Sunday, 5 February 2006
I've decided to take a stab at a new host...
For the latest post, please go to Knitting in the Shadows
now showing at typepad....
I'm on a 30 day test run there, but so far, things are workign out well.
I may even be able to figure out how to use buttons there (having failed miserably HERE).
See you at type pad!
Monday, 30 January 2006
Of Cats and Hats and Lack of Space
I was swatching here and there between rounds of Shedir, and put a ball of yarn in my chair so that when I returned to it, it would be next up to check for Rogue-worthiness.
When I returned I found this:
Gabriel clearly likes this ball of yarn. I don't blame him. I like it too. However, I'd like it much better if I were allowed to swatch with it. I may have said something about that ...
Even in his sleep, he evidently wanted to exert more control over the yarn. I puttered a bit, and returned to find him clearly staking his claim:
Eventually, I was able to get my hands on the yarn .. it's not Rogue-worthy at all.
On a brighter note..
Shedir is finished, thanks to a bit of left-over alpaca from my mother's wristlets. Here it is soaking, preparing for its dye bath:
Here it is again, resting in the sink. Note the pale green center... I needed a mere three yards to finish it ...
A side view, of a still wet hat:
I prepared a dye bath with what started as 2/3 water 1/3 vinegar, and a packet of ice blue raspberry lemonade flavored Koolade. It took a bit more water to cover the hat, but there was still plenty of blue:
Or so I thought. After it simmered for half an hour, it became clear that this did not do the trick; that green spot was still green. So I added a packet of another blue flavor (I forgot), that was darker blue. This one I poured directly onto that center spot, and then slowly swirled the water in a circle. I added a splash more vinegar while I was at it, and left the pot to simmer for another half hour or so...
You will note the clear absence of pale green in the center of the hat. (Also the absence of any blue in that water...) I shut of the stove, and let it all cool while we went for a walk.
On our return, the hat was cool enough to handle, so I gently squeezed out the excess water, then rolled it in a towel, and set in on "The Head" to dry
Over all, it's clearly blue-er...
but the variegation still shows. This pleases C. She wasn't at all sure she liked the dyeing idea.
As you would have been able to see, had I not just run out of disk space at Tripod,the center is still clearly different, but at least now it looks like we meant it that way.
Tomorrow will be the ultimate test -- it goes on a kid's head, and almost certainly gets worn, not merely to school, but all day in school.
Meanwhile, I have to consider whether my year's tenure here is long enough -- should I move to somewhere that will let me actually put buttons on the sidebars? or pay for "upgraded" service here (and agree to their insane $10.00 "set up fee" for upgrading my already existing service by adding a mere 5 megs of space?) Comments and recommendations strongly encouraged.
Sunday, 29 January 2006
Today was a good day.
I started by taking a lovely walk with DH, then having a lovely cup of coffee with him while reading the funnies.
Then, I drug my dear friend Elizabeth to knit a the LYS.(E reads this (HI THERE) and other blogs, but remains both ignorant (until yesterday) about You Knit What
and also blogless -- I will harass her about the latter, here, in public, until she succumbs) Anyway, once at the LYS, she graciously photographed me in this:
See the marvelous purple poncho? Elizabeth brought it back for me me me from Spain. Note, she was travelling with children and still managed to find this poncho in a perfect me color, and bring it back to me. Isn't it yummy? You should feel it. It's scrumptiously soft. (and it's mine... mine mine).
I'm still not sure how all these other knitters were able to resist it... but they were pretty focused on their own knitting (or each others' -- is, as usual, solving problems for fellow knitters)
So... anyway, while there, I finished the first of the Jaywalker socks! i finished the second later that afternoon.
Elizabeth was wondering how I got my gussets to look the way they do:
Her's have a clear line along the gusset decreases. Mine don't because I used the double decreases in the pattern -- and simply neglected one of the corresponding increases in the gusset area. I must confess, that once I got to the heel, I sort of lost track of the official pattern, so I may have been patterning on a greater percentage of the sock than the designer planned.....
