Friday, July 28, 2006
Two Finished Objects for the Price of One
This is the blanket draped over a chair. I promised the pattern, it is still pretty rough, so I will clean it up and post it to the free pattern blog soon.
Here it is laid out on the floor.
Amira in her Not Square Play. I modified the pattern from the Summer 2004 Knitters' pattern, which used self patterning sport weight sock yarn, in an adult size. I thought it looked kind of dumb on a grown up, and a little busy with the self patterning yarn. However, on a child, with smaller squares, I thought it would be a nice use of hand painted yarn. I had thought of adding small sleeves to it, but I like it with the garter edging on the armholes.
This last one is of Amira posing. She is saying what a fun top it is.
Monday, July 24, 2006
My birthday is shared with Amelia Earheart, perhaps not the best pilot, but an interesting character, and the state of Utah. Also, oddly enough, Rich's boss has the same birthday.
I finished the Tilting Blocks Blanket yesterday, and will post photos and the pattern soon. I haven't washed it yet, just wove in the ends, it is quite soft and a lovely color. I've had more unsolicited compliments on the color of this while I've been knitting it than just about anything else I've worked on. Perhaps I ought to wear this color more, myself.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Baby Hat and Blanket Progress
I have a little of the Cotton Silk left, I may crochet it into a hair scrunchie to use it up. I will not be buying any more of this yarn, clearance or not.
As for the baby blanket, I am very close to finished. I have three and a half repeats of the pattern to go and then eight rows of garter st. I will probably finish by the end of the week.
I have set aside my design that I was going to make for the contest, but I would like to have it finished to give as a shower gift/engagement gift to the young woman at church who is getting married.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Boy, was I glad. The color is gorgeous, and I like the fiber content, but it is spun more like string than yarn. I decided to make a baby hat for our new one to test out the yarn, and I am so glad I didn't buy 16 balls for the jacket without trying it out first. I think I will return to my lovely Cotton Angora.
In the meantime, the hat will be machine washable, and quite adequate for a baby born in August. The fabric itself is fine, but working with it made my hands stiff.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
That Time of Year
If you feel moved to give gifts, please consider checking out my amazon wishlist, otherwise, just eat a scoop of ice cream in my honor on July 24.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
A dear friend of mine, and her son, came to visit us from Florida where they moved last year, just in time to be hit by three hurricanes. They are counting down the time they have left there, until they can move back. Anyway, we've spent the last week enjoying ourselves immensely and doing little work.
I don't normally discuss much food here, but since this is what we were up to, I will share. We invited another couple over to our house last night for dinner and fireworks. We made grilled salmon, wild Alaskan sockeye was on sale for $4.99 a pound, sprinkled with salt and pepper and spread with crushed garlic and a little butter (unsalted!), I made my potato salad with all blue, yukon gold and red potatoes, our other friends brought salad and corn that we roasted and ate with butter, salt and chili powder, and for dessert we had a blueberry-strawberry shortcake, a raspberry custard pie that we decorated with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream to give the impression of the flag, and a store bought cake that was bought on impulse and served to feed the kids their intake of fake icing. We had a Sumac Ridge Gewurztraminer and a Barnard Griffin Merlot to drink, coffee with dessert.
After eating, I read a passage from Little Town on the Prairie, in which a speech about Independence Day was given, the Declaration of Independence (each link is distinct) read and My Country Tis of Thee sung, marking especially the final verse. Laura is set to thinking that America's King is God and that it is only God's laws which give anyone the right to be free.