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Second Sleeve

February 28th, 2009 Comments off

Today was my time to relax.

Viking Ship Sweater

I set in the second sleeve – see how nice it looks from the back?

Sweater Back

Sweater Back

and from the front -

Sweater Front

Sweater Front

which means that I spent a long, long time picking up stitches for the front bands since this involves having a loop on the inside to match every stitch on the outside. Doesn’t make sense? I will try and post a couple of other pictures tomorrow. meanwhile….

pick up for front bands complete

pick up for front bands complete

and then I put it aside in favor of

Phoenix

stabbing myself in the right index finger. I have this sore spot from pushing on a needle tip. A regular thimble is kind of bulky and I wind up just substituting fingers. I am thinking that one of those leather quilters thimbles just might do the trick.

more progress – I am on to the second chart. I really like the way the toes curl down in making the feet.

Phoenix - feet!

Phoenix - feet!

DvDs – CSI Season 7 and continued on Magic Burns.

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Clips

February 27th, 2009 Comments off

I was such a good kid yesterday that I needed a reward. I returned to my Phoenix

1/4 Charts completed

1/4 Charts completed

See this large, yellow bag clip? I got it at the local = of a cheap household items place. It is bright, it is long, it grips a flat surface and a knitting graph really well. Easy to move, I put it just above my current row and it is much easier to follow all those changes. Line below doesn’t work – I need to see what was on the previous row.

all I need

all I need

Video

The good thing is that the Croughton Library had Season 7 of CSI. The bad thing is that a lot of the disks seem to be damaged. This is not fun.

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Finished, progress, progress

February 26th, 2009 Comments off

Ever had one of those days where thing just seemed to work properly? Where the knitting seemed to be willing to finished off, sewn up, whacked apart and it just cooperated? Be warned – this post is picture heavy.

Musica

The hand warmers are complete and went out in the mail to Ms Soprano this afternoon. Definitely would start the thumb extension lower, perhaps just after the first border and have the finger portions go past the DIP joints. In any case, it took the full 25 grams of the navy (why do you think that the tips on the left hand are white) and I had a couple meters left of the white. With shorter cuffs, there would not have been an issue.

Right Hand

Right Hand

Left Hand

Left Hand

& Both

& Both

Phoenix

after getting back from the mail run I could not resist a couple more rounds.

Phoenix

Phoenix

Viking Ship Sweater

Just what you have been waiting for! Cut down the front

Viking Ship

Sweater Body

and the armholes measured and cut. Shoulders bound off together (it really helps to check on the outside every once in a while to make sure that they line up. Doing a shoulder over again is a real pain. Trust me.

Viking Ship

Shoulder

Of course, then you have these gaping raw edges

Viking Ship

Armhole

which then involves turning the sweater inside out, inserting the sleeve and popping the live stitches through from right side to inside followed by binding them all off.

Viking Ship

Sleeve set it

resulting in this nice sweater with a sleeve -

Viking Ship

First Sleeve done

with only the second sleeve and the front bands to go

Viking Ship

Well, it might just get done

Audio Books

Finished up Promise in Death – J D Robb and started Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.

To report

February 25th, 2009 Comments off

I suppose I should be doing something else. Perhaps cleaning, laundry, paperwork. Instead I am knitting.

Tree Vest

This version is done.

Front

Front

and back

and back

Phoenix

and more rows knit. I think it is coming along rather nicely!

first 4"

first 4"

and I really like the side areas as well. I am finally far enough that I can read the knitting as well as look at the charts to make sure that I am not making errors.

feathers curling at the side seam

feathers curling at the side seam

The good thing about Kauni is that it is sticky and the knitting holds together, even with 5 and 6 stitch floats. The bad thing about Kauni is that it is sticky, making it a real challenge to tink back to repair mistakes.

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Phoenix progress

February 24th, 2009 Comments off

Addicting, that is what it is. Going round and round and round, seeing the flames starting to rise. Of course, with 300+ stitches in a around, 3.25mm needles and the border including both purl and knit stitches the going has been slow. I am not counting rounds an hour or I would be depressed.  I went ahead and changed locations in the ES (greys) since I wasn’t all that happy with the contrast between what was going to be even paler grey and the yellow/gold. Since it is at the border, it is noticeable, but I kind of like it.

Past the border

Past the border

Video

Continuing to plow through CSI – now moving on to Season 6. Will have to see what the library has – I would like to avoid buying the next couple of seasons.

Audio

Promises in Death by J D Robb has just been released. iTunes has it. So do I on download. Once I noticed it, well, CSI has gone on hold.

