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Viking Ship Sweater

March 2nd, 2009 4 comments

Perhaps in your mind a sweater is not finished until it is blocked. That is usually my opinion as well. However, as I sewed in the last stray end after finishing the ribbing

three needle bind off for the facing

three needle bind off for the facing

Finished - Front View

Finished - Front View

Finished - back view

Finished - back view

Normally I would wait until after it is blocked before I called it complete. However, I have this jaunt to Germany tomorrow and I am going to wear it. Blocking will come later. It will happen since the bottom hem has to be pounded into submission. I should have made the facing a bit longer. oh, well….

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Covering it up

March 1st, 2009 Comments off

The youngest two have birthdays this week. They have MACs. I was thinking about laptop cases. Knit it and felt, right?

I got to here

but it might work after felting

it might work after felting

from here.

separating the front and back

separating the front and back

the stitch loop

the stitch loop

looks kind of weird

looks kind of weird

In case you were wondering – I cast on the right number of stitches for the width, knit in the front and back of each stitch on the return effectively doubling the number of stitches on the initial needle. From there, i took both ends of a long circular needle and transferred the stitches separating the front and the back. From there it was Magic Loop.

Viking Ship Sweater

I think the end is in sight. I finished up the facing

facing complete

facing complete

and now just have to bind it off around all those edges. I have started at the right front bottom edge and take one of the inside stitches that has been sitting there on hold and knit it together with a stitch from the front. Effectively, this closes the binding, sealing in the edge.

bind-off started

bind-off started

Audio

I don’t use Audible. Not that I really have much against them, but the software insists on taking me to the German language site. I don’t want to go there, it is a much more expensive than pulling books from the US site. So I use iTunes. Buried down toward the bottom of their Audiobooks page – the US site normally has a bargain section with “whatever” priced under 10$. I have picked up quite a few oldie but goodies this way including a lovely Asimov this week.

Moving on to Lord of the Rings (iTunes bargains).

Oh, all that military related paperwork? I have the flipping support form completed and am working my way down the pile.

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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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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.

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).

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.

First Sleeve

January 27th, 2009 Comments off

Just a quick note to show you that the first sleeve is done.

First Sleeve

First Sleeve

Rather pleased with it, and the dragon on it.

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Check that block

December 22nd, 2008 3 comments

According to the blurb – Part II of this module was only supposed to take 90 minutes. Right, and which genius figured that out? By 1600 I was seeing more grey hair every time I looked in the mirror and the whole project was going sideways. There are 6 (7?) hours time difference to Kansas City from Greenwich Mean time. My wailing note about needing a reset (read do-over because the computer on the fourth of many crashes had skipped past some things that I wanted to check) was sent at that absolute low point.

By the time I got a very nice reply, I was finally on a roll. The note included a cheat sheet. Seems like I am not the first person to be foiled by the programing. I took a few breaks – knitting is sanity,

a bit further

a bit further

laundry needed to be done

2nd of 4

2nd of 4

and I required the peace of candles to get through the rest of the evening.

Second Night

Second Night

Right after 2200, this nice email dropped in. Done. Finished. Checked that box. Next year – patient safety model and I am not waiting till the dead end of the year.

Now, all I have to do is clean, pack, drive to Croughton. Drop off the dog, submit a bunch of paperwork……

I need to knit some more…..

Light a Candle

December 21st, 2008 1 comment

The short bits – I managed to finish off Part I/II on my re-cert. According to the tutorial, Part II, the patient simulation, is supposed to take 1-2 hours. Right. Tomorrow.

Last year at this time I was out on the Atlantic Ocean underway to Brazil on the MSC Symphonia. I received a greeting from the terrific Argentinians with whom I celebrated Januca. Being with family is really nice

Freedom

Freedom

The poster, bought in Berlin long before the Wall came down symbolizes to me much of what we should, as a people, be about.

Besides, of course, eating latkes -

Regular and Sweet Potato Latkes

Regular and Sweet Potato Latkes

goofing off -

The Mole

The Mole

and lighting that first candle with the honors done by Ms Copper

Lighting that first candle

Lighting that first candle

Hannukah Swap

I joined a swap started in the Ravely Jewish Fiberholics. Sent off my package to New Jersey several weeks ago (shall we mention forgetting to include the card, several buttons and the cocoa mix?). Mine arrived in the mail from State College PA a couple of weeks ago, and I have just been waiting for tonight to open it…

Swap Package

Swap Package

Swap Package

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Viking Ship Sweater

Ms Copper and I were sitting there, having started the first season of CSI: NYC when I noticed that I had messed up the sleeve. Forgot to restart one side of the center border past the lower portion of the dragon’s neck. The good thing is that I had only to rip 10 rounds… the bad thing is that I had been marking off rows on the pattern with highlighter….

