Monday, December 31, 2007

A Christmas Cardi

Finished, just before Christmas :)
I've just been otherwise occupied - and am running behind on my blog posts. What a way to welcome in the New Year, eh? ;) I'm sure I'll figure something out to get everything all caught up LOL

Either stay and look at the lovely collage, or cruise over here for all the gory details - be forewarned, it's a looooong post!

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2008!

Friday, December 28, 2007

A Happy Holiday

I hope you all had a fantastic and festive holiday week/weekend - in addition to fantastic food and relaxation with the kitties, I got plenty of knitting done. My little teeny tree has a new topper - it's a sheep - isn't it cute? It wasn't intended as a topper, though my tree really is teeny - as in it only stands about 2 feet tall, so it simply wouldn't do as an ornament - a little bit of finagling and it perches quite happily right on top. I love it.

Excitement (other than the knitting) over the weekend included spotting some llamas (incidentally, if I had a proper yard and someplace to take them during the summer, I could have had a llama for christmas ;) ) and also spotting a small owl - unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me, so no llama photos or owl photos are available.

Stay tuned, knitting & fiber content coming soon :D

Friday, December 21, 2007


So originally I was going to go and cast on for a Urban Homesteader Hat (check the bottom of the post for the link)...

And then the new Knitty came out...and I decided I needed a pair of Kilt Hose.

And then a cold snap came through and I became absolutely fascinated with knit coats. Luckily for me, my hands (right now anyway) wouldn't stand the tight gauge required to knit one of those coats - nor do I have the required 30+ balls of yarn ;)

Of seems I was weak because I got an email about this pattern:

and I decided I *had* to have it. I don't think I have ever been so fixated with a pattern before. I saw it, and I decided I had to knit it. Needless to say, the pattern was purchased, the yarn was secured, a wimpy swatch was knit...and I've Cast on**. I'll figure out any fitting issues as I carry on ;)

**Perhaps "I've cast on" is a little bit of an understatement...since I got the pattern (on December 11th I think), I have knit the body and the hood, then ripped back portions of the hood, then grafted the hood - only to decide that it was much much too large, to pick back out the grafting and rip the hood back about 5 inches to reknit it...this is what I get for tampering with a pattern (I've changed the hood design) - and I've become incredibly (and scarily) proficient at dropping cabled stitches back to pick them up and reknit them...I'm now on Sleeve Island with hopes of a brand new sweater for Christmas. Think I'll make it?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Here and Gone...

My favorite cookies arrived for the holiday season...and they are already gone. Apparently this same time last year, I discovered the cookies were gone gone until next year. This year, I asked after them at my local Trader Joe's and they pulled the very last box in the shop from under their Christmas Tree for me. It was my lucky day :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The secret is out

While we were getting some much needed rain and doing battle in the house to determine who would wimp out first and turn on the heat, I was diligently working on finishing off the Secret of the Stole (whose name, by the way, is actually Guinevere). It got to a point where I would wrap the finished portion of the stole around me while knitting away on the end. Turns out I'm not so good at estimating yardage requirements when I switch yarn around, as I wound up running out and having to rummage in the shop for more yarn.

Details and more info can be found over here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bundt Cake?

I don't know what it is, but on occasion, when I knit from a yarn cake, it starts turning into a bundt cake or gumdrop shape!

This would be a CoffeePot Rock Bundt Cake - along with some beads that I used in the Secret of the Stole (whose name, by the way, is Guinevere). It seems I managed to get a FO this month after all ;) and before the week of "rest" from regular work that I've scheduled at the end of the month!

The stole appears to be a bit monstrous, even though I only knit a little bit of the middle clue (the designated location to add or subtract length). In its unblocked state, the stole is approximately 8 feet long...and it took about 10 ounces of fingering weight yarn knit on size 6 needles. I did have to break into another skein of yarn, and while the colorway is the same, the 2 ounces at the end are definitely more saturated - I did ease the transition, so the changeover isn't too abrupt to the eye. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to block this baby out with blocking wires or if I'm just going to lay it out wet - I'm leaning towards the latter - I'm lazy when it comes to rectangles, especially if I'm fairly certain that it can be coaxed easily into shape while damp. Stay tuned :) FO post coming up shortly!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Happy Holidays!

