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a new and improved WIP...

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...presenting, Stranded Hearts socks [Ravelry]:



Well, I'm not very far with them yet, but I already like the pattern a whole lot more than the other one!

Last night I decided to give the socks a rest for a bit and work on one of my scarves. I pulled out Argosy [Ravelry] and put a good hour into it. I've finished the first skein of yarn and started knitting from the second one. I love the way the scarf is looking, but I find that the K2tog and SSK rows in this yarn are hard on the hands—it doesn't have a lot of give.

The other scarf getting some attention is the Corrugator Scarf [Ravelry]. I'm working on that at Knit Night because the pattern is simple and it's easy to figure out where I am when I get distracted by conversations!

I know I need to get back to my other WIPs, but there's only so much time in a day!

the fault, dear Roguish, is not in our yarn...

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...but in our knitter.



Roguish Roses...frogged forever. Well, not the picot hem because that turned out well.



But life is too short to knit something you don't like and isn't fun. This was a frustrating pattern for me and I just hated the way the socks looked! I'd rather spend my knitting time making something I'll love. I know, I know...I should push through this and conquer this pattern. However, I don't have that much crafting time and there are so many other things that I'd love to do! So, Roguish Roses are marked IDJ (It's dead, Jim). The picot cuffs will be the basis for a new pair of socks because I do love the Bleeding Hearts colorway. I'm thinking the Show-Off Stranded Socks might be nice...

Aside from the failed socks, I actually had a decent weekend. The husband spent Saturday biking and gardening, leaving me to have plenty of time to spin.

I spun all of the Watermelon Rind Falkland top into two bobbins--one mostly melon and one mostly green…

eye candy Friday, brought to you by...

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...the Husband! He's been busy...he keeps the garden growing and I have plenty of things to photograph. This is the current state of his seedlings:



Yeah, he has just a few of them!

Our cherry tree is finally setting cherries...well, make that one cherry so far:



And the apple tree is in various stages of blossoming:



And, of course, we have flowers. Here are nasturtiums...





penstemon...



and alstromeria.



I just love flowers...as if you couldn't tell!

Up this weekend: continue knitting my Rogue Rose socks. Both socks are finally to the same point so I can start knitting them two at a time. I want to get some spinning in...I still have the Andromeda singles to ply and I have pre-drafted the Watermelon Rind top and it's ready to spin! Oh, yeah...do a few mundane things like vacuum, clean the kitchen, and go grocery shopping.! HA!

WIP is whipping me...

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...I tell ya, this Rogue Roses pattern is way more of a challenge than I wanted! It finally occurred to me why I was having such a problem with this pattern: it travels around the leg. I always have problems with patterns that travel (Hydrangea socks [Ravelry], anyone?). I have no idea why...

I have frogged Sock B again and I've restarted the pattern repeats. This time its looking OK. Sock A is temporarily on hold until I can get Sock B to the same point, and then I'll go back to knitting them both at the same time. Here's what Sock A looks like right now:



What I'd rather be doing instead of frogging these socks over and over again is spinning. And I want to spin this:




This is Watermelon Rind 1 Falkland top from the Yarn Wench. I love the combination of colors and it really does remind me of watermelon. I really want to see what I can do with this one!

I have been playing a little bit in Picnik again. Here's a sky picture from Tuesday that I modified using the HDR-…

so A.DOR.A.BLE!

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...I love the way the little lamb turned out!



(larger individual pictures in my Flickr photostream.)

I spent a good deal of Saturday finishing the lamb. It took me four attempts at a different dress pattern before I gave up and used the same one I used for the Siamese kitties. I was having gauge issues and decided I didn't need to fuss with that...this lamb needed to be done!

Since the lamb is for a one-year-old, I embroidered the eyes and sewed the dress onto the lamb, avoiding all buttons. I knotted all ends and used the quilter's trick of burying the knots on the inside of the work. I really wanted a longer needle, but I couldn't find my doll-maker's needles anywhere. (I have cleverly organized them into oblivion!)

I wish I could tell you whether the birthday girl liked the lamb, but the gifts weren't opened at the party...there were a lot of guests and a lot of gifts. It would have taken forever. :-)

By the time we got home after the party on Sunday, it was 5pm. …

not-much-of-an-Eye Candy Friday...

