Thursday, November 20, 2014


I came home from work one day last week to discover that a tense situation had developed in the dining room while I was gone.

Initially, it looked friendly enough, a sort of pre-Thanksgiving communal cooking experience.

Then I got a closer look at what each group was planning on making.

Oh-oh. This can't be good.

Fortunately, the next day I came home to find they had evidently worked out their differences and repaired to a sunny shore...

For the curious, at the far end of the table in the first and last pictures you will find evidence of DH's current fascination with the candy cookbook I gave him - marshmallows, in this case. There's also home-made maple sugar candy on the table, but you can't see it. (Yes, I keep it hidden. Wouldn't you?)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

End Game failure

Yarn:      The Knitting Boutique's Potomac (baby camel!, merino, silk) in Graphite, 1 skein
 Pattern:  Tanis Gray's Clara Shawl
 Needles: US 6 (4.00 mm)

The luxury fiber was, well, luxurious, and the pattern was a pleasant knit. Where things fell apart was in blocking it - I was too lazy to pay attention to the points, and wound up with a sloppy block, with the result that I have yet to wear it. It sits there patiently, waiting for me to have the time to re-block it properly.


Given that we're already headed full tilt into the holiday season, I can't imagine when that's going to happen. But anything's possible!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In Progress

I really need a pair of red socks. I have red yarn. Why I chose the slowest possible pattern for socks I need right now is a mystery. This is seriously the same yarn as in the shot below, and is not in the slightest bit orange. Photography is a mystery all its own.

 I did solve the mystery of why they are known as Bavarian socks - apparently this kind of traveling stitch is referred to as Bavarian knitting. I must admit I never noticed any socks like this while I lived in Bavaria, but then, I was raising small children and I don't remember noticing socks at all, unless the baby was kicking one off.

Because all this twisting eats up yardage, I don't expect them to be the usual mid-calf length I prefer. And since they are cuff-down, I'm having to guess how long I can make them. But I've turned the heel on this first one since I took the picture (they live at my desk, so photo opportunities are slim).

I really like the way the designer arranged the heel flap stitches to grow out of the established pattern. They're going to be very nice. Eventually.

I've also taking this yarn and roving, and begun thrummed mittens (from a kit bought at the Adirondack Museum). Sharp-eyed readers will note that Stewart-Pasha is assisting with the photo shoot. During my first attempt at the pattern, I made the thrums way too thick. Also, the short rolled cuff seemed like a terrible idea for cold winter days. But I had just enough yarn left from the recent hat to make ribbed cuffs to attach. And I figured  they'd given me just enough roving for the thrums and divided it up accordingly, and now things are going better.

Both projects have been ignored lately in favor of a baby gift, because babies don't wait. Fortunately, they also don't take much time.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Nothing says "instant gratification"

like bulky weight yarn and a good hat pattern. Oh sure, you can knit smaller items, and possibly even simpler items. But it's mid-October, the temperature's dropping, and when I mentioned to KD that I was awash in a sea of reverse stockinette, beginning to be bored with my current project, she stepped up. Or rather drove down, for other purposes, but she brought me a skein of yarn. The next day, I cast on a hat. Today, I wore it. And that's just enough of a break to send me back to that sea of blue, heartened to take on the waist shaping.

Yarn: Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun, a bulky acrylic/wool blend of 12 twisted strands, not anything you'd ever want to use a sharply-tipped needle on, in a yummy shade of heathered garnet and black

Needles: #10 (6 mm), two small circulars (because I couldn't put my hand on my dpns fast enough)

Pattern: Johnny Vasquez's Gridiron Hat