Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
- It is a soft and drapey blanket, suitable for stripping to underwear and wrapping in and walking around the living room.
- It is BLUE!
- It has stwipes.
A bit of wisdom from my personal experience that you are free to disagree with--For younger children, the log cabin or moderne log cabin patterns are excellent choices because everything is knitted together. There are no seams. Therefore, the blanket is stretchy and drapey in all directions. If you seam a blanket for a small child, it will stretch in some places, but not at the seams and will inevitably start to wear and pop seams with just normal use and stretching. I am considering that it would be possible to counteract this tendency by knitting blocks or strips togeether with a 3-needle bindoff, but I haven't experimented with it yet. This is also why I like a knitted-on edge like I-cord or a garter stitch edge. The same principle holds true for men, who tend to tuck the blanket under their feet and push and stretch. I have noticed that some people are leaving live stitches to pick up on log cabins instead of binding off and picking up. I wonder if that would be even better in the stretchiness factor.
Hint: Since I don't have any larger DPNs, I use just the ends of my Knit Picks Options with no cables to knit the I-cord edge. I work it so that I am knitting off the screw socket end with the pointy end. This doesn't work as well with the Harmony needles because of the seam between the wood and the metal socket, but it does still work. I know there's a method of doing I-cord using the entire circ, but this seems much faster, particularly with the weight of an afghan in my lap.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
This was the end of a good week at school. One never quite knows if one can get across anything worthwhile about poetry of the Romantic period to an average bunch of seniors. I try to choose poems and assignments that stress the connection between certain Romantic characteristics and the world the students live in today, but that is sometimes a difficult task. I only had one day this week when I unexpectedly lost an entire class to an unannounced meeting.
I'm still making progress, albeit slowly, on the log cabin blanket. Tonight should be a movie and knitting night, so there is hope.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Some knitting progress on the last log cabin blanket.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Now for grandchild blanket number 4. As planned I assembled some colorful yarns and photographed them, changing the picture to black and white in Photoshop Elements. Since there was more than one kind of black and white and they were all different, I had difficulty deciding if the values were close enough until I realized that two of the choices gave the same results:
Therefore, I decided on the following colors for a Joseph's Blanket kind of Log Cabin. These are all good quality acrylics or acrylic blends that I had in my stash.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
My home computer is still messed up but improving. I just haven't had an evening to spend on the phone with technical support. I'm waiting for the weekend. I must say that I find Windows 7 to be a big improvement over Vista, but then most things would be. I have not yet played with many of the features because I haven't had time.
On the knitting front, last night I finished the blue log cabin blanket, at least the log cabin part. I hope to whip out the I-cord after school and tonight. My two totes of acrylic have been brought into the warm living room so that I can immediately choose colors for the next blanket. I am planning, I think, warm and cool colors of medium values. I am going to try a trick I read about on Knitters Review and set out my colors and photograph them. Then I will photoshop them to grayscale to check the value of the colors to make sure they will all blend together. I'll post a picture of the finished blanket as soon as I can make one.
Tomorrow, thanks to the efforts of a teacher in our building, we are having a special speaker, Gary Soto, the young adult and children's writer. I hope having this Hispanic writer will connect well with our students. He is doing a number of very special things at the primary and elementary today. Under a grant we have, all the primary children are getting hardcover, autographed picture books. Another grant will provide paperbacks for elementary and primary children. I'm not sure about middle school.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
After lunch, I started knitting while watching a movie in front of a warm fire. Sure enough, knitting turned into napping, but I have made significant progress--I have about 1 1/2 stripes to go. Then an I-cord edging. Two of the grandchildren came to spend some time with us, so I am just now headed back into the living room for some knitting and tv time.
DH baked banana bread, and I did get the both the pulled pork and the chili made to go in meal-size freezer containers.
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Today we drove out of town and ran some errands--"special" grocery shopping and a new haircut for me--both of which cheered me up considerably. The haircut was badly needed, and there's this one grocery store that I find incredibly restful and soothing to shop in. For me, that's saying something because I am not by nature a person who enjoys shopping. I grew up in a family involved in retail sales, and DH and I have continued that, but I don't like to shop. But this one grocery has an atmosphere I like.
Then we got together with both of our children and the grandchildren for lunch at Cheddar's. The pot pie was really good, and we had a wonderful time visiting. Our DSIL was there also, but DDIL had to work.
Now we are home, and I'm getting ready to do some "weekend-so-we'll-have-something-to-eat-ready-in- the-freezer" cooking. First will be a Boston butt turned into pulled pork in the crockpot. Then a recipe of pressure cooker chili to go into containers. I also bought a meal kit for shrimp and sausage gumbo. I know many of you would shudder at buying a kit, but with just the two of us, buying even the small size of all the individual ingredients in gumbo results in waaaaay too much! One of these kits will feed both of us for two meals with enough left over for me to take a container for lunch one day. That's for $5.99. I think that's an ok compromise! And it's great to have a backup meal in the freezer ready to go for one of those evenings when nothing else sounds good.
We also have a recorded episode of Medium to watch and a couple of Netflix selections--good knitting time for that blanket project.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Friday, January 08, 2010
And yes, I do have a nice flock of virtual sheep, both white and black, and some baby lambs.
Monday--normal work day
Tuesday--normal work day except for being out an hour to attend a funeral
Wednesday--knee out--ice, ibuprophen, walker, in bed all morning, knitting all afternoon on the log cabin blanket with ice on my knee
Thursday--knee still wonky and very sore, but better, much better by lunchtime, lots of knitting progress and afternoon by warm fire on extremely cold day.
Friday--back to work and real sentences and punctuation. One assembly that I really don't want to attend and a lunchtime meeting that will be pleasant.
I haven't exactly overtaxed myself, but I did stay busy. Somewhere in the at home time, I managed to schedule the meeting at work, take care of some family business with my daughter (Blackberries are wonderful!) and upgrade the RAM on this laptop.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
In the best of ways--The progress I've made so far on the log cabin afghan for my granddaughter and lovely new sock yarn from my daughter's family for a Christmas present. This is Claudia Handpainted in Winter Sky, purchased from the Loopy Ewe.
Beautiful pictures of the sea and the sky--My mailbox today contained the new issue of National Geographic with a beautiful photo-heavy article on the Hebrides. One caption on a picture of the isle of Lewis includes a quotation from an island resident, Alice Starmore.
Friday, January 01, 2010
DDIL, I have made the move to a new carrier and a new "smart" phone.
I was blessed to spend some time on New Year's Eve with both my son and my daughter and with three of the four grandchildren. And, of course, with my wonderful husband, who gets better every day (He insists that it's just better-looking every day.) What a wonderful way to end a somewhat rocky year and to look forward to launching a new decade.