Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Thursday, September 29, 2005
Turning the Corner

Rosy has a really intersting short-rowed corner treatment. In my rather limited experience with lace shawls I haven't run across one like this...

Pretty cool, huh?

I'm getting worried about the size of this shawl though. Unblocked and just laid out flat it only measures 30 inches on a side. Yikes that's tiny!!

A Sky (or Two) for Sandy

Yeah, I'm late to the party. So what? These were too pretty not to post.

Eastern plains of Colorado 6 am:

And about 3 minutes later with a different camera setting:

Max at 5 Months

Anne at 6:30 PM        

Saturday, September 24, 2005
In the Pink

I didn't plan it, really I didn't!

I went shopping last night to pick up a few "special" things to take with me on my big trip next month.

First I came across these:

Then these were on sale:

And so was this:

A super soft pink leather jacket for under $50? How could I resist??

Purple is my favorite color, but pink runs a close second and I can just see this in the dog show ring with a black linen skirt! (Okay confession time - I have not one but two friends with almost the same jacket and so I already know how sharp it looks with the dogs!)

I am also way in love with this:

Stars!!!! But I want it in WHITE! But $185!!!???? I mean REALLY?? So I'm keeping an eye on eBay which is where I have bought several of my Dooney and Bourke bags at less than 1/2 price, New With Tags.

I am a confirmed GoodWill shopper. This was my first time in a mall in about a year. I just hate them, but once a year (always before the "big trip") I venture out to pick up a couple items that you just can't find at GoodWill.

Last year I bought a dressy, slim fit, black knee length chiffon skirt with a ruffle around the bottom to wear in the ring for Best of Breed. It was $95 - the most I've ever paid for a skirt. It fit perfectly, I love it and I've worn it a lot so it was worth it. But I can only pay those kind of prices once a year.

Should I mention that I wear my $95 skirt with a hot pink and black linen jacket that I paid $4 for? Or that the shoes that complete the outfit are black keds from Wal-Mart that also cost $4?

Knitting? Oh yeah... been working on Rosy and almost have Herbal Remedy completed. Off to KWA in a few minutes!

Anne at 7:39 AM        

Monday, September 19, 2005
Hangin' Out With Rosy

I am really enoying working on Rosy Fingered Dawn. The yarn is soft, the colors are beautiful ang the pattern is interesting to work on and seems to knit up pretty quickly.

We have our differences though. See my last entry for a description of ripping out a significant part of Chart 5. Here's the picture I promised from that day of Rosy off the needles and relaxing before getting ripped back:

Unfortunately that is not the only disagreement we have had. After knitting back to slightly beyond the point pictured above, I discovered a mistake about 8 rows back, all the way on the first row of Chart 5.

What did I do?

A partial rip out:

I got back on track and am now about half way thru Chart 5. I have to work hard at not thinking about how I could be DONE with Chart 5 if I would stop making silly mistakes!!

Stash Enhancement News

Enough Rowan Calmer to make TWO sweaters and some Rowan Summer Tweed!!! Stay tuned for more details....

Anne at 3:20 PM        

Thursday, September 15, 2005
Minus Ten

The bad news: I ripped out 10 rounds of Rosy. When you have between 400 and 500 stitches on each round, that's a lot of ripping.

The good news: When I took it off the needle I laid it out and got a picture. So when I once again have acess to my ISP's server you will get to see a picture that doesn't look like a misshapen mess.

The reason for the rip-fest? Chalk it up to Anne thinking she knows more than the designer. Sometimes I'm right. This time I wasn't.

Rosy has pattern bands separated by "spacer ridges". Up until this point the spacer ridges have consisted of 4 rows - knit one round, purl 2 rounds, knit one round. The rows immediately before and after the spacer ridges were always patterned rounds.

In the case of the ridge between charts 4 and 5, the last row of chart 4 was plain knit. The directions then called to "knit one round, then purl 2 rounds" then immediately begin chart 5. I "assumed" the directions should have been "purl 2 rounds, knit one round" since I'd alrady done a plain knit round. After all, didn't I want a plain knit round before starting chart 5?


Picky as it may seem, it made a huge difference to how both the charted pattern looked at the beginning and how the color change looked.

So I ripped.

Anne at 7:54 AM        

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

I know all the images on my blog page are not showing up.

Apparently my ISP is having some kind of server problem, I can't even get to their home page. All my pictures for the blog are stored on their server :(

At least my internet access is still here and I am getting mail.

Rosy continues... I just started knitting with the 4th color. I have pretty much abandoned all other knitting in favor of Rosy. It's a very addictive pattern.

In stash enhancement news....last weekend I bought some really cool yarn (Reynolds Smile) to make a quick, bulky cardigan to take on vacation with me next month. I normally don't care for Reynolds yarn but this is very soft and came in outstanding colors. Seems like the yarn companies have all learned a thing or two from Noro.

Expecting orders from both KnitPicks (I ordered the Palette Sampler!!!) and by the end of the week. Yippee!!!

More when I have picture capability back!

Anne at 3:10 PM        

Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Everything's Comin' Up Rosy!

I LOVE what I've got done so far on Rosy Fingered Dawn!

The yarn, although somewhat fragile, is a joy to knit with. It's hard to get pictures of circular shawls so this may be the first and last progress picture I provide.

I think my center came out great. First time around I used a "traditional" circular cast on, but when I went to tighten up the loop I'd picked stitches up around, the yarn broke unraveling my first couple rows. BUMMER!

So then I used waste yarn, cast on and knit a few rows then switched to the real yarn. After doing about 15 rounds I picked out the waste yarn and gathered up the opening. Couldn't look any better.

Stuff On My Siberian

Have you seen this website? What a hoot!

Here's my variation:

I was making the bed and Kira WOULD NOT get off, even after I started piling pillows on her. I also put a couple of bags and other stuff on her as well, but those pictures did not come out as well as this one.

None of the sammies would ever allow this.

Anne at 10:15 AM        

Friday, September 02, 2005
Everything But Knitting

Actually I have been knitting. I did several more repeats on Kiri. And doubled the size of the Ostrich Plume Triangle. And I started Rosy Fingered Dawn. Do I have pictures of any of them?


Instead I found this over at LisaB's blog. Looked like fun so hear ya go...

1) First Car. 1972 MGB. I LOVED this car. I even still ocasionally dream about it.

2) Place you grew up. Fairfax, Virginia. I'm not sure if this is really a picture of Fairfax, but it's what came up and it symbolizes all the reasons I left the Washington, DC area.

3) Place you live now. Colorado Springs. Ain't it gorgeous?

4) What shows up when you type your name in and your blog name:

WhiteStar - how appropriate. This guy is apparently a member of a wolf pack and his name is Whitestar.

5) Favorite food. Pasta. Any way, shape or form. Can't live without it.

6) Favorite Drink. I had to include two. Lemonade and Kahlua and Cream.

7) Favorite Song. Unchained Melody. Doesn't matter who sings it, it takes my breath away.

8) Favorite Smell. Citrus. Lemon, lime, orange, doesn't matter.

9) Favorite Pair of Shoes Ever: Dansko Professionals. My first pair was even this color.

And Now For Something Completely Different

I leave you with this. 'Nuff said.

Off to a dog show, back soon....

Anne at 10:18 PM        

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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