Archive for January, 2011

Introducing Awwali’s Zaina

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

I’m so excited to be able to share this news! Off and on for the last 2 years I have considered getting a second horse and I’ve finally done it. This is my new filly, Zaina. She is 1.5 years old, Arabian/Appaloosa cross. I’ll start at the beginning of her life…

This is her sire, Awwali. He is a straight Egyptian Arabian owned by my friend Lou Fitch. Awwali is known for passing his wonderful temperament to his foals and for putting height on his foals. Awwali stands at L&R Ranch which is also where Zaina and Blondie are boarded.

All photos below are by Lou Fitch, used with her permission.

Awwali

Awwali

So Awwali was bred to Zaina’s dam, Olivia. Olivia is an Appaloosa mare. Here is Zaina at 3 days old with her dam.

Olivia and Zaina

Olivia and Zaina

Here she is at 6 months old.

Zaina

Zaina

Another friend at the boarding stable, Kris, has also known Zaina since she was born. Thanks to Lou, Kris, and Patti (Zaina’s foster mom) I have photos of Zaina when she was a baby and I know a lot about her sire and a fair amount about her dam.

In the next post I’ll share photos of her the day I met her and of the first few days at since she came to L&R Ranch.

Annis

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Another quick and rewarding knit. Scarf, shawlette? It’s small, that’s for sure. I think it will work well as a little wardrobe accent piece.

Annis

Annis

Annis

Pattern: Annis by Susanna IC
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow
Needles: US 7 for body, US 10 for cast on.
Notes: I did my long tail cast on using yarn from the center and from the outside of the skein. No worries of running out of yarn that way. I also added 2 rows of stockinette before doing the bind off.

Finished measurements: 13 inches deep by 42 inches wide. I did use one needle size smaller than recommended as I felt the stockinette portion would be too open on the larger needle. This is probably why my finished measurements are smaller than stated in the pattern (though I also did not block it super aggressively either).

WIP Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

I seem to be hitting WIP Wednesday every other week. To be honest, I’m just going with the flow these days – posting when I feel like it. I’m only taking one class this quarter so that is much easier than 2, but I’m still staying busy.

1. Blue Flowered Table Runner – seriously, I’m getting sick of seeing this on my list when I haven’t so much as thought about it in the last couple of weeks.

2. Icing – ready and waiting for me to cast on.

3. Baby Gifts – I’m working on several baby items right now. A couple of Bananahead’s Baby Beanies and a couple of pairs of Saartje’s Baby Bootees are on my list. Both patterns are free on Ravelry.

Baby Hat

Baby Hat

Baby Bootees

As you can see, one hat is finished. I used TechKnitter’s instructions to make traveling jogless stripes.

One pair of bootees is almost finished. Next time around I’ll try Fleegle’s modifications to this pattern that make it seamless. If I keep it up I should be able to decrease my yarn stash count by 2. Woohoo!

Cuppa Joe Mitts for Me

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I’m going to skip over WIP Wednesday in favor of showing you a finished object. These Cuppa Joe Mitts were the perfect project when I wanted to knit something quick and rewarding last week.

Cuppa Joe Mitts

Cuppa Joe Mitts

Pattern: Cuppa Joe Mitts by Anne Podlesak, available through the Ennea Collective.
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed, approx 150 yards.
Needles: US #3 (3.25 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Notes: Love these! I’ve been wearing my handwarmers a lot lately so it’s nice to have a new pair in rotation.

Just for fun, here’s what it looks like here today. All the snow came yesterday evening into overnight, now it’s supposed to be melting off, but there’s a LOT of it.

January Snow

January Snow

January Snow

Waves of Grain

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Finally finished! I don’t know why, but this pattern felt so tedious to me. Possibly it was the short stitch count per row because you’re constantly turning your work. No matter, once I buckled down the main body of the scarf came together quickly.

Waves of Grain

Waves of Grain

Waves of Grain

Pattern: Waves of Grain by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Tencel Blend Laceweight (Alpaca, Merino, Tencel) in colorway British Queen
Needles: US 3 or 4 Circular? I’m not certain which.
Notes: Finished measurements: 58 inches long by 9 inches wide.

This is really lovely yarn to knit with which is a good thing because I’ve made 3 projects with it. It originated with the first Shakespeare in Lace package for 2009, Desdemona by Miriam Felton. Then I knit Flutter Scarf, also by Miriam Felton. Finally, Waves of Grain used up the original skein.

Waves of Grain

Blondie, New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

From Christmas until after New Year’s we had clear and cold weather. Day time temperatures were just above freezing. I’ve gotten used to the cold this Winter and am quite comfortable spending 2-3 hours outside at the barn. So New Year’s day I really wanted to ride Blondie, even if it was only for a few minutes. It just seemed like the right way to start the year.

Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Blondie

Horses with fuzzy Winter coats, spending time with friends, and enjoying the sunshine – can’t ask for much more than that!

Pictures were taken by myself and my friend Patty who is JJ’s (Blondie’s pasture mate) owner. I must apologize for my lack of a helmet. I have not ridden without a helmet in years, but I had forgotten mine and really wanted to ride on this day.

Larger versions of these photos are in my Flickr set.

WIP Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

How about a work in progress post?

1. Blue Flowered Table Runner – I have worked on this a little bit over the last month. *sigh* I should buckle down and finish it up.

2. Icing – I ripped out my Wakefield Scarf, re-wound the yarn, and am now ready to begin Icing.

3. Cuppa Joe Mitts for Me – a quick, fun project sounded like a good idea. It also uses up a lone skein of yarn from my stash.

Cuppa Joe Mitts

Notice something else missing? I finished Waves of Grain over the weekend. It’s on the blocking board now, photos later this week (possibly not until the weekend when I have daylight to take photos).

2010 Recap

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

I was looking back at my blog a year ago and noticed I didn’t do a recap or talk about goals for the next year. Kind of funny. I don’t recall why, other than possibly my goals would have been the same as the year before? No matter.

Let’s start with a recap of last year’s projects.

2010 Projects

Edited to add: somehow I missed these 2 projects.

2010 Projects

27 29 total projects:
- 5 pairs of socks
- 4 cowls
- 4 pairs of fingerless mitts/wristwarmers
- 2 scarves
- 2 3 shawlettes
- 10 shawls
- 1 silly project (how would you classify the Korknisse?)

for a total of:

Yardage Total

I’m pleasantly surprised at how many things I knit last year since knitting screeched to a halt when I started school in September. Going into 2011 I’m hoping for a bit more balance in my time, though I am well aware I won’t be knitting quite as much as in 2010.

The one thing I wasn’t pleasantly surprised about is that my stash count remained almost exactly the same! I added 4 Shakespeare in Lace kits and 3 skeins of sock yarn. Then I got 2 items as Christmas gifts (a large batch of Fun Fur and a skein of hand dyed light fingering weight). *sigh* I’m going to blame the count on the fact that I keep counting partial skeins.