Sunday, August 17, 2014

Finally Some Produce

Gardening started late and I was doubtful whether I was going to get anything worth my efforts this year.  This week I got some payback, not much, but enough to keep me going.  I was thrilled to pick a few vegetables.  Four little eggplants.  That's kind of lame.



Two mutant bell peppers, one mini zucchini and some basil.



Not to be discouraged,  I attempted a ratatouille.  I had to supplement it with some store bought squash.  It was so much better than last year's attempt (I let the eggplants grow too big and they tasted like wood).  I also topped it with a load of shredded mozzarella- delish.



I also picked my first tomato, a Cherokee purple, I believe.  Not very purple, not very attractive as far as looks go.  


But it was bigger on the inside, and huge on flavor.  Don't ever judge a tomato on looks.  This was insanely good.  Must grow more heirlooms.



I also saved some lavender for sachets or something scenty.


It photographs well.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Who Wore it Better?

Darla the dog:






Or Sue the human:


It's Darla by a landslide.   Darla may be old, with cataracts and hearing loss, but she totally rocked the shawl.

Here are a couple of more photos:




I think this one is a keeper.  It needs to be worn at Rhinebeck this Fall.
Here are the Ravelry notes on it:

    Project info
    Cloudy with a chance of strawberries
    Knitting
    Myself
    Larger than the original design
      Needle and yarn
      US 000 - 1.5 mm
      0.7 skeins = 612.5 yards (560.1 meters), 70 grams
      Gray
      Notes

      This yarn is fine, yet with a delicate halo. I bet it will bloom nicely when blocked.

      Worked chart ‘C’ 15 times. I could have probably done a couple more increases, but I was afraid of running out.

      Now I need to stop procrastinating and start on my Rhinebeck sweater.





      Monday, August 04, 2014

      Hot off the Needles

      This is just a sneak preview.   I gave it a just little bit of steam so I can see the design and make sure there aren't any major mistakes.



      The next step is where the magic happens.

      Saturday, August 02, 2014

      Nuppity Nupp Nupps



      The nupps are the bubbly little things near the top edge of the photo. They will become more visible when this piece is done. As much as I love nupps, I am even happier when I am done with them.  They take forever. Nupps rule.

      Sunday, July 20, 2014

      Summer Knitting on the Front Steps

      Now that summer is in full force, I am trying to spend as much time outside enjoying it.  My favorite knitting perch is on the green lawn chair right outside the front door.  It has a little shade, so I don't burn and I can hear the kids if they need me.  I also like looking at the perennials.  The hosta are super sizing it this year!


      My current project is a lace shawl called 'Fragaria', which I think means strawberry, since there is a repeated strawberry motif in it.  I am loving this lace yarn, it is a blend of baby alpaca and silk.  It knits like a dream and it has a smooshy yet fluffy halo thing goin on.


      Here is my knitting tip of the day: A makeshift yarn bra.  WTF is a yarn bra, you ask?  A yarn bra keeps an unruly yarn cake from falling apart and becoming a mess while you are knitting.  I pulled a short ankle sock out of my drawer. I only own three pair of socks that I didn't make myself.  They are these little ankle socks that I bought so that my ankle tattoo would heal nicely.  That was during -10 degree weather in January. Brrr! Anyway, the sock/bra keeps the yarn from tangling. Stores sell these things for $, I just dug one out of my sock drawer.



      It's all hugged together.  I may never have an idea like this again, so I am going to run with this and brag.  Yeah, I rock!


      Sunday, March 30, 2014

      Winter is Leaving........maybe


           This winter has gone on forever.  If I was a weaker person,  I would have possibly lost my mind.  But,  I used this extended season to hunker down and get some serious knitting done.

         

          After all of the holiday knits, it was time for some indulgent lace.  I am working on a Jared Flood circular shawl called "leaves of grass", using Jaggerspun Zephyr laceweight.  The pattern itself was a fun knit that was presented in an easy, logical way.  I am now working through the edge, adding beads as I go.  The beads add a tiny bit of weight so that it behaves well and hangs nicely.  They also add just a small amount of sparkle.

