Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Some friends from California rolled in late Friday afternoon. We haven't seen them in years, so there was a lot of catching up to do over dinner.
After dinner, we all headed to the park for the Homecoming pep rally and fireworks show (another good one). On Saturday we went to the parade (well, Mr S. was actually in the parade, marching with his 5th graders - but they were toward the front, so he joined us on the sidelines once they had rounded the final corner). The rest of the day turned cold, gray and wet, to we headed to Monroe for dinner at a good Mexican restaurant there.
The weather on Sunday was glorious, cool but bright - a perfect day. So we set out towards Gays Mills in search of Honey Crisp apples.
We found the apples (and fritters and pie and doughnuts) as well as plenty of
Then we headed West toward the river. Since Mike is an outdoorsman, we made a stop at
Then on to Pike's Peak State Park in Iowa
where we could look down on the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.
Posted by Cindy G at 12:12 PM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sometimes the most simple gifts turn out to be the most wonderful.
Last spring, at the end of the school year, one of Mr S's students gave him a seedling, planted in a paper cup. He put it into the ground, out by his bean patch, not sure if it would survive the rabbits and the rainstorms. But it did.
Now it makes my heart happy every time I walk by or glance out the window. Cheerful, cheerful, cheerful. It's a good as hearing a cardinal sing.
Posted by Cindy G at 12:59 PM
Monday, September 20, 2010
Laura noticed that the current socks are being worked from the top down. Well, yes, yes they are. That's because while in theory I understand the many reasons for working toe up, and affirm them; in practice, when I want a sock I don't have to think about at all, I revert to the comfortable, the familiar, the top down.
However, I do intend to push my limits (and try to get new ways to become familiar ones) by making short row heels. When I went to Knitting Camp this summer, one of my joys was learning and comprehending the yarn over method of working short rows. It's not that I can't "wrap and turn"; I just dislike it. I dislike it a lot.
Unfortunately, after only a couple of months, I couldn't quite remember how this really simple operation works. And my notes were sketchy. So I was very glad to find Mandie's photo tutorial. Yay! The light bulb came back on. Now I just have to finish the legs so I can go to town (or kick up my heels, or whatever).
Posted by Cindy G at 1:12 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
One would like to have something catchy, or intriguing - perhaps with a hint of romance. Something exciting, something that resonates, something that sounds as though it had a good story behind it; and certainly something that hasn't already been used. Not so darned easy to come up with.
For that hat I just gave the rough and ready directions for, I've gone through and rejected any number of possibilities and finally decided on "Tamarisk". It doesn't really need a name right now, but I might actually sit down and write a proper pattern for it, and in that case it would. So I've tagged all the posts pertaining to it "Tamarisk Hat".
After completing the round with the crossed stitches, knit one more round with Red.
With the tip of the left needle, pick up the dropped stitch.
Then slip the first stitch from the right needle back onto the left needle. The two unworked stitches are now on the left needle with their position reversed.
When I left off on the hat directions, I had just completed knitting one round in red, then, with white, working two rounds of *k3, sl 1; rep from *
This is what the stitches on the needle looked like.
I could have just knit the next round in red, for a windowpane effect, but I decided to get a bit fancy and throw in a little right cross (RC).
So this is how the directions for the next round would read: With R, * k2, RC;, rep from *
And this is how it is done:
With Red, knit two stitches. Then slip the next white stitch to the right needle and drop the red stitch off the left needle so that it falls toward the front.
Slip the white stitch back onto the left needle. With the tip of the right needle pick up the dropped (red) stitch and place it back onto the left needle.
The unworked white and red stitches are now both back on the left needle, but they have changed positions, with the red one crossing in front of the white one.
Now (with the R working yarn), knit both.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Before the commercial interruption, I was giving some directions for the multi-colored hat.
You might have noticed that at one point I said that I worked until I had 16 sts less than my desired final number of stitches. And, you might have wondered "Yes, but what the heck was that desired final number????"
Well on the first hat, based on a presumed gauge of 5 sts/inch, I was shooting for 96 sts to yield a finished circumference of 19.2 inches. BUT in real life the circumference came out at 20 inches, which means I was actually getting 4.8 sts/inch.
