Archive for September, 2008

Finishing Up Sunrise Circle

Monday, September 29th, 2008

I returned to Montana on Friday the 26th with just these remaining few days of the month to accomplish my goal of finishing Sunrise Circle. I’m not quite done, but I wanted to share my progress with you:

Sunrise Circle Insides

Yesterday I adjusted the fit by taking in the side seams. I cheated a bit by using my sewing machine to sew two large darts. Then I cut off the excess material, removing almost 12 inches total from the bottom edge of the sweater. The sweater is partially felted so I really have no concern that the yarn will unravel. Then I hand stitched all the facings down.

Now I just need to get out of the house and find buttons!

Weeds, Weeds, and More Weeds

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

(Wednesday this week has been taken over by weeds. Knitting progress coming up tomorrow.)

That’s what I’ve been dealing with almost every evening for the last 10 days. There has also been digging in the dirt, lawn weed mowing, and weed eating, but the latter two were done by DH. It’s been necessary work – our house in Washington has only gotten infrequent yard care.

This is my pile of Scotch Broom and Alder trees. The Scotch Broom is the worst. I know it will be back, but the more I can get it under control the better. I swear the pile is bigger in person.

Weeds

Look at all the Scotch Broom that still needs to be pulled/cut in the background of this photo. I haven’t had a chance to work on this upper pasture area at all.

This is my one planted area where i tried kratom powder for sale. I’ve considered mulching it to keep the weeds down, but I know when we get around to really doing the landscaping we’ll be adding some features to this area anyway.

Plants

One window and two lawn mower blades were sacrificed for weed control. My back and arms are feeling much better now that I haven’t pulled any weeds for 2 days.

Sock Opposites

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The Oak Ribbed Socks are finished. I used both the heel and toe called for in the pattern. I think they turned out fine, but I still prefer my round heel and broad, wedge toe. I can’t recall what it’s called, but I think of it as the most common toe where you decrease only on the outside edge. These are now put away until Christmas.

Oak Ribbed Socks

In an impulsive move, I started the Hourglass socks from Knitty. This bold, attention getting pattern deserved a yarn that had the same attributes.

Hourglass Socks

Can you say complete opposites from one pattern to the next? The Oak Ribbed Socks were traditional, simple, dark colored…..and the Hourglass Socks are modern, complex, and boldly colored.

I would classify this pattern as difficult in terms of sock knitting. The cable twists are only two stitches, but with tiny sock stitches I can’t knit them without a cable needle. I am working on swapping the stitches on the needle just because cabling slows me down so much. Two rows of the pattern repeat contains P2TOG TBL which is a difficult maneuver as well.

If it’s Wednesday…

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

I must be showing you my WIP list which didn’t change much from last week. Maybe my goal for the next week should be to create change in my WIP list (and not by casting on for 4 new things!).

1. Sunrise Circle – Goal: finish it by the end of September.

2. Dragon Scale Wrap – Goal: start this again before the end of September.

3. Riverbed Master Pattern Socks – Waiting for measurement.

4. Little Girl’s Bolero – Waiting for another skein of yarn.

5. Oak Ribbed Socks – Almost done. After getting an inch past the heel turn on the first sock, I cast on for the second and proceeded to get it halfway done in record time. Not that it’s about speed, but by the time you’re halfway through a pair of socks there’s not much that’s new until they’re finished and ready to try on.

Oak Ribbed Socks

How We Spent Labor Day Weekend

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

On our last weekend trip, if you remember, we went to Whitefish and Glacier National Park. This was when we first came up with the plan to spend the next 3 day weekend of the year in Yellowstone.

We left Missoula Friday afternoon, later than planned, but still with plenty of time to make it to our first night’s lodging in West Yellowstone. It’s approximately a 4 hour drive. We decided to take the drive through Gallatin Gateway, past Big Sky, and on to West Yellowstone.

This is where I’m remiss for not taking photos of West Yellowstone. The first thing that struck us, is that at 9pm the town was still VERY active. Most of the shops were open and many people were walking around, picking up dinner or souvenirs. The town is very cute, easy to walk around in, and surprisingly international. That was something that struck us more than once over the weekend – Yellowstone has a strong international draw.

