Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's a done deal! I like it but the process was not enjoyable. Problems with the pattern and yarn. It fits OK, not as loose as thought it would be. No buttons, didn't want any. Could be that I forgot to knit in the button holes and wasn't going to take it out at that point! It's a nice color and I'll wear it often.
The sweater mentioned in the post below is currently being put together. That's a pain and I can only endure it in portions! So, why not start something new? So, yesterday I start not one but two new knits. This one is the 'Lutea' summer top with lacy shoulders from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 issue. The yarn is Knit One, Crochet Too's, 2nd Time Cotton. I am not crazy about the rolled waist but not going to start over either. This is the second attempt at a tank style top. The first one at just a few inches I could tell that it was going to be way to big. Then thanks to Ravelry I found this pattern knit in the yarn I had on hand AND I had the magazine issue too!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's Happening!

I'm approaching the finish line with my Traveling Cables Cardigan. Sleeves are almost complete.

Now I need to go make a list of what I have to start next and decide which one that will be. Maybe another fast cotton tank. I've got 'Knit One-Crochet Too' 2nd Time Cotton in the color "Glacier" for that. Just a simple tank and I'll do it in the round.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Something finished, to complete and to begin.....

I wore it last night to our local Stitch & Pitch at the Salem Avalanche game. A fun time with crazy knitters gathered in the stands.

The yarn for the tank is Cabin Fever Cotton Tweed and the pattern was an old Sirdar leaflet # 5872. See the May 19th post for a picture of the original. The yarn was great to knit and I'd definitely use it again.

A beauty from my yard.

Today Knitters Knook a local yarn shop had a wonderful sale. I went with a list. Got one thing on it, Green Mountain Spinnery's Sylvan Spirit a merino/tencel yarn for one of their vest patterns. Then, unplanned I put together several skeins of Louet Riverstone for a Mission Falls cardigan that is Fair Isle on the sleeves with a solid body! So when I got home I started back knitting my Karabella cardigan so I can get it finished to start something new! The body is sewn together and I am half up a sleeve!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tasha Tudor 1915-2008, a Legacy

Tasha Tudor passed away yesterday, very sad for her admirers although she certainly lived a full life. Her accomplishments are astounding. She was an independent hard worker striving for the simplicities in life and determined to live them. She never wavered and allowed worldly influence to crash in on her simple ways. Hardly simple I should say because she lived with meager means by choice. Family, books (as an author and illustrator), gardening and handwork were her joy. Surely everyone has a Tasha Tudor book in their home! Her hands were always busy with chores or relaxing to handwork with thread, fiber and fabric. Her popular and of course simple Truly Tasha Shawl is here.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I missed out of the local gathering for WWKIP World, Wide Knit in Public Day. They met at a beautiful Duck Pond and had a grand time knitting and spinning. Me, I had no good reason not to go, just didn't BUT I knit. I made great progress on my Karabella Traveling Cables Cardigan, got the collar knit and sewed and the shoulder seams and casted on for the sleeves. It's a rich burgundy unlike the photos. All that after almost giving up and turning it into a vest! I had forgotten to knit in the button holes and wasn't about to take it all out! I have some ideas for the front plackets anyway. Also directions for the collar just did not make sense to me nor to the gal at the knit shop so I did it my way (it turned out fine). My local knit shop encouraged me to press on! Their great gals!

I'm happy with it again and hope the sleeves go fast and I can wear it come the first chilly day in the Fall.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Simple to do and healthy for you!

During the summer months I usually have a jar of sprouts growing in the kitchen. It's simple. I found the 'Sprout Jar' at my local health food co-op but any jar will do. I bought a bag of
Zesty Sprouting Mix by 'NOW FOODS'. You only use 2-3 tablespoons seeds at a time so the bag will last and last. My salad is spring mix, cherry tomatoes, red onion, banana peppers (you put those in everything, right?), left over tuna and some feta cheese. I used some olive oil and a bit of juice from the banana pepper jar for dressing.