Saturday, August 30, 2014

Columbria--still can't get the color right!

But I try. I do try.

The color in real life is a bit greener, but this photo gives yu a good idea of the undulating pattern. It is a fun pattern to work.


Here's Thorntower before I blocked it--I took it outside to photograph it to try to get the details and the colors right--and I think the details in this photo are great but the color is too purply.

It frustrates me how some colors just don't translate.

But you can get a good idea for how this will loo when I wear it.

The finishing went pretty well, the sleeves were a bit wonky but that sh*t will block right out. Right?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hail Columbria!

The yarn--Yowza by Miss Babs--is a bit bluer green but this is a better rendering than the blue pics that I get without overhead lights.

Here's a close up:

It will look better blocked. But it really looks like the tale of the Loch Ness Monster.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

If I was in the UK, I'd be feeling "chuffed"

I think I'd be feeling chuffed--maybe my Internet Amiga Rosy can tell me--doesn't it mean you're proud of yourself?

Anyway--my goal this summer has been to get my knitting stuff organized.

I cleaned out project bags over the weekend, and had one left--the big bag where the needles and affiliated crap all lived. So I bought a Namaster organizer and put the circs in there, and put all the straights in a needle quiver I made a long time ago. In the process, I found a little pink Namaste tool case and an amazing skein of pink silk fingering yarn. And lots and lots of straight needles.

I have been THAT PERSON who needs a needle and can't deal with the mes so just buys a new one. NO LONGER MY FRIENDS. Well, unless it is a size 5 circ. I have none of those.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The WoodlandER shawl

I've been calling this the Woodlands Shawl, which is incorrect. It is WoodlandER shawl.

I really like it: a pretty simple pattern that looks more difficult than it really is.
And a closeup:

On the docket for today: organizing circular needles into my new Namaste circular needle container. CAN YOU STAND THE EXCITEMENT?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


I can have a gazillion projects going on at once, can't I?

I cast on for the Hidden Gusset Mitts:
I cast on for the Woodland Shawl (didn't get far):
It was swinging so it is a bit fuzzy.

I cast on for the Columbria wrap:

It looks like a dragon's tail.

AND, I strung beads onto some yarn for a cowl:

I used a bead stringer. I haven't done that before, usually I do the teeny tiny crochet hook method. But this went pretty well.

Plus I will have the finished sweater to show you hopefully tomorrow.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Building Thorntower!

I finished the shawl collar on Thorntower, and I actually set both sleeves in after I took this picture. I finished 2.5 out of 4 seams so I'm almost done!

And yes, it isn't supposed to be even on the fronts.

What now?

I spent a good chunk of time cleaning up the junk in the 'guest room/yarn room' and that included cleaning out a few messes of knitting bags. I also went through the pile of printed out patterns on my desk and picked out the ones I liked the most. Then I got out the yarn winder and the result is: seven things I want to knit!

If you know me at all, you know I often have many things OTN. I won't promise I won't cast on for these all at once, but who knows?

So Clockwise from the upper left hand corner-

Some Dashing Dachs yarn that I'll use to make the Woodland Shawl. I bought some Miss Babs Tarte for this but I ran across the DD and thought it would be good too.

Yarntini for the Cherry Tree Socks--pattern and yarn received for some long forgotten sock club but I had kept it together because I like it.

Knit picks Chroma for the  Giant Slayer's Vine Scarf. BEADS!

Wollmeise Pure for Nine Maiden. I had to rip this out because I screwed up on an increase but I'm ready to try again.

Zen Yarn Garden for a pair of fingerless mitts, the Hidden Gusset from Knitty.

Miss Babs for the Colubria wrap (this might be the first one I cast on. This are the Woodland Shawl. Or the mitts)

Mini mochi and Mini solid for Nymphalidea (this might be the first one I cast on for as well).

I guess we'll all know sooner rather than later which one I did first!

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Well lookie here.

I really need 3D imaging for these socks because there's stuff going on all the way around. Love these.

Busy day so far: four mile walk with pooches, started the clean up of the guest room and took five bags of stuff to Goodwill, and put a bunch of vegetables on simmer to  make a tomato sauce. Not even noon yet. Yes!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Button, button, who has the button?

I have the buttons!
I made great strides on the collar of the cable sweater yesterday: I have two short rows and then three rows of the whole thing and then the bind off. The bind off will take a while since I'll probably do the sewn bind off on it but my guess is that by the end of the weekend I'll be done with the sweater. Tim is out of town and I have Fitcarraldo on DVD so I should have some good knitting time.

I love picking out buttons. There is this wonderful store in Eugene called Mindy's Needlepoint Store and she stocks lots and lots of buttons, all in little tubes with a button on the stopper of the tube. The tubes are all stacked in cubby holes. There have to be hundreds of different buttons, and she has them all very well organized but it is sort of like finding a needle in a haystack. For example, I wanted some light tan leather buttons but when I found the leather button cubby, she didn't have the color I wanted. Sad face.

So I have two choices. The ones on the left look like rolled paper and, on closer inspection, are really more like a bead than a button. I can probably turn it into a button but hmm. The ones on the right are metal ones with a celtic knot, which I will probably go with. They're nice and light and will look perfect.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Next steps

1. Block
2. Join shoulder seams
3. Pick up and knit collar stitches
4. Seams
5. Buttons
6. WEAR!

Hopefully 1 + 2 will be done today and I'll get a good start on #3!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Not sure what else to say, other than: here is the first sleeve.
Obviously an unblocked sleeve. And it is upside down--the cuff is at the top. although this looks like a cool fin, doesn't it?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An Interesting Day

Yesterday I went to Aragon Alpacas to 'help' with Atom's gelding.

