Sunday, December 02, 2007
Let's start out with Weeds n' Sunset:
Next, we have the family in shadow (left to right: Tyler, Trevor, George, Chaun. Sadie was at a friends house):
How about a Profile (or two) in Twilight?
Last but not least, let's look at those things that are in constant motion:
Pattern: 103-1 Jacket in Eskimo or Silke-Alpaca with A-shape and ¾-long or long sleeves by DROPS design
Yarn: WoolEase Chunky in Charcoal
I used size 11 needles and knit this in 5 days. Very quick, very cute. I still have buttons to sew on but for now, the large safety pin suffices.
Pattern: Tangled Yoke from Interweave Fall, 2007
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Chocolate
This took 6 and some balls. I used needle sizes 5 & 6. I added 1 1/4" to the sleeve length and made the button bands two rows wider. Very very pleased with this sweater!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Have a great day and internet connection willing, you will all have some nice pictures to look at tomorrow!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
There was a lot of walking:
After that, there was some resting:
We finally got to the lighthouse:
Where we saw many of these:
We ended the day with a beautiful shot of this:
All in all, it was a great day. A highly recommended hike. Make sure you go early in the morning and check the tides!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
It's not much to look at right now but this is the back of the Drops sweater I mentioned about 4 posts ago. This yarn is an oiled cashmere (made for machine knitting) so it needs to be washed to get the full effect. The little rectangles in the corner are my swatches.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I finished this hat, KoolHaas by BrooklynTweed. Pattern is in the Interweave Knits Holiday 2007. I used Queensland Kathmandu DK in Orange. It's an easy pattern to knit but not a quick one. The only issue I have with it is that the crown gets decreased pretty quick. When I put the finished hat on, it felt as if it was going to pop off the top of my head. So, I wet the crown, popped it on the StyroHead and let it dry stretched out. Fits much better now! This is a Christmas gift for a friend.
My friend Thuy came up with this pretty brilliant pattern for a 'seamless' garter stitch hat. I am not a fan of garter stitch but I saw (on Ravelry of course! ) someone's (possibly Chauntel) Zeebee in a self striping yarn. I promptly went to my stash and found my Patons SWS in Natural Pink. I used size 9 needles and cast on 36 stitches and did 9 wrapped stitches in each section. And the hat turned out wonderful!!
Thursday, November 08, 2007
And just to give all y'all a head's up. All you knitters out there need to join Ravelry. Even if you don't use it for yourself, I am seeing less and less blogging happening and more and more Ravelry-ing. It's such a useful source of yarn info, projects, corrections, substitutions, etc. I am having trouble keeping up on the blog. It may go by the wayside sometime here in the future. I have to give a lot of thought to that... Just wanted to let you know.
A comment was recently made on the Santa Barbara Group's forum in Ravelry that we "have what you'd call 'an embarrassment of riches' for those of us living in Santa Barbara." She's right, we have 3 boutique knit stores plus Craft Essentials and Michaels. And I love it! Each store has it's own personality and suites just about everybody in town. I appreciate the fact that we can share the wealth. :)
Thursday, November 01, 2007
This is the first pair she knit. Same yarn, Socks that Rock Silkie, different colorway. Just as awesome. :)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
1. If I meet a new person, I have to know how to spell their name. When I talk to/about them, I picture their name in my head, not necessarily their face.
2. I use the Cascade 2in1 Packs for my dishwasher. And even though they are nice, little contained, premeasured packages of detergent, I have to put it in the detergent dispenser. Even though I know as soon as I flip the door closed, it will fall to the bottom of the dishwasher. Trust me, I've tried to just toss it in, it doesn't work for me.
3. When speaking to someone with an accent, I will start talking in their accent. I hope they don't think I am making fun of them.
4. I chain chew gum while at work. I love gum and as soon as the piece is flavorless and old, I will pop it out and pop in a new piece. Not to worry, I am SO not a gumsmacker. I chew the gum because it prevents me from snacking all day. Which I will do.
5. I walk around looking at my feet. I like to see my shoes, my tattoo, my new nailpolish, whatever happens to be on my feet.
6. When I get scared, I run in place. Seriously. It's been proven many times over. Also, if I am really scared my arms will flap in place and then I may grab whatever/whoever happens to be standing next to me.
