Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Noro One-Skein Stole

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn, 70% wool, 30% Nylon, colorway #S229
Needles: Size 8 Straights
Pattern: One Skein - Stole! by Katja Jordan (Ravelry Link to pattern)
Comments: The pattern is really cool--one page and uses only one skein of yarn! If you decide to knit the pattern, though, heed the instructions to use circular needles--the ends of the straight needles tend to get tangled in the stole holes (heh-heh, stole holes).

And of course, since this is Noro, you can't take just one photo of any project made with such a mesmerizing yarn.
It's to be a gift for someone who lives in a warm climate. I hope it's just right!

The Judge's Giant Boot Socks

Maybe they don't look so big on the small screen. But, trust me, these socks have to fit size 13 feet that the Judge walks around on. Knitting socks for him is a commitment!
Yarn: Lana Grossa Mega Boots Stretch, 70% wool, 23% Poly, 7% Elastic, Colorway 714
Needles: #1 (2.5mm) Knitpicks dpns
Pattern: My personal pattern
Comments: The yarn is of a dark enough color to possibly cause blindness while night knitting. Most of these were knit during daylight hours.
He wore them promptly and pronounced them warm and comfortable. He likes them! He really, really likes them!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Mom

1920 - 2008

Here we are on the front steps of our home.

Mom and Dad.

Me with Mom, Syttende Mai, Hanska 1998
I will carry her in my heart forever.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A(nother) Noro Scarf

Noro, your colors are endless. And so was this scarf.
Pattern: Just a simple seed stitch over 29 stitches--and a whole lot of rows!
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, colorways #52 and #91
Needles: US #8 (5.0 mm) addi TURBO circulars
Comments: This was knit as a Christmas gift, and I'm happy to have it off the needles. It's long, long, long, as it took 4 skeins of Noro Kureyon. But it washed and blocked to a lovely and soft scarf.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Nearly Kinneared

As far as I know, I have never been Kinneared.  But then, the whole idea of Kinnearing is that the person being Kinneared is unaware.  The word was coined by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee on her blog, Yarn Harlot.  It went from here to here and here:

 and possibly further.

But I have had a shout-out from the famous Yarn Harlot!  

Today Yarn Harlot was talking about how she had resisted doing the Brooklyn Tweed striped Noro scarf, well, just because she "wasn't like that."  Meaning she wouldn't want to make something that 8,000 people had made just because it was a fad.  Well, she got to looking at all the scarves and realized that they were like fingerprints--no two were alike!

To make a long story short, she listed 24 of those projects, and one of them was mine!  See Yarn Harlot's post here.   You'll see my little three-lettered name on her very famous blog. 

 Thanks, Stephanie! I feel a little less invisible today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Twilight Zone

My book club's selection this month is one written for junior high girls. It's called "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyer.I'm listening to it as I knit this:

Knitting holes. I'm truly in the Twilight Zone.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Geek Alert!

Every once in awhile I find something really off the subject of knitting that I need to share with you because it's so very geeky/cool.

Here's a snazzy program that allows you to save clippings from the web, notes that you need to remember. It's called Evernote, and it's different from Microsoft One Note as far as I know, because it works on several platforms: desktop, phone and web--and can be synced across those platforms. And it's free.
Ever run across something on the web that you just want to clip out and save? Save it in Evernote. Want to upload your recipes so that you have them when you go to your sister's house in Dubuque? Put them in Evernote. It's a free service unless you add over 20,000 notes or 400 mobile snapshots, etc., per month. Free works for me, but if you find yourself doing more saving, it's only a nominal fee per month after that--less than a fast food lunch!

I find it very simple to add recipes from the web, PDF files, and other things that I want to save and have access to on any computer. Mine are all private, but you could share designated folders with your friends or co-workers.

Tech stuff over...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Mittens with Flowers

Pattern: Mittens with Flowers a Morehouse Original kit
Yarn: Morehouse Merino 3-Strand for mittens in the natural oatmeal colorway and Morehouse 2-ply variegated Merino for flowers.
Needles: Size #5 (3.75mm) and #3 (3.25mm) dpns
Comments: I simply love Morehouse Farm yarn. It's comfort yarn, somewhat like knitting with Malabrigo. Earlier I made a pair of socks out of this yarn, and they are the ones I favor on early Minnesota mornings--so soft and warm and unbelievably comfy that I'm wearing them right now!

Margrit of Morehouse Farm writes elegant patterns that are concise and easy to follow. I tend to lose interest when a pattern gets chatty, and hers are perfect. Just give me the facts, ma'am.

I did change the wrist area on this pattern. It called for a rolled edge but when it rolled, it went a bit too far and didn't cover as much of my wrist as I liked (see right mitten below). So when both mittens were finished, I picked up the stitches at the wrist and added a few reverse stockinette rows (see left mitten below). This lengthens the mitten and works better for someone like me with long arms and never enough sleeve length. If I had known I would have enough yarn to add this length at the start, it would have been done there.
I like the double-rolled effect that my alteration gave to the mittens.
Bet you thought I typed this while wearing them!