Monday, January 14, 2008

Jan. 14th - Knitting update and Garden Plans

This week marks the first full week of teaching in the spring semester. I should get a better sense of how busy I will be.

Since finishing my Christmas knitting, I have been working on new projects, I just have not shared them here.

Bugged Out Onion Dome
My in-laws gave me a gift certificate to a yarn shop in Springfield, MO. I did not have a specific idea of what I wanted to buy, but I knew that I wanted to try a new yarn. When browsing the store, I kept coming back to this brilliant blue yarn (Nashua Creative Focus Handknit Worsted). So I decided it must come home with me. I have been wanting to knit some hats and have very little worsted weight yarn right now. In the end I paired it up with Natural and a deep chocolate brown called Espresso. I have also been itching to do some color-work. The pattern is from Anna Zilboorg's hat book (the name escapes me right now) which I borrowed from the library. I made "Onion Dome" #2.
In progress

After a Saturday morning filled with knitting, a finished hat.
The photo is not all that great, there are only three colors. This photos makes it look like there is a light blue as well. My gauge was a bit off - more stitches per inch than called for, so I don't have the nice onion dome shape as in the book. But it fits my head and I really love it. My husband thinks the motifs look like insects - thus the name.

I am currently knitting a second hat from the same book with the same yarn - one of the toques. This time at the correct gauge.

Autumn Froth Ripple Weave
I also started a new pair of socks - Ripple Weave Socks by Charlene Schurch from the Fall 06 issue of Vogue Knitting. So far, this pattern has taken a lot of attention and I have not gotten to the point where I can not look at the chart. But I am pleased with how it is going.

Winter Mist Gloves
I also started a pair of gloves - from A Gathering of Lace. I am really excited to have a new pair of gloves, I am less excited by knitting the fingers.

Boy my thumb looks wrinkly.

I do think it is cool how the fingers become part of the whole. And I enjoy looking at the palm side as much as the back side of these gloves. I still need to work on picking up the finger stitches and creating a tighter join.

Finally - a list of plants I would like to grow in my garden this summer

tomatoes (small yellow pear shaped, cherry, and a good sandwich tomato)
sweet peppers
banana peppers
eggplant (the purple stripey variety)
fingerling potatoes


fennel (the bulb-eating variety)
parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme

Am I being overly ambitious?

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