Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What's Going On?!

Smoothie: "Kamati, what's going on? Why are Dad's sweater here?"
Kamati : "Cuz Mom's going to take photos of them."
Smoothie: "Why?"
Kamati : "Cuz Mom got herself in Ravelry."
Smoothie: "Why?"
Kamati: "Cuz she 'gave in.'"
Smoothie: "Why?"
Kamati: "She's been asking herself that!"

Yeah, Ravelry... it's a love/hate relationship. I love looking at how projects look different depending on what yarn/color is used (especially with lace shawls!) But I feel like my head is going to explode because there are soooo many projects that I want to knit now! Endless! And I spend waaay too much time looking around, and I get lost, but found that if you 'heart' a project, you can go back & look at it again instead of wasting more time trying to remember where you saw it & all the details!

Are you lost?!

Take a look at who dropped by the other day!

Any idea what kind of bird this is? It's about 12" from head to tail. We've never seen one like this before. He hung around for about 10 minutes and we haven't seen him since.

We think he's a predator that was on his way to California, but stopped here, since it's still warm here (50* at time of sighting). **We think it's a Sharp-Shinned Hawk - thanks Christina!**

Christmas Knitting

Triinu Scarfs - Knitted Lace of Estonia - Nancy Bush
Knit Pick's Alpaca Cloud lace weight - Stream
Zeyphr lace weight -wool & silk - Deep purple
Colourmart - cashmere & cotton 2/33 - Cyclamen
Addis Lace Needle - US4 or 3.5mm
For Christmas gifts

Yep, those are nupps!

Blocking Shot.

I enjoy making nupps. I also like the double stranded bind off and how the edges appear loopy because you bring the yarn in front and slip the first stitch as to purl on every row.

I want to knit the Queen Silvia, Maikell, and Madli's Shawl someday. And the Peacock Tail & Leaf Scarf. All from that book. Like I said, "endless!"

More Confusion

So, what's next? No, not more lace! I'm going to do Fair Isle! After all, winter is sweater making time. Okay, I'm making a vest (instead of a sweater)... or two!

Merry Christmas to ME!

Here's where it gets confusing. Anne (She Ewe Knits) mailed this yarn kit from Ontario Canada on December 1st. It arrived yesterday! Only 9 days?! What's going on?!

Our post delivery lady is our next door neighbor. I said, "A package?! For me?! From where?? CANADA??!! No Way!!!!" She says Canada Post has gotten lots better. It has for me!

It's so easy for me to order from Anne. I just say, "I want yarn packs for Ransom & Windsor Waistcoat - size small,... Yes, Lorraine sent me the patterns,... Yes, same mailing address,... Yes, Wooly's paying! heh!,... Say 'hi' to Daisy & Caelee!,... What?! It's snowing?! Be careful driving in the snow... wait, you're use to that, never mind!" :)

Oh! I discovered the joy of Etsy shopping! No one told me I would have to open an account! Slippery Slope! Just like Ravelry! I'm loving it!

Okay, I've got to step AWAY from the computer now. Maybe next time I'll have a pretty vest rib to show you... especially if I step AWAY from the computer! ;)

Happy Knitting!


carolyn said...

WOW! You're so lucky! Not only great yarn... I ordered the yarn for Windsor Waistcoat almost a month ago and it's still not here.
But... I'm 99% sure that's a Peregrine falcon. They're very rare... here at least.
The defining marking is black "eye liner" around the eyes, which aren't in focus in your picture, although as fast as those are usually moving, that's a great photo.
Really nice scarves too...

Christina said...

I think the bird is either a Cooper's or a Sharp-Shinned Hawk. Both have red eyes, slate backs, rusty barred breasts and a white patch on the underside of the tail, as does the bird in your photos. Both live in WA state and would be found there in winter.

They do differ in size and tail shape but even so it can be difficult to get a definitive id in the field. Here's a link with info on discerning between the two:

I don't think it's a Peregrine which have notable hooked 'sideburns' which this bird does not, nor do Peregrines have a rusty breast and white patch underneath the tail.

Marina said...

Show off ;-) How can you knit three lace scarves in such a short time?! Pretty!

You didn't even wrap them and wait to open till Christmas? I guess that's the benefit of being an adult ;-)

Lorraine said...

Michele- It looks like a hawk/falcon, probably a baby.

The colors of the yarn is amazing- like a jewel box. ooooh!

I now love Ravelry, and Etsy- be afraid, be very afraid!!!

Brigitte said...

Wow, you are lucky! Just don't go and finish WW before I finish mine...Hee hee!

See, I knew that if we bugged you long enough, we'd get you on Ravelry. The Little Dudes say to tell Kamati and Smoothie that if they some intervention tips, they can help as they had to go through it with me...

bev said...

I am so glad you are on Ravelry, even though it is a huge time suck. Sometimes you just have to say no and go knit! Love the pile of sweaters. Someday they will be stacked up in my house for the same reason. Finding them all leads to arguments about why the sweater needs to be clean because "I have to take it off for that to happen" types of dialogues. Anyway, welcome to Ravelry. Good times had by all! Really.