Archive for August, 2007

Monkeying Around

August 31, 2007

I’ve always been kind of disturbed by monkeys. They freak me out. When I think of monkeys, I think of things like orangutans and baboons and chimpanzees. I’ve seen a few cute monkeys in movies or zoos, you know, the little ones, but for the most part, there is just something creepy about monkeys. So I think that’s one of the reasons I haven’t yet knit Monkey. It’s psychological. Plus it seems that it is an absolutely gorgeous sock, if one has the right yarn. But it doesn’t work with just any yarn.

However, it’s the sock we are knitting in the Truly International Sock KAL. And it’s my turn. I don’t have a lot of selection of stash sock yarn, so I tried my piece with a jacquard yarn. I don’t think the whole sock would work in this type of pattern, but I think it’s OK for the band. Is it? Or should I frog it and try and find something else?

Anyway, I am totally making myself a pair of these socks. The design looks complicated, but when you start the lace pattern, it’s actually quite simple and intuitive. Sure, it’s an 11 stitch repeat, but it makes sense.


Niagara Falls

August 30, 2007

So I got my trip photos back.

Wait a minute…this doesn’t look like Niagara Falls!

Nope! It’s Seljalandsfoss. I obviously need to get my film developed more frequently.

HERE is Niagara Falls:

A lot of the other pictures came out kind of bad. There is so much spray there, and between that and the cheap camera, the contrast just wasn’t good. I told Ingi that next time we do a “real” vacation I am spending some of the vacation money on getting a real camera.

And here is Mystery Stole 3. One end is all short rows and this was what I did all vacation long. I have gotten to the halfway point.

Holiday on the Moon

August 30, 2007

So it’s been a long time since I posted. First, I was having ISP troubles. Then, we went on a trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. We weren’t expecting the Las Vegasiness of it all. Still, it was fun. Niagara Falls IS pretty, and they light the waterfalls up at night. (We don’t think they are as pretty as Gullfoss, but they are still beautiful). We went on a boat ride right next to the falls where you get sprayed by the mist, highly recommended. We went through a manmade tunnel behind the falls, it was OK, but not really worth the wait, and nowhere near as nice as walking behind Seljalandsfoss. We went to lots of attractions for the kids, including glow-in-the-dark indoor mini golf (very cool) and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum. We went to a drive-in movie and saw the Simpsons and Stardust (both fun). We went to a historical house for one of my Scottish clansmen that was used as a hospital during the war of 1812. We went to the Jell-O museum in the birthplace of Jell-O, LeRoy, New York. It was a great family vacation, and my biggest piece of advice is to stay in a hotel with a kitchen if you go to Niagara Falls. The restaurant food is overpriced and not that good. We were so happy for having chosen this option.

I have no trip pictures at the moment, waiting for them to be developed, so I will post them after. I worked on MS3 in the car and am getting closer to done, I am in the last stretch but now I am a little sick of working on it, so I picked up a very old UFO. (Pictures soon of both). I also spent a lot of my trip reading The Night Watch.

While checking out the new books in my library, I came upon Knit Fix and Fabric Leftovers. KnitFix is mainly geared at beginners, but has a lot of tips for even advanced knitters (a list of problems and how to fix them). I’m thinking it might be a good book to have around. Fabric Leftovers has some fun ideas, including sewn flowers and coffee cup holders, to use up scraps of fabric. I’m not sure that I would buy it, but I might like to have it…she has some creative ideas to use to spark one’s imagination.

So here are a few photos, a wool soaker (diaper cover) for a friend, made with the self-striping Polygonum persicaria yarn that I dyed:

And some goodies from my much-neglected garden: kale, calendula blossoms, edamame, and Chinese long beans:

Temporary New Home

August 30, 2007

I have been having major problems with my hosting provider, and am incapable of putting any files up there (including publishing blogs). We just got back from holiday and I have tons of things to blog about, but nowhere to do it. So I figured I’d come over here for now, so I can share some of the things that have been going on around here.

Here is a link to my original blog.