Monday, July 31, 2006

The Not So Rare Monday Post

Lot's to talk about today!!!

I must say that my knitting groove is back. I'm so much in love with the Silver Creek Gansey that I can't put it down. The body was a nice easy knit and now that I'm in the yoke, it's even better. The pattern is easily memorized and it's going very quickly.

I'm halfway up the back yoke.
Yum!!!

More on the Sunset Circle Jacket:

If you're thinking of knitting this, be sure to go over the Sunrise Circle KAL blog. There's some good sizing info from Kate Gilbert (the talented designer) and why it doesn't fit the model (no surprise... knitting samples are not made for the models, but usually for the designer/designer's family/designer's friends). So she has some suggestions on how to adjust the length/size if you need it.

I have to say that I absolutely loved the way it fit when I was at the Yarn Gallery. (and yes Kristen, the 35" fit me with the exception of the sleeves being a little too snug.. and they were barely snug. It was still wearable, but I wouldn't have been able to wear anything with sleeves). The 35" fit Nicole perfectly. Nicole is 5', and I'm 5'2".

The key to this jacket fitting well is having that waist shaping at the waist.

Our SnB group has decided to do our first KAL. We're going to meet once a week to work exclusivley on one project. We're going to start with the Shoalwater Shawl pattern. I've already cast mine on in a lovely Schaefer yarn called Anne (a wool/mohair blend sock yarn).

I've got a playdate set up with Julie for this afternoon so we can finish up the tote bag. Might have to do a quick grocery run this morning, but I'm having problems putting the Silver Creek Gansey down!!!!

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Even Rarer Sunday Post

Yesterday was spent with "the girls". I met a few friends at Wegmans for some knitting and chatting. Theresa and I then dragged Nicole out to do some retail therapy. (just a quick kudos to Nicole as she has one of her cross stitch designs in the latest Keepsake Needlearts catalogue!)

We headed up to the Yarn Gallery in Reading PA (a lovely lovely shop that we knew Nicole would love). Well they had a shop sample of the Sunrise Circle Jacket. I'm thinking that trying on a knitted piece before you knit it is a wonderful idea.

Here's the issue. First, I'm full figured. My full bust measurement is 42", yet I have a narrow back and shoulders. I also should mention that I have heavy upper arms. That's right baby, it's all femine curves on me!!!

When I choose the sizing of my sweaters I usually shoot for about a 44" finished size. This has worked well for the patterns I've made this year.

The problem is that most of the sweaters I make are the boxy, loose fitting type sweaters and I want a nice drape on them... no clinging to my boobs or to my hips.

This is not the right mentality with the Sunrise Circle Jacket. The shop sample was done in 35" size and apart from the sleeves being a little snug (too snug for me to want to make that size), I realized that the size 45" that I had started is not going to work at all.

So I'll be frogging this baby and starting over:


I will say that I know I'm going to be thrilled with this jacket when it's done. It's very flattering for short shapely women. I had a concern about the neckline as I didn't think it sat on the model very well:
but now on closer inspection, it really doesn't fit that model well at all. It's not long enough and her sleeves are too short. Anyway, I loved the way the shop sample fit me... well apart from the sleeves (and Nicole looked stunning in it as well!).

We then headed down to one of my favorite yarn stores: Olde Peddler's Wools in Morgantown, PA. I always enjoy visiting with Darlene and we chatted quite a bit about Floyd Landis. I picked up a few skeins of Cascade 220 in a lovely coral color.

The Silver Creek Gansey has been split for the fronts and back. I'll try to get a picture of it up tomorrow. Unless I get distracted by other things (who me? get distracted??)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Rare Saturday Post

Okay, I didn't blog yesterday... but I was busy. I was on the final level of Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenol (and I've since moved on to Challenge Mode).

I did get the Silver Creek Gansey to the start of the moss stitch triangles, which means I'm 2" from dividing for the armholes. Then it's much much more interesting.

The main reason I'm actually blogging today is for Debby. She asked me in my comments about the situation with Floyd Landis, and I thought I would share my thoughts (and no, I don't "know" Floyd personally. I've met him once when he came home and he did a charity event. We have followed his career for a while now, as we do a lot of the American riders. However, Floyd has always been a favorite).

Let me first say that cycling has serious issues with doping. So much so that there's a presumed guilt for all riders. Case and point was the removal of several riders before the Tour even started. One team was so devestated by this that they didn't have enough riders left to participate and they all had to go home. Since then, 5 riders have received letters stating they've been cleared of any wrong doing. So an entire team and 5 riders were pentalized because of "suspision" rather than by guilt. Of course, the expulsion was major headline news... but has anyone heard of the clearing of these riders?

