the columbines is flowering again...those are the pink flowers you see in the photo. The pink blossoms are interspersed with the dried up heads that we generally just let go to seed on their own. We've got a couple other plants that are showing a bit of spring color. Odd. But beautifully odd!

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And I have about seven inches to go and I'm done with Portland! I took Leah's advice (I think it was Leah!) and tok this outside to photograph i the natural light. This looks pretty colose to 'real life' in terms of the color, and you can see the nice cables that the sweater has. I love this sweater, but I'm looking forward to it being done :-).

Friday, August 01, 2008

Rabbit Rabbit

While I have been knitting, there's not enough progress on any one thing to warrant a picture. That means:

a. I'm knitting boring stuff
b. I'm knitting a little on a lot of things, and thus nothing is showing any progress.

Yet, all I want to do is cast on for more stuff.