Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
The snowbanks on either side of the little walk that goes out to the street are nearly up to my hips. Nope, I'm not that tall, so let's say 28-30 inches or 70 cm. See the snow at the end of that little walk? It's probably about half that high. It's a foreshortened picture. This is what happens when the plows come through and make another pass. You can't wait for the plowing to stop because then it gets really high, thick, and it'll be all chunky and packed from the plowing and very hard to move. A foot is really not too bad. I have to clomb over that to get to my ride. Clomb is not a typo. It's kind of charming to watch somebody, especially if that somebody is wearing nice clothes, negotiate a bank that is a mixture of great lumps of ice and giant fragile lumps of snow that appear identical, all held together by quicksand. Clomb is the right word. If I shovel it down to the pavement, somebody always parks directly in front of it. Yeah-no, I don't do my own shoveling. Silly.
Here's the area between the houses out my back door looking toward the street. My back door is the one I use mostly. You can see how the snow is already turning to ice. There's nothing you can do about it because as more melts from the sides of it and from the roof, the meltwater collects there and refreezes. The same thing happens on the path through the back yard to the garage, but not as badly. To get a decent picture of that path, I'd have had to actually step outside the door. You can surmise why that is unpictured.
If I weren't such a lazy A, I'd get on over to the beach to see what the wind and below zero temperatures have done with Lake Michigan and snap some pics for you. It's a sad thing when the local news outlets are too busy covering I don't know the heck what, to run a few pictures of the sun glinting off wild ice sculptures. I didn't find anything good online, or I'd link you.
A few inches of snow is predicted for tomorrow. I am scheduled to fly out to Bakersfield, California tomorrow at 5 p.m. We'll see.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Here's the pattern:
Cast on 20 stitches.
Odd number rows: Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5.
Even number rows: Knit 7, purl 6, knit 7.
Every now and then on an odd row: Cross 3 over 3 on the center 6 stitches. (You know, like a cable.) Always cross them in the same direction.
Seam the ends together any way you like when you think the band is the correct circumference. I don't recommend using a provisional cast on and then trying to kitchener the ends together unless you know how to do that in garter stitch, and purls, and knits. You don't want an unhappy ending like this.
The WIP is the back of a baby sweater for my upcoming grandson.* The front is striped in the colors you see between the green. The green is the trim and back color. I am about 1/4 of the way through the armhole. I will be running out of green yarn shortly. (Drat! Another one--this one's at least a little funny. It's not that far off from a Tom Swiftie.)
It's Essential sock yarn from KnitPicks. I am adding the Fair Isle sections to use less green yarn, just in case. You see, I've never run out of yarn on a project before. I didn't use as much less as I thought I would. But then, just before I placed another (fairly rare) KnitPicks order, I "remembered" I had a full skein in addition to the large partial I've been using; It would only be a matter of a deep stash dive to find it. I thought about adding a skein of this to it. But then I reasoned, why add to my stash? "I have way too much yarn already!!!!" shouted that voice in my head. So I didn't add in that ginormous 50 gram skein of really nice, soft, sheeny yarn.
Sometime yesterday I remembered that I've made a pair of infant socks and used it double stranded in 2 previous hats. So, no, I don't have any more. Incidentally, I only remembered when I actually saw one of the hats being worn by its recipient. Now the question is what to do about it. Frog and reknit the back in alternating green stripes with the front colors, rather than Fair Isle? Try to find some other green fingering yarn in my stash that is close enough? (which, indeed, I have, but it is not superwash) Order some from KnitPicks? Try and beg for some on Ravelry and the Knitty board? Go to the LYS and buy some that I will decide later doesn't work?
Monday, November 10, 2008
I think you can see that slipper number 3 turned out smallish. But this was not the end of the journey. There was felting still to do. These are before pictures. Here is the before of the jumper.
I was expecting shrinkage of about 2 inches in length on the jumper because, people, if I may call you people, and even if I mayn't, I had done a swatch, measured it, washed it and remeasured it. No brag, just fack. OK, brag and fact. I don't know why the most pleasantly proportioned and beautifully balanced items insist on appearing wonky in my photographs. Let me assure you that the hem was even.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
The hat and sweater together only used one ball of Lana Grossa Something or Other Sock yarn. The collar and cuffs are out of Paton's Kroy Socks, which I find that I like very much. I used a free top-down pattern from the web to get the number of stitches to cast on and where to put the markers. I knit quite a bit before I decided that it really was too big. Then I ripped and started over. Originally I know I cast on 90. I went down to 78 and that was just right, except maybe I'd change the sleeve stitches from 8 to 10. I had trouble with the collar. It just wouldn't lay right. So I snipped a stitch, pulled the old one off, and reknit it from the neckline using a two by two by two basket pattern. The original was stockinette with a wide garter border. I used size 2 needles. Gauge? Maybe 8 per inch; I don't know exactly, but the sweater came out as about a 6 month size. I will make this again. In fact, that's why I put the needle size and number of cast on stitches in this post.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
And here's the blanket I've recently finished. It needs blocking and end weaving, but I must say, I like it. It's after the OpArt pattern on the Fall, 2008 Knitty. The center is different because I started out making a simple log cabin, but as some of you may know, I can't resist any design that swirls, twirls, turns, or spirals. Uncharacteristic of my mad photography skills, it doesn't look any better in person, but that is the fault of the yarn, not the pattern. The yarn is a hundred percent acrylic fake mohair. Oxymoron. It sure is soft, but I don't know how well it'll hold up. It's not strong like real mohair. I loved this yarn and I've had it for awhile. It's Red Heart Harmony held doubled on 5.5 mm needles. I've got more. I bought it in some sort of daze when I somehow forgot that I won't even buy or wear clothes that aren't 100% cotton or other natural fiber. This has been my policy for like, 30 years--not exaggerating. I should have held it tripled.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
In baby knitting news, I've got a couple, two three things started, but nothing's going that well. I've got 3 babies due in October and one in November all unknitted for. I'd better get going on something. I've got 2 projects that I felt at one time would definitely be completed, but now one seems too ambitious and the other seems too ugly. I did finish a couple of bibs, but they are actually for babies for whom I've already completed my knitting.
In random knitting news, I've made a very good short row heel on a purse sock. (Purse sock=simple sock kept in purse for unexpected knitting opportunities) It only took me 2 tries. The first try I did in public and seriously almost made it, but screwed up on the 2nd to last purl pick up. What seems to work for me is two things. One is that I always pick up the wraps/work the stitch from the public side. The second is how the stitch is wrapped. It's wrapped twice and each must be wrapped from both sides. So for the first wrap I've been bringing the yarn around the stitch and then pulling it between the needles to the opposite side of the knitting and for the second wrap I've been bringing the yarn between the needles to the opposite side of the work before I bring the yarn around the stitch. It's what works for me.
I got a new purse/bag from E-Bay and finally knit a little case for my cell phone that stays on the strap. I was actually able to answer the phone before it went to voice mail when it rang today.
I'm about to post this with just one picture and no links because of my experience yesterday losing my finely crafted, potentially prize-winning post yesterday. If it works I'll at least have this. Then maybe I'll add links and some more pics.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Brown Hat details:
Yarn: Main yarn is Alpaca Silk by Blue Sky (50/50); held with 2 strands of lace weight alpaca.
Remarks: There are over 400 of these in the Ravelry projects gallery. The pattern appealed to me because it covers the whole head and has ties. I am an admirer of what I think of as little Swedish caps, made out of sewn fabric usually. I did find a couple nice patterns for something more like that, but I thought they swooped down too far on the forehead. I didn't want to take a chance that the mother would think that looked goofy.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Oh, oh! The polyfill is both coming out and getting felted into the fabric, not allowing it to close. Furthermore, it's expanded and the arms and legs are turning into clubs and the head isn't shrinking as much as the body. I made it large to start with as I wanted it to look like a baby, but this is ridiculous. I think it's because I stuffed it harder in order to keep the nose sticking out.
Time for drastic action: You may want to stop reading if you don't want to know where teddy bears come from.
Here is young Mr. Bear upon removal the next morning from the dryer: Apparently somebody played Gotchyer Nose with him during the night and made off with said nose. Doesn't look very promising does it? And that's his ARM, he's not happy to see us! You people. Despite misgivings about being able to embroider an acceptable bear face, especially in deference to the concept of matching eyes, it turned out ok.