jeff’s socks completed

Monday, 15 May 2006

Socks done! Just in time for 85 degree temperature today! The photo is on My Flicker.

Yarn: Trekking XXL.
Needles: one 40" circular size US 1.
Method: Magic Loop.
Based on this pattern, 72 stitches. Cuff is K3, P1. Stockinette stitch foot.
Time: almost two months.

And I completed the May dishcloth for the monthly dishcloth KAL. You can see it here.

In other knitting news, have you seen that Keeping You in Stitches has a list of all Knit-Alongs?

matriarchs and cannibals

Sunday, 14 May 2006

Matriarchs
In honor of mother's day, I wanted to post a photo… taken last summer of my "matriarchal" family. But since I am unable to post a photo, you'll have to go to MyFlickr to see it!

"Matriarchy is a form of society in which power is with the women and especially with the mothers of a community."(-Wikipedia) My writing teacher has a fascinating, hopeful poem called Sarah and Hagar, about the mothers of the Jewish and Arabic peoples, respectively, and what could have happened differently if the mothers had changed the laws which left all property to the eldest male.

Cannibals
I've been cannibalizing some old blog entries because wordpress keeps giving me this message: "Sorry, you have used your space allocation. Please delete some files to upload more files." And I keep deleting and deleting image files and it keeps giving me the same message. I'm beyond frustrated with it. This is why I am trying to switch servers. I love photos, but I am not a techie, and I don't want to get bogged down in endless tech manipulations. My domain name jennhx.com has been down most of this week because of my new server setting up stuff. Their tech manipulations should have been done by now, but alas, no news… it tries my patience. My posts have thus been limited lately.

I love posting photos. I want to write, possibly professionally, but it's hard. It's much easier to post a photo and be done with it. I love taking photos and want to learn more about how to take good ones. But the lack of photos space on this free blog means I've been frustrated…

Too much is going on in my life that I'm unable to write about. Too many thoughts are swirling my brain

(I'm digging a hole/And the walls are caving in behind me/Air's getting thin/But I'm trying, I'm breathing. Come find me… –Joshua Radin)

making clarity difficult, nay impossible. Why this lack of clarity, I've many guesses but no certainty. I've been spending my time (with my counselor's support) meditating, walking a lot, trying to think positively, listening to Louise Hay, having tea with friends. And I've been spending my time (on my depression's urging) banging my head against the wall*, missing old friends, getting mad at friends who moved away from Seattle, wishing the past away, wishing the past back, cannibalizing the tiny bits of happiness I find, despairing at any change in myself…

…and knitting. I'm almost done with these infernal socks. I'm going to get them done today. I almost got them done last night but then realized I'd made a mistake on the toes so I had to frog.

…and reading. I finished (re)reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the Knit the Classics read/knit along. This was one of my favorite books and I still love it. Austen's wit and social criticism ring well with me. I got complètement sucked into this book this week, could not put it down!

…and watching movies. I (re)watched La Gloire de mon Père, based on the Marcel Pagnol novel and featuring my first love, Provence! It's the sweet story of a boy discovering his father is only human, set in the beauty and mystery of the provençal countryside. I'm savoring watching the second movie, Le Chateau de ma mere!

In my writing class, I met a woman from Québec this week. We spoke en français for a few moments. I miss speaking French so much! But I was awkward and didn't exactly know what to say.

*not literally

this one’s for Jeff

Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Have you seen this…?

knit tank

I just had to post this knitted tank (cover) because well… my hubby is a tank aficionado. Click the photo for more info.

Jeff says…

This [knitted one] isn't the first pink tank, the original is the Pink Panther. The French Army used German Panther tanks they commissioned to be built immediately after the war. There is no known photograph of the Pink Panther but it is said to have been a newly built Panther in red oxide primer that was sent to Indochina to be localized (painted, fitted for hot weather) and evaluated for use there by the French. It ended up not being used and sat in a plantation for years. In 1971, from the air, a crewman from an airborne gunship claims to have seen it and it was faded to pink color.

pink tank

Also, an artist used a Russian T-34 tank of WWII vintage as a canvas:
http://www.cubittartists.org.uk/mirpink.html

BTW, that one is based on an updated WWII American tank, the M24 Chaffee in case you want to impress any knitters.

