3.19.2010

Spring Smells Heavenly


Big bushes of these tiny flowers surround my office and the delicious scent is being carried all over the place by the breeze lately. It is light and fresh and slightly spicy. I want to bottle it.

In knitting/spinning news, I don't really have my go to knitting project worked out just yet. I still have Sylvi in the works, but I have to look at a chart and that isn't always convenient. The Juno Regina shawl has some complications I need to work out making it less than simple to pick up. I have a Buttony for my youngest sister but all the knitting is done, blocked and everything. I have some sewing to do on the button band.

I am happy to report however that I managed to shorten the drive band on my Heavenly Handspinning Fidelis and after several days of trying I was able to finally start spinning on the middle whorl. It goes as fast as I can draft now, however because I want to add a lot more twist than I have been in the past, the spinning is going slower than past projects have. Or I am spinning so much finer that it is taking me much longer to fill a bobbin. I don't know. I'm also trying to make much larger singles for greater amounts of yarn and the project I'm working on requires three plies. I'll have a lot of yarn, but I won't have a skein done in an evening.

3.17.2010

New Pattern

For St. Patrick's Day I knit up a Shamrock Tam with some of my home spun. Particularly from Fergus the Targhee I Navajo-plied. Fergus came out a heavy worsted and I knit the tam up on size 8s. I actually wrote the pattern down and typed it out last night. If anyone is interested in test knitting the pattern for me I would really appreciate it.

3.16.2010

Silver Scarf - Finished

It was a beautiful warm day so I decided it was time to head outside and take pictures of a scarf. I know. Stop laughing.



It was a fairly easy pattern to memorize and nothing more complicated than a 4x3 cable, and a couple increases and decreases. I would definitely recommend the pattern for an intermediate beginner. Steam blocking was essential.

Pattern: Interlocking Balloons, by Shirley Paden from Scarf Style: Innovative to Traditional, 31 Inspirational Styles to Knit and Crochet (Style series)

Yarn: Vanna's Glamour from Lion Brand in Platinum

3.14.2010

Sick = productive


So I have spent many hours this week in my bed. I'm sick with a lot of congestion and while I haven't really had much of a fever, I have been trying to move whatever fluid is in my lungs out before I have another incidence with pneumonia. I've just been trying to be very careful.

Anyway, one day home sick from work, every evening straight to bed when I did go to work and the entire weekend in bed. As a result I managed to finish my Aunt's Silver Scarf. Today I left my bed in the afternoon in order to block it. It was my first attempt at steam blocking an acrylic project.

I think it was highly successful. I used blocking wires and held a steam iron as close as I could to the scarf without actually touching it allowing the steam to fully penetrate. It was amazing. I could see the stitches warp and relax as the steam passed. I wasn't convinced it wasn't my cough medicine playing games with me so I called Susan over to come check it out. It was so obvious to her she laughed at me and asked how could I think that was in my head? Clearly she doesn't spend enough time in my head. Especially on medication.

In addition to the scarf, I have been working on a cross stitch project I inherited from my great grandmother Nonnie. Nonnie started it, my grandmother took it over when Nonnie couldn't continue, eventually Grandma had to give it up when it hurt her hands and her eyes. Enter my inheritance. I do crafty things and used to do a little cross stitch at Grandma's growing up so she asked if I would finish it to which I, of course, said yes.

I love the idea of a project that so many generations have worked on, I love the idea of finishing something Nonnie started. I love the thought of Grandma's face when I present it to her finished. I do not, however, love cross stitch. Thimbles are awkward and I keep stabbing my hands although not nearly as much as I expected too. It kinda feels like a color by numbers. But I know how great I will feel when it is finished and pieces of Nonnie, Grandma and I are wound forever together into something tangible.

I couldn't tell you why this picture is upside down. I also can't tell you why I can't fix it. But really it doesn't matter. Until it is finished, I pretty much look at it upside down too.