Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Monday, December 20, 2004
Rogue Ramblings

Rogue is coming along nicely in spite of my gauge issues. What surprises me most is how QUICKLY this knits up! See... both sleeves are DONE!

I am thinking I may go back and add a couple rows into my sleeve cap. Still undecided abut that.It was a stretch to block it to 7 inches. I orginally decided not to add rows as I felt that because of the slight difference in my stitch gauge (looser than specified) I would have a wider than called for sleeve cap (I do) and that would make up for my tighter than specified row gauge as far as overall sleeve cap edge length.

I will make a final decision after I get the body knit and can measure the armhole edge length and compare to sleeve cap edge length.

Here is a cable detail...

As you can see I modified the hem from what the pattern called for. I am much happier with it than I was when I followed the pattern directions.

Name That Puppy.

Anyone not involved in the sport of purebred dogs (probably applies to cats and horses too) is missing out on a past time that consumes way too many hours of thinking time. It's a great game for when you are driving or doing mindless knitting. The game is.. coming up with really great puppy names. Some people think a name is jsut a name but I am a firm believer that many times a dog willgrow into their names.

Take Ilsa for example. Her registered name is Shaman's Play It Again Sam... a bastardization of the famous line from the movie Casblanca. Ilsa was the character Ingrid Bergman played in the movie. And my Ilsa is every bit as beautiful and elegant as her namesake.

Then there is Kelly... her name is Polar Mist You've Got Mail... there is story behind WHY I chose that specific registered name, but for now it's enough to know she is named after the movie starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Where does the "Kelly" part come in? Meg Ryans' character was named Kathleen KELLY.

Anyone care to guess the connection beween Kira's call name and her registered name Takhari's Beyond the Stars?

Anne at 10:03 AM        

Friday, December 17, 2004
Name That Tune, Part Three

13) Red Man Enroute to Borough

14) Frozen Precipitation Commence

15) Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle

16) The Quadraped withthe Vermillion Proboscis

17) Query Regarding Identity of Descendent

18) Delight for this Planet

19) Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings

20) The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals

Knitting Content

I was right about Earnshaw Revised. When it finally dried and I tried it on, the sleeves were REALLY long. I should have taken a picture. Everyone could have gotten a good laugh.

Keep in mind I like my sleeves longer than most, but this was hanging an inch or more past my fingertips. Luckily one of my revisions was to knit the sleeves from the top down. I just had to undo the seam and rip out about 4 inches and then cast off again. Now it's perfect:)

Like some others in blogland, I'm beginning to believe my guage swatches always lie on puropse just to make my knitting life interesting.

When I made the (good sized) gauge swatch for Rogue I was dead on perfect with my gauge. The almost completed sleeve is showing my swatch to be a liar. My stitch gauge is loose and my row gauge is tight. Yes, even when blocked.

When I realized this was happening I decided to continue. I would not like the fabric if it were any tighter and with my stitch gauge, it's only going to make Rogue about 2 inches bigger around. Since I'm making a cardi and see it as outerwear, this will be fine.

The row gauge is more of an issue since the pattern is all written using row countes instead of measurements. I just need to keep checking the schematics and doing calcualtions but it will be fine.

Pictures when I get the sleeve blocking later today.

Anne at 6:42 AM        

Thursday, December 16, 2004
Name that Tune, Part Two

6) Loyal Followers Advance
7) Far Off in a Feeder
8) Array the Corridors
9) Bantam Male Percussionist
10) Monarchial Triad
11) Nocturnal Noiselessness
12) Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevliers

The last 8 tomorrow!!

Anne at 6:52 AM        

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Name That Tune, Part One

Can you recognize the more common name for these holiday songs?

1) Colorless Yuletide

2) Castaneous-Colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration

3) Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors

4) Righteous Darkness

5) Arrival Time: 2400 Hrs; Weather: Cloudless

More tomorrow!!

Anne at 9:08 AM        

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Busy, Busy, Busy

Yikes! It's been two weeks since I last posted! How did that happen??

I was in Texas, then I was sick with the grandmother of all head colds and then I went on a knitting binge!

Finished "Objects"

First I finished Butterfly...

I am really pleased with how it came out and how it looks when being worn. I took a cue from Claudia and used seed stitch instead of garter stitch for the edge. Also, like Claudia, I continued it up all the way to the collar and then edged the collar in seed stitch as well.

