Thursday, July 31, 2008
But the Summer 2008 issue? I'd actually make some of these! Okay, some I wouldn't be caught dead in - Heliotrope? Oh please... But for the most part, I like the patterns. And that's saying something, considering how it was looking.
I may not subscribe, but I will check it out on the new stands again...
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
20 inches wide, about 6 feet long, just over 1000 metres of Cadenza merino/silk sock yarn. I love it. It's very warm, a little stiff, but it will soften up immensely after a nice Eucalan soak. What a crappy picture of me wearing it! (I'll see what I can do to make it better)
I finished the edges with three rows of alternating knots. This may be for my friend J, or maybe my Mom. Either one would love it. This reddish pinky colour isn't for me, so I have no issues with making a Christmas gift of it.
I do enjoy the weaving. Very Much. But it will not replace knitting in my heart. I love the meditative action of knitting. The weaving is fun (and fast!), but it's not nearly as portable, nor is it as relaxing. So I am still a Knitter, and also a weaver and a sewer.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We had a potential issue with Son's corn crop - the hail did a number on it, but we got it back upright, and staked them pretty well. I don't think there will be a problem, which is good, because Son is looking forward to the corn more than anything. The carrots are coming along, but they are still a couple of weeks away at best. The chili peppers should be ready to take to the cottage next week, which makes husband and son very happy.
We've also made a decision on the garden for next year. I personally think we should just dig up the whole lawn area behind the house, since we don't use that area (corner lot - weird lawn usage). Husband has this outdated notion of having "lawn". Fine - he has to cut it. So what we will do is containers. Large ones. Surprisingly, he's okay with this, even though the containers will sit on the grass and kill it. But it's not a set in stone "garden". Works for me - containers are better anyway - raised beds and all that. We are going very low tech, and getting large plastic bins - deep enough for some root type veggies, and spacious enough to really take advantage of the one sunny area of the lawn. Son is very excited, since he is the "food grower" of the family. "Dad handles the lawn, you grow flowers, but I grow the food, Mom".
Monday, July 28, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I'm taking Thursday and Friday off work this week - my sitter is away, and I have no coverage for the boy, so I happily decided to stay with him! We are doing the mundane - hair cuts, car maintenance, grocery shopping, cleaning up the gardens and getting some jewellery repaired, as well as the fun - miniature golf, driving range, swimming with friends. We could have gone to the cottage for a long weekend, but we really need a few "at home days" to do the stuff above. I may or may not get near the computer - I find when I have the time at home, I use it for other things. I plan on sewing some skirts with some fabulous fabric I got on sale, and I want to spend time weaving my Red Cadenza wrap. the sooner I finish this, the sooner I can attack the black silk Disco Lights scarf again. And other things. I have so many projects planned - knitting, sewing, weaving, that I will never get to them all. But isn't that what we all do? Isn't that part of life? Taking a few minutes each day to plan out what you WOULD do if you COULD carve out the time. Instead, I do the things I SHOULD do, just to keep things running somewhat smoothly. But it's nice to dream...
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Misti Alpaca sock yarn. Not only does it come in some beautiful handpainted colourways, it's so soft in the skein, you just want to squoosh it and squish it, and do things to it that you probably shouldn't.
But you think, "it's too nice in the skein. It probably won't knit up so nice. (I can be a bit of a cynic). It will pool the colours, or be a little scratchy (fat chance) or it won't wear very well. It will be full of knots, (which annoy me to no end in sock and other yarn)." Here's where blogs need "feel-o-vision". You have to feel this to believe it. Soft, soft, soft. Strong (the silk and nylon are doin' their job). Incredible colour blending. From far away, this looks like the forest floor in autumn - a melding of all the colours of the fall leaves, creating their own special colour. Up close, it's even better. the individual colours shine through, snugging up against each other, looking like they were meant to be. And I'm giving these away. My FIL has major foot issues. Let's just say his dogs are among the ugliest on the face of the earth, and he's always looking for soft, comfortable socks. I've found them. These will be his Christmas gift, if I can hold on that long. I know he will love them, and I will be collecting other colourways for him.
And thanks for the nice comments on the black Disco Lights woven scarf yesterday. I frogged it last night, and it went remarkably well. I will rewarp my loom once I finish the red Cadenza wrap, and make the black scarf again, keeping it to 10-12 inches in width.
