Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monkey arms


Thank you, friends, for the wonderful comments. How a kind word can help you through a tough day!

It seems I must be the one with monkey arms. After scrunching up the length a bit and letting it dry, the sleeves are a bit shorter. Mom's arms are shorter than mine and some work will still need to be done.
I don't really like the clasp that came in the kit and it will wait to see what mom's preferences are.
She had better wear this darn thing (at least in front of me)!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cut the steeks!


Mom, this will spoil your Christmas present so don't peek!

Secretly, I am hoping that my mom's arms have grown about 6". Assuming that she does not have monkey in her ancestry, this is not likely. The arms on her cardigan grew extremely long during the washing and it appears they will need to be shortened : (

This means the steeks have been cut
and the shoulders have been graft together (3 needle bind off, yay!)

Knitting all of the facings was a bit time consuming, but I managed to finish those today.

The sweater has been washed, rinsed, and laid to dry.

The process to make this sweater is one that I've thoroughly enjoyed. Only the fear of the fit looms in my mind. True, these sweaters are designed to fit like a tent, but I was hoping to adjust a bit and make it a tad more snug. These hopes were banished as soon as the washing was complete and it was discovered to have grown during the process.
It will dry completely and then I will decide what to do about those sleeves.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Another Fiber Expo

The Ann Arbor Fiber Expo is my favorite show to get spinning fiber. This was my second year to attend and there was very little commercial yarn either year. Some beautiful fiber from Coby followed me home (I need to break down and buy some fiber in the 'Edward' colorway). So, why are there photos of a bunny here?
This is little Delilah and she followed me home too. The natural colors of her fur are beautiful and when considering getting a bunny, the chocolate called to me. Of course, then I fell head over heels with Edward and there are 3 bunnies. FYS and I agree that 3 are enough.
Edward is a lover and is so happy to see Bella and Delilah whenever they are near. He also loves to visit with Darby so I am pretty certain he will bond with anything. Bella has been lukewarm in her reception. She was acting a bit odd before, though, and I'm going to search the Ravelry group for some clues on her behavior. At first, I was scared that she was preggers when I picked her up (I've been meticulously careful in keeping her and Edward apart since). She will be running around and will just flop over. She is probably fine, but it will be better to ask. The only thing I would change would be Bella's cleanliness habits. She is a messy bunny! Sometimes she uses her litter box and sometimes she doesn't. She is a bit more smelly than Edward requiring me to clean her cage two or three times more often. Edward uses his litter box all of the time and his cage is VERY clean.
All part of my learning curve for certain.
It had been awhile since I had spun. Georgia sat there silently calling to me. It seems I am a extremely slow spinner.
It took probably 5 hours for me to spin 4 ounces of 50% merino/50% silk in a 2-ply 10 wpi. That just seems slow to me. Once a fiber is on the wheel, I like to spin all of it. With it taking that long to spin, I've tended to let it sit knowing that the available time dedication is limited right now. Beth was at the Fiber Expo (see how I tied that in?) and we agreed that a lesson is probably in order. With gas prices lower, there is really no excuse not to go soon.

The best part of the Expo was visiting with Lisa and meeting Becky. Lisa and I had not seen each other since Spring. We keep trying to find time to meet and spin, but our families have been very busy. Becky was my scarf buddy for ISE 5. My international scarf buddy lives in Ohio! She and her daughter arrived before we left the show. It was so nice to meet her in person...I really should have taken some photos.
Both Lisa and Becky helped with the Hope Blanket. The patterns are being test-knit and afterward the pattern will be available with proceeds to benefit The Hope Lodge. Amy's name was drawn to receive the blanket which she gifted to Kendra.
Kendra recently posted the incredible news that she is cancer-free! Please journey over and share her news. We helped!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Another something green

A new sweater for this season is just what I needed and the Ella Jacket from Simply Shetland 4 caught my eye. The thought to knit it in Briar Rose Charity came a little later and this was toted home from Wisconsin.

The design is knit in one piece beginning at the sleeve. Even the collar is knit one by casting on extra stitches. The sides, sleeve seams, and collar did need to be stitched on to finish.

Garments constructed out of the norm always interest me. Disappointment has struck many times after knitting an amazingly constructed design only to find that the fit is bizarre. Not so with this one, the fit is perfect for my build.

This is sure to be a favorite of mine!

2 skeins Briar Rose Fibers Charity
size 7 US Needles
6 buttons from Briar Rose Fibers

See it on Ravelry

Thursday, October 16, 2008

9 years

9 years ago today we became a family.

The kids were included (a photo with our oldest son is buried in the basement) because we believed we were getting married as a family.

It was a beautiful day and everything was right - how lucky are we!

Until this year we've never really remembered if our anniversary was on Oct. 15th or 16th. It wasn't really important to us and we celebrated both days. It was confirmed yesterday - October 16, 1999. A very happy day!

