Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
- Bottom-up seamless construction a la Elizabeth Zimmermann. Right now, I'm planning to make the top with the saddle-shoulder construction. I wanted to go for the seamless hybrid, but I decided I should knit this kind first.
- Kids like pockets, so I'm knitting in a front pocket a la Wonderful Wallaby.
- The hems of the sweater and the arms will be ribbed. I wanted to do a turned hem, but I do not have the child available for fitting, and ribbing gives more adjustability and grow room. I am combination knitting the ribbing, just as I learned in my recent class from Annie Modesitt.
- Ribbed crew neck.
- Knitted from Plymouth Encore Tweed in Denim. I was planning to do a couple of rows in a navy tweed on all the ribbing. I tried it. The navy was slightly heavier and did not look good--it made the ribbing ruffle a bit.
Pictures will follow as soon as there is progress to something memorable enough to photograph.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
First of all, I like the stretchiness of the garter stitch hood, particularly for children, but I've never been completely satisficed with the way garter stitch kitchener looks. After two attempts on this sweater, I tried a 3-needle bindoff. I think it looks much better. It blends in with the garter rows instead of making a wider furrow between.
I inserted cables into the decrease rows of the raglan:
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
My father attended business college in the 1920's. Among the skills required, in addition to bookkeeping and typewriting on those big black blocky cast metal manual machines, was penmanship. I searched references once, and I think the style was Spencerian, or a close cousin to it. He made futile attempts to teach me when I was in elementary school, but the lessons were undone by what was required in school. Of course, to achieve the proper effect, the writer has to use a fountain pen or dipped pen and ink, rather than pencil or ballpoint. Anyway, one of the features of this method was practices using those big sweeping movements to create designs. Most of my dad's were made of someones initials, or a single letter, or just big designs of loops. The sheep above, though, is certainly one of those kinds of designs. Today, I suppose we would call it calligraphy. It was nice to be reminded of my dad.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
First of all, let me say that I am not a power user of my Kindle 2. I use it for reading. I have not yet used the speech to text feature, but I plan to. I love the provided screensavers, so I certainly am not trying to hack in to change them. What I am comparing here, after a few months of Kindle 2 use and a few days of Sony use, is the reading experience.
Similarities: The screens are similar--no surprise, same technology, same company. The Kindle is a little larger, but I did buy the Pocket Sony, so that's to be expected.
Differences: Weight--the Sony feels much heavier in my hand. The feel is heavier than the Kindle in its padded case. Of course, neither one is so heavy that I feel as if I'm holding a hardback.
Controls: I rather like the numbered buttons down the side of the Sony for menu selection; however, their placement means that the only page turn control is center bottom. If you are like me, and you want to hold your reader one-handed, this is very unhandy. (Nice play on words, huh?) The Kindle has page turns down each side, so I can turn pages no matter which hand I am using. That also means that I'm holding a lightweight reader halfway down the side in a balanced fashion. The Sony button placement means that I'm holding a heavier reader from one end, which means it wants to tilt back.
Charging: I prefer charging my Kindle with AC because it is faster. The Sony included only a USB option.
Wireless/Computer: Of course, I am getting Amazon books from the Whispernet almost instantly; Sony books come by the computer. This, however, is not a problem because that's what I bought the Sony for. What I did not expect is that I have to distinguish between EPUB books and .PDF books and only have one or the other loaded into my Reader at any one time. The forums all say it will mess up if I am not careful about this distinction. That is a pain, since my library source mixes the book types with any one author.
Light: I have a Mighty-Brite clip on light that I really like for my Kindle. I did manage to use it with the Sony, but there is not really enough frame to clip the light securely without blocking a little of the screen. I have ordered a Sony cover with light from Woot.com, so that should take care of this problem.
So far, I am fairly satisfied with both products.
Knitting projects--back to cables on the Wallaby. 1/2 hat on a loom.
NOTE: Please excuse the random paragraphing on my blog. I am not doing this; Blogger changes what I write.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
I am also treating myself to the Combination Knitting Class taught on-line by Annie Modesitt. The videos for the first class were quite informative, and they were in separate bits so that the student could mull over things before moving on. Here is my first swatch. Excuse the bad photography angle. I was in a hurry and didn't take time to set up a proper booth. The 20 rows nearest the camera are knit the way I usually knit--Western and English thrown. The top rows--above the paperclip--are also English, but knit in the combination style. I think the results are quite consistent. I can tell a tiny bit of texture difference when I hold it in the light a certain way, but I couldn't get that to photograph.
Last night I had the opportunity to chat with Annie on-line. It was quite a worthwhile experience. I also felt that I was chatting with something of a star. I am hoping that in this class I will learn some techniques that make purling easier for me physically and also improve the consistency of my tension.
Paper mysteries. I know that we are all concerned about being as green as possible. However, I bought some toilet paper--not a major brand, but a common one that I have used in the past. It is 2-ply. Each ply is thinner than tissue paper of any sort. I think it is almost transparent. Furthermore, the two plies do not adhere to each other in any way. That makes it hard to unroll and tear off. I am convinced that we will use more paper this way than we would have used with a more luxurious brand.
Second paper mystery. My husband and I are dealing with a government agency arranging some details of our retirement. We did this on-line in order to save gasoline and paper. The process was involved. We then got a telephone call assuring us that some questions were being taken care of. This weekend, we got a letter in the mail. First of all, I almost threw it away because it looked like junk mail. The envelope is gray, it is not a standard business size for correspondence, and the return address is not printed the same way as in other correspondence from this agency. Indeed the left margin of the return address is not justified and the spacing between the lines is uneven. Inside are 2 sheets of paper. The agency receives a plus for printing on the back so there would not be 3 sheets. However, the paper is a non-standard size. Furthermore, at least half of the second page directs me to do something that we have already done on-line. Considering that this is an agency that is constantly under fire for being "out of money," I have to wonder why they did not communicate with me by computer for this information, which I must answer by computer, and why they went to the expense of odd sizes of envelopes and paper, which in the usual nature of things, must be more expensive than the standard supplies. Furthermore, I wonder how many of these get tossed because they do not look like an official communication. Perhaps the government made the same error I did with the toilet paper. Nevertheless, I think I'm going to check out this communication by telephone before going to the site and doing what it says. I want something that looks more legitimate.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
The Christmas project involves some quilting-type patchwork piecing although no actual quilting is involved. I am attending the quilting group once a month, but I probably will not start an actual quilt of any sort until January because I simply have too many Christmas projects going right now. Anyway, I've always had trouble trying to rotary cut much of anything because my ruler always slid around. I did learn at the class that there are things that stick on your ruler to stop the sliding. The recommended brand was a clear film that goes on the back of the ruler, but locally I was able to find some little stick-on sandpapery dots that do the same thing. My first step on this item was to cut 40 3" squares of cotton, fold them into triangles, steam-press, and fold into smaller triangles to make prairie points. That is as far as I have gotten.