I can't wait - as Deirdre said, it's all part of the learning curve.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I've been weaving. I love it. I really do. I still consider myself a Knitter first and foremost, but there's nothing wrong with diversifying my leisure time activities. I sew, I quilt, now I weave. I've done some test items, and my first real project was this scarf made with a thin (think fine laceweight) bamboo warp, and woven with the black silk Tilli Tomas Disco Lights. I love how this fabric came out. It's actually a deep, ebony black, with the sheen that comes from silk, and the sparkly bits of the black sequins. Delicious.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Argh! the I.T. department at work and I are not getting along. I've been asking (with my boss's blessing) for a new computer for 2 months. The work I do entails needing a better box than they think I need, but they don't know exactly what it is that I do, and we've been circling around each other for weeks.
Today, after I spent three hours watching two different I.T. guys try different things, they have come to the conclusion that I may need a new computer. Now if I could get authorization...
ARGH!!!! I got all the authorizations two months ago. I want a new box. My boss wants me to have a new box, and has signed off on the request.
If this isn't fixed tomorrow, I'm going to the computer store, buying my own and giving them the bill.
I hate incompetence. I hate people who, without understanding what I do, tell me what they think I should have, when I know what i need in order to do my job. And these two things are not the same. My present computer is old enough to still be powered by a hamster running on a wheel, and the hamster is hurting.
I have some lovely weaving and knitting photos. Really I do.
Peeved?? Me?? I'm off to have another glass of wine. I needed at least one to calm down before I wrote this. You can only imagine what this would have said if I wrote it an hour ago...
Monday, July 14, 2008
Lovely light scent on these - I know elderberries are useful in the herbal community, but I just love the way the flowers look - sort of like snow drifts on the branches.
I have a hollyhock in the back garden - I always forget about this one, because it's tucked away, out of the main traffic area. So when I checked last week, I was surprised to see the hollyhocks out in full force. And, I don't remember them being this deep purple, for some reason I thought they were pink.
And my daisies! I love my daisies - so fresh looking and cheerful. I have a couple of patches of these - my mom divided them from her garden, so that makes them even more special. She did the same with her peonies, and I love them - however, I totally gapped when it came to taking pictures of the peonies when they were at their prime a couple of weeks ago. I have 4 peony bushes, and had enough flowers for huge bouquets at our house, for my sitter, at the office, and at my husband's office. And that still left a ton of flowers on the bushes. Very prolific, my peonies.
And, in checking my son's garden - he's the "food grower" remember... I found his bean plants getting ready to feed us. The flowers are out, and setting, and tiny baby beans are starting up. I figure in a week or two, we will be inundated with green beans and I can't wait!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I started with the black 2/10 bamboo, and made a warp about 20 inches wide by about 6 feet long. I figure this will give me the most bang for my buck with the two skeins of Silk Disco Lights that I have.
Monday night I warped the loom, in between dinner prep, and getting my boy to and from his soccer game, along with cheering them on. (and yes, the other parents now expect my knitting, although I had one Mom last night who hadn't been there yet, so she gave me the "what are you doing? speech. But she did seem interested.) As I said, now that I sort of know what I'm doing, the warping went pretty quick. I wrapped the Silk Disco Lights around the shuttle, and was off.
I am really loving the way this is turning out. The sequins add just the right amount of sparkle, because, if you know me, I'm not much for a lot of sparkle. The silk is thick enough to fill the spaces between the thinner bamboo, and once it's off the loom, and isn't under all that tension, I think the fabric will be lovely and drapey.
Deirdre asked if I had bought any other heddles, the ones with the smaller holes. Not yet. I think I may end up doing this, because I love the way lace weight yarns weave through it, and the heddle I have may be a little too big for some of the lace weights. We'll see. Last night at our Guild meeting Ann brought in some of her weaving. She had a 36" floor loom and a 48" floor loom. Holy Crap, does she do some nice work! She had the most beautiful baby blankets, silk scarves and table runners. SHe gave me a bunch of tips and help, just in a quick conversation. I know I will be picking her brain in the future. I can only aspire to waht she is creating...
And Carol wondered what time I went to bed if I was up at 5:30am. Unfortunately, not early enough to make up for the early morning! I usually get to bed around 10:30 or 11:00, which is pretty early for me, considering my past life, but I always read, so it could be midnight some nights. And yes, I make up for it on weekends where I can. I guess I do consider myself sleep deprived, but my life is pretty full, and I seem to be making my way through it in only a little bit of a fog, so I guess I'm alright so far. I haven't fallen asleep at work or while driving, so I think I'm managing.
