Thursday, February 02, 2006

Olympics, clouds and buttons, oh MY!

I will be trying to work on the Philosopher's Wool sweater I started two years ago for the Knitting Olympics. I guess I am cheating though because one sleeve is already cast on and about 3/4 of the way completed and my goal is to finish that sleeve and the second one. Yeah right, that would be an Olympic feat for me! So lets see how it goes.

I have photos taken of some finished stuff and stuff in process. I am hoping to get a new card reader installed in my computer which right now might need a whole new hard drive as well. Husband is talking to the Dell Dude as I type. I am still working on fair isle mittens, the first one is long but fits good around my hand, I should have done the fat but short size.


Anonymous Multi Bike Insurance said...

It's really great.

11:59 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Friday, January 13, 2006

My first Knit-a-long

I am all signed up for the knitting! I have a few (like 6!) skeins of Socks That Rock yarn in my stash and am waiting to patiently by the phone for the phone to ring letting me know my circular needles are in. But first I have to finish the Fair Isle mittens I cast on this week and get the little things on Husband's sweater done. Its a long weekend, YAY!


Post a Comment

<< Home

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

I hate posting without pictures

That's why I never post. I am too lazy to take pictures and I don't like to post without pictures. I love looking at everyones pictures in their blogs!

Reading my last post I kinda left you guys hanging. The camping trip went well, was a ton of fun even though it rained but we had miles of tarps and kept very dry. Husband was able to walk around a bit in the mud with his walker and the fresh air and burnt campfire food cheered us up.

I did get some knitting done over the holidays, I knit my mom a new flared lace smokering because the original yarn in the kit shed so bad all over her dark coat. The angora yarn it came with was to die for, so soft! So I think I will frog it and make mitten liners out of the angora. For the second one I made, I ordered some KnitPicks Shadow in the Oregon Coast colorway. At first I thought the yarn would be too thin for that scarf but after soaking it and blocking it out the yarn bloomed wonderfully and is so soft. I did go down a needle size and added one or two more pattern repeats. Maybe that helped. I have the Redwood Forrest colorway for myself and might carry along a strand of Autumn Alpaca Cloud with it to make it a little redder and soft.

Mom requested a hat with earflaps that was washable so I created a pattern for that. I used my mitten pattern from the fingers down to make the flaps and then cast on stitches between them to make the hat and knit from the brim up. She is happy and was able to put windproof fleece inside the "mitten" parts.

I am sooooo close to finishing up Husband's sweater. I had to redo 1/2 of the collar because I read the instructions wrong (they were from a book/magazine 100 sweaters to knit and crochet published in the 70's for acrylic yarns) . It has been blocked and the pockets sewn down. Just needs buttons and loops crocheted on to hold the belt. Before blocking the sleeves were perfect but they body was too small, now the sleeves are too long but the body is perfect. I knew I was going to have to adjust the sleeves anyway when I started out so I have a plan of attack for that. I am going to do a little fold and hide it under the cuffs. That way if they need to be lengthened I can just let out the fold. Tried looking for buttons this weekend, I found some that would do but they just didn't have enough, I need 8. I was saving Fabric Depot for this weekend. I am hoping they have what I need so I can finish it up.

My next project is going to be some Fair Isle mittens knit from KnitPicks Essential in the Navy colorway and Mountain colors Wildflower in a pattern from this book Knitting Marvelous Mittens by Charlene Schurch. I am so worried I won't have enough yarn to make them as the pattern is written, I so want to do a provisional cast-on, knit the mitten, do the same for the second one and then knit the cuffs so I can use up all the yarn. I HATE having leftovers when I would love to have longer cuffs. So we will see. I undid the cast-on that I had on DPNs and ordered 2 different lengths of #1 circular Addis. Hoping that will make doing the Fair Isle easier. I hope the needles come in before the long weekend so I work on them.

In the meantime, while I am not working on the sweater I have started a quick little project with some home spun. Its a felted bowl and I knew starting out I didn't have enough color for the rim but dug through my stash and will have the rim 1/2 one color and 1/2 another. I am not picky about this project, it will be used to collect the cat hair from combing Kashmire. I have one for Ember already. At lunch I have been spinning on my Golding Ring Spindle the cat hair blend from Mom's cats, Lily and Tabitha. The cat hair was blended in the class I took at OFFF and the instructor so wisely had me blend it with wool and silk. The long silk strands help trap the shorter hair (even though they are long haired cats) in the yarn. I have 3 skeins of 2 ply already spun up and have enough for one more skein. That will give me approx. 200 yards of laceweight. Mom wants a nice wide lace scarf so I am going to have to make some more to spin. I will try to get a picture of it, its quite interesting.

