Friday, June 26, 2009

what in davy jones' locker is going on?

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I've been zipping along on my eyelet front vest and have the fronts and back done and just need to block them. This morning I laid them out to be blocked and what do I see, the two fronts look very different, one has 6 repeats of the lace pattern and the other 7!!! So much for my quick and easy project. I've tried counting the number of stitches on both of them a couple of times but I think I might be too pissed to figure out where I went wrong, time to walk away for awhile and blog instead. I do have an extra skein of yarn so I could make a funeral pyre like Yarny for one side of the front and knit another, but dang this was not what I had in mind.

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It's been raining here day after day after day, quite a start to the summer. When do I get to send the kids back to school again?

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We went hiking last Sunday, in the rain of course, and I saw this lichen growing on a large rock. It has an amazing lacy texture, I could picture this made out of chiffon on a ball gown with a punkish edge maybe by Alexander McQueen. The silk and chiffon dress below with incredible texture is designed by him and is in the permanent collection of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan.

Alexander McQueen dress

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We also counted 203 salamanders on our hike. Or maybe it's a newt? I'm very confused about the difference between salamanders and newts. The bright orange phase is only one part of its life cycle I think, and then it turns brown. I'm glad we caught the bright orange phase, it made our day and gave the kids something to be excited about. Instead of whining about being wet and tired they could try to outdo each other in finding the next salamander.

Friday, June 19, 2009

a hooded bsj and wwkip day

It's the last day of school, it's raining heavily, in the mad dash to make it to school I yelled at the Huz, Aunt Flo should be here soon, not a good combo.

Photos are much better. Here are pictures of the BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket) that I finished last week and gave to my friend who will have her baby at the end of the week.

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Vital stats: Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket with Tomten hood added.
Both patterns by Elizabeth Zimmerman from her book The Opinionated Knitter.
Needle size 7.
Yarn: Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Superwash (50% Merino 50% wool).

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I added the Tomten hood to this BSJ and made absolutely no mods to it as described in The Opinionated Knitter. It seems like the right size, but only time will tell. Applied I-cord was a new adventure for me too and I found a great video on how to do it that made it seem easy: click here.

Next time I will probably go up a needle size when I do the applied i-cord because I think it was a bit tight and tended to gather the edges. Most of that got smoothed out in blocking. My only beef was that I was not so good at hiding the ends of my yarns after switching colors, must figure out a better way.

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Last Saturday my friend and I drove up to Portland for a yarn crawl. Lucky for us it was also World Wide Knitting in Public Day. We stopped by the Portland Fiber Gallery where they were very warm and welcoming. But we really landed in a pile of brownies and good cheer at Knit Wit, I love that place. After much deliberation I bought a bunch of Manos, theoretically to make Sage Remedy, but even while I was buying it I knew that it probably wasn't a good fit. Call it yarn blindness. I'm making Eyelet Front Vest from last year's Vogue Holiday Knitting instead. The nice thing about this pattern is that it is a bulky knit that doesn't look bulky.


Knit Wit Portland, ME

Friday, June 5, 2009

shawl, sock creatures, and food on a tray

And here is the lady herself with her new shawl. It took me almost a week to pry this photo out of the Huz, apparently the idea of downloading a picture from his phone was immobilizing. She loves her shawl.

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She has had her casket outfit, the leopard print dress, picked out for years and usually reminds us of it every time we're there. So it is quite an honor for her to add the shawl to that. The next time we go down to visit her she says we won't have to drive, but can just fly on my angel wings. It sure is nice to be appreciated.

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Girl Thing, Boy Thing and I have been making sock creatures from Miyako Kanamori's book Sock and Glove. The Things did some of the sewing but also struggled with it, so it involves a lot of input from me. Above is Girl Thing's completed sock cat, Buttons. She loves it and takes it to bed every night.

cafeteria detritus
I went to my high school reunion over the weekend and got to enjoy cafeteria food again. It was an odd experience, other than my three friends who I knew were going to be there, I really didn't recognize anybody, just total memory blank. I feel much more attached to my college and not so much to my high school. It was interesting though that my friends felt the opposite way. I chalk this up to the fact that they went to big universities in big cities, and I went to a small college. There was also the high school yearbook and other photos to look at, I was such an unformed person still back them. I think I'm a late bloomer in almost everything I do. I loved seeing my three friends and don't feel like I need to go back to another high school reunion. Next time it's a weekend away with my girlfriends.

hockey stick lawn chair
This chair made out of hockey sticks was on the school grounds. Now that's crafty.