Yes, I'm a tank nerd.

Didn't think you would learn all that on a knitting etc blog, did ya?

pride & prejudice project planned

Thursday, 4 May 2006

Over at Knit the Classics, we are starting Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, one of my very favorite authors. Love that subtle wit. And my project to knit along with P&P will be..

flower hat pattern & yarn

The Flower Hat from Interweave Knits Winter 2004 issue. The P&P sisters always wear bonnets, and this Flower Hat has a bit of the English countryside to it. The younger sisters covet ribbon; this hat has a silk ribbon flower on it (although I may do a knitted flower). The yarn is Yorkshire Tweed Chunky in color Damp (teal). Damp seems like the perfect color to represent those moldy old English homes.

As if I didn't have enough to do, I joined this:

dishcloth KAL

for small, mystery projects which could be good gifts. I need some easy cotton dishcloth knitting for meditative reasons!

sock update

Thursday, 4 May 2006

Second sock started. Jeffhx's birthday is on Sunday…. Can I get this done in time?

2nd sock started

My guess is, no. Since it took me over a month to do the first sock. But now I don't have to make any decisions, so in theory I can just knit, knit, knit! Ok, so I have a few other things to do too, but…

In any case, I missed (by far) the deadline for the Cirque du Socks KAL. The pair of socks was supposed to be finished by the end of April. I did manage to finish a single sock in that time! Bravo to Cara, who knitted four pairs in one month. I am in awe.

knitting group/soup

Saturday, 22 April 2006

Wonderful knitting group on Wednesday! And wonderful Joe Bar soup (creamy asparagus) with messages written…

julie 'n' soup Julie ordered the soup… joe bar soup Yes, the soup says "Joe Bar" in crème fraîche. (In photo on left: Julie with the soup; Christine in the background with her knitting.)

louise's soup And Louise too… Hers says "I Heart Soup." Note the mitten-knitting too!

Louise & Carol

Louise reading her pattern and Carol in the background with lovely knitted hat on head and charity knitting in hand.

Joe Bar is one of the (or the?) best cafe in Seattle with awesome food, personable staff (the owner is often serving up yummy crêpes himself), and art on the walls. They were featured in a recent Seattle Times Pacific Northwest article, "Social Scene Brewing." And our knitting group was mentioned!!

more knittin’ stuffs

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

sleeve one done

I've got one sleeve done on my topdown sweater… So close now…

sock nearly done
This sock is nearly done, although I'm worried about several things: 1) is it too small? 2) will I get an entire other sock done in time? The Cirque du Socks KAL deadline is the end of the month, and Jeff's birthday is May 7…

I feel like a really slow knitter. I'm not even working right now, what is up with that? Ok so I get distracted by things like my Project Spectrum orange'n'yellow project:

orange heart

Knitted out of crochet thread stuff… Isn't it sweet? Just gotta figure out how to weave in all those ends without making it look all twisted.

first KTC project done!

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

I finished my first Knit the Classics project for the Daniel Defoe book Moll Flanders: a shocking red coif. Red symbolizes Moll's many loves ("husbands" and lovers), which were indeed shocking for the times. The coif style seemed like something they might wear back them too.

moll coif done close up moll

Knit from the Knitty pattern Shocking Pink Coif. I knit it in Sensations Beautiful yarn (acrylic/nylon blend) on size 10 needles. It's super soft and warm!

I finished reading the book a few days ago too. It was interesting and sometimes humorous, but I found the second half a struggle to get through. Once Moll turned to thievery to survive, the stories were a bit repetitive. I guess her machinations and manipulations got to be a bit much for me when they weren't strictly necessary: she admitted to being well-off financially by then but could not stop the game of thievery.