The other issue that I see is that the assumption that these doping tests are perfect. They're not. The T/E test that Floyd "failed" has a 1% false positive rate. Think about that number for a bit. 1 in 100 tests will give you a false positive. Imagine taking a pregancy test with that kind of fail rate. The lab would be facing a lawsuit. The other thing to keep in mind is that this test is testing naturally occuring substances. It's not like a drug test. It's very obvious if you're testing for cocaine to know if there's cocaine in the system or not. A hormone ratio is much more subjective and many things occuring in the body naturally can effect these numbers.

I also think it's important to note that every athlete that has appealed this test has won. The test is seriously flawed and I think it's a shame that a person's entire career and reputation is based on this.

For a more specific account of Floyd's situation and a more detailed explanation of the T/E here's an article from Velonews.

My heart is breaking for Floyd Landis. I believe that he is falling into the presumed guilt mentality of his profession based on a test that doesn't tell the whole story. Even if his name is cleared and they find why his numbers aren't within their "range", the damage has been done. There will always be a question about it... and as my friend Bob says the scandles are front page news, but the retractions are small paragraphs buried on page 5.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Not the most exciting blog

The Silver Creek Gansey is growing. That's all the knitting I got done yesterday. Which is actually quite a bit considering.

My friend Julie came over for a playdate yesterday. Our SnB group was gifted with a bunch of fabric samples by a friend of Nicole's. Julie and I decided to sort out some of the fabrics to make some tote bags. Yesterday we spent the day sewing cutting and chatting. Didn't quite get the first bag done, but we're pretty happy with how it's turning out (no picture so Theresa can be surprised. heehee)

See, not the most exciting blog. The Silver Creek Gansey isn't really exciting until I get to the yoke (and I'm about half way there). I'm not knitting on much else right now and I'm spending some time playing Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (which I'm really enjoying. This just might be the best series I've played. The games devlopers did well as far as keeping the feel of the earlier games, but they don't feel like it's just more of the same. The gameplay is fun, the storyline interesting and the humor is very appealing to me.)

So expect more of the same today. A little knitting, a little gameplay, and a lot of working out (sigh).

Happy Knitting!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Round and Round We Go

The Silver Creek Gansey in moving along. That's basically all the knitting I got done yesterday.

Syl of Beadlizard asked me how many project that makes on my needles. Um, well I don't know, and I really don't care. It used to bother me that I had so many projects going at one time, but then I learned to embrace my short attention span. I enjoy working on several things at one time to keep me from getting bored. I do cast on more than I'll finish. I know that I have projects that I'll never finish. I love to cast things on... sometimes just to "taste" the pattern.

I will say that I've already been more productive this year about finishing things than I've done in the past. I think part of this is that I'm happier with my knitting skills and the projects are more successful than in years past. Last year I had a lot of things I was super happy with and this year I've been pleased with the things I've finished.

I try to keep one "main" project going... the project I want finished and have a couple others that give me a break from that main project. Right now my main project is the Not So High Cabled Tank... and I do want that one finished. I think I'm having a bit of a mental block with it since I'm changing the neckline and with not much success. The Silver Creek Gansey is a nice break... just knitting around and around.

So basically, I like to cast on new projects. I may not like eating at buffets, but I sure do like knitting at them!!!

Happy Knitting!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Ya, Like I Needed To Cast On Something New...


I cast on the Silver Creek Gansey yesterday. Yep this is the one I had started last week trying to use the yarn that I got at TKGA conference that didn't work. I just couldn't get the pattern out of my head (and of course Kate of the excellent taste cast it on and it looks fab!! She had it at SnB on Thursday).

I ended up using good ol' Paton's Classic Wool. Nothing really beats a nice basic worsted weight yarn, that's for sure!

I breezed thru the tubular cast on this time (hmmm, that should've been a clue with the other yarn... it was a nightmare to knit!)

I'm pretty much planning on keeping this pattern as is with the exception of the bottom ribbing. It's supposed to be 2-1/2"... and I'll probably shoot for 1-1/2". I don't want it to pull in too much.

As you can see from the photo at the top, I had no issue with my camera today. I don't get it. Some days it won't work and some days it does. So when it works, I'll have pictures and when it doesn't, I won't.

Happy Knitting!!!

Monday, July 24, 2006

At truely great weekend!!!

