Archive for July, 2010

Trail Ride

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Last night 3 of us from the barn went for a short trail ride. Patty and I ride together all the time; this time we were joined by another experienced trail rider. We’ve been trying to learn the network of trails so we talked along the way about where various trails went to and what the landmarks are.

Almost ready to go:

Trail Ride

Clearly I need to work on my camera settings! A number of my in motion photos turned out like this. I do like how artistic this shot is, but it wasn’t what I was going for at the time.

Trail Ride

Hmmm, should we go further or go back?

Trail Ride

This is how rocky it is around here. Most of the trails are nothing BUT rocks. And actually, the rocks are much worse than you can see in this photo in many places.

Trail Ride

Headed back to the barn on a nice Summer evening.

Trail Ride

WIP Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This blog post comes to you from my craptastic office. I didn’t have time to post this morning so I’m doing it on my lunch break.

Office

(See, proof of lunch: I’ve just begun eating my sweet potato and my Everyday Detox tea is brewing. Then there’s the jar of peanut butter that I’m not allowed to eat and a pair of Mrs. Beeton’s tucked into a filing shelf.)

1. Vinca – I’m not sure I accomplished anything on Vinca last week. Ok, I know I knit a few rows, but nothing significant.

2. Lacy Baktus – ready to be unpinned and photographed.

Lacy Baktus

Goals this week: complete at least one chart repeat on Vinca and cast on for a new portable project.

What I’ve Been Up To…

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

For the last week I’ve been on a Liver Detox Diet. I have 2 more weeks to go. The point is not to lose weight, it’s to let your liver get rid of toxins so you feel better. There are a lot of things I cannot eat: wheat, corn, beef, pork, sugar, caffeine, alcohol…I know there’s more, but those are the big ones. Are you wondering what I can eat? Most vegetables, most fruit, chicken, fish, and other grains.

Things I miss:
– ice cream
– soy sauce
– butter
– sugar (I’m eating fruit instead)

Here’s breakfast, dinner, and dessert from yesterday. Breakfast (after making 2 detox drinks first thing in the morning) is usually a smoothie of blended fruit and almond milk.

Liver Detox Food

Liver Detox Food

Dinner yesterday was salad with a sliced peach, green onion, and sunflower seeds. I made a little dressing with olive oil, water, 3 raspberries, and a bit of frozen apple juice concentrate. All together it wasn’t bad, but it could be improved.

Liver Detox Food

Dessert consisted of fresh raspberries and a strawberry with puffed brown rice cereal and a little bit of almond milk.

Liver Detox Food

Don’t worry that that’s all I ate yesterday! I also had a mid-morning snack of puffed rice cereal/almond milk. Lunch was quinoa with sauteed onion and celery, and chicken. Afternoon snack was celery with homemade almond nut butter. I was hoping to have lentil soup and bean soup this week until I realized legumes aren’t allowed in week 2. This afternoon I must go buy fish and some more veggies as my choices at home aren’t sounding that good right now!

WIP Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

I warned you last week, “Next week’s post is likely to be quite boring as it will surely be these same 2 projects looking a little bit bigger.”

1. Vinca – I’m happy with my progress on Vinca, though it’s not much to look at. Last week I had 1 repeat of the wings chart done; this week I have 4 repeats done.

Vinca Shawl

2. Lacy Baktus – same as last week. What the heck was I doing last week that I didn’t do ANY lunch time knitting?

Lacy Baktus

WIP Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

My knitting time seems to come in waves lately. I may get a day where I can knit for a couple hours, then I have a day where if I get a couple rows knit I’m lucky. At least after a week has passed I have some progress to show you.

1. Vinca – now I feel like I’ve gotten somewhere with Vinca – over the weekend I bound off the counterpane and moved on to the two wings. By yarn weight, it’s only 25% done which seems hard to believe.