There have been some great discussions about motherhood and feminism over at the KTC forum. Thanks to the KTC members for a great first experience!

knitting update

Tuesday, 11 April 2006

At last I was able to take photos today. One of our camera batteries is completely dead. The other works a bit, so I was able to take these. Now wordpress is being fritzy about uploading photos! Grrr…

sockheel photo
1. Jeff's sock. The heel turned out really cute! The colors changed right on cue, without my planning it! The gussets were troublesome but I'm happy with them now. Overall, it's coming along, but I'm getting a bit bored with this lil' bugger. Oh wait, and I have to knit the same thing over again? I'm going to look into that "two socks at once" method. My friend Cheryln has knitted two socks at once on two circular needles — and at the beginning it looked like a bikini top. ­čÖé Too late for this pair though.

right sleeve
2. Top down sweater. Right arm progressing.

Moll coif
3. My new project, Moll Flanders coif. (Based on Knitty's Shocking Pink Coif, but done in Shocking Red!) Super fuzzy & soft! Very fast to work up, since I'm using size 10 for the main part. Ahhh, relief from those other two projects…

moll flanders project

Tuesday, 11 April 2006

shocking pink coifI have chosen a small knitting project for Knit the Classic's current reading, Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. Knitty's Shocking Pink Coif. But I chose the color Shocking Red to represent Moll's… um… lovers. The yarn, which I dug out of my stash, is quite different than Knitty's coif, but I think it will work up well.

I was stumped about what to knit at first too. I am enjoying reading Moll, which I find alternately amusing and just sad, but couldn't find a project that felt exactly right. Plus, I wanted to avoid biting off more than I could chew right now (I'm feeling swamped with other projects). I am feeling like a sloooow knitter these days. I'm still working on Jeff's sock (first of the pair still!) and my topdown sweater. They are dragging along. I'm bored with them. The Shocking Red Coif seems like a nice breather!

latest colors & news

Friday, 7 April 2006

This month's Project Spectrum colors… Orange & Yellow!

orange books yellow books
I think there aren't many things representing orange and yellow in our house other than books! So I'll have to get creative. It's about time!

Knitting News
On the knitting front, I finally feel like i'm making progress. I turned the heel on Jeff's sock — it's the neatest looking heel because the stripe color changes right at the edge of the heel by coincidence! As for the top-down sweater, I completed the torso and am now working on one of the arms. These should go more quickly since they are much narrower than the torso section. Unfortunately I can't show pictures right now because both our camera batteries seem to have died. Grrr…

knit the classics
I'm delighted to be taking part in the Knit the Classics reading and knitting group. Reading classic books and knitting projects that fit the books… wayyy cooool. This month's book is Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe, which someone at KTC says is the first modern novel. Don't know what my project will be yet, because I've got a number of projects on the needles and some in the queue already — but I'd love to knit the Eleanora Socks by Miriam.

In Other News
The reason for my increased knitting time is… Yesterday morning the dermatologist took another mole off my right calf. It's one that was already taken off twice, yes two times before!, but kept growing back weird. Here it was in all its weirdness (I was calling it the dark crystal mole):

dark crystal
Despite the fact that the previous two times the pathology reports came back negative, the dermato wanted to take this off completely to make sure, because of my history with melanoma. She took off the mole plus all the scar tissue around it. Stitches come out in two weeks. The lower leg causes several problematic logistics because 1) blood tends to pool up in lower extremities and 2) the skin is pretty tight there. Suffice to say, I have to sit with my leg up as much as possible.

Anyways, I'll spare any more details (although later I might just have to flash some stitches images once I can take the pressure bandage off!). For now, I'll try to soothe any grossed-out readers with a sweet image of Cooper resting on the back of the couch– I think he thinks he's taking care of me!

Cooper on the edge of a snooze

flash your stash

Sunday, 2 April 2006

flash your stash

Thanks to Zibibboisgood for promoting Flash your Stash 2006. Well, I am a day late and a dollar (or two) short, but I'll show you my yarn stash…. At least, a sampling. This was a great opportunity to organize — I've got most of it fitting into three bins plus one bag. Incredible! Mostly this made me realize I am certainly not allowed to purchase any more yarn (never mind that I was already trying not to because after all, I'm not working right now…). I've got a lot of yarn I've purchased for specific projects, but a lot of other yarn was purchased on impulse, no project in mind.

sock yarnsstash binsblanket yarn
silver'n'blackblueORANGE & YELLOW

While I was at it, I sorted out all the various Orange-Yellowy yarns I have in honor of Project Spectrum's April colors! Last month I didn't knit anything in Red/Pink, even though I have a number of yarns meeting those specifications. This month, I plan to at least start something in the Orange or Yellow colors of the month.

