Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Happy first day of Spring. I found a quote that describes the exact weather we have here today:
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens
Since the March winds are howling, I have decided to knit a wrap and chose the Woodland Shawl by Nikol Lohr. I think I will use my Fearless Fibers sock yarn in Deepest Forest. I'm off for a few days to celebrate the season with family. Happy Easter and Happy Equinox to you all, see you next week.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Lavender farm in Hokkaido
Purple equals spring for me. Lavender happens to be my favorite herb. I won't tell you my favorite flower, only my husband knows that. The article in the March issue of Living about the lavender farm about killed me. Really, the thought of living and working on a farm surrounded by swaying purple spikes as far as the eye can see is part of my intricate fantasy life. Especially one in Japan, where I think I once lived another lifetime ago. Don't we all have one of those? The life you keep a running montage of in your head when you are folding the laundry and searching for the lost toddler shoes for the third time in 20 minutes? Thought so.
So, here on the cusp of Spring, I am planning my container plantings, and since the weather is fickle, I am transferring all of my cabin fever to my knitting. I am making a gift pair from Sandra's Charade pattern in Karabella lace merino and the hand dyed hank by Madeleine Tosh will be for me.
Today's inspirational quote is from my daughter: What color is a burp? Burple.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Pattern: basic toddler sock
Yarn: merino from Pigeonroof Studios
Needles: US size 1 DPN
I am using babel fish to translate this, so I have no idea if it is correct, but to Annette and her lovely family, auf wiedersehen liebe freunde, vermisse ich sie.
This was some of the flutter by sock progress. I got to the heel, tried it on, and it was too tight. The leg fit fine, but pulling it over my heel was a struggle. Is it possible to have fat heels? Quelle horreur. I ripped back and am knitting them with 1/3 rd less butterflies. Still pretty and the yarn held up well to being frogged and re knit.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The New Universal Letter Writer or, complete Art of Polite Correspondence.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I received my order from Enchanted Yarn and Fiber (which I incorrectly called Enchanted Fibers in the last post- sorry!) and yes, I am very happy with this yarn. The colors are so pretty I just want to eat it. Anyone care for a platter of Woodland Gnome or Mystic Meadow?
These colorways are for my project spectrum earth tones to cover April and May. Since I love them so, I am tossing the guidelines away and have already cast on for the Flutter-by (pdf link)socks in Mystic Meadow. The pattern was a tip from Larkin who is knitting herself a pair and I couldn't help but copy her.
Ashley even supplied dessert: blueberry cobbler hand spun.