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  • knitting1105 12:53 am on December 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Computer problems 

    My computer has been on the fritz the past few days, and so I have not posted.  Right now I am using my son’s computer, but do not have access to any of my photos that I wanted to post, so I will talk about knitting more later.  Thank goodness that the computer glitch happened while Ethan was home for vacation.  He had my computer all disassembled, and laying on the floor this evening.  He was able to save all of my recent photos and data to an external hard drive, then reload the operating system.  I wish that I could use an Apple (typing on my  son’s Apple laptop right now), it is very user friendly and both of my kids have had good luck with this.  Alas, I need to be able to run AutoCad, and they do not support the system on a Mac.  Not sure what to purchase, but I think that I should do it soon.

    Had Stitch n Bitch meeting tonite.  More people came than have in quite awhile.  I agreed to be the group leader (no one was stepping up to the plate), no kids at home, and Dan is out about 2 Mondays a month anyways.  There were no objections when I volunteered, but no hoorays either.  I’ll take that as indifference.  Basically it only involves reminding people with an email of the meeting, and being there as much as possible.  

    Moved some of my yarn yesterday as we were rearranging the basement.  I am trying desperately to gather it all in one place.  That in itself is a bit scary. I have a lot of projects on the docket.  Need to keep focused and finish them even after I get bored.  I really like the intricate challenges, particularly of Fair Isle, but the sewing, and even wearing are not so exciting for me.  I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time.  The problem is that they keep introducing the most adorable new designs.  I must just stay away from stores, but Ravelry is in some ways even more dangerous.  I need some self control.

     
  • knitting1105 12:49 pm on December 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Laundry memories 

    My son is home from college, he is just a freshman.  I have always done all of the family laundry together, even for my daughter who is living at home and going to grad school.  I have many friends who quit doing their children’s laundry when they reach high school and are shocked that I would continue to do this for my kids.  There are many reasons:  it’s not that much work, I love to hang the clothes out to dry on the line in nice weather, it is more economical to wash everyone’s clothes together, the pile of dirty clothes in the laundry room are easily managed with the laundry sorting basket, and best of all:  memories.

    When I was folding the piles of laundry this morning, I looked at each T-shirt as I folded it, and great memories came flooding back to me.  My daughter’s first concert (John Mayer), Ethan’s indoor Lacrosse team winning the championships, Sofia’s college days, her volunteering in HS, a trip that we all took to Colorado years ago, Ethan and Sofia’s long legacy of sports, The Sox winning the world series, the summer Unitarian camp that they both went to, and of course the current schools that they both attend.  As I folded each shirt, I remembered many things that I might have since forgotten.  Also, after the kids go back to college, it it a rite of passage for me to see when the last item of their clothing finally makes it through all of the processes.  It is then that I feel that they are totally gone.

    I could do without the underwear though!

    Not a lot of knitting lately.  Sofia and I have been on a big Christmas cookie baking exercise.  I think that we did pretty well this year, and we have a new favorite (a chocolate drop cookie with peppermint frosting and crushed candy canes on top of it.  Pure bliss of tastes).  We have to package up the cookies today, and send them out and deliver them.  I have one friend who receives a large plate every year.  I also try to give out a plate to whomever of my clients has their kitchen ripped up.  Only one this year.  And then, I am sending out surprise boxes to my mother and sister, who have both had a difficult fall.

    SnB Christmas party this evening.  I need to choose a knitting item to wrap up for an exchange.  The SnB group has been flailing lately.  I think that I will volunteer to take the helm, if they want me.  With Ethan gone off to school, and Sofia and Dan busy, I can do this.  I have benefited so much from being part of the group in the patterns and websites that I have been exposed to, new friends that I have made, and most importantly, Ravelry.  I will pack up some cookies for tonite also.

     
  • knitting1105 11:12 am on December 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog readers 

    People other than Manning actually read my blog.  The concept still amazes me, and I got my biggest surprise the other day when Vivian Hoxbro posted on this site that she was honored that I named my wing shawl the “Obama Shawl”.  When I look at the stats (which took me quite awhile to figure out), it is fun to see where the links come from.  Mostly Ravelry and a link on a crafts website to my Fair Isle sweaters (an honor that I am totally floored by).

    Ravelry has been fun too, seeing what sweaters get the greatest hits.  Surprisingly enough, it is not always the sweaters that I think were the most creative, or took the most time.  Currently it is the Ballerina by Hanne Falkenberg at 845 hits.

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    It has been cold, so I have been pulling out sweaters to wear around the house, and trying to use a different one every day.  My favorite house wearing sweater is one that I finished last year, but during my non-posting phase.  It is a cable sweater from a pattern from Knitters magazine (9-Lane Interchange by Uschi Nolte).  I have since canceled my subscription, as there was very little content that interested my, but I have 2 sweaters that I love from there.  Seems like the patterns have been “dumbed down” in recent years.  On this one, I love how the cables intersect, and the texture.  Surprisingly enough, this pattern is not in the Raverly database, and my adding it would take some thought, not sure how to do that.  It is warm because of the bulky cables.  My mistake on this was in the weaving in of ends.  Because it is reverse stockinette stitch, and the yarn is tubular, the duplicate weave in stitches how on the right side of the garment.  I don’t think that I can really fix this, as it is already finished.

