Friday, May 25, 2012

Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair

Last weekend, we had the most amazingly beautiful late spring weather.  On Sunday, a few friends and I took advantage of the lovely weather and took a trip out to Riverhead, Long Island for the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair.  It's a very small event, but the vendors were friendly,  there were baby rabbits, sheep, and llamas to pet, and dogs to watch having a ball on the agility course.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sea Bird and a Blue Note Premiere

Two accomplishments this week.  I finished my Current Caridgan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the tern colorway.

Even bigger news, Glenn played at the Blue Note with Heshima, and his friends Rob Mitzner and Dmitry Ishenko. Video available here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

WIPs and an Amazing FO

This week I only have works in progress.  As I mentioned previously, I set aside my Vermont Shawl after the honeymoon in favor of a couple of new projects for MadMay on Ravelry.  I did get through the second lace repeat before putting the shawl into hibernation.

I have two projects planned for MadMay. The first is a Current Cardigan in Tosh Merino Light, the tern colorway.  I have been plugging away for about two weeksand and am finished with the body and 99% of one sleeve. I'm really hoping to get this done by Wednesday so that I have two full weeks for my next overly ambitious project. 

I love this cardigan design. It's a nice fit and the basket weave/cabled edging is very nice. I am not quite so thrilled with how my yarn is knitting up. This is my error, not a fault of the yarn. Madtosh is highly varigated and it's smart to alternate skeins. I like to start with one skein, then bring in the second once there is some substance to my project. For some reason, I kept forgetting to alternate and decided to just knit straight with the second skein. Once I had my project in good light, I saw how much contrast there really was between the skeins and started alternating again. But the damage was already done. I have a nice light stripe right about bust level. I will wait until after it is blocked to see whether this is something I can live with or not. I am pondering overdying to get more consistent coloration.

The second project I have planned for MadMay is the very popular Color Affection Shawl in in MadTosh 80/10/10 Fingering in briar, trodden, and fig.  I've decided to call this project "trodding through the briars looking figs."

There was one amazing finished object this week. My knitting group, the Wandering NYC Knitters, joined forces to knit Glenn and me a gorgeous blanket as a wedding present. They used Madelinetosh Vingage in fig, charcoal, luster, and rosewood. Its so soft, and everyone at home (including the kitties) just loves it.

In addition to the blanket, Kei and Trish baked a scrumptious cake with lemon curd filling.  It was both beautiful and unbelievably yummy and I ate waaaay too much.

Thanks so much to my friends for giving so much of themselves in making such a lovely presenet.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


National Scrapbooking Day / Cinqo De Mayo celebration with some of the NYC Scrapbook Chicas. It's been ages since I've scrapped, and even longer since I got to hang out with this fun crowd. We had a blast! I kept my layouts simple and am almost finished 2011.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Holey Jeans

The morning of my wedding - yes, I'm serious - I finished knitting Exposed by Lisa Mutch.   I was actually close to finishing it for several days, but kept a few rows to keep me busy during that downtime early in the morning when no one else is awake. I wasn't sure what to make of it when it came off of the needles. I withheld judgment and set it aside until I got home from Belize, when I finally had time to sew on the clasp (save me from sewing!) and block it out. Blocking is an amazing thing. I could finally see the shape of the sweater and was pleasantly surprised.  I tried on a few different tank tops until I found one with the right neck line and Viola! another piece for my wardrobe:

I had planned to knit another project over our two week honeymoon. That was wishful thinking. Aside from the fact that it was my honeymoon and I had many other much better things to do, the lace pattern was too intricate to do when there was anything remotely distracting going on.  So only minor progress was made on my Vermont Shawl, at pattern by Hanna Breetz that I'm knitting using DyeForYarn in the colorway Budding Too Early.

This shawl will take the backseat in May -- or MadMay to Madelinetosh fans.  The MadTosh board on Ravelry is sponsering sevaral KALs (knit-a-longs).  Several of the projects near the front of my queue were appropriate, so I have decided to do Current by Cecily Glowik MacDonald in Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Tern, and the very popular Color Affection shawl by Veera Välimäki  in Tosh 80/10/10 fingering in Briar, Trodden, and Fig.