Monday, December 31, 2012

A Winter's Blouse

There have been several end of the year knitting adventures.

I managed to pull of one more sweater, Gathered Blouse by Katya Frankel using Madelinetosh Vintage in Celadon.

I also took a roadtrip to Northampton, MA with a few friends from my knitting group for WEBS' end of the year blow-out sale. We had an enjoyable afternoon shopping and dining at Paul and Elizabeth's. 

Then the weather struck.

I knew snow had been forecast and had checked the weather several times to make sure it was not severe.  Right before we left Saturday morning, the National Weather Service was forecasting 1-3 inches in the Hartford area. Not bad over the course of a whole afternoon, and we'd be on major interstates.  Apparently, what the National Weather Service meant to write was 1-3 inches an hour!

We  headed south, into the the storm, and the snow piled up quickly. As it got dark, the lanes of the highway disappeared under the snow and we had to follow the tire tracks of the car in front of us.  I got behind a semi and, going 25 mph, we made our way south on I-91 toward I-95.  The road conditions didn't improve.  I was so focused on the road, I didn't realizr the semi had turned onto an exit ramp.  Too late, we headed up hill towards the light, watching the semi sliding as it tried to pull forward from a stop.  We were forced to stop and almost didn't get going again. It took several minutes, with cars slipping and sliding on either side of us, before we were able to make it the rest of the way up the hill. When we got to the light, I saw a Best Western to the left and immediately turned into the parking lot, shaking like a leaf. 

We hunkered down in our hotel room, enjoying pizza and knitting.  I hadn't brought any knitting since I figured, as the driver, I would not have time.  I spent some time balling a skein of Zen Garden, and Donna was kind enough to lend me a set of needles so I could cast on a new shawlette.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Piper's Quintet

I just finished knitting Piper's Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle, the host of Knitting Pipeline.  It's a quick, fun knit.  Once you plow through the last few rows of the garter stitch body, there's a knit-on lace panel.  The pattern is easy to memorize, so it was great train knitting.

I used Plucky Knitter 55/45 Cashmere/Silk DK in Rustic Quintet. It's a deliciously soft scarf.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

No Peeking

Harmony Shawl by Judy Marples in The Plucky Knitter En Vogue for my mother Mary = Madonna Shaw.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Hurricane Sweater

Today, I finished my first fully seamed sweater - Mork, by Juila Farwell-Clay.  I used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in Violin.

I began seaming it last weekend, but wasn't able to finish until today because work has been such a bear. When I was first working on it, I had quite a time keeping Zoot away. He kept trying to play with the yarn. Finally he curled up and went to sleep on one half of the sweater.  Then Abby came up.  I thought for sure she'd see Zoot and we'd get the inevitable growl-swipe-run scenario. Instead, she started grooming him. It only lasted a few moments, but it gives me hope!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NYC Grit

I knew I wanted at least some of our wedding photos to capture the grittier side of New York City.  After finishing our family photos in the park, we headed downtown to Soho and wandered some of the alleys near the bookstore. 

I don't believe in fairytale romances. I think grit is honest. One of my favorite songs is the Pogues' duet, Fairytale of New York"

I could have been someone

Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you

I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own

Can´t make it out alone
I´ve built my dreams around you

~Jen Finer and Shane MacGowan~

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hat Weather

With all the excitement brought on by the bad weather (and increased load at work), I haven't had a chance to photograph my newest knit.  In anticapation of winter weather, I ordered some Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in Oxblood  from Happy Knits so that I could knit a 16 Cable Hat by CircĂ© Belles Boucles to match the Topiary scarf (Michele Wang design) I did last winter.

And I finished just in time. After Sandy passed, a cold front came in and we got our first snow of the year.

Of course, the approach of a hurricane means lots of downtime inside, so it made sense to cast on a hurricane sweater (or, as the National Weather Service would have it, a category 1 post-tropical cyclone sweater).  I have made some progress on Mork, a design by Julia Farwell-Clay.  I am using Madelinetosh (what a surprsie) Tosh Merion in Violin.  I didn't get as far as I would have liked during the bad weather, and work has been very demanding since, but I have finally finished the back piece.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wedding Layouts

One advantage to being home so much the last week, is that there has been time to scrap (and enjoy time with my neighbor, who also scraps).  I finally started on the large box of wedding photos sitting on my shelf.  I am mainly using MME's So Sophie paper line, although I am mixing in a few others.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

I feel as if I should say something about the catastrophic event that has had such a major impact on our area this week.  Personally, we have been very lucky. Our neighborhood, which is near the highest point of the island, was relatively unaffected.  The biggest impact for us has been the flooding and loss of power to the rest of the island, which has meant I'm working from home for the time being.  Thankfully, the rest of Manhattan is coming back online. Much more, however, needs to be done for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and New Jersey. Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering now.

An eerie sight, the George Washington Bridge completely empty:

And happier doings - sleeping kittens and chocolate cookies:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Assorted Chocolates

After spending two months on Glenn's sweater, I was happy to turn to a quick, garter stitch shawl.  Sundry, by Jennifer Dassau, was the perfect pattern for the Malabrigo yarn I got last winter in the Oeste and Chocolat Amargo colorways.

It was the perfect morning to visit Fort Tyron Park for a photoshoot. Fall is underway in the City.

And last, it is with sorrow, that we had to say goodbye to our sweet Gonzo last week.  He was a wonderful, wonderfuly kitty and we did not have nearly enough time to spoil him.  We love you Gonzo.

While I was off reveling in wool last weekend in Rhinebeck, Glenn met a lovely five-month old orange tiger kitty that needed a home. Zoot came to live with us on Wednesday. He's very curious and friendly and we hope he likes it here.