Friday, May 30, 2014

Progress on Tonight and an English Quiz


The progress on Round 5 for Sock Madness is very slow.  Of course, I haven't been able to knit on them very much.  I've been working quite a lot, and since it is the end of the month, I need to finish up some projects for the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup.

I hope to work monogamously on the socks over the weekend, or at least with as little cheating to other projects as possible.

Here is a photo showing the outside and the inside.
One of the cool things about double knitting is that it is reversible.  Of course, if I turned the cuffs down, the house would be up side down. 

English Quiz

What is the difference between these two sentences (and I am not talking about the comma, but about the implied meanings):

1. My sister who lives in Wisconsin has a new job.
2. My sister, who lives in Wisconsin, has a new job.

shaping the planet with reversible socks.

Finished my Basket Weave Socks


Just a quick post to show off my Basket weave socks.  You might remember that I used the Little Brother yarn by Y.O.T.H. yarn that I bought at the Eastside Knitters Guild meeting where the owner of YOTH yarn and the owner of Tolt Yarn and Wool were the speakers.

The yarn is amazingly soft and has a lovely sheen.  The color is gray, but it is just the tiniest bit tonal, so it has depth in the color. The design features a heel that is my own creation.

I am writing up this pattern, and will be looking for some test knitters.  I've never written a sock pattern for other people to use, so I want to make sure this one makes sense.

Anyway, I just love them.

shaping the planet with merino, cashmere and nylon.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quiet Night for Eastside Stitchers

I arrived late for the regular Wednesday meet up of the Eastside Stitchers at Crossroads in Bellevue.  In fact, at about 5:30, I got a text from GwenS:  Are you coming to knitting?

Well, of course I was coming!  Unfortunately, I had a sub job that lasted until 6, so I was going to be late.  But, definitely better late than never.

There was a small, but terrific group at the round table near Half-Price Books and Starbucks, knitting away.

CathieC is making a sampler afghan.
She only lasted a short while because she needed to concentrate on the pattern.

GwenS has made real progress on her Citron Shawl.
Tara1682 is taking a short break from her Juno Regina Shawl, and brought a Bias Before and After scarf that she is knitting for a gift.
JulieMustKnit is working her way through the yarn and patterns she acquired at the North Sound Yarn Crawl.  She has started the cowl from Country Yarns.
Right behind the cowl is the felted pot Julie made with the yarn (and pattern) she bought at Amanda's Art Yarn shop in Poulsbo on the South Sound Yarn Crawl.

Wajio was just starting a new pair of socks.  And I do mean...Just Starting.
And Readnitdream is knitting a brioche hat.
And, that was about it.  We talked a bit about restaurants at Crossroads, and the shoe repair shop.  And just enjoyed each other's company.  This is what is so much fun about Knit Night.

shaping the planet with knitting buddies

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Moogie, Mole, Mutants, and Tonight


I've been remiss at posting, but not because I haven't been knitting or crocheting.  It is the last week of the month and all my projects are due on Saturday for the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup.  I have been frantically working on various projects in between work and watching movies with Doc and Moogie.

Moogie got home from NYU last Tuesday (2 down 1 to go).  She was only home for 6 days.  She wanted to do a 3 day Juice Cleanse and wanted company in her misery, so I volunteered to do it with her.  Although I posted on Friday that I was hungry, that was not exactly true.  I started my 3 days last Friday, you get 6 bottles of different vegetable/fruit juices each day, and I was only able to finish 3 of them.  Every so often I would have a wave of hunger hit me, but mostly, I felt fairly full all day.  I am a very slow drinker, so I sipped and sipped and it took about 2 - 3 hours to drink just one bottle.  I actually never drank the last 6 bottles of my allotment. Since I was drinking them so slowly, I kept the cleanse going for one extra day, but still couldn't finish all the bottles.  The juices are all natural, and have nothing in them but the veggies and fruits, so they don't last very long.  I would totally do this again.  They all tasted good, and some were really delicious.  I lost about 7 pounds, but the best parts are that I kicked caffeine, and my desire to eat has shrunk.  I just am not hungry that often, now.  We will see how long this lasts.  I thought I might want to buy a juicer so I could make my own stuff at home, but wow, they are not cheap, so I will just eat the raw veggies instead.  If you are interested, the company we used is Juice Box Seattle.  We did the 3 day juice cleanse, and they delivered the juices to a place in Bellevue where we picked them up.

The big thing Moogie wanted to do while she was home, on top of the cleanse, was dye her hair silver.  Yes, you read that right.  The salon did a great job, leaving her with a blend of all shades of silvers.

