Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Yesterday, at long last, I was able to pick up my car, a 2007 Chevy HHR named Hharry and became mobile again.
Hharry became my best bud, as we finally were able to go grocery shopping and run some errands.
Mobility is wonderful.
While sitting at home this past week and more, I restarted the sock that I talked about. So now of course I can fret if it will be too small. Even when I get gauge, I always worry because they look small until you put them on. The pattern is Broken Seed Stitch. And it looks harder than it is.
The cuff is solid purple and then I switch to one row purple, one of Sonatina, a pink and peach swirl. But because the multicolor os knit in seed stitch. With the purple plain knitting, the sock has great texture and color patterning. I am not a fan of faire isle or stranded knitting. But because here you only work with one yarn at a time, it is a painless and easy way to get some fancy looking socks.
I do seem to be on a seed stitch kick lately. First Green Flowy, which I also spent time on, has large sections of the pattern. I have a pattern generated for an oatmeal colored vest with seed stitch borders ready to start soon. I think the baby sweater pattern I have ready has seed stitch incorporated, and now these socks.
Hope I don't get tired of it before I get done.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
I mentioned yesterday that I was frogging a newly cast on sock. I was concerned that my last couple completed pairs were a bit too large. I decided to reboot and start over casting on only 60, rather than 64stitches. I hope this will be enough of a reduction. It should make them about a half inch smaller around. I think that should make the difference. Hopefully all else will be equal.
So now I am back where I was before starting over. After a few more rows I can start the broken seed stitch pattern using a pink and peach tonal yarn on alternate rows. Then I can settle those into being brainless knitting, when the need arises. Perhaps I will put them in the rotation as car knitting and try to finish the current pair. Or not. I will need to ponder that a bit.
And the waiting? Well, my check came, after the dealer was closed for the day. (Grrr!) So more waiting. But at least now, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hharry will soon be here at home.
Friday, January 23, 2015
I had also been missing my fingerless gloves. I have been wearing them even in the coldest weather when I go out, especially while driving. (Although, see above, that hasn't been much of an issue lately.) But I had recently notice a hole near the cuff of one. How that got there I have no idea.
Next I picked up the stitches just below the hole, but above the purl ridge.
I planned on taking a couple pictures during the process, but I got carried away. It went so quickly, that before I knew it, I was done.
And fingerless mitts would be a good summer project to work on when it is a bit warm to be working on long sweaters.
As though I need any more ideas for projects to work on. I did cast on a pair of socks recently too after ripping out a half finished sock. I may frog these as well and start over. The main reason I am considering frogging them was that the last couple pairs I made felt loose while being worn. I thought it may be the yarn wasn't as bouncy, but considering that I do have some problems with arthritis, my tension may be weakening on the tiny needles. I really don't want to try using size 0, so maybe I should restart with a bit fewer stitches. The yarn I am using are from another frogged pair, so I don't want to play with it too much.
Yup. I think I am pulling out the needles on that tonight.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Needless to say I am still waiting. However, Hubby got the truck fixed today, so I can borrow that for Bible Study tomorrow. But I really want my car.
But I have been knitting right along too. I cast off the left front of the Green Flowy Cardigan and immediately cast on for the right. I also transcribed the pattern, writing out the reversed directions for the right side. I think I am good to go until I get to the sleeves. But that will be a while.
In between the cardigan knitting I also finished my St. Benedict cowl. Out of alpaca and bamboo yarn, it is the first finished object for 2015.
Unless its is another made out of homespun? Time to go stash diving.
Friday, January 16, 2015
What a week this has been. And the car has been the critical factor.
Earlier this week, when the outdoor temperature was running about a minus 15 degrees or so, I was heading to pick up Younger Son from work in the early morning. The car wasn't heating very well but I figured it was just because it was soooo cold outside. That's when I noticed the temp gauge was heading up.
I made it to Son's work and we stopped at a gas station for antifreeze. Later I picked up some spare antifreeze to keep on hand. At Son's suggestion I scheduled a radiator flush. In hindsight, maybe such not a good idea.
After the flush, on yesterday, I merrily went to Bible Study. And later, lunch with my aunt in the next town again. Then back to do some shopping. After a quick stop at Older Son's house, I headed home.
But the heat died out. And the heat gauge was heading toward red.
