Apr 24, 2012

Jester's Folly

I started this scarf I'm calling Jester's Folly a few days ago... in honor of May Day! The gal at Hub Mill Store said the cast on of 135 picots over 405 sts was "a bit tiresome"--yes, I'd agree, but I'm rather enjoying it, then the rest will be a quick knit, ribs with with short rows. I suddenly wanted a quick, soft cotton scarf for the warmer weather. It's Starboard, by Susan Mills, from the Harbor CEY pamphlet.

Picots, yes, in my dotage, I'm most fond of them, they're so unpredictable and thus full of joy in my book. I wouldn't have been caught dead with a picot on my clothing as a kid (and they were in then!). Go figure.

I may make one of these for Morgan, but perhaps substitute twirlies~instead of picots~like those on Cat Bordhi's Anemone Hat . Just to see if it works that way. Morg's my only relative who would consider wearing something like that.  Over the metal dog collar.  Though to do her justice, the dog collar has been swapped for a sterling silver look-alike. Meanwhile, I'd like to finish it soon to wear it to Maryland Sheep and Wool the week after next.

Yes, I'm going! My first post-retirement trip~(did I say I was retired? Finally?) Planning to pack up the car with some knitting, my wheel and a bike, and go! For as long as I like, three or four days. If I'm lucky, when I come back through Western MA on May 7th or 8th I'll stop at WEBS, hang about and try to meet Brenda Dayne, of the Cast On podcast, http://cast-on.com/ perhaps between classes? She's fast becoming a hero of mine, I so envy her life in Wales. 

Yesterday's venture to the local welding shop netted a tube of 1/16th gauge stainless steel wires, 36 in in length, probably 20 in all for 9 bucks. Welding shop stuff is great, smooth, inexpensive. They have copper wire, and I'm plotting about what can be made from it. This was to supplement my 3/32 gauge wires, but are more flexible, for blocking curves. Then I stumbled upon some interlocking foam mats at Goodwill. How cool is it that I can now block my shawls and such on the mats instead of the carpet?

I blocked this~

Which I then decided to give to my neighbor Laura... it's her palette, she has the most gorgeous white hair and looks stunning in neutrals with her silver jewelry. 

Lastly, some progress on the Hickory Socks, from Clara Parkes Book of Socks. The yarn is a dead ringer for some Zauerball I saw at the Freeport get-together this winter, but it's not, it's Kroy FX and I believe cost 3 or 4 $ a ball. It's tough and will wear well. The pattern, when spread out,  really does look like the bark of a shagbark hickory tree. I modified the heel, as my new go-to heel is Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel ~brilliant in construction, easy to remember, fits like a dream!

That's about it, except for an interesting naturey thing I noticed yesterday at the beach. It was stormy, very windy and foggy. A large flock of terns occupied a portion of the beach, a few hundred of them. Ringing them were 20 or so black-back gulls, the largest of the gulls around here. It was a definite standoff. Once in awhile a gull would take flight over the flock, to be chased away immediately by several angry-sounding terns, who would circle the gull, screaming and dive-bombing, until the gull veered off. This continued until rain began running down the back of my neck~well, I'm sure it continued after that, but they lost their audience of two, Jackson and I, at that point.

Off for a bike ride. Grins.






Apr 22, 2012

Retired!

I'm so excited, I retired on Friday! As a single woman who's worked, most all her life to date, this is a big deal.  I'm amazed that the $ is there in savings and SS to do this, that I can retire and still be in excellent  health, that I may have years to enjoy my passions. Trite, but another chapter, another door opening. I'm lucky, lucky, lucky.

Things I love - this shot of a ewe watching to fairgoers quietly from her enclosure... me too, I relate. It's me, getting my feet wet exploring a new passion. I love it so much that I use it as my ravatar on Ravelry for Jaxie985.


At Hub Mills store in No. Billerica, MA yesterday I bought (among other things) a few skeins of Seedling, CEY's organic cotton from their Verde Collection, color 4564... will make Starboard Wrap from the Classic Elite Yarns Harbor 2012 pamphlet.  It's soft and has picots along the edge, and I, un-girliest of girls, have a soft spot for picots! Colors more muted than this photo shows...


Have been trying hard to learn how to knit Continental style, the better to do stranded knitting, and the one of the women at the store showed me method of purling that looked fabulous, if I could just get it. Practice.

Off my needles - my second Prairie Piper Shawl - from http://www.quinceandco.com/ and knit in their fingering wt yarn, Finch... Kittywake colorway.  The first Prairie Piper I made from Chickadee in the Q & Co Leek colorway. Both are gorgeous, soft, springy and lovely to knit with. The Finch version here isn't blocked yet, and curled up reminds me of the caterpillar in Alice and Wonderland, minus the hookah...
FINCHY Piper
And... the finished Leeks of Spring Piper I made mostly while sitting in a waiting room waiting last month so I naturally gave it to my cancer buddy at work. The designer is Paula Emons-Fuessle, whose podcast Knitting Pipeline is brilliant! She submitted her shawl design when Quince & Co. put out a call for shawl designs, and she has a winner with this one.

That's it. A "real" blog episode that has the pictures and text... now that I have time, I'll be working on how to format this blog, it's on my to-do list!!