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October 30, 2009

Saddle Shoulder Cardigan For the past couple months or so, ever since I finished my mother's shawl, this is what I've been working on. It's pretty much the only thing I'm working on right now (and I'm itching to get back to my spinning wheel!). I do love it, though, because the yarn feels really great to work with, and it's a lot of fun to watch it emerging.

PrairieHarpy wants to know more about knitting, as do others. So, let's start off with this . . . ask any questions you want about it in the comments section, and I'll work up responses to your questions. I'll even expound on one of my favorite techniques - steeking, and why it's nothing to be afraid of. How about it? Fire away!

October 27, 2009

Second Prize, Maplewing Shawl Yeah, I know I'm about 3 months late, and I've had this sitting in ecto waiting to go out on the blog for the greater part of a month or so. Just when I was ready to expound on my Maryland State Fair entry, Life intervened in the form of a Red Light Runner who pushed my Saturn Astra into another car and thus rendered it all but inoperable. Grrrrrr. I escaped with barely a scratch to my knee. But hey, I'll get to bask in that New Car Smell very soon!

So. About this shawl. Mother wanted a handspun shawl, so I looked for a pattern that would do nicely. I love, love, love Ann Hanson's work, and when I saw her Maplewing pattern, I fell in love with it. I should warn you that if you plan to use it, you better use stitch markers to divide up the pattern repeat. And you will be knitting straight, with no decreases, for the first 15 rows or so, 522 stitches if you chose the smaller size.

But it's well worth it, as you can see.

Here's another view for your eyes to feast on, pinned out . . .

Maplewing, Pinned Out

Oh, yes, Mother loves it!

January 6, 2009

Inertia. When I look this up in, I see:

1 a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged : the bureaucratic inertia of government.

That is what I've been feeling for the past month or so. Of course, the fact that it was holiday season didn't help either. Oh, of course, there were some holiday stuff that had to be done (family get-togethers), plus the enthronement of our new Metropolitan Jonah, who is indeed someone we greatly need after the financial scandal that has affected OCA for the past few year. I will be blogging about His Beatitude as events warrant throughout the year.

Rather, it's that my work life has been at a standstill for far, far too long. So, I need to make a major push to change that. I need to be more, a lot more aggressive about it. I've got to be a pain in the butt, prodding folks into giving me useful job leads that will lead to actual job offers (and not depending too much on recruiters). I've got a LinkedIn account, so I need to really mine it.

Finn's Organizer  My knitting life is not quite at a sandstill. I had to make another Mr. Greenjeans cardigan, this time with Patons Wool which doesn't pill as much. I even have enough leftover yarn to make a cap, one which I did make but which doesn't cover my ear completely. So I'm making another one, going up one more size in needle. And I'm finally getting back to my other knitting projects, and of course, I need to get back to my spinning wheels. Need to take pictures which of course is a challenge with the kind of lighting that we get during the winter.

And, I've been giving my sewing machine a workout. I made Finn a car seat organizer. Those of you who have babies well know that there are times when you've got to change the diaper in the car, which can be tricky depending on how big your car is, whether there are lots of stuff, or the diaper bag is waaayyy over there. With this organizer, you can just strap it on to the back of the car, all filled with a couple of diapers, rash cream, wipes, a bottle, terry cloth, and maybe a favorite small stuffed toy. And you can fold it up and take it with you. Neat, eh?

I have an organizer for Kai as well. Speaking of which, I really need to get it finished off this week. Time to kick Inertia to the curb!

December 18, 2008

Beginning of Purple Girasole Shawl I fell in love with the Girasole Shawl, created by brooklyn tweed. So, I went through my stash and found a bag full of Jamieson Spindrift yarn that I had gotten when Yarns International closed their storefront location. I started the shawl Sunday and right now, I'm very near the end of Chart C. That's how easy this patter is. It looks complicated, but it's not, really. The trickiest moment is when I had to knit 4 together. I'm using plain old Addi Turbo circs, so the tips aren't too pointy. That is only one row, in Chart 13, though, so it's no big deal. I'm pretty sure I'll get it finished before end of next week.

December 15, 2008

I'm still alive, despite my 3rd cold of the season (people, stop giving me your cold!). I haven't had anything truly blogworthy that didn't involve whining. So, I thought it better to step back for a while.

But don't think I haven't been knitting! I made another Mr. Greenjeans cardigan - this time I went up a size and made it a it longer. I still need to give it a proper wash and block but it's so warm and comfy it's hard to let go. I used Patons Classic. And, I started a lace shawl - Girasole Shawl by brooklyntweed. I'm using Shetland Spindrift, port wine. I will have way more than enough yarn to complete this one. I'm on Chart B and progressing very nicely. Maybe I'll finish it before the end of the month?

Pictures going up later today - hopefully. The short and sunless days make for challenging photography.

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