Whatever holidays you celebrate, be they Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or Winter Solstice, I thank you for stopping by, visiting, and sharing in my adventures, mundane as they sometimes are :)

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and love.

This year's holiday photo hails from the depths of the Par

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Attention: Holiday Shoppers: case you haven't already made a wishlist for your fiber friends, or your loved ones to help you enhance your stash, you might find the Lime n Violet Holiday Gift Guide useful - heck, I'd find it useful year round!

I'm extra pleased that Spritely Goods is included in the gift guide again this yr :D Remember - all your purchases help benefit Heifer International, the Komen Foundation and Best Friends Animal Society!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Everyday Crochet

While I'm not a big fashion shopper, I have noticed that crochet-wear is making more of an appearance again - and like a true do-it-yourselfer, I'd rather have a look into the construction of garments myself and try to make a custom piece these days instead of buying off the rack.

As a self-taught hooker, I know that crochet makes for much speedier work for some styles and designs, though I've never really found or seen anything out there that has urged me to try to make something other than amigurumi softies or small accessories. I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Everyday Crochet: Wearable Designs Just for You to see if this would jolt my creativity loose. Everyday Crochet features classic design and is loaded with photos. The patterns included have a wide variety of size variations and also provide additional information on customizing fit. The patterns feature variations of shell stitches to make a fabric with flow - and the patterns are clustered together to show how a basic pattern can be built upon and changed to result in a differernt garment. While I still prefer the look of knitting for most sweaters and tops, this book does have a couple patterns I'm eager to try including Galena, a lacy short sleeve pullover, perfect for layering...and Outta Sight - a short sleeve, slim fitting mod coat. I'm thinking it might be more suitable than the knit City Coat I was pondering yesterday :D In case you're looking for a bit more info on this book, I recommend reading the excerpt here. It's basically the intro, but it does a fantastic job letting you know what you're in for with this book.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Brrr, it's cold!

Mod Coat
Originally uploaded by domiKNITrix
I know...I'll knit a coat!

Just kidding - but it does seem that every time it gets cool, I start dreaming of being swathed in handknits.

When I first got Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting into Shape, one of the projects that really popped out were the City Coat, and the Mod Coat (mod coat featured in photo). I found myself dreaming of this coat this weekend as the weather was cold and blustery (well, as cold and blustery as it can be in the desert ;) ) I don't know if it's a good thing or not, but I haven't the yarn on hand to cast on for this coat...luckily I have thus far been saved from my own craziness and folly as I just plain ran out of time to even attempt a raid on the LYS this past weekend. My hands may be thanking me - it's bulky weight yarn knit on US8 needles I think - the small needles would result in a wonderfully firm fabric, though I suspect my hands would attempt to revolt at the prospect of all that garter stitch in such a tight gauge! Perhaps one to queue for knitting "some day"?

Friday, December 07, 2007

Kilt Hose, anyone?

Well, I've not had a spare moment to cast on for any new projects the urban homesteader hat is still in yarnball form (yarn still TBD - I'm thinking Karaoke held double stranded perhaps).

Course the new Knitty just came out, and what do my wondering eyes appear?

Lovely Kilt Hose. In case you're wondering, they aren't for my dear husband - I don't think any amount of cajoling would get him into a kilt. I, on the other hand, do have a kilt - not a traditional one - but a Utilikilt - I love it. And it goes great with my a** kickin boots:


Unfortunately, the above boots seem to like chewing on my leg a wee bit - and I've been thinking about getting my hands on some tall socks to wear with em. At first I was thinking I might knit myself a pair of these:

German Stockings by Cookie A. While these stockings are great, the boots are going to hide a good portion of them, and might muck em up a bit where the tops of the boots are - so perhaps I'm better off with the Kilt Hose - they look simple and straightforward - and even better? They are knit from worsted weight yarn. Can you say speedy stockings?

