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30.1.14

Let it snow...

...might as well snow.  The winters we have experienced over the last two years are what I expected when we moved here in 1999.  We got about 5-inches through the night and this morning.  Right now it is sunny and 17-degrees, which is much warmer than it has been lately!

Knitting
Currently I am working on Dacite, designed by Carol Feller.  I tried on the trunk show sample at the shop and fell in love with the simple design and lovely fit of the cardigan.  The sample was worked in Soft Donegal Tweed--in moss green--LOVE!  The sample for the shop is in HiKoo Kenzie, colorway, Pavlova.  The color happens to be the color of the iconic Tooth of Time peak at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  It is an igneous intrusion of dacite porphyry.  I hope we climb it on our trek this summer!

That aside, the sweater is coming along nicely.  The garter stitch collar has short rows in the back.  The fronts are garter stitch and raglan sleeves and back are stockinette stitch.  I am just about finished with the raglan increases and will work the body soon.  The built-in I-cord on the front edges is a nice finish.
Dacite collar and raglan shaping.

 Spinning
Some handspun Shetland plied with the rest of my silk noil thread from Wollenworks.


I had some silk noil thread left from  Woolenworks (where I learned to spin).  I spun the single on my Moosie, Bullwinkle, and then plied it with the thread ending up with 1.2 ounces/72 yards of sport weight yarn.  Not a lot, but maybe I can add it to something else.  

Chocolate Cake
On Tuesday evening we had a meeting for Grey Wolf.  Ben was waiting for us and we took a quick trip to Mort's Delicatessen for supper.  I had the toasted cheese with chips (crisps) and Jim ordered me a piece of the chocolate cake to take home.  I called it six layers of chocolate awesome and it took a couple of days to finish.  This morning I confess it was my breakfast and it was delicious!

Mmmm...Mort's!



Snow
The first two photos are of the blowing snow early in the week.  (I was stopped and not driving when I took the photos!)  The sunset was just beautiful on the way to our meeting.  




We had more snow overnight and this morning.  The sun was trying hard to shine through the clouds.





22.1.14

Brrr...sweater weather!

I am ready for the new year!  As with every day, the new year is a time to begin with a blank canvas, in which case can be daunting before one makes the first brushstroke.  I handle the blankness by toning the canvas with a thin wash of ochre.  Life can be daunting, so I keep things toned with a positive attitude and sense of humor through all the kerfuffle of life.  I like that word--it sounds better than drama!
We did the Commitment Day 5K in Minneapolis.  It was -6 and once we got going it was not bad at all.  Eva, Jim, and I ran together--Ben and Laurie were ahead of us.  The three of us held hands as we approached and ran across the finish line.  It was fun, a little challenging in the cold, but rewarding to finish.  I shaved off seven minutes from the Thanksgiving Day 5K, which was very exciting.
17.01.14  This is one of the never-ending posts...
It is sunny today and right now the temperature is 1 degree F, the wind is 12 MPH, which means that it feels below zero.  No problem!  I have plenty of sweaters, warm hats, mittens, and scarves!
Yesterday I hunkered down and knitted on Formica (strange name for a hat).  The knitting was going gangbusters until my needle snapped--something that never happened until now.  Drat!  I found another circular in a US 4 and got back to work.  Naturally, the momentary setback caused me to lose focus and the bug legs were messed up in spots.  Double-drat!  I frogged a few rows and got back on track.  Sadly, I did not finish the hat, but took it to work to show Angel and she liked it.  The class (Double Knit Headband) went well last night.  We have one more session and I will have some patterns for the students to try out with their leftover yarns.
The latest finished hat was a joy to knit!  Snow Ghost, from Polka Dot Sheep is a lovely stranded knit hat.  I did not choose the typical white with neutral, but chose two colors close in tone--a brownish purple and a teal blue. The pattern is very well-written and I particularly like the inclusion of two sets of charts, dark on light and light on dark.  I used the dark on light charts.  Bobbi suggested the Malabrigo Finito (Pearl 10 and Aguas).  It was the perfect choice with the combination of tone-on-tone colors and unbelievable softness.
The decreases emphasize the star on top of Snow Ghost.  
The Malabrigo Finito is so soft.


The next big project coming up is Dacite by Carol Feller.  The sample was at the shop for a trunk show and the Soft Donegal Tweed was gorgeous yarn!  I will be doing the shop sample in HiKoo Kenzie (Pavlova).  I have had the pleasure of making a hat and cowl with this yarn and it is the perfect choice for a sweater.  The natural color will make this garment a perfect wardrobe staple.
Formica is finished!  I lightly fulled the hat by hand and cinched the ribbing  basting with a needle and thread.  I left it to air dry and the ribbing now fits nicely.  I added a pompom and now I really like the hat.  If I make it again for myself, I will do the size 20" circumference.
Formica



Skiing at Bunker

It was a gorgeous day!

Getting fit for Philmont!

Heading out on the trail.

This was the sunshine just a day or so later when we plunged back into the frigid temperatures.  


7.1.14

Spaghetti

I finished the Spaghetti Scrap Scarf over the weekend.  It was a fun project with a little challenge to finish.  I tried a few ways of  connecting the I-cords in spots, but settled on the simple route--to secure the cords with felt rectangles and finish off the ends with felt.  I had visions of contrasting color thread, but when I opened the sewing machine and saw the black thread, it was a better choice.  I like the way this came out and want to do another one.  Each one of the cords is approximately 50-inches long.  I used worsted weight yarns and cast on six stitches for each cord.  The cords are not bad to deal with.  I thought they would be more like octopus arms and going all over the place, but the little scarf looks quite nice.  The next one will have longer cords.
Working three cords at once--I have plenty of double-point needles!

My first idea...

The second idea...

The final result

Surprisingly the octopus arms stay put!

I see variations on a theme in the future.