Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Usual pattern, 72 sts on us 0 needles. I do like this yarn!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Christina and I both bought yarn for the project from Full Thread Ahead after we went on our knitting camp last year. We plan to do it as a knitalong.
My yarn is Naturally Dawn. Its a 50% silk/wool blend from New Zealand. I bought the beads at the same time from Full Thread Ahead on advice from Hollis.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Just look at that sky!
The downside of the glorious sunshine was that the snow was rather soft - but when you are learning to snowboard soft=good.
No one else seemed to have the same idea as us , so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Us, and a lift attendant from Newport IoW!
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
The effect of the two yarns knit together is interesting and gives a texture and depth of colour that would be be achieved with a single yarn. The stainless steel yarn has a memory and a sculptural quality, but the overall fabric really has a nice drape.
The scarf is a short length, as specified in the pattern, but I knitted until I ran out of the steel yarn, I have some of the orange left. The intention is to lightly felt the scarf but I have not yet done so and may not as I like the current light fabric. I also dont think I want it any shorter.
Nigel thinks it looks rather military surplus and has appropriated the scarf for his own use.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The arrival of children and convenience of a dryer seduced me away from my line and it went into the shed a few years ago.
Following a conversation with Joyce I decided to resurrect my line and have started using it again.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
The yarn is some of the superwash sock that I bought from Tess's designer yarns at Stitches 2008, however I was not that impressed with it. Although the wool is soft now the socks have been washed, it had a hard hand while knitting, however, the worst problem was this:
This is my hand after only an hour or so of knitting, the yarn leaked dye every time I knitted on them, and a lot of the dark blue appears to have washed out. I washed them twice with jeans so far and the blue appears a softer shade than it was when I knitted them up.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Although mid-April is the very tail end of the skiing season in Californina, we had a lot of snow this winter and there was still good coverage at Bear Valley. It was also a lovely change from our last trip, when we skied in a blizzard, to be skiing in glorious sunshine.
Adam arrived on the slopes for his lesson with Stephen. Here he is on his first run down the Panda chair slope:
by the end of the first run down he was sideslipping on the board, and by the afternoon he was doing 'falling leaf' and 's' turns down the blue runs.
Finlay also improved his skiing and his confidence, our main problem was keeping up with him as he belted off down the hill...
The highlight of Adam's afternoon was boarding with daddy... "just two boys together on snowboards"...
We had a lovely day, and it was the perfect way to celebrate Mammie's birthday - she was only disappointed that free skiing does not kick in at Bear until age 75...a way to go yet!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
We've signed the boys up for a Flag Football league. Its a non-contact form of American football (here it's called, of course, "football") and they had a spring season kick-off. Here the boys are meeting 'Spike' the league mascot:
We also managed a day at the coast - this photo was taken on the front at Santa Cruz.
And naturally, there has been some dining!
In the next thrilling installment: Spring skiing