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Phoenix

February 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Have you seen Meg Swansen’s “Knitting”? How about that lovely pullover/cardigan called Phoenix? I like the idea of multiple colors (see the pullover) rather than the black/grey of the cardigan.

Starting the bottom border

Starting the bottom border

Steek in the middle

Steek in the middle

And a bit more

another few cms

Kauni – ES and EU.

And then there is “Survivor in Death” on the MP3 player while I am working my way through Season 5 of CSI (the Las Vegas series)

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Unravel

February 21st, 2009 1 comment

Turned out to be a nice visit in Farnham. The event itself had a lot of people with representation from most of the local fiber of any kind guilds.  Had fun just sitting around and knitting, relaxing, showing people stranded knitting on dps.  (completed by the end of the day).

Musica

Musica

Not much for vendors, but it is not like I really need anything at all. Really. Nothing.  We had lunch at a small vegetarian café hidden off of the main way.

Getting home – there was the dog who was so happy to see me that she promptly

Rolling and

Rolling and

Rolling and

Rolling some more

Never mind that the smell of fox feces does not send me into ecstasy….

Lifting an almost 35kg struggling dog into a high sided bathtub is not my idea of a good time. For the second time in less than a month – I have a more than wet dog

Rolling and

No flys on this one

grinning back at me.

Pleased with herself

Pleased with herself

Knitting

Started the second round of Scheherazade for the Eldest.

First Chart +

a bit more than first chart

Couple of charts

Couple of charts

Video

More of CSI. On season 4.

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Scheherazade – take 2

February 20th, 2009 Comments off

It is extremely rare that I ever knit a pattern twice. Except for socks. I have literally dozens of sock patterns that I could try, but I find myself knitting a couple of my no-brainer socks over and over and over again.  A shawl? I don’t think so.

Which is why I had to take a deep breath this morning before starting with a provisional cast on for the first side of Scheherazade. (Mystery Shawl 2 for those who play).

The first few rows

The first few rows

The cast on is a bit of the periwinkle from the last shawl.

Watching CSI – I am making some progress.

more rows

more rows

Finishing up the first chart, then moving on to the second.

about the first chart

about the first chart

and on to the second

and on to the second

and at this point, my hands are itching to move on/back to another project. Short attention span here. Now, there are steeks on the Trees; steeks, sleeves and binding on the Viking; which are sitting there nagging at me. And then there are the long standing UFOs…. Musica should be quick. But really,

I want a new project!

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Not bad

February 19th, 2009 Comments off

Trees

Is it the hard part or the easy part? The vest is complete. Except for the steeks and the ribbing. About now is when my brain goes out to lunch and wants to move on to other projects….

front - knitting complete

front - knitting complete

Back - knitting complete

Back - knitting complete

Scheherazade

I did mention that the Eldest decided that the periwinkle was too busy? Moving on – I am going to knit it again in cream – Loüet Gems. Since the yarn has now arrived – I really don’t have much of an excuse not to start it.

Loüet Gems - cream sock weight

Loüet Gems - cream sock weight

Phoenix

But I also picked up some more Kauni from ScandinavianKnittingDesign the other day.

Kauni - solid purple

Kauni - solid purple

Kauni - solid red

Kauni - solid red

including this wonderful color which I think would be fine as one of the colors in a Phoenix. (Meg Swanson’s Knitting Book).

Kauni - EU

Kauni - EU

Of course, I should catch Raverly up with my projects as well… One of these days

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Added yarn

February 18th, 2009 2 comments

I don’t often admit how much yarn I have much less when I add a few balls more to the collection. Or skeins in case that is the option. So I will just explain that I bought the sock yarn last week in München (on sale), the silk/wool sock yarn is for a couple of small scarves and the Malbrigo is because I really want to try it for some lace.

ah, the Munchkin? I got it as a contrast color for a stranded vest.

Of course, I could just add all of this to the stash and take out something that is a bit more aged…….

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Bored

February 17th, 2009 Comments off

I have taken to bringing the dog along to work. She does not do well when left alone for the day. She gets into things, making a worse mess than a toddler left unsupervised with kleenex boxes and rolls of toilet paper.

Which is not to say that she exhibits a lot of enthusiasm for hanging around on my office carpet.

incredibly bored

incredibly bored

Trees

Just a few rows left before I need to head to the sewing machine

almost done

almost done

and then I get to start something new (grin)

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And more progress

February 16th, 2009 Comments off

The rest of my life is not worth discussing. I am watching CSI on DvD and knitting in my spare time. Mostly avoiding paperwork during the day.

