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Fetching and Smelling the Mountains

February 5, 2008

I had started Fetching for my eldest daughter around Christmas, but had put it aside due to Rosemarkie.  She gently reminded me that she could really use them right now, so I finished them up for her.

Pattern: Fetching by Cheryl Niamath
Yarn:  Karaoke, colour 281, 50% SOY SILK®/50% Wool, 100m / 50g ball, 2 each
Needles:  #4 DPNs

My variations: I added an extra row of cable around the fingers and did the basic cast off with a decrease for each purl stitch.

The yarn is a single ply and feels quite soft.  The colour reminds me of alpine glow.

The other day I seemed to be wearing my “taxi driver” hat for most of the day.  The roads weren’t bad, though I wouldn’t want to drive without my 4 wheel drive.  The weather can change while you’re driving and a lot of the side streets are icy.  A couple of weeks ago, while driving one of the kids to practice.  I get a call on my cell that one of the other kid’s parent had slid sideways on a hill while trying to stop and help a police officer who had gotten stuck in the ditch.  Without the 4 wheel drive I wouldn’t have been able to help them.

While I was out driving around, I realize that I forget to appreciate the beautiful place where I live.  Here are just a few pics of the mountains along daily “taxi” trips.

and my driveway (the mountains are peeking through at the base of the trees)

So I am resolved to “Stop and Smell the Roses Mountains.”


Christmas Break Over

January 7, 2008

The little darlings are back to school today and so my Christmas break from blogging is over.  Hope all who celebrate this holiday had a blessed time, our family certainly did.  Even with the break from blogging I didn’t get all the Christmas knitting done. 

But I did get Grandpa Ted’s mittens done.

The lack of light this time of year compounded with gray days has hindered picture taking… not that I am good at taking pictures to begin with.  The red is not that dark.

Pattern:  Design No. 18 in Mostly Mittens , by Charlene Schurch
Yarn:  Falk, Dale of Norway, Colours 90 & 4137
Needles:  Knitpicks DPN’s 6″, 1.25mm

Due to my gauge and for sizing I made adjustments to where I started and ended on the charted design. 

Grandpa Ted liked them and I was the recipient of very big hug.

After Christmas I started in earnest on Rosemarkie.

First I swatched.

This was the first time I had swatched by knitting a row, breaking the yarn,  sliding the work back to the other end of the needle (DPN) and start again knitting from the right end on the right side of the work.  (There is no purling the wrong side)  The purpose to swatch this way is to more accurately represent knitting in the round.

The first swatch I knitted was with the US# 3’s that were recommended, but my gauge was significantly larger so I switched to US#2’s  for knitting the larger swatch.  The resulting gauge was very close and I like “fabric” better.

With the help of a spreadsheet I plugged in the gauge, size, pattern repeats, edge stitches and number of steeks, so I could calc the number of cast on sts for ribbing and number of increase sts for the body.  I will have to make a few adjustments when I come to the arm holes and neckline.

I wanted to make a good start on Rosemarkie before I would break and work on something else.


I am very pleased/delighted/ecstatic working on this project.

I also like using the Addi Turbo “Lace” circular needles for this fair isle work.

Happy New Year!!!

Lost Mittens and Christmas Knitting

December 12, 2007

Tis a busy time of year, so here’s a quick post to show some of what I’ve been able to finish.

The Christmas Ornament

A Pair of Socks

Yarn: Socks that Rock Heavyweight, “January One”
Basic Sock pattern K2, P1 Ribbing with a Mirroring Cable
Needles: Addi Turbo US#3 20″ circular needles

Unoriginal Hat (Yarn Harlot)

I switched to a smaller needle size after the first pattern repeat.

I was very happy to find some mittens I lost.  I knitted them last year but I thought I would  share.

Pattern: No.18 from Mostly Mittens by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Nature Spun 
Needles: Addi Turbo’s US#1, 20″circular and DPNs

If you didn’t notice, for fun I swapped the MC and CC’s for the second mitten.

Still have my sanity, but it might be a different story on the 24th.