Wednesday, September 28, 2005

I have a few minutes before I have to leave for the airport, so I thought I'd post the photos I took of Kiri last night. I gave up on the rain stopping (this is Southeast Alaska after all) and took a couple indoor shots last night. They aren't great, but since I am donating Kiri to a fundraising auction, and it starts tomorrow, I won't have another opportunity.

I am going to be in Petersburg, another SE Alaska town, until Sunday night. I am taking the Turtleneck Shrug I am working on for the SYNO swap, but I doubt I will have much time to work on it except for waiting at the airport, and on the flight. In this case the waiting time is longer than the flying time. This in my priority project though, until I finish it. The only other thing I am working on right now is a Snow Devil Hat for my 4 year old nephew. (Sorry, I don't have time right now to find the link). Have a great week end.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Finally--Kiri is blocked. This has been a busy couple of weeks. I wasn't able to block Kiri at work, as my boss worked last weekend. Also, I was sick all last weekend so I didn't get anything else done either. Saturday I spent all day knitting 4 rows on the Victorian Shoulderette. Actually, I knit them, realized that I was off somewhere, had to rip out everything I had done, and then redid it. Then I found another mistake, and ripped some more, and reknit. Then I put it away. Sunday I slept all day. This week was crazy at work with competing deadlines and equipment problems. I am taking the second half of this week off, so I am trying to finish some things up before I go, so that just added to everything. On the other hand, the overtime I got last week will help make up for taking half next week off.
I finally came up with a plan for blocking Kiri. I bought one of those gridded cardboard cutting mats, covered it in plastic sheeting so it won't absorb so much water, and screwed 1x2's to the long sides. Then, after I pinned out Kiri, I just leaned it up against the bookshelves in the living room, and it was out of the way (and out of the reach of all the beasties) while it dried. The 1x2's keep the cardboard rigid so I can stand it up without it folding back up at all. And when I am not using it, I can just take the 1x2's off and put them back in the shed, and fold the cardboard up and store it in the closet until next time.
Kiri blocked out to 70 inches wide, and 35 inches long at the center. I bought this yarn off ebay, and was told it was 100% wool, except for the colored specks, but now I don't think that is the case, because it didn't block as well as I expected. The points didn't keep their shape as well as I would have liked. I tried steaming it with my iron before I unpinned it, and that helped some. I will try to get pictures of it if it ever stops raining.
I also finished the Victorian Shoulderette this weekend, and it is blocking now. I didn't do the edging on this, as I think I like the plain edge. There is enough going on with the multi-color, and the lace band. The yarn is Imperiale S-Print by Filatura. It is 80% mohair, 20% polyamide, and I used about 2 1/2 25g balls. This picture doesn't show the colors at all, but I will try to get a better picture of it one day this week.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Kiri Unblocked

I finished Kiri this past weekend, and her she is, unblocked. I attempted to block her yesterday, but ran into a couple problems. I have a small house and too many pets, so finding enough space to block something this large is a problem. I can't use the floor because of the pets, and I don't have carpet either. I can't use our bed, because in our climate nothing dries in one day, and my DH is understanding about many things, but sleeping on the floor because my shawl is on the bed isn't one of them.

When I made my previous Kiri, I used a sleeping bag and a sheet. I spread them out on our bed and pinned out the shawl. Then at bed time my DH and I carefully carried it out to the living room, and draped it over the back of the couch. I tried that yesterday with this one, but it didn't really work. The sleeping bag is too flexible, and so it didn't stay tight enough. Also, last time the cats left it alone, but this time, but this time, they kept trying to sleep on the back of the couch, and messed with it.

