Monday, May 09, 2005
Yesterday, we did our sofa run, but I'm not too sure why. The sofa looks awful. It's covered with grime, the stitching's come apart and it looks as if critters of various sorts have been making it their home. John seems to think all it needs is a good upholsterer; I'm thinking it just needs to be put out in an alley somewhere. The way it looks right now, I'd be afraid to sit on it.
Before we left for Vernon, I put together three sets of stitch markers, so I could give one to Bev for her birthday. We were supposed to get together with David & Bev for her birthday celebration, but it was right in the middle of moving stuff over to this house and it just never happened. She is a knitter, so I figured she'd appreciate the markers. She did. Unbelievably, she's a knitter with nothing on her needles at the moment. I just can't understand that! I don't really like going to their home; it's not one of the cleanest homes I've been in and it's not getting any better. They have two dogs, two birds and David smokes in the house. I always leave there feeling grimy, for some reason. Oh well, they do appreciate the visits.
On the other side of it, one thing I do like about their place is the hummingbird feeders. They have at least two of them in front of their living room window and yesterday, the air was positively humming. Fortunately for me, John made sure I had the camera with me. I've always wanted to take a good picture of a hummingbird.
Before I forget, for those of you who haven't yet let me know which is your absolute "must-have" knitting book, don't forget to let me know before the end of the month. You can find the original post here.
And now, it's time to get ready for work.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
I've always wanted to take pictures of fireworks. Have you ever tried taking pictures of fireworks on film? You have to wait to see the results, for one thing. Then, if the pictures are no good, you've wasted that film. On digital? Well, let's just say, I took 90 pictures of fireworks. The ones I'm not happy with, I will simply delete. Of those 90, I have a couple of pictures I'm happy with. I'd like to try again now that I have the hang of it, but fireworks don't just happen every night around here. My next opportunity will be July 1, Canada Day. I'm assuming they'll have fireworks again. Now, if only I can get my neighbours to turn off their dock lights.
And, just cuz I like to show off.....
Oh! Before I forget, Carol asked me to let you all know... (watch for the alliteration here...) Carol calls the coot Curtis.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
If any of you read the Art of Yarn blog (where I work/play), you'll see by today's post that we're putting together some kits for the store. Sally's put together a really cute lacy poncho and I'm working on a smaller version of the entrelac scarf. Hey, I'll take any excuse to start a new project! There's something exciting about starting a project, don't you think?
Well, here's the progress so far:
Living on the lake, I'm expecting life and nature to be fascinating. Thus far, I haven't been disappointed. Now, for those of you who think we live way out in the boonies somewhere, the city of Kelowna is a mere five minutes away. We have only to cross the bridge to get to town. That does keep some wildlife away, I'm sure. We have a fair number of ducks, geese, swallows and quail to watch at the moment and we hear the pheasant every day. We think it's one, could be more.
We've been noticing this little guy hanging around lately.
Ah, the backhoe's quiet.
Friday, May 06, 2005
In addition, I'm going to be re-working the entrelac scarf pattern so we can put it into kits for the store. As it is right now, it's knit up on 32 stitches, four rectangles of 8 stitches. I'm bringing it down to 24 stitches, or four rectangles of 6 stitches. In order to take pictures of it, though, it needs (of course) to be re-knitted at the smaller size. I started that project yesterday and will, hopefully, do some work on it today. I'll post a progress picture when there's a little more than an inch and a half and more colour than just browns to show you. If it turns out anything like the other entrelac scarf, it's going to be a keeper.
I'm quite surprised I'm liking the Noro Silk Garden as much as I am. I think, from here on in, any scarf I make will be made with SG. It is a beautiful yarn.
Now, for the lightheartedness. On Ada's blog, she had a link to a quiz to find out your Inner European. So, I did it. Even though I'm from good, hearty Dutch (actually Frisian) stock, my inner European seems to be French. In all honesty, that doesn't surprise me at all. I think I'll get John to do the same test; I'd almost place bets that his inner European is the same.
Your Inner European is French!
Smart and sophisticated.
You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
The move is done! Now, we’re about to tackle the mountain of unpacking that needs to be done when you combine three households, Rob & Carol’s, John’s and mine. (What does one do with five sofas, anyway?)
This morning, the cable guy came and got us hooked up to that great highway, also known as the internet, so I could, at the very least, update you all on what’s happening here. On the knitting front, that’s been very little, as you can well imagine.