Progress on the body

more rows of trees

more rows of trees

progressing to shaping on the front for armholes and V neck

front with shaping and steeks

front with shaping and steeks

and on the back.

back with shaping

back with shaping

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Pink Trees

February 15th, 2009 Comments off

Being home again, and since Scheherazade is finished (and left with the Eldest) it was time to get back to the latest version of the Tree Vest.

How about green background? Finnish Yarn and handspun.

Front with borders

Front with borders

The back

The back

Audio Books

Magic Bites – Ilona Andrews

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Snow Day

February 14th, 2009 Comments off

Words not needed. It snowed. A lot.

Happy Valentines……

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Done and blocking

February 13th, 2009 Comments off

Ok now!

Finished and getting blocked. Periwinkel Shibui in sock weight. Seven skeins. 96″ long and 20″ wide. Six charts on each side of the middle and another for the end. Lovely, well written pattern.  Completed (in and amoung other projects in just over a month).

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And back

February 12th, 2009 Comments off

The conference (today was the day of all the detailed research reports). We finished up mid afternoon and I was able to catch the late afternoon train that I had planned back to Heidelberg. Train – change in Mannheim. Cuts into knitting time.

Scheherazade

And it was finished early this morning including the lace on the ends.

Completed Shawl

Completed Shawl

I will deal with blocking in the morning.

Musica

good progress on the right hand. I lengthened the cuff because I like long cuffs. Looking at it – I would modify the pattern to start the thumb much sooner and have a bit more mitt up on the fingers. Since these are going to Ms Soprano, not an instrumentalist, keeping the fingers free isn’t quite as critical.

RIght Hand

RIght Hand

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Meetings

February 11th, 2009 Comments off

Today turned out to be a bit more interesting than expected. The meeting – hosted by several agencies and held at the Sanitätsakademie der Bundeswehr looked at preparedness for radiation accidents/incidents.

A number of new and cooperative agencies reviewed who was responsible for what and the kind of resources that could be called into play. This meant the day was filled with presentations I could understand, not those filled with sub-atomic particles and laboratory tests well beyond my comprehension.

Then, there was the side jaunt into the city with a stroll through the Kandisky exhibit. Some of his art I like, some is just plain strange. Since his style changed so radically over the years and as he relocated city to city I am taking the curators word that all pieces in the exhibit are from the same man.

Knitting

with crowds in the musuem – I headed out a bit earlier for the conference dinner. Major room in a major beer stube and me with Musica started from Schachenmayr nomotta Baby wool in Navy and white.

yarn for Musica

yarn for Musica


I wanted soft.

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Off to München

February 10th, 2009 Comments off

Leaving the house

home

home

I had to think back. 30 years ago today, the Eldest came unwillingly into the world. She did not think that either labor or being born were on her agenda for that day. But at 0516 in the morning, she made her appearance. We hung out at the hospital for a little over 36 hours before making our escape. It was a Saturday. My office was closed, but I had been scheduled for a reserve drill. Would you believe I received a bunch of snarky comments for calling in that I would not be in that weekend?

She is grown up now, married, on her own, the intended recipient of the Periwinkle Shawl. I am not one to write letters “to my daughters” or force long essays upon them. I just wish for her a happy, healthy life with challenges that are surmountable.

Travel

Besides running errands like records pick up and post office, I had to be on a train to München this afternoon to attend a conference that starts too early in the morning to arrive the same day.

I like those kind of train trips where I don’t have to change and can just sit in my seat and knit the entire way. Supposedly there was an ice breaker this evening but, as per usual, I bagged it in favor of more knitting.

Audio

Alternating a bit of this and that. More Linda Greenlaw – Fishermen are Liars and Visions in Death by J D Robb.

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Hole in the ground

February 9th, 2009 Comments off

Told you there was a hole in the ground. Right where our neighbor’s house used to stand. Might not be such a bad thing that I am not there to watch the destruction.

hole in the ground

hole in the ground

Spent most of the day in various informal coordination meetings on the hospital casern.

Scheherazade

Made more progress

progress

More progress

In fact, you can get a bit better idea of the length here.

shawl

shawl

Audio

Linda Greenlaw on the MP3 player. Fishermen’s Bend

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Gone

February 8th, 2009 Comments off
Night Shot

Night Shot

We now have a lovely view of Heidelberg off the side of our small patch of green. There used to be a house between us and the view. I like seeing the city, but the hole in the ground is just the start. By the time the developer is finished there will be two new expensive houses blocking my ability to take shaky pictures of city lights at night.

And then there is Ms Pink, Ms Copper – or whatever she happens to be for a hair color right now. It might be a kind of red.

