Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, Some Summer Sky, one skein
Needles: Size 9
Notes: I cannot overemphasize how easy this pattern is although there was a bit of drama when I realized that I had grafted the ruffles to the wrong side (!!!) and I had rip out and redo the kitchner which bit, but I got through it.
This scarf just darling, and I hope my MIL likes it. I know I do! The pin is from the LYS, but I ended up purchasing a different one.
Wouldn't this rock in some white Malabrigo? I have some in stash.
Just Enough Ruffles
Pattern: Just Enough Ruffles by Laura Chau/Cosmicplutoknits
Started/Finished: December 11-15 2008
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, Happy Forest, one skein--with inches left over!
Needles: Size 9--32" circular, but next time, I will go 40"
Notes: This pattern is cute, clever, and quick. Short row shaping still frightens me, but I pulled it off with no problem, although binding off 600 stitches is a bit monotonous--still the scarf is more than worth it.
Honestly, if you can knit, you should make this scarf.
I think Happy Forest is my favorite DIC colorway.
This one is for Patrick's sister, Elaina. I plan to knit one for myself in In Vino Veritas.
Notes: I brought three skeins of the pretty yarn over three years ago on sale at Knit when it was over on Charlotte St. back in the big bad novelty yarn days. Alas, I didn't know what to do with it, but I still like it.
When I saw this scarf on Ravelry in the "Friend's Activity" tab (btw, best place for pattern ideas), I somehow though of this yarn immediately.
Oh, I so needed to crochet!
It 's so, so quick, and I think the pattern is a wonderful fit for the yarn. You can literally start one of Christmas Eve in time for Christmas Day gifting.
I made another one for Pat's seven year old niece Hanna. She loves pink, so I used some Cotton Ease and Fantasy Naturale I had in stash.
It was only after I uploaded these photos that I realized all of these scarves have ruffles, which is funny since I don't consider myself a ruffles type of person, but I love them all, and they all work for me.
Now to get my Just Enough Ruffles OTN (on the needles). It's a good football watching project.
Notes: I had to make this when I first spied it on Paula's blog. I adore this color of Silk Garden although it's not normally a color I would pick. I made the medium size although I added and inch on the fronts. It's just a cool little pattern.
Presents in Progress
I'm also working on a couple of scarves as Christmas presents for Pat's mom and sister.
Here's Blowsey Ruffles from The Inside Loop magazine. Amazingly, I had not heard of this magazine until a couple of weeks ago from my friend Tina. Great stuff, and this scarf just leaped off the page.
I'm using Dream in Color Classy in Some Summer Sky since she likes pastel colors. The pattern looks a lot more complex than it actually is, and I'm just a little over halfway done.
None of my drama bothers Hello Kitty. She is serenely resplendent in her Millennium outfit.
Here's hoping for a less dramatic December. I'll need a new calendar at the very least.
Forest Canopy CowlRedux
Here's another view of the first cowl taken at Knit.
I'm still working on the silk one.
I first saw this on Paula's blog, and I just had to make one. It's called Halfobi, and I think it's really cute, and I needed to knit something bigger than a hat or cowl.
I started it Friday afternoon, and I'm halfway thru with the knitting. It looks a little like a jigsaw puzzle. Sorry about the sunlight. I didn't want to wait which is one of the reasons I'm such a poor photographer.
I'm using Noro Silk Garden, color #270. It's a departure from my normal palate of pinks, and berries, but oh, so lovely.
Paula is always the enabler :-) Thanks.
...or How They Kept Worrying and Learned to Build the Bomb
I had a very quiet Thanksgiving. I did a little Black Friday shopping, and Saturday, and I saw the John Adams/Peter Sellars Opera Doctor Atomic at the library.
The opera chronicles the days just before the testing of the atomic bomb in New Mexico in July, 1945, and it focuses on Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
The libretto uses government documents and poetry from John Donne, the Bhagavad Gita, Tewa Indian songs as well as other sources. Dr. Oppenheimer loved poetry and it is rumored that he read the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit.
Adams's music conveys the great stress and uncertainly the scientists and the military were under to build the bomb.
There were enough people there, but from what I heard, the other shows have been packed. My guess is that it wasn't since it was a modern, minimalist opera that involved science and got mixed reviews.
I absolutely loved it. The singing was exquisite; the poetry was beautiful, and the music drew me into the feelings of the characters. The darkness and dread got me thinking of one of my favorite graphic novels, Watchmen, in which there is a character called Dr. Manhattan.
...and an opera that opens with a backdrop of the periodic table just has to be cool.
I didn't mind the 3.5 hour (including intermission) length. I was enthralled and got a lot done on my Halfobi.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring the series. This weekend, I will seeThe Damnation of Faust. Robert Lepage's (who has done Cirque du Soleil productions) vision looks intriguing, but I hope it doesn't overwhelm the singing and music.
We'll see. It's one of the things that makes opera fun.
I also got into a very interesting conversation during intermission. A woman sitting next to me remarked that although most of us will never go through something as momentous and stressful as building a device that has the potential to destroy the world, we all have little "atomic bombs" in our own lives.