A hectic, busy weekend with lots of fun with good friends. Okay, so not a lot of knitting got done (actually now that I think about it, I don't think I knit at all over the weekend!!! how did that happen???)

Thanks for the congrats to Matt about his finish at Mt. Nebo. It was an exciting day for us. I was beat by the end of the day (hey, cheering on the entire field in hot humid weather is tough!).

Sunday was spent with friends to celebrate Joan's birthday (go wish her a happy birthday!!!). Theresa picked me up nice and early and we joined Linda and Joan for some lunch and cake! No one knitted (too busy chatting and fondling Joan's stash!) I do have pictures, but my lemon of a camera has decided that it doesn't like to format my photos correctly (I thought it might be Photoshop that was corrupt, but the Canon software isn't reading the files either... argh!). Anyway, we had a great get together.

So now it's Monday and back to the daily grind. With no more Tour de France to entertain me! (and it was a very entertaining TdF, eh?). So I'll do a little laundry... okay, maybe a lot of laundry. I've been procrastining on it. Maybe some of the regular weekend chores that I didn't get a chance to do and maybe a little knitting to boot.

I think I'll concentrate on the Not So High Cabled Tank so I can wear it to the Knit In at the Mannings next month.

Happy Knitting!!!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Best Results Ever!

It's been one of those days. One of those good days where you run on adreline, even though you're so tired you can't keep your eyes open (or it just might be allergies).

Matt finished third today at Mt Nebo. This grueling race really benefits someone of Matt's size and power. The only disappointment? It was a cash prize... no trophy with a bike on top (this is why Matt races... he wants a trophy so bad!!!)

I have to say that I really enjoy the guys that Matt races with. They're all so supportive of each other and Matt has made some really great friends.

I did remember to take my camera, but I forgot the memory stick... which really makes it hard to take pictures). Matt's highest finish, and I don't have a picture of it.

So we hung out so Matt could get his check then headed home so we could watch the TT (time trial) in France (yay Tivo!!!). It was probably the only day in this year's Tour that ended predictibly. Floyd Landis did what I expected he would do. It looks like my prediction back in November was right!

For those interested (and I know you are) here's a great interview with Floyd (with a little help from Dave Zabriskie... an other favorite rider here. I'm sorry that he's no longer blogging. It was one of the funniest blogs). Now the question of the day? Do you think Floyd will do a wheelie on the Champs Elysees again?


©: AFP Photo

Okay, so that's a pretty good day, don't ya think? Well, it gets better. We received a check from our electric company for the oven repair. How cool is that! (Sadly our friend Jim is still without power from this last group of storms. It's been since Tuesday.)

Now that's a pretty good day!

Friday, July 21, 2006

OMG!

Okay, let me just warn you that there's no knitting content today.

As you know, this is a cycling household. We live our lives around Matt's training and race schedule. I've been following the Tour for several years now... and I also watch the other Grand Tours when available. I have to admit that even tho' I don't ride a bike, I love the racing (not to mention what it's done for Matt's legs...).

Yesterday was the most amazing thing I've ever seen in all my years of following sports. Not just cycling.

Racing in a 3 week race is grueling. You have to be in top form every single day. Imagine running a marathon. Every day. For 3 weeks. One bad day and your chances are done. Floyd Landis had a bad day. He had a bad day on a day that he couldn't afford to have a bad day. Being down 8 minutes with only a few days left means his chances of an overall were done. He could possibly go for a stage win (no small feat... and something every rider dreams of), but the big prize of winning the overall TdF was finished. Right?

A larger group of riders will always be able to ride faster than a smaller group. The first rider takes the brunt of the wind and the riders behind save about 30% of their energy. The more riders you have, the less energy you spend. A single rider out by themselves has to use 100% of the energy constantly... no recovery. That's why the peleton can chase down breakaways (usually).

When I turned on the TV coverage yesterday, I was hoping the Landis would make a move and go for the stage win. He's probably finished as a cyclist after this race is over thanks to a degenerative hip that he's going to have replaced. So while I wasn't completely surprised to see his attack early in the day, two things did surprise me: no one countered (they couldn't keep his pace... Cadel Evens said that the pace was so high he went into the "red zone" and never recovered). The peleton didn't chase him down.

Now I think there were probably two reasons why the peleton didn't chase him down. 1: I think there was an assumption that Floyd would fade, especially after the tough climbs and his hard pace and they would all be back together before the horrific final climb of the day. 2: I don't think there is a strong enough team to put that kind of effort into the chase.