Ms ???

Ms ????

For the purposes of this blog – it would be really nice if she returned to her natural Ms Blonde – perhaps I should refer to her as Ms PunkHair? The scarf? Handspun merino from a couple of years ago. That one row pattern from the Harlot.

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Technical problems

February 7th, 2009 Comments off

The dog is visiting a family with two young boys for the week. Of course, it took me two trips to manage to get her and her things dropped off this morning as we both had a rather tough night. She from whimpering and being disrupted from licking her foot – me from waking and interfering with her instincts.

Poor baby.

Me, I headed for the train station. Unbeknowst to me, there was a Rugby match this afternoon at Twickingham. Making the change from the Guildford line at Ascot, I wondered why the platform seemed so crowded. Why the train which pulled in from Reading was so throughly packed with happy people that it was almost impossible to jam in encumbered by a suitcase.

Twickingham is located between Feltham and Richmond on the Reading-Waterloo line.

Getting through the fifty people jammed into the entry way to exit the train was even more of an adventure. Rugby fans are good – one of the guys picked up my suitcase and passed it out – then straight armed a fool trying to get on the train so that I could escape. The idiot on the platform should have been thrilled – me and the suitcase meant there was room for two more n that full train car.

Southwest Trains do not add either extra trains or cars for one time events. Go figure.

Standing at the Heathrow Bus stop – I boarded the first bus that rolled in and was off to the airport. Then noticed I was on the 490 en route to Terminal 5.  As I found out, this is a longer route compounded by the opportunity to take the Underground from Terminal 5 back one stop to Heathrow Central.

Dragging my weary self up to the baggage drop off, there was yet another unpleasant surprise. My flight was canceled. I started unbelieving as the very polite, very British ticket agent informed me that the gate was now closing on a flight to Frankfurt. Had I been a few minutes earlier, he could have rescheduled me. As it was, he was booking me into a later flight that evening.

I just won an additional hour hanging out in the Terminal 2 Heathrow lounge.

Hours later and swollen toes, I was greated by a delighted Ms Cooper at the Frankfurt Airport.  My lovely family was there to provide a comfortable ride home.

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Not much for brains

February 6th, 2009 3 comments

It was a rather trying day all around.

I cleared out all sorts of email and avoided a number of documents. Hitting the road for RAF Croughton, the roads seemed decently clear with only a bit of snit still in progress.

Not so when I got to the gates. Apparently that last inch of snow proved to be too much. The post was closed for the day. And me without my packages. No joy with BX, commissary or library. The gas station is run by civilians, all of whom managed to make it to work – go figure.

I drove back. I should have called first and not wound up back at work, 130 miles the worse for wear.

About 1500 I bagged it and took the golden retriever for a walk. There was still ice on the pond, but today there were ducks out for a hike. On the ice, no less.

Ducks on a hike

Ducks on a hike

leaving tracks behind them in a lot of places.

yep - duck tracks

yep - duck tracks

We stopped next to the pond to talk to another woman out walking a black Labrador. After watching the two bound around, I let Elana off the leash.

She, with fluff for brains – went straight after those ducks. The ducks walking on the ice. The ice on the pond. Legs windmilling in the air, barking like mad – she launched herself after those ducks. Straight into the pond and smashed through that thin sheet of ice.

At least dogs can swim.

I didn’t stop to take a picture of her clinging on the wall with just her front legs on the ledge, but passed the camera over to the other woman and went to haul the stupid dog out. Weighs 70# that dog, of shivering, panicked, hind leg kicking muscle. Wet, cold, limping and bleeding, the dog and I headed back to the house.

a bit wet

a bit wet

jeans

jeans

I finally got both of us dry, having to run towels through the dryer a couple of times. Nothing like the smell of wet dog…. The blood? Turned out she managed to rip off a back claw in her struggles. I imagine it hurt, poor dumb baby.

a bit tired.

a bit tired.

Spring Trees

After reassuring several members of the family that the dog had not managed to drowned herself in wild duck enthusiasm, I headed back to knitting -

ribbing plus

ribbing plus

with the ribbing looking decent and moving on to start the steek and complete the bottom band.

Front panels

Front panels

the trees do appear quite different in pinks and yellows than they did in browns.

Spring Tree

Spring Tree

The dog is exhausted and I have to pack for tomorrow’s trip. My pulse is even back to normal.

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Ice and spring

February 5th, 2009 Comments off

There is snow still all over everything and ice on the lake. I went hunting for ducks and geese, but they were all in farther pastures.

