October 6, 2008 § Leave a comment

OK mittens

OK mittens

Pattern: basically Teresa’s Lined Mittens (by Mavis Adams, Spin-Off- Summer 2008 ) without the lining (inspired by Orla Kiely Autumn/ Winter ‘06 collection)

Yarn: Cascade 220. pear and Doeskin Heather

I lost the camera for a few days, hence my absenteeism. It was in the camera drawer, of course, right where I looked for it five times. I really do have lots of things to post about, started a new quilt, at lease a few knitting projects, and need to give a worm update…so I will be back soon. Right now I’m going to make some cashew ginger sausage (well not making the saugsage but cooking it up for a yummy Fall supper).


Free Stitch Markers

August 31, 2008 § 1 Comment

stitch marker

No, I’m not giving away any kind of special stitch markers, but you can make these yourself for free in a snap. A wise knitter (my grandma) passed on this great idea to use short lengths of plastic straws as stitch markers. They are free (recycle one from a yummy milkshake) and they come in lots of different colors and sizes. The best thing is that when you drop it on the bus or it flies behind the bookshelf it’s no big deal. I keep a short length of a couple of different colored straws in my little notions bag that I keep with me when I am knitting and cut a new marker when needed. They can be cut really thin or thick and used over and over.

Right now I am still working on the OK mittens (old progress about OK mittens here and here) and I’m using different colored markers for the thumb gusset than the marker for the beginning of the row. Generally I don’t knit with size 15 needles or anything like that so I never need a really big stitch marker, and little straws work really well for small needles sizes, like for socks. I got the pretty blue straw along with a green, pink, and orange straw at an ice cream place on the beach. Another good reason to have a Cannon Ball (vanilla bean ice cream floating in espresso).

“bury your crap and return”

August 20, 2008 § 1 Comment

swatting bugs
We went backpacking this last weekend to, ya’ know escape the city and the heat, and rejuvenate in nature. The blurry picture of me swatting bugs away from my face explains the trip well. It looks like I’m smiling but I might have been crying. Highlights of the trip included 90+ degree weather, near heat stroke, 2300′ elevation gain and a bad map. Did I mention the bugs? When we finally arrived at the little lake nestled deep into the Bull Run Wilderness we filtered some murky lake water to drink, went swimming with the orange bellied salamanders until we couldn’t stand the bugs anymore and then hunkered down in the tent until it was time to eat. I’m mostly being sarcastic but I loved the salamanders. After eating we spent some more quality time in the tent listening to flies buzz around and around. Of course clouds rolled in and we saw one star through the little tent window. Luckily we didn’t sleep very well so we could go out and put up the rain fly when it started to rain. We made it out of there and returned the crap shovel to the trail head before 11am (“bury your crap and return”-hand carved instructions on national forest sign). Oh, I’m not sure if I mentioned the heat and profound sweating.

I started working on my OK mittens again in the tent. I’m using a different mitten pattern because the other one had short rows that made incorporating the dot pattern much to difficult. I decided no to felt them, but I’ll knit in a lining like the other mittens I’m working on for extra warmth.

I didn’t get very many pictures due to my energy level but we were truly in beautiful surroundings. I would recommend this hike in early summer when the rhododendrons are blooming, the moss is green and the pikas are meeping. I would also recommend some physical activity for my self. I took a nap in the car and for 2 hours when we got home. Lars ran 12 miles. It took my calves two days to recover. Next time I want to escape the heat I’ll head to the coast with everyone else, or buy a baby pool for my porch.

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