I did, however, do one thing. While at the store yesterday, I drew out, planned and started knitting my first, very own design. It’s not my first design, but it is the first one I’ve actually started knitting. It’s a vest for myself. (I could picture it worn over a white shirt.) Last week, we got in a bunch of Noro yarn, Kureyon and Silk Garden, and two of the Silk Garden colours just would not leave me alone. The colours are gorgeous. The one I chose just cried out to be something for me, but not a scarf. When pencil met paper, the vest design showed up and I couldn’t wait to start it. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. So far, I’ve only got three inches of ribbing to show you, and that’s not terribly exciting, is it?
Alright, so now that we’re finally here, on the lake, I suppose I should share a picture or two. I can do that. Yesterday, John had to get up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready for work and I had to drop him off at the pickup point by 5:15 a.m. When I got back home, by about 5:45 a.m., I simply couldn’t go back to sleep, so I sat on our deck with my knitting, a mug of tea and the camera. It wasn’t a spectacular sunrise, but it was my first sunrise on the lake and that made it special.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
So, the knitting, the surfing and the blogging have to be temporarily put on hold. If all works out as it should, I should be back up and running by the middle of next week. Do, please, continue posting your comments concerning your "must have" book or books. I promise you that the gift I have in mind is well worth a few minutes of effort on your part.
Now, to leave you with a smile....any real crafter will appreciate this one!
Monday, April 25, 2005
Which book (or books) do you consider a "must have" resource? Which is the book you refer to over and over again? Which book, if it disappeared overnight, would you run out and replace as quickly as possible? You get my drift.
Let's make this a little more interesting. I'll leave this open for one month (end of May). Then, out of all the entries, I'll randomly choose two names (or I'll let John choose them). Those two people will receive a small gift from me as a thank you. Sound good?
I won't tell you my favorites yet. I'll wait till we get nearer the end of May.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
I did knit another 20 rows on the Flower Basket shawl yesterday afternoon, until my hands got so sticky from the heat that the stitches just wouldn't move anymore. For some reason, on almost every row, I'm forgetting one yarn over. That's an easy one to fix, though, as long as I count my stitches after every row. This one's going to work!
This afternoon, we're going over to Rob & Carol's to bottle wine, 60 bottles of it, both red and white. According to them, it's not great wine, but it will do for the move. Next time, we'll choose a higher quality starter kit, not the Costco special. I shouldn't be drinking it at all, anyway; I don't need the headaches that accompany the wine.
That's enough of the random thoughts for today. I think I'll try doing a couple of rows on the shawl; or I'll pack a box or two. Or something... it's just that kind of day.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
One project will be a very quick one to complete. Interweave Knits came out with their web patterns and one of them is a variety of baby socks. I've already got one sock knitted up. As I said, they knit up quickly. That said, I also tend to change sock patterns around to suit my preferences. For instance, I don't use 2 mm dpns; I use 2.25 mm. That makes the socks slightly larger already. I don't like doing short-row heels and toes, so I've substituted the standard heel and toe shaping. Ann Budd used some very nice, soft colours of yarn for her socks. Me? Well....
Then there's the shawl I started. I've decided that the Country Silk (the one that didn't want to be a Kiri) wants to be a Flower Basket shawl. It's in the Summer 2004 Interweave Knits. I'm already up to the 6th set of the 10 row pattern and no mistakes. I'm taking the precaution of putting in a lifeline every 30 or so rows, so that the yarn can't talk back tooooooo loudly! It's looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. For the time being, I'm limiting my knitting time to ten rows on the shawl per day; I'm three days ahead of myself.
Today, though, just isn't a knitting day. It's about 24C (or 74F for you Americans) and sunny and I'm not used to the change in the temperature yet. My hands are simply too hot to hold yarn. When it's this rapid a temperature change, I limit my knitting to the mornings and evenings.
I think it's time to see how many of last year's summer clothes actually still fit me. Scary!!
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Here's a picture of the finished Kiri Shawl. I'm going to post the picture on the Art of Yarn blog as well, with a link to the pattern (it's also in my sidebar).
In review, it was a reasonably simple lace project. I'd recommend it for an intermediate knitter who isn't afraid to experiment. The start confused me a little when I read it, but sitting down and just "doing it" made it simple. I finished it in about two weeks, and that's with preparing to move and working.
