Friday, August 22, 2008

A UFO Done--and another Naughty Dog

Voila! It only took me a year, but I managed to wrestle another WIP/UFO/Thorn in my Side. Here's the shawl blocking.

My sticking point was the edging. It became apparent that the edging was going to take much longer than the shawl. And I hated knitting it. And it wasn't all that pretty. Once I finally made the decision to rip it back and pick out a simpler edge from Stahman's book, it only took me a week to finish.

Pattern: Pi Shawl from Elizabeth Zimmerman (of course)
Yarn: Lisa Souza's Alpaca Silk in Emerald City
Needles: US Size 10.5

This is the shawl blocking on my daughter's bed--really glad she's on vacation so she won't complain about all the pins.

Naughty dog paw in the upper right corner of the picture. Has anyone noticed that the boy dog is always the naughty one?
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Saturday, August 09, 2008

UFO Olympics-Day 1 Progress

My knitting group is having a UFOlympics challenge. Our goal: smack down those annoying UFOs.
My progress, after day 1, is:

- Norwegian Shawl on the blocking board. Still need to steam block and weave in 2 ends.

- Hyrna Shawl. This is also my challenge for Team Knitting Camp. I didn't cast on until yesterday--according to the rules. I completed 26 rows yesterday. Actually, I completed 50 rows, but had to rip out twice because I apparently don't know how to read charts.

- Charlie's sweater: I only knit about an inch on this at dinner. Miles and miles of stockinette to go. The body needs to be 16". It is now about 11".

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

When Dogs and Spinning Collide

Dancer practicing her obedience dumbell hold.

Tango practicing his obedience dumbell hold.

To train dogs to compete in obedience, this kind of practice happens many times a day. Training is a part of our daily routine. Both dogs get lots of love and cookies for correctly holding and retrieving their dumbell. How does this relate to my fiber life?

Not supposed to touch mama's spinning, but...
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