Low Tide Cardigan knit with Madeline Tosh sock. (Crazy..... all these pictures are of the same sweater....just taken at different times of day....the first is closest to the actual color--definitely grey, not blue!)
It's been a long time since I've worked so hard to make a project work....this little vest was blocked/reblocked/reblocked/then blocked one more time (one of the many reasons I LOVE wool!)
It is knit from the top down, so shortening it wasn't a huge ordeal, but it had to be shortened twice (that was about 4" worth of knitting!! EGAD!) (Those front tails are really really long, and I'm sort of short-waisted---it was a bad combo.)
Even though I'm an extremely loose knitter--and can usually bind off loosely with no problem, the bind-off just wasn't right, so it got ripped out a third time--but, the third time was the charm. I used Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off (Cat Bordhi's video demo) and learning this bind-off was worth all the fiddling! It would be great for toe-up socks (if I knit toe-up socks!); it will be perfect for shawls, and it was just the thing this little vest needed to keep the fabric drapey.
The lace panel bodice is knit first, so you have to decide early in the project whether there will be button holes or crocheted loops. I'm not much of a crocheter, but I'm glad I decided on the loops; the buttons seem to nestle in them so nicely,
and, the very best thing about this project is the buttons, handmade and gifted from a dear friend.......who lives in low-tide country. What could be more perfect?
Low tide cardigan by tincanknits using Tosh Sock in Charcoal (what else?) The pattern is sized from 12 months to XXXXL......and more of a vest than a cardi. Looks like the perfect summer sweater/cover--little cap sleeves, open and flowy, yet I think it will layer nicely in the fall.
I've just completed the lace bodice insets and am ready for the endless stockinette body....just in time to start An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears. I have no idea when I bought this (marked as a 1st edition, but with a used bookstore price!) or where....but there it was on the bookshelf, and it looks pretty good. The story is set in Oxford in the 1660's, where a fellow of New College is found dead under suspicious circumstances. A young woman is accused of the murder. The death was witnessed by four people and each tells his version of what happened. Only one reveals the truth. The book jacket says it will keep you guessing to the last page --page 691. We'll see if I last that long. (If not, I have a friend heading to Oxford in a few weeks and he might have to take this along with him!)
Off the needles.....
I now understand all the hype over Jared Flood's Leaves of Grass. Oh, my, this is a pretty knit. Beautifully written (as are all his patterns!), easy to follow, and actually a rather easy knit considering the overall impact of the finished shawl. I used Palette....and it took nearly all of the 9 skeins. All borders seem unending...this one was no exception; I think I would have been more patient if I could have imagined how the crumpled mass of wool sitting in my lap would be so magically transformed with the blocking. I love it.
I'll love it a whole lot more when it's not 94 degrees outside!!!
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday!
Squash, squash, and more squash! We were I was lucky enough to be gifted this beautiful pile of freshly picked squash. (No one else in the family loves it the way I do, although really, what's not to love about butter, onions, and squash???)
So, a la Mary Poppins, I did 'a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down' thing and made some bread and some muffins. Both, I think, are very yummy and I'll definitely make both again (when MY squash is picked), but....
I'll keep the 'secret' ingredient secret next time. JayBob was happily munching a muffin, even said...Grandma, these are G-O-O-D!!! when I said.... I thought you didn't like squash!
He promptly spit what was left in the sink. Me and my big mouth.
Anyone remember when this happened??? It was a while ago. I shrugged it off to kids looking for a thrill. (We live on the corner of a rather busy street---with a motion sensor light that goes off.)
Now, I'm not so sure.
You see, they still weren't interested in my library books on tape. Granted, there were only crumbs left in the baggie, but they didn't want my Kleenex, either.
Thank goodness they left (once again) my Motrin.....and I don't blame them for not taking the lifesavers; they are the same ones that have been in there since we got the car, and that were rejected during the last break-in.
Besides the umbrella having my initials on it (it was a gift, I usually don't do the monogram-thing) it now has some very wobbly, bent 'ribs' and doesn't really do much to keep the rain off, but they didn't even open it to check it out....
The maps are all still there---I think. I stay pretty lost, map or no map, so if one is missing, I doubt it would make much of a difference.
So.....the ONLY reason someone would rummage through a car with this license plate----
is.....they were after my YARN!!! Phew. I brought it inside.
100-year-old-man proved to be the almost perfect beach read....if it had been a bit longer---PERFECT! It was light, quite imaginative, didn't need total focus to enjoy, funny, totally charming. I loved it, and am not quite sure I'll be able to get into the much more serious The Keeper of Secrets.This story is set during Nazi Germany and the present--about Simon Horowitz, his violin, and love of music---and his grandson, Daniel who inherited that love, lost it, and found it again with help of a kind conductor. I just started it. Too soon to tell how drawn in I'll get.
I brought Leaves of Grass with me to the beach. I was very naive to think that I was really more than halfway when I started the final chart!!! (Thanks, Lori!!!! I probably wouldn't have brought along all the remaining 5!!! skeins, and it's going to take every bit of it!) It's moving along nicely, mainly because our first two days were so beautiful and so sunny and so windy.....(and it had been a whole year since I had been on the beach).....that I got SOOOO sun-burned!!!! (I was slathered with 50, promise!)
L-O-Grass and I are now having some quality time alone in the shade on the porch-- overlooking the sun, the beach, the pool and the other burned members of my family who can't pull themselves away from all the fun. Knitting in this perfect setting!??? Most definitely FUN!
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday
I like to think this tree was planted when the house was built. That would make it exactly 90 years old. I know for a fact that children climbed it in the '50s, so that might not be a stretch. Severe storms the past several years have claimed most of our canopy trees, but this old girl has weathered them all.
She lures all kinds of wildlife....
birds flock to it when the feeder is full (oops)
she'll wait patiently for months...
until more wildlife appears.... they bounce, they swing,...
they climb ....
and they hug.
And every couple years, she flowers where I can actually see those beautiful blooms.
Look familiar? Grey yarn, black bowl? Same bowl, but different yarn/different project. Promise.
I dragged out Leaves of Grass. I had only gotten several rounds into it---trying to convince myself that the two (of eight) center stitches that somehow got knit into the back instead of the front and twisted would never be noticed (and believe me, they wouldn't have been. Can you see them? The Rav picture was taken before I ripped out). Didn't work. HAD to start over. For a change, I didn't wait until I was several inches into it before ripping. Usually, if something bothers me on row 2, I wait until row 82 before deciding to rip it out. Why do I do that???? Drives me crazy.
I'm now well on my way. Just starting chart D (knit 2x), then E, then.....ta-dah!! I'm having a rather hard time believing that it's really going to take all 5 skeins I have left to finish. If it does, it means I'm only 1/2 way.....which means that Ta-Dah moment isn't coming any time soon.
I'm reading Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. I've followed her blog (of the same name) for quite some time, and while there is much to learn and even more to admire, I've pretty much convinced myself that zero waste will never work for me. Note: this is ZERO waste---not just recycling. Limiting junk mail (actually all mail)--to zero. Bringing in NO excess packaging of anything. No tubes of toothpaste, so you make your own from bulk materials you carry home in jars and bags. Make your own cosmetics. Nail polish? too many chemicals. banned. Of course, she's right about it all. We only have one planet--and we really aren't treating it very well. She simply has much more energy than I have, because not only does she walk the talk---but she's an activist and has convinced many major companies to change their wasteful ways. She's my hero. She makes major strides. I find a few baby steps that make me feel better.
(But note: even she decided that scavenging for lichen and moss to use instead of potty paper was going too far!!)
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday!