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....