Monday, December 03, 2007

Ran with Grace

After two days of nonstop (though much needed) rain down here in the desert, the clouds rolled out, the winds calmed and the sun returned - just in time for the Iron Girl race around Tempe Towne Lake. Originally, I had planned on running the 10 mi, however injuries earlier this year that kept me benched, general life craziness and my lack of consistent training convinced me to scale back down to the 5k instead. We'll see if the photo company got any good shots once they upload them.

Results: 460/1076 overall, 71/141 for my age division. It's fair to say I couldn't possibly be more middle in the middle of the pack ;)

Chip Time: 39:54 with a pace of 12:51 - about what I would expect, especially considering the inconsistent training on my part.

Observations from this race: My shoes are no longer pristine from limited running on dry pavement and mostly treadmill miles - I splashed through a muddy puddle within the first quarter mile of the race...this race, while fun, has a lot of new racers - resulting in lots of dodging of slower folk, walkers, and individuals going from run to walk without moving to the side. Getting drinks from aid stations was an experience too. There is no shame in wogging - It probably saved me from damaging myself or keeling over from over exertion - and I was able to kick things into a sprint in the home stretch. Oddly enough, I find myself sore and stiff all over today, even my abs hurt - as if I did lots and lots of crunches, which I most certainly did not...this didn't happen last year, and it's never happened on training runs. Hopefully the kinks will work themselves out as the day progresses.

As for knitting, I'm thinking I need a new hat. I'm looking at the Urban Homesteader hat from Neither Hip nor Funky - I wear my hair in pigtails or pony tails and this hat has little flaps that can be opened to accommodate any or none :) I have a partial skein of aeval, but I'm not sure if I have quite enough I'm searching the stash to make a final decision on yarn. This should be one quick knit, so hopefully I'll have at least one more FO before the year is out!

Friday, November 30, 2007

All you wanted to know about yarn...

might be found in this book:

The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn I'm lucky enough to have received a review copy of the book, and it's proven to be wonderful reading - and fantastic for reference as well :) The book is broken into four sections - Fiber Foundations, Making Yarn, Ply me a River and Putting it all Together.

The first section provides information about protein fibers, cellulose fibers, cellulosic fibers and synthetic fibers - it talks about the origins of these different fiber types, some of their characteristics, lovely drawings (where appropriate) of the originating animal or plant and plenty of photos.

The second section explains the process that goes into making yarns with brief information on fiber prep and different dye methods.

The third section is where the fun begins :) it talks briefly about singles to 4-ply yarns - and after the intro to that particular ply-type, are some lovely patterns with nice engaging photos. Also included in this section are info and patterns for cabled yarns, textured yarns, boucle yarns, brushed yarns (kidsilk haze, anyone?), and chenille. At the very end, there is some talk about felting along with a pair of projects to send you on your way.

The very last section is a nice summary and reference section complete with tips on how to remove odors from your yarn - because if you're like me, you don't like it when your wool doesn't smell wooly ;)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Slow and Steady wins the race...

Well, okay - maybe it doesn't win the *race* but it still allows for a respectable finish, right? :)

Toppled off track by tendinitis (it's better thanks, and now my office looks wierd as the desk height has been changed and I keep a small herd of mice to allow for left and right hand mousing along with my already owned strange looking "ergo friendly" mice)... I have fallen behind on the Secret of the Stole. Some nice relaxing time was spent "catching up" over thanksgiving...though I went and ran out of yarn - I've added another ball on, alternating with what I had remaining of the original ball to try to blend the join more.

As for guessing the name of the stole, I'm definitely clueless - I had several guesses for each of the hints, and I'm still trying to make sense of it! Ah well, I'm enjoying seeing the other finished stoles though :)

Sadly, I've made next to no progress on the other projects on the needles - though once this one is finished and blocking, I'll probably dive back into the Secret of Chrysopolis and Frolic - or even the Mitered Squares...though the miters may have to wait until after I untangle the yarn - one of the cats who never before has shown interest in my knitting bags, upset the one with the miter yarn in it and proceeded to have himself a grand wrestling session. Apparently he's gotten it all out of his system now because he hasn't made eyes at any of my knitting since!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dayflowers and Leaves - now available!

Happy Thanksgiving!
My thanks to those who encouraged me to try to actually try my hand at design and typing up this pattern.

I'm happy to report that after a fair bit of work, I think I have it all down nicely and properly and I the pattern is Now available at Spritely Goods

Other than Amigugumi, this is my first official Original Pattern :) and I hope people who decide to knit it enjoy it as much as I did.

Thanksgiving weekend went by with such a blur, though it was a welcome break for me, allowing me to knit happily on my Secret of the Stole (I'm running out of yarn and hope the next skein of CoffeePot Rock matches), nap with the cats, eat plenty (lots of leftovers still in the fridge - btw, green bean casserole, made from scratch with fresh beans and a bechamel sauce is much tastier than any combination canned concoction....), and read. Stay tuned - I have book reviews coming soon :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

To speed you on your way to holiday shopping, the Shop has been updated :) better yet, through the end of this month, you can get 10% off by using the coupon code GobbleGobble07 at checkout :) Happy holidays! Hope you eat well, drink well, nap well and are merry :D

Monday, November 19, 2007

I'm back!

I'm back from a much needed escape to the outdoors :) Almost December, and where I live, it still feels like late summer - with temps still in the mid 80's! My favorite season has always been the fall and it seems I'm destined to miss it as the weather appears determined to stay stuck in eternal summer. Luckily for me, the hiking trip was not only a much welcome break from work, but we managed to get plenty of crisp cool air and the smell of fallen leaves was everywhere :)

Photos have been pulled off the camera, but I haven't had a minute to really sort through them - I'm currently in mad preparation mode for trying to get an update done before Thanksgiving...there's a bunch of yarn still waiting to be skeined and photographed...stay tuned :)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

OPK: A lace interlude

Cocoon Lace Close Up
Originally uploaded by WoodlandSprite
Sorry folks, work continues to be crazy, so I continue to raid the gallery for knitting content. There hasn't been much personal knitting going on here, partially due to the crazy schedule and partially due to the mild tendinitis. Fear not, I hope to get a fair bit of knitting done on the Secret of the Stole as well as some of the mitered squares soon....The socks, though with all their twisty stitches are going to have to hold while I see if my hands will put up with less stressful knitting.

As for this lovely lace interlude, it's a Coccon Lace Wrap knit by Blogless Olivia - Olivia is on Ravelry though - so if you're a Raveler, you can go check out her other projects :) Yarn used is limited edition Lothlorien on Fey from Spritely Goods, of course :D

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

OPK: Peppercorn Cables

Peppercorn Cables
Originally uploaded by WoodlandSprite
Look! Another sock knit by other people! It's another piece of Monica's work :) I really like how the colors landed on this sock :) This is one of my more popular (and one of my own personal favorite) colorways - Peppercorn Blend.

Monday, November 05, 2007

OPK: Dancing Tulips

dancing tulips
Originally uploaded by WoodlandSprite
And now, (because I am frazzled) I shall distract you with other peoples knitting :) My thanks to Monica at Works For Yarn for submitting this photo to the gallery!

It's Spritely Goods yarn in the Manzanita in Bloom II colorway - in a sock of her own design! She sells patterns at the Loopy Ewe" Check em out :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

If ever there is a canyon that reminded me of Halloween spookiness, it's this one. Its a canyon that we visited this past summer - in case you're wondering, the canyon's name is "Not Mindbender" - other than the crazy spiders (yuck) and the biting flies, it was a lovely canyon ;) The spiders tho are what made it so creepy - deep in the dark sections of the canyon, there were huge pulsating mats of daddy long legs - now I don't know about you, but daddy long legs give me the heebie jeebies.

