Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Duster Redux

Just in case you were waiting with bated breath, here is the finished Tilted Duster. I call it a success, especially considering the disaster it almost became.

SP12 Again!

The new question is: "What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?" I guess my favorite is one I don't have to cook! But really, for summer? I love fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, vine ripened tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil. A cold plum soup or mango gazpacho beforehand would be lovely, too.

Unfortunately, it's not hot here! Not at all!

Now, on to more important things, like my new spinning wheel! Here she is:

I have never spun on a wheel before, so I just jumped in with both feet (pun intended) and spun some really bad yarn! But amazingly enough, I love it anyway. It is soft and smells nice and I like looking at it. Here is the first 65 yards or so of very bulky corriedale:

And one more thing, a fun one, for fans of Firefly -- or not -- Ben's Jayne hat!
This was so much fun and such a quick knit, that I already made another one. Not sure who's going to get it, either Dalya or me. Photo to follow soon....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

SP More Questions!

What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/
vacation? Well, I never seem to pick just one project! Of course, socks are a must. They are probably my favorite things to knit on planes because they'll fit into any carry on bag, even my laptop bag. Then I usually pack something in my checked luggage that I can work on for a longer time, because I'll probably finish the socks. Maybe a sweater or a complicated pair of gloves or mittens. I might bring lace, but if I do, I'll be sure to bring something else really easy to knit in case I mess up the lace and have to really concentrate to fix a mistake. I also pack my interchangeable needles because I will almost certainly buy some yarn and want to start a new, unanticipated project and I'm tired of buying needles I already have. (At last count I found I had seven Addi turbos in size 5.) Crazy!!!

If you'd like to share a story…Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.Well, I always pack too much knitting, in that I almost never finish everything I bring along. Ok, here's a story. I wanted to knit the Leaf Lace sweater (I think that's what it's called) from Loop d Loop. I ordered some pretty celery green yarn from Knit Picks and packed it up to go on a trip. When I took out the pattern, yarn and needles, I discovered that I had somehow stupidly bought the wrong weight of yarn, so I could not start the sweater! Of course, I rushed out to a lys and bought yarn in the correct weight. You can see the sweater on ravelry; I think it's entitled "I must be crazy".

I guess that's enough for now. Tomorrow I will try to post the finished Tilted Duster.
Good night!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fessing Up! For SP12

I have been remiss, and I apologize! Here are answers to both last week's and this week's questions:

Yarn that would make my stash complete: Well, I don't know if it could ever be complete, but I have never used and would like to try Socks that Rock and Malabrigo sock or other Malabrigo yarn. I think the flat feet look really fun, too!

The yarn I never want to be without is Cascade 220, which I'm sure I use more than any other non-sock yarn. I'm just finishing up that tilted duster, and of course, I used Cascade 220.

This week's questions:

Favorite place to vacation: either New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago. I love big cities more than anything. Little ones, too, like Boston ;)

Where I'd like to go: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, Africa. And Herrang for Swing Dance camp, even though the mosquitoes are rumored to be the size of pigeons.

Hey, I made Ben a hat from Wooly Wormhead's book "Going Straight" It was so fun and easy to make! All these hats are made on straight needles with short rows. Brilliant!
I also made Ben a cute washcloth with a skull on it. I found the pattern on ravelry and I'll post a link when I photo the washcloth. He likes it!