Vinca Shawl

Vinca Shawl

2. Lacy Baktus – this is my new traveling project, you know, the one that’s both simple and small enough that it can be worked on outside of the house. I’m a little bit concerned about how busy it is and have wondered whether I should make it a plain Baktus instead of a lacy one.

Lacy Baktus

I don’t have any goals with either project other than to make progress. Next week’s post is likely to be quite boring as it will surely be these same 2 projects looking a little bit bigger.

WIP Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Woohoo! Things have changed since last week. Two projects were finished and now I can focus on Vinca.

1. Vinca – since you saw Vinca last I switched from double points to a single circular needle. I was worried about this, but I found a good way to avoid the stress put on the yarn when switching from one half of the stitches to the other as you do in true magic loop. I’m pulling out a single loop instead, knitting all the stitches up to the loop, then I pull out another single loop anywhere on the opposite side of where I’m knitting. I think this pulls the stitches a lot less than doing true magic loop and it’s easier to move stitches around than if I were stretching them to fill the length of the entire needle.

Here’s what I mean by pulling out a single loop:

Vinca Shawl

And here’s what it looks like now:

Vinca Shawl

In 6 more rows I’ll have one repeat of the 2nd chart done. To make my shawl a bit larger I’m going to knit halfway through this chart again.

Mim’s running a special pattern sale right now so if you have your eye on a few of her patterns now’s a great time to buy!

Pooling Lace Ribbon Scarf

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

This is my third Lace Ribbon Scarf. You can see the second one here and the first one here. Next time I knit a scarf I can promise I will use a different pattern.

Pooling Scarf

Pooling Scarf

Pooling Scarf

Pattern: Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. Available free from Knitty.
Yarn: 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Icehouse
Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) Addi Turbo circular
Notes: I still think this is a great pattern. I wear my other two scarves a lot, simply to dress up a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.

I used as much of the 2 skeins as I could. 35 yards left over (I didn’t think I could get another full repeat done at that point) which means I used 395 yards.

I learned everything I know from Wenat’s blog posts and posts in the Pooled Knits forum on Ravelry. This is what I did…

Lace Ribbon Pattern mods: K3, 4 repeats of the red chart, the 4 stitches that are outside of the chart, K3.

Of course, your yarn choice may force you up or down a few stitches from how I knit the pattern. The hardest part was figuring out how many stitches fit within the color repeat. For that, if you lay out the yarn in a circle the way many of Wenat’s photos show, then note (or even tie a stitch marker) into the the center of the far left and far right colors where you’ll be switching from the right to the wrong side of your knitting. From the marked spot, I did backwards loop cast on to get a rough stitch count, then I knit a few rows in garter to see if it was accurate. I had to adjust up a couple of stitches. Once I figured this out I tore it all back out and did a long tail cast on, but that’s really just because I don’t like backwards loop to start.

Clover Socks

Monday, July 5th, 2010

This is only the second pair of socks I’ve knit entirely in 2010. Completely unusual for me, but then if you’ve seen the stack of shawls I’ve knit you know why I haven’t knit more socks.

Clover Socks

Clover Socks

Clover Socks

Pattern: Clover Socks by Kate Blackburn
Yarn: Opal Uni-Solid in a color I’m calling ‘chestnut’
Needles: 2.25 mm circulars
Notes: This is a great free pattern. It has some interest, but is still simple enough that you can memorize the stitches once you’ve knit it a few repeats. My modifications came about because these socks are a gift and for gift socks I like them to be extra stretchy since I’m paranoid about fit. I knit the back side of the leg all in ribbing and I increased from 1 to 2 purl stitches in between the columns. The original pattern is for 66 sts around and I always need to knit socks at a minimum of 72 sts around with a yarn like Opal. What I’ve done with this pair is increase the stitch count to 78 and then decrease my needle size from 2.5 mm to 2.25 mm.

By weight I used 335 yards for these.

Clover Socks

Yay!!

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

You know what this means, right?

Soaking

Soaking

Two of my WIPs are in the sink! Now I can focus on Vinca.