Thursday, June 28, 2007

Heat Wave?

Ok, so apparently if I complain about the weather, it changes dramatically... I should really look into what I can do with these powers! We have had TWO scorching days out here in MA, and another one is expected today. We may hit "Heat Wave" requirements (3 days over 90 degrees F (or 32.2C)) The past two days were over 90, but we may just fall below that today. HELLO SUMMER!
Of course with weather inducing capabilities, I must have some pitfall, a cold. Who gets a "cold" in late June? That would be me... ah well. I'm finally functioning again today.
My horse show went well! We got second in our first test (Training 1) and WON our second test (Training 2). We were against 8 other riders and I honestly didn't expect to see two 61%'s. It is a good score, especially for our first show. I just wanted a good experience for my mare and a "smooth" test. Our barn has a show series with three Dressage shows in the season with each show accumulating points for year end awards, so we also got to accumulate some points for year end awards!
My students also did well. One student won her first class (of 5 adults) and got third in her second (of 8). The other student got a third and fourth (not sure how many competitiors, maybe 5 junior riders in both?). It was the first dressage show for both students, and they rode Introductory level tests A and B. I was very proud! Dee earned plenty of extra peppermints! She seemed very pleased with herself, but did not really understand why she had to have braids in her mane, they felt funny. She'll understand that they are part of her "beautification" for shows soon.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Happy (2nd day of ) Summer!

Now why is it a high of 70 degrees today? Maybe no one told the sun which day was on the calendar?

I need to start planning and acquiring more knitting. I have started to get in the "what's next" panic for a little while now. After I finished Nubbins I haven't decided whether to make some other item for H.W.H.B.'s sister, or to just gift the two washcloths with some non-knitted item such as soap or something. In the meantime I'm knitting the second Fiber Trends Felted Clog and I'm suffering what sock people would title SC (single clog) disease. I want to start something new... luckily or unluckily, however it may be, I haven't decided what is next and whether I have it already in my stash. In the meantime I am poking at my clog. Also, I would really like to start planning Christmas presents, as last year I was WAY too busy to knit and I would really like decide on a few projects early, so that they are actually completed.
On non-knitting news, I have a horse show this Sunday. It is not only the first of the season, but the first show I have shown in for quite a while, and the first show my horse have ever been in. I showed up until I bought the horse that I have now. I have owned my mare for three years and didn't have the money (grad student) or ride (hiring someone to trailer is $$$) until now! SO, we will be showing at our home barn in our first show together! I'll also be coaching some of my students during the day, so it will prove to be quite busy! After this weekend I will have more time to plan, as well as more shows off the farm!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Sexy Knitters Club is calling for your vote!

You've got until Wednesday at Midnight. Who could resist a group of Sexy Knitters?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Going away to school Facecloths

I hadn't yet caught onto the face cloth knitting craze, and I felt it calling... so I did as any knitter would do, and bought some Peaches 'N Cream and got started. Pictures will be added SOON!

Nubbins Facecloth
Pattern: In a Happy Camper blog, Vyvyan Neel
Weapons: Size recommended in pattern (Size 7), Bamboo Straights
Yarn: Peaches 'n Cream # 181 Faded Denim
Dimensions: 8.5" X 11"
Start: 6/9
Completed: 6/16 (in between plenty of graduation party-ness and otherwise craziness)

Back To School Basketweave Cloth,
Pattern: Knitty, Back to School, Basketweave Cloth
Weapons: Size recommended in pattern (Size 7), Bamboo Straights
Yarn: Peaches 'n Cream #178 Potpourri
Dimensions: 8.5" X 9"
Start: 5/12-5/26 (in between work on Fiber trends clogs)

Recipient: H.W.H.B.'s sister graduated from high school, and is heading to UMass Amherst in fall. I thought she would like something handmade to make her dorm feel at home.

I had fun with both patterns. I started the Basketweave Cloth because I needed something more portable than my Fiber Trends clogs and it was a fast knit. Nubbins was also a fun and fast knit with even less thinking, so it was good for what mindless knitting I needed. I started knitting the Nubbins Nuveaux and the colors that I had to use were not blending well, and I thought a one color cloth would look best. So, I made a basic Nubbins pattern without the color changes and followed the casting off on the edging to produce the nubbins. Next time I may try other cloths from the Back to School set, or make some of the newer Nubbins creations by Vyvyan Neel (Nubbly napkin and placemat).

Friday, June 15, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Dish Rag Tag

So... I think I've been bitten by some bug... First Knitters Virtual Vacation, then THIS
Congratulations, Alicia, you are now all signed up for Dish Rag Tag!
The Short Version:
Teams of Knitters will participate in a Dish Rag Knitting Relay Race that spans the 50 states.
Teams assigned by: Thursday, July 19, 2007.
Race Starts: August 1, 2007

Anyone else in? They are taking the first 200 people and I know their numbers are getting high (92 on the blog this morning), Just go for it!

I guess I'm going on more vacations that I thought this summer! Whoo hoo!!!
(Ignore the extra buttons... housekeeping...)

Monday, June 11, 2007

What finger are you?

You Are a Pinky

You are fiercely independent, and possibly downright weird.
A great communicator, you can get along with almost anyone.
You are kind and sympathetic. You support all your friends - and love them for who they are.

