Wednesday, August 31, 2005

one down, three to go...

Alrighty,

Here is the completed orange Feather and Fan scarf:



And, the orange with the purple (just cause I like the color combo.)


And, last but not least, the WIP #1:
Vogue Fall 2005 pattern 18, a lace shawl, but I'm using KPPPM instead of a wool laceweight solid. (I like the colors too much!)


I made progress on this one at least...I'm at repeat 12 of 37 now! Almost a third baby!

The hat for Nate is also a little further along (but the pics were fuzzy, so I'll try again later with em).

I also started a simple diagonal scarf in some heavenly yarn for a gift. Not sure of the recipient yet, but I'll think of one!

I am so saddened by the Hurricane news. We're raising money for it with the Animal League I volunteer for (I'm the treasurer), to donate to animal rescue groups in the area. I wish I could do more. This weekend I'll knit some squares for the warm up america project, and donate some cash.

My thoughts are with those without homes, loved ones, shelter, food and water tonight.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Zucchini cooked and 2 projects started!

That just about sums up my weekend!

I made lots more of the zucchini crusted pizza (recipe from the Moosewood cookbook), as well as a big bowl of tabbouleh, and a nice batch of zucchini and gruyere madelines (which turned out great!). I love cooking with my garden veggies!

I also finished the orange scarf for MIL's christmas present. A pretty orange scarf from Koala yarn, with a simple Feather and Fan lace pattern. On size 11 needles and thick worsted, a lace project never went faster! All blocked out, it looks really nice now. I'll post photos later this week.

I started a hat for Nate for Christmas, a simple 2x2 rib pattern in a Reynolds harmony variegated worsted in grays and browns.

I also started to work on the lace shawl pattern #18 from the Fall Vogue mag. Having some issues with it though, not really sure how this one is going. I'll have to investigate more. I'm not sure if I'm screwing up or the pattern is screwed up. Sigh.

I also wound 2 hanks of laceweight by hand from my first knitpicks order. And a skein of worsted. I really need a ball winder and swift. Time to visit ebay!

The kitties are unbelievably cute and annoying at the same time.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Eat more zucchini!

It is positively UNBELIEVABLE how much zucchini comes from but two little plants.

I have made zucchini with pasta, sauteed, zucchini crusted pizza, grilled zucchini, zucchini hummus, and regular old zucchini and I still have more to use! I'm definitely going with the zucchini madelines tonight.

In knitting news:

My Knitty SP left me a comment~ and started a secret SP blog account for herself! And, she has two crazy kitties too! This is so much fun, thanks SP!

Telebear and Dory (the kittens) have now chewed up another little beaded tassel thingy for my old shale scarf trim.

I have to unknit a single row of but 24 stitches on my orange scarf, and this seemed to have prevented me from knitting last night. That and the fact that my new Skiing mag came yesterday! So, no new knitting.

Just zucchini, wine and dreaming about skiing. I can't wait to ski, I can't wait to ski, I can't wait to ski!!! Soon, soon, soon! Snow, snow, snow!

(and cleaning up after destructo-kittens).

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Actual Knittage ahead....

Alrighty~ I have taken some photos of real knitted objects by me...and here they are...

The first one is my 'odds and ends' shawl....











The same shawl, wearing it....











Next, the two felted bags I've made, the one on the right is with Kureyon, the one on the left is with 3 skeins of Lamb's Pride.









One end of my first ever lace project, the "old Shale" pattern scarf...blocked and ready for beads!















And last, the recent results of a trip down to Santa Fe! My new yarnage...







ps....tonight I discovered that kittens enjoy frogging more than they enjoy knitting.











But they look so innocent?







Where I am in my dreams:


Knitty stuff

I do realize that for a quasi-knitting blog, I haven't posted much knittage. BUT, I have taken some pics of some of my FO's as well as a blocking in progress. I'll take a few more tonight, and try to get some knittage posted here soon.

In knitting news: Finished the knitting, and blocking of my first ever foray into anything quasi-lacey. A big purple old shale stitch scarf, that is destined to have really cool bead tassels on the ends and maybe some random beads throughout. I have to do the bead stuff still, but I have them all picked out, and only one of the little beaded tassels has been chewed up by the kittens!

I am maybe about 2/3 done with a orange 'Koala' (80% wool, 12% acrylic, 8% alpaca) bulky feather and fan stitch scarf I'm knitting on US size 10 and a half needles that I started on Sunday. It is destined to be blocked, then have varying colors of autumnal ribbons woven through it before being given to step-mom-in-law for Christmas! This will be the first knitted Christmas gift of the year!

I still need to frog a ribbed thingy I was working on, frog some of the fabric selvedge stuff I was playing with, and knit up the front half of the Tank Girl tank from SnB. Then, voila, no UFO's!

Projects I want to start: Ribbed hats for Sister in laws for Christmas. Hat for hubby. Scarf for hubby. Start making squares from the fabric selvedge ends that can eventually become knitted rugs. Cool shawl/scarf knitted in KPPPM in a lace pattern with edging for MIL for Christmas. Figure out what the heck to knit for my family who live in Palm Springs for Christmas...where knitted objects invariably seem too hot, and the lacy stuff takes too long for gifites......hmmmm.

In other news, the dog chewed up a huge fake Viagra hand strengthener thing last night. Our friend who works for Pfizer left it at our house, and the dog ate it. A lot of Viagra for one neutered pooch!

Tomorrow I'll continue trying to fight the blight, with another weekly application of Neem. sigh.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Fight the Blight

The early tomato blight that is...at least that's what I've been doing the last few evenings after work. The recent spate of rain, along with my neglect of the garden seems to have encouraged it. I tied the plants up, fertilized with the organic fish emulsion, neemed them, and removed questionable leaves. I have 17 tomato plants, so this is no small task! I bought a real sprayer this time though, which is awesome for the fish fertilizer and the neem oil....I'm never going back! Hope it works. (Neem is an organic fungicide/insecticide/miticide for those who have never heard of it!).

This is from CBear's SP5 site, I thought I'd give it a go!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? I'm not a yarn snob, for instance I do buy stuff at the Hobby Lobby, and qutie like Moda Dea yarns, some Caron (jewel box), and have used some Lion before. But I hate plain old worsted acrylic, won't use Red Heart. If I'm buying craft store yarn, I like the interesting stuff! Heck if I want worsted, I just go straight for the Lamb's Pride, since I can get it here for $3.75 a hank!

2. Do you spin? I have spun a little with a drop spindle, and enjoyed it; in fact it was this little bit of spinning that got me into knitting! Since I spun something I figured I'd have to use that yarn somehow, and then learned to knit! My drop spindle kinda sucks though, I'm thinking I'd like to invest in a new one. No crocheting yet.

3. Do you have any allergies? Nope! pollen, yes!

4. How long have you been knitting? Since October 2004

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Nope!

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Lavendar (heavenly!), and minty/herby stuff such as thyme, rosemary, lemon basil.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Yep!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I love organic gardening, some scrapbooking, cooking.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)I love folk. Wilco, Patty Griffin, Eliza Gilkyson, Joe West, Lucinda Williams, and indie pop/rock like Cloud Room, Killers, Yo la Tengo, modest Mouse.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? I love blues, purples, greens...

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Married, 1 doggie, 5 kitties (2 kittens, 2 big kitties that are inside/outside, and one outside guy that we sort of adopted who comes around from time to time), and 2 saltwater fish tanks!

12. What are your life dreams? To have a little organic herb/produce farm, and a small flock of sheep that will be good for both making cheese and fiber!

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I just tried KPPPM for the first time and love it! I also love to knit with cool/unique stuff.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Plain ol worsted acrylics, I think those are really the only ones I won't use.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Just tried my very first lace, super easy feather and fan pattern, and really want to learn some more. But easy stuff to start with!

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Hats, kitty beds, scarves, felted bags, but really want to do a sweater!

17. What are you knitting right now? Just finished my first lace scarf, and haven't started anything else yet...I am going to frog 2 of my 3 WIP's, and then finish the other, a tank top.

18. What do you think about ponchos? I like...

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Both, depending on the project.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? All...not a needle snob!

21. Are you a sock knitter? Not yet, but want to be!

22. How did you learn to knit? Self-taught, with one session of help from a friend.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? Um, 6 months.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Kitties all the way.

25. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.

26. Is there anything that you collect? Skis apparently....they seem to gather...in our garage despite our best efforts!

27. Any projects you want to make but haven't gotten there yet? Sweater (Under the Hoodie from SnB), and some socks!

Cool. I think I'm done.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A little more about me...



I love to telemark ski!

It is my most obsessive hobby...that and knitting, hence the name 'teleknitter'.

Skied up high at 13,000 ft on July 17th!

The photo above is where we skied...and our cute doggie Wilco (also a favorite band).

I'm married, no kids, gonna turn 30 this year, and have one Golden Retriever and 4 cats!

Love gardening, try all organic, and love frest tomatoes more than anything else I could grow.

As I wait for more snow to fall, so I can tele again, I knit, I work, I knit, I garden, I knit, I buy yarn, I clean the house, I play with kittens, I knit.

hmmmm...more later. Now I need to figure out this button thingy for knitty SP5!

It starts here...

Well, this is my first ever post on my first ever blog. Thought I’d get one in the spirit of Knitty SP5. A place where I can post pics, talk about whatever I want, and ramble on!