Monday, January 30, 2006

Tank girl

First off, something much cuter than me in the tank top...Tele and Dory cuddling up together, after having eaten an unknown quantity of catnip, plant to the right of cats (hence the mellow look in their eyes....).

Tank Girl: hmmm. Not my favorite knitted item. It makes me look bunchy. Or pregnant. I can't decide. I'll wash and then see what it looks like. Knitted from the Tank Girl pattern with a few personal modifications (longer straps) with unknown cotton-y yarn from my stash (yarn was from my aunt, no labels).

The top part....

OK. Finally skied yesterday in great snow! First time all year I've felt like I was skiing for real. I'll put up some pics after I figure out how to steal stills from the video that we captured.

The Neckwarmer was awesome. I loved having it, very warm, yet breathable. Wind penetration is a factor, but I think a small fleece insert will fix that!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Now my neck will be warm!

The Neckwarmer is done. I had actually finished knitting this a while ago, but I finished it last night. Wove in the ends, and sewed the little velcro tabs on. (sewing on velcro is not the most fun in the world by the way).

All the way up:

halfway up:

Turtleneck style:

This was knitted in handspun yarn, the same yarn that the little bag below was knitted in. A simple 3 x 3 rib for stretch. I'm liking it! I might have to sew a fleece lining in too. We'll see how she ski's tomorrow!

And I leave you with this: My kitties new hobby. Toilet paper destruction:

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Workin' on the Tank

Tank Girl that is. I finished the back half of it oh, lets see, way back in June of 05. So, in my ongoing endeavor to finish all my WIPs, as well as not spend any cash on yarn, I picked it back up on Sunday. The front half is now at the armhole shaping part, which I started last night. If all goes as planned, this should be done by the end of the weekend!

Where the armhole shaping starts...

What this means. If I finish this, I will have only 2 UFOs left. The Vogue shawl, and the Entrelac scarf, which I am seriously considering frogging. The VK shawl will get done though.

Knitten Kitten training is going well. At one point last night I had both Tele and Dory sitting on/near me while I knitted, with no yarn attacks!

Other than that, Roxy from Knittyboard and I are doing a Free SP round! Since we're both budgeting now, but still want to have fun! If you're interested, click here: Free SP!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A time for knitting, a time for skiing.

Ever wondered why this blog is part of the skiing ring, and why I wax poetic (and my skis) about telemark skiing, but don't talk much about it? Or show pics? One reason why. This is the worst snow year in NM in as long as we know! No powder days. No fun little BC tours. Only skiing mostly man-made snow at Purgatory and once at Wolf Creek. We still haven't made it to Taos, or Telluride this year. If the snow picks up, the skiing will too. I assure you!

So, my friends, this is a time for not so much skiing, and more so for knitting. Because with the 4.5 inches of snow we had last week, the bike trails now suck too, so no biking.

Just dog walking/hiking. And knitting. And spinning...



A little knitted bag. Knitted with some of my first handspun yarn, I knitted little YO eyelets into the top portion of the bag, threaded a ribbon through, popped a nice Passionfruit soap into the bag, and gave it to a friend as a gift.

In my quest for more color accuracy, I give you two photos. Both are the correct color, which one works better as an overall shot of the bag? Top (aka in sunlight) or bottom (in diffused sunlight)?



Heh heh, my quest to finish the WIPs is working. I am to the part of the front of my tank girl now where I can do the armhole decreases. One more almost down!

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Manly Cable

Just a little scarf I like to call the Manly Cable:

As demonstrated by Dory (approximate time from laying down of knitted item to cat arrival upon knitted item = 15.8 seconds).

This close-up shows the slip stitch edging, which makes a very nice edge on a scarf, smooth and identical on both sides.

In all it's glory, pre-kitty arrival.

And, a close-up of the cabling.

I designed this scarf for my husband, since I realized I've made myself about 20 scarves, and not one for him! He picked out the dark green color, and I designed the scarf to look tailored and, 'not girly', as requested, hence the name.

I didn't block it at all, and in fact I forgot to measure the finished dimensions. I just knitted until it was pronounced 'done' upon inspection.

