When I finish a great book, I often find it hard to pick up just any old thing to read next. I want it to be as good as the one I just finished. And I feel the same way about my knitting. A really good, satisfying project like this makes all the UFOs look really unappealing.
The real bummer here is.....I've got a double whammy going. I just listened to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and just loved it. The audible blurb said if you like Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Mr. Pettigrew's Last Stand--you'll love this. Add just a slice of Forrest Gump to it and you've got Harold Fry. What's not to like? When newly retired Harold gets a death-bed letter from a co-worker he hasn't seen in over 20 years, he decides to walk (across England) to see her ....convinced that as long as he keeps walking, Queenie will keep living. He has lots of thinking time/meets lots of real characters along the way/and he and his wife both have the opportunity to come to grips with all that has gone wrong in their lives. Good story, some laugh out loud parts, well written, and a fine English reader. Loved it. Didn't want it to end. But it did.....and now I'm at loose ends.
Just like my knitting.
I've been piddling around with more tea-ny hats for the Seaman's Church charity project. (I've knit 8; I have enough odds and ends to do all 1200, but I'm not participating in the Ravellenic games.) I also have a pair of "Steeler" socks on the needles for PapaGeek; no real rush, although I guess football season actually is almost upon us.
And, as you can see, this is "official" Steeler yarn. (Claudia Handpaints)
(The best thing about these socks, though....during college basketball season.....his blood runs UK blue, while I root for Vanderbilt---and you guessed it----Vandy's colors are "steeler" black and gold. hee, hee. I bet he will wear them sometime by mistake!!!!) Now THAT'S incentive to finish them!!! (just not right now)
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday!!!
Amazing...all the stuff eventually fit in the booth.
PVC pipe and swimming pool filters....simple yet effective.
We make a difference....
in 23 countries around the world....
This week we're in Pittsburgh (where PapaGeek and I grew up!!) for the Presbyterian General Assembly, representing Living Waters for the World. 5,000+ folks are expected to attend to set policy and visit the exhibition hall; we're hoping each and every one comes by our booth!
Let's celebrate clean water for ALL God's children!
Hi, everybody!! My name is Einstein! I'm rather brilliant...I read a lot...and of course, I never forget a thing (unlike some un-named someone who usually writes in this spot). I haven't joined the herd yet; my eyesight isn't quite what it used to be (too much reading, I guess) and to be quite honest, I can't FIND the herd. It's around here somewhere. I'll look for it later. Meanwhile, look at all the good stuff I've been reading this week!
Actually, this is "the blogger's" pile; she's not very far into either one. I read the African Diary by Bill Bryson. It was sort of an ad for CARE; a little fluffy. Not his best.
The "blogger" was too busy making this today.
(I personally prefer my food to have peanuts in it, but for a non-peanut product, this was very tasty. Strawberry bread.) It sort of matches what she's working on....
Joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday. Join us, too???
(A few folks have asked about the "herd". We're using them for a fundraiser to help defray the cost of the water purification systems we'll be putting in Kenya in July 2013. For a $50 donation, an elephant leaves the herd and finds a new home with the donor. Is an elephant worth that? Absolutely NOT. Is the opportunity to have clean drinking water worth the donation?---IMHO, most definitely!)
The Ethereal Triangle shawl is off the needles. It obviously still needs to be blocked, but I'm already loving it. I made it larger than the picture on the pattern; I did 9 repeats on the main body before the lace edging, and I'm very glad I did. I like larger shawls, and this one I think will be a real cozy-up-in kind of wrap. I might actually keep this one for ME! (At least for awhile.)
Do you see a lump? A grey lump?? Edgar! Is that you???
Oh, Edgar, honey. It's OK to peek out. These are awfully nice folks out here. Meet Edgar. He's incredibly, painfully shy. He hasn't joined the herd yet. We're working on socialization skills.
He has his own security blankie. It helps.
(I'm still reading Bobbie Ann Mason's short stories, and still loving her easy writing style--and all the references to places in western KY!)
Knitting? Guess I'll cast on a friend for Edgar. That might help, too.
Joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday! Stop by for more inspiration!
Next summer (summer 2013) Papa Geek and I will be going with several other western Kentuckians to Kenya to install two water purification systems, one of which will be in an orphanage. The water project is already funded, but I was trying to think of some way to not only let our community know about this project, but to perhaps do something special for the orphanage. Perhaps an "adopt an elephant" fund-raiser? Maybe just making a bunch of toys for the children? I have a year to work out the details, right now, I'm in elephant-production mode!
Poor Folded had serious problems this week. Someday I'll learn to go with my gut instincts. I didn't think I had enough yarn, so I decided to stripe the yoke--and make the sweater a "bit" shorter. I ran out anyway. The good thing was that String Theory doesn't have a dyelot and ordering more was no problem--and their delivery was incredibly fast.
I got some church charity knitting in while I "patiently" (anyone who knows me and knitting knows that I'm really being generous to myself here with the word patient!) waited. (Precious baby jacket in Gifted by Mags Kandis.)
