Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lemon Squeeze

Pulled out some MME papers and some old Heidi Swapp acrylic alphas from my stash, along with some sadly unused alcohol inks and almost forgotten flowers and had some fun.

Eleanor's Eagle

I like to knit a smaller piece in between sweaters, to keep things interesting and to use up some of the odds and ends in my stash. One of the those random skeins was a beautiful skein of chocolate alpaca my sister had given me when I first started knitting two and a half years ago. At the time, I had no clue what to do with 250 yards of sport weight yarn. Since then, I found a lovely pattern for a lace cowl. The Eleanor Cowl is available here at Knitty.
The dark color and fuzziness of the alpca hides the lace pattern somewhat. The benefit of this is that it also hides my mistakes. This is the first project I've done that was fully charted, and every pattern repeat required concentration.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Crate Sketch Challenge (June Ed.)

I'm really happy with the layouts I've done this weekend based on some wonderful sketches. Last night I worked on a layout using Crate Paper's June sketch. With the exception of the lined journaling paper, some embroidery floss, a couple of alpha stickers, and some acrylic paint, this entire layout was done using Crate's Restoration line.

Now I just need to figure out a way to get my new scanner to stop cutting edges off.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cosmo Cricket Sketch Challenge

I loved this sketch by Cosmo Cricket. My mind turned it ninety degrees to the right and started filling in photos and journaling. I dug through my stash and found some CC Wanted and Be Good papers that worked well for an outdoors theme and went to work.

Technique Tuesday's Big Timber stamps are my favorites for titles. The snowflake stamps and brads are Stamping Up. The snowflake brads are made from the CC Be Good paper I used as part of the background.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Glenn's Composition

Yeah! finished Glenn's Raglan-Sleeved Henley (from Bruce Weinstein's Knits Men Want). I knit a 44, since I wanted some ease around the middle. It fit beautifully unblocked, but I'm afraid after I wash it it will be much too large. It's drying now, so fingers crossed.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Kitty Love

I walked into the kitchen area the other day and found Abby on the window sill making the strangest noises. She clearly wanted something very very badly. I looked out and saw a dove frozen in terror on the other side of the glass from her nose. She kept trying to get closer, to no avail. Finally she took a swipe at him and he mustered the courage to fly away. For the rest of the evening she kept going back to the window sill. She'd look over her shoulder at me and plead - "please make him come back!"

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mount Washington Revisited

What an experience that was! hiking up Mount Washington (the Northeast's tallest peak) in January. Mount Washington is known for the worst weather on Earth. While the conditions were not record breaking when we were there, the cold, brisk winds above the tree line, and more than a foot of fresh powder made going very tough.

I did not, in fact, reach the peak. I got to about 0.4 miles from the summit and collapsed into the snow. While I was enjoying my rest it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to get back below the tree line as quickly as possible.

Two lessons learned, take the time to eat and drink. Energy is necessary, even if eating is cold and uncomfortable. Also, check your shoe laces. Even though I couldn't see them under my gaitors, my laces had loosened, causing my toes to jam into the hard shell of my mountaineering boots. If I had more energy and my feet hadn't hurt so much, I probably would have made it.

Even though I would be better prepared on the next trek, I have no desire to face Mount Washington again in winter. I'm not that crazy!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

First Hike of the Year

Looking back to early January, when Christine, Mike and I explored Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, with the bear petroglyph, Leatherman's Cave, and a dancing rock.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Glenn's Composition (Raglan-Sleeved Henley)

Now that NYC is in its first heat advisory of the year (in June!), I've picked back up my needles for some winter-weight knitting. Doh! Well, the idea is for the projects to be finished in time for the colder weather, which means getting a jump now.
My first cold-weather sweater is Glenn's Raglan-Sleeved Henley from Bruce Weinstein's Knits Men Want. I am using Madeline Tosh Vintage yarn in Composition Book Gray, hence the name for this project. The color really is stunning. The yarn is very tightly wound and, as a result, is somewhat stiff. It is somewhat difficult to knit, but would probably be a good yarn for something like a jacket.

Sunday, June 5, 2011


The weather has been so wonderful, I knew I had to hike this weekend (before it gets too hot to be enjoyable). Glenn and two friends joined me in a wander through the northern reaches of Fahnestock State Park. The hike crossed into privately held farmland, where the fields were full of wildflowers. In the woods, the mountain laurel were blooming. Near one of the ponds we passed on route, we found some irises growing wild. It was a wonderful summer day.

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