Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Finished Spinning!

I finished a skein of yarn, the first I've done since last summer.  After the Tour de Fleece, I had a bit of a lull.  I had a big problem chain plying a braid of FiberOptic which I had over spun.  I left it in time out for a couple of months and it finally cooperated, but it's not fun when your spinning seems like work.

My Corriedale was the opposite; even though it was about 7 years old, it spun wonderfully.  I split it into the three colors and then did a true three ply.  The grey ran out first so I didn't quite get the yardage I had hoped for, but it might be enough for a pair of socks.  I probably should do them toe up to take advantage of all the yardage and I really don't like doing them that way.  Brings me back to the handspan socks I made last spring which were very uncooperative and still don't fit right.

I'm almost finished with my baby sweater and thankfully it's looking like I won't run out of yarn.  I decided to make a larger size and didn't have quite the recommended yardage.  Do you find yourself knitting faster when you're worried about the yarn holding out?  I know I do.  Photo of this cute project after it's given to the recipient.

Progress on my movie line socks:

I knit in four movie lines and got to the heel flap on one sock.  Sometimes people asking me about the knitting distracted me, but I'm just not the fastest knitter in town.  You have to understand, this is not a normal movie line.  At the film festival, you have to get in line at least an hour and sometimes more ahead of the time the show starts or you end up sitting in the front row.  Knitting in the line was a great distraction.

And here's how our patio looks now.  We squeaked out a win last Sunday (as Mr. Hollywood said, it was a game "we tried our best to lose") but we're still in!

Go Hawks!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Playoff Blue Friday!

We're all excited now because the Seahawks have stepped up their game and are headed back into the playoffs.  Of course, I'm not surprised since I expected it all along....  We had a great time last weekend when we drove over to Phoenix and went to the Cardinals game.  Such a fun time, especially since we were surrounded by other 12s and we won.  Go Hawks!

In other news, I finished the infinity cowl I was making for Ms. Hollywood and when I gave it to her, she put it on and wore it the rest of the day.  That's the kind of person it's fun to knit for.

I started working on Sock Yarn Blankie #2 a little more and am loving it again.  I have another one on the needles in Seattle so hopefully one day I'll have one finished for each kid.  (Don't tell Mr. Hollywood, as he wants his to be the only one.)

I've started another project for Baby B, and am continuing with the stripes on our new desert blanket.

Oh, and I've spun the singles on the Corriedale from 2008.  It spun very smoothly; hadn't compacted at all over the years, which made me very happy.

Oh, and we've been going to movies at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and I've been volunteering, too.  I started a self-striping sock standing in line for a movie.

After the second wait, I had a few more stripes.  Slow knitter!

The weather and scenery here is spectacular today.  We had some heavy rain over the last couple of days, which brought snow to the mountains.  I've never seen it down so low.  Amazing, but hard to photograph while driving!

Hope everyone is staying warm and dry.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2016 to all.  Our day started off nicely with a walk in the sunshine.  We have new desert landscaping in front of our condo development (drought, ya know; finally getting rid of some grass which is awesome.)  I love the baby palm trees (not really babies, probably, but I don't know the variety.)

I spent the last few minutes collecting fiber to spin for my 2016 Spin the Bin with a group on Ravelry.  I'm challenging myself a bit this year; nothing like what some people do, however.  I've missed spinning and don't think I've touched a wheel since last summer.  Here are the fibers I selected:

My Lendrum is all cleaned up and is sporting one of her new snazzy bobbins.  My bin is full and I'm going to start with one of my oldest fibers, which is Corriedale that I probably bought in 2008 right after I took a lesson on the drop spindle.

I hope your year brings you everything you wish for!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, and an early Happy New Year!

We had a lovely quiet Chanukah, as we have to enjoy visits from kids as they can get away from work.  Everyone growing up and scattering plays havoc with family holidays!  It's also strange to have sunny weather at Christmastime.  It's a little cooler than normal this year but we still look at sunshine and palm trees most of the time.  I had a vision of what it is supposed to be like, courtesy of a decorated yard nearby that included (fake) snow.

We had our designated shelf for sparkly lights, candles, and the menorah.  I keep it there until Jan. 1 or so because I love the lights.  I also put some blue and white lights on our bushes outside and we've been enjoying them, too.  It doesn't take much to make me happy!  Latkes on the bbq help, too.

We had a surprise visit from the Princess, Prince Charming, and our granddog, Olive. They had a few days off work and decided to spend them with us and we were delighted.  We went on a nice hike,

visited zoo lights at The Living Desert (and rode the carousel!),

played some games, and relaxed.  Someone got a new sweater, too.

Next weekend we get to see Mr. and Ms. Hollywood when they come over to go to a movie with us at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  We won't get to spend much time with them this time because next Saturday we're going on an adventure and driving to Phoenix to attend the Seahawks/Cardinals game.    We're excited because we don't get to see all of the games on TV while we're here in CA and I haven't seen the Seahawks play in person since the 70s.

