Knitting, Spinning, Weaving and Life

Sunday, July 22, 2007

What a difference a day makes

AHH, relief! We had a big storm system go through Friday night and the weekend has been gorgeous. I even turned off the AC and opened the windows today. Glorious!

Also, as long as I was doing laundry, I felted the Piano Tote I knit last weekend. A nice quick project to lift morale. My only problem is that I'm really bad at tensioning stranded knitting. I thought I had done a fairly decent job, but when I felted, the keyboard area tightened up a little more than I would have liked. I stretched it back out while it was drying and it came out ok. I think I might try again and see if I can't get it a little more uniform. In the meantime this one will be great for keeping track of choir music.

I'm just finished with chart A of MS3. That only puts me 3 1/2 weeks behind. For me that's not bad!

I also finished another 2 motifs on Med Lace. Only 20 some
more to go. (plus another 20 rows of border, but we're not thinking of that!)

Now it's back to the great outdoors.

Friday, July 20, 2007

It's just too hot!

Not much happening in the way of knitting, or anything else that requires touching wool.


My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Countess-Palatine Wendelene the Disappointing of Melbury Bubblewick
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doesn't that sound just like me?

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Following the Leader

Along with what feels like most of the knitting world, I started Mystery Stole 3 . This is my first attempt at bead knitting and I'm enjoying it, although I think I should have gone for a little more contrast in bead color. I wanted to keep it subtle, but I think I may have gone a little too far. Opinions please.

Also, if you notice the subtitle of this blog, I claim that I knit, spin and weave! I figured it was time to show off a little weaving. I haven't actually been doing much weaving or spinning lately, I seem to go through stages on my hobbies. But I have been working on what I hope will be a nice roman shade for my bedroom. (my weaving so far only incorporates flat items) This is the first panel.
So far I'm liking it, panel 2 has been wound off and may possibly hit the loom this weekend.

And finally something strange is happening in my backyard. My Christmas poinsettias refuse to give up. Most of the red leaves are gone, but they are growing and evidently thriving. Any gardening type people out there know what to do to get them blooming again?

Thursday, July 5, 2007

What's Wrong With This Picture?

No knitting today, just a quick shot of my two home protectors. From back to front, this is Dixie and Savannah. They are outside dogs. They do not like being indoors.
Unless it happens to be July 4th and the neighbors are shooting off fireworks.

They are also afraid of dogs - especially the Peke up the street, and CATS! One wandered into the back yard the other night and they went to hide in their doghouse. This is why I refer to them as the big hairy chickens.

Surprisingly enough, they don't seem to mind Sophie, but they also don't come when she calls them.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dang, Drat and Shoot!

After I finished the last post, I took a nice admiring look at the shawl. And didn't like what I saw.

I think the pattern on this side of the lace panel should have been a k3 tog, rather than a sl-k2 tog-psso. Of course it took me several rows before I came to this conclusion.

After sitting and meditating my options of:
A) Continuing as written and saying "It's supposed to look like that!"
B) Tinking 8 rows of close to 2,000 stitches each
C) Tearing out the 8 rows in that area,
correcting the mistake and knitting the panels again.

I chose C. I think I've done about 10 of the 36 repeats. This may take a while.