Monday, June 30, 2008

Sunday's Garden





Photographed on Sunday, posted on Monday. Still working on the first SoS08 pair, the Crazy Monkeys, and trying to finish up the Printed Silk Cardigan. Spent a lovely afternoon at a friend's cabin on a small, quiet lake. A nice day!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday's Garden

The week sure goes by quickly when I post every Sunday. Even if it's just some photos, it's good to keep to a schedule. Three weeks! Woo hoo! Just by chance I photographed the three pink dogwood trees in the driveway for my two previous garden posts, so I think I'll keep that as a regular item and we can watch the changes in them as the year progresses. They're beautiful right now.
And here's the progress on my first Summer of Socks 2008 sock:

Pattern: Los Manos Locos/Crazy Monkeys
Yarn: Perchance to Knit, Superwash Merino, Breezy
Purchased from The Loopy Ewe
Needle: Knit Picks Harmony, size 0, 24" circs

I love these colors - these socks will be very bright!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Progress

It seems like I just keep knitting along on one thing or another (make that and another - project monogamy bores me) and once in awhile have to stop and realize that I have actually made progress on something.

An FO! Or two!
These are my Tofutsies socks, just done in plain stockinette, cuff down. I bought this yarn at Beehive Wool Shop in beautiful Victoria, BC last May when we were there for the Victoria Day parade. I think I actually started socks from this yarn listening to the Yarn Harlot when she visited Seattle last fall. I frogged that beginning, started over with a real pattern, tried to keep track of it while watching the Princess play basketball, frogged that, and started over in plain stockinette. I finally finished and like them fine.

My other projects include the Wave and Shell shawl, which I'm making for the afghans for Afghans new mothers campaign with a July deadline. If you have some extra time and like making stole-style shawls, you might consider this. I've contributed items for babies and children in Afghanistan since I first learned to knit, and think this is such a worthwhile cause. It's also a good way to use up leftover wool yarn and to learn new techniques while making small items of clothing. Here's the shawl progress; I'm using Debbie Bliss Merino DK and plan to block it pretty hard, but there's still a long way to go.
I finished the body of my Kauni cardigan some time ago, then got up the courage to cut some steeks and made a sleeve.
The Kauni's in time out right now while I work on the lightweight cardigan I'm doing. I'm also going to have to do some playing with the yarn and decide if I want to try to match the sleeves. I still have about half of the yarn I started with, so I should have plenty for the other sleeve, neckline, and probably a hat or mittens.

The Printed Silk Cardigan has been getting my attention lately. I finished most of the back and fronts and started on the sleeves. I'm participating in a Ravelry KAL for this, so like to have some progress done each week to show. It's a a good way to keep on track.















The last things I have actively going are some experimental socks, two on two circs, toe-up, basic ribbed pattern. I already frogged them once due to a technical difficulty, but they're back on track. They're Encore DK, so soft and easy to take care of. They'll probably be for Mom. They just look kind of dark here, but the color is really a pretty blue with some green in it.

Don't forget - Summer of Socks starts Saturday.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunday's Garden

Happy Father's Day! The garden was glorious today.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sunday's Garden

There's Saturday Sky and Eye-Candy Friday, so I thought I'd start a new feature here at Knittinggarden called Sunday's Garden. DH and I were out this morning hacking through the underbrush doing a bit of yard work, and before I came in, I decided to take some pictures. We've had so much rain lately that my original idea was to document the patch of blue sky I saw.

This is the way we're used to seeing the sky, in between rain storms.
Then I decided to continue on and capture some of the beautiful sights the rain has wrought, namely lush greens and colorful flowers. Thus bloomed my idea for Sunday's Garden. Every Sunday I shall take selected photos of the yard and show some of the beauty and bounty of the Pacific Northwest. So here goes:




I guess we don't have too much to complain about, do we?

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Here's Your Answer

A few weeks ago, Cheryl tagged me for the latest meme making the rounds. As a rather hesitant game-player, I haven't responded until now. Here's my best shot:

The rules: Are posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer. Play nice, children.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
About the same as now, although the kids were 7, 10, and 10, so lots more PTA and classroom volunteering, and much more driving them places and going to sporting events. Things that take up a lot of my time now that I wasn't doing is easier: yoga and knitting.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today- not in any particular order?
Knit, clean a bit, walk the dog, get my hair cut, knit.

3. Snacks I enjoy.
Crackers and cheese, chocolate-covered almonds, granola-type bars.

4. Places I've lived- Only Washington, but in a couple of different cities here - Seattle, Bellingham, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park.

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Give a lot of it away, secure retirement so DH could work at something he enjoys, make sure the family has everything necessary, but not give the kids everything they want.

6. What are some jobs you've had: Baskin-Robbins ice cream scooper, secretary-ish for a scrap metal broker, temp, office work at UW School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy, personnel office at a hospital, part-time help at yarn and tea shop (yay!)

7. Peeps I want to know more about: I don't think these folks have responded already, if you have, I missed it.
Ellen,
Cathy-Cate,
The Knit Girlllls We can get three for the price of one here!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Getting Ready

for the Summer of Socks. I have an idea how to make this extra fun for me (doesn't take much to amuse me). I got out all of the sock club sock yarn that I have (the ones that came with patterns) and made little kits for myself to use. I don't even know how many months of sock club yarn I've received (many of the yarns didn't come with patterns), but I've only knitted two yarns soon after they arrived. I made the Zen String Serendipity Sport Evening Sun colorway into the Spindle Socks, and in March I immediately made the Swirls socks from the Loopy Ewe club. I wanted to take those with me to the Spring Fling, so I got right on them. I've collected many patterns and many yarns, and I'm thinking this will be a good way to get some of these done. Then today on the Summer of Socks group on Ravelry, I saw that some people wanted to do a KAL using some variety of Monkey pattern. Of course I had to jump on that bandwagon! I chose a beautiful skein of Perchance to Knit yarn that I bought at The Loopy Ewe quite awhile ago and wound it. (It worked fine, I'm pleased to report.) See below for winding problems....I think these will be the socks I begin on June 21st. I'm not setting a goal for how many socks will get finished by September 1st and I still have a few other projects going, but we'll see. The Printed Silk Cardigan will have to continue, since that's a KAL, and I'm working on a shawl for a July deadline for afghans for Afghans. I also want to get my Kauni cardigan finished. So lots to do! Good thing it's SO FREAKING COLD here that knitting with wool is a pleasure.

And we won't forget the Pi shawl that I babbled on about last time. I decided I really didn't like using the cotton yarn for it, not to mention the fact that I managed to get it messed up again, so I thought I'd just quickly wind my lovely skein of Chewy Spaghetti laceweight that's been waiting for the right project. I had a little trouble with it. And after a week, it didn't look much better.


I finally got as much wound as I have patience for, weighed it, and discovered that 3.75 oz out of 4 have been salvaged. I guess that will have to do for now, and I learned a lesson about blithely winding yarn that's falling off the swift. Not a good idea. I think it will make a lovely Pi .