Monday, August 29, 2005

I'm Done!

It's been so hot here in San Diego for the past few days. Sorry, it seems as if we brought the Las Vegas weather with us...

I've been working on the Sitcom Chic Cardigan for my mom's Christmas present, keeping very still with a fan pointed straight at me. Finishing it up this morning with the ribbon binding and button, I had to have it on my lap. Luckily, there was some cloud cover so it hadn't heated up yet. We live relatively near the coast, so we don't have AC.

The sweater is all done and folded neatly in a sweater bag with a photo of the cardigan from the pattern as well as a Cotton Ease label with washing directions. What a relief! My knitting workshop starts Friday and it feels good to have a relatively clean slate before I get tempted with the optional class projects.

I thought of doing another Shapely Tank, this time in a smaller size, but right now am revelling in the freedom of no self - imposed deadlines.

With all the devastation on the TeeVee from Hurricane Katrina, I'm thinking if I only could bring a suitcase of 'stuff' with me to a shelter, I'd take my external hard drive which has a back up copy of all my photos. Rather than start another knitting project, I'm going back to a scanning project I lost interest in over a year ago. I've already selected the slides I want to digitize and have several hundred still left to scan. I also went through my hard copy photo albums and marked the pages with my favorites. Got to scan them too.

Everything else is just stuff. I need to have hard copies of my memories...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Socks in progress. Fortissima Cotton Socka. Yummy, yummy yarn. These are for DH in the plain style he prefers. Am looking at doing a short row heel instead of my usual heel flap and gusset.

Chain Saw madness

It's finally cooled off here in San Diego. I took out the electric chain saw I bought over a month ago to attack the large branches of oleanders on the hill. I ran out of umph before I was done. You can see the tuft of green on the furthest bush. That limb is history once I get the greenery off the 2nd one, so I can do the rest of my chainsawing at the same time. Since I haven't been able to kill the bushes, I'm hoping to get them to be the same size. They are such water hogs, so while they are cropped, the rest of my hill can get some water. I'm also going to plant more ground cover.

The result? I'm sore and my hands ache. Took some motrin and doing a few rows here and there on a pair of socks.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Close up of the border, "arbor lace," from Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge, page 81. It's an 11 stitch repeat which worked with the numbers for my size. I used 3 1/3 skeins for the size 44" bust.

The Shapely Tank in Cottonease orangeade is done. I am very pleased with the changes I made to armhole and neckline. I bound off and decreased a total of 4 stitches on each armhole side to make it go in more, then made the scoop neck deeper. I like it so much, I ripped out the white one to the armholes to put in the adjustments.

I worked the entire thing in the round to the armholes and joined the narrower shoulder straps [10 stitches left instead of 15] via Kitchener. When it was done, it was DONE.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Shapely Tank progress. Orange is not really one of my colors, but I wear it as part of outfits to alumni events. Go Tigers!
So, I'm working on another Shapely Tank in Orangeade Cotton Ease... I had ventured out to a Tuesday Morning yesterday where I saw gads of the orange. Didn't buy any, but then at home began to think - always a dangerous venture. DH wears a lot of orange. Both of our schools' predominant color is orange. At $2 a skein....

So I ask him if he likes the shade [a darker orange is the color of state's rival school] and the feel. Yes to both. Would he like a sweater from the yarn - eventually. Why yes, that would be nice. So, it was back to Tuesday Morning today, this time I left with 18 skeins of the orange. His and hers pullovers. Won't that be cute?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

My Cotton-Ease stash. My local stores are now officially out of the stuff. All good things must come to an end.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The photo - finally.

But, of course, the Blogger thingie ate my original post.

Let's try to put it back:
Vanilla Shapely tank top is done and I'm generally pleased with it. I had exactly 6 feet of yarn left from the 3rd skein, so with size 6 needles and the finished bust size of 44", 3 skeins should work.

I say generally pleased with it because although it looks okay, it FEELS off at the shoulders and neckline. This is because making it a larger size to fit body doesn't take into account 'normal' shoulders. I've annotated the pattern to make the shoulder straps thinner and shorter. Will also do the neck decreases sooner to get more of a scoop as well as making it narrower. I've been wearing it around the house to figure out how to tweak it.

With all the Cotton Ease I have, it's worth it to get the 'perfect' fit so I can crank out some more. I'll cast on another one tonight [orangeade to wear to those alumni events]. I found another lacey border to try, an 11 stitch repeat AND I'm going to do it in the round. It will be an adventure.