Thursday, April 26, 2007

Well, I'm a little dopey on Valium. I am having a tooth extracted in a few hours, and the preprocedure Valium is kicking in.
It's Thursday, and I have some stuff to show off, so here we go.
I finished my first sleeve. Now, I was trying to encourage some comments when I asked for a guess on the pattern. Surely, you anonymous people who are looking at my work would know what this is. I may send some mohair and instructions for a fluffy brioche scarf to someone who identifies the new project.
About the yarn. This was a most excellent eBay score. I have a sack of different colors of this same brand, but over 14 2 oz skeins of this same color and dye lot. The sleeve took just less than 2 skeins, so I'm comfortable that I have plenty.
It's wonderful to work with, and as I recall, quite a value.
Hey, by the way, I noticed that this blog will be having a birthday next week. 4 years of knitblogging. How about that?

Monday, April 23, 2007

Well, watch Hardangervidda grow, will ya?

Both sleeves are done.

The body is about an inch from the underarm, where the two color action will begin again.

In the mean time, I still am troubled by this beautiful multi-colored Brilla that I bought from Elann a long time ago. It is cotton/rayon, shiny and slick. I tried a pattern with it, and it just wasn't right. I was so frustrated that I swatched it every which way. It was not speaking to me. I put it in the closet. That was 2004.
Time passed.
Last week, was visiting our LYS, to pick up some needles. I seem to be missing my #1 circular, and needed another long #2. I saw the new Vogue Knitting. I saw the number two design; a mesh bathing suit cover up. It's not on the preview page, so interested readers will have to go look at the magazine. I found Brilla. I swatched. The Brilla spoke to me. This is what it wants to be. How about that?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I'm finishing up my five day conference tomorrow, and the evil plan has worked well. I completed most of the pattern section of my Hardangervidda sleeve on the car ride to the meeting. I didn't grab some extra white, so I ran out, and have to set the piece aside until I get home.

I'm motoring up the stockinette section. I astound my peers as I don't look at my hands, and can concentrate on the speaker. I've even had a few conversations on the difference between Norwegian and British style designs. Technical people are fascinated by the charts.

In the mean time, my new project. Can a reader id this one? It's easy.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The Azaleas have bloomed and pooped out, and now we have some winter back. I've been meaning to wash all my sweaters so they can be put away for the summer. But just for Easter weekend, we got some winter back. Go figure.

Chris asked about the pattern for Elegant Diagonals. It's from Interweave Knits Spring 2000. I've still not fixed the collar, but thanks for the complement!!

With the rainy weather, we had a bit of a movie marathon. I upgraded our cable subscription so that husband could get his Speed channel. That upgrade came with some movie channels, and I've not checked out what was showing until last week. There were some ones I wanted to see, so I set up the DVR, so Saturday we had quite a few to see.

We started with a Korean film that my husband and daughter recorded called "3 Iron". They both said it was good, and have been bugging me to watch it. They were right. Yes, it has subtitles, but the main character does not speak in the entire film. The lead actress has maybe three lines. It's about a young man who breaks into and lives in houses and apartments while the owners are away. While he is there, he does their laundry, cares for the plants, and fixes things around the place. He breaks into a home with a battered wife, and the story goes on from there.

I knit up to the beginning of the top sleeve pattern section on Hardangervidda. Must put it away for my trip next week before I do any more.


another brioche scarf was finished.


I choose a new project.

Question for you stash knitters. Do you ever find yourself thinking about "getting rid of" stash, as opposed to simply "using" it? I don't want to think about projects made with discarded material, or leftovers. Although, quite of lot of my stash is yarn that others have "discarded". Vintage yarn from eBay that was never used by the person who purchased it originally.

Sometimes, I drive myself into a frenzy, trying to figure out an acceptable way to use some yarn purchase mistake, so it will no longer be in my closet. Then, I think, yikes! I have all this other beautiful yarn, what am I saving it for?

I purchased a large lot of this Bear Brand wool and Shetland wool. Enough for an entire cabled sweater. There is a certain pattern I've been wanting to make for a long time. The swatch worked out. Here we go.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mission Accomplished.

Hardangervidda is up past the lower pattern section for both the sleeve and the body. Now, 12 inches of stockentte before the action starts again. I'm bored already.

Well, I'm ready for that conference week after next. Maybe I'll work on the sleeve some. I have a three hour car ride there and back so some pattern work could be considered.


Another fluffy brioche scarf. This one is red and black, as you can see. How many is that now? I'm losing count.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Well, here is the plan.

I knit Hardangervidda second sleeve past the lower pattern section, and have eight or so inches of plain stockenette. I cast on the body, and plan to knit past the lower pattern section there as well. I'm most of the way through the texture section, about to start the last bit of two color pattern. Then, set aside, as I have a large conference to attend mid month. Having a stretch of stockenette to whale on during that meeting will help me not go crazy.

Miss GingGong has not been featured on these pages for some time. I noticed her monitoring the front driveway her perch on the top of the Miata. It's a good place for a kitty to sit; she can see all that comes and goes, and it's sort soft, and doesn't get too hot. Much better than a regular car top.