Saturday, December 31, 2011

Deep in the Woods

I love the Autumn Leaves Stole pattern by Jared Flood. I obtained 600 yards of Sanguine Gryphon's discontinued Gaia Worsted in a brown/green colorway called Little Bridge. This cashmere/silk mix is beautifully soft.

Unfortunately -- even though the pattern calls for 600 yards and I switched to smaller needles to compensate for my loose knitting -- it was not enough yardage. I had to do only 5 instead of 8 repeats of the last lace chart. Then, on the second half, I ran out of yarn and had to knit back 10 rows, only doing 4 repeats of the lace chart on one side. That was frustrating, but a shorter stole would have been fine. Especially since I expected it to grow considerably when blocked. But soon after I was thwarted again. I was talking to Glenn and lost my way while grafting the two sides together. As a result, there are a few leaves that don't line up well. Grrrr.... Then I rinsed it to block and a lot of the green washed out, leaving a browner fabric than I was expecting.

Too many frustrations, leaving an end product I'm not happy with. Yes, I could frog it and try something else. But since I am not loving the yarn, I think I may just find a home for it as is and, someday, redo this lovely stole in a yarn it deserves, with the attention it deserves.

Friday, December 30, 2011


One more vendor to line up for the wedding. I've been having a "girlie" week, doing my hair and makeup trial runs. I got to meet Sharon Becker of SB Beauty and Cathy from the MG Hair & Makeup agency. Now I have to decide. The first is more elegant, but I kinda like the casual curls of the second.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Gray Goose

Another long overdue post. In the interim this time, however, I did manage to finish another sweater. I've been wanting to make Jared Flood's Seneca since I started making sweaters about two years ago, but I have been in search of the perfect yarn. A few months ago I stumbled across Aslan Trends King Baby Llama & Mulberry Silk and it was deliciously soft. Perfect. I shortened the body and sleeves a bit and am happy with the results.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Hiking Harriman

We took the Red Cross trail from Lake Skannatati in Harriman State Park, up Pine Swamp Mountain, past Lake Askoti, and into the woods. While no challenging elevation gains on this hike, the 8.4 miles of walking took us along several brooks with charming waterfalls, an old iron mine and cemetery, and farmstead ruins. It was chilly, even flurrying in the afternoon, but we were rewarded with beautiful sites, including three separate sitings of deer!

For a full slideshow:

Friday, December 16, 2011

Hectic Holidays

December snuck up this year. After a cold bout (and snow), in October, the City warmed up and we had balmy days in the 60s until this week.

Last weekend I finally dredged up some holiday spirit, and picked up a tree on my way home from work. Once it was in the apartment, and my bins of ornaments were opened and baubles scattered around the apartment ... then it finally started to feel like Christmas.

I've been hoarding ornaments for years, but have been unable to have a tree because my NYC apartment was too small. It was fun exploing my lost treasures. I sorted through dozens of ornaments for least breakable. We were more than a bit worried about how our playful kitties would react to the tree. After the initial excitement of something new, they settled down. Their only interest since the first day has been with the water, which they both keep trying to drink.

(P.S. Kitties and camera timer are not a workable combination)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Traveling Woman

Wow. I am a bit delinquent in my posting. I have, in the last few weeks, managed to finish another shawl. This is the Traveling Woman by Liz Abanante. I used Hedgehog Fibers sock yarn in merlot.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

About Time

To be hiking again. It has been way too long.

We stayed closer to home, heading to Westchester to tackle Anthony's Nose, a rock outcropping above the Bear Mountain Bridge. The Camp Smith Trail takes you along a ridge along the Hudson River, with views of the river and Bear Mountain beyond. While the views from this hike are amazing, the downside is that the trail runs on a narrow strip between Routes 6/202 and the Camp Smith artilary range. The closeness of the road, and the metronorth rail, meant that we never left the sounds of "civilization" behind and really felt like we were out in nature. And the artillary range was an oddity in-and-of itself. No worries about losing track of the blue trail markers, because you could always follow the trail of "warning," "posted" and "do not enter" signs posted by the government.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings to all this holiday weekend. I hope you each have lives full of things to be thankful about. I am, as always, deeply grateful for my family and friends.

Two projects to share this week. I was able to finish my Harvest Moon cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier last week and got a chance to wear it today.

I also finished Gonzo's Blankie after dinner yesterday. He gave it a try when we got home.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Crop for All Seasons

We had a fabulous weekend at our retreat house in Norwalk, Ohio. Kelly and Tracey at a Crop for All Seasons were fabulous hostesses, providing comfortable working and sleeping spaces, yummy meals, and delightful midnight snacks. They paid attention to the smallest details. Naturally, we've already booked our space for next year's retreat.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bee Croppin'

Fun weekend! My online scrapping friends and I have met in Ohio for our annual crop. Eight lovely women (we miss the four that couldn't join us), hanging in a house together, chatting and scrapping for three days.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Autumn Gold

Sarai is a lovely shawl pattern by Vanessa Smith. The color is lighter, less red than the indoor photos.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Battery Park Hat and Scarf Set

I have been wanting to make a cloche, and have been looking for yarn that would provide me with a lot of structure. While at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I found a lovely teal wool from a Vermont farm called Shepard's Rainbow. I knit my cloche (using the Saugeen Summer Lace Cloche pattern by Ashley Kearns) and a scarf (using the Laetiporus pattern by Kristen Hanley Cardozo).

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Plum Tart

While I managed to scrap a few layouts last month, I did not lay the needles aside. I made a lovely cardigan using Bonne Marie Burns Cerisara pattern. The lovely yarn is Cascade's Epiphany, a deliciously soft mix of royal alpaca, cashmere, and silk.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rhinebeck 2011

I'm a bit late in posting. I'm still worn out from the shopping whirlwind on Sunday. What a gorgeous day to head upstate to the New York Sheep and Wool festival. I carpooled with the lovely ladies from my knitting group, and our lively chats made the two plus hour drive fly by. Once there, out in the crisp fall air, we got to look through stall after stall of gorgeous yarn. I missed Foxfire this year, but did snag a couple of skeins of Sanguine Gryphon, enough Brooks Farm and Sliver Moon Farm for sweaters, and discovered the Periwinkle Sheep. Even better, I was able to meet up with my best friend who drove out from Cleveland. Good day.

And the full slideshow:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Washington County Fair

The last of the Got Sketch layouts. My scrapping will likely slow down now that the class is done, but it was fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011


The next layout for Got Sketch Express. (Yep, I've forgotten what number we're on.) At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I'm having problems scanning. The stitched line is straight on my layout.

And a card from the scraps:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Under the Canopy

Got Sketch Express sketch no. 5. This layout was done using photos I took while hiking Thomas Cole and Black Dome in the Catskills.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fishkill Ridge

We almost didn't hike this weekend. The weather forecast was dismal. First we cancelled the camping trip to the Poconos. Then decided against the Catskills in favor of something a bit closer. We chose the Fishkill Ridge, outside Beacon. This hike normally offers rewarding views. In the morning when we started, however, the forest was shrouded in fog, showing us beauty of another sort. As the day wore one, the fog lifted and the sun came out. As we made our way back up Lamb's Hill a second time, we were able to see across the Hudson, up to the Catskills.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Page Maps Express the Moment Sketch Contest

Finally had time to do this months Page Maps Sketch contest:

And I've used the most recent Got Sketch Express sketch: