Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ice Ice Baby

Hiking- finally! It seemed so dreary, driving up to Harriman and seeing monotonous greys and browns. But once we got underway we rediscovered the hidden beauty of the woods in winter -- even without any snow. And snow has been in short supply this winter. In fact, it has rarely been lower than the forties. But even though it was a "warm" day, the nights have been chillier upstate. We found ice everywhere, often in stark contrast to the bold greens of the moss or making crazy formations.

Full slide show of our trek on the Claudius Smith's Rock Loop:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Rippling Water

I'm two weeks overdue for a post! Last weekend was consumed by Vogue Knitting Live. I was ensconced in knitting workshops for three days. In between classes I went shopping in the marketplace abd lunched with my knitting group. It was a lot of fun, but exhausting. Yet, somehow, I managed to churn out another sweater. (For those more inclined to papercrafts, I did a layout too, but haven't had time to scan it).

My latest is Folded by Veera Valimaki. I can't say enough good things about this pattern. It's simple, but with great shaping. I used Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in Wellwater. The final product is light and soft and very wearable.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Walking the Dogs

Low-key hiking this weekend. A friend invited me to come along when she took her dogs for a walk. This walk, which we did at the Rockerfeller State Preserve in Westchester, was about an hour and a half of very brisk walking (border collie pace). It was a fun morning, chatting and taking some pictures.

Meet Finn and Lucy (on the go):

Playing with the water:

"No!" Says Lucy. "Be careful, Finn. I'll help you back to land." And she drags him back to the bank:

And, last but not least, Duck Butts:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Beep, Beep! Vroom

First project of the year!
Glenn has been needing a new hat and scarf, so I ordered some Madelinetosh Merino in a beautifully orange/brown colorway called Sequoia. It's a cushy single-ply worsted and will both soft and warm. I ordered the yarn from Happy Knits and was very happy with the customer service. She had the three skeins I ordered in stock, but one skein was slightly darker than the other two. She e-mailed me, enclosing a photo, to ask if I still wanted them. Since I was planning one skein for a hat and two for a scarf, I said "sure!"
The pattern I chose is Kate Gilbert's Autobahn. I really love how the hat turned out, although there is a lot more cabling involved than it looks like at first glance. It took me longer to do than I was expecting and hurt my hands.
I have been debating whether I want to use the scarf pattern or just a simpe K2P2 rib for the scarf. My concern about doing the scarf in the pattern is two-fold - 1) the cabling was rough and it will be slow going and 2) I may not have enough yarn. I would be really upset if I put in the work to have it come out short or if I erred on the side of caution and made the scarf smaller, just to have lots of yarn left over. If I did K2P2 rib, I could make the scarf as long as the yarn held out. But I do really like this pattern and am thinking of taking the risk and just making it a few rows narrower.
Glenn wore it as soon as it was finished, along with his Henley (also done in MadTosh, this one in Vintage in Composition Book Gray).

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year! and Happy Birthday!

January is birthday month. A great many of my friends (and myself) will be celebrating in the next few weeks. So, after I finally finished getting the wedding invitations ready to go out the door, I spent some time doing some fun crafting, making up a set of birthday cards to send to my friends.