If you've never done cables before, and would like to give it a go, the pattern is below. Or, if you've cabled and wanna try it...likewise.

The Manly Cable Scarf.

(Free Cable Scarf Pattern)
Perfect if you’ve never tried cables before!

Materials: US size 9 needles, and a cable needle (or small DPN) unless you cable without cable needles.
3 skeins Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Worsted. I used olive color.
You might not need all 3 skeins, but seeing how my man is 6’2” and wanted a long scarf, I used 2 and a third. The cable is a simple front cable 12 row x 12 stitch cable pattern. I used a cool slip stitch edge that is used in the Backyard Leaves Scarf from Scarf Style because I really like the way it works. The main body of the scarf is garter stitch, and the cable is worked up in stockinette stitch.
I didn’t worry about gauge, so as long as you’re happy with the knitting fabric I’d say go for it. If you want a thicker or thinner fabric go up and down needle sizes til your happy!

Directions: CO 36 stitches.
Set up row: Knit one row.
Row 1: K1, Sl 1 wyif (move yarn to front of needles as if doing a YO, slip one stitch as if to knit it to the other needle, then move the yarn back to the back of the needles in preparation of the next K1), K1, place stitch marker*, K9, place stitch marker*, P12, place stitch marker*, K9, place stitch marker*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 2: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 3: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K 9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 4: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 5: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 6: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, Slip 6 stitches onto cable needle, K6, then K the 6 stitches that are on the cable needle (=cable 6 front)*, K9, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 7: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 8: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 9: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9*, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 10: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.
Row 11: K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1*, K9, P12*, K9*, K1, Sl 1 wyif, K1.
Row 12: Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif*, K9*, K12*, K9*, Sl 1 wyif, K1, Sl 1 wyif.

Repeat these 12 rows until all the yarn is used up, or the scarf is the perfect length for the wearer! Knit one last row, all knit stitches (so it matches the start), then Bind off!

*optional, I used markers so I can knit without thinking much. The directions for each row are given in breaks between the stitch markers, K9*, K12*, K9*, where each * represents a stitch marker.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Baby Blanket FO!

The baby blanket is finished! Here is the center part, with a heart that I 'embroidered' with yarn in the middle. Dory was almost afraid of the heart when I first laid the blanket on the bed.

The center part of the blanket again...

The view of the whole blanket, laid out on the bed. This picture is with the flash, the colors actually look more accurate in the photo with the cat paw, above.

Aha, better color here...

And here. Tele likes it too.

Or, one down 4 to go! Only 4 WIP's in my knitting progress bin now this is complete! I must say, I am happy about this.

The blanket is a gift for my neice Treah, who was born on November 11th (my birthday too!) 2005! I'll be mailing it to my sister Monday!

Specs: I used 4 colors of Bernat Softee Baby and knit 4 squares with the four patterns above. One basketweave, one stripedy, one with eyelet lace, and one with three cables. It took me FOREVER. I don't think I'm the blanket knitting type. Though, I am happy to be sending this to my little neice! Didn't measure the blanket or anything fancy, but I think it turned out cute.

Heck the cats approve. And that's what matters in this house!

4.5 Inches. (of snow!)

It snowed yesterday afternoon! Four and a half inches is the official weather folks total, and it looked about that at our house. I was hoping for 6 inches, enough to get the cross country skis out on the bike trails. Lucy enjoyed poking around in it:

The sandstone bluffs in the backyard...

The backyard again...

And looking out the front window.

It really is pretty.

Knittage: Worked more on the baby blanket last night, I have only about an inch of fabric left to knit! Tonight I'm hoping to finish it and get some pics up!

Skiage: Will get done this weekend!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Delphinium Spun

Plying. I usually split the fiber into two equal portions, spin each portion into singles, then wind the singles into center pull balls and ply from the ball.

Drying. (in which you ignore the undies in the photo below and concentrate on the yarn only).

Lying.

Close-up, the yarn melds color into color for a nice heathered look.

This was a nice spin! Fine merino top. Pretty, soft, colorful, easy to spin. Took me a little over a week from start to finish, working on it every evening. All in all, 235 yds of yarn! About worsted weight.

