Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Central Park Hoodie

I've been enjoying knitting the cph while the girls are playing in the pool. We were blessed to see alligators, many birds, manatees, dolphins and even a bald eagle in the wild. It was a great vacation up until the point at which I sprained my ankle. Our hotel room is on the second floor and it has been a bear going up and down. the upside is that I have had plenty of time to knit. I'm knitting this sweater in a size 48 and wish I had waited for the 52" size pattern to be published. I think this one will be a little tight. If it is, I won't have any problems knitting another as it is a fun knit. More later.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Cascading Hearts

The color is actually a deeper red than the picture shows. The pattern calls for a heart border along the bottom. I had so much trouble with that part of the pattern that I left it out. This shawl is so warm and I love cuddling up with it at night!


My finished Bee Fields Shawl shown by my favorite model :) I'm working on the details and hope to announce the raffle for this shawl soon. The funds are going to help friends pay for their adoption of a 9 yo little girl. Tessa is a friend of our daughter, SiSi. Left in China, Tessa would have no future. Now she will have a future and a mom and dad to call her own!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Removing the Fireplace

There is actually a man standing on top of the block. There are 5 courses and solid cement poured down the middle. It would only have taken the man a couple of hours to remove the cement blocks except that the bozo who built it used 4" galvanized nails to reinforce the block. They were hammered in a grid with the nails being less than 1/4" apart. Rebar would have been easier to move. This room only had electric baseboard heat and the heaters did not work. The fireplace was unsafe so we are removing it and replacing it with a pellet stove. We have another pellet stove in the living room that we installed last year and our propane furnace did not kick on at all. We spent $300 on pellets for heat last year. This year we were able to purchase the pellets wholesale and will save quite a bit more. Tomorrow will be spent cleaning up the cement dust which is covering everything in the addition. Once the room is finished it will be the girls school/play room.

Bee Fields Finished (Almost!)

I am not very good at blocking but she is done. I hope to have better pictures tomorrow when dh can help me take pictures with natural sunlight.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Bee Fields

This is bee hive chart finished and a very small start to the swarm! I hand dyed kona fingering and am very pleased with the result. It shows a little lighter than it actually is. I like this pattern but the rows are beginning to be VERY long :)

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Finished! and On-Time MS3

With an interruption of 2 weeks in China, 2 weeks of jetlag and 1 week of being ill, I finished my stole last weekend and washed and blocked it this week. I didn't like the stole when I saw the wing added but decided to knit it instead of the alternative. I'm so glad I did. I love the way it looks (even though I didn't do too good at draping it on my daughter :) One day I will knit this one again but for now I have 2 shawls on the needles. One is the cascading hearts from HeartStrings and the other is a spiral shawl from Gathering of Lace. Peacock Shawl is also on the list. I was going to take it to China but after starting several times, I realized it would take more concentration than I would be able to give it in China.

China shopping was fun. I bought 5 lbs. of laceweight cashmere for a whopping $75. I also bought several cones of yarn that say cashwool from Lana Borgossia but when I looked it up online the seamist color was green but on my cone it was red. I guess it's like anywhere else, buyer beware. I am pleased with the yarn and one day it will be a shawl even if I don't know what kind of wool it is.

Monday, July 16, 2007


I finally chose a shawl to work on for China. I'm going to do the spiral shawl again. It is an easy pattern to memorize. It is also easy to put it down and then start again when you pick it up. I hand dyed 50/50 alpaca/wool in navy and royal blue. I'm pleased with how the dye job turned out but the jury is still out on how I'll like it as a shawl.

I'm also working on the cascading hearts faroese shawl in HA's dk weight kona. I dyed it red and it came out variegated. I LOVE this yarn and this shawl combination. I'm about 1/2 finished. I would have loved to take it to china with me but I need to concentrate on the chart and I can't do that in China. I have a lot to get done in the next 4 days so probably won't get to knit very much until Friday when I'll have plenty of time on the planes :)

Mystery Stole #3

This is my mystery stole after clue #2 is completed. There is one small mistake near the beginning of Clue #1 and I keep telling myself it isn't that noticeable. I'm about 1/4 of the way through Clue #3. We leave for China on Friday so I know that I won't be finishing this stole with everyone else. I hope to have it done by the end of August though!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Almost Finished - Arianne

I'm very proud of this sweater even though the 3/4 length sleeves ending up being full length (and how the heck am I going to block the sleeves when they are already the correct length??) . I have to pick out buttons, block the sweater and it will be delivered to my oldest daughter (still my favorite blonde daughter ;).

My First Wool Peddler's Shawl

This is my first wool peddler's shawl knitted with my own handspun. I'm especially pleased that you can't see the mistake in this photo :) I dropped a stitch in the lace portion and didn't catch it until after it was blocked. I went in with a small piece of yarn and basically did a duplicate stitch. This shawl took approximately 2 weeks.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Finished Hidcote - Sort of

I was happy and excited over finishing my hidcote March 2. I blocked it and then a thread broke leaving a large (very large) hole. Maybe my yarn was not as stretchy as I thought or there was a weak spot. I haven't had the heart to try to fix it yet. It is safely tucked away with a copy of the pattern until I can bare to look at it again. It is wonderfully soft, though and very pretty (even with the mistakes I made in the last chart).

I've finished a pair of socks in the meantime and hope to get started on my forest path stole. I enjoy entrelac and absolutely love this shawl. I just pray the yarn doesn't break!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Hidcote Shawl

This is my hidcote after finishing chart #4. I'm now halfway through chart #7. I'm using cashmere that I bought while I was in China. It was only $15 for 2.2 lbs. I intend to buy much more on my next trip.

This shawl is fun but seems to take forever, especially now that I am up to 300+ stitches. I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the month. I intend to put it away to give to my daughter when she is old enough to appreciate it. Now that she has started to learn to knit and is enjoying it, I don't think it will be long at all :)

Saturday, January 20, 2007

A Life Overflowing

My favorite mug is one that I bought in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, my daughter's birthplace. It has a panda eating bamboo with the words chengdu, china, starbucks. I think that was the best coffee I ever had. We were there for almost 2 weeks and China does not have cold drinks. Everything (pop included if you can find it) is served at room temperature. I really wanted a cold drink but the hot coffee was great :) Now if I could only figure out how to post this to the correct blog - A Life Overflowing!

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Swallowtail Shawl

My first post my third shawl. Particulars:

Start: Dec. 1
Finish: Dec. 19
Frogged: 2x
Yarn: Cashmere

what to do next?? hmmmmmm