The taking of this photograph was fun - as you are looking at everyone on the trip in that photo - three of whom were toting cameras. Me, I was too busy being a "poser" so I don't usually tote a camera with me :P Incidentally, for this particular shot, the 3 cameras were all propped on various rock and sandy surfaces with their autotimers set up - and much running ensued to get back in the frame to effect a casual and relaxed pose. A real shame we forgot our Santa Hats - it would have made for a great holiday shot!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Blankets on the Brain

I love the looks of quilts - especially the traditional geometric variety. Unfortunately it seems I am always doing battle with the sewing machine or the fabric (I can't seem to cut fabric properly to save my life) - but that doesn't mean I can't be inspired!

Witness all the evidence:

While at a craft fair last week, I decided I needed something simple and portable to knit. The socks I'm working are definitely not simple, nor is the lace - especially with all the beading...Frolic might be considered simple enough, but I didn't want to risk having to keep track of rows and I cast on for some mitered squares. I've had a Mitered square blanket in the queue for ages - after a few rough starts (stockinette miters have a little trickiness to them involving the moving and shifting of a pair of stitch markers) I have 4 miters completed (not all done at the craft fair ;)) - I'm doing 2 different striping patterns, 1 based on the fibonacci sequence...and the other based on one of the miter square blankets done by Mason Dixon Kay. We'll see if I have the bravery for some of the partial garter Miters as well...

While at the craft fair, I was situated in a booth right across the aisle from some ladies who were selling lovely quilts - one of which (notice the non-plain background above) now lives with me...while I aspire to be able to sew a quilt one day, it is not a day anytime in the remotely near future.

...Much more in line with my skill and ability are the projects in Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. That lovely book was a present from Amy. Baby steps, right? The projects in the book are great, with lovely photography (I'm such a sucker for good photography) - and clear instructions. I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted with my sewing machine while working on some of the projects from the book.

And finally, a book that brings knitting and quilting motifs together: Kaffe Knits Again: 24 Original Designs Updated for Today's Knitters

I'm lucky enough to have received a review copy of Kaffe Fassett's new book - and it doesn't disappoint. The book is laid out nicely with stunning photography full of rich color - just what I would expect from Kaffe Fassett. Similar to some magazines, the book has all the glorious photos right at the beginning of the book - first a gallery of smaller thumbnail-like photos, followed by stunning full-page ones. All the pattern details (and charts galore) can be found after the collection of glorious photographs. The book itself is a treat to look at - I could spend hours gazing at the various photos just for their rich and vibrant hues. While the knitwear does not always appeal due to their blockier shapes, I know the bold motifs will easily transfer to other projects. I find I really enjoy the combination of geometric and organic patterns presented in this book. My particular favorites are the Big Flower Throw, Crosspatch, the Gridlock Throw, the Stepped Flowers stole, Cheviot Gardens, Mirage and Puzzle. I'm looking forward to spending more time with this book, soaking in the colors and perhaps even braving the world of intarsia again. If you've a fixation for glorious colorwork, I highly recommend this book :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Twisted Knitting.

~100 stitches, twisted and cabled = Bayerische. I am currently thinking of modifying the pattern to continue the cabling down the heel, just like Mizar has its cables straight down the heel...I think I'm crazy. At least I cast on for them in Soctober :D though there is no hope of my finishing them before the month is out. Seems the nonstop lace knitting of late has taken a toll on my wrists/forearms. I feel the dreaded tendinitis creeping in again, so I'm trying to find ways to still get some knitting in without damaging myself further - I've taken to knitting English style again to see if that helps at all...if it doesn't then I'm going to have to curtail the knitting and spend time doing other prep yarn for dyeing ;)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


a "waterfall" of yarn on my stairs while I do inventory

Whenever I get a box of yarn in, I always unpack the box - first, so I can do inventory, and second, so I can move the yarn to the Storage Room (or wherever else I'm going to squirrel it away until it's ready to be dyed). Often times, this results in cascades of yarn flowing down my stairs.

