Saturday, June 18

Summer Delay

Summer is never a good blogging season. I'll say that my laptop gets really warm and I have an easy time ignoring it unless I need the extra heat.

I'm proud to report that we have a nice little after picture to our spring "garden: before" photo.


Everything is growing, if not slowly. We get a lot of shade, so everything is getting to ripen nice and slowly. We already have sweet peas. 
The deck plants are growing much faster  – better sun.


Just in time to start getting excited about fresh tomatoes and radishes, carrots and beans Dave and I found out last week that we're moving. He got a job up north and we're moving to New Hampshire, land of "live free or die."

It's sad to leave the neighborhood and garden, but it'll do wonders for my commute. We have about 10 days to pack up the entire apartment and get out of town.

And now, the obligatory kitten picture:


Till next time, when we're living in the new place.

Wednesday, June 8

Julep

After months of waiting, we brought home Julep one week ago. A quick head scratch makes her smile.



She's a 3.5 month old Devon Rex and the most un-cat kitten I've ever seen. Julep snuggles, eats, plays, chases her tail and likes to watch cars drive by.



We chose a Devon because we both have moderate allergies. It took a lot of research, but we read in various places that people with allergies do well with Devons. They lack guard haris, leaving only the silky undercoat, which is usually curly. Or, in wool-speak, her hair has great crimp. The most similar fiber I can think of is angora but without the fluff and shedding. Jules sleeps in the bed with us and I am thrilled to report that she hasn't caused a sneeze.

So far, Jules has left the house plants alone (and there are many) AND hasn't shown any interested in my stash or my knitting. Toys and blankets and chairs are all fair game. As are toes at 5 AM.


Of course there's no ignoring Julie's gigantic ears and eyes - something she'll never grow into. It's just just part of being a Devon.


Saturday, May 21

IWK back cover

Interweave Knits, Summer 2011
Squee!!!!!

I knew this was coming, but couldn't hardly believe it when I got the magazine and flipped it over. Faith - designed and knit by little 'ol me.

And the garden is coming along beautifully, which is surprising because we haven't seen the sun in Boston for over a week. But it's peaking out today, time for summer.



Happy weekend!


Thursday, May 5

Faith: another first.

Faith is a reversible leaf-lace wrap with scalloped edges that is knit from tip to tip. The tweedy summer yarn is Cricket and and the design is from the booklet with the same name. My first cover!


In general I'm happy to knit a piece and pass it on for someone else to name. However this time I had a special request. While I was designing Faith, a friend from high school was killed in Iraq while serving with the US Army. Her name was also Faith, and this one is for her.


I have a thing for reversible patterns – unless the piece has a definite right/public side, then I prefer it to look just as good on both sides. Lacy leaves are one of my favorite textures and with this wrap I took up the challenge of writing a stitch pattern with leaves on both sides.

Of course this sounded a heck of a lot easier than it actually was (aren't most things?). However, once I had the stitch pattern down, increasing and decreasing one leaf at a time was intuitive and made a lovely scalloped border. With knit leaves flanked by purl leaves (and purl leaves flanked by knit leaves on the other side), the wrap has the bit of ribbed boing one would expect from anything with knit/purl columns.


As with all designs, the yarn pairing was very important. It was not until I swatched a ball of Cricket that I knew it was time to translate the sketches from my mind into a tangible pattern. The crispness of the linen makes the stitch pattern pop while the cotton tones down the pattern's tendency to pull in too much.


I could not be more proud of this wrap making the cover of the Cricket. Have a look at the other designs and you'll see why, they're all great.