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...this would be more of an anti-Eye Candy Friday. Look at what happened last night:



These are my size 5 (US) Harmony straight needles. This happened right in the middle of knitting the Fuzzy Lamb's head. Fortunately, I had another size 5 needle so I could finish it, but the broken tip made me sad. Now I get to call KnitPicks about getting a replacement. Rats!

On the plus side, I did finish knitting all of the Fuzzy Lamb components and did most of the seaming.



That's the tail off to the left...it's just too cute! I need to stuff the lamb, close everything up, and attach everything. I also need to finish knitting the dress. I'm using a lavender yarn that is very soft and washable:



I've started the dress using the pattern instructions, which has you knit the front and back separately and then seam them together. I think I'm going to start over and knit it in the round, Seaming is not my favorite thing to do!

Up this weekend: Finish the Lamb in time for the birthda…

WIP-it Wednesday, tax day version...

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...finished all our taxes and e-Filed everything. Yay!!

I'm been dividing my knitting time between the Fuzzy Lamb toy [Ravelry] and my Rogue Roses socks. The toy is progressing nicely...the pattern is well-written and it's an easy knit. I finished the two arms and will knit the head and ears tonight.



You can see from this picture that the yarn has some sheen to it as well as a little fuzziness—it is very soft! Now I have to decide which dress to knit for this little gem.

The Rogue Roses socks [Ravelry] are not progressing quite as nicely. Sock B is OK, but I ended up having to frog all the way back to the hem on Sock A. Somewhere I lost a stitch and I couldn't see where I dropped it. It was in one of the pattern panels because my stitch count was off by one (which is interesting because I have been carefully counting the panel stitches...who know what happened). Anyway, I spent time last night getting Sock A to a place where I could start the leg pattern again. Maybe this ti…

it was a knitting weekend...

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...my back was bugging me, so I decided to forgo the spinning. That plus I decided to make a present for the birthday party we're going to next weekend. We've been invited to the celebration of a friend's daughter who is turning one.

Since I was late in deciding to knit something, I wanted to knit something quick and fun. I can't think of anything more fun to knit than another stuffed animal! I chose Fuzzy Mitten's pattern called Fuzzy Lamb. It is adorable! I'm using Bernat's Bamboo Natural Blends yarn because it's soft and washable. Here it is so far:




I wish the tan was a little darker, but I still think it will be cute. The yarn is a little annoying in the same way Lion Brand Homespun is...for lack of a better description, it "bunches." The fiber is spun around a thread that has very little give. As you knit, the fiber starts gathering or bunching around the thread and you get these lumps that you have to move down the yarn. Then when you …

it's finally Friday...

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...it's been a long week! I still have a little congestion and cough from my cold. It just won't seem to go away. At least the coughing is only happening a few times a day.

This morning when I went out to my car there was a wondrously sweet fragrance in the air. Our grapefruit tree is blossoming and the scent is intoxicating.



It had stopped raining for a bit, so you could see raindrops on all of the leaves.





Not to be outdone, the tangerine tree is also blossoming.



So beautiful after the rain...



On the craft front, I wound the yarn for my Rogue Roses socks from the March installment of the BMFA Rockin' Sock Club. After winding the yarn, I realized that the Bleeding Hearts color matches one of our roses! Guess that's why the color appealed to me! LOL! Anyway, I'll start these socks today.

Up this weekend: finish off the taxes and eFile them. That will be a relief! I know I'll do something crafty, but who knows what will appeal to me! I have some singles that need…

Birthday Shout-Out to Jane!

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...it's today!

Happy Birthday, Jane!


Go to her blog and wish her a Happy Birthday! Have some cake in her honor!

Love ya, Jane! (Your present has shipped, so I'm hoping it will be there soon!)

nearly-WIP Wednesday...

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...because I haven't exactly started the project yet, but at least I've picked out the yarn!

I'm going to make the Rockin' Sock Club pattern "Rogue Roses." As I mentioned in an earlier post, the club color (Gertrude Skein) was just too old-fashioned looking for my taste. I do want to try the pattern, though, so I went stash-diving and found Socks That Rock Lightweight yarn in Bleeding Hearts and Mustang Sally. I decided on Bleeding Hearts:



I think that this will show off the pattern and still have some interesting color changes. I need to wind it and divide it into two balls tonight so I can start. I'm still not sure what to do with Gertrude Skein...