Elizabeth also asked about the heel:
She's urged me to write this up... and I'll be consulting with the mahvelous Ms Grumperina about where she wants me to put the modification information -- after all, it IS her sock!
I'm progressing nicely on the Shedir, but I'm clearly looking at yarn shortage. I have so little doubt that I'm going to run out that I may have to just... quit. I've already cut down the pattern repeats... but I don't think I've enough left for the decrease section. I may put it on a big enough needle today to let Miss C try it on. She is, after all, a kid. Maybe I can make it still shallower.... thus having to frog only about 8 rounds instead of the whole stupid hat...
Friday, 27 January 2006
One Singular Sensation ...
Now Playing: Rhapsody in Blue
I'm telling you .. Wow.
We're back in the "How many times can Helen go to Krannert in one month" season, and I just spent an evening listening to more music. What's so special about that? Well...
I knit not one stitch
How could this happen you say??
It started with dinner at a local tapas place with a dear friend (she's the nice
prosecutor in our county -- at least, she's nice to those of us on the "right" side of the law). The food was fantastic, the conversation lively, and the company delightful. I'll bore you with that another time.
After dinner we headed over to the performing arts center, where we found all the parking lots full. Full I tell you! We had to park in the nearby museum parking lot. That left us very little time to get into the building, order our intermission drinks (gotta like a place that has your drink waiting at intermission) and go to the rest room before "curtain time."
We then settled in at 10th row, barely off-center, to see and hear Marvin Hamlisch
conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(who, by the way, has as its patron HRH the Duke of York -- how fun is that?) in an evening of George Gershwin
. It started with a delightful medley from "Porgy and Bess"
and rounded out the first half with an amazing young pianist, Viv Mclean
, playing Rhapsody in Blue (you can hear a wee snippet of it in audio sample 4). He was amazing. He took a well known piece and really inspired you to listen
to it again. It was incredible. (I could go on for ages with more superlatives -- and that might come up to the reality... maybe).
After a twenty minute intermission, during which we ran into half of the judges in the county and any number of movers and shakers in the community, (I'm still working on how we got in) the packed house refilled for more Gershwin songs, a few delightful stories about Gershwin as told to Mr. Hamlisch by Groucho Marx
, of all people, and an exceptional performance of An American in Paris.
Already, I was at WOW.
The music was so consistently wonderful that pulling out my knitting wasn't even at the back
of my mind, much less near enough to the front to do
anything about it.
But that wasn't the end of our evening...
We'd paid the bonus price to allow us to attend an after concert Champagne Reception. Once again, the food (caviar no less) was delightful, the wine was good, and the conversation lively. But the entertainment... Marvin played for us! We were milling about on one of the stages, and he sat at the piano on that same stage with us, and played a medley of his mother's favorite composer's music (Richard Rogers
), followed by a medley of his own tunes .. including a fine selection from A Chorus Line
Meanwhile, a note on the knitting front, I'm joining
for the Knitting g Olympics. Here is why I think I qualify -- there are ten criteria, of which the Team Wales captain says one need meet only one:
1. You were born in Wales. -- I was, alas, NOT born in Wales
2. You reside in Wales -- nor do I live in Wales. Yet... Give me a way to make a fairly decent income there, and I might just move my family across the pond. I might even ask them about it first.
3. You are of Welsh ancestry. (Surname of Davies, Evans, Morgan, Jones, etc.) ... Ding! I believe this is true. Family name of Whatley though... But I'm fairly sure that if we go back far enough, there're Welsh folk there
4. You have great a fondness for sheep OR daffodils OR leeks.... I'm inordinately fond of sheep, despite having met only two. My grandfather gave me a stuffed lamb the day I was born, ... I still have the sorry thing, but it now has many friends including a magnificent stuffed ram.
I also love daffodils. I'm not big on leeks generally, but leek soup can be quite nice.
