Saturday, February 28, 2009

Orange Yum

We made a trek over to Boreais Yarn in St. Paul today. This is a lovely shop and the people there--both the women working at the shop and those knitting at the front table--were wonderful! They have lots of Noro yarn and a huge selection of sock yarn, too.
Having very little orange in my wardrobe, I don't normally choose this color yarn. But this was such a delectable color and so very soft that it came home with me. It's Louet Gems in Citrus Orange (no wonder it's yummy) in fingering weight, machine washable and dryable!

Guinifer asked about the yarn in my previous post. The variegated yarn is Morehouse Farm lace weight in the colorway "Monet's Garden."

Friday, February 27, 2009

More Morehouse

I am such a fan of Morehouse Farm yarn. It's unbelievably soft and the colors are fabulous!

I couldn't wait to cast on for the simply elegant Verona Shawl. I couldn't get the color right with my camera. It's called Silver Birch, and is more sage green than it looks here. Just neutral enough.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Impossible Dream

As you can see, I've made a somewhat successful attempt to match the striping. With Noro yarn, that can be the impossible dream. But it's close enough and probably won't be noticed if I keep my arms down while wearing it. Not that I walk around with them over my head, of course. Matching gets a bit trickier on the upper front where I tried to attach the second ball of yarn at just the right spot.

The pattern says to join the right shoulder seam and then pick up stitches to attach ribbing, which would involve joining the left shoulder seam along with the ribbing at the end. I wonder if it would be okay to join both shoulder seams and pick up the ribbing in the round? Or would it not lie properly flat? Please comment if you have any ideas on this.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Milky Way

This isn't knitting stuff and I am not an astronomy buff (hey, that rhymes), but I really enjoy seeing The Astronomy Picture of the Day each day. A brief explanation is written for each by professional astronomers.

Yesterday's photo is a fabulous Mauna Kea Milky Way panoramic view. Go to the linked site and you can use the scroll bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll right and left to see the whole view. Pause your cursor over the photo to view the names of the stars.

Here's the RSS feed for The Astronomy Picture of the Day in case any of you want to see it daily in your Bloglines or Google or Yahoo readers. And if you aren't using a reader, I highly recommend signing up for one. You can get your favorite news, blogs and even podcasts delivered daily. If you are on Ravelry, you can have your friends' updates such as new projects and things they have favorited go directly into your reader. So you only have to look in one place. Be warned, though. Your friends' faves can be a hefty amount of stuff to scroll through.

Having tried other readers, I am now using my Microsoft Outlook 2007 to read RSS feeds. Still living in Outlook.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

On Podcasts

I do a lot of listening while I knit. It's generally not television but sometimes radio, or online radio. And books from Audible. But more often than not, I'm listening to a lot of podcasts. Here are several of them.

Beach Walks with Rox (This is a video podcast)
Cast On
Cheri Cast
Classical 95.9 WCRI
Classical Music from Aspen Public Radio
The Concert
Conversations with Mensa
Geek News Central Podcast
Great Pianists Podcasts from Magnatunes
It's a Purl, Man
Knit Picks
Knit Science
Knitting Rose
Let's Knit Together (This is a video podcast)
Meditation Station
Never Not Knitting
Ready Set Knit
Socks in the City
Stash & Burn
Sticks & String
WGBH Classical Performance

If you aren't a technophile, you will probably be happy to know that you don't need an iPod to listen to these. I recommend you get iTunes so that you can listen on your computer. Then check the podcasts in your iTunes Store and you will find all sorts of them, usually free.

Most of the links I have listed above will have a button for you to subscribe to their podcast with iTunes. Then these wonderful programs will be downloaded automatically into your computer and they will be there when you want to listen.

Give podcasts a try; I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Finished Twizzling

Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Cotton (41% Cotton, 39% wool, 13% Poly, 7% Elastic) Colorway #8003.
Pattern: Personal pattern
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments: If you have been following this blog, you know that these were inspired by my favorite Cherry flavored Twizzlers candy. The yarn is really nice, with its slight amount of elastic added. They feel good on my feet.
Not too much lace; just enough for me for spring and summer.
Convertible to anklets, as is my preference these days.

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Minnesota Public Radio is allowing you to send some lovely music as Valentines, and I have chosen a couple that I think are beautiful.

One is "Dreaming My Dreams with You" sung by--surprise--Waylon Jennings.

And the other is the classical "Intermezzo in A" by Johannes Brahms, performed by pianist Helene Grimaud.

Just follow the links and click on the little arrow to play the music.

This post is early, but I wanted you to be able to send your own musical greetings.

Have a Happy Valentine's day.

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Red Socks

The Twizzler inspired socks are moving right along.
I had decided that my current sock yarn purchases would be solid or nearly solid colors. But that little pink/gray Regia yarn slipped under my radar. It looked so "fifties" and it just sock-hopped into my basket.

And look what I found at The Yarnery: A softly shiny pewter shawl pin. I'm off to my Monday routine--clothes washing!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Crayon Socks - Finished!

Yarn: Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Sock Yarn, "Denali." in the Crayon colorway (80% Merino, 20% Nylon). 450 yard on the 4 oz. skein.
Pattern: My own, a variation of Winterscape Socks.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments: This yarn is nice to knit and is a bit heavier than most sock yarns, so it makes a dense sock. It should wear well. As with most hand dyed socks, you can see the color variation in the dying, even though these socks were knit with one skein of yarn without any knots or breaks.
These, as is my fashion, can be converted to anklets. I like them inside out as well. Quirky, I know.
Is there anyone else out there who likes inside-out socks?

Friday, February 06, 2009

Speaking of Lace

In the works--blame my penchant for starting new projects--is a sock with modest lace inserts. Yes, lace! The patterning looks suspiciously like a certain candy. Have I been eating too many Twizzlers recently?
Speaking of lace, I am enjoying a blog called "1884 Knitted Lace Sample Book." The writer purchased a 19th century composition book in an antiques shop in Illinois. What a find! Twenty-five pages of lace edgings (40 patterns in all) and their instructions! Vintagekathleen has been posting these patterns weekly, with charts. Thank you so much, Kathleen!

And now, for those of you who can't wait to know what this is:
It's a vest--for me. But if it turns out to be too small, it'll be a gift. And here is a message for my little sister: It looks like it's going to fit me, not you. heh-heh.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Promises, Promises

As the song goes, "I'm all through with promises, promises." My promise to myself to finish the Blanket Cardigan was again interrupted with a bedeviling case of startitis. And we all know what that is. The overwhelming compulsive urge to start something new before finishing other projects. What? That never happens to you? Hmmmph.

It's another Noro project. One using sock yarn and size 2 needles. Not socks. What was I thinking?
Stay tuned for more...