My Back Yard : : My View of the Rogue Valley

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Lost at work

The lack of posts doesn't mean a lack of interest, just a lack of time. My current schedule has me leaving for work at 7:30 in the morning and returning home at 10 p.m. The only day I don't work late is Friday. I'm overextended and have only myself to blame and there's 6 weeks left of the term.

Even with the long hours I do manage to spend time knitting. My Saturday afternoons are spent at the Knitting Beehive with Susan, there's knitting time during my lunch hour, and I knit when commuting to work. Sometimes I knit before bed but mostly I crawl into bed and escape into oblivion.

Knitting Gloves

I've joined my first KAL (knit-along) - the Peaceful Palms KAL - because I'm going to knit gloves and it's more fun with a group of people. The gloves I'm going to knit are based on Meg Swanson's i-cord gloves. Two nights ago I had a dream about the gloves and so have a general idea what they look like. The fingers and thumbs will be black, the palms and backs will probably be a mosaic or fair isle pattern made using bright colors with black, and the cuffs will probably be longer than usual without being gauntlets. Being a dream I didn't get a good look at the pattern so will have to come up with the actual pattern. Time to get out the colored pencils.

The Dancing Priest

Dancing Priest
He can be seen dancing outside Rogue River.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

A very busy week

SarahThis last week has been a very busy one. Besides much knitting I had a suprise visit from an old close friend. Why I didn't get any pictures is beyond me but I did manage to find this one. It was taken around 1980. What's missing is a picture of Tish who was also along. Oh well, next time.

I did get some knitting done. The Noro scarf is done. I'll post pictures later. The hat is also done. What do you think?

The hat took no time to knit but a while to decide on the motifs I wanted. Thank you to Susan for modeling.

SilkRayonScarf 002

Seems like I'm on an orange kick. I dyed these scarves today. My intention was to overdye them with green but this is what happened instead.

SilkRayonScarf 013

Friday, October 07, 2005

Current Projects

Not knowing how long my stay in the hospital would be I made sure I had plenty of knitting to do. On Friday before my pre-op appointment I made a trip to Websters in Ashland to pick up my spirits. I bought two balls of Noro Silk Garden to make a scarf and two skeins of Koigu to make a pair of socks.

Noro Silk Garden Scarf

Koigu Sock

As you can see the scarf is almost done but sock 1 is just begun. Since being home however I've been concentrating on that hat for someone special. But things have changed.

Because it's a gift for a very special person I've been agonizing over exactly what it is I wanted to make. After much looking through books and magazines I decided on a fair isle hat but didn't have any definite ideas for motifs (they need to be meaningful). Finally, the hat is cast on and well under way. However, instead of the original yarn I'm using Bryspun kid-n-ewe for the hat and will create a scarf from the Teseo.

Knitting with the kid-n-ewe is wonderful, this is such a classy yarn. But Susan at the Knitting Beehive says this yarn has been discontinued. I'll have to stock up with what she has available so I can make a big project. ;o)


Thursday, October 06, 2005

Post OP

I had surgery on Monday. It was a parathyroidectomy if you want to look it up. It seems the operation was a success and the patient will live. I just can't believe I actually let someone take a knife to my throat! On the bright side, I do get two weeks off. :o)

New Knit Shop

Here are shots of the interior of Grants Pass' new knit shop "The Knitting Beehive." It's a fun shop and the owner, Susan, is full of energy and good ideas for your knitting/crochet projects. The shop is just north of the Eye Care Group on 6th Street so if you're in the area drop by and say Cheryl said hello.