October 1, 2014

Wow Factor

This has nothing to do with my trip, or any of my projects, they pale in comparison.

This is a life size felted grizzly bear, created by Melissa Nasby, for a museum installation. Found on FB.

And I'm Back

Downloading photos, throwing clothes in the washer, tidying up. I'll get some pics up soon.

September 24, 2014

Out n About

I've been on the road,  over in Idaho/Wyoming and now in Oregon.  This is a photo of a float trip on the Snake River.  We had everything from warm sunshine to hail in the time we spent on the river.

September 6, 2014

Time Away Can be a Good Thing

 I admit it. After seeing my Circlet in Blue cardigan blocked out, I was discouraged. So I rolled it up and stuffed it back into the knitting bag and considered my options. And secretly hoped that the knitting fairies would come by and make everything all better. And that the sweater would reflect on what had happened and voluntarily change it's ways.

After a period of time I pulled the sweater out and considered my options. Well, whether I was keeping it or gifting it, the buttons needed to go on. By the way, nothing has changed and it is still too big. But, as I smoothed out the fronts, and lined up the button bands, I noticed that really, I could've done a better job at knitting the buttonhole band. It looked sloppy. I thought I'd just firm up the bind-off, and then decided the entire band would be better re-knit, at a tighter gauge. And you know what, it did look better. Not only did it look tidier, but the front edge along the yoke looked better too, so I re-knit the other side to match. Much better. I never really thought much about how gauge on the button band can affect the overall look of a sweater.

It still doesn't make the sweater fit better, the sleeves are still ridiculously long, but I haven't given up hope. Tomorrow, I'll block the sweater again and see what else I can learn.

August 29, 2014


Ack! Seems big enough for a line-backer! One with rather long arms. I shouldn't say things like that, if it turns out too big, and I gift it to someone, they might take offense. Well, on to adding the buttons.

August 26, 2014


Title says it all. I picked up 10, I think that should be enough. I'm worried they might be too heavy, something I didn't notice when I selected them.

August 23, 2014

All Yoked Up?

Before I started stitching the yoke to the sweater body, I pinned them together to see how closely (or not) the length along the to-be-seamed edges looked. The yoke was a small bit shorter, and now I think it could've been interesting to see by how much. However much it was, I didn't think it would be a problem to ease along the extra length of the body section. And it wasn't. I do wish I'd done a better job at keeping the tension on the mattress stitching even.  I'm half-way to going back and trying, one more time.

As it sits in this picture, the yoke is a bit ripply. And the cabled section of the yoke is longer than the purl section, closer to the neck, and the neck edge seems a tad small. I've steamed the yoke section just a bit, to see if maybe things will be just fine, once I get the bands knit on. Right now the project is taking a time out, whilst I decide how I feel about everything. Oh, and the sleeves are rather long. If I stretch them wider while blocking, I wonder if that will take some of the length out? And I've purchased buttons, but don't have a picture yet.