Monday, March 26, 2007

Good Morning.

I was knocked out most of the weekend with nuclear allergies. What a waste. I thought I was getting away with something by being out of town two weeks of the big spring bloom, but Thursday, the pollen overcame my Allegra, and I was mostly out of commission for three days. Whatever it is, it has receded some, and I'm back in the game. I still have itchy eyes, a headache, and upset stomach. Ewwwww.

But hey! I finished another brioche scarf. This one is hot pink and yellow, but from a distance comes off as almost orange. The pink was a one skein wonder, I think from ArtFibers in San Francisco.

If anyone is counting, that is 7 brioche scarfs, and over 1 pound of stash mohair devoted to 2007 holiday gifts.

For some reason, this one photographs nicely close up to show the fishtail effect I so enjoy. The other side would show yellow knit columns with pink fishtails.

On Sunday, when I started feeling better, and the snot stopped leaking out of my nose, I found some special time with my tapestry needle, and E.D.'s pieces. It took me a few tries to get the pieces to fit nicely. The neck edge is an extension of the button band ribbing that needs to be stretched a bit then sewn down. I apparently haven't stretched it enough, as it looks all wavy. There is still the matter of all those ends to deal with as well. So, there is still some work yet to do before she is done.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Back from holiday, but too busy with laundry and old e-mail to post.

We had some issues with our outbound flight. First, there was a smoothie spill from one of the early boarders. Then, when the entirely full plane was settled in the seats, the pilot announced that he had found a leak, and we had to swap aircraft. I was quite pleased that the pilot was so attentive, as I prefer to be late to my resort than not arrive in one piece.
The airline was able to steal another airplane and had us reloaded in less than two hours. I thought that was pretty tight. I also finished this black and white scarf.

Before leaving, Hardangervidda was at a point where she needed a lot of plain knitting. Even with her relatively small gauge, it was a snap, even when knitting drunk to get to the top of the sleeve. Then some fiddling to set up the top pattern, and Viola!

Now that I'm home, I've started the second sleeve, but it's been a busy week.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hardangervidda is back

While I had three projects on the needles, and was making myself crazy, one of the things I did was explode my yarn stash. There, I found 14 110meter skeins of red Norwegian wool. Yes! I don't know why this pattern has such a grip, but now, the grip is on the needles, and on it's way.
I'm 13 inches up the sleeve, and it seems like I can do the sleeve in two skeins and maybe a bit more than that of the red. Plenty of material. Notice also, that I reversed the texture section between the two pattern segments, as the last time I tried this pattern, I thought that the backside looked better.
Oh, and the next brioche scarf is coming along. I'm off again out of town, so no updates for a week or so.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Oh look. The raspberry and pink scarf is done. A little early as I ran out of the lighter pink yarn. It's only 62 inches; I go for 74". Yet, it still doubles around my neck, and has an acceptable tail.

What a surprise. Another is on the needles already. This one is black and light grey. Knitters who remember the hand knitting boom of the 80's may recall Sisi from a company Chat Bot or something. Chat is french for cat, but I don't have the label, and can't remember. That's how old the black is.

E.D. is in a heap waiting to be seamed and finished. I currently feel little motivation to do this. Not sure why; just too busy getting put away from last week and ready for nex.

I get to go an ANOTHER vacation next week. Mexico - whoo hooo. That's probably a good thing for people at work, as I have been terse and grumpy. Seems I have limited tolerance for people who won't read instructions. One fellow said there were too many words, so someone had to show him how to do everything.

Eeech; I'm outta here.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Been on vacation the last ten days. That meant travel, and travel means knitting. Before I left, I finished and gave away the Blue/Purple scarf. Here is my back porch modeling it.

I took some one skein wonders with me, and finished a yellow scarf, that reminded me of popcorn and butter.

I'm more than half through of a pink scarf that reminds me of raspberry sorbet. The green marker is the half way point. I do that so I don't have to carry a measuring tape around.

I also finished the knitting of Elegant Diagonals. Have some sewing to do, but here is how she looks right now