I am not completely satisfied with the hook and eye I used for the closure. I like the effect but am worried that the thread used to sew it on may cut thru the much softer Kureyon over time. I know that Wendy used ties for her Butterfly and I think someone used a frog. How did other people handle this?

Then I fiished Earnshaw Revised. It's blocking now...

I have not had it on yet, so can't say how well I like it. As heavy as this is, it's going to take DAYS to dry completely. I am afraid the sleeves will be too long as it really seemed to grow when wet. I pushed it back into place, but who knows if it will stay when dry.

I finally put buttons on Elizabeth. So now it is 100 finished as well.

And Clapotis is about six inches bigger than it was when I ripped it out a few weeks ago. It took me a while to even be able to look at it again much less work on it.

Did I mention I started ANOTHER new project? The Elegant Gauntlets form Sally Melvilles The Purl Stitch.

One last "finished" item to report... although defintely not an "object"...

New Champion Polar Mist You've Got Mail HIC

Kelly finished easily the first day we were in Amarillo with her 4th major! She also took Best of Opposite Sex the following day over several other girls so we finished out the year in fine style!

Babe's New Friend

How cute is this....

Anne at 10:08 AM        

getting a dog?
Read this first!!

on the needles
30. Fletcher
Noro Transitions

29. Rosedale
Patons SWS

28. Forecast
Cascade Quatro

27. Lady Eleanor (again)
Patons SWS

26. Marble Shawl Collar Sweater
Karabella Marble

25. Serrano
Dale Baby Ull

24. Tamarah
Artyarns Regal Silk, Silk Mohair

23. Apricot(Plum) Jacket
DB Cashmerino Chunky

22. Rusted Root
BS Cotton Fleece

21. Not So Shrunken Cardigan
Lavold Sily Wool

20. Sizzle
Nashua Kim

19. Hanging Garden Stole
KP Alpaca Cloud

18. Log Cabin Blanket
Cascade Pima Tencel

17. Mystery Stole 2
Crazy Monkey Lace

16. Petticoat Sallops
Opal Petticoat

15. CeCe
Lambspun Silk

14. Hyrna Herborgar
Silk for Life

13. Sea Foam Shawl
LaLana Phat Silk

12. Diamond Fantasy Shawl
CTH Possum Lace

11. Evergreen Cardi

10. Mystery Shawl 3

9. Jaywalkers
LL Shepherd Sock

8. Pi @ Sunrise Shawl
Crazy Monkey Lace

7. Follow the Leader Aran
BS Naturespun Worsted

6. Peacock Feathers lace

5. Kiri Shawl
Rowan Kidsilk Haze

4. Sampler Shawl
Starmore Campion

3. Highland Triangle Shawl
America's Alpaca

2. Leaf Lace Shawl
Misti Alpaca Lace

1. Total Maze Cardigan
Araucania Nature Wool


finished in 2006
1/21 - Shadow of Love Socks
1/31 - Pineapple Jacket
2/5 - Smokin' Blueberry Socks
2/7 - Angora Fingerless Mitts
3/9 - Neopolitan Socks
3/18 - Summer Scallop Socks
3/30 - Spectrum: Red & Pink
4/2 - Felted Clogs
4/15 - Violets by the River
5/3 - Felted Hedgehog
5/6 - Felted B-4 Bag
6/15 - Pomatomus Socks
7/1 - Snapdragon Socks
9/11 - Simple Knitted Bodice
9/13 - White,Biscuit,Cream Shawl
9/14 - Something Lilac
10/4 - Cabbage Rose Socks
10/29 - Neck Warmer
11/15 - Lady Eleanor


finished in 2005
1/21 - Seascape Shawl
2/12 - Wool Peddler's Shawl
3/21 - Fir Cone Square Shawl
3/25 - Misty Garden Scarf
4/7 - Obi
4/30 - Truly Tasha's Shawl
5/19 - Ivy
6/19 - Tasha II Shawl
7/13 - Cherry Blossom Shawl
7/26 - Mom's Birthday Shawl
8/9 - Birch Shawl
8/28 - Mystery Shawl
10/4 - Herbal Remedy
10/5 - Rosy Fingered Dawn
11/18 - Mystery Shawl 2
12/6 - Ostrich Plumes Triangle
12/26 - In The Dark Socks
12/29 - Red, Red, RED! Scarf


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