I've been working on the Argosy Scarf on and off all week. I'd probably be done with it if I'd stop making mistakes! As it is, I'v only knit 1 of the two skeins of yarn for this project. It feels like I've been at this point for weeks.

That's all I've got. I have been enjoying the li…

where did the weekend go?

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...between the company party and taxes, the weekend just flew by!

The party was Saturday evening, which meant that a good part of my Saturday "day" was spent cooking the two dishes that were my contribution to the potluck. I made an Artichoke Frittata appetizer and a Rice-Zucchini-Green Chile casserole side-dish. I've made both of these recipes before and they always turn out great!

The party was held at the boss' home in Los Altos Hills...they have a great party house and one of the best views around:



It's so nice to see the trees and the foothills from their front yard, unobstructed by other houses, light poles, etc. Anyway, the potluck was wonderful and we had a fun time.

Sunday was spent sorting through the tax materials and doing the first pass of the returns. Thank goodness for TurboTax! It would be too painful to do this by hand!

I managed to squeak in a couple of rows on my scarf, but that's was it for crafty things.

I know, kind of a sparse post. Now that …

April Eye Candy Friday...

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...how about some nice spring flowers?

Yellow snapdragons:



...close-up:



The California Poppies are growing like weeds right now:



And our lavender is happily setting lots of buds. I'm going to try drying these again (haven't been successful at getting a decent amount of dried lavender yet).



I'm feeling better with every passing day. Last night was the first time I've slept through the night without waking up coughing. However, the cough is far from being gone...my ribs are very sore from all of it.

Up this weekend: I need to get serious about the tax returns (ours and the Daughter's). Tomorrow, we are having our company holiday party, so I need to cook something for that. Other than that, I have made no other plans...a lot depends on how long it takes me to get through the tax stuff!

March 2009 Recap

Finished:3/30/09 Chocolate Covered Raspberries Seawool (4oz) from Creatively Dyed (spinning) [Ravelry]3/28/09 Queen of Beads socks; Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club, Jan 09 (knitting) [Ravelry]3/22/09 Pomegranate yarn; Naturally dyed gray alpaca (2 oz) from Tactile, a Fiber Arts Studio (spinning) [Ravelry]3/8/09 Purple Moebius Scarf (knitting) [Ravelry]
3/8/09 Charcoal Calorimetry (knitting) [Ravelry]

Worked on:Argosy scarf (knitting) [Ravelry]February Lady Sweater (knitting) [Ravelry]Started:
3/5 Gray Calorimetry (knitting) [Ravelry]3/14 Andromeda from Yarn Wench (spinning) [Ravelry]
3/22 Pomegranate yarn; Naturally dyed gray alpaca (spinning) [Ravelry]
Works In Progress, did not work on:
Black leg warmers in Caron Simply Soft yarn (knitting)Morning Surf Scarf (knitting) [Ravelry]Sea Foam Wrap (knitting) [Ravelry]
UFOs:
Angora Cottage 70% Merino and 30% Silk 4 oz.roving in purple [Ravelry]Cascade Fixation anklets (knitting)Central Air socks (knitting)Chasing Rainbows Heather--…

no-WIP Wednesday again...

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...just haven't the time or energy to make any progress this week.

One thing that I did over the weekend that I haven't reported: I plied bobbin #1 of Chocolate Covered Raspberries. I'm not sure when I'll be able to spin the remaining 4 ounces of this fiber, so I decided to go ahead and ply what I had:



...and the close-up:



Specs:
Started 2/22/09
Finished 3/30/09
Seawool (approx 4 ounces) from Creatively Dyed
Spun and Navajo-plied on Lendrum DT wheel
Yield: 188 yards; 13 WPI

At some point I'll post a recap for March...

As promised, I took pictures of the new installment for the Rockin' Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.



I have to say, this is not my favorite of the club colors. I love bright, jewel tones and this color is a little old fashioned for me. The pattern is somewhat interesting, but not really my style as I tend more to geometrics. I really want to love the pattern because it's by the Yarn Harlot. I may try the pattern in one of my other Socks That Rock c…