Well, my partner was just offered a fantastic job in Napa, California. It looks like RainCityRick may become WineCountryRick!
I know that there are a bunch of guys on here from the Bay Area. I'd love to get some information on any knitting groups in the area. We're thinking about either living in Napa itself or possibly a little closer in to the city (like Vallejo.) Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.
many of you have contributed to the Knit a river campaign for WaterAid.
Thank you for your contributions. I would like to share a couple of stats with you. We have been amazed by the response to the campaign, we have received over 40,000 squares, many of them from the US.
Much of the river has yet to be sewn together but the dimensions at the moment are very simple. The river is about 7 foot wide. This means that when the the river is complete it will be longer than the Empire State Building is tall. How incredible is that? The river is approximately 1500 feet long, the Empire State Building is just less that 1300 ft.
We are very much looking forward to taking the river out and using it to draw attention to the fact that too many people (over 1 billion) lack access to safe water.
Let it never be said that I do things halfway.
From when I first started knitting (has it really only been 5 weeks?) one of the things that completely fascinated me was cabling. When a company was sitting on my mail order, I decided to make a braided scarf out of what little yarn I could get locally, as a "fun little interrim project." Oh, how wrong I was.
Roughly 50 hours of knitting and 1085 cable crossings later, here is the result.
I didn't follow a "here is a scarf" pattern. I took the saxon braid pattern from http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2005/11/technickety_how_to_unvent_a_si.html and added a simple rope cable border on each side. There are 27 repetitions of the pattern, because it was roughly the right length, and for the mystical connotations of three sets of three sets of three. I also did the final weave-ins on the 27th, for the same reason. (I don't actually believe in any mysticism, but it is interesting enough to me to take it into consideration.)
I haven't done any blocking on it, and I'm not sure if I will. 50 hours of work seems like a lot to risk doing I process that I'm unfamiliar with, even if it seems simple enough. Besides, does a scarf really need blocking?
I am at work.
I have about an hour left.
I cannot stop thinking about it.
I am going mad.
I am trembling as the time ticks away.
I can do nothing else for my employer today.
I want to knit!
Here I am in tears as the owner of the LYS helped me fix my pair of socks after I pulled out the needle. They all had quite a lot of fun laughing at me.
RK in OKC
OK, here's the picture of when I pulled out the wrong needle doing magic loop on a pair of socks at LYS. They keep cameras sitting around for just such emergencies! As you can tell, my hair has grown out quite a bit. I haven't shaved it since July 1st! Anyway, I think they are pretty funny pictures. Enjoy!
RK in OKC
This is just finished this this weekend. It is for my 5 year old cousin Maisie who is kind of like a neice. She is very gorgeous. However, she made her feelings very clear the last time I saw her in Liverpool. From behind an arm chair where she was hiding she told me 'Go away, I don't like beards.' Too bad Masie my love, it's staying. I hope you like your new white cotton cardigan that has been jazzed up with some ladybird buttons.
If you look closely you will see a couple of red wine stains, oops! Her mother will definately not mind; we grew up together and I know she likes a little glass or two so I'm sure she'll understand.
We're flying to NYC on Friday and I can't wait. If anyone is around and wants to join us kniting on Wednesday the 7 March let me know, it'd be great to see you, we are joining a local group called Booze and Yarn at Luca Lounge in the East Village.
even the yarn is super cool - it's made of SWS self-striping soy/wool blend.
but i forgot that the super cool slip-stitch pattern makes a smaller hat than the standard stich & I need to add extra stitches to adjust.
it's ok, ET doesnt seem to mind.
it is wearable, but a little too snug.
i am hoping to find a hip toddler to give it a good home.
Like I said in the last post, I had acquired two more skeins:
Regia 4-Ply Sierra Colour:
Left: #5538 "Jeans"
Right: #5547 "Ethno"
I sent the private message back already, but I would like to also state here (without name, of course, since he didn't use the comment): Thank you so much to you for having got me a Pro Account on Flickr to cheer me up over the break-up from my bf. I was at first very perplexed...but this was really the first time that someone actually just made a present for me, just like that, without having known me through my blog or having had some kind of contact with me before. So, thank you soooo much! That really cheered me up!
(Click on the picture to go to my Flickr for the description of each skein)
My bf cheated on me on Shrove Tuesday and broke up with me over the phone on Ash Wednesday. I could see it coming already, so I'd been fortifying myself since the beginning of the week with Retail Therapy on an array of sock yarns (I'm on a StAL 07 yarn diet, with the exception to sock yarns, since they don't count as stash....but we all know that, don't we? *LOL*).
There are actually two more skeins that I acquired on Friday, but I'll post that later on.
The very first skein had already been transformed into this:
The picture's a bit older now, because I've finished that one sock already (*mental note: bind off toe-up socks loosely!!*) and am almost half way through the foot of the second one.
Anyway, hope y'all are having a great weekend!