Archive for July, 2008

Finished Socks for WIP Wednesday

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Err….Thursday! I tried to get my post ready yesterday, but I didn’t have enough free memory to run Photoshop to prepare the photos. Anyway, I finished the toes on the Mad Color Weave Socks. With them done I immediately started considering which socks I should knit next. I had a pattern and yarn in mind, but I haven’t fully decided to stick with it yet.

Mad Color Weave in Icehouse

To recap, the pattern is Mad Color Weave Socks. I’m still in love with this pattern for handpainted yarns. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Icehouse. This pair (like the last) is 78 sts around on 2.5mm circular needles.

WIPs

1. Sunrise Circle – same as last week.

2. Dragon Scale Wrap – same as last week.

3. Lace Ribbon Scarf – I’d guess I’m halfway through the skein of yarn. The scarf looks the same as last week, just 4 times longer.

Mad Color Weave side view

WIPs and Knitting Goals

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

I was just thinking about how I have so many knitting goals that I’m not achieving. Or, rather, I’m achieving some and others keep passing by the wayside. Not that there’s any rush. These are just goals that are on my mind when I consider what to work on next.

Goals

1. Knit mostly from stash
Saves money, reduces stash. Less to pack and move. Besides, I’d really prefer to have a tiny stash and then when I get a hankering to start a new project I can go out and purchase the yarn I want for it.

2. Knit Norah Gaughan’s patterns
I *love* her patterns, but I have yet to knit any of them. There are two reasons I haven’t knit any yet: see #1 above and the difficulty of deciding what to knit first!

3. Fairisle / Knitting with one color in each hand
The idea is that I want to become competent at knitting with one color in each hand so I can confidently knit projects that include fairisle. I did knit one small sample and ripped it out because the resulting knit was going to be too small. The colors weren’t ideal either – too little contrast (again trying to follow #1 above). Now I have no excuse as I have a number of nice yarns in stash that I can play with.

4. Knit at least one pattern from every knitting pattern book I own
Why not? They’re all great books and this is just part of expanding my horizons. It will be difficult to stick to Goal #1 while achieving this goal, but I’m not being unrealistic and saying I will only knit from stash.

WIPs

1. Sunrise Circle – same as last week.

2. Dragon Scale Wrap – same as last week.

3. Mad Color Weave Socks 2 – Almost done. Just the toes left to knit.

4. Lace Ribbon Scarf – My new take along project. Yarn is Fleece Artist Merino Sock in the colorway Cornflower.

Lace Ribbon Scarf

Belated WIP Update

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Last Wednesday I honestly just did not feel like posting. We had gone out in the afternoon to look at more houses and I was frustrated with how difficult it is to find a nice house here that’s on some acreage and isn’t 30 miles from town. I’ve looked at everything from reasonable to ridiculously priced and can’t find anything. I’ve looked at houses that were almost new and houses that were complete fixers. So far the best I can do is a new/nearly new house on anywhere from a 10,000 square foot lot to a 1 acre lot, but to find that house on acreage? Over a million and the house will now be 6000 square feet (twice what I want to maintain) and, oh, even at that price it may have a kitchen that you want to gut and redo.

Enough griping.

1. Sunrise Circle – it’s still on the list to guilt me into remind me to finish it.

2. Dragon Scale Wrap – Need to get back to this. It’s really cute, but gets put off due to the concentration necessary to follow the pattern.

3. Mad Color Weave Socks 2 – I’ve been steadily working away on these as I have time.

MCW in Icehouse

Something else that’s knitting related – I won a prize from Claudia’s MS Ride Raffle. How cool is that? I won 8 skeins of Misti Alpaca Worsted that was kindly donated by Laura E.

MCW in Icehouse

The color is aubergine and the yarn is SOFT. I’ve never had the opportunity to knit with Misti Alpaca before. I’m looking forward to getting this on the needles. Nothing’s more fun than getting yarn in the mail. Thanks Laura and Claudia!

Wednesday is for Whitefish

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

I’ll bring you my WIPs tomorrow, but today I want to talk about Whitefish. We left Thursday night to spend the 3 day weekend in and around Whitefish. The trip was planned at the last minute with me choosing lodging and reviewing restaurant options on the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

We stayed at Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort. From the pictures it looked like a nice place plus it had a restaurant that has gotten good reviews. It was an odd choice in that it’s 6 miles out of town on the mountain and we had no plans to hike or mountain bike while there. When I made the room reservation I also made a dinner reservation for Saturday night.

Kandahar Lodge

The odd choice turned out really well. The lodge was very nice and welcoming, the room was comfortable, and Cafe Kandahar…..the BEST food either of us has ever had.

On Thursday night, we were in Whitefish at 8:30 pm so I called the lodge to see if there would be anywhere to eat on the mountain or whether we should eat in town. The lodge desk passed us over to the cafe and they said to come on up for dinner. We both were a bit concerned about this from the perspective that if the meal was mediocre we wouldn’t be looking forward to eating there again on Saturday. Needless to say there was no need for concern! We were blown away by both the food and wine.

Friday we headed off to Glacier National Park to drive the Going to the Sun road. The road had just been fully opened a few days earlier and our hope was that the 4th would be a bit less busy than other weekend days. Getting into the park was busy, but once we got through the gates it wasn’t too bad.

The beginning of the drive is in the valley along Lake McDonald and Logan Creek. As we got closer to Going to the Sun Road I looked up and saw vehicles snaking along the cliffs above. Yikes! As you start climbing the road narrows, the rock cliffs jut out almost into the driving lane next to them, and the low rock wall seems very insignificant between you and the drop off.

Going to the Sun Road

The scenery was incredible and my photos don’t even come close to doing it justice. Each bend in the road reveals a slightly different angle over the valley with views down to the river you just drove along and, finally, to the snow at the top of Logan Pass. On the uphill side there are waterfalls, the Weeping Wall, and more mountain peaks. The mountains are HUGE. The valleys are DEEP.

Going to the Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

Going to the Sun Road

On Saturday I wanted to spend some time in Whitefish. In the morning we browsed around the arts festival. We weren’t really looking to make any purchases, but when we came to Soaring Eagle Studios we changed our mind.

Karen Rae Boyd's work

Karen Rae Boyd's work

In the afternoon we stopped by Rebecca Farm for an hour to watch the dressage show. I really should have checked the schedule as I wanted Richard to see some upper level rides. The show was not very busy so we didn’t stay long.

When we got back to Whitefish I stopped in at Knit ‘n Needle Yarn Shoppe. It’s a very cute store, I should have taken a picture. The store has a wonderful selection of Berroco and I met Denyel – the first person I’ve ever run into who asked if I was on Ravelry. 🙂 I’m currently obsessed with Norah Gaughan’s patterns so (of course) I purchased Volume 3 of her patterns. Once I decide what to knit first I’ll be ordering some yarn from Knit ‘n Needle.

Karen Rae Boyd's work

As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday night we had the chef’s tasting menu at Cafe Kandahar. It has RUINED us for eating out anywhere else. I planned to tell you what we ate, but just like the photos above, describing it doesn’t really do it justice. Suffice it to say we had dishes that centered around lamb, goat cheese crepes, wild mushrooms, bison, oysters, duck pate, and cherries. Go to their website and read Chef Andy’s description of his dishes. We can’t wait to go back. We have talked about driving up just for dinner, spending the night, and driving back early the next morning. It was *that* incredible.