Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Sorry for the late post... crazy day today :-)

Here are some better shots of the Charlotte's Web shawl, mostly consisting of the first two colorways. The color accuracy isn't the best, but it shows how the second colorway blends in and introduces the purple from the robins egg blue. Still loving it, and it's just more proof that my ideal yarn/needle combination is fingering on size 6/7.

Hop on over to Tami's Amis for more WiP Wednesday :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

I survived Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and all I got was this damn t-shirt...

actually, I didn't even get a T-shirt... I just got to eat a hell of a lot of chicken nuggets because they were the only truly perishable thing in my freezer and it was eat or throw away.

38 hours without power. No damage to the house. Lots of walks in the neighborhood. Everyone helping everyone else.

Not too bad :)

More soon... since the power is back, I'm going to bed. Sweet, air-conditioned bed.

Friday, August 26, 2011

No finished objects this week...

... I've been finishing up hurricane prep instead... we have water, food, batteries, etc. I'm hoping that it's just a big lot of hot air, but hurricanes aren't common where I'm from so I'm never sure how serious to take it. We had one freak hurricane back in '03 or '04 when I was in grad school, and we were without power for days and days. At the time, I had a gas grill and a whole lot of good stuff in my freezer that needed to be cooked, so it was a blast as a college student. We ate like kings, drank up all the beer a bunch of us had between us, and did no experiments because we had no power. Now, I have no grill, a 3 1/2 year old, plus no car to high-tail it out. Not as much fun.

If you're on the East Coast, stay safe, stay dry, and assuming we lose power, check back when it's restored.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WiP Wednesday

Sorry for the short post, but today is going to be very rushed, and the new camera card still hasn't been dumped... This is the yarn that's slowly becoming the Charlotte's Web. I'm into the third color, but magical shawl calculating tells me that I'm only somewhere around 17% finished, not including the potential crocheted edging. Still liking it, though, and the incremental increase in purple is very motivating :)

As always, visit Tami's Amis for more WiPs :)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tired Saturday

While I like the fact that doing WiP Weds and FO Fri keeps me posting on a regular basis, it's somewhat like NaBloPoMo - sometimes I think I'm posting just for the sake of posting.

Although today I'm posting just for the sake of posting because the boys are at the corner market and I have a few minutes to myself after a busy day. I managed to do three loads of laundry, met and spent some time with our new neighbors who have an adorable baby (and are leaving on a four month sabbatical and we won't see them until December), go to the farmers market and get fruit and veg for a few more days, bake up some chicken for the week, and get the child to 'rest' without actually sleeping for an hour so Hubby could get some work done.

I didn't get any knitting done today, but I got six rows of silk in yesterday morning and some felt crafting yesterday evening. I'm hoping to do some more tonight, since no actual nap means early bedtime. I'm loving the felt crafts partly because felt is so forgiving, and partly because I have many Christmas kits that I'm plugging away at. The original tree skirt kit from months ago is moving slowly because it's so large that it requires the entire kitchen table; it's not worth taking it out unless I have a huge chunk of time to spend, but it's moving slowly forward. I started the matching stockings because they're only 18" and I can easily park on a corner of the table while Hubby does data analysis.

The camera and I are slowly getting to know one another, too. I didn't have much time yesterday because Hubby had to take a crash course in order to photograph some of his experiments, but I'm guessing Monday will see me running around outside and in, figuring stuff out. So far, I like that the low-light capture is better, it's about 1/3 the weight, and much more streamlined.

And now off I go to fix dinner while the boys come back with milk, eggs, and possibly some form of cheese :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Drive-by FO Friday

A second set of felt flower clips that are on their way to my niece... this pic was one of the last taken with my old camera (RIP Flashie), and my new camera is just out of the box waiting to be figured out.

For more (and possibly knitting related) FOs, as always visit Tami's Amis :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Yet another pic from Stacey :) This is the main body of the shawl, showing off the stitch pattern and the nupps (which I modified from 7-stitch to 5-stitch; they're sort of invisible without a beastly blocking). I was on fire today, and managed to get two entire repeats done (24 rows! Six times what I need to do in a day!) in between parent-teacher events.

The Charlotte's Web is still chugging along, although no pics yet - I have to try and get them off the old camera before the new one arrives next week :-)

Want to see more WIPs? Head over to Tami's Amis and check some out!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The camera saga, take the billionth...

Sigh. My camera.

I logged into Amazon this morning with the full intention of ordering the camera that we'd been eyeing for a while. Different make, but better optical, good reviews, cheapest on Amazon (we'd tracked it in 3 other places). As of 9:30Am, they'd jacked up the price by $30, and it was no longer being sold directly by Amazon. I have issues with 3rd party sellers, so I decided to check out the mighty big box website, just for kicks.

