Thursday, May 08, 2008

Another good cause

Hi! I know you all are eagerly awaiting a post with some real news or some real knitting content or something, but being perenially short of time, it isn't going to be this one.

However, I wanted to let you all know right away that Claudia is once again raising money for Multiple Sclerosis (abbreviated as MS) research. This is a disease that affects more middle aged women than other groups, and you know that a bunch of them have to be knitters. She was planning another lengthy tandem bike riding effort, but her tandem buddy (her spouse!) has suffered a setback (it's all on her blog). She is going ahead with the fund raising anyway, since that is what truly counts. Last year she raised around $40,000. I was one of the lucky folks who gave some $$ and then won something in the prize raffle. So for all those reasons, I hope you will find your way over to her blog:

read all about it, and help her (and all those affected by MS) out if you can. Pass this along via blog or e-mail if you are able. Knitters are a force to be reckoned with, after all!

Monday, March 17, 2008

A Contest for a good cause

Hi! There I was, cruising around the blogosphere, when I ran across this contest. It is for a good cause, and we all know how us knitters love to support our sister knitters in their endeavors. So here is the link to Cayli's blog, where she will explain everything, including how she is going to walk sixty miles!

I would make this a live link, but I haven't learned how (although by the time it gets published it could turn into one for all I know!).

I hope to get back to the blog with some recent photos - the International Sock (from the Truly International Sock KAL) and I had lots of fun hanging out in the old home town here during February vacation. Maybe next time I try to post our lovely host system will let me post photos. I guess maybe the photo posting part goes on break late at night right when I usually want it to work. Who knew?

Go visit Cayli and help her out if you can.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A new skill

I am not sure it can actually be called a skill, but I thought I would post the results of my color quiz. It is on one of those sites that gives you the HTML code to paste into a post and it should just appear. If it is the same as the post I found it in, there is a link at the bottom of the figure so you can go there and take your own color quiz. So here goes nothing:

you are aquamarine

Your dominant hues are cyan and green. Although you definately strive to be logical you care about people and know there's a time and place for thinking emotionally. Your head rules most things but your heart rules others, and getting them to meet in the middle takes a lot of your energy some days.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the html color quiz

Well, that is something of a miracle. It doesn't seem to want to post the color chip part of it, but all the text seems to be there. Maybe I can even figure out how they did a live link and learn something new.

But it is almost time to knit. Till later then.

Hellooo out there...

That was me, hollering out into the great echoing void of my blog. Who stole January? How did I miss posting even once? I wish I had a really good excuse, like I was in Paris or doing Nobel prize research or cleaning my house (which would take more than a month, I think). All I can say is, there are just not enough hours in the day. Added to that is the fact that the kids use this computer for most of their game playing, since it is faster and has more memory. Well, that is why all the current photos are here instead of on the other one (slower, with a dangerously full hard drive). So this is where I need to post from, and I can tell you it is really hard to get a turn around here!

Enough excuses - time for photos (and maybe some explanations). First, the last photos I promised from Rhinebeck, however many eons ago that was. This is the alligator scarf kit (is it certain it is not a crocodile?) from Morehouse Merino:

I have never seen a purple alligator - it must be the special harmless species.
Then we have a needlefelting kit - the idea being to enclose a bar of soap in its own scrubby cocoon:

Once one has enclosed the soap, then one is directed to put a lovely little flower design on it. I gave this one to a friend who had been wanting to try this project and just needed some directions.

And lastly a few patterns:

One can never have enough patterns (you need them to go with the "never enough" yarn, of course). I was particularly pleased to find the little booklet of Sidna Farley's designs, as I had recently tried to order it and failed.

So enough about fall. On to winter - and some FO!
Let's start with a sideways view of a shawl. Okay, I confess I have no idea how to rotate the photo so it conforms to the laws of gravity.

This shawl is from a pattern by Anne Hanson of Knitspot (that's - someday I need to learn to make live links in the text!). She is a wonderful designer, and I have lots more of her designs in my queue. The yarn is James Brett's Marble - an easy care synthetic that comes in wonderful colorways and is very soft. Knit on a large enough needle it makes creditable lace, just the thing for a prayer shawl that might suffer rough washing in the future. The name of the pattern is "Obstacles", and I thought it was just the thing to give to someone who might have obstacles to overcome.

More gravity defying stunts by knitted objects - this time a felted bag. This is another one of Anne's patterns (yes, this makes me an official fan, I think). I wanted my lobsters to look alive so I made them blue. Aren't they convincing?

And lastly, a knitted object that seems to know which way is up:

This is the lacy top edge of a felted bag from a pattern by Y2Knit. I really like how the lacy bits come out (you have to thread something non-felting through the holes before you toss it in the washing machine).

And just one more thing, in this post that never ends (yes, it is a somewhat blurry PKO - partially knitted object!):

Okay, so this one is not finished. It probably is finished by now, just not by me! I joined the latest round of "Death by Socks". I don't know what I was thinking. I am not a terribly slow knitter - I just don't have a lot of knitting time most days. So this is a photo of the two-thirds finished sock I was holding when I "died". However, said dying was accompanied by the receiving of a lovely pair of navy and white cotton blend socks and a matching hat! I just hope the person I started the socks for eventually receives them. She said she wanted pink, and it would be a shame to waste such great pink yarn (Sock Hop in "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", I think - the label went along with the yarn) on someone who doesn't like pink.

I had better stop. It is the middle of the night (o-dark thirty, as some folks say) and even though there is more to say (did I hear someone mention a meme that I owe you all, and maybe some yarn information for the other Rhinebeck acquisitions?) even intrepid bloggers need to sleep sometime.

Maybe I could post again this month?