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Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Sweltering Summer Knit

Ugh! It's so hot and humid!

Not perfect weather for knitting, but I'm determined to get this fabulous Lace Poncho finished by cool weather. Which here in the Baltimore area, is just a few weeks away! (Cool weather at night, anyway.)

I'm just about halfway done.

I have to say I don't at all like the border pattern. It doesn't match the lace at all. 

The pattern is lovely, though. The yarn is acrylic--I've never blocked acrylic before. 

This is all I'm working on, and it's too hot to sit at the computer. Bye for now! 

Melted Molly says "Buh Bye!" 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Problem with Old Issues of Vogue Knitting

Some years ago, I subscribed to Vogue Knitting. Long enough to receive roughly a dozen magazines. Now I've done the green thing and subscribed to the e-magazine version, and I don't like it a bit. My eyes don't like scrolling through the ipad as rapidly as I do when I'm just browsing patterns, and the font is just too small -- well, let me cease complaining. As much as I try to be green (I'm sitting in a warm 80 degree house right now, and it's August in Baltimore), I'm going to subscribe to paper editions of knitting magazines from now on. There is something so satisfying about sitting down with a stack of magazines full of pretty patterns and leafing through the pages hoping for something to jump out at me.

This is my current love:

I've actually had a crush on this pattern for years. I finally got around to committing to it, and--much like nearly every other pattern I like--the yarn is long discontinued! And that's the problem with old issues of Vogue Knitting. 

My version so far: 

The yarn isn't quite this color, of course. My camera is a good camera, but it has issues with purples. 

I'm not sure this yarn I chose will block to the proper dimensions, but I will check before beginning the back half. 

It's a very simple pattern. I had to place markers because sometimes the first half of the repeat is so similar to the second half, I was getting them mixed up. 

So that is what I am working on in the August heat! 

Well, that and yardwork. For some reason Patches likes to lay on the old grass that I rake into a pile to dry. 

No temperature is apparently too warm for snuggling a pup. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Two Finished Objects

...and one sock.

Finished Object One is the Striped Tunic, from an old Vogue Knitting.

I'm not real sure what happened with the sleeves, why it looks so blocky, but as usual the model for the sweater in the magazine is a stick insect, so of course it drapes beautifully on her. Stupid skinny chick. Anyway, I might try to add a dart or pinch in the waist just a bit and wear it with tights or something. 

Yarn is my new favorite -- Patons Classic Wool Worsted, Cognac Heather. 

Finished Item Two is the Mari Lace Cowl. The pattern is from one of the one-skein books, the lace one, I think. It was an exceptionally simple pattern, but I dithered with it, so it's just now been finished. Yarn is some KnitPicks samples I got a few years ago. 

Helpfully modeled by Pretty Kitty in the back yard. 

And, I finished half of a pair of socks. Downy Buffalo Socks, From the same one-skein book. I've got one done, in Deborah Norville sock yarn, Hibiscus. 

I don't know why it came out so bulky on the bottom. 

These FOs were WIPs for a long time! I just needed a break from knitting for a while. I have some other hibernating projects, and I decided to pick up the Raspberry Dream Shawl, a fairly simple lace shawl I started in October 2013:

Perhaps I will finish it by October this year. Now that I've gotten some more experience with lace knitting, it's not so intimidating. I know enough now to understand, if I get lost, what the stitches are supposed to look like. And if I lose a yarn-over, or have a miscounted row, I can figure out what went wrong. So I'll take another bash at it!

I imagine everyone else is as busy with summer gardening and summer fun as I am, which is why the knitting blogosphere is so quiet! Particularly those of you in Norway and Michigan (and here in Maryland), who don't get a lot of summer every year.

I leave you with this totally gratuitous picture of an adorable dog showing how Puppy Eyes are done.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Back from Hiatus

I'm back!

For a few months, I had no interest at all in knitting. Or spinning. I gave myself some time off, and now I'm feeling an interest in the needles again. I had three WIPs when I left off...