Atom is six and hadn't been gelded. His fiber is quite nice but it isn't 'breeding' quality. When I moved him to the new farm, he had to deal with an 'alpha' male who has been picking on him a bit. This is somewhat normal alpaca behavior--but Ann, Atom's stepmom (she owns the farm), also noted that he still had his 'fighting teeth.'

Here is what they are (from the Alpaca Farm Girl site): "Male alpacas get what are called “fighting teeth” at the back of their mouths on the sides. In the wild this is one of the only weapons alpaca males would have to fight each other for doiminance and the right to breed the females. It is customary to cut male alpaca’s fighting teeth, which are very sharp and pointy like a shark’s tooth, as they come in. These teeth come in as the males reaches sexual maturity.  If the alpaca has fighting teeth that need to be trimmed, we use obstetric wire and saw them off. The process takes a minute or two, and then your alpaca is “safe” and ready to go. Often this only has to be done once in a male’s lifetime. What happens if you don’t cut the fighting teeth? They can puncture a herdmate while fighting or “play” fighting. Adult alpaca males are generally housed together and spend some of their time neck wrestling and chasing each other around. This is something they do playfully, as well as seriously to establish dominance. Alpacas have distinct personalities and they have a pecking order and social roles."

So Ann let me know that Atom's fighting teeth needed cutting, and she also mentioned that it might be good to geld him as well. This will help calm him down, keep him from getting frisky among the girls,   his fiber will be nicer,  and his fighting teeth will stop growing.

So yesterday I went out to 'help', as Dr. Pat, a camelid vet, came out to do the deeds. He gave Atom a tranquilizer that gave him a half hour nap, and then he made an incision, took out what needed taking out, crushed what needed crushing, and sewed him up. Let's leave it at that. The whole process took about 10 minutes with almost no blood. I basically watched and worried about fainting. Then came the teeth. This was much harder for me! I held Atom's lips back while Dr. Pat used a coarse wire to grind the teeth off. It was something.

A minute or two after we finished, Atom woke up on his own, and about ten minutes later he stood up. Kind of amazing.

I also spent some time working on the Arkadian Ulla socks--they are really fun to do! The shadow wrap technique is pretty simple and looks good, and now I'm working on the leg of the first sock.

Tim comes home around dinner time! Yay!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Projects

How do you pick new projects?

Sometimes I see something on Ravelry or in a magazine and think "I have to knit that" and then find out I don't have yarn and then order yarn and then knit it--that happens maybe two or three times a year. If the yarn isn't fingering yarn, I tend to follow my gut. If the yarn is fingering...such as the cute sweater Akebia from the new Twist Collective but it calls for a LOT of fingering yarn and I don't think I have it in me to make a fingering yarn sweater.

Sometimes I get a hankering to knit something cables. I got that hankering the other day but didn't want to start on a cable sweater. So I did a search and found a pattern called Arkadian Ulla (it's on Rav) and started on that.

It has a bit of a different construction and uses some new techniques (shadow wrapped heel) and so it is a bit of a challenge. And I always have sock yarn available.

And finally--sometimes I get an email with an offer and I just go for it. Today I got an email and it had a beaded cowl kit on sale--so I ordered it...because I have a hankering for beading too.

Pilot is much better...still a little wonky in the netherregions but on the mend.

So that's me. How about you?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Catch Up

I'm not sure why I haven't blogged for a bit, I should have. Tim has been out of town so that means I usually have a lot of time to do stuff like blog. But somehow I've been very busy for the three days he's been gone. I've caught up with quite a bit of work, which is good. I've done a few things around the house and have a mind to do a few more, and that is good too. I've knit a lot:

Jeanie is starting to look like something.
And both fronts of Thorntower are done. I'm working on sleeves now.

Last night, Pilot for some reason got very sick--I think he ate something bad on one of our walks this weekend. He spent about an hour throwing up (unfortunately all over the house) and so that took a bit of cleaning up. This morning whatever had hit him moved down his system and he got me up at 5:30 am to go out. I cooked him some rice and chicken broth and gave him a pepcid. We took our walk and now he's relaxing.  I think he is OK but will keep an eye on him all day (I think the culprit might have been a rotten apple).

So what's up with you?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Friday Formatting

I've spent the last two hours formatting the references on a paper (but the good news is that a rough draft of the paper is done, and it was pulling teeth to get that out of me so I'm happy about that).

My head kind of hurts.

But I finished these guys.

Tim left today for a conference where he'll be for about a week (sad face) but lots of knitting will be done, I predict!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Jeanie Grows!

I found my 'jeanie rhythm' yesterday and grew this a little bit--unfortunately the needle is too short to stretch the whole thing out but you can tell that there's some cool cables and dropped stitches happening. I'm enjoying this knit a lot.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Finished side

Well here you go. This went pretty quickly!

We had a fun weekend---long walks with dogs, a nice paddle, ridding our home of the scourge of yellow jackets. You know, just your basic stuff.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

My Blogiversary!

Ten years ago today I started blogging. Happy blogiversary to me!

This is Jeanie, a reversible cable shawl with drop stitches in between the cables.

But it is all kind of smooshed and so hard to see. Sorry. SMOOSHED ha ha because the yarn is Dream in Color SMOOSHY!

Friday, August 01, 2014

One front of Thorntower

Not much to say except I love this pattern.
I did cast on for Jeanie. It is, um, cumbersome.