So, even without pictures I got an entry in! I hope the links keep you entertained and will work to get more pictures next time. Hopefully of Husband's sweater with him wearing it!


Post a Comment

<< Home

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Frost on the Pumpkin

Went out the door today and the dew looked a little thick on the windshield of husband's van, ran my finger over it and it was solid ice! Wooweee its getting to be fall. We haven't had to turn the heat on in the house and its the end of October so I think we are doing pretty good.

Now that husband is home, the first thing he did was call my brother and make a date for camping. Guess what we are doing this weekend. Ever take a wheelchair car camping? I haven't but it can't be that bad. He gets around well with his walker and we are planning to just sit on our butts all weekend around the campfire. We have an EZ-up canopy we bring along so we should stay warm and dry. My brother is the master camper/wood provider and his only job is to keep us warm so I am sure we will be fine. Lots of warm clothes.

Husband had a little setback the week we thought he would be coming home and had to go in for emergency surgery. Because they took him by ambulance, OHSU was on divert that day and he ended up at a different hospital. We are sure getting the tour of hospitals in the Portland area. He was in for the weekend and doing much better now. The frustrating part is that on Tuesday of that week we took him to OHSU to have it looked at and they said it was fine! NOT! Oh well, like I said, he is doing much better for having the surgery and can get around better with less pain.

Knitting wise I have been busy. I plied the cathair/wool/silk blend I spun on my drop spindle and it looks really neat. The cathair acts like angora rabbit, makes a nice halo. The hair is from my mom's cats Lily and Tabitha a tortoiseshell Main Coon X and a buffy colored sweetypie. The dropspindle I was using broke, it had been glued together after husband stepped on it but this time the hook broke after I dropped it and tried to rebalance it. It was made by a local and was a beginners spindle, nothing fancy. So I replaced it with this!
Its a Golding Ring Spindle, 0.9 ox in the Tsunami design. I love it, the single I have on it now is more even than what I spun on my first spindle. I am on the waiting list for a Bosworth Mammoth Tooth spindle I should be getting in December. I have a wheel but just love drop spinning, especially on smaller amounts of fiber.

I also have finished a sleeve for husband's sweater and past the cuff on the second sleeve. I plan to work a little on it tonight when I teach class and take it along camping this weekend. Since it will need to be soaked and blocked before its finished I am sure the smoke smell from the campfire will be removed. I have never done a shawl collar before and the directions are not very clear but we have time to figure that out yet.

I want to get pictures of my new toy (besides the drop spindle) that I got from Ebay. It will be taking my fiber hobby in a different direction!


Post a Comment

<< Home

Monday, October 03, 2005

Pink Shawl Part II

Michael says he is going to try and come home from the nursing home on Friday. It will be so much better having him back at home. We went out to lunch on Saturday to the little restaurant next door and he had a good appetite which was good to see. His fevers have gone away and he is pretty cheery!

Here is my coworker modeling the pink shawl. Grandma was so happy to get along with the ribbon and judges comments.

And the back
I got one more skein done of the Tortoishell yarn for the sweater and finished spinning a sample of mohair wool yarn on my drop spindle. I finally got to spin a single of some wool I blended in my class at OFFF. It was the assignment of blending 12 colors of wool, when its spun it sure looses alot of the colors and gets muddy, almost reminds me of the recycled silk yarns from Tibet. I bet it will get more muddy when I go to ply and and knit it up.
I haven't been knitting much lately. I knocked my hand on a doorknob somewhere and it has been giving me pain. I did finish reading "Zen and the Art of Knitting" by Bernadette Murphy. My coworker modeling the shawl let me borrow it. It was interesting but not one I would recommend buying.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Thank you

Thank you for all the emails and comments about my husband's motorcycle accident. He is recovering well, he spent 15 days in the hospital and is currently in a 'skilled nursing facility' where he is the youngest patient there. The good thing is that it is VERY close to home and we go out to eat once or twice a week to the restaurant next door to the facility. I just push him over in the wheelchair and the friendly waitstaff helps me get him up the step and to a table. They have great food too! We still haven't heard if the insurance is going to total out the motorcycle yet, my guess is that they will, with the frame bent and the insurance guy spotting some moisture at the bottom of the cylinder heads its probably dead. We have one more Harley and are not sure if we will be giving it up or not.

