Monday, May 30, 2011

Breathless Isabella

The nice thing about summer knitting is that the projects go quickly. I was able to finish my Isabella in less than two weeks. Having a long weekend helped, since I had more down time to do all the seaming and hemming.
The edging is a neat trick. You knit about half an inch, then do a row repeating YO, K2tog. This creates a row of small circles. When you fold this over, it becomes the scalloped (or picot) edge.

Farmer's Bounty

It has been a cold, rainy spring, but warmed up a lot over the last week. When we drove upstate for Memorial Day weekend, everything was green and lush. It was too early for most crops, but the Saratoga Spring's Farmers Market was well stocked with fresh greens, herbs, root vegetables, meats, local cheeses, preserves, and baked goods. The next stop was my sister's cabin. Her mountain garden was up and growing. We took a brief side trip to Salem, New York to visit the Battenkill Creamery, recently voted New York's best dairy. Then back to the cabin to grill out and enjoy an evening around the fire,










Full slideshow:


Monday, May 23, 2011

Breathless Isabella

When I was at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I picked up some Shalimar Yarns Breathless in Saffron. It is an amazingly soft merino, cashmire, silk mix and I knew I had to knit with it immediately.

I only has 1200 yards, so I chose another sleeveless pattern, Isabella by Jordana Paige, available at Knitty.com here. It's been a quick knit so far. The back is done, and I've cast on the more challenging front. There are a lot of techniques in this pattern, including short rows, picking up and knitting, hemming, and reading charts for the lace around the neck.

This is the colorway of the yarn as it knits up:




This is what the sweater should look like when done:


Friday, May 20, 2011

Awesome Abigail

I just had to share this photo. Isn't she adorable? She wants so badly to lay on TOP of my new silk lace sweater, but it's still too wet.
At least one person out there is very happy that I knit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Featherweight Cardigan

Another finished project. I made a very basic mistake. I did not wash my gauge swatch, and when I washed the finished sweater, it grew over a full size. I have never had yarn grow so much. I had wanted it loose and drapey, but this is a bit too big. Lesson learned and I will take more care on my next silk sweater.










(Gratuitous but shot).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Walk in the Woods (Sort of)

We took it easy today, taking a 5 mile stroll in the Palisades Interstate Park. The park is only an eighth of a mile wide, and runs between the Palisades Parkway and the Hudson River. The first half of the hike ran along the Palisades cliffs, and the noise of the highway was noticeable. The second half of the hike was along the Hudson, and was accompanied by the soothing sounds of waves crashing on shore.

While not physically challenging, the hike was made interesting by the variety of spring flowers, including wisteria, ruins of old estates, and views of the river. One highlight was a family of young groundhogs, who were not at all afraid of us.











A full slideshow of our hike:


Bee Croppin'

I participate in a wonderful online scrapbook community. Last night we had a rare online crop. We came together from across the country (Texas, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Michigan, Kentucky) to chat and challenge each other with ideas for paper crafts. It's hard to get a lot done when you're caught up in the conversation online, but I did finish one layout last night, and hopefully will get some more done this week.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Maryland Sheep and Wool

While completely excited about the move last fall, I was a bit disappointed that it was the same weekend as the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. That faux pas has been corrected. This weekend, mom and I carpooled down to Maryland with seven other women from my knitting group for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. My best friend from college and knitting mentor joined us there (with cupcakes). It was an amazing spring day, in the seventies with a few high white clouds floating by.

We had no trouble getting south, and spent a glorious afternoon in the barns looking over the wares. I took few photos in my shopping frenzy, but overall I'm pretty happy with the daytime photos my new Olympus Tough point-and-shoot took. The photos from dinner didn't come out as well -- which is a shame, because with twenty knitters at Timbuktu, it was quite a party. The restaurant must have thought we were in the mood to party too, because (after an hour wait - "you have to be crabby to eat crab cakes"), we were sat in the lounge. About an hour into our meal, the evening's entertainment began. Nothing like bad kareoke to help the digestion!





Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stampin'

Oh beautiful day!

I finally broke out some dusty stamps and played with paper for a few hours this weekend.



I wish I had accomplished more, but I did get a few cards done, and there's a few more to be assembled one night this week.