Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

yet another sock photo

... or at least the top of it. I lifted the stitch pattern from Grumperina's Shifting Sands scarf. Sock #1 is finished, just have to get #2 done (i.e. started).

Monday, November 06, 2006

White on White

Vita thinks Traveler makes a fine pillow.

Monday, October 30, 2006

New Sock

Latest sock-on-the-needles is this half-mock rib, half-skinny cables sock. Wool is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Periwinkle. Needles: Addi Turbos 2mm. Much as I love my Addis, pointier needles would be welcome for working these tiny cables.

Sock shaping is borrowed from
You're Putting Me On. The stitch pattern on the foot is a slip stitch, the same one I use for the heel flap. The cabled bit is a three-stitch wide ribbed cable, worked by dropping the first stitch off the left needle, picking up the next two on the right needle as if to work a K2tog, then quickly scooping up the dropped stitch with the left needle before it disappears in one long horrifying ladder (this is where a pointier needle would come in handy). The two stitches on the right needle are then transferred back to the left needle and the three stitches worked as they present themselves, K1, P1, K1. (I'm sure I just "unvented" a stitch pattern that's in half a dozen books. )

Here's the view out my kitchen window today.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb "Somerset" on 5mm needles, front and back views. I don't care for how this looks at all, so I took the photos for posterity, then ripped it out. I need to find a stitch pattern for this yarn that doesn't make it look like candy stripes.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Here he is, keeping my chair warm for me.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Felted Clogs



Pattern: Fiber Trends Felted Clogs
Wool: 100purewool merino, two strands held together

I used about 1.5 hanks of the main colour and almost an entire hank for the soles. This is a fun pattern to knit, and fast too. I knit each slipper in an evening.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

One Mitten Done, One to Go

I'm quite pleased with how it turned out. I worked some short-rows on the palm, thinking they would improve the fit, but I don't think they make any difference, so I doubt I'll bother with them on Mitten #2. These two photos show the colour quite accurately, lovely Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport "Tahoe".

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

New Project

Fingerless mittens, knit in Lorna's Laces Sport "Tahoe". Pattern, such as it is, is my own. Sixty stitches for the arm/wrist part, then a few increases at the base of the thumb. I'll do a little tube for around the thumb and finish low on the fingers with a few rows of garter stitch to match the cast-on edge.

One of these Socks is not like the Other....

Can you spot the difference? I realized I'd reversed the SSK's with the K2tog's more than halfway through sock #2. I was not in the mood to start over, so these are my unique blue socks.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Stash Enhancement

Lovely new sock wool arrived in the mail today. This is Fly Super Sport Monarch 3-ply in the Petrol and Rainier colourways. On my monitor, the Rainier isn't as saturated as it is "live". What appears light blue here is actually bright turquoise, and the purple doesn't show up at all in this photo. The Petrol reproduced accurately though. It's 100% superwash merino. Mmmmmm.

Monday, August 21, 2006

New Additions

New chicks hatched a couple days ago. The one with the bald neck is supposed to be that way, as he/she is half Turken, which is the "naked neck" chicken breed. The Muscovy duck hatched them, but she is proving to be a poor mom, so I've taken them away from her and have them brooding in a big box in the garage.

Vita says, "Mmmm, something sounds tasty, er, ahem, I mean cute and cuddly."

Monday, August 14, 2006

Oh Boy!

The excitement never ends around here. Yet another new sock.

Charis says, "What the ....???"

The sock interacts with Charis. Kindly disregard the pasty white leg attached to the sock. The owner of the leg wishes to inform all viewers that the leg is actually a deep and sultry shade of tan in real life.

Frosty wishes to inform viewers that in real life he is a large and manly dog of herculean proportions, and not the shrimp-like creature he appears in this photo.

Sock #2 is going to be tricky. This sock's shaping is based on Knitty's Widdershins, but I added a bunch of short rows before the heel flap shaping and used a different number of stitches to accommodate the simple stitch pattern I substituted. And I did something different on the gusset decreases too....

Falling Leaves have left the building

Pattern: Knitty's Falling Leaves
Wool: Koigu PPPM, 2 skeins
Needles: Addi 2mm circular (2)
Modifications: 3x2 rib
The usual disclaimer about them looking much better in person, yadda yadda, etc.

