Friday, April 29, 2011

Feathering

Very few projects in the works right now. I'm busy at work and tired when I'm at home. I'm still plugging away on my featherweight cardigan. I've decided to make the sweater several inches longer than the pattern calls for, so it will take quite a bit longer. It's been slow going, but since I've separated the arms, it looks something like a sweater.





And of course, as soon as I lay it out for a photo, Little Miss makes herself right at home. All yarn around here belongs to her.




Monday, April 25, 2011

Featherweight

My next knitting project is well underway. This will be a Featherweight Cardigan. I am using Dark Night's Hope Tussah Silk laceweight yarn from Dye For Yarn, available on Etsy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Walnut Creek Canyon

We spent most of this trip in northern Arizona, where there are ponderosa pine than cacti. One day we detoured up to Flagstaff and went to Walnut Creek Canyon, a national monument that is home to cliff dwellings once inhabited by the Hopi.





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sugared Briars

After muct to-do about getting the lace right, I finally finished my Sugared Violets shawlette. Much thanks to Rebecca for taking photos for me





Friday, April 15, 2011

And the winner is . . .

Courtesy of my new random number generator widget I installed on my blog, our winner is No. 8 out of the 8 entries. Kim M I will contact you and let you know when I ship your scarf. I can't say thank you enough to everyone who participated. I know it means a lot to the family to give back to the organization that gave so much to them and their daughter. Thanks to you, they are much closer to their fundraising goal.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April Snow

Yeah! I love this sweater. It was so simple and quick to knit, used only about 600 yards of yarn, and looks lovely. I'm even wearing it to work today.



Hiking Dunderberg

A blond, a brunette, and a redhead went into the woods . . . . . . and came out happy and healthy. What a glorious day for a spring hike. It was in the low sixties and the sun was shining brightly. Our trail, in the Harriman/Bear Mountain State Park, intersected the old Dunderburg Spiral Railway. Construction began on this railway in 1890, but was never finished. We spotted lots of chipmunks, turkeys, and even a snake, and heard the peepers everywhere we went.

Friday, April 8, 2011

WIPs

Yep, plural works in progress. I have two projects cast on to knit, one sooo close to beign finished. And then there's the scrapping. That's a constant work in progress. But I will finish 2010 soon. I will. really.

As for knitting, my knitting group is doing a knit-a-long (or KAL) using the Sugared Violets pattern. I just got started, using Madeline Tosh Merino Light. Even though I've only gotten a few inches along, I am completely impressed with this yarn. Its fabulously soft and has a beautiful drape. I've already ordered enough to do a sweater later this year.

This is my attempt:

And this is what it should look like when it's done:


I'm also about 60% of the way through the adorable Spring Garden Tee. I'm using Cascasde Ultra Pima cotton yarn, which has a beautiful sheen.

This is what it should look like:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Page Maps Scrap That Layout Contest

Whenever I'm lacking scrap-mojo, I can count on PageMaps to carry me through! and only a couple of more layouts and I can wrap up 2010 and start focusing on the current year.


This was the map:


This is my take:


Saturday, April 2, 2011

It's All Happening at the Zoo

Today, it finally felt like spring. Still chill, but comfortable enough to spend the day outside. And sunny. gloriously sunny. It was time to dust off and go out exploring. Watching all the news on the escaped (and eventually recaptured) cobra prompted us to head up to the Bronx Zoo. Early spring is such a wonderful time to visit. The chill keeps the crowds away, but the animals are usually fairly active.
Full slideshow:

While we were there, I had Glenn take a few photos of my recently completed tank top. It's a good thing I had him photograph it early in the day, because it grew a bit as the day went on and is closer to a tunic now! Still nice, just a bit bigger than I was expecting.