ORANGE & YELLOW project spectrum

wip it out

Friday, 31 March 2006

WIP marchThanks to Elspeth for suggesting we post our works in progress to keep us honest and for encouragement to get some stuff done!

WIPs (Works In Progress): There aren't as many as I'd thought… or I can't find them all… Thank goodness I got a couple things done in the UFOlympics.

Simply Cardigan (almost) top down sweatermagic loop sockribbon drop-stitch scarf

  1. Interweave’s Super-Simple Wrap Jacket (Spring 2002). Only one more sleeve to seam in, plus the other side seam… This was one of my Knitting Olympics UFOs, but I didn't manage to finish it. I hate seaming! I also have to knit a belt for it. I think I started this sweater two years ago. It is dragging on, partly because I hate seaming, but also because I don't think it will fit very well on me.
  2. That cardigan is getting overtaken now by my Neckdown Pullover for Women by Knitting Pure & Simple. I'm about done with the body of it, and then need to finish sleeves and neck. Yarn by Teseo.
  3. I love portable projects! I love Magic Loop socks! I love my husband! So here are socks I'm knitting for him! ­čÖé Part of the Cirque du Socks knit-a-long. Yarn is Trekking. Size 1 needles.
  4. Drop-stitch scarf in colorful ribbon yarn. But the ribbon isn't quite as colorful as the photos make it seem. The colors are more autumnal than the photos show. I made an identical scarf for the Bicycle Alliance auction last year; it was a hit; and since I had more yarn left over, I thought I'd make another one. Turns out it's boring to knit… And boring to knit exactly the same thing again. Plus the yarn constantly twists itself as I'm knitting. In reality, every yarn twists somewhat since I learned continental (pick) knitting, but this ribbon stuff is the worst.

 

 

IKQ (In the Knitting Queue): Just a sampling… I realized I've got many more projects in the queue — I bought the yarn and have every intention of making the project but haven't started. And keep buying new yarn for yet other projects…

  1. Silkroad's DK Tweed to make a sweater for Jeff. He wants me to "recreate" a sweater which was his dad's and which is disintegrating now. This is obviously a challenge. I bought this yarn last year. But for Christmas, I found him a similar sweater at Eddie Bauer, so I bought that. We'll see what happens with this yarn…
  2. Pretty purple Sirdar Snuggly Bubbly yarn for making snuggly baby blankets. Two of my girlfriends are pregnant, both are due in July. I haven't determined what pattern to use yet. Any suggestions? I'd like to do something that brings out the bubbly texture of the yarn.
  3. Red sock yarn which I'd like to use to make these beautifully-patterned Eleanora Socks. The red is very different than the heathered brown Mim used (hers look antique like the socks they are patterned after), but I love the pattern and the yarn, so we'll see how well they match up.
  4. – 4,000 All the other projects I've bought yarn for and havdn't started yet.

 

 

 

socks and more

Tuesday, 28 March 2006

sock cuff

I'm almost done with the cuff!

I'm really enjoying this Magic Loop (one long circular needle) method. Easier than two circs, even. Although I think it helps to have worked with two circulars to understand this method. The Trekking yarn is great to work with, it doesn't split at all. I did a K1P1 ribbing for a bit and now the main pattern is K3 P1.

cooper's new toyHere's Cooper with a new cat toy, the Feather Flutter Wand, I just bought today. It is: plastic stick + long fleece string + red feather. The fleece part is really long, so it's got a great reach for attracting lil' nervous kitty Jasmine. It's made by Posh Feline, makers of their other favorite toy, the Glitter Pom Wand.

Saturday I stopped by my friend Ruth's house and she wasn't there… But cutie kitty Ginger was! And they have a sweet flower-filled window box I just had to share.

