Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Now that's finally clear of ice and snow, I've been able to run in the Carleton College Arboretum for the past two days.
(Woot! Two days of exercise in a row!)
Carleton is gradually restoring the arboretum to a natural landscape. This past winter they did some clearing out of an old pine plantation.
This was one of my most favorite spots on the trail, photographed early this past January.
Today it looked like this.
I'm sure it will look beautiful when it's completely restored.
Change is always difficult.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Embroidery and duplicate stitch is finished on one mitten and begun on the second.
I don't care for all the duplicate stitch. Time consuming, putzy work. If I were to knit these again, I'd knit all the colors as I went. That wasn't an option with the mystery knit along, as only a few items were revealed with each clue.
I'll bite the bullet and finish that second mitten.
But I don't think I'll enjoy it any more than the first...
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Temps in the 70s today.
After errands and chores were finished, I had some spinning time on the deck.
One of my chores today was giving the little dog his spring haircut.
Note the wire basket full of dog fur. I'm hoping the birds will carry some away.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Six inches of snow this morning.
Northfield schools were closed.
Not just a late start, but closed.
On April 23.
I had to get the skis out for one last cruise before work. With any luck, it'll be the only time I can say I skied in Minnesota on April 23.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
During the week Paul wakes first and begins the day. I'm slow to rise, reluctant to get out of bed.
The dogs wake at the same time each day, year round. (How do they do that?)
On Saturday and Sunday I hear all the things I sleep through on weekdays. I get up, let the beasts out, make the coffee. Paul sleeps in.
Surprisingly I rather like the quiet house, all to myself for a short time, awaiting sunrise.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
A one pound package of frozen hamburger, left to thaw in the sink.
Beneath a heavy inverted mixing bowl.
It'll be ready to cook when we get home at the end of the day.
Girl of the House was the first one home. She found an overturned bowl in the sink and these remnants in the dining room:
And one fat and happy old cat.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Clue #1 of the Sunstruck shawl (sort of) mystery knit along. (another free pattern)
Next clue coming on Thursday.
I'm using stash yarn (left overs from a previous project) so this one isn't costing me anything but time. And it's a relaxing break from the frustratingly tight knit mittens.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Three months into the year, I've managed to keep up on my year in temperature scarves.
Actually got to add a new color to the Northfield scarf.
We reached 50˚ for the first time last week.
(Dark line is the month marker)
This one is 16 inches long, so I guess it should come out to 64 inches by the end of the year?
Different City, different stitch, this one wants to roll at the edges at this point.
This one is 21 inches long, so a final length of 84 inches?
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
The mitten cuff on the left fits better. It's still only 9.5 stitches per inches. It takes longer to knit at this gauge too. I could have done two more cuffs with the larger needles in the time it took me to knit one on these toothpicks. I have no idea how someone would knit 11 stitches per inch.
Luckily, I have big hands, so I don't have to achieve the impossible.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The first mitten cuff was not knit to gauge. I got 8 stitches per inch - the pattern called for 11. I don't know if I've ever knit anything at that tight a gauge.
However, it made a mitten much too large.
Tonight I started again with size 0 needles. 1.75mm. Toothpicks. Definitely makes for a smaller mitten cuff.
First mitten underneath second mitten:
But I'm not sure I'm enjoying the knitting as much.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
At work, they say I'm easily distracted. I chase squirrels a lot. You know, squirrels, the odd problems that pop up in a project when you aren't expecting any issues?
I guess I'm doing that again.
Couldn't resist the mystery knit along in the Ravelry 'I Make Mittens' group.
I already had all the yarns.
(No additional cost.)
They have hearts on them.
(I love hearts.)
I'm on a mitten jag.
(Mitten pair #9.)
I just can't help chasing this squirrel.
Actually, all the squirrels I chase make me the office puzzle solver. It's an actual talent.
Trust me, it really is!
Monday, April 1, 2013
Four and a half hours in the car leaves plenty of knitting time.
So I finished the Never Ending Blankie!
Turns out it was warm and rainy at home while we were gone. The river's come up significantly.
Our gravel road had some washout damage in two places where the water ran across the road.