Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Something ______ this way comes

Next up is.... Wicked. For what ever reason my camera is taking blurry pics. Wonder what DH did to it when he took pics of Rogue.

Wicked is a raglan top down sweater. It's done down to the join beneath the arms. After miles of stockinette I'm knitting more. At least now I'm out of the never ending increase rows. I do love the way this is turning out, now hopefully the yarn will hold out, I'm stash busting again, so once it's gone it's gone.

Monday, January 29, 2007

With great pleasure I present..


Pattern: Rogue, by the girl from auntie
Cast on 12/24/06, finished 1/28/07, a little over a month, but there were extenuating circumstances, we moved, I knit a sweater etc, etc, etc...
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist (8.75 oz, 549 yards) I love the way this turned out, I thought the yarn may be a little soft, but cables pop, and the drape is perfect.
Needles: Options #6 and #8
Thoughts: I absolutely enjoyed this knit. While the instructions can be a bit intimidating (19 page downloaded PDF), once you start getting into the charts/cables, it's a quick knit. I will likely knit this again. The only alteration I made was in the length of the body, I knit one less cable repeat than the pattern called for, but then I have a short torso and it worked out perfectly.

I say if you're thinking about knitting Rogue, go for it, if you weren't, go for it.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Rogue on the Blocking Board

Rogue is in the final stretch, finally. That trip to Sleeve Island was a long one.

This should be an FO by Monday, Tuesday at the latest, depending on how long it takes to dry and how long it takes me to do the seaming and weaving in of the ends. Oh yeah, can't forget how distracted I get by casting something else on.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Geisha called and I answered

Ok, yesterday when I was at Madrona, Blue Moon Geisha called to me, but I left without it. I slept on it and I could still hear her cries, so I went back again today. Let me tell you now, I'm not going back again this weekend, you can't make me. I think after this 2 day binge I may just have to go on a yarn and fiber fast.

Blue Moon Geisha in Blue Brick Wall Blue Moon Sheep to Shoe Kit, 8.5 oz of superwash merino complete with instructions on how to spin the wool to STR standards. The kit doesn't tell you exactly what color way you picked, but this looks like Lapis, or maybe Rooster Rock. all I know is it's beautiful.

Blue Moon STR in Lucy, yes I know I just bought top in Lucy yesterday, but I really really couldn't resist. In the baggy is 4 oz of yak.
These are silk hankies from Crown Mountain Farms. On the left is New Blue and on the righ is Abalone.

I will not go back again this weekend, please someone forbid me from returning, pretty please.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Not my fault...

This morning I drove my parents to the airport, which is half way between Seattle and Tacoma. Well, this is the weekend that the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat is running in Tacoma. So since I was half way there.... had a booth and look what I found.

The t-shirt just had to come home with me.

I've been in search of this bumper sticker since I saw it a few months ago while driving on the freeway and nearly got in an accident because I was laughing so hard.

Oh yeah there were fiber vendors there too.

Hanging on the outside are rovings from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, on the left is the Lucy colorway and on the right is Rose Quartz. In the middle there, si some more sock yarn, no it's not STR, I figured I'd left enough of my money with them. The sock yarn colorway is Sky and it's from Angora Valley Fibers, a local artist, it's the same yarn I knit the neon socks I gave to Mom for Christmas.

Sorry DimSumKnitting, I totally forgot to bring the camera, I had to leave here before 7 this morning to get my parents to the airport.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Yarn, Rogue and Alpaca

Look what showed up in the mail. We're not very good about checking our mail, so this may have been there for a few days. A while ago I helped KnitDevil add a button to her side bar, and in return she sent me these .2 balls of Mango Moon's Pash-Mohair.

Rogue hood is finished:
See it really is a hood.
Just had to have this 2nd shot to show the detail.

2 sleeves for Rogue, I'm just past the cabling, and the rest is Stockinette Stitch, so we'll see how long it takes. I'm still targeting the end of this month to complete it.

DH and I went for a drive Saturday, and guess who wanted to stop at Misty Ridge Alpaca Ranch, DH. Well he decided that these little alpaca needed a home, there was a 3rd one, but DH claimed and accosted him before I could snap a pic. There is hope for him yet.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

I just joined Knit Off '07 over a Yarn Monkey. Am I becoming a Joiner? This looks like it's going to be an interesting challenge, and should be lots of fun. Come on everyone, join me in this.

Rogue Hood is done and the sleeves are cast on, I'm just to lazy to take a pic of the hood right now.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

It's just a hood....right?

Here's where I'm at with Rogue, I'm about half way up the hood. That's it, only half way up the hood. It's only a hood, but the cabling, it's some mind boggling cabling. A pure joy, but there's lots of it. I love seeing it come to life as I knit, but I swear this hood is taking longer than the body to knit, and I sitll have the sleeves left. I do believe I'll be taking a day or 3 before moving on to the sleeves, whend and if I ever finish this hood.

Monday, January 15, 2007

A UFO...Rogue

Knitdevil really is a little devil in my ear, but you can thank her for convincing me to put up a pic of an actual UFO. Don't know why, I just never have posted UFO's, it's become like a little superstition to me, if I post it I won't finish it type thing. If I finish this one, then it's likely I'll post more.

Ok her she is in her unfinished glory, Rogue.

The body is done and I'm off to work on the hood.

Here's a close up of the neckline, I'm a knitter not a photographer.
And more detail on the side cables.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

What color purple are you?

Saw this over on Mehitabel's blog, and since Purple is one of my favorite colors it seemed appropriate.

