Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
It wasn't the best of years. I won't miss you 2013, but I will miss my sweet cousin, Vicki, who recently died unexpectedly. Looking forward to better times in the coming year...
Love you Vic...
Below: Vicky and me in NYC, circa 2002
Hello 2014! Here we are again, same spot different year..
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I think TG was a pretty saucy Dorothy....
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
fingerless mitt. The little owl is done using duplicate stitch, which is slower than if I would have stranded it. Live and learn. I was so confident that I would be busting these mitts out like a machine I bought enough yarn to make all 5 styles, 13 balls of yarn. Ahem. I bought Knit Picks Palette, so the pain of that purchase isn't so bad. I have a few other things in the Christmas queue but completion of those is looking bleak. Oh, to have more time…. My last day of Biology was Monday. I finished with an A. Photosynthesis, stick it where the sun don't shine…. Next quarter is psychology and a digital media class. I swore, swore, swore, I would NOT take an art class. At least this is a computer based graphics program. I can justify that. I'm looking forward to these classes for the first time since starting school. I bet that joy won't last long…. Today I ran around catching up on errands. I'm running x-country this weekend in Des Moines, and the temps are going to be in the single digits. Yay me.
So, I spent the day running around looking for cold weather running gear. While I was in the parking lot of my first stop I heard a horrible howling noise. At first I couldn't see where the sound was coming from, but then out of the corner of my eye I see a little dog stagger to a grassy patch alongside Cass St. (which is a 4 lane road with non-stop traffic). She had been hit by a truck, a big truck. I was the second person to run over to the little pup. She was unable to walk and had a scrape to her head. She was with another dog who managed to miss all the cars, but he took off running after he saw his pal get hit. After numerous calls to the humane society from a variety of people on scene, I happened to see and engraved name and number on her collar. I called the owners who were already out driving around looking for her. They were within 2 blocks of the accident. They quickly scooped her up and took off after the other dog. About 30 minutes later I received a call from the guy thanking me for helping their dog. She was at the vet getting x-rays to determine her injuries. I hope the little pup will be okay…. Total bummer of a day…. Here are a few random pics. I decided to forego a costume for the run on Saturday, I'm opting for aerodynamic and warm...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A dreamy new sweater.... The pattern is Levenwick and the yarn is Rowan Tweed. Then, after I finished Levenwick I made Bill a Green Bay Packers hat with leftover alpaca from my cabled cardi. I found awesome iron-on patches on eBay. Turned out pretty darn cool. Sunday we drove to Underwood to pick apples at the Wade's. I love little Brandon.....Lastly, I am poking along with these mittens. I think I'll make these a sweet Christmas gift for someone..... Note to self: no more blogging via iPhone, it's never easy....
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I've been wanting to knit a Fair Isle cardigan since spying the Rowan Izmir wrap cardigan in the latest Fall/Winter Rowan book. Much to my horror (after ordering 15 balls of Rowan yarn, cha-Ching) I discovered I could absolutely not strand yarn on the purl side. It occurred to me that the only Fair Isle I've ever done was in the round. I Googled video,after video of various techniques, none worked or felt right. And because of the construction of this cardigan I didn't think it could be steeked, or if it could, it was probably be beyond my capability. So I scrapped the project. But that peeked my curiosity into steeking. Here is my first steek swatch following the step by step tutorial by Kate Davies. I found a vintage 1940's pattern to test Fair Isle and steeking skills. The pattern is Bestway #1491. I found another fantastic information source here on steeking this particular sweater. Her blog is pretty fascinating and not from just a knitting perspective! Check it out.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
...finally big enough to wear his sassy monster pants. I loved making these pants. Tons of fun, great instructions and the cherry on top was the Koigu Kersti yarn. More than a year ago I took this project on my Rosebud trip. I'd make these pants and take that trip all over again....
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
In other news: Henry got a haircut along with a generous dousing of doggie aftershave. I won't complain about the Aqua Velva like fragrance because
And just for fun I threw in a picture of Cha-cha.
Oh yeah, I have a zippy new app called "over", hence the fancy text within the photos!