Here is the Before Photo:
And here is the After Photo:
Here is what the hair looks like in back:
She loves it.  I think it is beautiful, but I love her natural color...

Beena caught a mole on Memorial day.
Poor thing.  But, I am a little glad not to have a mole in the yarn.

We have the most beautiful irises in our yard.  They were here when we moved in, and come back every year.  The original owner's name is Bart, and these flowers are named Black Bart Irises.  Someone gave them to him as a joke.  They look really black before they bloom.
They are huge when they are fully open, so big that they often pull their stems to the ground with the weight.

A few years ago, I noticed that we were getting some regular purple irises in the yard in addition to the Black Barts.
These are smaller, and much lighter in color.  Then, last year we had this one really strange iris, a mutant.  This year, we had a bunch of these mutant irises bloom.

I have no explanation.

More Mutants
On Sunday, Doc, Moogie and I went to see the new X-Men movie Days of Future Past.  First, to get ready we watched all 6 previous X-Men/Wolverine movies.  We started Friday night, because I was working so late on Thursday night, and watched them all day and all night Saturday.  Not many of those are very good, the very first one was fine, and the last one was pretty good, but the rest are not so much.  But it was totally worth it because we were ready for the newest movie, and understood who everyone was and the history.

The new movie is excellent.  I'm not sure how much you will understand/not understand if you have never seen an X-Men movie, but if you are at all interested in this franchise, go.

The next round of Sock Madness has begun, officially Round 5.  The pattern is called Tonight, and features a double-knit cuff.  Thank goodness I learned to double-knit last year.  I am using the dark blue yarn I knit my daughter, Allifer's, socks out of, I think it is Cascade Heritage Paints, and the gorgeous yellow that Redbird1 gave me last year.
I love how they are coming out, but, because you have to knit 2 stitches for every 1 normally, they are very slow going right now.
I might be posting very short updates as I try frantically to keep up on these and make it to Round 6.

shaping the planet with mutant flowers.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Juice Cleanse, Day 1

I'm hungry.

Quick Post of Ugly Socks

I don't think I even need to discuss these monstrosities. Poor color choices.  The pretty and interesting ankle cable is obscured by the fact that the brown yarn is too dark.  Although the soles are interesting, the alternating colorwork is obscured by how close the two colors often are.  I thought the orange yarn had more orange and less dark brow and olive.  Oh well.  I improved my two handed color knitting quite a bit while knitting the feet.

That is a win.

They fit beautifully.  I'm not sure that is a win.

shaping the planet with fuggly socks.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eastside Stitchers: Babies, Babies, Babies


3 new Eastside Stitchers joined us at the round tables near Half Price Books at Crossroads tonight.  Consequently, we had a full house.

Last week, BlueBerryMary started her first pair of 2-at-a-time socks.  Tonight, she brought the finished legs, and started on the heel flaps.

Pam2 had started another sweater.

Wajio is working on her Summer Flies shawl.  After counting her stitches, she decided that this was not the greatest social knitting project!

Readnitdream is making a sweater for her daughter.  These are the sleeves.  She has already finished the front and back.  She is a fast knitter.

Anerenbe is making the most beautiful wash cloths for her expected baby.

Can you see the owl?  CathieC has finished the second of her owl mitts and is ready to sew on the eyes.

Puzan has started a new cowl.  I checked her Rav projects, but I couldn't find a project page... so for now we will just call it, New Cowl.

JitteryKitter is making her third Tolt Hat.  She bought 3 skeins of yarn in 3 colors to make this hat, and has been able to make 3 hats!

GwenS not only brought the Beautiful Addie, but has started a new sweater for her, Harvest Sweater, by TinCanKnits, in Teal Feather Rios.

Chockelet brought her Age of Brass and Steam.
She is adding beads to the YO rows.  They look perfect with this color of yarn.

shaping the planet with new knitters.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Snowflake Monday

Here is my snowflake for this week.  It has only 2 rounds!  You can download the pattern on Ravelry.

2014.05.18 Snowflake
LYS Crawl

Magic Loop

Round 1:
ch 1, 12 sc in ring, ss in first sc

Round 2:
ch1 *sc , ch 16, ss in 8th chain from hook, 

ch 12, ss in 4th chain from hook, 

ch 6, ss in 6th chain from hook, 

ch 4, ss in 4th chain from hook, 

ss in first chain near hook, 

7 ss down chain, 

ch8, ss in 8th chain from hook,   
8 ss down chain, 

sc in next sc,* repeat around 6 times, ss in first sc.

Finishing:  Soak in a 50% Water/ 50% White glue Solution.  Pin out on blocking mat covered with plastic wrap until dry and stiff. 

shaping the planet with a LYS Crawl and a Snowflake