Archive for November, 2007

A Wee Thing

November 27, 2007

Had a very nice Thanksgiving.  The only bummer was that it rained and we lost most of the snow so the traditional sledding on Thanksgiving was a bust.  Living by coastal mountains can make for interesting weather patterns.  Winds originating in Northern China, moved east, took a sudden turn for Hawaii ,warmed up and then shot straight up to Alaska.  From what I heard some of the lower 48 got some of our winter.

I have started the Christmas knitting and finished the washcloth.

Pattern: Reverse-Bloom Flower Washcloth from Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick.
Yarn: Chrystal Palace Cotton Chenille, colour 1109, 1 skein
Needles: US#6, 16 inch circular needle and DPN’s

Very soft… I’ll be wrapping the washcloth with some nice soaps for the gift.

Late this summer I got a copy of Cat Bordhi’s latest book.

Wow!!!   Beautiful socks…
I viewed and studied them like works of art in a gallery. 

For me this was no quick read.  It is very well written, the instructions are excellent.

I wanted to pay proper attention learning the new techniques, now I able to,  I started with one of the small learning socks Cat designed to teach “The New Pathways” of sock construction.  

I like to “kill two birds with one stone”  accomplish two objectives with a single action…  is there a less grusome analogy?  So I thought that this little sock would also make a cute Christmas Ornament that I’m suppose to make for the guild’s Christmas potlock.

Here’s the result… a wee thing.

I used some homespun merino-silk fingerling weight on US#0’s, 4″ DPNs.

I’m so tickled how this turned out.  I will be adding some adornments, I’ll show you when I’m finished.

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Happy Thanksgiving All!

November 21, 2007

I am trying to be as thankful as I should be, for all that I have been blessed with.

Wishing you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving!

Yarn Diet and “High” Noon

November 16, 2007

“I have fallen and I can’t get up,” was a comment left by Lady of the Loom regarding my confession of falling of the yarn diet I was on. Well I did get back up, dust myself off and promptly fell off again… and for someone who has been thrown from a horse, I know what it is like to get back on and to be thrown off again.

My excuse… “It’s for Christmas presents.”

A worthy cause if you ask me. (I only ordered 1 extra skein of yarn for me; it costs the same for shipping two skeins of yarn as it did for one).

I did check my stash first… really, but there were two projects that I couldn’t find the right yarn for. This one was too thin… wrong colour… not soft enough. I did give it a decent try.

So far my Christmas knitting list consists of …

3 pairs of mittens
2 hats
1 pair of socks
1 wash cloth
and a Christmas ornament.

I don’t think I’ll be too stressed out in getting it done. Since each one of my “little darlings” will be getting something I knitted, the hardest part will be keeping it a secret.

In the meantime I finished one of the “forgotten” knitting.

Pattern – Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer
Yarn – Noro, Kureyon, Colour #157
Needles – #8’s

The pic of the scarf was taken at noon time…
notice the shadow of the scarf?

The reason is this time of year (far north) the sun does not get very high in the sky. The pic below was also taken at noon.

 

Right now we have just over 7 hours of daylight, in a month it will be only 4 and a half hours.