I sent them to live with Bridget, as they fit her feet a lot better then mine. My next socks will fit ME!

Model: Bridget Photographer: Bridget

Friday, August 04, 2006

les poulets

Here's what the chickens look like today. The young grey pullet is becoming very beautiful, the turken is still the homeliest bird on the planet, and the newest chicks have started to grow tails.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Koigu Falling Leaves: Done?

I'm not feeling the love....

After getting off to a great start with the magic cast on, I had a hell of a time with the short-row heel. I ripped it out three times, and I'm still not happy with how it turned out on one side (the side not photographed), but I don't think the wool can take another trip to the frog pond. I tried kind of a ruffly (super stretchy) cast-off, and I'm not very happy with it either! So I think I will rip it back to before the ribbing, do another repeat of the lace pattern, then rib again and finish with a flatter bind-off. Then we'll see about Sock No. 2....

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Exciting Sock Update

Frogged. It was too skinny to fit over my foot or my mother's narrower foot.

Reborn. Knitty's Falling Leaves. It's going great. Maybe I'm starting to feel just a little love for the sock...

New Chicks Hatched this Morning

Talk about your cute overload! I think the black and white chick is out of the Barred Rock hen; who knows about the grey/yellow with peach face?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

New Sock

The broadripple didn't fit -- way too tight -- so it was into the frog pond. I've now started on the toe-up Falling Leaves Knitty pattern, using the Magic Cast On. It's at the funny looks-like-a-Toblerone stage.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sock Update

We are at the very exciting heel flap stage! Do you like my sock blocker - a Vitamin B bottle?

I am trying to knit this thing continental style, as I firmly believe that is a faster method of knitting than my right-hand-throwing technique (self-taught). I am doing OK on the knit rows, but I just can't get the hang of purling continental, so I am throwing the purl rows. Perhaps Bridget will show me the error of my ways this weekend in between wrangling dogs....

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Charis Had a Good Day Today

Charis, Traveler and Vita ran (and showed) at the Lower Mainland Whippet Association's "show & go" today. There were ten greyhounds running, which is a really good entry for our area. Charis won Best of Breed in greyhounds, then went on to win Best in Field! Then, to top it off, she went Winner's Bitch (and Best Opposite Sex) in the show, winning her first show points (two).

Traveler placed third in the lure course and second (aka last) in open males in the show ring. Vita finished out of the points in the lure course and decided she was too pooped to show.

This is Charis standing in front of all her loot and ribbons. The big green thing is a dog bed.

It was a fun day spent just relaxing with Bridget and Jason, except for when our dogs were running. We (B and I) even got in some knitting!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

First Step in the Sock Pool

So here's my first attempt at knitting a sock. It's Knitty's Broadripple, knit on two 2mm Addis in Koigu KPPPM.

I gotta say, I'm not feeling the love so far.

Couch Potatoes Part Two

Frosty and Vita share the couch, sort of.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Amazing Lace Challenge #4

Print O' The Waves is at the Shapeless Sack Stage, so what better for storing the stash?

Since I am knitting this in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted "Forest" instead of the recommended laceweight or cobweb yarn, this sucker is BIG. There are probably a dozen big skeins of wool inside the Print O' Waves Sack, not counting all the ones sticking out the top.

This photo was taken partway through the eyelet round. Getting into the home stretch now!

I am knitting this on a crappy old plastic circ I've had for a hundred years. Look at that one disgusted stitch, teetering on the very tip of that horrid plastic point, poised to leap to its doom rather than spend ONE MORE SECOND on that vile plastic needle. I am really covetting the Knitpicks Options right now....

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Frosty, aka Toe Boy, aka Frosty the Snow Dog, aka HR's Frosty ORC, is the old man around here. He'll be 12 in October.
He retired from pro racing at the age of three, and I got him a few weeks after that. He raced at Multnomah. Pedigree here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Chick Pic

The beautiful golden hen is an Ameraucana (or maybe an Easter Egger), the silver chick is an Ameraucana/unknown cross. This chick, which I think is a pullet, is five weeks old.

The second photo is the chick and her brother (I think!) taken about a week after hatching.