Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
But I do truly understand why this is such a popular pattern. Earlier today, I ordered yarn for my second, larger clapotis. I can't wait for the yarn to get here! Mine is a bit smaller than the pattern. I had two skeins of The Great Adirondack Yarn Company yarn Nassau in the Maple leaf color. And I only have a tiny nubbin left over. There is a ton of information in the Ravelry group to help you with yardage for other yarns (and yarn amounts) which was a huge help. I did one less increase section than the pattern called for and only nine "straight" sections before the decrease. Even though this is a silk and cotton blend, I am going to try blocking it out a bit bigger, so the whole picture will just have to wait! But I'll confess to wearing it ever since I wove in the ends! For now, this is the yarn....
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Thank you very much, Kathy!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
1. Went to Virginia.
2. Stayed in horrid hotel.
3. No internet - the access card didn't work and neither did the tech support.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Size has been an issue for me the whole time. I mean, look at this!
My partner's hands are (obviously) bigger than mine. I've been worried about fit the whole time. Of course, it doesn't matter what pattern I use, that would still be a concern. I've never done any stranded knitting before. So I did a lot of practice/swatching. And then I got worried that I'd run out of the brown yarn! So as a "design" feature, the two hems are different. Not sure the extra five rows really make a difference - but if you are running low, every little bit helps.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Isn't that sky gorgeous! What a vivid blue. And with the added attraction of a fluffy cloud to help off-set that stunning blue. But give it a few minutes and it looked like this:Actually, that is very mild - there is still a hint of light up there. Within minutes, the weather would change to white-out conditions with winds up to 30 mph. And I don't mean gusts either - it was sustained wind. Quite miserable. And then the sun would come out again. Only to repeat itself. Over and over.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Next, I measured his bottom. No, you don't get to see that! Think how you would feel if there were pictures all over the internet of your bottom being measured. Humph. So I only had some thin cardboard - like a cereal box weight. Since it was so thin, I used two circles. I then cut a circle of wool about twice the size of the cardboard. Sew a running stitch around the edge and pull up the gathers.
Here's the little owl and his gathered bottom waiting to be sewn together. I used mattress stitch and even with my highly contrasting thread (pearl cotton once again), you can't see any of the stitches.And the completed (adorable) owl picture will have to wait until tomorrow! I'm sorry - but the picture came out really fuzzy. And I didn't know that until it was much too late (read dark) to get a decent picture. But he's cute enough to wait for, that's for darned sure. This owl is very easy to make. He goes together very quickly. I completely understand why Moonstitches made a whole flock of them. This little guy is heading off to my Cocoa swap partner. Part of the swap is to send along a "blah buster buddy" that we have made. If this little guy cheers up my partner nearly as much as he has cheered me up, he has done his job!
is to remove all the detrius that has accumulated on your sewing table since you last sat down to sew. See the presser foot there on the left? That is to a Bernina. The machine in the table? Not a Bernina - that foot obviously does no good there. But you'll notice the cut out pieces there.
2. Sew one side of the "belly" to the rest of your owl.
3. Sew the second side and then the angled piece along the top. I (being the fantastic quilter that I am) forgot to add a seam allowance to the pattern pieces. So I used a small (very scant 1/4") seam allowance. I didn't need to clip the curved pieces - or trim the point.
4. After turning right side out, I turned it again, pressed the seam allowances towards the center, then turned again. Fold down the peak, and stitch a beak with decorative thread. I used pearl cotton. I didn't have a button jar handy, so I opened up a box with beads to select eyes. And found the two most perfect buttons!
5. After sewing a beak, I sewed the on the eyes. I ran a line of running stitches around the open end, and then stuffed Owlie.
6. Loading pictures tonight is very difficult! Blogger is not cooperating, that's for sure. Ok - I give up for now. I'll try posting the rest tomorrow. Ahh....don't you just love suspense!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Well....I have absolutely no idea why the hook is like that. It was exactly like that when I pulled the yarn out of the bag. Now, that's a pretty hefty hook, and I have no earthly idea what I was using it for. But I thought it deserved it's moment to shine - so to speak - and left it alone.
The beginning of my Bird in Hand mitten. Well, not really the beginning - or "my" mitten. This mitten is for my swap partner. And this is my first time to knit a stranded color design. And I'm not doing too shabby, if I say so myself. Here's a picture of the inside of the mitten -
And especially for a first piece, that's pretty good. I truly drool over color work. I want to knit my own Dale of Norway Olympic sweater. Depending on what the design for the next Olympics look like, I'll make up my mind then. And the Bohus sweaters I've seen are fantastic. The designs I see just make me swoon. And yet. Not feeling the love. Is it my frustration with a technique new to me? Is it this particular design? And do I finish this pair of mittens???
If I decide not to finish this pair of mittens for my partner, there is no reason not to completely frog this. My partner's hands are larger than mine, so the mitten would never get any use. It seems a shame (and a waste) to just cut the yarn and throw away the partial mitten.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
I had pasta for dinner every night. I had a different dish everynight, and not once did I have marinara sauce. Breakfast was a different story though. In all of the different cities we went to, we never found an American type breakfast. The pensiones offered toast and plain yogurt. Which wasn't quite what we were looking for! And the coffee.....ahhh, it just doesn't get any better.
We stayed in a pensione every night except one. And the bathrooms were always shared - a bathroom in the hall for each "wing" of the home. Well, it was truly a different experience. The shower was not like an American shower. Basically, the whole room - floor, walls, ceiling - was ceramic tile. The shower head was near one end of the room, the drain was in the floor, with the sink and commode across the room! You had to be very careful where you put your towel and change of clothes so that everything stayed dry!
We almost always used public transportation. I can remember taking a taxi twice. You buy your bus tickets in the tobacco shop! I don't remember where I bought my subway ticket - I think it was while I was still at the airport. And we all had rail passes for the train.