Sunday, September 25, 2011


Available Light Theatre's current show is Falsettos. Songferret and I saw the show on Saturday night.
I thought this production was well-done and took advantage of the cast's wonderful voices and effective staging. It is a show worth seeing, especially in a more intimate venue.

I didn't get to knit much but I did get a little knitting done before the show started.

I just finished knitting the gusset decreases on Yarmando's test knit. Tomorrow I'll work on the second sock's gusset decreases and then it's just knit until I run out of yarn. I need to finish these socks so I can gauge swatch for the fronkenshteek sock.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sweater Find

I've recently started going to thrift stores again. I've been losing weight and need some new clothes and have found some wonderful clothes that fit me now. Today's adventure was no different. I found two pairs of brown shoes (that look great after they were polished), two jackets, and a hand-knit Aran sweater. I spotted the sweater and wasn't sure if it was hand-knitted. I could see no tags and there was that special quality about it. I tried it on. It was scratchy and slightly large on me and should fit DH. Here's the sweater:

And the back:

I think this is an amazing find for $5.99. :)
Look at the front details:

And the back details:

I'm washing it a couple of times today and putting conditioner on it to soften it. DH has sensitive skin (*giggle*). If he won't wear it, I'll use it as a jacket.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Josh Learns to Spin

I enjoyed Sunday at Wool Gathering with friends. Josh was there and picked upside roving and a free CD drop spindle. Laura gave him a five-minute drop spindle lesson. Five- minutes.
He spun on the way home.

He sent me a picture on Tuesday morning of his first two-ply yarn.

Tuesday! Sigh.
I have four drop spindles, a spinning wheel, and four (or eight) pounds of fiber in my stash and I've not come up with any yarn worth mentioning.

Did I mention he just started knitting in January 2011? He was already a skilled crocheter.
I think Josh is an amazing crafty person. He needs to start a blog to share his fiber adventures.

Our knitting group likes to show him off.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Incognito KnitSB

Incognito KnitSB by knittingbrow
Incognito KnitSB, a photo by knittingbrow on Flickr.

knitSB wanted in on the Kariel action and was modeling the shawl in a variety of methods. This was the silliest from this posing session.

I think he is trying to get me to give him the finished shawl bit that's not going to work. ;)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rainbow Katriel

I was privileged to test knit Robin Ulrich's newest pattern, The Katriel Shawl.  Find details of the pattern here on Robin's Blog.
My finished shawl looks like this:
I think it turned out beautifully.
Here are a few other photos.

Yarmando is modeling the Katriel while we were at Wool Gathering today.

I used 64 grams of Schoppel Wolle Zauberball no: 1153 1564 bedr lot: 319684 (less than one ball).
I used 74 grams of Baby Ull superwash farge 810 lot 25528 (1 full ball and most of the second).
My gauge was looser than desired pattern stitch gauge. My gauge was 20 sts X 10 cm on size 6 circular needles (before blocking). 5 sts/in. I am pleased with the resulting fabric

This was a very pleasant knit and only took about 24-32 hours to knit. I really liked the long color repeat of the Zauberball with the solid navy. I think the effect is quite beautiful.

Now, if I knew who should receive the shawl or perhaps I'll just wear it myself.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Next To Normal

I saw Next To Normal on Saturday afternoon.

To say the least, the Theatre is eye-catching from the street.

I thought the show very well done and deserving of the standing ovation it received. I enjoyed the performance and time with friends. A big thanks to Songferret who was "planful" so we could attend. I drove and missed 4 hours of test knitting time but I did get a few rows done while waiting for the show to begin. Here's a picture of the set (and my knitting).

It was a sold-out Saturday matinee. They have added two more performances to the run because the show has sold very well. if you have an opportunity to see the show, I would recommend it.

Today, I'm going into work to clear the piles of work that have accumulated over the last two weeks and then coming home to get my test knitting done. I'm almost to the exciting edging part and hope to be finished knitting Monday so I can get the pieced blocked and pattern notes to the designer. I can't believe I've been so tired after work that I can't even knit.

Friday, September 9, 2011

I Wore the Tahoe Vest

Wednesday, I wore the Tahoe Vest I completed on the Boys Fishing Trip (or is that Boy's...I need a little help on this, N-cubed).
Here's the front:

Here's the back:

I'm very happy with the end result. I heard compliments on the vest and they felt great (as did the sweater).

I used the EPS basics for the sweater and the Alberta pattern by Jared Flood for assistance with the finishing.

I'll be knitting more vests. I currently have the Dr Memory Vest on the needles. Yarmando is currently knitting a version of that vest. we both have adjusted the pattern to be in-the-round with steeks (not steaks with BBQ sauce).

I'm currently doing a shawlette test knit that needs completed by Wednesday. I'm a little worried that I'm going to miss the deadline because I'm losing 4 hours of knitting time tomorrow. I hope to vlog about the test knit this weekend. Here's a peek of the garter center section. I am pleased with the colors.

Have a great weekend!