Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: May 2007

The Sordid Truth

The Sordid Truth

I should be knitting my second pink cable-rib sock. The progress? Not much. “She’s done only TWO rounds of gusset decreases! What’s a first sock gotta do to get a second?!” The First Pink Cable-Rib Sock. But the first Oak Ribbed Sock (with heel mods) […]

Chevron Scarf: Pattern Notes

Chevron Scarf: Pattern Notes

I wove the ends in on the Chevron Scarf this evening after not knitting all weekend. I needed a weekend to read fiction, and I can’t read and knit simultaneously. So I read two 300+ page novels and didn’t knit. But now it’s time to […]

Double Tagged!

Double Tagged!

Both Lorraine and Megan have tagged me for the 7 Random Facts Meme. Before I get tagged by anyone else, I figure I better answer up.

Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.

The 7 Facts:
1. I’ve lived in 6 states: New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Kentucky and California.
2. I horseback rode from the ages of 10-17–English saddle, dressage, Morgan horses. I’d like to ride again even though I was thrown by a quarter horse into a metal gate and broke my right shoulder blade when I was 34.
3. I’m an avid mystery reader, but a very, very fussy one, too. I don’t like to be able to figure the mystery out. Raymond Chandler, Robert van Gulik, Susanna Gregory, Rex Stout, and Candace Robb are my favorite mystery authors.
4. I married M when I was 35 and he was 2 weeks from turning 30. I had lived alone for 9 years before that. It was a big adjustment but very much worth it. Most people think M is older than I am, a fact I am rather fond of–M not so much.
5. I have one sibling, my younger brother, who I call Bunky. He calls me Wuzzie. No one else calls us by those nicknames.
6. I’ve never had a cavity. I don’t floss either, and my dentist told me I really didn’t need to, but she’d like me to anyway on general principles.
7. I love to drive unless I have to look for a parking space. When we’re together M only drives if I don’t want to. Heavy traffic doesn’t bother me.

I’m tagging PCR, Kim, Alison, Kristy, Christy, Rachel and Mayhem.

And now that Mother’s Day is past, I have to show you what I sent my mom because it all started with a great etsy find.
Mother's Day gift to Mom
Photo by Bunky.
The Laurel Birch tapestry tote bag is from Janine King’s etsy shop. It’s not knitting specific, but Mom does a lot of stuff, so a general zippered tote works for her. The workmanship is top notch. I was extremely pleased with the quality and price of the bag. Mom has been knitting socks from the same free Lion Brand pattern for three years, so I thought she might like a few more options hence the copy of Sensational Knitted Socks, and it seemed unsporting to send a book on knitting socks without sending sock yarn. Mom seems pleased. My work is done.

Aran Pocket Shawl: Pattern Notes

Aran Pocket Shawl: Pattern Notes

On Monday, Lorraine asked me to do a FO post on the Aran Pocket Shawl. This morning I found out she tagged me for a meme. I hear and obey! However, I’m going to do the FO post first, as I need a little time […]

WIP Status

WIP Status

We won’t be discussing the second pink cable-rib sock today. SSS has set in bad. Since it is the last project with my old way of tensioning the yarn, and I think I have figured out a new way that will work for me, finishing […]

Diffusing Light and Pink Knitting

Diffusing Light and Pink Knitting

Well, I promised to tell you the trick I learned for diffusing light, thereby getting rid of shadows. I learned this a while ago from Domesticat. An article on photographing beadwork in the new June issue of Bead and Button magazine, spurred me to try it. My first diffuser worked better than the one I am using today, but today’s will work for demonstrative purposes. Here it is in all its high tech glory:

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Yes, it’s a translucent, plastic wash tub with a light shining through it. It should be a bit more opaque and whiter for clearer color, but it does help (see the B&B article for more home-made diffusers). I do use a small tripod and the timer setting on my camera, a Canon PowerShot A510. I usually choose aperture mode so I can set the aperture and let the camera set the shutter speed, so setting the 2 second timer means I am not touching the camera at all when it takes the picture. I thought about getting a SLR camera a couple of months ago, but my back really, really wanted a new mattress for our bed, so the camera needs to wait a bit.

Here’s a close-up of the project in the tub:

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Oooo, garter stitch!

It’s the start of a felted bag in Lamb’s Pride bulky, color fuschia. I’m knitting it using my new way to hold the yarn and tighten up my tension. But before I get too carried away with my new way of knitting, which I’ll talk about later, I need to finish my last project knitting in the old way. Therefore, we have the pink cabled rib sock:

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The second sock is mid-heel flap. I like the sock, but the Tofutsies yarn is very splitty, which is kind of annoying. I have already planned in my head the second variation of the cable rib sock, so I want to get this pair done. I need to do some swatching in the round with some left over sock yarn to see what sorts of gauges I get with my new yarn hold. I think it will all work out well, but a little swatching will smooth the way.

To the needles!

Winners!

Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered my contest! I really enjoyed reading all the stories behind the knitting blog names, and I know a lot of contestants did also. I found out about many new blogs, too, so it’s all good! I wish I had […]

A Very Quick Note

A Very Quick Note

Huge amount of stuff to do at work last week. Had to present my research at the weekly lab meeting also. Have read everyone’s excellent comments on the contest. Still time to enter! Everyone’s entered, even those I have not yet replied to! I want […]

Welcome!  Contest!

Welcome! Contest!

If you are coming over from my blogger blog, thanks for making the trip, and I hope to see you here often! If this is your first visit, welcome! I blog about my knitting, but there’s some other stuff as well, mostly cocktail stuff. To get the ball rolling, I’ve decided to have a contest. I know, you would rather see the 2 inches I have done on my second pink cabled sock, but you’ll just have to do with some pictures of lovely yarn. It’s hard being a reader of knitting blogs. To enter, leave me a comment before May 8th, telling me what you have named your blog and why you chose the name you did. If you are blogless, tell me what you would name your blog if you had to have one, and why you would choose that name. I see a lot of variety in blog names, some are simple and straight forward and some are mysterious, and I’m frankly curious as to why people choose the names they do. Everyone who comments in the appropriate manner will get their name entered and I’ll draw 2 winners on May 8th, M’s and my 8th wedding anniversary. So, let’s take a look at the prizes!

First up, we have a lovely, silky skein of Schaefer Anne in Jane Addams:
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Second up involves a choice, as people have color preferences, so the second winner gets to choose between either of these skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Potluck in either Purple/Blues or Green/Blues (I trust, dear reader, that you can tell which is which).

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Return visitors may note that I have finally figured out how to diffuse light to get a nicer photo. I feel so empowered. I’ve learned an elementary photography skill!

Well, why are you still reading? Enter!