Thursday, July 31, 2008

Oregon in the autumn colorway is done! It was a fun fair isle knit designed by Alice Starmore and recently re-published in Vogue Magazine.

In addition to this beautiful knit, there is a LOT of the Virtual Yarn left over. I bought the kit from Junie, a good online friend. It was for the large size but I made the medium sweater as a crew neck cardigan, not even as a V neck. There would have been ample yarn for the large size. Wonder what I'll do with the left overs?

So what to do when we aren't out seeing North America? Why work around the house and gardens of course. As we get older they both seem to get bigger and need more care. We had the man who built our house come back and insulate and sheetrock the garage to hopefully help with heating the room above the garage. Since it is a garage the sheetrock had to be fire rock which is quite heavy. Didn't think we would do well up on ladders hanging fire rock so just hired it out. We're doing the taping and painting and it is about half done. Using left over paint cause it is a garage right!

When we aren't working on the garage we spend some time weeding and just enjoying the gardens. This year they are just gorgeous due to the abundant rain and high temps. Veggies didn't do as well so they got ripped up but the perennials are great.

Getting really itchy to go truck camping again. Enough with the paint and weeds!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Home from our five week trip to the western states. What great memories the places visited will be through the years. Utah is spectacular, with the scenery changing around every bend in the road. Here's a link to our travel blog if anyone is interested:

Never stepped into a yarn shop, never bought an inch of yarn or a pattern, just too busy during the day sightseeing and too tired at night. Maybe next time?

Finished the Trinity vest for mom. It's all washed, blocked on the wooly board and ready to give to her for fall. Decided to use Encore washable since it will need to go into a washing machine and dryer. Also will not put any buttons on it since those are hard for her to handle. This is just to be worn over a blouse. It was hard to block on the wooly board as the chest measurement is so small and I had to sew it together with cotton thread to keep it flat.

Now back to working on Oregon second sleeve. It was all picked up, decreases done and 15 rows knit when I realized I'd forgotten to turn the chart upside down. Since upside down trees wouldn't quite cut it, ripped it and now started over. I'll have to sit down in the next day or two and try to line up the fall and winter projects.