26 cm into the sleeve

26 cm into the sleeve

picture was taken before the extra rows, rip and return……

All the best to you in this holiday season.

Watchless

July 18th, 2008 Comments off

Thursday morning was the last time that I saw my watch. It is nothing fancy; a $20US Timex on a well worn velcro band. And that probably explains why it has gone astray. I have been meaning to buy a new band, as soon as I can find one that fits.

Yesterday, functioning in the office wasn’t all that difficult between the Brit Army computer and my own laptop, the time was continually on display. I didn’t start noticing world slippage till evening. Between the Northern latitude and daylight savings time ambient light can be quite deceptive.

Hunger certainly is not a good alternative driver for monitoring the lateness of the evening.

Today it became a completely different issue.  Digging out an alarm clock, I needed to be up early enough to pack. After all, it would not do to be too organized.

After the trip to Keogh, I turned into a civilian at the office. From then on, it was just follow the crowd and see when trains appeared. I might have a schedule, but I was an hour early and didn’t have a clue when it really was.

Reading was a bit of a challenge with a track change, delayed train and sheer luck on finding a seat.

Central Back-Packers is located in an industrial area below the BullRing and quite near the Coach Station. Almost but no quite what you would expect of the area around a Greyhound bus station in the US. Located in a former pub, they have managed to keep their liquor license but only serve those in house.

Backpackers

Backpackers

We had an informal get together planned for Penny Blacks – (not Penny Lane’s, the song which had me walking up and down the Mailbox twice till I spotted the pub)

Knitting

The Candle Flame Shawl is grafted (completed between Ascot and Reading).

I cast on the facing for the first sleeve on the Viking Sweater, taking away all question of UFO. Problem became managing it on dps. when I tried to move to circulars with Magic Loop, it was just not cooperating.

Which left me to cast on for a baby jacket – with the number of people producing additional off-spring I am sure that it will find a home.

Pictures? I have them on the camera, but haven’t conquered the Mac’s editing software….. end of the weekend, I promise!

Military

Turning around, I went back in the house and put on Class As, the proper uniform for the Environmental Health Tech graduation at Keogh Barracks. Between my vague time sense and worry about the traffic pattern generated by the Farnborough Airshow I managed to be 45 minutes early.

I find it quite interesting – the US, like most of its allies, had a relatively short course for training its techs. They are then assigned to work under supervision for yeaars, no one really expects then to know much of anything. The 2LT Environmental Science Officers are usually a new University science grad with a short course turned lose.

In contrast, the Britis have a 2yr. training curriculum which includes extensive academics, an extended supervised internship and a final academic phase (we will not talk about all the exams). The students who are graduating are privates -> corporals. with frankly the knowledge equivalent to most other armies mid-rank captains. But not the Brits, their Environmental Science officers, all of whom spent at least 10-15 years as a techs prior to selection to graduate school and eventual commissioning.

The graduation was a combination of boring speeches, presentations and some well executed ribbing complete with slides on the part of both the faculty and the students followed by a reception.

Arches

Pix to be uploaded at the end of the weekend – see above.

Rental Row

Rental Row


In case you don’t believe me – here is the sign on the entry way -
To Let

To Let

Tubey

June 18th, 2008 2 comments

This morning we drove to Upavon for a meeting. Since I had nothing portable on the needles, I read trash and slept for the ride. This is the time in practically forever that I can remember where I have absolutely no portable project underway.

I just found it impossible to get excited about starting anything else with long term projects just sitting there. Coupled with the fact that most of the sock patterns in my queue are not mindless knitting. Horrible to say, but I might actually have enough pairs of regular socks.

Tubey

Which leads me to Tubey, my March Madness project. After a long avoidance, Tubey is finished. It had been sitting there in pieces/parts for a month.

I took a breath and bound the back to the arms -

Binding the back to the arms

did some messing around to get the front part attached -

Binding the front to the arms

and then decided that the neckline really needed a finish, which I did with I-cord.

Finished Tubey

It is surprisingly comfortable on, but way too warm for this time of year. Figures.

Tubey

Viking Ship Sweater

I also staked out the Viking Ship Sweater to see what I have

Viking Ship

Normally, I would block at the end, but I am sorely tempted block the body now, before I cut the front steek. I think it would be easier than basting the front together later. I could do the same with the arms prior to finishing them.

What do you think?

-Holly

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Views and News

June 5th, 2008 4 comments

Have you ever noticed the relationship between the weight of your bag and the length of time it has been over your shoulder?

Especially in the case of a back pack carelessly slung over one shoulder; the epitome of cool.

Is it arithmatic? Exponential? Or logarithmic, that increase of weight over time.

I can make a case for any of the above.

