Saturday, October 29, 2011

Two More Rows To Hoe

The end is in site now. Regarding my blanket/quilt that is. Vertically I have 4 rows connected now with 2 more to go. After that, just the horizontal connection and then a border. I am feeling warmer already....maybe that is just the sun outside?

Today is my 17th anniversary (whoo hoo). I remember getting pictures taken outside in downtown Saugatuck and in between shots wearing the photographer's sport coat because it was a little brisk outside, especially because we were down by the water. Hope you are having a great day, we are heading north to Porto Bello in Grand Haven for a romantic dinner tonight. I can't wait to have a fabulous bowl of fettuccine alfredo. Here is a shot of us way back when getting ready to cut the cake. Don't we look young?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Alchemy of Color Knitting

In her book, The Alchemy of Color Knitting, Gina Wilde provides knitters with the background on the ideas of color and even the meanings of certain colors.

I can admit the first thing I did was go to and look up alchemy as I was not familiar with the term. (Apparently it has nothing to do with supply management). Alchemy is defined as a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy, nope, I don't come across that in everyday work.

While the primary focus is color theory, she also provides 25 patterns that simply POP due to the choice of colors. There is even a pattern that combines two different variegated yarns AT THE SAME TIME! Get this, it isn't blindingly ugly either, it is very attractive, so now you know, it can be done.

I was very intrigued by this book, particularly since I am kind of a black, khaki, navy and white kind of gal. Every once in a while I break out of my traditional mold, but not often.

My very favorite pattern (and associated story) is for the Month of Sundays Shawl, a beautiful lace shawl in snowy mohair. The author describes it as elegant, subtle and exquisite, and it is. Doesn't that make you want to run out and get her book?

After having read Gina's book, I am going to attempt to walk past the black yarn racks and take a peak at peacock blue next time.....or maybe maple leaf red.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Putting the Pieces Together

I have been working on connecting the squares of my blanket together and my cats are very interested in what I am doing. Okay, Georgie was interested for a moment.

And after walking all over it and sniffing it for a few minutes he decided there were better things to observe out the slider window. Like leaves blowing in the wind.

Mischa, on the other hand, was not terribly impressed with my work, can you sense the irritation? She doesn't appreciate the finer arts, apparently.

I opted to use the chocolate brown yarn to make the connection and I really like it.

Doesn't it look like one of those nautical flags when it is displayed like this? Mischa is still not impressed. Guess I better get back to knitting and let the princess get her beauty sleep in.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Too Tired to Think

I can't wait to curl up underneath this blanket and fall asleep.....but I need to finish it first. These are the days that I want to knit, but when I am so tired, I tend to make mistakes, which I have to fix tomorrow.

I think I will just crash on the couch and dream about my blanket. Zzzzzzzzzz!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Keep Warm, Keep Knitting

I saw this commecial this morning and I thought it was share worthy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Not Quite Squared Away

Still working away at my new project, I wanted to show off my progress. This isn't all of the squares, but I pieced together a corner for show and tell. I have a bit to go (sigh).

Not sure if any of you use blackberries, but wasn't today a pain in the neck? I was at two different suppliers and wondering where in the heck my emails were and why any would not go out. Those folks need to get their act together and quickly.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hip to be Square

It has been a beautiful fall week in Holland, with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s, which for us at this time of the year is a gift. Usually it is cloudy and rainy all during October, so we will take it and enjoy!

I am making progress on my blanket, one square at a time, I am about 1/3 complete now. I was originally thinking I could knit 2 squares a day, but I am not even close, so it is taking a lot longer than I predicted (as usual).

We had a busy week, getting ready for the Pumpkin Path in Wyoming (Target was sponsoring a table). The kids had a great time with the Wizard of Oz theme and even my hub got into the costumes as the yellow brick road. They had a great time handing out candy to all the local kids at Lamar Park. Wonder why they didn't have activities like that when I was a kid?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Little Bit Sideways

I am working on a new pattern that I hope to publish in the next few weeks provided all goes well. Its all about squares. These rich chocolate and butterscotch colors are making me hungry, however, which is not a good thing. Perhaps I need to knit in carrot or celery colors?