Monday, January 25, 2010

Turning Point Trail

I'm pretty sure that's what it's called. This is where we walked there on Saturday before the darkness and cold descended again. After a few days of rain and fluctuating temps, we are poised to dip below freezing, which I suppose is par for the course this time of year.

You park nearby businesses where people overwinter their pleasure boats. The beginning of the walk passes some boat wrecks and some modest boathouses. It has a similar feel to the now defunct
Verdun Boat Club - small huts next to functional docks up on the Saint Lawrence River near Montreal - quasi urban.

Then you come to a fabulous boardwalk that sweeps out over a basin in the Gennesee River.

Over at the other end, there are a series of these round cement docks like this one. I was told that cement boats used to dock here. If you keep going, you get to the Kodak watr treatment plant and the Rochester Zoo.

Here's how the beginning of the boardwalk looks when you cast your glance back at it:

I wonder if this heron is related to the ones on the St. lawrence River?

In Knitting

It's all aimed to sooth. I started a second Gilet, bigger size this time. I'm using some old teal coloured Germantown attic yarn on 8 US/ 5 mm needles so it should knit up quickly.

And I just have to put the edging on this Aestlight.

Helen asked about my "Oy!" in connection with NG volume 6. Helen - it was an East European "Oy!" - an expression of dismay, as opposed to a British "Oi!" which is not a positive interjection either. Nothing in the whole volume appealed to me at all, which saddens me greatly. I have all the other NG volumes, but I won't be completing my set with this one.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hey, hey, it's Saturday

...and it's sunny. After 5 days spent for the most part in a windowless room, I plan to get out and go for a walk today.

Knitting be damned. I mailed the Gilet to Auntie Margaret on Wednesday, knitted a hat, decided I didn't like it and undid it. Started another, but my neck was in a crick and I felt like the metal needles had been poking my thumb tips too hard, so I set that aside.

Ought to finish up a few things, I thought and hauled out the Wedgette from behind the couch. Knit a few rows on that but I'm feeling of two minds about it. I looked at the finished ones on Ravelry and wasn't thrilled with them. Never mind, they are using other yarns and I can make the sleeves the way I want. We'll see. Laid that aside (By the way, have you seen NG's volume 6? Oy!)

Worked on another Aeslight. Nice yarn, relatively mindless knit. Finally, I realized that I'm just tired. It's been a long, stupid winter. Cross my fingers, things are not too bad, but there is misfortune and illness all around. Hang on, hang on. We can see the light.

I've kept my Lett Lopi cardigan close at hand for months now. It's like a second skin. I love that it is so light and so warm. And after I washed it for the second time, a lot of the fuzzy bits that had been gathering on it were washed away and the cardigan pulled itself together and took on more shape and fit. Very nice. I have slept on top of ii on an air mattress on a cold floor. I have spread it over myself in a cold hotel room bed. I have used it as a pillow. I have used it as a lining for an insufficiently warm coat. I have worn it almost every single day.

I think about knitting an even better cardigan with the Pl├Âtulopi that I bought at ├×ingborg last year. I must knit something wonderful with he yarn. Maybe I should elborate on the Gilet design - make a larger size and something with sleeves? Or perhaps another yoke design? Primer Time knitter has been struggling with yokes, colour work and EZ's ghost over here.

But this is not the moment for me to be knitting. I'll sweep the dust out of the house this morning and enjoy the sun while it is here. Cheers, everyone!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Modelling Shots of the Gilet

Thanks for the compliments in the comments. This has been an exciting knit for me and it's gratifying to find out that it actually fits and looks good on someone. It's for my aunt in the UK so fingers crossed that it will fit her too. Here it is on Lisa...

The yarn is Rowan Pure Life British Breeds DK. I used a US 4/3.5 mm needle and knit it all in one piece from the bottom up. Pattern of my own devising.

Mary Lou asked whether I enjoyed working with this yarn. To be frank, as I was knitting I had my doubts - the yarn seemed weak, but then so do other yarns that turn out to be quite strong when knit up. There was a certain amount of splitting, and I wondered how a garment made from this yarn would hold up over the long term. In fact, it reminded me of a dress that I once sewed for my grandmother. Grandma was in her dotage and she loved the blue frock that I had sewed just for her. She insisted on wearing it day after day and it saw quite a few washings. I hadn't reinforced the seams or anything and they began to fray. Poor Auntie Margaret mended and mended and I recall that words may have been exchanged over this dress before it finally hit the dustbin.

I ruminated over all this as I knit and I worried that I might be about to inflict another such garment on my poor aunt: one that looks nice, but falls apart. HOWEVER, I must say, that after I washed it in Euclan and blocked it, the fabric seems really nice and strong. It's really soft too. We'll see how it wears. So, not a real pleasure to knit with, but it blocks out nicely. And the sheep smell is mostly gone. Sorry Fudge - no dog bed for you!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Not a dog bed

Certainly not. Details can be found on Ravelry. Modelling shot to come.


Close up:


Let's all hang on until Spring.