At the beginning of the day, fresh and full of energy with all those essentials packed carefully, your set off on your journey. The beverages are drunk, the snacks eaten as the day progresses. Perhaps a round or 40 are knit on that sock and a few photos are taken. The bag weighs heavier as the hours pass. Nothing has been added, no shopping, purchases or souvenirs accumulate for the return journey.

So why does that pack drag you down so much at the end of the day, heavier it seems by far as you trudge from the train station through town back to base?

Out the Windows

At work

Office View

And at home. Before you ask – all the mowers on my street seem to be non-operational. If it rains much more, the swath that the Mole accomplished when he was here is going to disappear.

Back View - the whole viewBack View

Sock Wars III Continues

For the affectionadoes – Fran even developed a spreadsheet. I trust that none of you will use it for Spam.

There aren’t any Obits today. There are 700 (as of 2330) fallen knitters, they are just not posting. Waah.

I have had a lovely evening – listening to old Podcasts and knitting these socks. Took out the first toe just in case and I am now doing them both at the same time to make sure that I have enough yarn. STR is not generous with Silkie yardage. A progress picture – and I will post the completed pix before they go in the mail.

Detonator

The Viking Ship Sweater

On hold for just the day – but this is the catch-up photo, you can see one half of the body completed. The second side is lacking four rows. Since I am doing these back and forth to accomplish the neck shaping, they are a bit slower (two handed purling anyone?).

Viking Ship Sweater

Berlin Muster – SKP2008

Back to these tomorrow -
Berlin Muster

Scattered

June 3rd, 2008 Comments off

Now that my ears have quit ringing – Just a collection of this and that.

Why were my ears ringing?

Taking a break in the middle of the afternoon – I buzzed home to pick something up. This guy in a suit knocks on the door. Since I am live on a secure (yah, right) base, I knew it was neither a door-to-door salesman or a proselytizer. It turned out to be the smoke detector guy. Apparently the smoke alarm system has been turned off since some time in 2006.

I personally don’t care, but what the heck?

Take it back! I take it back. For the next 30 minutes my ears were treated to shrieking alarms as he tested one detector after another. The system is set so that if anyone of the alarms trigger – they all howl. There is one in almost every room. That makes for 10 of the bleeding things.

I gratefully shut the door, the proud dweller in a house with a functioning box and lots of tested alarms.

An hour later, the alarm goes off, but quits after a few minutes.

At 1730 this happens again and I am treated to a third iteration after six. About 1930, the system goes off. And it does not quit. I have no instructions and taking a hammer to the box seems a bit drastic. I open up the box and contemplate pulling wires. I pull the fuse, nothing happens; the high pitched shriek from the box blends with the horrible warbling siren.

Wearing the nice set of hearing muffs used for mowing the lawn, I unsuccessfully search for the emergency number. Can’t find it and can’t live with the noise. My neighbor finds the work order desk number and they tell me that they will get me an electrician out this evening. 20 minutes later, the electrician calls, then says he will be out in the morning.

No way, says I, can you hear that racket?

Yes.

Well, could you sleep with all that noise?

No, and he appears about half an hour later. It takes pulling the fuse out of the walll and out of the box before the system shuts up.

At this point, my evening is shot and my thoughts are completely scattered.

This and That

    Juggling for world peace is a UTube production by the partner of a fellow Sock Wars Combatant.

    Elysbeth reminded me of this post -reiterating the main points by Dr Gordon Livingston.

    2. We are what we do. We are not what we think, or what we feel, or what we say, we are what we do. Actions do indeed speak louder than words. If you are unhappy with a particular part of your life, take a strong look at what you are doing to be happier.

    is the key in my view. Goes right along there with my make the world a better place philosophy.

Sock Wars III – Obits

The death toll rises. 662 as of the end of the day. It was a quiet day in the Obits -

I’m dead. After 2 weeks of checking the mail every day (and calling home to see if I had socks in the mail), my suffering has ended.

So – the following exchange occured -

CANDY IS DANDY
BUT A KNITTER IS QUICKER

I think Mr. Nash said, “…but liquor is quicker.”

A knitter could be quicker ….with vodka!! Is it allowed to rewrite poetry??? As long as I give credit to the original poet???? I thought the “knitter” line would be more appropriate under these sad circumstances.

Which reminds me – I have a target! A lovely person who needs to be a-sox-inated.

Viking Ship Sweater

Remember this? I actually have one side done and have only five rows to finish on the other side of the neck. Plus a small bit of duplicate stitching (in preference to multiple row messy drop down or frogging). Besides – you deserve a picture for reading this far.

Viking Ship Sweater 3 June 08

Audio Books

Truth or Dare by Jayne Ann Krentz. I needed something that didn’t not require a lot of thought while I knit.

-Holly

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