Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Knitting Notes

Ok, let's try this again.    Here's Hermoine Hearts Ron, take 2.    Well, maybe three.   There were two versions in the old yarn, but I suppose those were 1.0 and 1.5.   

Oddly enough, I had cast on the original version in the correct needle size, or so I thought, because I swear I used size 2 16-inch circs.     Except I could not find them when I went back to my needle bag for a second go.    I thought maybe I'd managed the next size up, but when I tried with this yarn, I couldn't join the circle.     Very strange.

This is Classic Elite MountainTop Vista, in the Wolf colorway.    (The entire line is natural, undyed wool.)     When I found this at the story (at a really great sale, so I have two other colorways as well), it looked the same size as the Cascade 220 Sport I almost bought, so I assume it was sport weight as well, but it's categorized as worsted on Ravelry.    (I had no reception in Center Harbor, so I couldn't check there.    Believe me, I tried.)     So hopefully that doesn't end up being a bad thing.

Sewing Notes

Here's the gift bag I made to go with the sweater and hat.

Still a work in progress with getting a ribbon sleeve that I like.   I at least hemmed this one a little better, but a way to completely hem it only occurred to be after I had it totally sewn.     So the next one will hopefully be perfect.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Knitting Notes


Pattern: Tinker by Wooly Wormhead
Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance in the Cardinal colorway
Needles: Size 7 circs

This pattern is great!    Super easy.   You're just knitting a tube and grafting the ends together.    (It looks way better formed into hat shape.)     This may become my go to worsted baby hat pattern.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Knitting Notes

The Coffee Bean Cardi being a gift, I've also cast on a hat to go with it.   This is Tinker, by Wooly Wormhead, and I'm using more of the unending stash of Classic Elite Renaissance in Cardinal.   This should actually be the last large scale project I can do with that yarn.    After that, it's just scrapes.

I've had to give up in the Hermoine Hearts Ron hat in the Dalegarn Falk I was trying to use up.   Despite going down a needle size, there still wasn't quite enough yarn for this project.   So close!!

I do really like the pattern though, and I was able to stop at Patternworks yesterday, where I picked up some more yarn in sufficient amounts to make the hat.   I'll just have to figure out something slightly smaller to do to use up the Falk.



Gardening

I don't know what's up with my tomatoes this year.    My mother was just telling me how hers were pretty slow this year.   Meanwhile, I've had to add a second tier to the cages to contain mine, and I pulled out the Swiss chard from between them because it was getting too shaded out (bearing in mind this is a colder weather plant getting too much shade in the heat of summer.   !?)

This is the first year I bought seedlings from the farmer's market.    Guess I'm going to have to do that again.

Knitting Notes


Pattern: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith
Yarn: Quince and Co Lark in the Bark colorway, Cascade 220 Heathers 9489 (red) and Quince and Co Osprey in the Peacock colorway
Needles: Size 7 DPNs and Circs and Size 8 DPNs and Circs

Here's the Coffee Bean Cardi - all done.    I'm pretty happy with it.    I was trying to use up some yarns I thought would go well together, and though the blue only barely made it into the second sleeve, I'm still happy with it.

The pattern is super easy (for the very first time, I made this entirely from a PDF via my Ipad.   Didn't think I could make it without being able to add notes, but I did it!)

The Twelfth Enchantment - David Liss

Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding, but no money.     When her father died, she was forced to live with her uncle, a cruel man who wants nothing to do with her, and whose sole efforts on her behalf are to engage her to a local mill owner.

Lucy can’t see any ways out of her predicaments until the day that a young man arrives at her house, apparently suffering from a curse, with a message for her.   This man proves to be none other than Lord Byron, and his message draws Lucy in a deeper world, where magic is real, and  revolution will chart a path for England either into slavery in the Industrial age, a return to old days with no machines, or a third path between them.

Oddly enough, the more I read this novel, the more I thought it was a Jane Austen homage.    And, when I got to the end, the book club questions there confirmed that.      I thought being able to parse that out from a story that was also a very interesting commentary on the place of women in Regency England, as well as the potential very dark side of the Industrial Revolution was a good catch.     Either that, or I’ve definitely read too much Jane Austen.