Good news is that I won second place at Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival for a hand spun, hand knit shawl I made for my grandma! Here I am pinning it out and a close up of the stitch. I have a picture of it being modeled I will get up this week. Grandma got to see it in June when she was up for my wedding but I asked to keep it to enter in the Festival. I sent her the ribbon with the shawl this week and she is so happy.

I spun 18 oz of roving into approximately 1700 yards of two-ply yarn at 24 wraps per inch using short draw spinning technique on my Lendrum folding wheel. I chose the best skeins to knit the 'Marialis B'” shawl from Stahman'’s Shawls & Scarves by Myrna Stahman. It took me from Thanksgiving to the 4th of July to complete the whole project. It was a great project and I would do any of the other shawls from Myrna's book in a heartbeat!

Next project is a sweater for my husband. I am still spinning the wool for it but will use some Lamb's Pride wool and mohair in the oatmeal colorway for the main body.


Blogger LisaB said...

Good to hear that your husband is doing well.

Congratulations on the shawl! I went to the festival on Sunday but I don't remember seeing that beautiful piece of work! :(

9:11 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Motorcycle accident

Last Thursday my husband was in a car vs. Motorcycle accident at a busy intersection here in Portland. They ambulance him to OHSU where they did CAT scans and all sorts of tests and thank God he didn't have any injury to his head or neck. He did break his right femur pretty bad and his pelvis in the front and back, his right arm is totally black and blue but haven't heard if its broken or if they are going to do anything to it. The surgeons don't think they will operate on his pelvis, its broken but not too bad and it will heal as it is. If it's giving him lots of pain they will operate on it Friday. He kept getting his surgery postponed because there were worse cases then him coming in so he didn't get operated on for a day and a half, last Saturday. He was conscious through the whole thing and remembers flying through the air for 15 feet or so too!

I did get a lot of knitting done in the waiting room and in ICU. Made a pair of short socks, a baby sock out of mohair, a cat hat and worked on the vest some more. The vest is getting close to being done! Don't know yet if he will be well enough for our honeymoon cruise the first week of October. I am thinking that would be cutting it close to have him fly for 5 hours but being on a cruise ship might be nice!

Here is the bike, a 1999 1200 Harley Sportster. Not sure what the car looked like.


Blogger Jessica said...

Oh my goodness. How awful. I hope he makes a quick recovery.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Amy Boogie said...

I hope he is able to make a quick recovery.

4:16 AM  
Blogger micehell said...

i don't know you at all, but i hope he does well and your life goes back to "normal"

6:51 AM  
Anonymous Amy S said...

My thoughts are with you.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I'm glad he made it through the wreck, and, since I'm going to assume the driver of the car was at fault, I hope the car looks much worse!
We have a big yellow Goldwing (I knit on the back) and I have my own little Rebel. It's amazing how many times people just don't SEE us!
I hope he mends quickly, and that you get to go on your cruise -- some honeymoon!

3:48 AM  
Blogger • B E N B E N E K • said...

Just wanted to announce the 4th anniversary ofHand Knits for Young Moderns - a website filled with scans from vintage knitting pattern books - thank you!

12:13 PM  
Blogger LisaB said...

I am late in reading this since I just got back from vacay. So sorry to hear about the accident. I hope you husband is doing well.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I am glad it wasn't any more serious than the injuries he has. I would hate for my sportster to end up looking like that. Best wishes for a speedy recovery both him and the bike - do you think it is a right-off, is a new bike going to be the go.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous motorbike insurance said...

I trust by now that a full recovery has been made but i couldnt help notice how nice the bike is...

Has he considered taking out a specialist classic motorbike insurance policy? you can get good deals looking for motorbike motor bike insurance online !

8:18 AM  
Anonymous scooter insurance said...

it is a good newz that any one wasn't any more serious than the injuries he has.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous moped insurance said...

I hope he mends quickly, and that you get to go on your cruise

11:52 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home