The next morning we headed into Yellowstone. This was my first trip and Richard’s second.

Old Faithful

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Of course we saw Old Faithful (the first photo). We also saw numerous other small geysers, hot pots, and mud pots. I took many more photos including a handful of more artistic shots of the brilliant orange colors of the algae beds and aquamarine colors.

Bull Elk

Then there was the wildlife. On the first section of road into the park from West Yellowstone we saw a bull elk. Unfortunately no photo, but the elk was standing in the river within yards of a fly fisherman. We saw another bull, a group of cows, and babies in this area the first evening and the next morning. There were a few individual bison in this area, but the large herd we saw was near the road South of Roosevelt Lodge.

Continental Divide

I still find crossing the Continental Divide to be somewhat amusing. I’ve seen all of the West coast, including parts of Alaska, but until I moved to Montana I had never cross the continental divide. On this weekend alone we crossed it 4 times.

Grand Tetons

We spent all day Saturday and then Sunday morning in Yellowstone. Then we headed South into Wyoming and through Grand Teton National Park.

Sunday night we stayed in Jackson. We ran up to Teton Village to the arts show, chatted with artist friends we met in Whitefish and browsed around a few minutes. Then the rain and wind started. We headed back into Jackson to get out of the weather. It poured that evening and the lights flickered more than once while we were at dinner. The next morning it was still raining. Needless to say that’s my excuse for not getting photos of Jackson. What I can tell you, is that it looks like a fun town to wander around in even though we’re not looking to spend a bunch of money in shops catering to the wealthy.

Jackson Hole

This is the view looking back on the Jackson Hole valley.

Victor

Twice in recent weeks I had seen mention of the Victor Emporium in magazines, once in Sunset and once in Forbes (yes, a very odd combination of magazines). I suspected they were a place that’s open almost 365 days per year and I was right. The Emporium was smaller than I imagined, but I was thrilled to pick up a new pair of Dansko’s, a t-shirt, and a huckleberry milkshake.

Big Horn Sheep

We decided to take the more remote route back to Montana. Roughly, this is West from Victor, then angling northwest towards Salmon, then North to the Bitterroot. North of Salmon we were surprised to see two Big Horn Sheep grazing and drinking from a cow pasture.

Yellowstone

A last photo while we were on our way home – this is the pass on the way from Idaho into the Bitterroot. Silly me, I did not realize there was a big mountain pass here! I just thought the Bitterroot valley extended into Idaho through a valley between mountain ranges. It was a mixture of sleet and rain that was falling. Lowest temperature seen over the weekend? 36 degrees about an hour East of Salmon, Idaho.

There are many more photos of the trip in our photo album. There’s so much more to see in all the areas we visited, especially Yellowstone, that we’re definitely planning to go back.

WIPs A Day Late

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

It seems my works in progress list has become more of a works on hold list. And I’m not even going to tell you about the project I started and stopped when I decided the yarn choice just wasn’t right. Only a few rows of knitting got frogged on this one.

1. Sunrise Circle – on hold, I promise I’m going to wrap this up soon. Goal: finish it by the end of September.

2. Dragon Scale Wrap – frogged. The good news it will go faster the second time since I’ve learned the stitch pattern. More importantly, I have a plan in place to make sure I decrease enough. Hopefully it will work. Goal: start this again before the end of September.

3. Riverbed Master Pattern Socks – I am still waiting for a measurement and I was desperate for one of those 2.5 mm needles. I suppose I could have put the toe on hold, but I frogged it to reclaim the needle.

4. Little Girl’s Bolero – on hold until I get another skein of yarn.

5. Oak Ribbed Socks – these became my carry along project on our weekend trip. Not only did I steal the sock needle from the Riverbed Socks, but I also stole a skein of that yarn to start these. No worries, I actually have 4 skeins in this colorway which is more than enough to make 2 pair. The pattern is in Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.

Oak Ribbed Socks

And, I resolved the issue of not having enough sock needles by ordering 5 more circulars in various sizes from Knit Picks.