Ginger Ruth's windowbox

maghrebin pastriesThe New York Times is reporting that the French are eating more maghrébin — north African — pastries. And they provide some yummy-sounding recipes including the classic baklava and cornes de gazelles.

sock progress and Lucy

Friday, 24 March 2006

Thank goodness for Knitwit‘s photos and instructions for Magic Loop sock knitting. I read through the instructions in the pattern I have and they made absolutely no sense! But seeing the photos at Knitwit’s site helped me get going. And then I remembered I’m supposed to be doing K2 P2 ribbing. Rip, rip.

So this evening while watching The Godfather movie part one, with Jeff, I got to here:

take 2

Yesterday my niece Tabitha was sick, so I picked her up from school. She was in the nurse’s office, oh, remember those days? She was asleep underneath blankets and her coat. She awoke right away, we gathered up her coat and bag and walked through to the main office. I had to sign her out, and as I signed I recited, “Date, 3/23/06. Time, 12:25. Student name, Tabitha Potatohead.”

“Heyyyyy!” she laughed.

Back at her home, she snuggled up on the couch with their dog Lucy so we could all watch Madagascar (I hadn’t seen it yet).

Tabs & Lucy Lucy 01 Lucy 02

It’s hard to get a photo of a niece when she’s sick. But a niece’s dog, piece of cake!

sock “started”

Wednesday, 22 March 2006

I was feeling left behind by the other knitters at Cirque du Sock, so I finally bought the proper size needle to start the Knitalong. Size one needles. I’ve never knitted with anything smaller than, what, a size two… Ones seem a lot smaller. Especially since my two recent projects were on size 9 needles. Espcially since it’s a 40-inch long circular needle for doing Magic Loop socks.

Anyways, I did a small gauge swatch at knitting group tonight. sock swatch I know, I know, I should do a larger gauge swatch, and do ribbing on the edges so it lays flat, but hey. The fact that I even swatched at all is an improvement over past projects. So there.

I think I made gauge…

lego knitting machine

Wednesday, 22 March 2006

On this description of the top ten strangest lego creations, scroll down to number 4.┬á Yes ladies and gents, that’s a fully functional knitting machine made entirely out of legos.

gnarly knitters?

Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Check out the recent Seattle Times article on “Gnarly knitters” which includes photos of a knitted digestive track and some zombies!

OTN: top-down sweater

Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Knitting stuff at last… here is what I’ve got on the needles (OTN) right now: the Neckdown Pullover for Women by Knitting Pure & Simple. I’m taking a class to learn this top-down method at the Fiber Gallery.

The sweater relaxing after I’ve separated for the sleeves (the sleeves are held on yellow waste yarn):

top-down

Teseo yarn (55% wool, 45% microfiber), is so soft it feels like knitting a cloud. And gotta love those random stripeys. I can’t wait to see how different the stripes are on the sleeves, since they should be taller stripes.

close up top down center close up top down

feelin’ socksy

Friday, 10 March 2006

cirque du socksI’m excited to join the Cirque du Socks knitalong which Elaine just created! See Jeff, I really do plan on knitting your socks… And now I have a deadline of April 30.

Here is the yarn. It’s called Trekking (XXL), made in Germany, 75% new wool, 25% nylon. It calls for size 2 – 3 mm needles.

jeff sock yarn

a blustery tuesday

Tuesday, 7 March 2006

On this chilly, blustery evening, Jeff and I drove to the Hilltop Pub at the top of Queen Anne to grab a bite to eat — and I wore my new clapotis wrap. I know you still can't see it very well but there wasn't much room for Jeff to take a picture.
hilltop wine

I got my participant certificate from the Yarn Harlot. Remember, boys and girls, the words I CAN are in PARTICIPANT.

olympics certificate

Here is what Jeff worked on during the olympics: an M.C. Escher jigsaw puzzle. He deserves a medal for this!

Escher puzzle

And Cooper was working on… his tan! Lazy-bones kitty.
Cooper by the fire Cooper lazybones!

