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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wow it's Cold

Days like this, I'm so glad I'm a knitter!

Also, really glad I have a house with a furnace that I can afford to run, and that I had new doors installed a few months back. Those suckers are vacuum-tight! I'm sitting right next to the back door and don't feel even the tiniest draft.

I know that 21F is only -6C, which is not that bad in Canada, Novia Scotia, Norway ... you get the picture. Baltimore normally has fairly mild winters; today was about 23 degrees thanks to an arctic blast, which was almost a record-breaking low. The wind chill made it feel like 12F. Brrr!

Thankfully, I have this ...

This is my Dresser o'Awesome hand-knits ... hats, gloves, wristlets, scarves. Doesn't include the hand-knit sweaters and shawls in the closets. Most of my sweaters were made 2x, and I'm a M/L now, but I still wear them.

Right now I want to pull it all out and lay down underneath it.

One of my favorite blogs is Cloudberry, in Norway. Winter is beautiful there. Lovely white snow and ice, no black slushy piles all over the place, and it doesn't keep people indoors all winter. City snow is just so unattractive. Bleh!

Well, there's nothing to do but count my blessings and face the oncoming winter. The Violeta Cowl is nearly done.

I have to confess I don't like the whole bottom-edge-rolled-up feature ... I prefer a nice ribbing or garter so it lays flat.

I want to start a baby project for a co-worker who is having a baby next year, but I haven't gotten the wool yet. That will be next.

So! What are you all working on? Is it cold where you are?

You'll have to find somewhere else to sit ... sofa's full. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A Cowl, a Race Photo, and a Cat

The Violeta Cowl is coming right along!

The yarn is some alpaca that a friend brought back for me while she was visiting Machu Pichu. I tried to estimate how much there was ... I'm guessing about 1,500 yards? It's doubled fingering. Very fine work.

I've made a couple errors, but like always, once the pattern becomes clear, I don't have to rely so heavily on the directions and I can more or less wing it. (famous last words)

By the way, this A-Line Jacket I made with Noro? Fabulous. I love it. I made a belt to go with it, and it is so warm and cozy I can wear it when it's 35 degrees outside (over a long-sleeved shirt, of course). If you want a quick, easy cardigan-style knit, this is the one! Although it's from Vogue Knitting, so you'd have to purchase the pattern, so it's not quick, easy, and free.

Here I am in last Sunday's Across-the-Bay-10K. I'm the one in the orange shirt.

I was so exhausted at this point. I burned myself out on the uphill, and the downhill was just bleh. 

Molly Cat likes to alternate between blocking the microwave and interfering with the coffee pot....

Uh-huh. Whatever, Miss Innocent Kitty.

We're snuggling ... go 'way! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Can't Commit

Sometimes, I want to knit, but I just don't want to think about it. So I started this mindless project:

As a mindless project goes, it was perfect. Alas, it was not the yarn I wanted to be knitting with. So I cast on this Violeta Cowl:

Not mindless, unfortunately. I have to read a pattern. But every even row is knit, so there's that!

The bizarre-looking beverage next to my knitting is a sports recovery drink. Elderberry extract (Sambucus), grapeseed extract, and sour cherry concentrate in seltzer. What am I recovering from?

Running across this:

The first annual Across the Bay 10k, and that 4-mile-long monstrosity is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The event occurred on the 9th. 20,000 signed up, nearly 15,000 ran. I used up every bit of energy I had getting to the top! 2 miles uphill. 2 miles running straight uphill. I was watching the top of the bridge as I ran, and it got closer ... but I never felt that switchover from uphill to downhill. I was so tired when I got to the top, it was hard to run downhill. 

Towards the bottom of the bridge. About 0930 Sunday morning.

In the coffee line after the run. I'm holding up the medal.

This is all I ever want after a race. A hot cup of strong coffee and a medal.

If you want to see a funny video of me prancing across the finish line, check out 


and look for me at the 6-second mark. I don't normally run in such a silly way, but my stride was off because I was carrying my core-warmer vest, which I did not need, and my water bottle, which I did need. Lesson learned: never run in a core-warmer vest if it isn't 35 degrees. It was SO hot! And carrying that vest was terribly awkward. I couldn't swing my arms! 

The other day I looked out the window and saw this ... 


Spot and Georgie Girl enjoying a sunny morning.

We have had a lovely stretch of weather. I brought in the houseplants that I put out every summer, but it hasn't frosted hard enough to kill anything yet.

What's on your needles?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Finally Back to Normal!

I got my problems mostly cleaned up, finally, and now I can blog normally again!

You know this is a First-World problem, right?

I had a LOT of bad stuff infecting my electronics. I now have a new program which is blocking bad files left and right. But I'm still having an issue with a lot of popups and some other irritations, such as something inserting links into this blog at certain spots, so I'm not sure exactly what is going on.

Tell us more about this 'problem.' Sounds fascinating.

This might one day be an Infinity Scarf. 

It's already been pulled back once. Who knows what will happen next? 

I'm trying to use this huge load of Knit Picks sample yarn I bought a few years back!

I also made this fabulous Meghan's Braids hat, which is technically for children, but ... I wanted one.

Paton's Yarn. Which I also love.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Winter Knits

I don't have a picture ... but envision a dark purple and navy blue infinity scarf on the needles. Finger-weight yarn from Knit Picks, a large sample pack that I want to use up. I'm thinking I might use up four of them, but I am a bit restless in my knitting since finishing the A-Line Jacket, so I don't know if I'll stick with it or not.

My laptop needs some TLC (it's 5 years old and likely infested) and I can't figure out how to upload pictures on the ipad (First World Problems, I know), so I can't show you what I'm working on. Once I get an adapter for the camera-ipad transfer, I can do that. Or maybe not - I don't know if Picasa and ipads are compatible.

Isn't technology funny? I don't need it to knit, but I need it to share my knitting. I'm not a technologically gifted person, and I get frustrated easily. I'm quite happy just noodling around on the ipad, but I have to figure out the whole Picasa web album thing first. I'm like that Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer from Saturday Night Live, trying to figure out how the spirits in the fax machine make it work.

Well I will go look at everyone else's lovely blogs, and pretend I'm one of you  :-)

Let's see if I can get a Picasa picture to load ... nope. Okay, so long for now!


Monday, October 13, 2014

A Mismatchy Sweater


Absolutely doesn't match. Here's the original yarn:

If I can scrape together enough leftover yarn, I'm going to make a belt.

Excuse the dirty mirror. And poor lighting. And bad photography. 

Glad to have this done! Now I'm going to go work on a hat. 


Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Quick Project While the Sleeves Block!

All 5 pieces of the A Line Jacket have been knit ... the sleeves are blocking now. I have to sew it all together, then pick up and knit for the collar. Until then, I need another project to work on. I have the above odds-n-ends from the Tour de Fleece ... the plan is to make a loosely knit throw for the sofa. I say that now, but I intensely dislike working with large needles, so there is a good chance it won't be so loose! Mostly I just want to use up the little sample skeins I made from the sample fleece bits I got when I first started spinning, and needed practice.

While browsing my old projects, I came across the Meghan's Braids hat that I made a while back for a child. It's one of those hats with the long side braids. I think I'm going to make one for me -- I have a lot of leftover Cascade. It's from One Skein Wonders, and I remember that it's a fast knit. I have knit a half dozen hats and don't like any of them, so I might even pull one of those apart. I'm in a pulling-apart-mood, so maybe I should just stay away from my finished project stash!

Molly wants you to know she is always watching.