Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Knitting and Spinning

What's that, you say?  A knitting blog talking about knitting?  I've had time enough to pout over the ignominious defeat the Seahawks brought upon themselves, so it's back to the other stuff.  I've been knitting and spinning along as usual here in the lovely desert, where it was 89 degrees F two days ago.  Like last winter, we have had unseasonably warm weather just when so much of the country  is facing unusual cold and snow.  Sorry, but there's nothing I can do about it!

After showing you the sweater that I made for the Princess, I've slacked off on updating anything, so this will be a show and tell.  I also knit a cowl for her out of The Plucky Knitter Single in the color Rachel.  It was exceedingly soft yarn and very nice to work with.  She probably hasn't worn it since she posed for the photo, but oh well.  She picked out the pattern and seemed to like it.

Then by request I made some USC themed socks for Ms. Hollywood as a surprise for her and she liked them very much.

In January I volunteered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and it was a little chilly here then, so I decided I needed some fingerless mitts to wear while waiting in line or working outside.  I used some cashmere/mink yarn that is so soft and light; they are warm and almost weightless.  Very nice.

One of my spinning projects was a combination of fibers.  I spun a gradient bump by Loop! and a braid of ultrafine merino from JulieSpins and plied them together.  It came out nicely and I knitted it into a shawl, Aeris by Hillary Smith Callis.

I finally finished some socks, thanks to working on them during waiting time and speakers at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival.  Nothing like having a sock to work on!

I also just finished a sweater; Shaken or Stirred by Thea Colman.  I used Wollmeise DK for this and it was my first time using this yarn.  It's blocking now so I don't know yet how well it fits or whether it grew.  I laid it out pretty carefully so hopefully it will be just right.  I'm going to look for buttons when I'm at Stitches West (yes, I get to go this year!).

Those are all the things I've finished recently.  Yarns I've spun additionally are:

woolgatherings Superwash Merino:

Some OLD angora/merino from Tactile: A Fiber Arts Studio:

woolgatherings Merino/Nylon/Sparkle, which I separated and spun into a three ply gradient and have started knitting socks with it.

And some pretty rolags from Bohoknitterchic:

Whew!  It's easier to just keep up.  Now off to Vegas tomorrow to see the Princess.  Have a great Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two Down, One To Go

One more time.  Go Hawks!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Go Hawks!

And that is all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Snowbird Kind of Winter

It's gotten a bit chilly here in the desert; even some frost!  Today is a picture postcard kind of day with snow in the closer mountains.  It rained last night, which is great for this region.  I started making myself some fingerless mitts yesterday and hope to be done by Saturday when we have to stand outside in line for a movie at the film festival.  Why buy something when you can stress yourself out trying to make it, right?

Wishing everyone a safe, happy New Year's Eve.  We're looking forward to a good and healthy new year.

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like....

Christmakkuh.  Well, not really but I'm doing my best.  I love lights and used to have them up all year on the bushes in our driveway island in Seattle.  Here in the desert it just doesn't seem like December when the sun is out every day.  We had a couple of days of clouds and drizzle but it's still pretty warm.  So in this gated community, I'm doing the best I can.

Lights on a potted palm.  Very festive, don't ya think?

Happy holidays to all!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Over the Freeway

and through the desert to the Princess' house we went.....

Not quite to Grandma's house, but better.  Even though I arrived on Tuesday to help prepare and cook, Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by the Princess and Prince Charming this year.  Although lack of leftovers is a problem, using someone else's house for the big dinners is always good.  And getting to spend a couple of days with grown children who we rarely get to see was wonderful!

I drove from Palm Desert to Las Vegas on Tuesday, DH flew in on Wednesday after dialysis, Mr. Hollywood and his gf drove over from LA and my sister and brother-in-law flew in from Seattle.  We enjoyed having dinner on the dining room table we had sent down to the Princess when we got ready to move last fall and also relaxing on our old sectional.  Old memories were enjoyed and new memories were made.

DH helped Prince Charming with his barbeque technique and a fabulous turkey was the result.  Here they are in their matching jackets:

Ms. Hollywood admiring the excellent bbq job:

Mr. Hollywood watching and learning (and maybe waiting to snag a taste):

No good photo of the whole group, but you get the idea:

The kids all playing cards:

After dinner we had the pleasure of watching the Seahawks beat the 49ers.  We were geared  up and had as much fun listening to Mr. Hollywood (the biggest fan of all) comment, cheer, and lament the frequent bad calls as we did watching the game.

We had breakfast with the kids at the hotel the next morning (if you go to Vegas and want to stay off the strip, I recommend the M hotel with no hesitation).

Then it was time to head back over the freeway and back south to our respective homes.  An excellent time was had by all; good food, great company, a super football game, and sitting outside in 70F degree weather smelling the cooking turkey.  It doesn't get any better than that.

I hope your day was as awesome as ours was.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


The good news is that the Princess was released from the hospital on Tuesday and she's able to eat fairly normally.  The bad news is that I came down with an illness (not surprising since I was in that hospital so much and barely eating).  I've changed my plans to go home about five times and now plan to drive to Palm Springs on Monday. See, the complication is that DH  recently started dialysis and I can't be around him with a low grade fever. Luckily the kids seem to like having me around so it hasn't been bad. I finally went to urgent care yesterday after neti pot and other home remedies resulted in my fever going up and got some meds. I think I will be able to leave on schedule now. 

In knitting news, I finished the big sweater and everyone is really happy with it. It's plenty oversized now that my 5'9" Princess has shrunk to 105 pounds or so. When she's back to normal it will still be great as it fits me with plenty of room, too. iPad photos in the sunshine aren't the best, but.....

We decided on purple for the pockets and buttons and after a little searching, acquired just the right ones. I'm really happy with it!

I've also been working on a infinity cowl for her out of a beautiful Plucky Knitter Single yarn that also happens to be purple. Quite the theme going on. It will be done tomorrow but I'll take it home to block and bring it back. Then I'll be out of projects and itching to get back to see what came in the mail while I was gone.