What Floyd did yesterday showed a great deal of determination, strenth and quite frankly, balls. While Floyd is someone we've followed several years and from this area (the local races that Matt does are the same ones Floyd would've done as an amatuer), I can't imagine anyone not rooting for him now after yesterday's gutsy performance.

Sadly, I'm not going to be able to watch Saturday's Time Trial live, as I'm off to watch Matt race at Mt. Nebo (one of the toughest single days races in the US... 9 mile loop with 1125 ft of climbing every lap).

So I should be back to knitting content tomorrow (or should I admit that I just got Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal yesterday? there maybe not much knitting after all...)

Happy Knitting (and Go Floyd!!!)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Sunrise

The Sunrise Circle Jacket is progressing steadily. I'm at the raglan decreases on the back. The real fun is going to be the front/sleeves.

I also cast on and worked a few rows on the Not So High Cabled Tank:


So that's what I did yesterday while watching the Tour... this has been an interesting race this year and it looks like this day is going to continue with the surprises... gotta run (go Floyd!!!!)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A quickie

Just a quick update today, as the Tour already started.

The Greenwood Hill Gansey isn't going to work. I questioned the yarn she sold me (a 3 ply) as being a bit too heavy for the pattern and it is. However, I think it will do well for the Maureen.

We had pretty bad storms last night. A lot of branches came down... and while Matt was out on his Tuesday night training ride. They had a branch come down right in front of them, but not before it hit a power line and blew a transformer. He said it was one of the freakish things he's been on. They found shelter and took cover until it passed and everyone got home safely. Trees and power lines were down everywhere he said. We lost part of our fence thanks to a huge falling limb.

Well, off to watch Le Tour (yay Floyd!!!!)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Like Totally Gag Me With The Tubular Cast On


That took me all day to do. It's the start of the Greenwood Hill Gansey that I bought at TKGA.

I decided to do the tubular cast on, my favorite for 1X1 ribbing. However, I don't use it a lot and sorta forgot that I needed to do an e-loop cast on with the scrap yarn. Oh, and only half the number of stitches. So my first try I did a crochet cast on and picked up too many stitches. Okay... frogged that first try, check directions for a tubular cast on and go again. Well try two included a little twist that I discovered on the 4th row. Frogged that one. Three times the charm.

It was also pretty difficult to start due to the tightness of the gauge.

However, it's cast on and this yarn does not disappoint. The yarn is simply delightful to knit with. Soft yet with a nice twist. The samples at the Greenhill Farm booth were stunning and I'm looking forward to wearing this sweater.

Here's the other project I've been working on (apart from the Landscape shawl which I'm still working on here and there when I'm sitting in the living room):



The Sunrise Circle Jacket. I've started the darts for the back. The color is a little off in the picture. The yarn is a bit more green then what it shows.

So that's the progress.

Today I'm obviously glued to the TV watching the Tour de France and work on some knitting.

Happy Knitting!!!

Monday, July 17, 2006

TGTKGA

Busy busy weekend.

Theresa picked me up nice and early on Friday and we headed off to the TKGA conference in Valley Forge where we met up with Lauren. We fingered a lot of yarn. Some was purchased (heehee). Here's my take:

Shadyside Farm:
3 patterns and enough yarn to make one of the patterns.





Brooks Farm Yarn:
some lovely hand dyed wool/mohair/silk yarn... either for a shawl or a vest


Greenwood Hill Farm:
OMG some lovely natural merino wool.


I got this fish button, but I don't remember from where:


As you can see, I've already started winding up the yarn and even done some swatching. I'll probably cast on something new, but I will admit that I did cast on the Sunrise Circle Jacket (ooooh, I didn't know there was a KAL for this!) in Kathmandu yarn in a yummy green (forgot to get a picture of it). So far so fun! I'll have pics of it for tomorrow.

So that was Friday... let's talk Saturday.

Race Day!
Matt did the Mt. Penn race in Reading PA (if you know where the pagoda/clock tower is in Reading... that's the hill they did. 10 times). Matt did the cat 3/4 race (Matt's a cat 4... 3 is a higher class). Four of the Iron Hill guys did the race: Matt, Bryan, Jim and Tim. Jim showed up 10 mintues before the race started so he didn't have a chance to ride the course. Which was treatcherous to say the least. Started off with a nasty decline before going back up hill. It was a hot, muggy, rainy day (and yes, I still ended up with a little sunburn). Jim decided not to take any chances and stayed at the back and just went tempo (and did an extra lap... wanted to get his money's worth). Everyone had a great race. Bryan bonked on lap 8 and Tim and Matt fell off the lead group about the same time. They both had top 20 finishes, but were beat by 17 year old cat 3 riders. A strong great finish. Tim's girlfriend and I sat out in the humid, rainy weather and cheered them all on. I was even able to do a little feed zone support. Because of the horrible weather, I didn't get any pictures.

