Monday, December 24, 2012


I'm so thankful to have my daughter with us for a few days. We're trying to finish up sewing new curtains for the living room and are otherwise generally laying about and catching up.

I wish you all good health and cheer!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Lesson 1 for me. The Blogger iphone app places the most recently uploaded photo first. Hence the unfortunate reversal of tea cat and Bruno cat in yesterday's post. Sorry 'bout that.

A quick update about Fleurette II. I am still on the sleeves. It's been so warm here that on Sunday I was able to sit outside and knit for an hour while my better half circled around the woods. Still, slow progress.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Checking in

I'm trying out posting from my phone. If there's too much pointless babble from my end, I'll stop this and go back to regular posting.

I managed to make 92 shortbread cookies this evening. It was the first baking in my gas oven and it went really well. Ooh, that's 5 grams of butter per cookie. Too much?

Here are some of them, unbaked, under the watchful eye of the tea cat. Plus a bonus photo of the gorgeous Bruno.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Thanks, everyone for your comments. It's so good to hear from you.

September will stand as the peak month of 2012 in my mind, but hey, what happened to October and November? I find that if I don't mark the time in some way, it is hard for me to remember much that happened, or if I remember an event, a vacation, a visit, a walk, etc, then I can't remember when it happened. What would I remember of my knitting projects if I didn't track them on Ravelry? It doesn't bear thinking about. Sorry for bringing it up. 

Earlier today, I browsed through my photos to garner some hints about what went on in October/November, with little success. All I have to show are a few blurry shots of half finished objects and some hackneyed nature scenes.

In October I gathered these seeds from the special Russian radishes (red'ka) that we grew from seed this year. The radishes were spectacular, unlike everything else that I tried to grow. I'm hoping that the seeds will sprout more plants next year.

Both October and November were beautiful months in Western New York.

Here is what the south coast of Lake Ontario looks like. Big beach. Big water.

I wish that I had kept a better picture of this project. It's a shawl that I knit for my Auntie Margaret. It turned out so well, it's lucky that it made it into the mail. I used two different colours of Malabrigo Silky Merino, the perfect soft yarn to place near your neck. I knit it without a pattern, but I was inspired by looking at photos of Veera Välimäki's 3/4 Hap shawl. It's a fairly traditional style. My version has a quasi Stahmanesque beginning.

Somewhere in there, I tested a pattern, Hunter's Moon for Eileen Vito, aka Ironknitter. I had never knit a bottom up shawl before. The idea of casting on hundreds of stitches and working your way down to zero really appeals to me. Just think, you get past the seemingly endless portion of the knitting at the beginning of the pattern rather than running into it at the end. This pattern has a lovely, gently wavy edging.

A friend broke some bones in her foot at some point and got a cast. I knit her this cast sock.

I knit my sister these silk fingerless mittens. She picked the yarn. I just knit them.

And finally, I ordered a new black coat online. When it arrived, I found it to have magenta peeking out from the lining. This called for a Madelinetosh scarf.

Other things doubtless took place as well. What they were will be lost in time.

Sunday, December 9, 2012


September seems so long ago now. This is Lac de Ste Croix near the Gorges de Verdon in Southern France. We stayed two weeks in a the lovely hill top village of Tourtour and then a couple of days in Nice. I got on with my knitting, but I didn't see any yarn shops, people knitting, or people wearing hand knits. And no one offered to buy the shawl off my shoulders. Texas it ain't.

From Nice, we took a train to Menton, near the Italian border and climbed to the highest point in the town. This was taken near the bottom, showing that the top isn't always the nicest.

You may remember Fleurette, a lacy cardigan which I designed and knit in 2008.  I had originally intended to knit a loose, hip length garment, but it quickly became clear that my 9 skeins of Koigu wouldn't make more than a short, fitted cardigan. Here is the swatch for Fleurette II, my vacation knitting. 

I'm having another go at knitting what I originally intended. The yarn is Socrates, by Alpaca with a twist (30% Merino, 30% Alpaca, 20% Nylon, 20% Bamboo). Come to think of it, that's 50% stretchy sock weight yarn with no memory. It will be interesting to see how it wears. Will it get longer and longer?

I've done the front and the back so far, more or less following what I did the first time around, but making it longer in the body and in the sleeves. I'm currently working on the sleeves, which will be set-in. I have high hopes, even though I'm planning as I go. If it doesn't work out then it will become a dressing gown liner. Either way, I'll show it to you when I block the pieces.

The only piece of knitting that I finished in September was a pair of brown socks for my uncle, who really appreciates them. I'll stop here and next time I'll cover October and, perhaps, will get back in the habit of writing here.