Hmmm. Knittage. I've been knitting on the Manly Cable scarf, and the baby blanket. The scarf, about 2/3 done now. The blanket? Almost all knitted up! My goal is to finish them over the weekend. I got distracted by spinning again!

Oh, I joined Yarn Harlot's Knitting Olympics too. I'll knit the Under the Hoodie from SnB. Since I have the yarn, and it WILL be a challenge for me to get it all knitted up in 2 weeks!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

A Cheese Making Workshop!

Yep, a Cheese Making Workshop! This coming Saturday in Durango. I signed up, and can't wait!

Get to learn about making Gruyere and Ricotta, and do some hands on stuff. I've always wanted to make cheese, and my eventual dream is to have a little flock of sheep, make cheese with the milk and use the fleece for fiber production. I recently started getting some equipment to do it myself, but haven't made the leap, and now the workshop! Perfect timing.

In other news, Muffin is still in a holding pattern, better than she was last Friday, but not better.

I spun a little more of the Delphinium last night, not a whole lot, but started on the second spindle's worth. I can't wait to ply. I actually really like plying!

No knitting.

Grocery shopping....pet food shopping. Meh, boring!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Spun like I've never spun before!

Well! I can spin singles that look as good as I'd want them to look! Check it out:

This is approximately 2 ounces of the Ashland Bay 'Delphinium' Colorway Merino top spun up into, what I must say, is a gorgeous single! The single looks to be sport weight.
And again with the pretty yarn (and a little vino for spinning happiness):

Now the yarn and the cat:

Lucy sniffs the yarn, I think I woke her up so she could be a model. Because who wouldn't want to be woken up to be a model?
Notice the color differences between the photos. The top and the bottom photos were taken with flash, and the middle without. In reality, the yarn is a blend of colors between these two extremes. Of course, I always wait til after dark to take yarn-y photos, so no natural light is possible.

I started spinning this wool on Sunday, then did some Monday, and finished the 2 oz. last night. I'm guessing about 7-8 hours of spinning to get half of the 4 oz of top all spun up. I still have to spin the other half, then ply, then soak. I guess it is a time consuming process, but I enjoy it.

I knitted a little on the baby blankie last night too. Only 2 pattern repeats left in the last 1/4 of the blanket! Almost. Almost.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A little knitting, a little skiing, a little spinning, a little hiking.

Tuesday, and I must say I had a good weekend and a good Monday! First, Muffin seems to be doing a little better. On Friday when I posted, she was not doing so good and I was thinking that it might be the last weekend. But, she perked up, and had a good weekend too!

Saturday we went hiking up on Pinon Mesa with Wilco, it was a beautiful day, and we had a very nice hike! I had a meeting in the morning, and I knitted through the whole thing, making it much more enjoyable! I worked on the Manly Cable scarf for Nate. I would have a pic of the hike, but they were accidentally deleted. hmpf.

Sunday, headed up to Durango to ski, had an excellent ski day! No new snow, so I was surprised it wasn't ice [ice baby]. The rest of the ski area opened, and the whole mountain was EMPTY! We had countless runs all to ourselves! excellent. I worked on the Baby Blanket in the car, and I am now very close to finishing it! whew. I don't think knitting blankets is for me. After we got home, showered, and ate excellent elk steaks for dinner (marinated in an awesome juniper berry sauce from the Coyote Cafe cookbook), I started some more spinning.

Spinning...I'm about done with 1 oz (out of 4) of this colorway of Merino:

Delphinium from Ashland Bay. Sooooo soft and pretty. The single is somewhere between Sport and DK weight, I'm hoping for a 2-ply that comes in about worsted. We'll see. I spun a little Sunday night and Monday night.

Monday, field day at work! woo hoo! Went out and recorded two sites, a large archaic site with 10 features and a small Navajo site. Beautiful day, love my field days!

Then, last night was Knit Night! Third time we've met. First there were two of us. Just me and Mary. Then in December there were 3. Last night there were 4! I met Rhea from Knittyboard, and Mary brought her friend Ann(e?). So...if we keep increasing each time, we just might get a good group together yet! I worked on spinning at the knit meeting, and tried to pick up the Entrelac scarf. But alas. I haven't touched it for so long, and the light was so poor that I dropped a stitch and couldn't figure it out. I think I'll put this one away til I finish the blankie and the Manly Cable. Knitted a little more on the cable scarf too.