You get along well with: The Ring Finger

Stay away from: The Thumb

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Questionnaire for KVV

I definitely better post this guy... it's the motivation to get my blog up and running, Its my ticket for a vacation :) A virtual vacation... with knitting. How can you go wrong?

1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why? I'm choosing one I have never been, California. Since I was a little girl I have always wanted to ski in shorts!!! And the beaches... must go!

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why? Australia. I heard stories and saw pictures growing up from my grandfather who served in Australia. Whenever friends travel there they are instructed to pet a Koala for me (I have numerous photo's as evidence.) I also have extended family out there who have a Kangaroo farm. It would be a great trip!

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries? Yes, from Massachusetts to the southern most point (multiple times) Key West Florida. These days I opt to fly, but I did love getting to stop in the different states along the way. The southern hospitality was amazing! (A favorite vacation spot of mine is the Florida Keys.) I have also driven to Canada several times and toured Montreal. It's a great city! (Late edit: Also I have traveled from Massachusetts to Dollywood (in Knoxville Tennessee) when I was really young by motor home)

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it? Sadly, no. I thought the Bahamas would be exotic, and no, I wasn't a fan. It would be a great stop by in a cruise, but not a good staying-put sort of vacation for me.

5. What was your favorite "travel" vacation? Why? Italy. I traveled from Madrid to Rome and to the island of Capri in high school on a bus trip. I have family roots in Calabria and I loved learning about the Italian culture and seeing all of the farmland, history, and people. I would love to go back. I didn't' get to see Venice.

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain. Yes. I have family friends from both Taiwan and New Zealand. They each loved to do the "New England" thing in the fall and go leaf peeping and apple picking. We also toured Maine and Vermont.

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker? I would say a mix of all three. I really love going to museums. I love the feeling of sand between my toes and the sun on my skin. I also love to discover new things.

8. What's your favorite type of yarn? I don't have a favorite yet. I like soft yarns for some things, wool for others. Depends on the knit.

9. What's your least favorite type of yarn? I do not like the look of eyelet, fun fur, or multiple texture yarns. I am sure there are some out there that I would like, I just haven't put my hands on them yet.

10. What items do you like to knit/crochet? I am a relatively new knitter. I have knitted simple scarves, an illusion knitted scarf, mittens, felted clogs, and washcloths. I have my eyes on some simple sweaters, hats, intarsia mittens, a hemp purse and felted bags.

11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation? I am known as "The Girl Scout." I am always packed with plenty of everything I could possibly need. I do not like to run out of reading materials or knitting, so I bring plenty of WIP as well as new knitting whenever I travel.

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet? I am starting to sew a bit. I recently made a friend a needle holder/organizer.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise) No.

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite? Favorite color is yellow, runner up is blue. How can you be in a bad mood when you are surrounded in yellow and blue? Least favorite color is purple. I am finding more and more of it creeping into my wardrobe these days, but I definitely despise purple.

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)? Both. I can't choose.

16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know? I love animals. (I have a dog and horse) I love spicy food (the hotter the better). I love gardening. (my family passed down a greenhouse business for over 115 years)

(I live in Massachusetts)
That's it for now, I'll post more pattern notes and FO's later... I hope to be caught up soon!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Skull Illusion Scarf Pattern Notes

I realize that I started the blog in March, started posting in June.... So there's a bit of catching up to do.

Pattern by: Ysolda
Materials: Grey and Black Wool-Ease (worsted weight)
Weapons: Size 8 Bamboo Straights
Started: Nov. 24th 2006
Completed: Jan. 1st 2007
Time: approx. a month of random time (mostly weekends)

Skills: First time doing Illusion knitting.
A more involved pattern than I have followed before.
Recipient: A happy and warm H.W.H.B

I wanted the skulls/crossbones to be facing the same way when hung around your neck so I followed suggestion to do three repeats and then turn chart upside down and do three more. Important for beginners to note: must make knit row of new color before doing Illusion pattern row. If you do not, you will mess up the patterning. So instead of thinking that you are doing the whole chart backwards, you are only doing the illusion pattern rows in reverse. In hindsight, doing six repeats took way longer because I continued to follow the pattern. If time is an issue, it would be better to make some stripes or etc. which would be faster than referring back and forth to the pattern. I never could memorize this pattern because it was constantly changing, but it also kept my attention for the same reason. It was a fun knit! I look forward to doing more Illusion knitting in the future! I also have my eye on Ysolda's Apocalypse Tree Hoodie. Luckily we had some cold weather after finishing the project, so H.W.H.B. had plenty of time to wear it!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Here I go...

So... Here I go...
I started knitting because of peer pressure. Yep, the last reason you thought you would hear. Sometime last winter (Jan. 2006) a good friend of mine from grad school started knitting because it was "New England" and while she was here, she HAD to do it. A common friend of ours working in the same lab as an undergrad was the one who had job of teaching her. Once I followed the initial lessons, I too thought it may be a neat thing to try. I was hooked! It was great stress relief, and at the end you had some beautiful art. I then started reading blogs, notably the Yarn Harlot and Subway Knitter, Mason Dixon Knitting, and thought it was a neat way to get to know other knitters with their troubles and triumphs, and also, get to know the people behind the needles. With blog reading I began to get project ideas.. and here I am. Starting my own blog to document my own trials and tribulations. More chatter may appear here, but knitting is the backdrop.