         

      I bought this tool on Etsy, called the Fleegle beader.  It is a long wire with a notch that allows you to preload about 40 beads at a time.

               

      This saves you from the ordeal of picking up an individual bead each and every time, and speeds up the process.  I think I want to add beads to everything I knit for a while.

               

      This was started before the bead thing kicked in.  This is called the "Huntress" vest. It doesn't really call for be-dazzling.  The yarn is Miss Bab's Yowza in a rich semisolid teal.  I accidentally left my printed pattern for this vest at a church where Steph meets with her disability network friends.  I have to try and track down my lost pattern next week because I scrawled a bunch of notes and info down.  Hopefully, someone didn't toss them.

      We also pulled together for a winter knitting and fiber weekend.   My friend Allie's parents graciously offered us their house while they were out of town.  The big hit of the retreat was the "Swants Workshop" led by Lyn.  I did not partake in the swants making activity, but I had a great time watching them get sewn.  Here are my favorite photos from the retreat.

                            Celia performed the opening ceremonies in Viking garb:

             


                                                This is Lyn in a bulky Swantsy sweater:

                               

                                And, saving the best for last, is Kat.  Kat went all out in a "Swonesie".  

                                             

                                                   Yep,  that's how we amused ourselves this winter.

                                              In other fiber related news, I got inked with a yarny tattoo. 

                                              
                                     

       I have been wanting one for a long time. Like since getting tattoo prizes in crackerjacks as a kid.  Again, my knitter pals were there for me to help me get my courage up.  I love it.  Jerry- Not so much.

                


              I also dragged my spinning wheel out and got some spinning done.   This fiber is from a bond sheep.   Spinning is such a relaxing activity, once you get the technique down.  I should try and spin more this year.  This skein shall be nicknamed 'shaken, not stirred', in honor of James Bond.

               It was nice blogging today after such a long break.  I'll try not to be a stranger.



      Sunday, February 16, 2014

      Hobo Bag Pattern Link

      For whoever requested this pattern: http://contentm.mkt2178.com/lp/814/4150/HP_and_fabric_com_NOMAD_download_pattern.pdf?cm_re=SL1-_-crhdqtr-_-Nomad%20Bag

      Tuesday, January 07, 2014

      Arctic Blast!


      Baby it's cold outside.  Here is a snapshot of the front yard, with its plowed mountain range.



      While snowed in, we attempted another puzzle.  And check it out, another missing piece.  That's  two for two.  What is going on here?  These are new and straight out of the box.  And Darla isn't into eating cardboard.



      I also cast on another pair of socks.  some of my vintage ones are becoming scrappy and worn (after twelve years). I am not sure how visible the spiraling appears.  It is engaging enough to not be boring, yet I can still follow episodes of Madmen or Downton Abby without messing up.


      Stay warm peeps!

      Thursday, December 26, 2013

      Blanketed

      This year, we decided not to deal with crazy traffic and stress of the holidays by staying home for Christmas.



      It is a good thing we did, because it has been snowing  for days now.   



      The house looks buried here. Optical illusion?  I think not.



      My snow shadow!



      We did some baking, 



      Some puzzling (This puzzle came with a missing piece. My girlies were a little upset with the Ravensburger Company.  I think I will shoot them an email about this),



      And of course some knitting.  I was able to get my gift knitting done in time and work on some fraternal twin striped socks for myself.  I finished them last night while watching World War Z.  Stripes and zombies.  The stripes kept me going, because I kept wanting to see how the color progressions would play out.  A Christmas miracle!





      Peace and joy everyone!  Stay warm and drive safe!

      Friday, November 08, 2013

      Winter is Coming

      It is time for big cushy knits.  Think Jan Brett.


      Also, for more wooly goodness, check out what Norway watches on television: http://tv.nrk.no/serie/nasjonal-strikkekveld
      That's five hours of sheep to sweater.  Norway rocks!

      Sunday, October 13, 2013

      Tomato, Tomata

      There is a sauce day in my future.  Sock pattern is called  'clover', and yarn is from Sweet Georgia.