I'm knitting. The socks are coming along nicely, although I think I may put aside the second Regia Galaxy for a while. It's not really slated for anyone, and I want to get some Christmas gifts going, so I may pick up some other socks to get going on. The copper lace shawl is growing slowly - with almost 400 stitches on each row, it takes time, But the lace pattern is very intuitive, so it doesn't have to wait for periods of intense concentration. I have Kauni all set to go, but if I want an all over pattern, I'm going to be short a ball, and the rainbow colourway is pretty much sold out. I could pattern it only on the yoke and bottom, allowing me to save yarn, but will I like it as much? I think, since I am making a top down raglan, I will start it, do the pattern (a Celtic Knot pattern I found), and decide if I like it enought to do an all over pattern, in which case I will order more yarn.
(You know I'm just going to order more any way, don't you. I think a woven scarf in this colourway with any leftovers would be smashing...)
Monday, July 07, 2008
We played with our new toy - a remote controlled fishing boat. Yes, I live with a family of fishermen, both rod and reel, and fly fishing, but most of the time, they had this little remote controlled thing zooming around the bay! As you can see, it works remarkably well. It even caught a fish that was then swallowed by another fish before we could get to itYou can see the tail of the fish that was eaten by the bigger one here. Surprisingly, both survived the ordeal, and once released, went swimming happily away! (We are big believers in the catch and release type of fishing - sustain the environment as much as you can).
My son also gave his new fishing rod it's inaugural test, and pulled in 12 fish in one session! That's the definition of a happy boy.
There was some knitting done - mostly work on a sock, but nothing of note. It was so hot that knitting seemed like too much effort, so I read instead.
All in all, a great weekend, and I hope to repeat it starting next Friday night...
Friday, July 04, 2008
(sorry for the blurriness - I'm not that cognizant of these things at 5:30am. (And on a personal note - I don't like the fact that I see 5:30 twice a day.))On the left is a hand dyed, incredibly soft yarn from my friend Elizabeth Fallone - not just a talented dyer - you should check out her patterns as well. My father in law is eyeing these...
On the right is another pair of the Regia Galaxy socks - Regia is a good, workhorse sock yarn - dependable, hard wearing, but to be honest, when I knit this at the same time as Elizabeth's (or other hand dyed yarns), it feels noticeably rougher. No matter, they will go into the gift box (once the mate is finished), and someone will enjoy them.
We're looking forward to a great weekend, heading to the cottage tonight, hopefully with one extra person. My nephew is the same age as my son, and the two are best friends. My older nephew has a tournament all weekend, so they were not planning on going to the cottage, so I asked if the younger could come with us - the two boys entertain themselves, and it's so much easier with two. My SIL seems a little anxious about this, so we'll see. Hopefully it's a go. Either way, we're going and looking forward to the 27C (80F) forecasted weather, with a humidex that will make it feel like 35C (95F). Ahhh, no better place to be...
To my American Friends - Happy Independence Day! Hope your Fourth is as great as our First!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I just did a short test piece with the three colours of Briggs and Little, but I can see this being a nice blanket type fabric - I'm picturing 6-7 foot long stripes, 22" across, sewn together as a nice blanket.
Right now, I've warped some milk chocolate brown and turquoise cotton, and will be weaving the same through it. Hope you like it, Jen!
And once I really feel comfortable with this, I'm going to warp some of the black bamboo I bought, then for the weft, I'm going to use the black silk Disco Lights I bought at the Knitters Frolic. I can see t his being a drapey, quite fluid wrap type scarfy thing (such a technical term...) that I will not give away!
I've also been knitting and have completed a pair of socks, as well as making a ton of progress on my copper lace shawl. The Kauni math continues, and I 'm hoping to get this cast on soon.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
a very happy Nation's birthday to all! Canada Day was yesterday (July 1st), and our company gave us the Monday off instead, so while I had a long weekend, I spent the holiday working. (and working hard! Everyone who was away decided to dump stuff on my desk - all with very short deadlines.) Oh well, stuff got done.
I was feeling patriotic and had made a salad for lunch, with lovely red tomatoes and white bocconcino cheese,or "cheese boobs" as they are known in my family. (Really - what would you call them? And you can't even see the nipple part on these...) I also had the Maple vinaigrette to go over it, and ended up having to pass the recipe to 4 more people after they snagged a taste.
Since the company I work for also makes temporary tattoos, we also felt the need for some patriotic body art. Pretty much everyone had something like this going on yesterday.
My boys (both large and small) were off, and spent the day at the driving range and playing mini golf. What they didn't do is the laundry I had left for them, and dinner. But it's hard to fault them - my husband works some long hours, so for them to have a day to themselves, without me, is pretty rare. So I let them enjoy it. We then enjoyed the Town Fireworks display last night.
But someone still has to do the laundry...