Sunday, February 24, 2008


I started the border for the Cherry Leaf Shoulder Shawl I'm working on Friday. Six attempts and I finally got it. The chart's right and wrong side baffled me for what seemed like the longest time. I still don't know if it is supposed to be a garter edging but it is staying that way now. I'm slow at picking things up and keep thinking its good to challenge myself and learn new things. I didn't feel that way yesterday so much when I dropped the stitch where you knit together with the main shawl and three hard won repeats unzipped in a nano second in front of my disbelieving eyes. I'm such a knitting geek that one made me gasp out loud.

We had to go to Saratoga Springs yesterday and had a chance to stop by Saratoga Needle Arts. I loved the shop and found so many gorgeous lace weight wools I could have bought in a second. I was going to buy some and maybe ask for help with the border (just a second pair of eyes) but the ladies working were so nice but unbelievably busy that I just couldn't do it.

Oh, and we had a bath at the Roosevelt Bath House. The mineral water there is carbon dioxide (very bubbly) and much different than the sulphur baths at Sharon Springs. It was a perfect mid-winter treat, restorative in body and soul.

Off to Whitestone to see the rellies but Lynnette, look!

And it was 15 this morning!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Strange Weather

I spent the last two days working on a baby blanket for a coworker and finished it late last night. I used the LK150 which I love but get impatient with because sometimes I find it a fiddly process. This blanket was promised last October for the baby's christening back in January. Not being late on things is really something I need to work on this year. It's either that or stop promising things if I can't come through on time. Being disrespectful is sincerely not my intent.

The weather is odd. The windows are all open. The woodstove is going because I can't tell when it is going to get cold again and I don't feel like starting it again later. While I'm madly catching up on housecleaning, a torrential downpour:

And the sun comes out twenty minutes later:

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Be My Valentine

Gone are the passions, the tears and the joys
Of yesterday's romances, sweethearts and boys,
I remember the letters, the poems, the proses,
The phone calls, the outings, the chocolates, the roses.
But dearer to me than the prettiest posey
Is the dew drop that hangs from your little wet nosey.
Reclusive, illusive, wandering nightly,
Unprickle the charms that you've rolled up so tightly.
You shy little treasure, I wish you were mine,
I wish you would love me, be my Valentine.
Please stay here and share my life, don't go away,
Oh wild one, dear Hedgehog, my love of today.

Be My Valentine
Elaine Drewery

Saturday, February 9, 2008

In February

Highland Triangle is finished.

Worked on this for a while (Lotus Blossom Shawl) but it's too fine a yarn and who am I kidding, I won't finish it at this weight. It is Malabrigo Lace (color Jewel Blue 32) and oh my goodness, it is the loveliest stuff. Everything about it - the color, its loft and softness - makes me want to squeal. It's reminding me of summer. Anyway, I'd like the colors of Lotus to be red, pink, pale yellow to creamy white (like lotus flowers) but can't find the colors yet.

Finished one Monkey, cast on for the second (Mountain Colors Barefoot, colorway Eureka):

I'm a little all over the place here, but ended up using Brooks Farm to knit the Shoulder Shawl in cherry leaf pattern from Victorian Lace Today:

Friday, February 8, 2008


you are lavender

Your dominant hue is blue, making you a good friend who people love and trust. You're good in social situations and want to fit in. Just be careful not to compromise who you are to make them happy.

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
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