Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Almost There....

Yup. Almost there. The main work on the lapghan was completed last week. I managed to finish the second half of the 'ghan in two weeks after allowing it to practically languish at the pace of one row per week since May. Now I am working on weaving in all the loose ends. There are... ahem ....a few to weave in.

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's a long way there, a long way to where I'm going...

I'm finally to the halfway point. The Arkansas Razorbacks lapghan is coming along. I keep making stupid mistakes and end up having to rip back a few rows each time. I'm getting better about catching the mistakes before I get too far.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ancient History

Recently, I've been terribly distracted from my regular knitting schedule by further research into my lineage. My roots are tangled and twisted in such strange ways. But I guess that's actually the norm for most Americans. There are some tangles that I am able to tame: Today, I will knit.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Moebius: The Road To Nowhere

Have you ever made a paper strip where you put a half-twist in the strip before taping the ends together and then put a pencil down on the strip and then pulled the strip continuously without lifting the pencil and what happened when you finally went all the way around?

Okay, yes. I wrote that question crazy because Moebius loops are crazy. They can be made with crochet OR knitting and they are lots of fun! Cat Bordhi has a cast-on demo on YouTube where she demonstrates her technique that actually bypasses the need to graft the ends of flat-work to make a Moebius scarf or other apparel that includes the twist. I first heard mention of and saw a picture of the cast-on on the Yarn Harlot's site. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew how to make the Moebius knitting loop; it's that easy!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pattern Recognition

I am in the process of writing and testing my pattern for the "Leaves in the Rain" socks. I have started knitting, and ended up ripping out, the charted part of the pattern as I look for what works. Wow. So far socks 5, me zero. I have finally managed to get halfway through the first repeat and am still going strong this time... although I did have to tink back four rounds when I forgot to change one of the raindrop paths. It's dripping down correctly now. I was going to post an image of the sock in progress but my camera is dead. I have it charging now.

Correction: Socks 6, me zero. Stupid raindrops! Can I cry now?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Homemade Cream Cheese

My current batch of cream cheese has been put in the refrigerator. For some reason, it came out tasting more like butter with a hint of mildly zesty flavor than cream cheese this time. Oh well. I use it like butter anyway. I really enjoy using cream cheese on top of chocolate squares. Yum!

Lapghan - Arkansas Razorbacks

Lapghan - Arkansas Razorbacks made with "I Love This Yarn" (colors used: #10/white, #30/black, #155/Paprika, #798/Antique Taupe) with afghan hook size J (Denise Interchangeables [support your local retailer]) crochet hook. Pattern is 132 squares by 198 squares. 127 lines completed as of today (image taken last night):