coffee an'..

'Raglanify'

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I'd no sooner clipped the ends from 'Stopover', which btw, I really enjoyed knitting (what's not to like about big needles and hand spun), then I was off to find yarn for another project.  I'd been searching for a simple raglan pattern, preferably top down.  Along the way, Raglanify came up in a conversation.  

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Raglanify, in case you've been living under the same rock I was, is an app that generates a custom raglan sweater pattern.  After filling in a simple form with your gauge, needles sizes, desired fit and body dimensions, the app sends an email with the pattern.  I changed it to a pdf and loaded it into my Knit Companion app.  I love this stuff!  

This won't knit up as quickly as Stopover.  I chose size 8 needles.  My wrists are complaining.  9's may have been a better choice.  I have time to change after I get through the yoke increases.  I wanted the a bit tighter.  So here's my question....

Anyone want to join me?


It's raining

not snowing..  What a difference a year makes.

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Imagine, February 3rd. and the sap is beginning to flow.  I'm still checking for ticks and allergy season never ended.  Come on Mother Nature, it's not to late.  Just a little winter.  Ignore the ground hog.  What does he know?

 

Remember, there are only 5 1/2 wks. before  daylight savings returns.

 

 


Stopover and KAL

Bang Out a Sweater is a great idea and I joined right in but this sweater has been years in the making.  

I began spinning the yarn I'm using in November 2014. It is a lovely soft Romedale spun into a squishy 3 ply aran wt. 

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The dark blue brown blend was carded and spun last summer. Not for this project specially, but with the idea of using it in a sweater as a contrasting color.  

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The Ocean Shetland blend was carded years ago when most of two pounds was spun as another 3 ply yarn that I apparently have stored in a very much too safe a place.  I know it exists, I have pictures.  Lucky for me, I had a batt or two left in an unsecured location and was able to spin, ply and wash it over the weekend.  

Knitting began this afternoon. 

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It's going to be fun!


Weekending

finally, it was all about winter!

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This was a weekend of things indoors and out.  There was hiking before the snow fell and then again after, blue skies, gray skies, white outs , and a glorious full moon, loading the wood box, feeding the fire, homemade pizza, movies, knitting, and football. The den curtains were finally sewn together and rehung.  I read a little, cleaned a little, and feed the turkeys for the first time this season.  I relaxed, shoveled snow, drank beer, played word games and even read a bit.  The X-files returned.  

The celebratory after the game bottle of champagne.. it was not uncorked.  ( It'll keep a few more days.)

 

 


Friday's Photo

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One week into the new year. I'd love to say things are slowing down and that we're settling into winter.  I would if we were. We aren't, it isn't.  I, Ball and Skein, have a show next week and it is all about getting ready.  By the same time this post is finished, the dye pots will have heated.  I've a day of dyeing ahead of me. 

It also looks like a perfect day for walking.  If the weather holds and I meet my goal....

balance..

There it is, my new word for this year.  It is a lofty goal, born of a wish to do and be.  

 


weekending

What a shame it would be to waste the gift of warm December days.  The weekend was gorgeous.  Taking a full Saturday off this time of year wasn't possible, but with a bit of planning, we got the afternoon freed up.   The morning was good work; going to the greenhouse for tropicals and the wholesale supplier where we get orchids, silk plants, and ribbon.  

The reward was lunch at a favorite restaurant and an afternoon hike.  

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The light was spectacular.  

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So were the views.  We made it back to the van just as the sun went down.  We decided to get a bit more work in Saturday night to free up Sunday afternoon.  Another beautiful day was in the forecast.  

I don't do a tree in my house these days.  After decorating all those corporate trees, I really like to keep it simple.   Tw0 weeks or so ago, when we cut all our brush, we also cut a tree for the deck.  As big as would fit into the van, it stands at about 9 1/2 ft.  Lights and (this year) balls.. Visible indoors and out.  

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The outdoor pots are filled with greens for the winter.   The wreaths are hung.  If only the guy would come and wash my windows...