Dark Purple

To others, you seem a bit dark, mysterious, and moody.
In truth, you are just a very unique person who doesn't care what others think.
And you really enjoy your offbeat interests and friends.
You've decided that life is about living for yourself - simple as that.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

An FO and something in the mail

Ok, so I'm being a bit on the lazy side here. Look what I've got, and FO and a new set of Denise needles from San Gabriel CA. Mehitabel bought this set of Denise needles a while back, but really didn't like them so she sent them up here. Good thing too, I was just thinking I need to get some more needles *wink*.

The FO is a bottom up Raglan, it didn't start that way, I just started knitting from the bottom following a Ball Band pattern that I had altered to knit in the round, then I decided that I didn't feel like doing any seaming, so I turned it into a raglan.

The Yarn: Bernat Solo (yes I'm aware it's acrylic, but I was stash busting)4 balls.
The Needles: Options #10 and #10.5
The Pattern: Didn't use one.
This was a very quick knit, I decided a week ago Thursday that someone who's been a great help to us in moving needed a sweater, she'll get it tonight, hopefully I'll get pics of her wearing it. Found this yarn in my stash as I was unpacking it and voila, 8 days later I have a sweater.

EDITED TO ADD: It's snowing, so this sweater is just in the nick of time for yet more snow.

Friday, January 12, 2007

New House - Down stairs

Part II

The living room. The fish tank hasn't been set up yet, but the fireplace works. Louise is sitting on top of the futon, which we will be replacing with a couch one of these days.

And here's Louise wondering if it's time to run yet, behind her is the dining room. It's a small space, but it's under the master bedroom, the dining room is under the walk in closet to give you another idea of how lare a master bedroom we have.
And the kitchen, much smaller than the one we used to have in Azusa, but it's a very nice kitchen, that door leads to the laundry room then another door to the 2 car garage.

Part II

New house - Upstairs

Coming to you in 2 parts because of blogger's limitations on pics per post.
The master bedroom in it's entirety as pictured from the door. Thelma is using an afghan that was given to me at my bridal shower, it's the only afghan in the house that I didn't knit or crochet. That is a queen size bed she is sitting on. You can see where my stash is. This room is huge, ginormous even. The book shelf back there contains books for both reading and knitting. My ball winder has already taken residence on the table, my swift fits up there as well, great ball winding station, IMHO.
Our computer room/office. Well ok, so right now it's a junk room, but that's going to change as soon as DH puts my book shelves up, most of those boxes have computer hardware and books, boxes and boxes of books are hiding in the closet too.

The guest bedroom is all set up and ready to receive guests.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Where I stash my stash

This has got to be a record for me, 3 posts in one day.

So most of my stash is right here on the shelves from Ikea, sock yarn and lambs pride are hiding ther under the TV, and in the cabinet live my UFO's. My UFO collection has gone on a drastic diet. When I was unpacking them, I found 12, yes an even dozen, that I either had no clue where I was in the project or no clue where the pattern had gone off to and in some case what the pattern was. So I figured ripit ripit ripit. The window above the cabinet is the same one the views of our back yard were taken from. My spinning wheels even found a nice spot, below the sock blockers. Ahh yes, and in there there is a tiny whitish box in fron of the TV, that's my Mac Mini, it's hooked up to the TV so I can easly knit and surf the internets simultaneously. BTW, this corner is in my master bedroom, it's a huge bedroom, we have a queen size bed in there as well, not to mention a rocking chair. I'll be getting to the other pictures slowly, since they're not taken yet.

Ok, so there are about 50 balls, well closer to 100 under the bed, a few more in baskets here and there, and yet more hiding in another room, that is still and absolute mess.

I did it, I'm a follower too

KnitDevil has convinced me to become a joiner/follower. I am officially throwing in my needles and joining Project Spectrum 2.0

I guess we got lucky

Yesterday's light dusting turned into this slightly heavier dusting. Not enough that I'm snowed in here, but at Mom's reporting 6" in her back yard, and they are a mere 8 miles southwest of us.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Room with a View

It may not be much, but this is the view from our master bedroom. Yes there is white stuff on the ground, woke up this morning to see a light dusting of snow. I just peeked out the window again, and there is more snow out there, about half an inch. It's not much, but this is how the last snow storm started, and it's snowing again.

I'm getting to the point where I may actually be able to take pictures of the inside of the new house to share soon.

Rogue is at a stand still on the upper back, but that's because I found some yarn and decided a quick and dirty sweater is in order, so I'm knitting up a sweater for my Mom. It's a bottom up raglan, and I'm 2/3rds of the way up the sleeves, so I should be joining to the body soon and hope to cast it off before Mom and Dad come to dinner Saturday night.

I did start to count my yarn, but somewhere around 400 my mind refused to count anymore yarn. I guess I can't count past 400 or any numbers that pass that. Oh well, I have lots of yarn, what more matters? At least I'll have yarn on hand to knit should I get snowed in again.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Internet is a wonderful thing

We're back on the internets! On Day 5 of not having Internet access, we're finally up and running and I've determined no internet access is a major drag. I'm in the midst of unpacking, day 5 of that too, catching up on email and blog reading. I'll try and get some pics of the house up soon.

DH gave me a night off of unpacking last night, he sent me to my room to knit, ain't that sweet. It was a good thing to, I was getting grumpy with no knitting going on around here. Progress on Rogue isn't what I'd hoped it would be, but it's progress. The body is knitted up to the split for the sleeves and I'm passed the beginning of the arm hole shapping, so boring stockinette stitch for me, but hey, I'm knitting again :).

More when I can catch a breath.