7. I love Twix. But I like just the cookie and the chocolate. So, I will scrape off the caramel with a knife before I eat it.
8. I sway in place when I am standing still. The baby sway. Never had one but it's an automatic thing I do. I do wonder what people think when I am trying to sell them some flooring and I am standing their holding a sample...swaying.
I won't tag anyone but if you feel like sharing some unusual things about you, feel free!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Here they are attached to the body. Next up, 3" of stockinette. 3"=27 rows. And at 276sts a row... eh, whocares! When I get done with the drudgery, I will be ready to start the fun cabling. I gave myself a goal of 4 rows a day, after those are done, I get to work on the fun stuff. Like the KoolHaas hat I started out of Kathmandu DK. Pictures on that later...
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I love when people appreciate a handmade item. :) Wouldn't a picture of two cute little newborn baby boys wearing their oversized Shedir hats be precious?? (hint, hint Aunt Kalah!)
Saturday, October 06, 2007
So for now, I plan on finishing up the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. And after that, the Rebecca Hooded Sweater. That's today's goal...we will see what changes tomorrow. :)
Onto other things. My cousin Kim (mom's side) came up for a visit on Friday night. I was really happy to have her here. It was a tough week. Mom's birthday was Wednesday and I ended up having a pretty deep conversation with my brother on the state of our relationship. Whew! Let me tell you, I was not the most pleasant person to be around at the beginning of this week. Anyway! It was nice to be able to talk with Kim about memories, thoughts, feelings about our family. I forget that I am not the only one that lost my mom so hearing her side of last year was really helpful.
On that note, it looks like I need to get started on knitting some sleeves! Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. :) This is a very common surgery and I feel a bit silly for having put it off for so many years. I had it so built up in my head to be horrible but it went fine. Thank you again!
And a big fat Thank You to Chauntel. BFF's!!
Saturday, September 01, 2007
We had a full moon this week and I took the camera down to the stairs at the beach to see if I could get some cool photos. I was trying to play around with shutter speed on the camera but I didn't get the effeect I was looking for. Despite that, there is something that attracts me to these pictures...maybe a quietness or something about them. Anyway! Here they are:
And on a complete sidenote, having nothing to do with knitting or moons, I absolutely love the music in the Lord of the Rings movies. Our cable is out this morning and I am not a fan of just turning on the radio so I popped in the Fellowship of the Ring. The music evokes such feelings for me. I love how the music reflects the lifestyles of the people in the movie. Long flowing music for the elves (it brings to mind their jewelry with the long delicate strands of silver) and hard choppy music for the Orks. I love these movies...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
And speaking of Chaun, I just love her. She always knows just the right thing to say or do when I am not feeling myself. It was a rough week and due to something that I chose (and had) to do, I have been feeling kinda lonely and slightly depressed. So, what could possibly make a girl feel better? Yarn of course! Ahhh, SeaSilk in Peridot. It's some of the most beautiful yarn I have ever seen. It's ideal for the Hanami. Thank you, thank you Chaun! I love you!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Okay, fine. I will talk knitting! I have finally gotten back into knitting again. I had a bit of a social life there for a few months but I am finally learning how to balance the two. I am working the Mystery Stole again and will post pictures of that over the weekend. Maybe I will. If my wireless comes back up and I can do the uploads quickly. If not... we will see. I also have pulled out the Rusted Root and the Julia. Both are turning out beautifully. The Rusted Root is such a simple knit I really should be done with it. It's almost embarrassing that I've let it languish this long. Yeah. That's about it. I don't even have new yarn to brag about. :)
Really, I am just playing around in Flickr instead of working. I just found out that I can post pics direct from Flickr to my blog. That's damn cool! This is the light box setup that I started out with so I could log in alllllll my stash into Ravelry.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"Is Hope Ranch in danger?" They had JUST gotten done explaining how the fire burns, timelines, who was in NOT in danger, etc. And can the woman who called NOT see that she is on the other side of the freeway?? Meaning she is about as far as she can get from the fire??
"How toxic is the fire retardant they are using?" Who cares?? Put out the fire!!
I can't say that we've known the entire time what was happening with the fire but much of the time (in July) it wasn't a threat. As soon as it started to head towards Santa Barbara/Montecito, we were inundated with information. I can't believe how selfish and ignorant people can be in these situations.
That's all. :)