29 December 2004

This vacation thing is tough

Try as I might, I just can't sleep past 7am, even though I'm 'on vacation'. What a bummer. So I get up, have a cup of coffee (or two), run for a while, have a nice hot shower, make myself a latte, then watch Buffy reruns with the dogs while knitting. Good thing I'm only off for a week - no telling how long I could actually keep up a taxing schedule like this.

But I've managed to finish a few things. I did the scarf for my cube-neighbor's son Jacob, in one skein of Berroco's Chinchilla. Quick knit. And then, while picking up some #5 dpns at my LYS (I swear - I just went in for the dpns), I found the softest yarn known to womankind - "Lussuria". I bought two skeins - one to make a scarf for the hostess of the Yankee Gift Exchange party tonight (aka 'Pamaclaus'), and one to knit a scarf for moi. Given enough of this stuff, I could crawl into a pile of it and hibernate for the rest of the winter. It's THAT soft. That's the Lussuria in white plus multi in the first photo.

Then, I got some Paton's Shetland Chunky to do a "long, warm" scarf for Paul. (Second photo.) I cast on 29 st, and am doing a *k2, p2*... p1 rib (repeat on both sides) so it's nice and thick and traps warmth. On #10s and with 2 skeins of 145 yds each, this may take a while. Hopefully it'll be a long winter. (!!!!) My first cast-on wasn't wide enough for Paul - so the "mottled" look of 21 st is now morphing into a stripe pattern.

Last, I got my Noro Shinano in the mail, along with the mitten pattern... that last photo is the Noro being transformed into the first mitten. It's my first dpn attempt... so far, so good, but I can't believe people ever get comfortable working with these things!

25 December 2004

Merry Christmas!

Ah, the holidays. Time off to sleep in, eat odd things at odd times of the day, and generally enjoy not working. Christmas brought some fine gifts - a featherbed, which I can't wait to try out, and a new Caffeine Device:

   as in look, real foam:

Plenty of time for knitting too. I got a nice plastic case to carry around projects on needles, so that the dogs and cats don't get into them - or get hair all over them. Still working on the white silk "ramen" scarf (thanks for the nickname, Paul), as well as a Berroco Chinchilla scarf for my cube-neighbor's 2-yr-old son (my first commission!) and Amy's Shawl:

And... yarn came for my first mitten project: I've just got to fine some #5 dpns. (For some odd reason, all my LYSs are sold out!)

And of course, it was Kaje's first Christmas... she loved tearing up paper with Zev:

22 December 2004

Because I could

This came in the mail yesterday - me on a mousepad. It's from the 2004 Lewis & Clark Marathon. Why? Because I could order it, and thought it was freakin' hilarious.    

19 December 2004

Not enough hours in the day

I visited a new local yarn store yesterday - and picked up some cool stuff. Notably, some recycled silk yarn both in colors (100g/80yds) and natural-white (100g/180yds). I immediately cast on the white to do the 'Nobili' lace scarf. But, I didn't get very far... this:

Himalaya Recycled Silk ... got interrupted by this: with help from this: .

I figure, what the heck - I write to most of these people once per year. Now, if I could just get them all to read the blog...

And, yes, I've been using the treadmill, too! Spent an hour this morning working out a custom program in Excel, after running the hill-repeat program (twice) and getting some good ideas.. Now I just have to program it into the 'mill. Maybe tomorrow, after I knit a few more rows of the silk scarf.

15 December 2004

No Excuses

There it is, in all it's glory - the PaceMaster ProElite treadmill. It's in the breakfast nook. Why? Because when we do eat breakfast, it's certainly not in this nook. And the table has been used for one meal. (Otherwise, we eat sitting on the couch.) The table had become the equivalent of a junk drawer. So, I cleaned it up, moved it over, and bought a treadmill.

This morning when I got up at 5am, it was 17 degrees F. Where was I? Running in shorts on my new treadmill. Heh heh heh.

7 December 2004

Mine, all mine - a lace scarf

On my trip to Michigan, I took a ball of Fiesta's "La Boheme" yarn in "Alaska", and a scarf pattern adapted from the "Le Fibre Nobili Shawl" pattern (from I'm-not-sure-where). It turned out to be a very pretty lace design, and VERY easy. The pattern:

Using the La Boheme, cast on 20 st. on #13 needles.

Row 1 through 5: K every row
Row 6: K2, *K2tog, YO*, repeat from * to * until 2 st left; K2
Rows 7 through 11: K every row
Row 12: repeat row 6
Rows 13 throug 17: K every row

Row 18 and on, until you start to run low on yarn (you need to repeat rows 1-16 at the end, so save enough...):
K1, *K1, YO, K2tog*, repeat from * to * until 1 st left; K1

When you run low on yarn or the scarf is long enough, repeat rows 1-16, then cast off. The end pattern and part of the lace pattern looks like this when finished:

My scarf ended up being about as tall as me (68") and I ended up with a little leftover yarn... maybe another 4-5 rows'-worth, but I'd rather have a bit left over than run short! I have one more hank of La Boheme in another color... I may have to do that one immediately, since I loved how this turned out.