A lovely striped tunic:

Kinda hot for this much wool, which is partly why I set it aside. Also, I didn't put stripes in it. 

It's still hot, but I'm at the sewing-together stage, which means I can spread it over the table and not on my lap. 

And some socks, which aren't in my project page yet.

The latter two are from "Lace One-Skein Wonders." 

I think part of my reluctance to blog is that my laptop is very old and very slow, and I have no intention of purchasing another. I use my ipad for everything, so I might as well use it for pictures too. Just have to get an adaptor thingie. 

I'm off to catch up on all the blogs! I'll leave you with this picture of Patches in the front flower bed. She loves to lay under the flowers and startle me when I reach down to pull weeds. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

42nd Annual Sheep and Wool Festival

This weekend!

I went without a list of any kind. Just a vague idea to buy a Zauberball (I only saw one and didn't like the color). So I didn't buy any yarn. Which is fine, because I have enough to last a lifetime!

Here are some pictures ... no captions.

The smooching alpaca is so cute!

Here are my non-yarn purchases ...

A merino batt (what? It's not yarn!)

I couldn't resist this batt. I have enough fiber to last through a few Tours de Fleece, so I tried very hard to pass up the fiber. But this one snagged me.

I have wanted one of these for years, but my intensely frugal nature prevented me from buying one.

But this year, I was determined to override the little voice that said I didn't really need it.

Plus, I love red, and I love polka-dots.

A carder-cleaner, which was a silly purchase considering I have a full-sized drum carder, not carders ... and a spare drive belt for my Kromski.

As usual, it was a beautiful day for the festival. Very crowded, as it always is at 9:00 on the first day, but I got an excellent parking spot. Sheer luck. Lovely sunny day, too, not too hot. I'd love to go back tomorrow, but I'm afraid I would weaken and buy something I sensibly resisted today!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I didn't knit anything for several weeks ... I don't know if it was Spring Fever, or if I just needed a break, but I just didn't want to pick up the needles for ages!

I have about five WIPs, but just two are active ... an open-work cowl, and most of a sock ;-).

Spring finally did come to the Mid-Atlantic, but only recently!

The above photos were taken on the Patapsco Branch Trail (PBT) near Lake Elkhorn in Howard County. It was a lovely day, and a gorgeous day for a run through the woods. 

My sinuses almost immediately disagreed, as I had neglected to take an antihistamine for several days. Four days later, I'm still suffering from it. 

Anyway, the 41st Annual MD Sheep and Wool festival is just a couple weeks away. I'll be going, of course. And I'll try to behave myself, cause I truly do have a LOT OF YARN.

Doesn't the doggie look like some sort of odd miniature alpaca in this photo? Blame the dog groomer. 
Oh. I'm the dog groomer. NEVER MIND! 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pardon my Absence...

...But I had to find a warm place where the sun was shining.

On a San Diego beach.

My friend S. and I signed up for the Run Like a Diva half marathon in Temecula, California. It was the perfect winter break--we left between winter storms in Baltimore. It was hard coming back to the sludge and slush, but it was wonderful getting away!

This half marathon was hosted and sponsored by one of the many wineries in the area. And since it was a Diva, we got tutus to run in and at mile 13, before the finish line, we were handed boas and tiaras for the finish line photos.

The race package came with a free wine tasting at the vineyard. I can't remember the name of this vineyard, unfortunately.

Race morning. So cold! But it warmed up pretty quickly.

Six miles on this loose dirt road ... a little challenging.

It was so nice to get away. We went hiking in the hills...

Met some friendly wildlife...

Saw some historic buildings ....

And just had a good time in general. I came back to Baltimore, scraped the ice off my car, and affixed another 13.1 sticker to my back window.

It's supposed to snow 6 - 10" starting early in the morning, so my return to work might be delayed.

So I didn't get much knitting done.