Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Knitting in a Quiet Corner

It's hard work staying on a farm for a weekend. Suzy is recuperating.
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We spent the weekend in Iowa. An elderly relative in Iowa needed us at the last minute so we made the 7-hour drive. Observations:
1. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency makes a fine audiobook.
2. Quizno's makes a fine raspberry-chipotle chopped salad.
3. My daughters no longer find an ordinary hotel pool glamorous.

While Tom and our daughters helped the relative sort through a mountain of mementos, I knit. It is better for an in-law like myself to stay far away from divying up booty. Anyway, I definitely had more fun than anyone else.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket It's Cable Pullover from Louisa Harding's Modern Classics. The yarn is Black Water Abbey's worsted Irish wool in a tourmaline pink called (I think) Mountain. A single cable runs up the front from the bottom ribbing to the ribbing in the turtle neck. It's simple, dramatic, and fun to knit.

I did have a nice surprise. A branch of a fabric store was going out of business, which is always sad. Everything was 70% off with an extra 10% off if you bought whatever was left on the bolt. The sale had been going on for some days and the first impression was one of dirty linoleum and store fixtures. Still, there was some fabric left. Look what I got for about $100.
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Friday, May 25, 2007

Mohairlicious

Invisibility Shawl Take 1 off the needles and onto the back of my daughter who doesn't do shawls.
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The particulars: the pattern is Invisibility Shawl from Charmed Knits by A. Hansel. The wool is 4 balls of 70% mohair, 30% wool Skacel Fuego from Herschnerr's warehouse sale last year. At $1.99/ball, this shawl cost me about $8.00 to make.

Love it. I'm giving it to my stepmother-in-law this weekend.

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Invisibility Shawls

Ah, rhythmic, easy lace. Just the ticket when life pulls you in ten different ways. Pick it up, talk, think, put it down.

Pattern: Invisibility Shawl by Kerrie Allman in Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel. A shawl is usually a triangle or a circle or half-circle, right? This pattern is a long rectangle, making it really a stole. Pattern correction: Row 4 is a repeat of Row 2.

Take 1: The not-that-diaphanous Skacel mohair blend. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Still on the needles, not blocked, yet lovely all the same.

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Most of the beagle is not visible. You see that the shawl actually does work.

Take 2: Pearlescent, scrumptious Sea Silk from Hand Maiden, 70% silk, 30% Seacell (a cellulose-based fiber from seaweed). People, the stuff actually glows, as in radiates light. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

More diaphanous than the mohair, less so than the laceweight cashmere the pattern calls for. But look at it glow, as demonstrated by the ball of Sea Silk in Walter's claw. I just don't think this little number is destined to be all that "invisible". Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Meet Walter The Tool

As in knitting tool. My 17 year-old made him. He's quite large and quite green. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Do you see how he could be useful to a knitter? Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Yes, he holds wool (in this case, some divine Black Water Abbey) to be wound into a ball. Walter is infinitely patient and his arms never tire. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

In other knitting news, Charmed Knits by A. Hansel - a.k.a. Harry Potter patterns - has arrived. My 14 year-old daughter who adores everything and anything Potter has bookmarked the Gryffyndor scarf and mittens, the Hermione hat and mittens, and the gray house sweater.

I'm not ready to jump into those wintery knits just now. The gorgeous Invisibility Stole seemed like just the ticket. Not having any laceweight cashmere on hand, I cast on in not-laceweight Skacel Fuego (80% mohair, 20% wool) for which I paid $1.99/skein last year (!). It's a fun, easy lace knit on #10s so very airy, even in not-laceweight. I can see making this over and over again as, say, Christmas gifts in a laceweight alpaca or merino. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Now Sugar-Free!

The good news first: the manuscript for our book is ready to send to the publisher. We're waiting for a photograph and then off she goes!

Now the baddish news, although it really isn't tragic. My doctor says I should give up sugar, except for very occasional special treats. There is a strong correlation between heart disease and sugar intake. Not that I was a sugaraholic but I do love my Jelly Bellys. Who knew.

I have a feeling my shoe collection is going to get added to today.

To file under I Don't Think So: the GoRed for Heart campaign (to raise women's consciousness of heart disease) has what I consider a truly, truly lame getaway planned. Lameness #1: it's in Milwaukee. Lameness #2, and I quote:

Then...ladies, startyour engines by attending the Sunday, June 3, 2007 ABC Supply/A.J.Foyt 225 IndyCar Series race at The Milwaukee Mile. For the 50th time in history,the stars of the Indy 500 – including Wisconsin-born Danica Patrick and SarahFisher – will race at The Milwaukee Mile on the weekend immediately followingthe Indy 500. Sit in a specially designated Go Red For Women section, where ticketscost $39 (Upper Bleacher) or $19 (Lower Bleacher). The Milwaukee Mile will donate50% of the net proceeds from all sales in the Go Red For Women section to theAmerican Heart Association. Each Go Red For Women ticket purchase includesa Go Red car magnet and the opportunity to win various prize packages, includinga "Meet and Greet" with an IndyCar driver, presentation of the check to the AmericanHeart Association on race day, Pit & Paddock passes, a Pace Car/Hot Lap ride,and more.

Milwaukee and race cars? Um, yeah ... no.

In better news, the Tahoe Cardigan is done.
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Eh, it's okay. I don't love the wide sleeves and I changed the front placket to the picot trim on the sleeves. I thought they should match. Also, I didn't think the Koigu KPPPM was a good choice for a front placket with buttonholes on a rather heavy cotton/silk sweater. There's a lot of drapey stockinette in this here Tahoe Cardigan.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Wood Violets Are For A Day But Stockinette Goes On and On

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Handknitted socks blog really well. Colorwork, cables, and lace give good blog. A purple cardigan in stockinette? Not so much, not even with the Koigu KPPPM trim. But that's what I got: a back, two fronts, one sleeve, and the beginning of the second sleeve all in deep purple stockinette.

Still, purple says Spring is here! to those of us with wood violets blooming their fool heads off in the lawn right now.
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In a vase, the violets last only a day or so. It makes them all the more beautiful.
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