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Friday, April 25th, 2008
11:52 am
I have euthanized so many animals this week that they are starting to run together in my mind. I need to go home and do fun and silly things this weekend.

Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
7:23 pm
Snow on Silk Garden
It snowed a TON here today, which was a surprise to the weatherpeople. I worked a late shift last night and they didn't have this predicted when I was driving home at 3:30am. This is what the car looked like by 1pm:

snowy mazda

I went for a walk around the neighborhood late this afternoon, and it was coming down hard again. This is no fluffy snow. This is giant, heavy-to-shovel, stick-to-your-knits snow.

I thought I would take a picture of it building up on my silk garden clapotis:

snowy day in April

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
5:01 pm
Thorpe Thorpe Thorpe!
I've been liking all the Thorpes that have been cropping up lately. Also, I'm finding that my calorimetry and panta aren't quite enough to keep my ears warm when it's really windy out (and they don't match my clapotis).

So I decided to make a Thorpe out of the same yarn as the clapotis that functions as my huge winter scarf.

Of course there was an annoying knot in the skein, so the dark green/brown/bright blue transition repeats itself around the garter portion, but I don't mind too much.

The silk garden is close to worsted, so I used size 8 needles and got a gauge of 4st/inch. I have a large head to I increased until I had 88 stitches total. I then followed the instructions for the large size, while adjusting all the other numbers (stitches bound off, width of earflaps, number of garter ridges before decreasing) by about 10%.

I am by no means a crocheter, but I found this video very helpful, even though my cat recently broke my computer speakers and I couldn't hear the sound.

It stretched a bit too much when I blocked it, so I ran it through the washer and dryer and now it's back to 4 st/inch and a perfect size. Don't be afraid to wash silk garden! It has too much silk content to felt much, and it's SO SOFT after.

From the back:
Thorpe from the back

Detail of my newfound crochet skills:
Thorpe detail

I really don't look this annoying in person:
Thorpe from the front
Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
10:34 pm
I am knitting the tweed beret for my sister out of Manos Del Uruguay, colour 118 (mulled wine). I have gauge (at least in the stockinette portion). I come from a family of huge-meloned people. Yet something is terribly amiss.

Devastating Proof:
Manos Beret

It is currently in the washing machine being felted. It will either come out a cute felted beret, or the precursor to a lovely drawstring bag. I shall update you on which.

ETA: HOORAY! It's a beret! Worn by a crazy woman!
Beret 2
It's still a bit big but my sister has a legendarily huge head. She can send it through the wash again if need be.

Beret 3Beret 4

Current Mood: meh
Monday, February 11th, 2008
6:01 pm
Metacam Sweater
It has been a LONG time since I've posted to my own journal. 54 weeks according to LJ. Even though I have a blog elsewhere, that's still quite pathetic.

metacam sweater

The pattern is the One-Piece Baby Kimono from the book Mason-Dixon Knitting.

I made it out of Mission Falls 1824 wool in colorway 535 on size 6 / 4.0 mm needles.

I put the ribbon and sweater through the washer and dryer separately before sewing them together in case there was a difference in shrinkage between them. I love this yarn and have used it before, but this was the first time I have put it through the washer and dryer. It is soft and lovely to start with, but is now SO SOFT!

I call it the metacam sweater because I was working on it at my workplace (I'm a veterinarian) and I was carrying it through the pharmacy. I noticed that it is the exact same colour as the packaging for the dog and cat anti-inflammatory Metacam.

I'm fairly happy with it. I did some garter stitch on the bottom to decrease rolling, which I like. The seaming of the sleeves is fairly lumpy, but it doesn't bother me enough to want to redo it.

I get to go see my niece for the first time this Thursday and I'm so excited! Isn't she the cutest thing?

Monday, December 18th, 2006
8:05 pm
Christmas knitting post
I have completed numerous projects for giftgiving, numerous pictures and info behind the cutCollapse )
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
7:46 pm
Friday, November 3rd, 2006
10:17 pm
Secret pal questionnaire
vive les questions!
Your knitting/crocheting habits & desires
1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both?
I knit, and I'm going to learn to crochet soon. I have a class in 2 weeks.

2. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for 2 years. I consider myself intermediate.

3. What are your favorite yarns or fibers to knit with? What yarns/fibers do you avoid, dislike or hate? Are you allergic to any fibers?
I love alpaca. I have turned into a yarn snob who doesn't use much %100 acrylic anymore. Fun furs aren't my thing these days.

4. What do you use to store your needles/hooks? How about your other tools, like stitch holders and point protectors? Where do you store your yarn?
It's rather random. A lot are in their original plastic bags. I have a lot of 8 inch bamboo DPNs in sizes 0 to 10 (5 of each) and I would love a pattern for sewing one of those roll-up cases for them. I might figure my own out after all the insane Christmas knitting is done.

5. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Do you have a needle preference—bamboo, aluminum, plastic, etc.? Any needles you’d like to try?
I like bamboo DPNs, and have a Boye set that I do most of my non-DPN work on. I don't use straights much at all anymore.

6. Do you own a ball winder and/or swift? Would you prefer to receive center-pull balls of yarn, if the person that has you owns a winder/swift and is so inclined?
I have a ball winder and a swift (I spoiled myself last year), and I like to do that part myself before I start a project.

7. Are you a sock knitter? Do you want to learn?
I have made most of one sock. It was a training sock. I plan to make more in the new year.

8. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like anything where I'm learning a new skill. Currently making a pair of thrummed mittens. I like little projects lately, like knucks, pantas, etc.

9. What are you knitting right now? Any current obsessions like socks, lace, felting, etc.?
I'm working on thrummed mittens. I think I may have gone overboard on the thrumming. They may end up looking like boxing gloves, but they should be quite toasty! I think my next phase will be little felted things like this: http://www.spunmag.com/article/060421cleo
Or illusion knitting! I'm very excited about making this pattern someday: http://slippedstitch.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_slippedstitch_archive.html

10. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? What have you always wanted to try knitting/crocheting?
I have a lot of books. I would still like to get One Skein and Folk Hats.

11. How old is your oldest UFO (UnFinished Object)?
About a year old. It's about 6 inches of knitty's very tall sock(s) http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTverytallsocks.html I think it may be destined for the frogpond.

12. Do you have any knitting magazine subscriptions? Any that you love or buy regularly?
No subscriptions. I only buy them if I think there's a good possibility of making one of the patterns in them. I wouldn't mind getting old magazines, though!

13. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
You betcha. Nobody crafts for me except me these days.

14. Would you like to receive hand knitted socks? If so, what are your foot measurements? (Don’t give just your shoe size—measure around the ball of your foot and also the length from heel to toe.) Of course, giving this information is no guarantee that you will actually receive knitted socks. It’s just in case. 
That would be sweet. 8.25 inches around the ball, 10 inches long. Narrow heels if that makes a difference.

Non-knitting stuff
1. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Include a link.

2. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) Any you can’t stand?
I don't do well with most scented soaps or candles. I can tolerate Body Shop products well, though. I love their white musk, oceanus, satsuma, vanilla spice, etc.

3. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy or snacks? Anything you would hate to get?
I tend to crave fat & salt more than chocolate, but will eat almost any junk food with gusto. I don't like arugula lettuce (bitter), but I can't imagine that travelling well in the mail anyway.

4. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (in case your buddy wants to make you a CD).
I like the Trews, Barenaked Ladies, Jackalope. I like being exposed to new things, so feel free to send me anything!

5. What is your favorite holiday?
I love Christmas for all the fun stuff we do around it. Easter has more personal/spiritual meaning to me, though.

6. Do you have a favorite animated character, animal, etc.?
I will someday be a certified crazy cat lady.

7. Are you into any fandoms? (Harry Potter, Buffy, etc.)
I enjoy Veronica Mars (is that a fandom?), CSI, Firefly.

8. How do you decorate your room/house? Is there anything that you collect?
My husband is still a student, so our decor is um, well, rather random. I don't like really cute, sappy things, though. I mostly hang photographs that I've taken or purchased. I love black & white photos.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? Is there a specific color family/palette that you enjoy knitting with or wearing?
I find myself buying a lot of brown, kakhi, olive green clothes these days. There aren't any colours that I don't like, although I'm rarely drawn to grey these days.

10. Would you like and use icons, layouts, banners or wallpapers? Anything specific?
I'm hoping to become more html savvy in the coming months, and actually work on my blog a bit. I don't even know how to steal a button yet.

Other information about you
1. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? Dye yarn? Are you looking to try any of these, and which ones?
Must stay away from these. I already spend way too much on yarn and knitting books.

2. What is your family/living situation? Do you have any pets?
I have been married for 8 years to a wonderful nerd. We have a crabby old tortie cat.

3. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens/gloves, slippers or ponchos?
I don't wear ponchos. I would LOVE slippers.

4. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
July 19

5. Anything else you’d like to add?
I'm not easily offended, so if you want to send me something kind of sarcastic or cheeky, that's okay. As an example of my kind of humor, see http://despair.com/viewall.html My favorite demotivational posters are underachievement, ambition, teamwork, and motivation.
9:26 pm
In case my secret pal is looking for me.
Hello Secret Pal! I don't use LJ much except for posting to the knitting communities. I have a little blog that I started in August and haven't updated for awhile, but hope to this weekend. It's geeksbewithyou.blogspot.com

Feel free to e-mail me from a temporoary address if you have questions.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
2:11 pm
A new era.
I got on to this site looking for knitting advice, but I think that it will be a great way to occupy my time working overnight shifts.

Here's to small steps out into the internet community!
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