Back to the mechanic's for the bad news. A blown head gasket. Yikes. I kind of even know what that is and it isn't good.
The mechanic filled the radiator back up so I could drive it home and then it was time to do some thinking. It didn't seem worthwhile to pour anywhere from $800 to $1000 (or more, depending on what they found) on a 14 year old car. Because who knew what could be next.
So today I checked out the local dealers inventory, car fax reports, and even Craigslist and Facebook. I juggled figures and put a deposit on this:
Sort of a cross between a station wagon and an SUV. A Chevrolet HHR, which when asking was told stands for Heritage High Roof. I know many people think they are ugly (my son for one), I kind of like the looks of it. I just have to wait for my check so I can finish paying for it and bring it home. Probably in about a week or so
And I've always been a sucker for blue cars. I think I will name it Hharry.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
But I spent some time last week, and all afternoon today sorting through the various papers and forms and entering the information in my data spreadsheet form. I have been using and tweaking the same for for years. Probably since I've had a computer. But it works and means I seldom have to come back in with additional paper work.
Well except for the W-2s and such that never seem to arrive until the last possible moment. Since our appointment is this Saturday, I am sure they won't be here on time.
That has put a damper on the knitting. But yesterday I was nearing the end of the first one pound ball.
And so far I have been good and not cast on anything else. But that cowl I had started before is looking very tempting.
Friday, January 9, 2015
I am snug as a bug, trying to convince Lizzy that it is a good thing to go out for a walk.
So I guess I'll go back to the knitting.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Yes, there is such a thing.
And not just a case of not having yarn to start a new project, but even worse. Yarn barf.
At least that is what it looked like.
One of our knitters at Knit Nite is making a cowl out of some really cool artsy yarn. It is made of long lengths of yarns of various fibers and textures, knotted together in dark shades of gold, red and black. It had been wound into a cake and she was knitting from the center. In retrospect, possibly not the best end to choose. Because tonight, after being about half way through the cake of yarn, the middle fell out.
Literally fell out. And it continued to roll and toss itself around. As the two main portions were rescued, it did not look good. If she had not been among knitters, it may have been curtains for that cowl.
However, a couple of us picked it up, found the outside end and started to tame the chaos. We had anywhere from two to six hands working in the tangled mess, but over two hours later (and more than an hour later than our usual closing time) we had it back wound into a round ball.
Whew! I would show you pictures, but my hands were busy untangling and unable to handle the camera.
So instead, here is a picture of Leo enjoying his favorite napping place.....clean laundry.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
The new year is going strong. The weather is more like winter with snow and greasy roads. Good knitting weather. The Green Flowy left front is coming along well. The cable pattern is great for helping mark progress. No black hole on this piece. I figure I am more than a third of the way from the seed stitch bottom to arm hole shaping.
This photo shows just over two complete pattern repeats.
I took advantage of the nice weather and good driving yesterday to visit a couple friends. My good friend and former boss (twice) met together over lunch. In the past year since I lost my job we haven't been able to meet very often. Now that she is also unemployed we made plans to meet monthly so we can keep on top of things. She talked about her life and I shared baby pictures. We may just venture to a few fiber events this year too. We also need to meet so I can help her warp her loom. I warned her that I've only done rigid heddle and she has a harness loom. But the two musketeers are ready for the challenge.
After barely getting home I was asked if I could meet with another friend. I am making Green Flowy for her friend. And since, before starting the sweater, I had purchased some Lambs Pride in nearly the same shade of green. I knew I would never make a sweater out of that after finishing Green Flowy so she traded stash with me. A quick trip to meet her and good bye Limestone yarn, hello Bing Cherry. Much more me.
And very different from the Scottish Hillside used for Green Flowy. Yea!
Thursday, January 1, 2015
I have been working a couple of new projects. The left front of the Green Flowy Cardigan is far enough that I am almost through the complete cable pattern. It is working out well so far. I don't want to get too complacent about the cables, but this one seems fairly easy so far.
I also have the vest pattern I can work on as well as a break from the green. It is another Custom Fit pattern, just a plain vest with a seed stitch border. It is in oatmeal bulky yarn and will be great to wear in the cold if I finish yet this winter.
And who knows what new knitting adventures are yet to come. Hello 2015.