August 14, 2014

Tick. Tick. Tick.

The ordered seconds quietly slip by.
Slyly glancing over at the blog page.
Is there anything new?
Did something happen?
Is there any news?

Well, yes there is news. After my last post I decided to run away and join the circus. Wait, I already am part of the circus, but our cotton candy machine is broken. Instead I took a spur of the moment trip up north to visit my friend Dusty and enjoy some life on the ranch. Shae and Rowyn went too, and had a mini-family reunion.  You can enjoy pictures here.

I enjoyed visiting with Roar the bull;
and morning after glorious morning.
I found Bigfoot. (sort of)
And enjoyed a breakfast here.
The day I made it home was my birthday, and I found this waiting for me!
The days were so full, very little knitting happened. It seams (!) like it took forever to finish mattress stitching the yoke to the body of the Circlet in Blue. I finally finished the night before last. I had a hard time deciding whether to allow more ease in the stitching or to pull it snug, and now the stitching isn't as even as I'd like. But I can live with it. Now it's on to grafting the underarm seams, then neck edging and finally button bands. I still need to find some buttons! Sounds like the perfect time (is there ever a bad time) to stop by my LYS and check out their new digs. They just moved!




August 2, 2014

Chirp Chirp Chirp

That's the sound of crickets, filling up the space where blog posts would be. It's been a busy few weeks, and a few more busy weeks coming up. Youngest Son Evan was here for a visit, he worked on learning to drive a stick-shift (a work in progress) and we did a little camping. I'm working away at the Circlet in Blue, the yoke is finished and about 3/4 of the way seamed onto the body. I need to get busy and find buttons!


July 13, 2014

Crazy Cabled Yoke

The cabled yoke calls for 16 (or 17, I don't recall exactly) pattern repeats for my size.  Three pattern repeats looks like this;

Today I have almost 7 pattern repeats finished. Color coding the chart really helps me keep track of things, I think its a big time saver. I'm hoping to average  1 1/2 repeats per day. Once the yoke is done, it gets mattress stitched to the body and sleeves, and then a neckband and button bands are added.


July 8, 2014

Color Codes

I'm working on the yoke of the Circlet Cardigan now. The chart is crazy. More than what I'm used to following.  Rows and stitches that are skipped for some sizes, place holder spaces and 15 different symbols to keep track of. Most of them are symbols that weren't used in the staghorn cable pattern. I got a few mixed up and had to start over. To help me keep things straight, I took colored pencils and color coded the symbols.

June 28, 2014

The Row(d) Goes on

Or, The Real Reason I Seldom Knit A Sweater in DK Yarn. Or just seldom knit a sweater. I'm a knitting light-weight. I'm not exactly bored with this knit, I think. Or maybe I am. But, now that I have the pattern repeat well in hand, I can work on this knit whilst watching World Cup games. Or a TV show. Or anything, at least until the knitting gets more interesting.

The picture shows about 61 rows of pattern, just over 10 inches. Unlike some cable patterns, this one looks fairly decent on the wrong side, check out the bit that's folded over. (on the right side of pic)  Well, enough complaining, I have rows to knit. (Circlet in blue)


June 19, 2014

In Living Color

One of my friends raises a few orchids and she entered them into the county fair. Aren't they pretty?

June 16, 2014

Armwarmers?

The sleeves for the Circlet Cardigan are done. See? Now the body is on the needles.