Sunday, April 30, 2006
The collar and button bands will finish the project. Next, I will swim back to "sleeve island" and knit the sleeves for DH's FLAK pullover.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
One of my other online friends sent me a pair of socks she made on her auto knitter. They really are nice and I am so impressed they were knit on a machine. Thank you Gay. I instantly wanted to purchase my own auto knitter but made myself stop and think about it first. I want to learn a lot more before I take the auto knitter plunge and wonder if I really need another obsession.The auto knitter's are excited about, and eagerly awaiting, Jacquie Grant's New Zealand Auto Knitter (NZAK). Vintage auto knitter's sell for big bucks on eBay.
I just went to the mailbox (I forgot to go yesterday) and was happy to finally receive my copy of Janet Szabo's new book Aran Sweater Design. I am going to resist looking at the book (too much) because I want to take it to Spain when we go in May. Flipping through it appears to be a very nicely done book. The pages are printed on shiny heavy stock paper that has such a nice feel. I like that.I am down to the bottom ribbing on my FLAK sweater. The last installment of the Follow the Leader Aran Knitalong will be finishing instructions. The end is in sight!
The Azaleas are blooming. We have a variety of colors. Next up will be the Rhododendrons. They are about to burst.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
I am using Peruvian Highland wool from Elann in color #1029 Admiral. I really like this wool and won't hesitate to use it again.
I created my color card for Mara KAL. Before I start this project I wanted to make some progress on FLAK first. I purchased the wool from the very nice people at Jamieson & Smith. I saved some room on the bottom of the card for notes.I absolutely love the lilac's. They are in full bloom and so fragrant.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
He is 19 months old and we love having him for sleepovers. We had an Easter egg hunt for anyone who wanted to participate then played croquet. It was hard because the little guy kept wanting to pick up everyone's croquet balls. After the big day and his bath I laid him on the bed and within minutes he was fast asleep.
I am bummed because my application for Ann Feitelson's class at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was rejected. I didn't pay attention and wrote the check out to the registrar and not to "Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival". My application must have been initially accepted because they wrote a message at the top of the application "check needs to be signed over to S&W" then they crossed it out and put a slip of paper that said "The class you have requested is now filled. Margot Johnson, Registrar" and returned my check and application to me. I know I made a mistake but why didn't Margot just sign the check over? Sheesh!
I haven't been knitting lately so no progress on SFC or FLAK. My hands have been too sore from yard work. They are still hurting today but I am going to try to get some knitting in since my husband left this morning for a business trip so it's just me and the dogs this week.
The dogwoods are in full bloom.
Monday, April 10, 2006
I mailed my application for Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp. Applications are only accepted if they are postmarked April 6 or April 7, 2006. This will be my first Knitting Camp and hope I get in. I signed up for Camp I (July 7 - July 10). Here is a Knitty article from Fall 2004 called "The Secrets of Knitting Camp" by Jenna Adorno.
Monday, April 03, 2006
On a topic other than knitting, on Friday my husband and I cleaned up the leaves from the yard that were missed in the fall or blew into the yard over the winter. We have 4 acres and just about all the leaves come from our neighbors as we have very little trees. We have so many leaves to clean up we purchased an Agri-Fab Chip 'N Vac to pull behind our small John Deere. We literally vacuum up the leaves and the Agri-Fab (a chipper too) grindes the leaves and brances (up to 2" in diameter) and collects them in a large trailer. Once the leaves are collected they go into a compost pile. Leaves can be a cheap source of nutrients for your plants and lawn. My collection area is a simple cylinder made from wire fencing. Once the leaves are dumped there I don't do anything. Next fall the leaves will be composted and the pile will shrink to about 1/3 the size and will look like back dirt. I learned this from a landscaping segment of "This Old House". They called it "black gold".
If you don't have something like an Agri-Fab you can rake your leaves onto a tarp and drag the leaves to the compost. If the leaves are not ground up then you will need to turn your compost pile on a regular basis.