There, I found a camera BUNDLE for LESS than the original price of my desired Amazon camera (with no accessories). It's also back to the brand that our old camera is, it comes with a Li battery instead of chewing through AAs, it includes both a memory card and a case, plus a tripod for good measure, and the reviews are comparable (and seem to meet our needs).

However, none of this helped when I had to photograph the hairclips I finished, that are being mailed out tomorrow to my niece. So I dragged out the old beast, because sometimes it cooperates... I've been messing with it occasionally, because I can often get it to power up by plugging it into the computer... This morning it powered on, no problem. I took a couple of pics, and while it was sluggish writing to the card, it managed. Then it powered off no problem, which it hasn't done in ages; usually I wait for it to go to sleep, and it shuts off within an hour (I watch for the lens retraction). A half hour later, Hubby came home from his music practice (he's playing organ at the church one block over). I showed him the new option, explained why Amazon sucks, then brought out the old camera. Power on, power off. Power on, power off. Mr. Miyagi would be proud.

Bottom line? I don't trust it. I'm still pushing to order this new one, hopefully today.

Knitting-wise, yesterday was a bust. Friday night I did get a lot done on the Charlotte's web, eight rows to be exact. If I have time today, I'll bring out the silk, but if not I'm not stressing. I have to switch gears this week to teacher presents, for when N. graduates to the older classroom at the end of the month - since I don't have time to make everyone scarves or mittens or some such, I'm thinking maybe more box bags, because they're cute and somewhat impressive to non-sewers ;)

Happy Sunday!

ETA: the camera stopped working again. With my hairclip photos and my Charlotte's Web yarn progression photos still on it. Will wait for it to turn itself off in an hour, dump the card, and give the heck up.

Friday, August 12, 2011

No FO Friday

Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement on the silk shawl :) I'm still keeping up at a decent pace, and while I don't think I'll be done in three weeks, I'm guessing definitely by Thanksgiving... if I haven't just jinxed myself.

I have nothing to show for FO Friday partially because I didn't finish anything this week, and partially because I'm still cameraless. I think we know which one we're getting, so we just have to order it.

I haven't gotten any sewing done this week, but I'm hoping to get a chunk in soon... but the weekend is family time, and we're planning on doing the farmers market tomorrow :)

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WiP Wednesday

Ok, so thanks to Stacey and her functioning camera, I've got a photo of my silk shawl-in-progress:

unblocked, of course, and the color isn't quite right, but it's close.

It's coming along nicely, I have nearly 11 of 31 reps done, plus the edgings are complete... I'm just knitting til I'm out of yarn, no real calculating involved, because I don't have to save yardage for a bind-off.

I also succumbed to internal pressure and cast on for the Charlotte's web, although there are no pics yet. I like a nice, basic triangle and this should be really entertaining when it comes time to shift the colorways.

Thanks to Tami's Amis for hosting this theme, and Stacey for inspiring me to get involved :)

Friday, August 5, 2011

FO Friday

Lots to show this week...

This is N.'s little crocheted monster, from a freshstitches pattern :-) I also made the project bag in the background last Thursday.

I also managed to get these in the mail to my Goddaughter:

I used eco-craft felt (recycled! pretty! lots of color choices!) and three colors of the Valdani embroidery thread I ordered a few weeks ago from Purl Soho. At first I thought that thread was going to be just a fun indulgent purchase, but it turns out that, yard for yard, it's approx. the same price as DMC floss. It's two-ply, non-splittable, fairly hearty (I think it's size 12, it's definitely a little finer that size 10 crochet cotton), and really great to work with. You have to invest in a lot of yardage per color (instead of DMC's 8yd put up) but I'll definitely think about more in the future.

I did six rows on the silk shawl today; I've been typically getting a whole 12-row repeat done per session lately, but today between the weather and the allergy meds I had to take, I'm pretty zonked. Maybe more tonight...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

WiP Wednesday

Cin, stop reading here and check your mail soon!

So, my camera is weird. Now it turns on, but won't turn off. No matter what I do, I have to wait for it to go to sleep, then somehow it senses that it's been sleeping for hours and then turns off. The upside? I can take photos...

This week I'm working on a present for my Goddaughter's birthday, and I'm having fun with felt. An hour in, I have the makings of 15 flower hairclips that hopefully will go with her entire wardrobe.

I also managed to get 18 rows done on my silk thread stole yesterday... which means I've banked somewhere around 17 days of knitting on it if I keep up with four rows a day. If I look at it another way, going at this rate means I might be done in six weeks instead of three months (although this pace is a little steep).

All this, and laundry is in too ;)