So now I have an additional 400 yds of yarn, and only a couple inches of the striped yoke left to knit. Folded looked seriously short. I tried it on. It was ridiculously short. I'm sure you all know that when you knit something from the bottom up, you can't just rip out from the bottom where you cast on and remove the ribbing. You must CUT the ribbing off and knit down. Yes, scissors cut. (The principle is the same that Lori used when she so amazingly demonstrated her afterthought pockets. It's a wonderful tutorial. You can stop reading right now and go see it. Go on! I'll wait. The first time I cut my work, though, I added a glass of wine. She recommends something a bit stronger!) Anyway, what you must also keep in mind with this kind of adjustment....whether it's making sleeves longer or shorter---or the body longer (great for kid sweaters) or shorter....you are NOT going to wear the garment as it is. If you make a horrible mess of the project (which you won't) you are not going to wear the garment. So you absolutely cannot lose--if it works (which it will!!!!) you have a sweater you love; if it doesn't, you are right where you were before you tried the fix. (Yes, I can rationalize most anything.)
So, you take one little snip, then c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y unknit one stitch at a time while you place these live stitches on a needle. It takes a bit of time--especially when you have over 200 stitches to unknit and each "unknit" stitch has three yarn passes through each one, but eventually they all get on the needle--and then you pretend you've been knitting the whole sweater top down and continue until you get the length you like. Easy Peasy. And you CANNOT tell you've made a major correction. Perfect.
(This picture is AWFUL--I took it during the storm over the weekend--and yes, this is my bathroom--where the only full length mirror lives--I should have croopped the potty out, sorry.) But, Folded isn't a bad length now!
I'm rather happy with it.
(If you haven't seen this video yet---you MUST!! This is SOOO me--and you, too, if you've been reading this blog. Afterall, we're knitters!!!!)
A year ago Michael Terra, a local potter, decided to feed the hungry. He organized our first Empty Bowl project. The community stepped up and supported him well. He had hoped to hand over a check for $5,000 to the Community Kitchen--but was able to give them $15,000. Saturday was our second Empty Bowl day.
and the people came......all day long. Local restaurants supplied the food.
Nursing homes, church groups, school kids, scout troops, individuals, friends, and local artists made and glazed bowls all year long. There were over 1,200 to choose from.
This was my bowl.
Yesterday it held tomato basil soup, some rustic artisan bread, a bit of taco salad, and a chocolate chip cookie.
And the best thing about them...they are a present for a friend whose birthday is in AUGUST!!! (I'm ahead already this year, and am going to gloat about it because it will probably be the only time this happens!!!) It's so easy to knit for this friend....she really "gets it" when it comes to handknits. (The first item in the newly "designed" gift box--the box that will contain gifty FOs for the year.)
On our car ride back from visiting with #1 son and family I finished Selbu Modern. (I deleted the picture from my computer which is SERIOUSLY low on memory before I posted it, so we'll just have to use the Rav link. Sorry.) I honestly thought that this was going to end up fitting an American Girl doll, but the miracle of blocking came through once again, and it's a very nice hat. Nice fit. Just can't love knitting fair isle. I keep thinking if I do enough of it, it'll grow on me, because I adore the look. I'm afraid I'm going to have to do a heck of a lot more to love the process.
This is the basic baby cap I knit a lot. (I try to provide a baby hat in the baskets the women of our church give to new moms.) I wish I could give credit to someone, but I think it's one of those hats that you see over and over and over in slightly different variations, and I haven't used a real pattern for years. These actually are 2 different hats, because I was slightly distracted and started decreasing differently, but they turned out just about the same. In case anyone might be interested in using odds and ends from their stash for a similar one....this is what I do.
On a size 4 (because I'm a very very loose knitter) 16" circular needle, with dk wt yarn, CO 80 st. Place marker, and start knitting in the round.
Knit for about 4 1/2" and start the decreases.
Version 1: *Knit 6, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
*Knit 5, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
Continue like this, decreasing the number of knit stitches before the k2tog by 1 stitch, followed by a knit row (changing to dpn when needed)--until you are just knitting 2tog. Continue k2tog until you have 3 or 4 stitches left on your needles, and do an I-cord for about 3". Bind off and knot the I-cord.
Version 2 decrease starts with *K 8, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
*K7, k2tog, repeat around. Knit 1 row.
Follow above instructions.
These take less than a skein of yarn. I had two partial balls of the blue; was seriously running low on the second hat, so started striping with the white (needed at least 3 white stripes--that old basic design rule of odd numbers!), so I could end with a blue I-cord and have it look like the stripes were intentional, and not just---oops, ran out of blue, so the rest of the hat needs to be white.
The whole hat obviously can be striped; you can add embellishments (buttons, crocheted/knit flowers, embroidery); instead of going down to 3 stitches at the very end for the I-cord, you can stop at 6 stitches--make 2 long I-cords and make a bow on top. Whatever. Have fun!