Archive for April, 2012

Unsinkable

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

How stunning is this!

Unsinkable Kit

This is “Unsinkable” a collaboration between Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops and Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka Fibers. See the link to Kirsten’s blog for more photos of the pattern. The yarn, hand dyed by Anne, is Arianrhod Sock which is a blend of merino, silk, and sparkle. The subtle color shades in it are just beautiful. I can hardly wait to see how it knits up.

WIP Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

How long is it since I did a work in progress post? This is what happens when you do too many test knits (not that I’m complaining), but finally I have something in progress that I can show on the blog! This is the start of a Barton Cottage Shrug.

Barton Cottage Shrug

There are some interesting comments on Ravelry about sizing this shrug. Kristi Schueler, the designer, says she intended for the shrug to be closer fitting than shown in Jane Austen Knits. She recommends using your underbust measurement instead of your bust measurement. I have such big shoulders I was a little afraid to do that so I started with my actual measurement and will have to see how it goes.

Baby Steps

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Training horses is all about baby steps. Lately I’ve been working with the girls on their behavior in and around the horse trailer. This was after I realized I hadn’t had them in the trailer since sometime last Summer. The first weekend I hitched up the trailer and parked it in the driveway. All they had to do was stand tied to the trailer, load in the trailer, eat some hay with the doors open, and unload nicely. Loading isn’t a big deal for either one of them, neither is backing out, but practice never hurts! Probably their biggest issue is getting used to the fact that one of them will be tied on one side of the trailer and the other on the opposite side so they may not necessarily be able to see each other. They’re doing pretty well with it and someday I will get tie rings added so I have the option to tie separately or together. The second day was more of the same, though I did alternate having one of the head-side doors closed while they were eating.

Last weekend I took it up a notch and parked the trailer in the cul-de-sac. It’s a whole 1000 feet from the barn which is nothing for us, but it’s a whole new environment to a horse. Once again I tied them on opposite sides of the trailer. This time though, I groomed them and we went for a very short ride, like 20 minutes. The wind was blowing that day so it wasn’t helping AT ALL with their ability to stand still and be non-spooky. We rode back to the trailer, untacked, and loaded them up. This time I shut the doors and hauled them a whole 1200 feet back to the house. When they finished munching on hay I unloaded them and put everything away.

Trailering

Trailering

Trailering

Trailering

This weekend I’m continuing the confidence building sessions. The cool thing is it helps me too – I have to hitch the trailer, work with both horses in/around it, and then back it into it’s parking spot. Today we practiced in the driveway and went for a ride again.

Afterwards I spent a couple hours scrubbing the trailer clean. I have more to do, but at least the green mold is gone and some of the adhesive that was left over from removing the pin stripes. It’s going to take a few more scrubbing sessions to finish up the adhesive removal process. I’m not really looking forward to it – one session was hard enough on my hands due to the chemicals. I guess I should find some better gloves, some that don’t disintegrate.

Falconer Socks

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Time to reveal another test knit! These are Falconer Socks, the second shipment of the Shakespeare in Lace Accessory Club for 2012. It is currently only available to club members, but will be available to anyone in about 3 months.

Love these socks. They knit up so quickly as the pattern repeat flies by. The color in my photos is not very true to life – see Anne’s pictures on Ravelry, they are much prettier and accurate on my monitor.

SIL Falconer Socks

SIL Falconer Socks

SIL Falconer Socks

Pattern: Falconer Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Brigit Sock in colorway Falcon Wings (435 yards).
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and US 2 (2.75) circulars
Notes: I test knit the small/medium size for Anne; they will be gifted as I definitely cannot wear a small/medium. Because of my freakish row guage (seriously, I can knit sock yarn really tight): 326 yards used, 74 grams.

One tip: it may be helpful to go up a needle size for the round before the cabled round and the cabled round itself, at least for the pattern repeats on the leg of the sock. This is what I did to maintain the stretchability for pulling the sock over one’s heel. Other than the cable round the sock has plenty of stretch in it.