Friday, April 12, 2013

To the mountains

What would you do?  Spring has sprung, trees are blossoming, some even have touches of green foliage, the grass is getting a taste of irrigation water, eyes are painfully itchy, the wind is blowing, so...time to escape to winter!  Crazy, but just a few days, and I'll be ready to brave more of the above.
A painfully bright drive over two 10,000 ft passes, to the quiet community of Silverton and I'm ready to listen to the deluge of melting snow following the path of icicles.  It's loud on the metal roof.
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The road is clear.

The skiers are happy to have another few runs.

And I'm delighted to be here with longer days. Last November I watched the sun rise and set at the highest peaks of the mountains.  Now it comes up and goes down in valleys with five more hours of light.

New socks finished!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Effect Vest

I would like to say I'm finished with another project, but let's face it:  It probably has some work to be done, and yet I'm SO excited because it really seems to be "my" creation with borrowed ideas ...blocked...
And tried on:
and found it's a bit TOO minimal for me.  No closures/ties/loops... yet.  So, I've decided to pass this on to a smaller body and do a requested closure method.  (Maybe nothing, maybe "Knot Closure", ...loop and button... too many to choose.)
The pattern is a combination of Sandi Rosner's Vest from a book called Not Just Socks, with a pattern around the middle from cookie a's Bex sock pattern (found in Sock innovation).  It was fun, even though it has seen many Atlantic Ocean flights.  That's the problem when you don't have a clear destination for the project.  LOVE the yarn:
 Hand-dye Effect by RegiaLight Fingering / 3 ply
70% Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Acrylic
459 yards / 100 grams (used 2 skeins)
The colors in that series are beautiful, but with such long color repeats, I find it isn't suitable for the kinds of socks I knit.  
The edging is attached I-cord per Rosner's instructions.  Makes a nice finish, yet I'm wondering if it will stay blocked, and not roll... It may need an iron touch-up.

Yesterday, April Fool!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Going out of Business

SALE!  Time to reduce and eliminate inventory... My stash is out of control!
Due to an unusual conversation yesterday, I have decided to start my third or fourth career (but who's counting?) and give up knitting.
I've always had a bit of my mind telling me that I really wanted to "start over" and buy a franchise (to be determined).  Pondering this I woke up to the fact that knitting is taking up too much of my life, so I'm ready to separate myself from my stash.  See my Ravelry page (stash) and first come, first to walk away with some great yarn.  FREE, for any shipping costs if applicable.
Who doesn't want a Blue Peruvian Rabbit?

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