Here's to 3 (out of 4) of the most important people in my life...pass the champagne!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Mason Dixon of my very own

While checking bloglines last Thursday night, I discovered that Ann and Kay were going to be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, KY Friday evening. Hmmm, I thought we might have time to run by and get a book signed before picking Bugg up for dinner.

We did have time...barely. Hearing Ann and Kay speak is really worth the trip if they are heading your way. It just reinforces the knowledge that knitters are a family and can communicate in our own langauge (sp. purposely).

The knits in this book are beautiful in person and I did get the little Ann and Kay stamps in my book before scampering out the door to pick up my Bugg.

We visited her sorority house and met friends to watch the game (sadly, lost) while Bugg took her brother tailgating. It is ok, we trust them! They must have missed us because they arrived at our location with friend in-tow before the first quarter was over.

I love these kids!

We spent a lot of time together this weekend and was able to meet more friends and parents of friends. LOTS of food was consumed and we even took in a movie...Nights in Rodanthe - miss it, TOTALLY miss it, don't even rent it because you will be disappointed.

We blinked and it was time to leave.
What an exhausting a good way.

I woke this morning to a beautiful view. Winter weather is around the corner and I struggle, but it is easier this year. Focus on other things and staying busy is how to cope.

As promised, there was a lot of car knit time and the Ella jacket is approximately half finished. Don't gasp - it will fit when finished. The colors are lovely and I marvel over and over at this yarn. It is Briar Rose Charity and plans are being made in my head for another project with this fabulous yarn.

It has been monikered 'Greenella'

Friday, October 10, 2008


Only one project in process - the Philosopher's Wool sweater - made me want to cast on.
This green wool is Charity from Briar Rose Fibers. The greens are incredible and were meant to be a jacket that caught my eye earlier this year.
But one new project was not enough and the Wildfoote that my Mitzi gifted me for my birthday was next. The colorway is Bluegrass and it makes me think of Bugg every time I look at it : )

With three pretty big projects going at the same time, it may be awhile before there is another finished item. I will get significant knitting time in the car this weekend as we travel to parents weekend to see our Bugg. I read that Ann and Kaye will be near campus this evening and there is hope that we will make it there in time to pick up their new book.
The bunnies are adjusting well. Bella is an absolute doll. She loves to cuddle and loves to sit on my lap. Edward is a little more adventurous and likes to explore. He is doing an excellent job using a litter pan...Bella is more stubborn in that area. The litter pans make clean up a lot easier. I've managed to work most of the small mats they had out of their fur. More photos soon.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Syncopated hat and my BFL

Last year my pal Becky sent a link to a Ravelry project that immediately sparked my interest. It is one of those projects I knew I wanted to make...and I tried.

There was some self striping yarn in my stash that went beautifully with a solid black, at least it appeared to match. It turned out that there was a navy blue in the self striping yarn and it was just too close in color to the black.

Regia Silk ended up in my yarn procurement and I tried again. Happily, these colors contrast well and the results are pleasing.

It seems like forever since I've spun and finished yarn. Chris gifted me some lovely BFL back in August and I've kept it hidden because my son fell instantly for this:

6 ounces of BFL dyed up by Chris of Briar Rose Fibers.

Rumpelstiltskin, I'm not - it took awhile for me to finish spinning this lovely fiber.

It appears I've gotten over my hesitation to spin my 'good stuff'.

I really wish you could feel this yarn. It is incredibly soft and light.

There is 500 yards and I've tucked it away until something magnificent can be knit of it.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

The bunnies

Long have I admired English Angora bunnies. My hubs suggested it might be time to get a couple.
Bella is a blue eyed white sweetie. She is a little shy yet, but sits well for me to hold her and 'groom' her just a tad.
Edward also has blue eyes and he is feisty. Very curious, he is anxious to escape the confines of his cage and adventure around.
I am new to the bunny thing - especially angoras, but there is a lot of information to read. They both had been trimmed up before I got them so it will be a little while before they are ready for a haircut.

Friday, October 03, 2008

I am not that interesting

...but HomeMadeOriginals tagged me anyway.

I am to tell 6 things about myself that other people don't know and then tag 5 others. I will leave it to you to blog your 6 things instead of tagging you. individually.

Here goes:
  1. 2 English Angora bunnies live with me now - their names are Bella and Edward (hee hee, go figure!)
  2. I am a compulsive sweeper. I run the sweeper throughout the house almost every day (dog hair is my excuse ; )
  3. I've be doing the Special K thing for nearly 3 weeks
  4. In the last 3 weeks, I've lost 5 lbs.
  5. I need to lose at least 5 more lbs.
  6. I do not sweeten my drinks - unsweetened tea is my favorite

...see, not very interesting. I'll bet you're wondering why you haven't see photos of Edward and Bella yet. More to come on these two beauties.