Monday, April 28, 2008

The Notorious Knitters Express

On April 24th, Chix with Stix met at Renaissance Yarns. I was totally amazed as MJ departed. I thought I saw a mini bus with the words 'Notorious Knitters Express' on it as the group began to arrive. I just caught a glimpse, so really thought nothing of it. Just that it was pretty cool. Well, turns out, it was MJ's ride. This bus is the coolest thing I've seen! It contains autographs of several famous knitters, including The Yarn Harlot and Cat Bordhi. MJ - way to go!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Chantilly Lace

Originally uploaded by thenobleknitter

This sweater is adapted from Elizabeth's Zimmerman's Baby Sweater on Two Needles pattern. My granddaughter, Emma Rose, will be the one I think about as I knit this project. Perhaps, by Christmas, she will be able to wear it. The color is burgundy, although my picture doesn't really capture the essence of the color. I decided to knit this sweater side to side so I would not have to seam in a lace pattern. Here are my tips on dividing for body and sleeves:

Work 25 sts (this is the left front)
Place next 28 sts on waste yarn (sleeve sts)
CO 14 sts using e-loop method
Work 42 sts (this is the back)
Place next 28 sts on waste yarn (2nd sleeve)
CO 14 sts using e-loop method
Work remaining 25 sts (this is the right front)
Work body per pattern
Work sleeves in the round, pick up 14sts at underarm

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Winter-like Spring!

Wooly Pulley #1
Originally uploaded by thenobleknitter
Rainmakers, snow makers, low pressure systems from Canada and so it goes! It's hard to believe that snow is still falling in the great northwest! The Spring Fair is going on as we are experience an arctic blast. The weather is certainly a rollercoaster - 80 last Saturday, 40's today and supposedly 60's next week.

Meanwhile, my first helmet liner (aka: wooly pulley) is complete! I hope to make several more of these for our brave men and women serving our country. This was a quick knit and only took one hank of Cascade 220.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Errr, the Wacky Weather Continues

I cannot help but to wonder just exactly what season is it? I loved the teaser Mother Nature gave us last Saturday! I have family that live in Maple Valley and at 10 PM last night it was snowing! Meanwhile, the trees are in bloom AND the ducks are starting to travel with little ones waddling behind! Yes, it is true! Check it out:
Meanwhile, I'm knitting for Emma Rose. I started the Baby Surprise Jacket, an Elizabeth Zimmerman 'undesign'. After a few issues and restarts, I am finally on track. I chose Debbie Bliss Prima for this project. It's 80% bamboo/20% merino and knits like a dream. Albeit, a bit splity, so a little care is needed as your fingers glide along. I happened to be thinking about the Sequim Lavender Festival when I chose the colors. You might have heard me say 'just take a leap of faith'. Well, with this particular sweater, that's exactly what I've been doing so far. I still do not have a vision of how this sweater is going to come together. I consider it quite the brain teaser! I'm just about to the point where I 'knit even' for a few rows and then increase.
More later...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Curly Q Bush!

I don't know what kind of bush this is, but it caught my eye as I was in route from Renaissance Yarns to Kona Kai Coffee. There is a little park in downtown Kent called Kherson Park (2nd & Gowe) and I spotted this. It's the strangest looking bush I ever saw. This happened to be a day where I left the yarn at the shop. I grabbed the camera instead to see what I could unusual things I could find. It's amazing what one notices when they purposefully get in tune with the surroundings. Stay tuned for my next finding...

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Mariner's Let One Get Away!

It's Sunday and the Mariner's just gave away a game to the Baltimore Orioles! Felix Hernandez just pitched 8 beautiful innings and had a 2 - 0 lead. It's the bottom of the 9th and our ace closer, JJ Putz, is on the DL list. But, we have a bullpen and I'm confident that Felix will get the win, someone will get the save and I'll do the 'happy dance'. Not so fast! They got one guy on 1st, one guy on 3rd, need one more out (oh, and the score is now 2 - 1). Here we go, the wind up and WILD PITCH! WHAT?? You've got to be kidding me!! Score is now tied, men on 2nd & 3rd. Great, extra innings (I hate extra innings; I mean, 9 innings is long enough - isn't it?). SCREEEEEECH! Base hit - MARINERS LOSE! So, I pack up my fiber, Victoria (Louet portable wheel) and head to Renaissance Yarns.

I surprise myself that my fiber isn't breaking and that I'm able to spin evenly. We all had to talk about the Mariner's and poor Felix. We look so good on paper, yet what happens when it comes to execution? We should be a playoff contender this year, but $#*!. I keep telling myself it's only April, they need to settle down. Fine guys - just don't take all season, will ya?

Here are some lighter highlights of the day as we find other topics to discuss:

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Happiness is...

Having my DSL service back! Apparently, the storm we had on Monday night blew up my modem. I don’t really get that as the power light came on, ethernet lights came on and the infamous steady blinking DSL light was going a mile a minute. How is it that my modem suffered a power outage? IT HAS POWER!! I have to go through the usual drill, turn off the modem, wait 30 sec, turn on the modem, switch the phone cord so the jacks go in the other end, and so on. Look, I’m into my modem’s configuration. I’ve already done all of the obvious stuff. So, I’m told ‘we will send you a new modem’. Geeesh! Another 2 days without DSL, that’s like 3 - 4 hours of lost time per day!!!! Maybe I’m suppose to take a break from computers, eh? Well, today I get the new modem. I’m doing the ‘happy dance’ but my head is staying, this isn’t going to work, you know that don’t you?’ Quiet!! So, it’s 9:30 PM and I feverishly open the box! What??!! No power cord? Yet, the instructions say return the power cord with the old modem. Ummm, Houston, we have a problem.

Anyway, plug in the new modem, run the CD, reboot the computer (yeah, I’m holding my breath) and &#!, no internet connection. OK, call the not so local folks at Qwest, actually hoping to get someone in India and not the person I got Tuesday. I explain I’m looking at the modem configuration screen and the technician (yes, from India) has me configure the modem with a few secret codes he has to give me. Why the installation instructions don’t tell me I’ll have to call regardless is beyond me. But guess what?? I’M BACK!!!