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!

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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.