Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday, Annie

Monday, September 24, 2007

Okay Okay

The Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall 2007 Interweave Knits is finished. What a satisfying project. The moss stitch kept me busy and the yarn was very enjoyable. I used Louet Riverstone in French blue. The weather has cooled down enough to turn off the airconditioning but not enough to wear sweaters. I'm waiting fairly impatiently.

Because the pieces were distorted, I blocked them all before sewing up the sweater.

My sister, Annie, has come over to the dark side. She took a No Knitting vow a few years ago but broke down this week. She said it was just like remembering how to ride a bicycle and began again with no coaching. She is beginning with a sweater for the afghans for Afghans October campaign.

Teri-Kay is celebrating her One Year Knittingaversary this week and bringing a cake to Knit Night at The Yarn Lounge tomorrow. Her most recent FO is this huge poncho knit from Malabrigo (colored stripes) and some custom spun alpaca and wool.

I finally found the right yarn for the Sand Dollar Pullover by Norah Gaughan from Knitting Nature. It is by Zealana and is 80% merino wool and 20% delaka. What is delaka? It comes from the Australian Brush tailed Delaka (or Possum). A distant and somewhat cuter relative of our Virginia Opossum which is eating New Zealand. It was introduced in the 19th Century, escaped, has no natural predators, has lots of babies, eats new growth of plants and trees, eats bird eggs and probably more nasty things I can't remember. Anyway, I am using the color in the lower left corner of this picture. It is called Swamp.

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

I've been in Africa

Every morning and evening I go to Pete's Pond in Botswana. I sit and knit and watch the wildlife come to have a drink. I've seen an ostrich, elephants, lots of different birds, elands, impala, a crocodile, jackals, really big turtles, warthogs and wildebeests. It is very noisy with the sounds of bugs, birds, bats, catfish jumping and animals slurping water. I haven't seen the giraffes, lions, hyenas or zebras yet.

Finished this little sweater for the October campaign for afghans for Afghans. This time they are collecting for children ages 7 to 14. The pattern for this sweater is in Knitting for Peace.

The Minimalist Cardigan is perfect knitting for watching wild animals - lots and lots of moss stitch. The back and fronts are finished and one of the sleeves begun. Eventually the weather will cooperate and get cool enough to wear wool again.

Mimi has been the most faithful regular at Yarn Church. She finished this sweater for her husband, Danny. Yay, Mimi!

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