At this rate, I just might finish a few of those WIP's yet!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Muffin


My little Muffin kitty, above, is sick again. If you remember, she had surgery back at the beginning of September and was under the weather for a while. Well, she's sick again. And I don't think she's going to pull through this time. I just hope that she doesn't hurt too much and can be happy until the end. Good kitty wishes and vibes for my little Muffin are needed.

She's such a sweet little kitty, and so cute and cuddly. I can't imagine her not being in my life anymore yet. This will be a hard one for me. I'm 30, and haven't had one of 'my own' pets die yet. Only pets that were 'family' pets that I grew up with, and that was hard enough. We adopted her when we lived in England, and she was about 6 months old. She had been abused and was really shy. It took awhile for her to become the sweetheart that she is. She loves sitting in the garden sun, getting brushed on her cheeks, and purrs sometimes when I just talk to her, mention her name. We brought her back to the States with us, and she drove from California to New Mexico with me. Sat on my lap as I drove and purred. She met Lucy, our other kitty, and after 4 days, they became good friends playing together, sleeping together and washing each other. My garden kitty, she loves to hang out with me while I pick tomatoes or plant seedlings. My little Muffin, I love you.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

I told you

That now the new camera was up and running you'd have a lot of new photolicious things to view on my blog! So here goes nothin'!

The handspun, worked up in a 3 x 3 rib: It does look kinda tweedy eh? I really love the way it knit up. Very very soft, you definitely wouldn't think wool with this merino, more like alpaca it's so soft!

Again with the handspun:

oh, yes, another one! This is destined to be a 'neck-warmer' for skiing. I'm going to put snaps on it so I can snap it around my neck like a collar. It can be folded over turtleneck style, or pulled up over the face for those super cold days when your nostril hair crystalizes on the run down!

Next up, my very first pair of knitted socks! Thanks to my awesome Knitty SP5, gidgettm! She sent me a sock-knittin' kit. Two balls of KPPPM, a pattern for simple socks, and a set of 5 sz2 DPNs. I love how these turned out! Soft, comfy, and excellent fitting!

More sockage...Dory tried to help out a little. Why do kitties love knitted wool so dang much?

And, on my sparkle toes!

Yep, more! Told you I was obsessed!
This is a sinple garter stitch scarf I knit in the last couple of nights as a gift for my friend Andrea who watches our kitties while we're away! It was 150 stitches, 28 rows knit longwise out of two acrylic boucle blend yarns I had in my stash (from my aunt). Wilco is a cute model no?

Close-up of the same:

Alrighty! Hmmmm, now to think of what I can post tomorrow....

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Christmas Present FO's

OK, some of the gifties I sent out as Christmas pressies!
First, the Cozy I made for my MIL. Knit with 8 balls of Andean Silk from KnitPicks, in the Sangria color. I liked making this, but man it took forever!

A close-up of the stitches:

Next, two funky scarves, one for MIL and one for Sister in law, they were knitted from an assortment of grab bag yarns I got online, from a knitty advertiser. They turned out pretty cool, and each one knit up in 2 nights of knitting.

and the scarves again...

And last, two little hats knitted from Takhi Stacy Charles Shannon yarn. Each one took about 3/4 of a ball and 2 nights of easy knitting. I used a slightly modified version of the 'Hot Head' pattern in SnB. For my Michigan sisters in law.

OK....now, lets see, what other finished objects do I have lying around that I haven't posted about since the old camera broke and the new camera came....more soon!
Back to work now, back to life. Holidays are over.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

My first handspun yarn, and one old FO

Kitties...can't you see them plotting? Tele is looking up, while Dory looks askunder.

My Birthday scarf, knit from Noro Silver Thaw using the Dayflower lace scarf pattern. It was a quick knit, I love the way it turned out!


The close-up yarn. It is actually a really nice blend of purple-mauve-pink with hints of green. I got the roving from Susan's Spinning Bunny, www.spinningbunny.com



Happy New Year everyone!