One of the yarns I'm all stocked up on is a new base that I worked with a mill to design. It's a three-ply fat fingering yarn, and it's gorgeous once dyed and fluffed up (and it's not too bad plain either ;) ) It's name is Sidhe - and it is available for purchase in its naked and natural state at the shop!

Monday, October 22, 2007


Lovely, isn't it? And I was just thinking I was in need of a shawl pin :)
Letoya made it as a surprise for my birthday! I apparently am getting more girly with age, and love the pink tourmalines in it - did you know that tourmalines look different under different light sources? Well, it's true - in the photo above, they are a light clear pink - yet in the photo that Letyoya took they are appear to be a deep rich pink. I actually need to run around with it some and see for myself what they look like in different light settings. Incidentally, Letoya makes lots of pretty things, some of which she's made available over on etsy.

In case you're reading and wondering, no that isn't some sneak lace knitting that I haven't posted - it's the little portion of the Secret of Chrysopolis Stole that I've managed to complete. The stole is released through Clue 4, however I'm still knitting away on clue 1. The beads and their placement are my own doing - the pattern doesn't have beads incorporated. It's definitely a more challenging lace knit than Secret of the Stole, but I'm enjoying them the detriment of my other projects!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ever Evolving.

When we got our house, it was spacious and there was tons and tons of room. The house was perfectly sized - a nice large master bedroom for us, plus a room for each of the cats ;) Actually, the guest rooms were a nice size for I have no idea where to put guests anymore.

This particular room has likely seen the most drastic changes. It went from being a guest room, to a sewing room (you can't see the 2 sewing machines - one of which is an industrial beast that likes to try to eat fingers), to a gear storage room (when the other gear storage / music guest room needed overflow can hardly see any of the gear (partially due to creative cropping and the large quantities of other things in the room at this stage). Incidentally it seems I like to play with string in various varieties - the bright orange would happen to be a couple of new ropes I haven't broken into yet, and yes, that is a spool of rope on the floor.

The center of the room, which used to be used for blocking lace, is now covered in boxes of books (and no, that's not all of them) - I'm expecting about 25 more boxes to be moved into that room as soon as the rest of the books arrive from the Printer. The couch has turned into a storage shelf (it wasn't a very comfortable couch) - and it holds yarn inventory. And for the curious, no, that would not be all of my yarn. That's just *some* of my yarn (though it is mostly naked yarn). In the spirit of full disclosure, I should note that that the inventory currently overfloweth - I just received a shipment of base yarns (including the new one that I had specially designed just for Spritely Goods :D ). I've been running around trying to find places to store yarn, and I'm afraid I have to admit it's taken over the house. Too bad I haven't quite figured out how to make it work as insulation for the house ;)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Weekend Knitting

Secret of the Stole Hint 1 done
Seems I've been taking a little bit of a much needed break over the weekends to relax, recharge and knit.

One of the knit alongs that I seem to have been sucked into, the Secret of the Stole, has captured my attention - it's not what I think of as "typical" lace, as there are rather long stretches of straight knitting, though it has enough going on what with the motifs and beads to keep me entertained while I hang out with the cat :D

Since each hint is conveniently sent out on a Friday, it means if I'm not slated for other activities over the weekend, I spend the weekend knitting on it, often times finishing the hint sometime during the weekend.

completion of hint 2, unblocked of course :)

The stole is coming together quite smoothly, and the variegation of the CoffeePot Rock is quite alright in this pattern. The beads, unfortunately, don't really show up real well in the photo - I've decided to go with both the iridescent and the luster beads - the luster ones do show up much more readily as they are "solid" in color.

Seems I'm entranced with lace these days, with 2 of the 4 projects on the needles being lace (the other two are frolic and a pair of very complex socks...but more on those later). I've also joined *another* mystery shawl kal - the Mystic Waters KAL, and I'm trying to decide if I can spin up enough yarn out of a gorgeous wool-silk blend that Raquel gave me for my birthday the year I learned to spin....all this time it's been sitting quietly trying to decide what it wanted to become and it is starting to mumble at long last...the big question is whether or not I can spin finely enough to get over 1200 meters out of the fiber I have on hand....

