My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Archives for February 2005

Binder Clip This

Okay, this morning Lucy was happily asleep on the couch. She had one little paw over her eyes and was completely relaxed.

Then I picked her up, stuffed her in her carrier, and took her to the vet for her annual check-up. Anyone want to imagine how un-amused she was?

Fortunately, by afternoon she had forgiven me my transgressions and consented to lie in my lap again.


And the vet gave her a clean bill of health.


Marie posted the second of her Knitcast series on the Knitcast blog this morning. Go check it out. Check it out, that is, if you wish to hear Marie’s interview with yours truly.

And thank you to those of you who have listened to it and have commented on my big news! Well, it’s big news for me, anyhow.

Productive Day

I love Monday holidays. Today, apart from tormenting poor Lucy, I plied my targhee singles, thusly:


And the beautiful rovings from yesterday? I spun some of each of them, and plied them into this:


The rovings were purchased from an eBay seller: “spinner115.” She has lovely rovings, and these were a dream to spin.

After that, I did my taxes and filed them electronically.

Then, I finished the neckband on Kinsale.


I’ve picked up the stitches for the first sleeve, and have started knitting it, just barely. I’m knitting down from the top, as I mentioned I might last week.

What? I have to go to work tomorrow? Rats.

But tomorrow night I’m teaching an “Introduction to Cable Knitting” class at Knit Happens, so that should be fun.

Speaking of Knit Happens — check out Kristine’s blog. She’s starting a knit-along for the pretty little mohair sweater in Rebecca 29 that she and I have both blogged about. I’m in, though I’ll be starting later than the March 1 start date, as I want to finish Kinsale first.

Weekend Report

A lot of fibery progress this weekend. I finished the front of Kinsale:


Tonight I’ll do a three-needle bind-off on the shoulders and then pick up the stitches for the neckband.

I also spun the second half of my Targhee roving.


I’ll probably ply it tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks plied. The singles are a bit slubby — there were lots of anomalies in the roving, but I think it might look quite nice. We’ll see!

And look at these beautiful rovings!


I’m thinking about plying the red with the variegated after spinning the singles. I think they look very nice together

About the GGH mohair . . .

Mari said:
Great minds think alike! I also want to knit that lovely green wrap sweater. But did you buy exactly the same yarns as in the mag? My monitor’s colors must really be off, because it looks greyish, not green. To make matters worse, at www., the shade card no 76 is grayish, not a light green as no 54.. I wonder if there’s something wrong with the pattern?

I bought color #76, which is the color used for the sweater in the magazine. Some of the confusion might stem from the fact that I lightened the magazine photo a bit, to show the sweater detail better.

And then, the color in my photo of the yarn is a bit off. I have a hard time getting good color representation, particularly when I take photos at night (which I often do, being at work all day). The flash distorts the colors somewhat, and if I take a pnoto without the flash, the slow shutter speed makes it difficult not to move the camera and get a blurry photo.

Here’s a photo of the yarn, taken under my Ott light. It’s pretty accurate on my monitor.


And it looks pretty much the same as the photo from last Thursday.


Rebekah asked:
Does your kitty let you kiss her belly? Well if you want to kiss her belly. I just think belly fur is so inviting, it seems so warm and snuggly. Yes I’m odd.

I guess that makes me odd too, because I am particularly fond of warm kitty belly fur. And lucky for me, Lucy does seem to like having her belly kissed. Unless she is in a playful mood — then I’m likely to get swatted by one of her chubby paws.


Mmmmmmm . . . Cashmere-y Goodness!

Waddle the Penguin is now sitting on top of my computer monitor at work, so he can no longer get into trouble with yarn.

That doesn’t mean that I can’t. But in a good way.

I wound one of the hanks of cashmere into a ball last night. Good thing I did it by hand instead of on the electric ball winder because it, surprisingly, tangled like all get out. But untangling cashmere has to be one of the most enjoyable arduous tasks I’ve undertaken in a while.

I started a scarf. I’m using a traditional shetland lace pattern — I think it’s called “fir cone” or something like that. It’s one of those stitch patterns that’s lodged firmly in my brain, but the name of it isn’t.



Yesterday Kristine got the new Rebecca magazine in at the shop. We were looking through it and we both gravitated towards this design:


Why, yes, I did lift the photo from Kristine’s blog. Without asking. But at least I didn’t hotlink to it.

Because Kristine and I have similarly exquisite taste in yarn, we both purchased the GGH kid mohair in this color:


And this time, I actually took the photo of my own yarn, instead of stealing her photo. Imagine that.

The Southpark patch shown is yesterday’s entry, by the way, wasn’t mine. Someone asked in the comments where to get one. I’m afraid the answer is: Iraq.


Progress is limping along.


I’ve started looking ahead to the point where I shall begin to knit the sleeves. That point of time is likely to occur within a week.

Kinsale has drop shoulders, so the tops of the sleeves are just a straight line bind-off. I am toying with the idea of picking up stitches along the body and knitting the sleeves top-down, rather then knitting the separately cuff-up and sewing them to the body. This idea appeals to me greatly.