So I have been trying to think of how and where to block it. I though about using the floor in my office next weekend. It is carpeted so that would be fine, as long as my boss isn't planning on working at all. He usually brings his dogs with him if goes in, and that would be bad. The other idea I thought of is buying a sheet of insul-form or homosote, but then I have the problem of where to store it. I will keep thinking about it, and if I don't come up with a better idea by Friday, I'll ask my boss about using the office this weekend.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Adventures with Bob

Yesterday morning I got out of the shower to discover Kiri spread out all over the livingroom floor. I had left my knitting bag sitting by the chair, and the puppy decided it looked fun. Of course, I was running late, so I didn't have time to really check the damage, so I just scooped it up as gently as possible, and left it on the kitchen counter until I got home. And this is what I found:
A broken Denise cable, and 95 stitches pulled off the needle. At the very edge, some of the stitches had dropped back 3 rows, but other than that it was only one or two. So I carefully picked up the stitches on the 3rd row down, except for the last dozen stitches, where I went down to the 4th row, and then reknit them. The only good thing about this is that after 12 repeats, I was knew the pattern well enough to know where I was, and to be sure I had every stitch. I was definitely glad I bought an extra set of Denise needles a couple weeks ago. The whole thing took a couple hours, including a couple breaks when I started getting uptight because it was so fiddly. Sometimes its better to step back and take a deep breath. At the end, it looked like this:
Fortunately, the dog didn't break the yarn anywhere, or chew any holes in it (at least none I have found yet, I won't know for sure until I block it).

I got quite a bit of knitting done over the weekend, and I am halfway done with the last repeat. Then just the edging to go. Unfortunately, I didn't get anything done with my computer. I was going to work on it on Monday, since my DH would be at work, and I would have fewer distractions, but I had forgotten that I had an appointment, and that took most of the afternoon. Fortunately I remembered before I started. We don't have TV ( and haven't for 10 years) so we get the majority of news, etc. from the internet. About the only thing that would drive my DH crazy more than a computer that barely works, would be one that didn't work at all for a week, as I tried to fix it in my "spare" time after work.

On a side note; I have been reading If Men Were Angels by Reed Karaim, and finished it this weekend. I am comfortable enough with Kiri now that I can read and work on it, although it slows me down in both knitting and reading. Anyways, I really enjoyed the book--I thought he did a great job with the characters. check it out if you get the chance.

Friday, September 02, 2005

This and That

Wow--time sure slips away, doesn't it. Lots of unrelated bits of stuff, so I'll do this as a bullet list.

  • My computer is giving me problems and I think I am going to have to zap my hard drive and reload everything--so time consuming. But right now, I loose my internet connection randomly and have to shut everything down and unplug my modem and router, than restart to get it back. I know the problem is in the computer, because I borrowed a laptop the other night, and I had no proplems with it, while my computer said no connection at the same time. I can receive email, but every time I try to send, I get error messages. My CD drive won't burn anything. I really need to upgrade my system and get something faster and with more memory, but that's not going to happen for a while. So I will try to find time this weekend to get mine working again, at least for a while. (I am posting this from work since its a slow Friday afternoon.)

  • I have been reading the news from New Orleans and it just makes me ill how badly we have done as a country, and how many people have and are suffering as a result. These people are in a bad enough situation without the added stress and fear caused by the fumbled recovery situation. The comment by the President today that "We're going to make it right." made me so angry. How will he make it right to the families of the people who died needlessly, and those who have suffered through these days waiting for assistance they so badly need? I feel that this statement just shows how disconnected the President is from the American people.

  • I finally got around to sewing the handles on my felted bag last weekend. It came out taller in proportion to the width than I originally had envisioned, but overall I like the size. None of the pictures I took show the colors very accurately, they really do work together better than it appears in the photo.

  • I have been working on Kiri and have 2 1/2 repeats left, and then the edging. I need to have this finished by the 26th in order to have time to block it before my trip. I plan to work on it this weekend while waiting for software to load. At least that will make reloading my computer less frustrating.

  • I haven't started on the Turtleneck Shrug for the SYNO scarf swap yet. I will be taking it on my trip with me at the end of the month and working on it then, and maybe sooner if I get Kiri done early.

  • I know everyone has heard/read about ways to help the victims of Katrina, but I need to add my voice to the throng. Do whatever you can--however little or large that is.

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend. The only thing we have planned is to go to the high school football game tonight, and then have a fire in the backyard and hang out with some friends. I will probably work at least part of Monday, as I don't want to take any more time off this month than I already have scheduled, but we'll see how I feel then. I have a great boss, and he is leaving it up to me.