Ice on the pond

Ice on the pond

It still is getting dark rather early, but the snow storm promised today will not arrive until tonight, tomorrow.

Spring Trees

Not completely happy with the lower border of the previous tree vest, it is too wide and has a length such that I can extend it or shorten it only by multiples of 40. Not really great for the ability to multiply size the pattern.

So I am trying it again before sending it out to a test knitter or two.

The ribbing I like, 2×2 with alternating twisted stitches-

Twisted Ribbing

Twisted Ribbing

The contrast color(s) is a medley of spring colors – 2 ply hand spun merino that I finished last May.

Spring colors - 2 ply

Spring colors - 2 ply

Video

The last time I was at Croughton – I picked up three DvDs from the library – “Rosemary & Thyme.” It is a British mystery series of sorts. After watching the first two episodes, I have to admit I appreciate British casting much more than US. All the characters look like real people – none of that slick glamor so common to even US sitcoms. Some of the rest of it now? It is a bit of a stretch of the imagination and stupid sub-plots galore.

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Ice Cubes

February 4th, 2009 Comments off

Last night when I got home it was 10° in the kitchen, 7° in the front hall and a whopping 15°C in the bedroom as recorded on the thermometer hanging on the wall above the burning scented candle. Outside, the temp was -1°c and dropping.

frosty, the window

frosty, the window

Some of the snow melted over yesterday, but compared to Saturday – well it is snow.

back garden of snow

back garden of snow

Rather than put on a hat and gloves to wear to bed while keeping my cold nose under the covers, I turned the furnace back on. The dog was highly appreciative, moving from the tight ball curled up next to the bed to lay right in front of the register. Her older bones need the heat.

Sounds like a good excuse any way.

Today – it was other things -

It turned out that someone was bored and accidentally got herself shut into Ms Coppers bedroom while I was out last night.

Trashed

Trashed

lots of trash

lots of trash

and here she is….

The guilty party.

The guilty party.

Socks

Mini Mochi (color 108)- from Crystal Palace yarns. I started the sock last night -

as of last night

as of last night

and got this far by suppertime in between getting a number of documents completed.-

around the heel

around the heel

Audio

Completed Purity in Death and moved on to Portrait in Death. J D Robb again.

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Snow

February 3rd, 2009 2 comments

The most snow in the last 18 years; a time period that predates my youngest two.

Yesterday, less than half the staff made it in to work. Today, most were there with all those who prefer more business like uniforms reverting to field dress in order to stay warm and to have on boots. The better with which to tromp through the snow drifts.

I had invited a number of friends over to dinner. Since three are iced in, not going to happen.

Out my office window

Out my office window

Viking Ship Sweater

Remember this project?

All three pieces

All three pieces

Here are the three main pieces. Down to cutting steeks, binding off shoulders, insetting sleeves, and knitting facings.

Audion Books

Finished up The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner.
On Book 14 – Reunion in Death by J D Robb in the Eve Dallas Series.
Hard copy – Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedmann (or name quite similar).

Another Monday

February 2nd, 2009 Comments off

It has been snowing here. A lot. You can hear about it on the radio, over the web. I am assuming as well on the TV (of which I don’t have one).

Most schools are shut down, as it appears, Sandhurst.

AMD on the other hand, well – most of the staff had made it in by partway through the day.

We went to work – the dog and I.

My entertainment came from cleaning out the in-box.

Hers from munch and crunch.

Audio Books

Finished Seduction in Death – J D Robb.
Ghost Stories on the car speakers…a nice collection of spooky stories ranging from the modern back to Edgar Allen Poe.

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Stitches on Needles

February 1st, 2009 Comments off

I had company for Sunday after the Mole caught the train toward Rochester.

Dog face

Dog face

And we spent a quite day, the dog and I, listening to audio books while she snored, chewed bones and kept me company.

I spent most of the day knitting.

Scheherazade

There are six pairs of charts for each half. The first half has been done for a few days now. I started on the second half, pulling out the provisional cast on and starting the second half.

I now have the first pair of charts completed and a pile of scarf ….

second half - page 1

second half - page 1

Viking Ship Sweater

The sleeves are done!

Completed Sleeves

Completed Sleeves


With a left
Left Sleeve Dragon

Left Sleeve Dragon


and a right facing dragon.
Right Sleeve Dragon

Right Sleeve Dragon

Audio Books

Still listening to the Eve Dallas Series. There seemed to be a change in readers part way through the series. When I looked it up – Susan Erickson reads the series. I like her pacing and voices. Seduction in Death has a bit different in pacing, and many of the voices are different. No clue why.

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