Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I have been scared of using my front loader to spin out wet handknits, but I thought in this case, if the 12 minute spin shrunk the sweater a bit, I would not be upset. So I hand washed it in the sink with Eucalan, then spun it on high in the washer. It came out practically dry. I set it out to dry flat--it didn't really need blocking, just some patting into place--and I found that it was dry within 12 hours.
Needles US 6 / 4.0 mm and US 8 / 5.0 mm
Yarn Valley Yarns Northampton
I am pleased with the yarn and will definitely use it again (assuming it holds up well). The color did come out a bit in the water when I washed it, but it did not bleed into the other colors and it didn't change the color of the sweater.
Finished just in time for this latest round of snow and ice.
Meanwhile, I finally started the Seascape shawl. I'm only a few rows into it, but I did use the same beaded cast on that I used with the Hanami shawl. I had the perfect beads for the yarn and I just couldn't resist.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I found a nice manly color for that pair of Dashing that I am planning (Black Forest) and I picked up some sock yarn too (Archangel).
Meanwhile, I had been thinking about dyeing some yarn for a color swap I am in. My partner has stated that she likes fall colors as well as pink and blue. Well to me that says sunset. So I dyed up some yarn for her. When all was said and done I took a look at it and realized, hmm, I guess I like those colors too.
On the left in my Kool Aid yarn, on the right the Malabrigo. The color are a little richer in real life (as my son would say).
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In the meanwhile, I'd like to knit thank you gifts for my committee members. I've got some ideas (lace shawl for my advisor, fetching and dashing for the others), but I haven't started any of it yet.
Instead I have 4 WIPs--that is actually a lot for me. I usually try to keep it to 3 or less. One is a gift for my niece's 2nd birthday and so really needs to get finished (it will be late anyway, but I'd like to get it in the mail this week). Another is a nearly completed monkey sock--I will need to work on the other sock--it is dangerous to leave only one sock completed. The moderne blanket can wait--it was meant to be a long term project. My cirlces yoke sweater is one I would like to finish. I just joined the body and the arms last night. Maybe tonight I will do the short rows and then temporarily put it aside. I would like to wear it this season.
I leave you with a view of that nearly completed sock. This is yarn that was Kool Aid dyed for me last summer by my swap partner in Sweden.
Monday, February 2, 2009
(instead of undying)is not so much
that mind no more can disprove than prove
what heart may feel and soul may touch
--the great (my darling) happens to be
that love are in we, that love are in we
and here is a secret they never will share
for whom create is less than have
or one times one than when times where—
that we are in love,that we are in love:
with us they’ve nothing times nothing to do
(for love are in we am in i are in you)
this world (as timorous itsters all
to call their cowardice quite agree)
shall never discover our touch and feel
--for love are in we are in love are in we;
for you are and i am and we are (above
and under all possible worlds) in love
a billion brains may coax undeath
from fancied fact and spaceful time—
no heart can leap,no soul can breathe
but by the sizeless truth of a dream
whose sleep is the sky and the earth and the sea
For love are in you am in i are in we