Monday, October 15, 2007

Moth... not necessarily a four-letter word ;)

While this moth did bring a smidge of aggravation (eep - running out of yarn!), it was well worth all the effort at the end. Details and big photos and musings can all be found on the finished objects blog.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Prelude to the Un Pinning

Sorry folks, I promise. Unpinned photos soon - for now you get to look at crinkly bits...I have to reiterate my amazement at the lace blocking process - the tiles on the floor are 12 inch tiles - so the moth, at rest, unblocked is somewhere close to 5 feet across the wingspan....blocked, I believe she is close to 8 feet across!

I love these bumps - they are actually the backside of the moth - backside of the fir cone lace portion, that is. Note their halo - that would be the high angora content showing itself :) This is going to be one heck of a warm shawl, I suspect!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A long strange road indeed....

Those of you who have been reading along for a while, have noticed that I like to play outdoors :) and on occasion, for information about where I've been playing, I link to another site regularly. You may have guessed that I am in some way affiliated to said site - and indeed I am - I'm the proud wife of Todd of Todd's Desert Hiking Guide, an extensive site dedicated to providing hiking routes and info (amongst other things) for the desert Southwest (primarily Arizona and Utah)....incidentally, the DH and I have been wrapped up working on a Really Big Project.

Over a year in the making, this project, in addition to the official launch of Spritely Goods are the biggest, most significant and most rewarding (and perhaps most frustrating at times too ;) ) "Finished Objects" I've ever had the pleasure to work on...

a book. Not a knitting book ;) - but a Hiking Guide for one of my favorite activities other than knitting :) It's chock full of photos, and I'm excited to say I can now add "Cover Girl" to the list of my accomplishments ;) The book is available for purchase directly through Todd's Desert Hiking Guide - we're in the process of setting up distribution to retail locations and If you happen to know of a book store or outdoor store that may be interested in carrying this book, I'd appreciate any contact info you can forward to me :)

I've learned a *ton* in the process of bringing this project to this stage, and I'm sure I'll continue to learn plenty more. Now that the books are in hand, I can say I'm very pleased with the results :)

Stay tuned for knitting content - even though she's been dry for days, I haven't unpinned the Wing of the Moth yet - was too busy moving boxes around ;)

Monday, October 08, 2007

Corona, Anyone?

No, not *that* kind of Corona!

Sorry for the slightly blurry photo - apparently the Macro setting wasn't working quite right on the camera. This would be one of the numerous scallopy Coronas on the edge of the Wing of the Moth Shawl. I do believe in aggressively blocking my each of the Coronas got 8 pins each to make sure they were nice and round :) I'm looking forward to the unpinning. All told, I probably used a box and a half (that would be about 150) T-pins to get the job done...

And out of the extra yarn I spun, this is all that was left. Notice how you can just start seeing thru the "wall" of the yarncake. Keeping an eye on the quickly collapsing yarn cake during the bind-off process was making me think that I was going to be needing a Corona...that's for sure!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Yikes! It's Socktober!

Time is surely flying - I can't believe it's already October! Of course, I suppose the fact that autumn doesn't really happen down here (it's still in the 90's can you believe it?!) doesn't really help much with my brain's ability (or non-ability) to register the marching on of the time...

Behold, the first socks of the season....excuse the flashy photo - I kept forgetting to take photos during daylight hours and finally gave in and just took one with the flash.

Both socks are indeed done, and all the details can be found over at the Finished Objects Blog. Clicky clicky :)

I am now sockless in terms of projects on needles, and am trying to decide what to cast on for - since I'm now working 2 lace projects (soon to be 3 what with Secret of the Stole's first clue being released) I feel the need for cabling and texture - or something simple and plain. I think for simple and plain, I might cast on (finally) for Rowan Frolic, after I do some swatching...nothing simpler than 2x2 rib ;)
As for the cables and a sock project I'm trying to decide between Twisted Flower...and Bayerische

oy. the choices.