Friday, December 08, 2006

Completed the pashmina cowl - will keep it for myself as it didn't come out quite as nicely as I wanted. It seems big and very floppy - the edges roll up so that the thing looks like a huge sausage. Possibly because I did not follow the directions! Supposed to be a purl row near the beginning and end and I did not do that - I think it's to keep the stockinette from rolling so much. Also, the cashmere is extremely soft (DUH!). So I ordered some Mountain Colors cashmere in Moose Creek and will give it a try again. I'll either use smaller needles or cast on fewer stitiches this time too.

Finished a gorgeous pair of Irish Hiking wristwarmes to give as a gift for a friends 40th. Cocoa brown angora. So what's wrong with them you might ask - well, the seaming up is not quite right but it's ok considering it's my first time. Into the gift bag they will go along with a half-finished matching scarf! Two more weekends and that will be finished as well.

Must get on the stick with a felted bag for another friend for Christmas.

And must resist the temptation to shop at Web's closeout for Takhi Ghost Print and Fiesta yarns - really, the prise of the Ghost is ridiculous so I'll hold out for maybe an hour more!

See if I can figure out the new camera before the party tonight so I can take a photo of the gift .

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Over a month since I've been here - not a blogger at heart I guess.

Anyway, I've bagged the Wisteria Bag - I'll use the yarn for something else. It was totally tedious and I think your hobby should be fun, right? There are so mnay other things in life that you can't just "bag" when they become tedious and I must say I enjoyed dumping the Wisteria Bag!

Went to Rhinebeck which was awesome and a bit overwhelming. Bought a mitten kit from Friends Folly which I will be casting on this weekend, a skein of Pulled Taffy from Decadent Fibers to go with a boucle I bought from them in May, a funky little number called Winter Beach from Tochay's Farm Fiber's and Yarn Emporium (their stuff is very cool!), and bootliners for DH and me which are really wool batting.

The Journey Inn in Hyde Park is super and everyone staying there was headed for the sheep & wool so it was fun.

We also went to the FDR Museum and Presidential Library, and had dinner at the CIA. Really need to spend more time down there as there is so much to see and do. It's a gorgeous area in the fall, very rural and completely relaxing.

On the needles: alpaca socks (finish today), MD Buttonhole Bag which may be a Christmas gift, scarf of Baby Alpaca Brush and Online Punta which I may try to sell at a craft fair, Alpaca Afghan (Abundance Pattern from Knitpicks), 12 square afghan of Manos, and the Moss Stitch towel from MD which I frogged and will switch to size 4 needles, chunky cable scarf of Lobster Pot Cashmere.

I hope to cast on the Pashmina Cowl from last Minute Gifts this weekend - Joseph Galler Cashmere in Palmetta - another holidfay gift if I get it finished!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Had to tink 2 rows on the prayer shawl. Homespun is very difficult to tink! I think it's fixed now - such an easy project, so perhaps I wasn't paying attention as I knitted. Anyway, should get plenty of time at the car dealer tomorrow to get it all fixed (even if I have to frog it!). Too bad as I wanted to move quickly on it since it's going to a friend's friend. Usually we don't have a specific person in mind as a recipient so it doesn't matter how long it takes.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Missed the first Wisteria Bag class last night due to a late vet visit with Ted. Started the bag anyway and realized I have 5 WIP's right now - active ones anyway! have a few old inactive WIP''s too. Will polish some off this weekend. Still toying with the idea of a Vineyard bag instead of wisteria which is what I first thought the bag was - looked like bunches of grapes until I looked more closely. So I'm thinking of making bobbles and felting them to see if they come out like nice round grapes!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Went to a knitting group last night. 8 people including 2 teenagers (great to see them knitting!) and 2 women from the store. Pay a one time fee and you can go every second Monday of the month for the rest of your life! It's an afghan making group using Manos yarn - your can do it in squares but we do it in strips so there is less sewing up at the end. Infinite possiblilites as far as patterns and colors for the "squares" and it's 12 squares in total. Called "Four Seasons Throw". At first I planned on doing it all in that red, variegated Manos which I love but now I think I'll alternate with white. I like the woman who owns the yarn shop - she stocks Manos not only because it's a gorgeous yarn but because it's made by a woman's collective in Uruguay - she feels women in our country ought to be advancing the status of women in poorer areas which have little opportunity for women to improve their lives.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

And here's Ted learning video poker strategy!

Here's Ted at 13 weeks of age learning to bake bread.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Here's our hound, Sammy. She's a retired racing greyhound, now a sofa hound.

Saffy, named for Saffron Monsoon from Ab Fab - oh, and Ted (see below) was named for Father Ted Crilley of (what else?) Father Ted!

Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Memoirs

Three irish Hiking Scarves - these were my first cabling projects and my first knitting of something other than garter stitch scarves.

Knitted with Plymouth Galway and Berroco Foliage.

Here he is licking his chops - he thought it was a Cosmo!

I wanted a cute Christmas picture of my little guy Ted so I poured cranberry juice cocktail into a martini glass and put him next to it. Much to my surprise he drank it!

This was my first successful felted bag and my first attempt at needle felting - cute!
Angora Lace Jabot
Toaster Ted!
This is my first attempt with blogging and I am clueless as to what to do, so I'll just jump in!