Last night I finished reading Fannie Flagg's Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. A sometimes laugh-out-loud, sometimes tearful coming-of-age story, Daisy Fay is a quick read providing interesting commentary of 1950s US society.

voila, clapotis

Monday, 6 March 2006

It’s all finished up! With suggestions from folks up at the Fiber Gallery, I snipped the stitch I’d forgotten to drop; dropped it; and needle felted the snipped ends together.

Woah, was that a scary moment before cutting! But later when I was showing Jeff, it took me a couple minutes to figure out which one was needle felted. Pretty awesome to have learned this new “magic.”
4
Here are the photos (I’ll get Jeff to take one of me wearing it soon):

1. Surgery Arena The arena prepped for surgery.
2. clapotis done Close-up of the newly dropped area. See if you can see the stitch I cut! I can’t anymore! ­čÖé

Details:

  • Clapotis Pattern available on Knitty.com, by Kate Gilbert.
  • Knitted in Debbie Bliss Soho (100% wool), color 37508. Seven skeins I think…
  • On size 8 US (5mm) straight needles.

That random number 4 above was typed by Ms. Jasmine Catminski. I had to shift in my chair and she dashed off, typing that mysterious code as she fled. I guess Jasmine gets her photo here too. If she looks a little sad, I think she’s actually grumpy with me for moving when she was all comfy on a warm lap.
Jasmine

scarfie, c’est fini

Saturday, 4 March 2006

Scarfie

Scarfie is complete!

Knitted and then slightly felted in the washing machine. This was the first item I’ve ever designed myself. At times I wanted to scrap the whole thing, but I’m fairly pleased with it now.

Materials:

  • Lion brand Landscapes for large sections and fringe, 1 1/2 skeins
  • Rowan 4-ply Soft Daydream stranded together with Rowan All-Seasons Cotton Pale Lime for thinner sections (used leftovers of this from other projects).

As for Clapotis, I’m going to do it. I’m going to CUT the one stitch I forgot to drop, then needle felt it. Wish me luck!

racing stripe?

Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Ta-da! Here we are, ladies and gents, with the proof. The double-wide section of my nearly complete clapotis:

clapotis close up

Clapotis w/stripe but maybe you can’t really see it in the overall view?

Ruth suggested I take it up to the Fiber Gallery for advice.

o so close…

Monday, 27 February 2006

At about 8:30 last night, I had finished the knitting of Clapotis, and was helping the dropped stitches all drop down, when o! what a horrible sight to behold!┬á I’d forgotten to drop one stitch.┬á There it was, a beautiful and┬ácomplete Clapotis with its beautiful, regular sections betwixt drop-stitch ladders… And one┬ádouble-wide section.┬á Ack!┬á (Photos will come tonight, I didn’t have the nerve to do them last night.)

I┬álost┬ámy Olympic┬ámedal only inches before the finish line.┬á I had no more energy,┬áno gumption to rip out.┬á Jeff said, encouragingly, “It looks like a racing stripe!”┬á

Scarfie still has some ends to weave in (thanks to the UFOlympics host, but I had actually already knitted scarfie and just had the finishing to do for the UFOlympics).┬á┬áCardigan still has some seams left.┬á I had abandoned those projects┬áto focus more narrowly on Clapotis, which I thought would bring me a medal.┬á And I was o so close!┬á I finished all the knitting. But alas, I didn’t finish all the “dropping.”

Besides, how do I even rip out?┬á I’ve already dropped all the other stitches.┬á I’d have to rip out about 6 inches.┬á Does that mean I have to PICK UP all those loooooong ladders which are stretching down the body of the clapotis??┬á Is there a way to do it without having to pick up the entire ladders?

Otherwise, I’ll just have to settle for imperfection and a racing stripe.

 

one day left

Saturday, 25 February 2006

…’til this UFOlympics is finally over. Clapotis is almost finished (hope the different dye lots won’t show…), scarfie is done except for fringing!, but alas the cardigan seaming is stuck. My true challenge. Can’t remember how exactly I attached the first sleeve, because I did it over a year ago. But, we struggle on.