We missed seeing our Seattle kids, but they're busy growing our new grandbaby.  Things are going great so far...if you look closely you can see the little socks I made for him.  Yes, they're having a boy and he's reported to be big already, so larger socks might be in my knitting plans.

No more finished knitting to report on, but I started a sofa throw in desert colors to have here.  Straight rows of garter stitch will make us a nice, squishy blanket.  I've been messing up things right and left so wanted a truly non-thinking project!

Wishing happy, healthy days for all.

Monday, December 14, 2015

More Knitting!

Knit, knit, knit, rip, rip, rip....if I just did each project once, I'd be much more prolific.  Oh well, it's the process, right?

So here's the scoop since last month.  I made a pair of baby socks in Seahawks colors for Baby B, who now has been officially revealed as a boy.  Apparently he will be a big boy, though, so I think bigger socks will be on the needles soon.  There are other things I want to make for him (and something I've finished) but I won't post them here until they're done and delivered. Don't want to spoil any surprise (not that his parents read my blog, but you never know.)

I'm making another baby present for a mom-to-be I know here in the desert.  I found some Cascade 128 Superwash  in pinks (she's having a girl) and am making a basketweave pattern for a blanket.  The yarn shop only had four skeins, so I need to hurry and figure out whether I have enough or if I'll need another skein.  This has to be done by the shower date of Jan. 2.  It's quite a bit farther than the photo shows.

I just finished a cowl today that I've been working on and off for awhile.  It's cashmere and so light and soft.  The pattern was very interesting to make and might be a fun one to do again in another yarn.  It's called Foolproof. The colors are a bit darker than they look here.  Darn sunny day in December!

In my last post I mentioned the mystery shawl I was knitting.  Well, after waiting for some yarn to rescue me when I ran out during clue 1, I finished it.  I knit shawls but usually don't wear them....this one sits very nicely on the shoulders and I just might get some use out of it.  It's a Westknits design but not quite as crazy as some of his.  I kind of like it!

I didn't show you the last sweater I finished.  It's called Reine and is a really nice design.  I didn't put the buttons on since I liked it open just fine.  Here's a photo of me wearing it with the Princess at Thanksgiving.  I made it out of a really nice sport weight yarn from The Plucky Knitter.

That's it for now.  I really want to do some spinning but just haven't had the time.  When I get caught up on the baby things, that's the first thing I'll do.  I bought some cool new bobbins for one of my wheels from Akerworks.  He makes them on a 3D printer and the colors are so much fun.  I haven't even had a chance to try them out but they're supposed to be awesome.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Yes, I still spin and knit, even though there hasn't been much evidence of it lately on this much-neglected blog.  I got onto Instagram with the cool kids (lboatsman there) and I got lazy about actually sitting down and writing something, linking photos, etc. etc.

Soooo, I was reminded today when The Princess asked me for photos of our half marathon, which was 5 years ago.  I looked up my recap here and thought, "I should show some knitting."  I'll go figure out what I knit over the last few months and link to my Ravelry project pages.

I made this baby blanket for a shower gift and really enjoyed working with the yarn.  I'm using it again for another blanket.

I knit these socks out of handspun and I can't wait to make some more.  They are slightly big and just perfect for around the house socks.

I wore them a fair amount over the summer, and did the same with these.  The second pair was made as part of a Spin-along organized by some really great dyers.  The event was based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, hence the "Noble Dragon" socks.

This shawl was also made from handspun during this same Spin-along.  "Maiden's Wish" was the colorway name and I think it came out nicely.

More socks from the same event; these are called "Magrat".  I worked on these on our trip from the desert to the NW last spring and had a terrible time with them.  No matter what I did, what needles I used, they kept being the wrong size.  I finally finished but did afterthought heels and made them too deep.  I never forced myself to rip them back a little so they are still sitting at home unworn.  I did enjoy the spinning process and figuring out how to make them self stripe.

I had fun making this guy.

Mr. Hollywood is a fan of the Sharknado movies (!?) so I made him a Sharknado shark.  I thought the bloody mouth was a nice touch.

I finished my epic Gradient Heirloom Blanket out of Plucky Trusty.  I love this blanket and it matches our new color scheme at the lake perfectly.

Then I went on to a Seahawks color scheme kick: Made a cowl for my sister, a hat for Mr. Hollywood, and a shawl.  Oh, also a baby hat for our new grand baby who is expected in the spring!

I made another baby hat too; more babies coming in March! This one was really quick and fun.

I finished a sweater but don't really like the way it fits :(  It's in time out at home in Seattle and maybe it will fit better when I get back in the spring!

 I made another hat out of some nice red yarn but don't know who will get it.

I have some other things in progress; I've been working on a baby blanket and also a Stephen West Mystery Knitalong, which has been quite fun.  Most of the way through Clue 1 yields this pretty shape.  No idea where it will go from here.

I'll catch you on the flip side.  Keep knitting!