The cons:

1. Kinsale will no longer be commuter knitting if I do this. I am not willing to drag the whole honking sweater around with me on the train whilst I knit the sleeves. The first sleeve would be bad enough. The second sleeve would be murder.

2. I’ll have to actually figure out the decreases going down, so that they will match the increases going up in the pattern as written. And I am lazy by nature.

The pros:

1. I will not have to sew the sleeves onto the body.

2. I will not have to sew the sleeves onto the body.

In my mind, the pros far outweight the cons, so I do believe I’ll knit the sleeves down.

But as I plan to do the collar next, I’ve still got a bit of time to waffle about it.

There was no knitting at lunchtime today, because instead, I got my hair cut.

(No, my appointment yesterday was not for my hair. Yesterday I went to the dentist. My hair appointment was for lunchtime today. If you had read this entry and marked your calendar, you would have known. No I didn’t expect anyone to mark his/her calendar.)

Yes, I am New Haircut Girl. After eleven months. Eleven long months.

But it was worth the wait, because my short do is grown out into my new do, which is a length I am happy with. I’ll let it get a bit longer, but I don’t think I want to go past shoulder length.

This was a doubly good time, because I had it cut by a stylist I hadn’t been to before, and it was a great experience. Can’t hate that, eh? The same salon — Celadon Spa, but a different stylist, Garland. Thanks so much, Garland! I love my new hair!

Of course, I had to go through a wind tunnel on the way home. Here’s the side view, post wind tunnel:


Here’s the front view, post brushing:


Have a good weekend!


P.S. to Mia: I’m not a southern girl, so I’m allowed to nuke my grits. (I’m sure my mom gasped in horror when she read that I was eating grits, as I certainly didn’t learn that at her knee.)

Cindy, You Owe Me Five Bucks

I took the day off work today for an appointment this morning. Afterwards, I headed over to Knit Happens.

I bought two skeins of the aran weight cashmere that Kristine blogged about today.

Waddle the Penguin checks it out:


He reaches out a tentative wing:


Oh my, this is nice:


Um, er . . .


Pant, pant, pant:


Got a cigarette, sailor?


Ahem. While this was going on, I was knitting on Kinsale.


Irving Thanks You

Big thank-yous to Annette and Mary, who kindly sent me the codes from their Pepsi bottle caps. Irving thanks you too. He does so love getting new songs.



Doesn’t she look like an innocent little angel? Don’t be fooled.

This morning I made some grits for breakfast (yeah, I’m a gourmet cook: mix water and grits and nuke ’em in the microwave) and sat down in front of the computer to read some blogs while I ate.

Enter Lucy.

“Food! Is that food you’ve got, Mommy? Lemmee see! Lemmee have some!”

She’s climbing in my lap, she’s walking across the laptop keyboard. I show her the grits. I hold out a spoonful. She sniffs delicately at it and curls her lip in disgust. She gives me a look of disdain.

I eat a spoonful and she goes nuts again. Repeats the laptop dance. (Not to be confused with a lapdance.)

I realize that she’s just a cat, but I wish she would remember from one second to the next that what I’m eating is nothing that interests her.

Or maybe it was just wishful thinking on her part.

On a totally non-related subject:



Every now and then I feel the need to let loose with a really brilliant blog entry title, ya know?

Lucy thanks you all for the birthday wishes. She had a lovely day, lounging around, sleeping, eating, playing, and being petted and cuddled. Wait — how is that different from any other day?


The Blues

Why, yes, I do have a lot of blue yarn, don’t I? What am I going to use it for?

The blue/gold Manos is slated to become another kitty bed for Princess Lucy. I’ve got some nice blue Colinette mohair that coordinates nicely with it, and I was thinking about knitting that in with the Manos, to make the bed extra fluffy.

And of course I’ve got some floofy fun fur yarn for the edging. Crystal Palace Splash.


So . . . what’s the blue/gold Brooks Farm mohair destined to be?

I don’t know yet. But you realize that I had to have it, right? I bought two skeins of it, which is a total of 1,000 yards. My Grape Arbor shawl, knitted from approximately the same weight yarn (albeit silk not mohair) took 850 yards. So maybe I’ll design another shawl for the mohair.

KnitPicks Alpaca Silk Yarn

I had a couple of questions asking how I liked knitting this yarn. I liked it just fine, thank you very much!

It was pleasant to knit, didn’t split, and there were no knots or anomalies in the yarn I had. The resulting iPod sweater has been jammed in my purse since then. Now granted, five days is hardly enough to judge how well it’s wearing, but so far so good.

I think this yarn looks really good at 5.5 stitches/inch. I’m not sure I’d like it at less than 5 stitches/inch — it might be too loose. But maybe that’s just me.


Marie has set up the Knitcast blog here! The first edition of Knitcast is available now. And you can subscribe for updates via Bloglines. 🙂

In closing, the ubiquitous Kinsale update photo.