Just checked the UFOlympics host, and if I complete one of my declared projects, I’ve got a silver medal! Inspiration sandwich!!!!!

On the web front, I have links to larger photos now (on Flikr) for your better viewing pleasure.

At last, an update on my weekend at the Oregon coast UnFinished Objects Knitting Olympics participation! Things get busy when you are trying to work on three projects, you get a bad cold, and you have a three-day weekend trip to the Oregon coast with your husband to fit in!

I’m done blocking the scarf… but sadly, I guess I missed the deadline for the auction. On the other hand, this means a Christmas gift is complete months early! As for my sweater, I’ve sewn two more seams, and I’m pretty pleased with them. I’m not adept at sewing skills so these are taking me some time. Lastly, Clapotis – which traveled down to the Oregon coast with us – only has about two more repeats of the straight rows to go. Then just the decrease rows which hopefully
should go quickly.

Risky Clapotis

Obviously it will be a big push this last Olympics weekend to get all this done. That should be ok since I’ll be attending some workshops at the Women of Wisdom conference – lots of sitting and listening to inspirational speakers while my hands stay busy too.

Here are some beauties of our weekend trip. We stayed in Rockaway Beach and drove up and down the coast near there.

Lake in Oregon Pacific Sunset Pacific Sunset 2

Cannon Beach is very built up these days, but there was a knitting shop going out of business. Yes, 50% off sales. Jeff learned about this at the information center while I went to use the bathroom… and he even shared it with me (brave soul)! After patiently waiting for me to go down the shop’s three aisles about 50 times and helpfully carrying my ever-increasing purchases, Jeff even bought everything for me! The woman at the register asked me, “Are you two married?” “Yes,” I replied. “Okay,” she laughed, “if he was just your boyfriend, I was going to say, ‘Make sure you hold onto him!'”

At least Jeff will be getting a pair of socks out of that knitting-shop-closure. I told my co-workers about this yet-another-knitting-shop-closing-sighting, they groaned. Somehow I seem to be at the right place at the right time, in terms of bargains — and yet it saddens me to see these fabulous shops close down. I don’t know what it is. Yarns are expensive, and yet they are highly addictive. There are ever increasing numbers of us addicts worldwide. What’s the problem? Oh wait, “world wide” reminded me that many people are ordering yarns on the www now. Maybe I’ll try to shop in person more often.
Some more photos. Can someone help me make these “clickable,” i.e. so you can click on them to see a larger version?

Rocks near Cannon Beach Cannon Beach Cannon Beach 2

Going to the…Olympics?!

Friday, 10 February 2006

So what led me to finally start my blog? The UFO’lympics, of course. No, I’m not going to Torino, I’m participating in a new worldwide phenomenon called the Knitting Olympics.
Yarn Harlot (a.k.a. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee or the quintessential crazy-knitting-blogger-and-goddess), started the Knitting Olympics on her blog recently. Join in the spirit of the athletes to challenge yourself to do something you wouldn’t otherwise attempt with two sticks and some string. Your project should be a stretch, but at your own level.

And then another knitting mastermind suggested the UFOlympics: challenge yourself to work on UnFinished Objects (UFOs), those many partial projects languishing in the knitting basket, and attempt to finish them in the 16 days the Olympic torch is lit. I’m just crazy enough to join in!
Here are my three goals:

1) Finish the multi-yarn scarf I designed to submit to Pasados Safe Haven‘s upcomingPasado's scarf auction. The scarf is entirely knitted, but needs blocking and then all ends woven in, plus add a fringe.
2) Finish my first sweater ever, Interweave’s Super-Simple Wrap Jacket (Spring 2002). Again, I’ve finished the actual knitting but need to complete all the finishing.

Simply Cardigan (almost)

It was super-simple to knit, but…man, that finishing! It’s been sitting in a bin for over a year now, waiting for some loving attention.

3) finish Knitty’s Clapotis (I’m about halfway done).

Clapotis

Time: Starting at 7pm tonight, when we watch the Winter (athletics) Olympics opening ceremonies, till the final ending ceremony — that’s 16 days!

Wish me luck.