This was a little larger than I wanted.
So, for the second go around, I worked on the crown until I had a total of 88 stitches. And in the end it gave me a more satisfactory (to me) finished circumference of about 18 1/2 inches.
At any rate, once the crown was completed, I just worked even in my color pattern to the end - no more shaping. Here's how it went:
Join B (brown), but don't break off W (white), just carry it up inside the hat.
With B, knit 1 Rnd, purl 1 Rnd, knit 1 Rnd.
Drop B and pick up W.
With W, knit 2 Rnds.
Drop W and pick up B.
With B, knit 1 Rnd, purl 1 Rnd.
Now you can break off B, as it won't be used again for awhile.
Join R (red) and knit 1 Rnd.
Join O (orange), and with it *k1, sl 1; rep from * (Slip purwise wyib)
With O, knit 1 Rnd.
With R, purl 1 Rnd, knit 1 Rnd.
With W, *k3, sl 1; rep from*
Do the same thing again. That is, with W, *k3, sl 1: rep from *
At this point, you have some elongated (slipped) red stitches stretching over two rounds of white ones.
To be continued (after the weekend, because we're headed out of town)
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Well, not serious as in "What is the Meaning of Life?" But serious in the sense that I'm not joking.
What the heck is Toner? I'm talking skin care products here, not copier supplies.
I understand what a "Cleanser" is: something that takes dirt off.
I understand what a "Moisturizer"is: something that puts moisture in.
When it comes to dealing with my face, those two things sound sufficient to me. And yet, every skin care line I can think of insists that it is (at the very minimum) essential to do the "Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize" three step, with a regular "Exfoliate" thrown in for good measure. But there again, with "exfoliate" at least I understand the concept - even if it could be more clearly stated as "a really good scrub".
Despite the possibly Andy Rooneyishness of my query, I really want to know: 1) What is it that Toner is supposed to be doing? 2) Does it really do this?
Posted by Cindy G at 6:07 PM
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
I was at loose ends for a fairly simple project to work on. And I was feeling experimental. And I had some loose ends of worsted weight yarn, bits and pieces that didn't add up to enough to make anything large.
The situation obviously called for a "start at the top and make it up as you go along" hat.
This is the result of my playtime with color and texture. (As always, you can click on the picture to make it bigger). There are actually two different oranges and two different browns involved. There are some slipped stitches that have been crossed right and left. There is some purling. Kept my mind occupied without having to think more than a round or two ahead.
Friday, September 03, 2010
The big piece on the left is my gauge swatch for a yet to be designed project. The little piece on the right is my swatch experimenting with slight variations on how to work the little bobble.
The basic maneuver is to make five stitches out of one by knitting (loosely) into the front, then the back, then the front, then the back, then the front of one stitch before dropping the stitch off the left needle. Then the first four stitches made are lifted over the last one and dropped off the right needle, leaving just one.
It occurred to me to wonder if it would make a difference whether I passed them over starting with the closest stitch to the end, or the one farthest away, or lifted them up and over all together (yeah, I'm geeky that way - and I swear I've seen directions for any of these as well as directions that don't specify at all). So I noodled away. And while there may be some difference in the looks of the final results, I didn't find enough difference to think it makes much matter.
What did seem to help the bobble stand out a bit (and your results may vary) was this: After I finished the maneuver I put the remaining stitch back onto the left needle, then slipped it knitwise onto the right needle, thus twisting it. This seemed to tighten things up a bit and help push the bobble to the front. But I could just be imagining this.
Posted by Cindy G at 12:40 PM
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The days (and nights) have been hot and muggy. There are three weeks to go before the equinox. But the other day I heard a flock of cranes overhead. Mr S is back to school. And look...
the very top of the maple is beginning it's farewell to summer.
The dearly beloved daughter moved from Madison to Stevens Point yesterday and will begin her classes tomorrow. I'll miss knowing that she is close by; but I'm excited for her. I think a road trip north will be in order in a couple of weeks. A mom likes to see her girl's surroundings, even if the "girl" is a woman grown.
Posted by Cindy G at 12:10 PM