It's been a kind of harrowing evening. My daughter was on a flight to London to meet her Dad at the same time that the explosive cars were found in that city. Then I got home from Last Saturday Knitting (which was lovely) and heard about the car in Glasgow and the high security alert throughout the United Kingdom. They are both fine, of course, so far. And it can't be any more, or nearly as, harrowing for me as for all the people who are living with the threat up close every day. But it feels up close, because the two people who are the heart of my heart are there.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I'm naturally a quiet person. I like quiet in the house, lots of quiet, more quiet than I usually get. But after three weeks, I've had enough quiet at home. Oh, I can make it for another week OK, but I'll be mighty glad to see Mr S when he gets back.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Kmkat's and Leslie's comments on the crochet bind off got me to thinking that sturcturally the crochet bind off is a lot like an expanded version of a picot bind off. So I got to messing around, and this is what I came up with.
I repeated those second and third steps (insert left needle, wrap yarn & pull through) several more times to build up a little chain.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
What widely varying weather we've been having this month. A couple nights ago we had the best kind of thunderstorm (nice and rumbley but no crashes too close), and the last days have been cool, gray and damp. I actually slept under two blankets last night, which was lovely. By Monday it's supposed to be sweltering again. Mr S's pumpkin vines have leaves about 16" across.
Posted by Cindy G at 1:56 PM
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Someone asked about the crochet chain bind off I used at the top edge of the Fichu pattern. As it turns out, it only took a simple written response before the light bulb clicked on for her, but I went looking for an online explanation with pictures, and wasn't able to come up with one. So I thought I'd do it myself. This is an edge finish that is often used on doily patterns, and can be useful at the edge of square or circular shawls worked from the center out, or triangle shawls worked from the top down. In Traditional Lace Shawls Martha Waterman calls it a "crocheted-off edge".
At the beginning of the row, put a crochet hook through the first two (or more) sts from right to left.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
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Saturday, June 16, 2007
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The little stitch pattern at the top of this swatch is one of my favorites, a netting of purl diamonds on a stockinette stitch ground, almost as simple as you can get. Sometimes I like simple, especially after doing a stint of lace knitting.
I'm going to use it for the Cotton Ease project, which will be a basic pullover with no shaping (except for the armholes and neckline), sort of a tunic or bog shirt. It will have straight sleeves somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 length and a wide rounded neckline. I'll use a more heavily textured, but still simple, stitch at the hems and for a narrow collar, just to add some interest.
Mr S is off to Europe. I drove him up to Madison Sunday afternoon, where he caught the bus to O'Hare. Yesterday morning I was delighted, and very surprised, to get a phone call saying he made it to Heathrow. (Usually we just email when he is gone.) I always worry until he is on the ground, then relax and assume he will be just fine.
This time he is doing something different, going to the Netherlands for a few days before heading back to his dearly loved England. I will miss him a lot for a day or two, then settle in and enjoy having a quiet house for about a week, then start missing him with growing intensity for the rest of his absence. I like quiet, but there can be too much of a good thing. I'll be working extra hours at the Library for a couple of weeks while the librarian is out for a medical procedure, so I won't be rattling around the empty house for long stretches anyway.
My friend Carol sent me a card listing some of life's important lessons. #1: "No matter how hard you try, you just can't baptise cats." Too true.
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Monday, June 11, 2007
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
This is one of the things I've never done, and probably never will. And yet, despite all of the valid reasons for not doing it, I find the idea appealing in a cheerfully anarchic way. I like the idea of unexpected color/texture surprising people, and maybe causing them to look at what's been in front of them all the time in a new way. I like the element of playfulness and fun. All the examples I've found have been in urban settings. What I'd like to do out here in the country is hang knitted pieces on barbed wire fences along the road - sort of Burma Shave meets Christo. Quilts on clotheslines look great, why not knitting on fences? Of course, I'm not really going to do this. Not really. But I'd like to.
Friday, June 08, 2007
"What is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days..."
Yesterday was oppressive. Hot, humid heavy air. Serious tornado warnings in the late afternoon (we didn't head for the basement, but we were ready to). Then some rain and more sticky heat.
This morning the front had passed. I woke up to a crisp, almost chilly breeze coming in the window. The sun is out, the air is clear as can be, temp around 70 with a light breeze, in short as perfect a day as a person can hope to enjoy.
I hopped in the car to deliver some patterns down to the Argyle Fiber Mill.
Stopped at a hilltop cemetery on the way to get the panoramic view
I really would have liked to keep going all the way to Iowa, the drive was that pretty. But... gas prices, global warming and the fact that I have things yet to do this afternoon.....
Here's the front of the Fiber Mill. The real entrance is around the side. That is to say, this is the real front entrance, but if Liz and Kristi are running the machines they leave a note, and you go to the side door and in through the work area (which I think is more fun, because you get to see things in action.)
Part of my "things to do" involves this
I haven't worked with Cotton Ease before. After swatching I've decided that I like it. It isn't as heavy as 100% cotton worsted, and is a little more elastic. Just looking at it in the ball, I thought it might be splitty, but so far (about 5" into a sleeve) that isn't proving to be a problem at all. And it's reasonably soft.
When knitting strictly for myself, I've always been a wool gal. But now that I have more wool sweaters than I reasonably need, cotton/cotton blends are starting to appeal.
Posted by Cindy G at 1:46 PM
Thursday, June 07, 2007
on the Nordic Track, but that's something else altogether, and I've never been on one.)
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
In other words, I've been messing around with graphs for a little mitten with a squirrel. This is the front.
The squirrel motif came from Nomis Scandinavian Sweaters by Kajsa Lindqvist and Natalie Hebert (Nomis Vol 1), 1946. I added the bits that are supposed to look like leafy branches.
Knit at a gauge of 6 sts per inch, this should fit a 3 to 5 year old. I've posted the complete chart here. At this point, it's only the chart, but if you have ever knit this style mitten that will be sufficient. White square = Main Color, Black square = Contrast Color. Any squares that are pale green or grey = no stitch. M = make one increase. / and \ = decreases. The horizontal red line indicated the thumb opening. Work a cuff in 2 x 2 rib (or cuff of your choice) before you start the color chart. Other than that, so far, you're on your own.
I will get around to writing full directions at some point. It may be a while before I actually knit these. If anyone else wants to do it and send me a pic I would be delighted.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
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