Sunday was spent watching Le Tour and then doing some sewing.

The heat is supposed to be pretty bad today so I'll be staying in and working on some projects. Stay cool and Happy Knitting!!!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Landscape and Inspired Cables

I took a break from the Not So High Neck Cabled Tank (Interweave Knits Summer 2004) and worked on some mindless knitting:


The Vneck Sweater from Inspired Cable Knits (Fiona Ellis). The Katia Bamboo (60% bamboo/40% cotton) is giving this sweater a delightful drape. However, the color is stunning in person, but does not photograph well at all. (doesn't help that we're back to hot, humid, rainy weather)

The other thing I'm working on is the Landscape Shawl.


So that's what I'm working on. Good knitting to watch le Tour... which I'm off to do right now.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Plan C...

I'm still not thrilled with my neckline decreases for the Not So High Neck Cabled Tank (Interweave Knits Summer 2004). I think I'll do the back and come back to the front. I might have a better idea of what I want to do with the neckline.

I have to admit I'm in a bit of a knitting funk right now. I'm not knitting as much as I normally do. After struggling with the neckline yesterday I thought, Hmmm, maybe I need to work on something else for a bit. The problem is that nothing really appealled to me... even something new.

I'm not worried, I go thru phases like this every once in a while. I'll be heading down to the TKGA Conference in Valley Forge on Friday and that should inspire me. All that fibery goodness in one spot always gets my knitting juices flowing. For now, I'll just work here and there on things that I feel like working on.

Actuall that seems to be the Landscape Shawl. I'm still enjoying knitting it, even as I only knit 4 rows a day. As the fabric gets bigger and bigger, I'm sure that average will come down, but it's still an interesting, yet easy knit.

Off to the grocery store today and dinner with our friends.
Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Changing Patterns on the Fly

I've started the neckline decreases for the Not So High Neck Cabled Tank (Interweave Knits Summer 2004) and I'm sort of making it up as I go.

I'm not real fond of sleeveless turtlenecks, so I thought it would work well as a V neck. I probably should've finished the back so I had a better idea of where I wanted to do the neck decreases.

I want the center cable to flow along the edge of the V neck, but I think I should've used the second cable rather than the center. I think it would have a better impact. So even as I type this, I think I'm going to frog it back and change where I'm doing my decreases.

Here's where I'm currently doing my decreases:

And this is where I think I'm going to change it:

Okay, so that might not be real clear as to what I'm going to do, but I just think the cables will flow nicer and I'll have a better neckline shape with the double lines flowing up the neck rather than just one.

I only have a few rows to pull back, but I think now's the time to do it rather than wait to see if what I started is going to work. I know I'll like it better the other way...

That's the plan for today, unless I get sidetracked by something (which is always a good possibility)

Happy Knitting!!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Weekend Progress

Thanks so much for all the comments about the ill fitting fishy dress. I'm ignoring it for now (tho' I tried adjusting the bust darts a bit) and I made a simple summer skirt on Friday (which I love). Basically it comes down to just being lazy. I really had hoped that I could just take a pattern and sew it up. Nope, gotta take the time to adjust for fitting. Unlike knitting where I can just cast on. If I see it's not gonna fit, I can frog and change it easily. Sewing takes a lot more prep work. hrumph. Patience is not my virture.

I also got my oven fixed! Yay!!!! So it was a busy day. (so yes, Lauren, posting twice in one day does give me a day off. 5 posts a week is enough. Unlike some people who think you only need to post once every 6 weeks...)

It was a fairly quiet weekend here, which was nice. I got some much needed housework done, Matt didn't have a race (but he still spent about 8 hours on the bike over the weekend as he has two tough races coming up the next two weeks). I took it easy and didn't get a lot of knitting done, but I'm just about to start the V neck shaping on the Not So High Neck Cabled Tank:



I should have the front done today.

No Tour coverage today, no baseball games (Home Run Derby tonight) so I'm not sure what I'll do while I knit. Maybe I'll do some more housecleaning...

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Now I remember why I stopped sewing:



Is that dress lovely? Great colors, fun fish fabric, classic design. Quality workmanship. It fits my dressform to perfection, no? Even Jake seems to think it looks sweet.

