Monday, October 26, 2009

String Update

White Witch Mitten 1 is complete. This would be the right one. It is green. The left one will be red. I decided that the right one would be green because the song says “Starboard shines green and port is glowing red”. A couple of my coworkers have commented that the mittens aren’t going to match. They will match. They are Christmas mittens. They are supposed to be red and green.
I started my Fireside (Ravelry link). I’m using Cascade Eco in a yummy raspberry shade. I like my sweaters on the longer side, so I added two inches before the waist shaping. The charts are clearly written, but I still managed to miscross the bottom left cable of the big cable for the right front. When did I discover this you ask? When I was about to do the bust increases! I will deal. It is not a mistake, it is a design element.
Since certain people (and you know who you are) feel that I have too much yarn, I am working on some stash buster projects. A while ago I had gotten some black Caron simple soft shadow stripes with the intention of a sweater. Well, I decided that horizontal stripes would not be good, so I’m making a winter set with them. So far, I’m working on the hat. I’m holding two strands together and it looks neat.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rhinebeck Procurement

“Walmart couldn’t afford my socks”
“I was a nice girl before I started all this knitting.”
“Armed with sharp pointy sticks…” I forget what the remainder says.

Mortal got one that says “Spinning because knitting isn’t weird enough.”

The York & Lancaster Socks.
I saw these socks last year on the Tsarina’s blog, but since it was a Tsock Flock pattern, it was not publicly available until this year.

Beautiful blue green merino and silk laceweight. I'm thinking maybe the Mystic Star (Ravelry link).

Varigated purple mohair.

A purple night type that has bunny in it.

A neat multi-colored one that dyer creates to use up dye.

This reddish/purple, white, green that people at work want and so do people in choir.

And, I procured a small niddy noddy.

I also saw some interesting books to procure later. The Enchanted Sole and The New Stranded Colorwork.


Mortal and I left Friday around noon for New York. We would have left earlier but the fiends went to the doctor Friday morning. They were so thrilled to go! Gil did major hissing and also made odd gurgling sounds.
We saw snow on the ground as we went north. The weather was supposed to be cold and wet. However, when we woke up on Saturday, it was sunny. It got cloudy, but stayed dry. Excellent. It was still cold though, but this is why God invented wool. We each had our hand knit socks, hats, hand coverings and sweaters. Mortal wore her Rhinebeck sweater and I wore my Nubby Cardigan – which I have finally put the buttons on!

I managed to finish the July socks, aka gloves Friday night, so I had them for Saturday. I also cast on a hat in the car on the way up – bulky weight alpaca yarn. I got about 1 ½ inches done in the car and I continued to work on it at Rhinebeck as I walked around.
Mortal went ecstatic over the angora bunnies as usual. She did buy some angora to spin.
There was a gorgeous tree. (Sorry, it's sideways!)
We went into the museum building this year and saw an old style camper.
We looked at bunnies and also got to pet a bunny that was being given a hair cut.

We also saw sheep.

These particular sheep remind me of Greyflake. Greyflake was the 4H market lamb I had one year.

We also saw alpacas.

We checked out the Sheep Incognito booth. "Global Warming really caught my eye!

Neither Mortal or I entered anything for judging, but we did check out the entered items.
We both thought this tam was gorgeous.

These mittens were rather interesting.

This shawl was really neat.

Mortal got a Turkish spindle and did some spinning on Sunday at my place. Gil was entranced.

I finished my Austen sweater.

Maybe a vacation?

Last week I took off from work. Sunday, after church, I went down to Mortal’s via Grandma’s. I spent some time with my grandmother and also enjoyed lunch with her and her sister. There was grapenut ice cream available for dessert. Yum. The lovely lady on my left is my grandmother and on my right is my great-aunt. My aunt also knits. She has made Christmas stockings for the entire family.
Shortly after I got to Mortal’s, we left again for the Sunday Knit Night at Panera’s. While there, I completed the cuff of July sock, aka glove number 2 and worked further on the Austen Sweater. It is the green sweater on the cover of Mother Daughter Knits.
Monday we emptied the stash room and taped. We taped the stash room and the hall space for the entire house: upstairs hall, stair landing, main floor hall, front door landing and ground floor hall. Then we went to get paint. We painted the front door wall and the window wall of the stair landing to match the living room, as the living room wall continues into those 2 spaces. We also painted the stash room. The stash room is the smallest bedroom. The previous owners had painted it a dark blue. Mortal has nothing against dark blue, but it does make the room seem a lot smaller. So, pale grey paint was procured to do a nifty technique over the blue. We painted with yarn. After putting paint on the rollers, we wrapped yarn around them and then applied to the walls. It is very cool looking. There are no two sections that look alike. There are places that look like clouds, aran cable, dna, etc.

Tuesday we painted the hall. That took basically the entire day. After the paint dried, Mortal decided that a second coat was necessary. She’s looking for volunteers.
Wednesday we were going to paint, but the duct guy called Tuesday and said he’d be over on Wednesday. So, we didn’t dress in paint clothes. When the duct guy didn’t come, Mortal called, and discovered that he had misspoke and that he was indeed coming on Thursday morning. Well, at that point, there wasn’t much point in changing to paint. The weather was also not paint conducive. So, after lunch we went to do the necessary errands and then went shopping at the outlets.
One of the errands was a stop at a hair salon that someone had recommended. They had a cancellation and a running late so they could fit us both in. We both got haircuts and donated what was cut off.
I had great luck at the outlets. I got 2 pairs of jeans on clearance for under $10 each and 4 tops for about $10 each. I also got some headbands for my new hairstyle. Then it was off to Wednesday Knit Night. I finished the one sleeve of the cardigan and started on the second. A productive evening.
Thursday, when the duct people came, we went to Borders. I read some knitting books and magazines and then checked out the clearance. I found a knitting book on 24 hour knits and a Moosewood.