5. You think Wales has a really cool flag..... I don't think it. I KNOW it. I love that flag!
6. You cry every time you hear a Male Voice Choir singing Bread of Heaven OR while watching How Green Was My Valley. ... well.. er, um... I must confess, I've mumble
never seen How Green Was My Valley
7. You have attempted to sing the Welsh National Anthem, and you weren't drunk at the time. er, mumble again
I've never even heard it
8. You have actually been to Wales.... DING .. I have indeed. Sadly, it was nigh onto 20 years ago. I'm still in awe of some of the craftsmanship in Cardiff Castle (and pissed that they neither let me take pictures nor had a decent book to buy).
9. You have always wanted to visit Wales.... I've long wanted to go back, does that count?
10. You know where Wales is... yes again...
here's the really twisted part... I really want to LEARN to SPEAK Welsh... I've even bought a book and CD to do so. I can pronounce the "ll" properly.
I now need someone wise in the ways of tripod to help me get my buttons on the sidebars... They REFUSE to cooperate with me.
Tomorrow: toes get finished on the Jaywalkers!
Posted by shadowdancer105
at 9:46 AM CST
Updated: Friday, 27 January 2006 10:33 PM CST
Tuesday, 24 January 2006
Hugs & Kisses, Hats and Broken Needles
The Hugs and Kisses scarf for the OFA
is finished and in the mail.
I've uploaded a pdf of the pattern for those who've asked. So far the pattern has no pictures, but I'll get that done soon, and then I'll replace the existing pdf with a better one.
I'm working on Shedir for C out of a yarn with much too much variegation. Wrong gauge too, of course, so I'm adding rows between the crosses ....
Sigh. Somehow, the cabling is still managing to be moderately visible, and C likes it .... so I'll keep plugging away.
At first I thought that, if, by some miracle, I actually have yarn left over, I might make a pair of mini-pulse warmers to match. Now I'm sure that there will be no such spare yarn, and I'm beginning to obsess over having enough in the first place.
Just so you don't think that I can knit in small gauges without breaking needles... Within the first ten rounds of Shedir I managed to break my plastic circular needle (picture soon, if I can get it to show up). I'm thinking of changing my email moniker from needledancer to needlebreaker...
I'm still plugging away at the Jaywalkers too, despite another needle breaking. I'm about two rounds away from grafting on sock 1, and I've just started the toe decreases on the other. I've been manipulating things to use the double decrease line to do it. I may find this grossly uncomfortable, but it does let me start the toes w/o disturbing the line of the pattern .... I'm hoping to finish them this week, but the hat seems to have my attention instead.
Meanwhile, in other "news," I succumbed to the lure of another blogthing quizlet. The answer intrigues me with how ... er ...
loosely? ... badly it fits (my comments are in italics):
Your Life Path Number is 1
Your purpose in life is to lead others.
While this may be my divine purpose, it's not one that I take to well. I like to teach, but I'm not often eager to lead. Maybe it's because I don't know where I'm going.
You have great drive and determination. Nothing is going to stand in your way.
This is only intermittently true; if there is something I really really want, I'm pretty persistent, and can surmount obstacles.... but I have to really really want it.
You seek out challenges and the spotlight. You'll take all the work - and all the glory. er... well... I admit to loving the spotlight -- when I'm on stage -- but the only challenges I seek out are knitting ones these days.
Status and success are important to you. You demand the best from everyone and everything.
This is clearly someone else; status is so not important to me. I am one of the least ambitious people I know -- it drives DH nuts. I do demand the best from myself and others, but not because I'm after status. I mean... why be less than we can be?
In love, you tend to take a protective role. You enjoy being the provider in relationships. Bwah-ha-ha-ha... er.. not I like to be spoiled!
You expect others to be like you, and as a result, you are often disappointed.
Well, okay, that's likely to be true. I keep expecting others to think
A little selfish and vain, you always put yourself first.Hmm... No. I've been told I put others first too often.
Remember, everyone already knows you're great - you don't need to remind them!
So how come they forget to tell me?? (wicked grin)
Posted by shadowdancer105
at 4:14 PM CST
Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2006 4:04 PM CST
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