Sadly, I look like I'm a fish covered sack of potatoes in it.

How come I can buy clothes off the rack, but I've got to meticulously change sewing patterns?

The bustline is too small (they assume a "B" cup, just like my dressform. If you know me, you know that I'm not a B cup). The neckline gaps. The sleeves don't sit right (probably because the neckline gaps). It bunches up at my "backporch" thanks to my swayback. I'm not comfortable in it and quite frankly, it's not very flattering on me.

So I'm a wee bit disappointed. I loved that fabric. Unlike knitting where I could just frog it and knit something else, I'm not stuck with a dress that I can't wear.
Sigh.

Maybe I should cast on something new to knit....

Little Progress

...at least on knitting.

I went shopping yesterday with Betty (meaning we shopped for about an hour, then went to lunch... heehee, do we know how to shop or what?). I did get a pattern to make cute shorts/pants/skirt. However, I need to finish the dress I already started. I should have it finished today.

I didn't work on the High Neck Cabled Tank at all yesterday, so it's still about 2 rows short of the armhole decreases. I did work on my Artyarns Jaywalker sock. I had started a short row heel on it, but I have such issues with picking up the double wraps (being a tight knitter and all). I gave up, frogged back and started a traditional heel. I then broke a needle (stupid size one needles... they snap like twigs). So I threw them on some circs as I figured I then could try them on as they seemed a little less stretchy then the other Jaywalker's I've made. And they were. So they've been frogged to start again on larger needles.

So not a lot of progess to report... however, just so I have something for you to look at: a picture of the Scoop du Jour in action!



Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Yet An Other Krap-tastic Picture Day!

Ah, rainy, humid weather, how we are tired of thee... anyone else craving sunshine?

Didn't get much done yesterday, as we ended up at a friend's house for a bbq. However, I did get a little bit done on the High Neck Cabled Tank (which I may have to rename, as I'm not doing the High Neck part, and I'm even considering little cap sleeves on it)


Actually, considering the lack of natural light, that photo isn't too bad.

Let me say that I'm really enjoying knitting this project. I've loved Kathy Zimmerman's designs for some time (she needs a compilation book...), but this is the first I've actually gotten around to knitting one. It certainly won't be my last.

The bottom ribbing and first cable structure is brilliant. Notice the lack of cable splay? It's brilliant, I say!

So I'm hoping to get a few more rows don on it today, with a few other things that I need to take care of.

Happy Knitting!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006



Ah, a holiday. Ya, like that makes a difference here at chez Knitting Park. Matt's already out for a 3+ hour bike ride, I've got some chores to do and we'll do hot dogs on the grill for dinner. Ya, do we know how to do a holiday or what?

I did some shopping yesterday, mostly for buttons and some sewing supplies. Matt finally got the window trim and blinds up in my sewing room (and he even swept up my floor!) so I need to get back to some sewing. I have a dress all cut out and the body is pieced together. It needs sleeves and lining then the finishing. I'm not sure I'll get to it today, but I'm actually a bit antsy to get it done (as I bought fabric for two new dresses yesterday).

However, it's still all about knitting!!! The Cabled High Neck Tank is moving really nicely. I should get it to the armholes today.

Well off to watch a little Tour while I work on my chores!

Have a safe holiday and Happy Knitting!!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Because I'm A Suggestive Personality

Since Kristen said in my comments on Friday that it was time for something cable-y, I had to cast this on:


That is Kathy Zimmerman's Cabled High Neck Tank from the Summer 2004 issue of Interweave Knits. (Mine, however will not be a high neck, but more likely a V neck). I'm using Cotton Fleece in Berry. I loooove it so far. The pattern is a bit high concentration for me (no memorizing) but I think this is going to be one sweet little tank when finished.

I was going to do some action shots of Scoop for Acornbud, but not a good photo shoot day (we did get some sun over the weekend. I swear!... now we're back to hazy and an occassional rain).

The other project that is progressing?


The Landscape Shawl (be sure to click the photo to get better details). I'm at the moss stitch section with only one section to go after that. I'm probably not at the halfway point yet, but I'm already starting to feel the length of these rows. However, it's still my kind of knitting. The changing of the stitch patterns across the row are interesting, yet not complex. I nice "filler" project when I just want to knit... not necessarily concentrate.

I've got a full day planned of shopping then Stitch n Bitch tonight. So it should be a fun day (icky sticky weather won't deter me!!!)

Happy Knitting!!!