Now, I've cast on for another shawl, Evelyn Clark's "Flower Basket Shawl", from the Summer 2004 Interweave knits. I'm hoping that the Country Silk will cooperate and be willing to become this shawl. So far, I've cast on and knitted the first 15-20 rows five times. It will be a slow go on this one, but only because we're in the middle of the move. (For those interested, after the 26th, we'll be able to move the rest of our stuff into the new house.) As well, the pattern is charted, not written out as the Kiri was; I'm not a big fan of knitting from charts. For some reason, I can remember the pattern better when I "read" it, rather than knit according to "drawings". I may just type out the row instructions, rather than work from the charts... if it gets too confusing.
Today, I'm off to the doctor to see whether or not my blood pressure is something I should be worried about or not. That would defeat the purpose, wouldn't it?? Doesn't worry raise bp? *sigh* (she grumbles under her breath... getting older sucks!)
Monday, April 18, 2005
I guess the knitting will have to be on hold from here on in, till we're settled in the new house. *sigh* (Another 10 days, or so)
As to the house, John & I went there in the morning to let the chimney cleaner in. John mowed the lawn; I checked for missing or broken light bulbs and puttered around a bit. It was a gorgeous morning, with the sun shining, and no wind. I had taken the camera with me and wandered around the property taking a few pictures. Here are a couple of them:
As well, I met Penny, who lives next door with her husband Tim and two canine children, Casey and Tyson. Both are dogs. Tyson's a boxer, one year old and very rambunctious. Dogs make me nervous. Enough said on that subject. I think I'll get along just fine with Penny, though.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Here are the supplies you'll need:
A dowel in the desired size, a ruler, a knife or saw to cut the dowel, sand paper, a pencil sharpener, a drill and a length of weed eater line.
Cut two six-inch lengths of dowel.
In one end, carefully drill a hole about an inch deep (or so). Do be careful with this part. Once the hole is drilled, sharpen both ends in the pencil sharpener.
Sand both pieces until they're smooth, paying special attention to the drilled end. You want the join to be as smooth as possible.
Once the pieces are sanded smooth using finer sandpaper to finish, insert the desired length of cable with a dab of wood glue and let dry for 24 hours or so. If necessary, lightly sand the join so that it doesn't catch. If desired, you can lightly oil and buff the wood to a nice sheen.
There you have it. I suggest that when you go to pick out the dowelling, take your needle gauge with you. That way, you'll know what size of needles you'll end up with. I do know that 5/16" is equivalent to 8 mm. For anything larger that that, you may need a different pencil sharpener. That's about the biggest my sharpener will handle.
It's not so much that I collect them; I may just have to. I find them fascinating. Some of the patterns, I would never knit, but some of them do look interesting. How many sock books make one a collector? I suppose I AM collecting them now. And as long as Priska keeps finding them for me.......... well, who am I to say no to a new collection??
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Today, I really haven't done a lot of knitting. I did go and have coffee with Ellie (who has a small coffee shop), where we both sat and knitted for a little while, but all in all, I was busy with other things today. This morning, I went to the lab for some blood work. I worked on the Old Shale sock there, as it was quite busy. It took about an hour for my turn, so I was very happy I had the sock with me. The little old lady sitting next to me was very impressed that "young" people (she WAS referring to me) these days still knew how to knit.
This afternoon, I made a batch of my Knitter's Hand Cream for the store. It's a product I make exclusively for the store and the store, at this point, is the only place that sells my products. Now, I need to make a few more products to market there. But I digress; that's the other blog!
Dinner... what to make, what to make?
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
So now, I have to frog it... or tink it. I'm certainly not going to take this off the needles or, knowing myself as well as I do, I'd rip it all the way back to the beginning. And after getting to 22 repeats of the pattern, there is no way I'm going to do that!
Incidentally, one 100 gram ball of Country Style DK, for anyone interested, gets you to 10 repeats on each half of the shawl, or 20 repeats. Not bad. This entire shawl will need only two balls, I'm thinking. That puts it's price at just under $20 (before tax).
Can you see where I messed up? I forgot a yarn over where the arrow's pointing. I must have missed another yarn over as well, as I'm out two stitches. *big sigh*
Monday, April 11, 2005
Here are a few pictures Dianne and I took at the store today. Dianne had her camera with her as well, and will post some pictures to the store's blog. (The link is in the sidebar at the right.)
From left to right: Sally, Ev, Lynne and Margaret
Sandra, who I finally got to meet
Some of the rovings that Lynne had with her; the colours are amazing! See how the blue/green one matches the top I was wearing? Love it, love it, love it!
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Here are a couple of pictures I took:
I love magnolias. This one's a Star Magnolia. A house down the street has a beautiful big Star Magnolia tree. Awesome!
I call this picture "Dreaming of Summer". We really are fortunate to be living where we are!