30 August 2006


Here's that Scatter progress shot I promised. It's not the greatest picture but you get the idea. I'm loving the pattern and the yarn; hopefully I'll be done by the weekend.


29 August 2006

The Big Reveal

Yesterday I received the final package from my Secret Pal. I was amazed at the plethora of great gifts and totally stunned that she managed to be such a great pal through a very chaotic summer.

Without further ado:

Look, not only did she wrap everything (just like Solstice!), she even matched the tissue paper to the card - amazing.

Lemon parsley anti-bacterial hand gel and lavender mint hand lotion.

Mmmm, hot cocoa mix, perfect for these rainy days we've been having.

I think the only material thing I love more than shoes is yarn; this notepad is perfect.

Chocolate covered sunflower seeds (already hidden from my daughter) and strawberry Pocky (which I will share).

Caffeine, my drug of choice.

Little Savory Bites crackers - these are already gone.

And last but certainly not least, 320 yards of beautiful orange yarn hand spun by my Secret Pal especially for me! I am so touched that someone would take the time to do this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Finally, I know you're all asking who the fantabulous SP is............it's Carla from My Little Tribe. Stop by her blog and say hello, get a good dose of liberal activism and learn how to make yogurt.

Thank you again, Carla, I love everything.

In other knitting news I've been working on Scatter and will post a progress shot soon. I'm a little worried that I might not have enough yarn but I always worry about that so I am choosing to trust the designer. I didn't work on it yesterday but pick it up every chance I get and just reached the neck shaping.

21 August 2006


I stayed home today because I wasn't feeling well. The good part of that is that I got to catch up on Math 4 Knitters, Lime & Violet and Craft Sanity. I also finished Hedera.

I couldn't be bothered to put on 2 socks so I mirrored the image of one...

Pattern: Hedera from Knitty Spring 06
Yarn: Rowan 4 ply Soft
Color: Wink - 377
Source: Yarn Market (it's left over from one of the baby cardis)
Needles: Unknown brand, metal, US1, 7" DPN
Size: Women's Large
Started: August 6, 2006
Finished: August 21, 2006
Modifications: I have a big foot, I normally cast on 72, and I know this lace pattern is stretchy but I was concerned about the ribbing section. I cast on 70, worked 9 rows in the twisted rib pattern and then decreased 10 on the last row.
Notes: I did a total of 31 pattern repeats and the socks are a smidge snug, I should have done 32.

20 August 2006

It Was This Big...

Dear Anonymous Designer,

I know you mean well. I was so excited when I saw the beautiful cabled sweater pattern on your blog. The cables were brilliant, the neckline oh so flattering. I know, from you picture, that you are more petite than I but I also saw that you pattern went up to an XL.

Imagine my disappointment when I opened the pattern I'd purchased and found that the XL bust size was a measly 39 inches. It's true that 39 inches is indeed a large bust line but it is not enough for an XL and now I must rework all the math in your lovely pattern if I am ever to wear it.

Please, please, please look at some standard size charts before you make your next pattern; I recommend Annie Modesitt's or the one at yarnstandards.com.

Thank you,

Note: While writing this I did have one particular designer in mind but in actuality it could be any number of well meaning designers out there who just have no concept of what it is like to go through life without being able to see your toes.

Welcome to VT

We have a new VT knitter and blogger. Stop by Lovely Purls and say hi to Megan. a recent transplant from Brooklyn, now living in Mont-peculiar.

16 August 2006

Blinded By The Fractal

How awesome is this light?

Fractal DIY Chandelier

The directions are here.

1 Down, 1 To Go

Here is my first completed Hedera. I'm using US1 DPNs and Rowan 4-Ply Soft in Wink (left over from one of the baby cardis).

hedera2 hedera1

I'm also finished with part 1 of 2 of the mystery project. I'm getting very bored with it though so I may have to rethink how I do part 2.

And finally, especially for Margot, a little orange:

mani_pedi luca_pumpkinhead

Margot, let's talk about the trunk show on the 26th, I'm totally in to it.

11 August 2006

My Neighbor

How awesome is Adrian? This is the coolest pattern ever!

08 August 2006

Knit Nerds Are The Best Kind

This product could have real potential.


Some questions I would ask:

  • Does it work for both pickers and throwers?
  • Would it work if you fair isle with a color in each hand?
  • Would you need a different base for each size of needle or one base for all your needles?
  • Could it really work?

07 August 2006

Secret Pal 8

My spoilee from Secret Pal 8 received her final package today and now I can reveal who she is and what I sent her.

Meet Andrea, beginning knitter and crochetier extraordinaire. I have been admiring how this self-proclaimed wip & chain fanatic hooks her way through beautiful items with apparent to be ease and grace.

I had fun spoiling her and sent three packages:
Package 1
Package 2
Package 3 and 3

I had a great time Andrea, thank you for your kind posts.

06 August 2006

Best Weekend Ever

We had a busy, perfect weekend. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures from Saturday because I didn't think to bring my camera. But Saturday I packed a picnic dinner with fried chicken, potato salad, roasted asparagus and watermelon. Then Elah and I had a picnic with Reba, Ron, Galandrielle and Lucy at Oakledge park. We also did a little kite flying (except me, I did some kite dragging).

Sunday started with Elah, who loves to get up at 6:30 on the weekends, sleeping until almost 10!

Sunday we swam at the pool.
Cannon Ball 1 Cannon Ball 2 Cannon Ball 3

Marveled at the clear sky.
August 6, 2006 August 6, 2006

Took Flat Scout to the A&W in Middlebury, along with Reba, Ron, Galandrielle, Lucy, Emily and Bill.
A & W

Saw this creepy church sign.
I Always Feel Like...
I get the point they're trying to make but it's flawed in two ways:
1) It sounds stalkerish and gives me the heebie jeebies
2) People don't live any better when they're being watched, think Flavor of Love or Big Brother.

In knitting news:

One finished Fetching fingerless glove.

One mystery project.

One finished pair of footies for Elah.

Pattern: Generic
Yarn: Cascade Fixation
Color: Hyacinth - 9989
Source: I think I got it at Creative Habitat
Needles: 2 Addi Turbo, US3, 16"
Size: 8 years - Women's Small
Started: July 30, 2006
Finished: August 2, 2006


04 August 2006

eBay Woes

I bought some Regia Nation (Fun) on eBay with visions of super cute rainbow (it is my middle name after all) stripe socks. I won the auction on July 24 and pain of July 25. Unfortunately I have yet to hear from the seller. So frustrating.

I finally heard back from the seller on August 6th. They apologized and said that they were out of stock and should have more in this week. The also said that they thought they had already contacted me which is why I hadn't heard from them.
I understand that mistakes happen but I probably won't be buying from them again.

Knitting Nature

I've been thinking about buying Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan. There are a couple of patterns that look interesting but I'm still on the fence. I've heard mixed reviews from Yarn Harlot, Grumperina and CMEknit. Luckily my LYS is having a Knitting Nature trunk show. Any local knitters wanna go with me?

02 August 2006