Fannie Pie: May 2006

Friday, May 19, 2006

Hooray for Weekends!

I'm ever so glad it's here..... lots of fun things going on this weekend. First is Blue Dome Arts Festival. I'm planning on going there for breakfast and checking out Three Penny Upright. Then some shopping at the festival, and possibly even wander over to that other festival. Sunday I'll be heading back down to Blue Dome to check out some men in skirts, that's DH and company, they'll be piping up a storm for festival goers. It just ain't a festival without some loud ass men in skirts.

Graduation is coming up fast, and for those of us creating graduation presents, seen here in an old post and at the early stages here, that means there's work to be done if they are to be high school graduation presents, not college graduation presents.

I also have a list as long as my arm of things I'd like to do before the Alma trip, which means they need to happen this weekend. Then it's a short week and another long weekend!!!!!

In knitting news, I finished grafting ( or as some clever knitter called it 'Halliburtoning') my Rogue hood! This is the part I've been a little concerned about.. I didn't really think much about it, until I read there were cheat sheets!!

Then I realized that grafting cables did seem like it might be a little bit complicated, and it does fall right on the center of the hood where everyone can see it, hood up or down! Yikes.

Turns out though, not too bad. In fact, I ditched the cheat sheet after about 8 or 9 rows because I couldn't remember where I was on the chart and it seemed easier to just look at the front needle and see what I needed to do and then look at the back needle... and so on and I figured it out.

I'm pretty happy with the result, even though I haven't blocked it yet and I may have possibly pulled a little too tight on my grafting stitches. Can you see it? Yea, me too a little...still it's my first crack at grafting cables and it's such a beautiful pattern I don't think anyone will notice.

Now, on to the sleeves...

**edited to add....

I've somehow hosed up the top immovable blogger banner on my blog. crap. not sure how that happened. I am aware of it and awaiting the advice of my technical advisor (that would be V, my DH, who is ohsosmart about such things) stupid banner.

***** edited again****

DH fixed the banner at a glance! Stupid stray tags!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day Mom!
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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Rain, Rouge and River Rapids socks

We're finally catching up on our rainfall. We've had several days of drizzly, drippy wetness. I'm not sure if that's what is responsible for my four day headache but I'm pretty tired of drugs and drowsiness and the headache. It's good to get the rain we needed and I usually love this weather, but as it is I'm ready for some sun.

During my drug fogged headache days I wasn't able to knit much, but last night I worked on Rogue again. It's getting there, the hood is taking forever. I really want to finish this soon because I want to wear it! It would have been perfect for these chilly rainy days, had I left the house. I'm still loving this pattern. It's a fun sweater to knit.

I've also finished the lace socks. The pattern is River Rapids socks from the Sockbug. One of her many beautiful sock patterns she offers to everyone out of the goodness of her heart. Go check them out, even if you don't knit socks her circle of finished socks is so inspirational you might just find yourself shopping for sock yarn!

Here is the finished pair with and without Scout feet. That's Koigu KPPM in -I'm not sure what color.

I have also started another pair of socks out of Regia Cotton. It's actually a cotton wool blend, and I really like the feel of it. Very soft. I'm using my new Brittany Birch needles and I love them! They're short and smooth which, I think, makes them faster to knit with than bamboo. Might be my imagination but I think the bamboo grabs a little more and the shorter length means less sliding stitches around.

I also bought myself a little present for my upcoming trip. It transmits the stuff on my nano to any nearby radio, so I can play my music, books and podcasts through my car stereo (or any other radio)... and no wires. Technology is wonderful.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Finished err... Object?

Here is my piece for the 5x5 show at the TAC. It is sort of silly, a little Seussian, rather bright and most importantly DONE! (before the deadline, I might add.) Not so great photos, no sunshine makes for not so great photos.

The observant among you will recognize the yarn from a recently finished pair of springy socks.

Now that it's finished I have learned a thing or two about shaping for a canvas, in case I ever decide to knit another seussian stripey canvas cover. ( yea, right) It was fun, now it's done and I'm almost done with the lace socks I started here . I'll post photos when I'm done so you can be amazed at how similar the second sock is to it's mate.

I'm done with my whiney week, glad it's over. The weirdness seems to have passed, although the storms just keep on blowing through. I'm glad for the rain. I spent some of the afternoon yesterday cutting and whacking and planting in the yard. So the new things need the rain.

I'll close with a cute photo of the stinker. Even though she just brought DH a present in the form of a recently deceased tiny bird.... ah the joys of having a cat.

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