Saturday, February 21, 2009

Duckies and Bee Stitch

Duckie in Yarn Pirate Hope

Finished another pair of socks. Surprise! This pattern is from Samantha Hayes and is called Duckies. The yarn, from one of my favorite dyers, is Yarn Pirate BFL DK in the colorway Hope. They feel wonderful.

The other thing I finished was another washcloth, because there is little else to do with dishcloth cotton, and I have a gazillion balls of it.

Beestitch Washcloth in Sugar 'n Cream Patio Pinks

The pattern is by Rhonda White and the yarn is Sugar N' Cream Patio Pinks.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wait, Wait comes to Zellerbach Hall

A couple of years ago, we started listening it Wait, Wait....Don't Tell Me on NPR. It is always on the iPod and is a welcome companion on road trips. We went to see a live show last year when they were at Zellerbach Hall at UC Berkeley. We jumped on the opportunity to see them again when we heard they were coming back.

Wait, Wait Zellerbach Hall 2/19/09

Peter Sagal addresses the crowd before they start taping.

Wait, Wait Zellerbach Hall 2/19/09

The guest this week is Mezzo Soprano Frederica von Stade. She was completely charming and it was wonderful to see her in such a forum.

Wait, Wait Zellerbach Hall 2/19/09

The panelists this week were Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett. Tom Bodett was not what I was expecting. I won't say what I thought he would look like, other than older and bald. Mo and Paula were quite funny.

The show ran almost two hours, which they will have to edit down to less than 50 minutes. I'm looking forward to hearing the show this weekend to see what they had to cut out.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Muscari Socks

Muscari in Knit Together Purples

This is the Muscari pattern by Suzi Anvin from the issue Summer 2008 found here. The yarn is from my November 2008 trip to Idaho Falls and the Yarn Connection. The yarn is called Knit Together by Deborah Bass of Idaho Falls. There wasn't a colorway name on the yarn, but I am calling it Purples.

This is a stretchy pattern, and the repeats are easy to remember. I knit them using the magic loop method.

Looking at my Ravelry projects, purples have certainly been prominent for me this year. My next few projects are definitely going in a different direction.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Revontuli -huivi/Northern Lights

Revontuli -huivi/Northern Lights

This lovely pattern is from AnneM and can be found on Ravelry and at her blog. Last year, I bought some Kauni from my local dealer, Marianne at The Yarn Boutique. It has been pestering me for some time, and I had to do something about that. For me, it's a little Halloween-y, or maybe a litte Goth. I still like it though. The examples shown on AnneM's site, and on Ravelry, are amazing.

I used about 190g of the Kauni. I purchased 290g. I have enough left over to do a scarf - even socks if I wanted to go that route. The color changes would be interesting on socks. I'll probably go with a scarf, or maybe a hat or fingerless gloves. We'll have to wait and see!

As a side note - it took me three days to knit. About 24 hours in total. It was quick for a shawl!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Raindrop Cardigan

Raindrop Cardigan

The design is from the Rowan Plaid Collection book by Kim Hargreaves. The colorway is Lavender Mist. This was a fun and easy pattern. I liked the yarn very much, but it has been discontinued by Rowan.

This is the fourth sweater I have finished this year! However, this is the first one that I started from scratch - no previous efforts to start. I am very pleased with the results and will wear it when I go to my knitting group tomorrow night. Won't they be surprised. I cast on while at the meeting last week!