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  • knitting1105 3:10 pm on December 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Always read directions 

    You would think that I would know this mantra by heart by now.  but, I keep thinking that I remember what was in the directions, or know what the pattern is going to ask for next.  I must get it right enough of the time, so that I keep repeating the same mistake.  Sort of like my husband filling in the blanks on our conversations (see earlier post).

    Well, I have been working on the Cable Sweater by Vivian Hoxbro off and on for the past 6 weeks, alternating between that and the Forget Me Not by Lijuan Jing.  I was working on the back half of the first sleeve, and ended up having to rip the sleeve back all the way out.  This sweater is knitted up in panels, which allows for the pattern and color to change very easily.  This is similar to the cable panel sweater that I made for my husband a few years ago.  This husband sweater was made with Aurora 8 by Karabella, my absolutely favorite cabling yarn that I have found.  I was able to take all of the patterns that I loved, and not have to worry about the repeats, complexity, etc, as I knit each panel individually, connecting them up to the adjacent one.  He loves this sweater, and it is so warm.

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    So, my Hoxbro sweater is again in progress, this time with the correct  sleeve increases.  Here are some photos of it earlier, and you can see the comparison to the sweater above in technique.

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  • knitting1105 7:19 pm on December 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Cold weather socks 

    This past week has varied from cold to bitter cold.  Today is warmer, but next week is set to bring on Arctic temperatures again.  The cold hit me harder than usual, and I went to my sock drawer to look for some hand-knit socks to warm my feet.  It was then that I discovered these socks that I had made 2 years ago, based on Eunny Jang’s Chuck’s Cabled Socks.  They are extremely warm, being both double stranded, and utilizing cabling.  I have been wearing them and rediscovering how much I liked them.  The big draw back is that unless you have no instep whatsoever, they are tight to pull on over your heels.  So, the top gets stretched out again, and they are a bit slouchy at the top.  That said, I still love wearing them.  They are in the wash pile now, preparing for next weeks predicted cold weather.

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  • knitting1105 9:20 pm on December 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Obama shawl 

    I finished my mega shawl, affectionately called the Obama shawl, a couple of weeks before the election.  This project was mindless enough that Sarah Palin could not induce many knitting errors into it, and I could have something to occupy my hands without requiring my mind to focus.  I was so nervous that our country would be stupid enough to elect McCain after 8 years of Bush torture.  This shawl is actually very nice to wear around the house, and in more moderate weather.  It is so big that it does not work well with winter coats however.  It is deceiving how much knitting actually went into this.  I had made myself a promise to knit only challenging projects, but I have reneged that.  I think that there is definitely a time and place for easy mindless projects, and I really enjoy them at the right moment.

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    After I finished this shawl, I had to move my knitting books for the 2nd time in 3 months.  And to my surprise, I found the book Shadow Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro in my collection, and this shawl was in the book.  I think that I might have too many books, I kind of don’t really want to have people see how many I have.

    Our stupid Governor, whom I can proudly say I never voted for, has been indicted by the Feds.  It is making national news for the audacity of the level of corruption.  Thank goodness this happened after the presidential election or they would have tried to tie Obama to his corruption.  I have been watching Governor Rod for years wondering when they were going to reel him in.  I guess that selling a US Senate seat for 1M tipped the scales.  What an ass.

     
    • Vivian Høxbro 2:44 am on December 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Frances!

      I am so honoured that you renamed my shawl “The Obama Shawl”. If you have seen my website – you might have noticed that I was in the US for the debates and later also for the election, that I whatched in a native American naeighbourhood – I can tell you the roofs fly high over the hood when we got to know that Obama (I mean we) won. I can tell you that we in Europe are very happy knowing that you president is very important for us. Our prime minister though is very much in love with Bush – I did not vote for him – I can tell you.
      Now a very happy Christmas and a great future and may Obama succeed.
      My very best!
      Vivian

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  • knitting1105 9:41 pm on December 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Poor neglected blog 

    My poor neglected blog, I have been promising myself to come back to you for some time.  The election is long over, and my obsession with that is finished.  Boy did that ever take up a lot of my time.  Seems like there have been lots of issues recently with family and friends that command my attention.

    My knitting has been slow going lately.  I finished the back of the Forget Me Not september-2008009sweater by Lijuan Jing, a pattern and yarn that I bought at Stitches this past summer.  While knitting the back, I had this nagging thought about how difficult it was going to be to sew the seams, as there are so many rows.  I should learn to listen to my inner voice.  After the back was finished, I read the instructions, and you were suppose to slip the first stitch of each row to allow a salvage for sewing together.  I could have decided to just forget about that, but the Virgo in me decided to rip out the entire back.  The re-knitting has been a bit slower.  I can’t wait to start the front, as the rose pattern looks so beautiful.  both are slightly variegated yarns, and the result was stunning.  I had vowed not to purchase another sweater at Stitches until I saw this.  I won’t let myself start a front until I finish teh back though.  All of this on size 2 needles.  Well, it is very soft.

    Here is a photo of Louie on the sweater back before ripping it out.  I thought that it was appropriate to just leave his photo in here, as there is nothing really to see in the back.  He and Ella are such fun to have around.  Ella is much more fascinated with my knitting.  She will bite the skein off of what I am working on if I don’t protect it, and take it away someplace.dscn0950

     
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