Saturday, June 30, 2007
Cut up, this produced three large bags worth. Of course, there's still plenty in the rhubarb patch:
I find it funny that in NC, people have to *buy* rhubarb in the grocery store. *Buy* rhubarb? Whatever for? If you don't have any in your garden, your neighbour will! I looked in my gardening book tonight, and it explained it. It prefers to grow in areas where at least the top several inches of dirt freeze each winter. NC doesn't get that cold.
Friday, June 29, 2007
1) I expect it's nothing interesting.
2) I sure hope it goes away soon!
I especially hope it goes away soon because I'll be spending the next two weeks painting my dad's house, and it would be nice not to have other things making me tired and icky feeling. (H is on vacation, so it makes sense to do the painting now, while she's not in the office anyway.)
In other news: Nicky still loves me and wants his walks. (I haven't had time.) JJ&B will be leaving with mom and B for the lake tomorrow. (Without me.)
I think there was something else I was going to mention, but I'm *tired*, so I suppose I should go to sleep.
This pair is basically done. I'll weave in the ends after I decide whether the missing half inch in the foot bothers me. (If it does... rrrrrip back to before the heel!)
This pair does not count for my SOS total.
I do need to recomputer my mileage for the Lime & Violet Sock Marathon... but I'll do that later.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Ack! I've just read the show notes, and Miss Lime isn't in this podcast! *pout* I miss you Miss Lime!
I've unsubscribed to Ready Set Knit. I was finding it annoying how old podcasts kept getting re-downloaded as new... and, um, does anyone else think it sounds rather like an infomercial? Webs is a cool place, but I don't really feel like listening to a 15-30 minute ad for it every week. Sorry Cathy and Steve! I'm afraid you're just not my style. (But I'll keep shopping at Webs when I can. Don't worry about that!)
Now, the KnitPicks podcast... that's a nice podcast. Yes, it's by the KnitPicks people, but you mostly can't tell that. Plus I like their voices. (Thanks for getting listed on iTunes! I can't remember to download any podcasts that aren't listed on iTunes.)
There's a few that I'm trying to decide if I like or not, but I'm keeping them for now. Then there's a bunch more that I've subscribed to, but haven't managed to listen to a single episode of.
Sock Yarn Blanket WIP
Nice that I haven't messed up any squares recently. ;) I did one and a bit tonight.
Yes, I'm indulging in the "pretty colours" and leaving the less interesting ones in the bag. I'll get to those later. I feel like knitting happy squares now. It's my blankie, and I'll knit it how I want to!
Crochet Socks WIP
The recent theme for my knit and crochet projects seems to be "too small"... I realized today why there were fewer rows after the pre-heel increases: I made the foot of these socks a half inch shorter than I normally do. Whoops! Thank goodness for negative ease! They're tight, but okay, I think. Given that other pairs I've made seem to "stretch out" a bit, perhaps this is a good thing. Or not. I'm too lazy to frog these to before the heel... at least until I've worn them for a day to see how they behave.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I *missed* my nostepinne while I was away! This yarn is sooooooooft! It's the superwash wool / nylon blend Sock! yarn from Lisa Souza.
Then I knit another square on the blankie:
I missed it too! I'm in love all over again with it. ;)
Superwash Merino Roving
Ahhhh! Lovely on the screen, even prettier in person. :) This is superwash merino from A Piece of Vermont. I'm going to try *really* hard to actually manage sock weight yarn with these.
Plus I get to compare superwash to regular merino now. :)
(And it was just *so* pretty... and she has a great blog... and I have mad money from all that enumerating... and I can't get fiber locally... is that enough excuses to make this purchase guilt-free?)
Sheesh... the bag of grapefruit looked so *nice* in the store. They were a bit on the small side, but they had lovely colour and no bruising or other damage. But after slicing one open... there just wasn't much there!
My order from Lisa Souza that arrived while I was away:
That's merino roving in "earth birth", wensleydale in the same, a mystery yarn for a swap (I need to check if the recipient wants it to be a secret or not), and some more sock yarn in "gendarme". Mmmmm! I can't wait to try spinning that merino. The shininess of the wensleydale is pretty, but it's *not* soft. It's amazing how dense it is too... much denser than the merino. Well, even if the wensleydale is not a success, part of the reason I ordered it was for comparison, and to learn about different fibers from various breeds of sheep. Learning that I don't like wensleydale is a good thing too. ;)
My order from The Loopy Ewe:
Mmmmm! No complaints about any of these!
And here's a little sock progress:
These won't count towards my Summer of Socks total since I started them before June 21, but I like them a lot anyway, and am not going to set them down just to increase my slim chances at winning the "most crocheted socks" competition.
- Jessica mentioned that she had trouble getting the floats stretchy enough on her Fair Isle socks so that they'd fit over her heels.
- Nona designed some nice looking sideways socks.
So then I started thinking about what sort of designs would look good where any colour striping is vertical. I came up with an idea of doing a swirly pattern that looks like northern lights. :) I'm also thinking of adding some purl-relief-stitch trees under the colourwork. I found some yarn that I think will look good with this pattern.
I contacted Nona about collaborating on a pattern to submit somewhere (I would have liked to try Knitty), but she wasn't interested. Since I don't see the point in reinventing the wheel, and nowhere will want to publish half a pattern, stay tuned here for my charts for Fair Isle northern lights on Nona's Sidewinders. :)
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday morning I finally got around to attaching the hyperbolic plane to my suitcase.
PS: Both I and my relatives all successfully retrieved our luggage this morning.
And another side effect of last night's lightning? We lost power for a bit around dinner time while they repaired a transformer struck yesterday. Mom and B had already eaten, I was looking up recipes. I changed my mind about cooking, and had a meal of smoked oysters and crackers, followed by some cereal when that wasn't terribly filling. Whee.
Speaking of food, I need to go grocery shopping. I'm not sure if I can find stuff to make a proper lunch for tomorrow. I think I can scrounge half a lunch, though.
While I'm at it, here's some more views from the first flight yesterday:
I think I want to make a quilt based upon farmland along a river.
There were some potentially lovely shots on the second flight, but I was too lazy to dig out my camera again. The lightning was also spectacular, but it isn't something my camera can handle.
Brace yourself for the horror. Braced? Okay, here's the wound:
The first step in repairing damage like this is to clean the wound:
Here's the damaged tissue I removed, with a yarn needle for scale:
This photo also shows the only remaining Noro Silk Garden I have of this colourway. Luckily it happens to be fairly close in colour to the damaged tissue, although it's definitely from a different part of the striping sequence.
The next step is to stabilize the patient:
At this point you can take a break. In fact, I recommend taking a break in order to steady yourself. You don't want to repair in haste. Consider all your options, your available supplies, and so forth. You may even want to read a book, or smell the flowers.
When you are ready, return to the operating table. Here's my set-up:
I picked up some additional stitches in order to have overlap on the sides (but not too many, given how little yarn I had left), then started grafting back the missing tissue:
Finished! And definitely none too soon:
The bad: the luggage is still waiting (or was while we were still at the airport) for the lightning to stop. None of us have clean underwear for tomorrow.
The ugly: my klaralund has a big, gaping hole in the back where I snagged it on the plane! (The hole is at least the size of a toony.) Updates tomorrow with gorey footage. (It's 3:18 by my most recent time zone, so I'm well past ready for bed.)
Friday, June 22, 2007
These first three photos were all taken at the same time (on my walk back from lunch):
I beat the rain back to my office.
From my (former) office window:
From my dorm room window:
And again from the dorm room window: