Sunday, May 27, 2007

A conversation

Mom: What are you doing?
Me: I'm blocking my sweater.
Mom: It looks like you're holding a baby.

--when you make a sweater, sometimes it feels like your baby.

Saturday, May 26, 2007


Lately I have been working very hard on two big projects which are left over from when it wasn't so unseasonably warm outside.

First the Imbolc sweater: baby alpaca is pretty hot to be knitting on Memorial day weekend but I am knitting it nonetheless. I'm knitting because I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel--I have the front, the back, and one sleeve all knitted and sewn together, and now it's onto the final sleeve.

Look how close to done I am! I can't give up because of the weather. I must knit on.

I had intended to continue valiantly knitting on my dollar-and-a-half cardigan, as well. But it's made of sport weight merino, which is heavier than the alpaca, and it's a lot further away from being done.

I tried to hurry myself along by casting on both fronts at the same time. I sometimes do this with sleeves, especially if I am designing or changing them so that they are knit the same. However, the fronts of this cardigan are meant to be different. See the cable on the left? see horizontal stripes on the right? Turns out that it doesn't make it quicker to knit fronts together if they're totally different.

I really wanted to knock off both big projects before the weather got all muggy, especially because my yarn stash space is severely limited right now and these two projects take up a lot of space. That's also why I've been on a pretty strict yarn diet for the past month and a half.

That is, until Friday, when I happened upon a little yarn shop in Broad Ripple while on lunch (I think the yarn was calling to me.) Turns out it was a shop that was going out of business, and had everything 40% off. I may or may not have gone back from lunch late while I was trying to restrain myself from blowing my whole paycheck on yarn. I finally talked myself out of a few bags of cashmerino and half a dozen self-striping sock yarns by reasoning that there was enough yarn for me to come back at the end of June, when I was told everything would be 80% off.

But I couldn't leave empty handed.

This is Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere (85% summery, breathable cotton, 15% soft, scrumptious cashmere--it seems just right for a slightly dressy, slightly flirty summery tank.) I haven't decided just what it's going to look like yet, but it will be good.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

Today is a day to celebrate moms, and I wanted to acknowledge my own mom, who is rather awesome.

And who, unfortunately doesn't like to have her picture taken. Guess she shouldn't have given birth to someone who blogs.

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Great Outside

Knitting is something of an indoor sport, which is great for me. I'm really more of an indoor girl. But I'm willing to consider becoming slightly more of an out-of-doors girl if the view is going to look like this:

This is Evergreen, up in the foothills of the Rockies, outside of Denver. I went up there with Courtney (the bride) and Ashley (best friend/bridesmaid). Courtney went to a spa with her aunts and her mother to have their nails done, which left Ashley and I to explore the tiny town and the lake.
Here is a picture of Ashley, who was determined that--being in the great outside--we were to find animals. Specifically she wanted a bear, or an elk. I didn't have the heart at the time to tell her that bear and elk were not likely to frequent a vacation town in the suburbs of Denver. So I just followed her around as she searched.

Just as we were leaving to pick up Courtney she saw a beaver, but it was quite far away. Ashley was very disappointed as we picked Courtney up from the salon. But then, as we drove down the mountain, she saw something:

A point of etiquette: when you are in a car that is driving down a narrow mountain road, and you see deer grazing on the side of the road, no matter how excited you are, or how much you wanted to see deer on your first trip out west, you should never yell "DEER!" at the top of your lungs, thus causing panic in both the driver and other passengers.

However startled Courtney and I were, the deer were perfectly calm, as you can see here.

Next in knitting: the dollar-and-a-half cardi.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


That is all.

(Later in the week: pictures of the out-of-doors part of Colorado)