March 08, 2005

HOUSEGUESTS

Arrived home from Mexico to find these three gentlemen staying with us:
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The westernmost edge of our property borders on a 10-mile path for jogging and horseback riding. Over the last four weeks or so, if I've woken up in the night, I've heard roosters crowing. A time or two we've spotted this little group out on the path. Now, it seems, they've decided they like our horse pasture. Coq au vin, anyone?

Vacation's over and with it that leisurely pace. Put together the Guild newsletter in record time, so that my Feral Fair Isle knitters could prep it for mailing at our meeting last night. This coming Friday, my Master Knitter group meets. I have new books and colors of yarn to add to the Two Swans site (Scarf Style, and the Kidsilk Haze color called Meadow, just to name two). Just before I left for Mexico, I met with a Harley-riding knitter who creates beaded stitch markers, and you'll soon see some of her markers on my site as well. Later this month, I'm headed for Pennsylvania with my friend Anne, to attend the TKGA national convention.

Knitting update: I completed the Sandness ribbing:
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Yes, I did put this project aside until I returned home to the Rosewood yarn. The Rosewood is such an interesting heathered color (teal mixed with rust, and flecked with browns and golds) that I really wanted to include it in its rightful place in the ribbing.

I did deviate from the pattern in one respect, though, by adding 20 additional stitches to the ribbing. The pattern called for 300 stitches, and I originally began with that amount. A few weeks ago, Felina Schwarz saw me working on it and expressed skepticism that increasing from 300 stitches to 352 (as the pattern instructs you to do) would look good; she thought it would cause a blousy effect. Her skepticism rubbed off on me, and I consulted the EZ percentage theory, which recommends that ribbing be 90 percent of the body stitches. Since I am the Queen of starting knitting projects over, it was just par for the course for me to begin this one over, as well. I think I will be getting a better result, proportion-wise, with the 320-stitch rib.

What I worked on, during the bus ride out to Chichen Itza and back, was Jennie's sock:
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Posted by Karen at March 8, 2005 12:19 PM
Comments

That ribbing is GORGEOUS. Can't wait to see how it works out with the additional stitches. Do you think one of us will ever do a pattern without changing something about it? LOL! I think the roosters are gorgeous, love the plumage.

Posted by: Anne at March 8, 2005 10:16 PM

I join the feathered ones in welcoming you back! And the Sandness looks very very nice. I agree--an 18% increase does sound like a bit too much. Wish I could have joined you at the Ferals!

Posted by: Janine at March 8, 2005 10:17 PM

wow! why do the sweater colors always look so much better than they do in the book. lovely :-)

Posted by: vanessa at March 8, 2005 11:14 PM

I was with Karen and her Sandness at Ferals last night and, trust me, the photo comes nowhere near doing the sweater justice. I was trying to be a good girl and concentrate hard on my cabled mitten but I kept being distracted by the *amazing* colors and richness of the Sandness rib. They just seem to glow from the inside out!

Posted by: Ryan at March 8, 2005 11:37 PM

gorgeous Sandnes! and thems some mighty fine cocks you've got there... heh. i know. i just HAD to say it...

Posted by: caroline at March 9, 2005 02:11 AM

I've ALWAYS wanted to see Chichen Itza! Since I read a book about the Maya that I found in my elementary school library when I was about 10!
I love the Sandness ribbing - isn't it a Ron Schweitzer design? He tends to do wonderfully inventive fantasias on corrugated ribbing.

Posted by: the other caroline at March 14, 2005 07:35 PM