Monday, July 09, 2007

Moving Day!

It's moving day! I've got a new look, and a new name.

I'm moving my blog from Hither-n-Yarn to Cabled Sheep.

Please visit me in my new home.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Ghostly Mountains

The valley is full of smoke today, I guess it's from the huge fires in southern Utah. So what do you do on such a hot, smoky day in the valley? Leave it for the mountains, of course. If you can find them, anyway. Today they were barely visible through all of that haze.

My stepdaughter is visiting from New Jersey and heads home this afternoon, so we took her up to Silver Lake for a cooling break from the city heat. I saw a moose a few hundred feet below Silver Fork Lodge, but since we were driving, I didn't get a chance to take a photo. But we did enjoy seeing all of the wildflowers in bloom.


Wildflower

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Curved Shawl, the beginning

I've started on the "Curved Shawl" from Victorian Lace Today, using the Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb used in the book, but I'm knitting with US2 needles instead of US3 since I knit loosely and don't want to run out of yarn. Sheesh, it's like knitting with thread. In fact, I used quilting thread as lifelines. But the yarn is amazingly stretchy and elastic. I'm hoping that it will be the perfect complement for a cute little red-and-white silk dress I bought recently.

The first few rows were really hard for me - I wasn't used to working with such a super-fine yarn, and with the loop cast-on, it was pretty sloppy at first. And of course, I couldn't tell if I was making any mistakes since the pattern wasn't established yet. But once I had a few repeats done, and a couple of inches of fabric on the needles, it got much better. The lace pattern isn't too difficult once you get into it, and now I can at least read the lace enough to usually notice pretty quickly if I've made any mistakes.

It doesn't look like much "at rest", but when stretched out, you can really get a good idea of what the lace will look like when blocked.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Vest Complete

Larry’s VestThe vest I was making for my husband is finally done - or at least "mostly done". It's still buttonless, and I'm going to add pockets as well. They're already made, I just need to sew them on. The buttons will have to wait until I have time to go shopping, but he probably won't wear it buttoned anyway.

He picked out the kitchen string crochet thread for the vest, and I used a free pattern for Aunt Lydia's Denim Quick Crochet thread to make the vest. I modified the stitch pattern slightly, altered the size, and put the buttonholes on the "man" side.

It wasn't exactly pleasant "yarn" to knit with, but it made a fairly nice fabric, especially after machine washing and drying. It shrinks lengthwise quite a bit when machine dried, so it was a bit difficult to judge how large to make the vest. I finally decided that the shrinkage would probably be offset by the stretching of the cotton from the weight, and just knit it to the dimensions I wanted. It may have shrunk just a bit more than I expected, but it's close enough and it may still grow a bit with wearing.

He's happy with it, and I guess that's what counts, isn't it? It's good to finally have the monkey off my back and have it done and wearable.

I used 2 balls of Royale Fashion Crochet Thread (100% mercerized cotton), size 3. I just noticed that the label says not to machine dry it - oops. The machine drying does change the knitted fabric quite a bit - it's thicker, softer and more cottony instead of the looser, linen-y feel that it had before, but I was expecting that, since I machine washed and dried my swatch. It's not that it's "better" or "worse" after the wash and dry, it's just "different". At least I won't worry about him accidentally throwing it in the dryer and ruining it.