Knitting, Dogs and Life on the High Plains

Friday, October 21, 2005
Outta Here

Bright and early tomorrow morning, Babe, Max, Icer, Faith, Gidget, Kris and I head for Kentucky. 5 dogs, 2 people and all our junk in a Pontiac Montana. Should be an interesting sight.

See ya in 10 days!

Anne at 10:28 PM        

Friday, October 14, 2005
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Actually I'm gone as soon as I finish writing this.

After being gone for five days last weekend, I got back late Monday and spent all day Tuesday catching up at work and at home. Then I had an all day class to attend on Wednesday. Then it was Thursday already and I was still catching up from being gone. And now it's Friday and I'm leaving again. Babe, Kira, Max and I head out for Los Lunas, New Mexico and yet another dog show.

Speaking of dog shows, I gotta brag on my puppy... last Friday, his first time EVER in a show ring, young Max, at just 6 months, 1 day old went Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Breed beating all the adult competion, male and female. He now has one point towards his championship!

Meanwhile Babe picked up 2 more points, she only needs 6 more!

Did Somebody Say Knitting?

I have now started Mystery Shawl 2 twice. The first start (shown in my last entry) was okay but I was worried about the size. It's one thing to use a modified gauge if you know what the project is ultimately supposed to look like so you can add or subtract appropriate rows but... this is a MYSTERY right? I haven't a clue what it's going to look like or what kind of edging it will have or anything else.

So common sense prevailed and I started over with some lovely yarn from Furr Yarns. But it was too varigated and I could not see the pattern forming. I'm beginning yet again in a lovely golden shade of Zephyr.

I also started Yet Another Shawl. Violets By the River by Hazel Carter. I'm using a rough spun silk from Silk For Life hand dyed by Donna Zalusky. Pictures when I get back, I promise.

Peacock Feathers is progressing nicely, much quicker than expected considering how little time I have spent on it so far.

Sorry no pictures the camera is already packed.

Outta here!

Anne at 2:01 PM        

Wednesday, October 05, 2005
WARNING! Picture Intensive Post!!

Wow, do I ever have a lot to blog about today. I have Finished Objects, and New Projects and even some Serious Enabling to do. First off I bring you Herbal Remedy

Worth the Cover Price

I'm cheating a little bit by calling this finished, I haven't found the perfect buttons yet. It's knit out of Rowan Calmer and is very soft and will be perfect for my trip in a few weeks.

Question: So what is the section heading referring to?
Answer: The latest issue of Knitters magazine.

When I got to the point of picking up for the collar, I had the same dilemma I always have when making collared garments... pick up on the wrong side or the right side? usually I do with the wrong side as the turned over collar will hide the right side. But I hate making the outside "ugly" even if it never shows.

Then I remembered an article in the most recent Knitters. Double Sided Pick Ups.

What do you think?



More pictures on the Herbal Remedy Page in the gallery.

Rosy is done!!!!!!!

Before blocking a tiny 35 inches across...

Blocking at 54 inches...

My most favorite part....

My least favorite part...

ummmm.... what exactly happened to my yarnovers?

This GINORMOUS disparity on yarnovers paired with left slanting decreases vs right slanting decreases only seems to happen on "pattern every row" patterns. Since this is the first thing I've ever knit that uses pattern-every-row stiches I had no idea this would happen. I'm just fine when I have a plain row in between.


New Stuff.

I started two new shawls (what else) this week... Mystery Shawl 2....

I may or may not continue working on it. Depends on what the next clue looks like. I bought four different subtly varigated yarns for it. (Margaret Stove Artisan in case you are wondering). If the design is created in bands of horizontal pattern it will work as envisioned. If it becomes bands of V-shaped paterns I need to design my own shawl for this yarn.

PLEASE NOTE my even-on-both-side yarnovers!

I also started Fiddlesticks Peacock Feathers this week. The yarn is handpaintedyarn.coms laceweight in Emerald Blue.

AGAIN, see my even yarnovers!

New Girl in Town.

Axelle and Dani watch out, theres a new yarn dyeing Goddess in town and her name is Christy.

Christy and her husband Bennie are true renaissance types who seem to be able to do it all. Ben is a wood worker, Christy is a quilter. Together they have been hand dyeing quilting fabrics for years. They also do chain mail jewelry, stained glass and you just had to know when Christy decided to learn to knit, dyeing yarn would be the next endevour.

I'm proud to be the owner of some of Christy's first Crazy Monkey Creations yarns.

First we have 400+ yards of fingering weight yarn in a color I'm calling Desert Blooms...

Destined to fingerless mitts? This is the PRETTIEST color I have ever seen. Prettier than Koigu even and we all know how much I LOVE Koigu.

And here is 800+ yards in lace weight which I think should be called either Marigold or Zinnia...

I'm not sure whether to knit with it or just collect it!

On the Road Again, Just Can't Wait to Get On the Road Again...

Can't you just hear Willie singing?

Max, Babe and I head out bright and early tomorrow mornign for four days in Alamogordo New Mexico. Max is making his show ring debut and Babe is looking to add to her point collection.

See you all Tuesday!

Anne at 11:25 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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