Monday, January 30, 2006

Lorna's Laces Herringbone Scarf

I received my Lorna's Laces yarn last Thursday. It is wonderful stuff, so soft and the colours are lovely. I'm knitting Li's herringbone scarf ( in the Shepherd Sport in "Tahoe". The stitch pattern is easy, perfect for travel; I knit this while on the road back from California this past weekend. Blocking will make the stitch pattern stand out better -- this "photo" was taken by holding the fabric flat on the scanner bed!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Noro Scarf

I decided the Noro mesh wasn't going to amount to anything, so ripped it out and am knitting a multidirectional short-row scarf instead. It's turning out very nice and getting compliments when I haul it out to work on during my lunch break at work.

Working the short rows and watching the colour change keeps it interesting.

Here's the pattern:

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Charis at four months. I am very happy to have this puppy from Michele's Ranger X Horsea litter. Her pedigree is here.

Knitting with Noro

While watching Twelve Angry Men on tv last night, I needed something to do with my hands, so I started a simple mesh lace pattern in this Noro Kureyon variegated yarn I bought a couple months ago at a half-price sale. I cast on with waste yarn, thinking I would pick up that edge later for some sort of border. I only have two balls of it though, and this swatch (roughly 8"X12") is almost one entire ball! Buy more yarn, or rip it out and knit a hat.... what to do?

It's a very simple pattern, just a two stitch repeat over four rows:

Row 1. YO, K2tog
Row 2. Purl
Row 3. Slip1 K1 PSSO, YO
Row. 4. Purl

Friday, January 20, 2006


I have a mixed flock of hens and one rooster. He's a handsome grey and copper Ameraucana; the hens are Isa Browns ("production" layers, but really nice little brownish-orange birds), Turkens (really weird looking), Buff Orpingtons, Barred Rocks, one Silver-Laced Wyandotte, and a trio of Ameraucanas. The Ameraucanas lay light blue eggs, the rest lay shades of brown and beige.

I also have three Muscovy ducks and one drake. The ducks lay big delicious eggs too. The bottom field is flooded right now, and the ducks are in their glory, paddling around our "seasonal lake".

Traveler the Show Dog

Here's Traveler playing show dawg last summer. That's my friend Judi doing the honours. He won Best Puppy in Breed. He was also Only Puppy in Breed. :-)

Got to dig out some photos of my other dogs to post....

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Living in the Pacific Northwest, everything is all grey and wet right now, so I thought I would post a photo of the veg garden last summer.

Ah, Pillar O' Beans, how I miss thee!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

This is part of a scarf I knitted for my mom for Christmas. This photo was taken pre-blocking. I used one strand of each of Luxury Alpaca Peru and Luxury Alpaca Silk, held together. It is absolutely scrumptious.


Some of my chickens, going for a walk.

Traveler as a puppy.