Saturday, November 10, 2007

Two Finished Objects or Xmas Gifts Finished

If you are related to me or are expecting a Christmas gift from me, and haven't told me that you read this blog, you might want to not read this post. You might find out what you're getting for Christmas. (Thought it would serve you right for reading this blog and not telling me!)

Storm Water Scarf

Pattern: Storm Water Scarf (Ravelry)

Yarn: Handmaiden Sea Silk (Ravelry) in Mermaid

Needles: US 5 Signature Needle Arts with a stiletto tip

Comments: The pattern was easy to memorize and fun to knit. I actually knit most of this scarf on the train commuting to/from work. Sea Silk is soft but also very slick and sometimes finicky. I originally wanted to knit the Montego Bay Scarf (Ravelry) but found the yarn to slippery and persnickety. The scarf blocked out to a really nice size - 11" wide by 71" long. Here it is folded in half lengthwise.


I also blocked the points on the end so they were more distinctive. I think it turned out pretty nicely over all. This will be going to my mother for Christmas.


One Row Handspun by Somebody Else Scarf

Pattern: One Row Handspun Scarf by the Yarn Harlot

Yarn: Illinois Green Pastures Collection 80/20 alpaca wool (Ravelry)

Comments: This was a relatively easy knit. I ended up casting on fewer stitches because the yarn was more of a DK/Worsted weight than the Sport/DK that I originally thought. The yarn was substantial and knitted into a dense fabric.. This is going to be a really warm scarf. I hope my Dad likes it because he's going to get it for Christmas.


Friday, November 9, 2007

etsy Friday -- Late Edition

Sorry that this is soooo late. But I have a good excuse. But I'm too tired to type it up. ;)

Today's etsy find is from Artful Market -- these little charms are too adorable. I plan on attaching them to all my FO's that will be given as gifts this Xmas season.

The problem is that they are sooo hard to photograph. With the flash on, it is too white!!!!


With the flash off -- too yellow!


Luckily the up close shots are much better:



There are tons of different little findings on in the store.

Monday, November 5, 2007

2 WIPs and Contest Entries

Piddleloop is having a contest via Ravelry. How much stuff can you fit into your Piddleloop Bag? Check it out at the Friends of P Ravelry group.

I'm a little bummed because I managed to get my biggest project off the needles right before the contest started. So here's what I've got left.

I present Exhibit A: My Commuting Chevron Scarf


It's the Chevron Scarf (Ravelry) in MySmallWonders Superwash Sock Yarn.  I've got two skeins -- Sunlit Waves and Lagoon -- plus the needles shoved into the 9x6 zippered pouch. 


Exhibit B: My Mystic Waters Shawl

It's the Mystic Waters Shawl (Ravelry) in Malabrigo Lace (Ravelry). While I haven't started knitting it yet, I've got the beads, the charts and the written instructions, beading crochet hook, pattern tamer and yarn in my knitting skulls pouch.

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

1 FO and 2 WIPs

Shades of Green Clapotis:  Finished Object

The Clapotis (Ravelry)

 in Brooks Farm Solana (Ravelry)




One Row Handspun by Somebody Else Scarf: WIP

One Row Handspun Scarf (Ravelry)

in Illinois Green Pastures Collection 80/20 Alpaca Wool


StormWater Scarf: WIP

StormWater Scarf (Ravelry)

in Handmaiden SeaSilk (Ravelry)


Another Leg!

Today was Bruce's first time in Rally Advanced in an actual trial setting. The exercises are a little harder, but the biggest differences are a jump and that its all done off-leash. Bruce & I were the last to go. The first few stations he wandered off, but he slowly figured out that there was no leash, and got concerned that he wasn't attached to me so he did a lot better. We had to redo a few exercises but I thought he did well considering all the distractions at the trial. I had no hopes of qualifying, but the judge thought different. He got a 72 out of 100 which while not the greatest score was still over 70 points needed to qualify! So, Bruce has his Rally Novice title (RN) and the first of three legs for his Rally Advanced title.

Thanks to everybody who send good thoughts and prayers our way! A special thanks to Jen of Piddleloop for her great cheers.

Bruce would've posted himself, but he's too busy celebrating in his favorite way: