Thursday, August 30, 2007

Farm Country , I Mean Modesto, CA

A Duck Pond

We took a trip to Modesto, CA around mid August to see my best friend Diane who is moving to Orlando, FL for a job. Of course this happens right as non-stop flights from San Diego to San Fran are coming soon at $39. Oh, well. It was a fun trip and Buby got to spend time with Luna, Diane's weirmeriner (sp ?) (it's a big dog). He mostly enjoyed the attention of a dog, maybe he would like it on a smaller scale. We had tons of fun just hanging around. We made a trip to Coloe Me Mine, which is becoming a bit of a tradition. Photos will be posted when Diane ships my piece. Mainly we terrorized Diane with a Buby.

Buby appreciating the local trees. Yes, he kisses everything! Including himself in the mirror with mac and cheese mouth. Just ask Diane.

The City by the Bay

Random tree on the walk to Pier 39

The Sea Lions must be visited
Golden Gate (of course)

Good old Alzatraz, Couldn't miss that pic.

Our first full day with Diane was spent in San Francisco. I loved this day trip! Where to begin. The first event was a visit to Imagi Knit, the details on the knit shop coming soon. The Bart didn't go quite all the way to the knit shop so there was a trek, uphill, which began in the ghetto. Okay maybe not the ghetto but it was a not so nice place. I will say I am not a city girl and typical find the city a dangerous place. A helpful fellow on the Bart said it was like 2 blocks. More like a country mile. I said it was all uphill right? As I was the only knitter I am sure the others were wondering how this could all possibly be worth the long haul. We finally arrived and we all went in. I was in there for an hour and a half. The non-knitters quickly made way to a cafe across the street. Now when I WAS done I did feel the need for nourishment. The cafe was a local sort, not a big corporate coffee chain, that served delicious iced coffee. The sort that you can feel clogging your arteries as I think it had tons of cream. A delicious hazelnut cake type pastry was inhaled. Good thing the walk back was all downhill!

We hopped back on the Bart to go to downtown. We had a rather long walk from the station to Pier 39. The better to build up an appetite! We promptly ate at some random restaurant. Went to check out sea lions, view Alacatraz, and catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate. More shopping, much more eating (crepes with Nutella and strawberries!). There is a shop named Chocolate Heaven. YUM! Buby loved San Fran from atop his daddy's shoulders. He could be heard singing away as we took in the sights. It was a full day and I was most happy with my yarn purchases!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Got Lace?

Project: Shetland Shawl, Wrap Style
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Silky Kid, Cabin Fever, dk weight, Knit Picks Shadow, Redwood Forest, lace weight used doubled
Needles: US size 8, Knit Picks options
Time: 1 week
Size: 61: across the top, 25" from top to tip after blocking
Project Notes: This was a great introduction to lace knitting. Using a heavier yarn made the project go quickly. I bought one skein of this yarn and needed to come up with a project for the one skein since it is a pricey yarn.I used almost the entire skein; very small amount left. I bought a postal scale so I could use all the yarn without getting into a pattern repeat and running out. I like the edge in the solid color. I think it sort of anchors the handpainted yarn. This reminds me of the falling leaves I miss so much from growing up in RI. The edge did not come out as pointy as intended, I used bigger needles to bind off but I think it still tightened up. In the future I will explore other methods of binding off lace. I like the effect of the handpainted yarn in this project, however I do see how solids show patterns better. I live handpainted yarn so much I will use it again, but for more complex patterns I will use solids. The size is perfect. I can wear it out and not have a huge shawl dragging behind me or use it as a scarf. Since I have a 10 month old that is a huge plus. I think this shawl will look great with jeans and will probably be a staple this winter.

Undulating Waves

Project: Waves Scarf, free from Knit Picks
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Twister in blues and greens 2 skeins (586 yds each)
Needles: US size 8, Knit Picks options
Time: about a month with some breaks
Size: 16" wide 80" long after blocking
Project Notes: Love the finished project. I did not use a bulky yarn as the pattern called for originally. This project opened up and has tremendous drape once blocked. 80" of reversible 2x2 ribbing gets boring! By the end I just want this project to end. I am very glad I knit this scarf, but I think the yarn MAKES the project on this one. I alternated the 2 skeins every pattern repeat. The skeins were slightly different due to the nature of hand dyed yarn.

Let's Get This Party Started!

Okay perhaps I began this blog at a not so good time in my life. Buby went thru a particularly needy phase combined with teeth FINALLY begining to come in. Things are much better now. I get time to knit and even breathe! Since my birthday was just over a month ago I am in my get organized and focused phase. Maybe thats why I love the fall so much. It is my New Year's in a way. I am going to be making updates at least every Sunday. Yes, I am scheduling my blog. I really want to post so I have a project gallery when I begin to forget what I have accomplished. It's no good to have a project gallery when you never update. This is why I do not have a physical scrap book; it would never come into being.