Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Back From The North

20 plus hours of driving.  Tons of socializing,  visiting and getting caught up.  Shopping with grand daughter number two, Abi,  to buy her an appropriate outfit for the funeral (which she wore for the hour long service then tore home to change into sweatshirt and jeans). Picking up and delivering  Sarah, our oldest grand daughter,  from her out-of-town school.  Experiencing once again the extreme weather that is Hearst -  26 degree heat and sun followed by 2 degree cold and rain. And now home again.

And how much knitting did I do in the 20 hours of driving?  Here it is.  My little poncho to use as a cover up for my black outfit.  Not yet complete but only a few inches to go. 

You are looking at the third attempt.  The first try, I cast on the number of stitches and used the needle size recommended in the Yarnharlot's pattern.   I didn't like the very loose look.  The Yarnharlot used wool and I was using cotton.  Those two fibres react differently  to such loose knitting. 

The second attempt, I used a smaller needle - 6.5mm.  Larger than the 4.5mm the ball band calls for, but smaller than the 9mm the Yarnharlot  recommended.    But - with the same number of stitches cast on, the poncho now became  way too small.  Hard to get over the head and   not wide enough to fall over my shoulders.  

Try number three, I used the same 6.5mm needle but took the cast on number from 64 to an arbitrary 84.  It seems to be working.  I want the point to fall near  my waist line - similar to  the lower right-hand sketch

 -  and I am almost there.  I estimate two more inches of plain knitting, then the Fern Kerchief lace pattern just before the cast off. 

Almost there.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Off Again

Canada's first long weekend of the summer starts Friday.  Almost as one, the  nation heads for cottages and campgrounds spending time     huddling in frozen massess  beside campfires or in tents in what we teasingly call, the great outdoors.   This year, we are no exception.  Today we leave for our trailer near  Hearst.  No fun and frivolity for us though as we are headed up north for a funeral.  Our daughter-in- law's Mother passed away in January.  What with unpredictable   winter weather,  iffy winter driving, and many of the family being at their winter homes in Mexico and/or Florida it was decided to have the celebration of life on the May 2-4.

Coming so soon after my road trip to Baltimore I started thinking about how many hours of my life I have spent in a car driving somewhere.  More than I'd like to count.  Except for the fact that it always gives me lots of knitting time.

And what's in my knitting bag this time?

Well, at the bottom is the yarn for the third attempt at the failed Maryland experiment.  Before I get to that , though, I hope to start and finish a short poncho cover up.  I have a back shirt/skirt summer ensemble which has  a touch or rust at the skirt hem.  Black is so not my colour, but rust looks good on me.  Clever fashionista that I am, I hope to knit something in rust to wear close to my face.  As they say in decor land, to echo the touch of rust at the hem.  I spent much time this week, sketching out the best shape for a little cover up and have decided that it needs a point. Not a circular swing, not a squared-off  bottom but a point.  Poncho style.

I'll use the Yarn Harlot's Poncho pattern as my guide.

But mine will be shorter, falling just above the waist.  And mine will not have fringe.  Instead I hope to be able to work out the stitch numbers in order to use the lace bottom edging from Fern Kerchief.

AND I hope to have it completed by the time we return Tuesday night.   We'll see how that goes.  You all know how that will go.

In the mean time, have a great weekend.  Enjoy the first long weekend of  the  summer.  Hah.  Post winter at least. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What Did Brenda Knit?

A more accurate title might be - Did Brenda Knit?  One would  think with 25 hours of sitting in a passenger's seat, to-ing and fro-ing from the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival that indeed I could have knit a sweater, a pair of socks or two, a baby's outfit etc.,etc.etc.  But no. Here is what I accomplished sitting in  that seat.

 Would it help if I told you it was the second attempt?  The first being about as long as  this second try before I ripped it back?  No?  Didn't think so.

This is supposed to  be an Eyelet Cardi look-a-like.  I've made Chic Knits Eyelet Cardi in the past and it worked out well.  I wear it lots.  But I wanted top-down this time.  So I thought - "Hey, I can do that."  Just add the eyelet part to a normal, worsted weight, top-down, vee neck cardi.  But so far, things have not being going well for me.
The first attempt was too small.  This attempt, the fit is fine, but, I don't like the squared, pointy corners where the neckline starts to head down into the 'v'.  I see attempt number three in my future. In the mean time, back at home, I picked up 'Sheer' again.

It is moving along quickly.  The back is finished and the front is almost at the neck shaping. 
No, you are not seeing things.  The front chart is somewhat different than the back chart. With three different colours in this 'Tee' it will either be a  'goes with anything' or 'goes with nothing I own' summer tee.  Of course, I'm  hoping for the former. 

A pitiful amount of knitting for the couple of weeks that I have kept you all in blog, desert-land here at Brendaknits.

And, yesterday was my annual test.   In 2006, a year of an early spring, on May 11,  the  day we bought our house,  Fred stood at the patio doors and asked the realtor  "What is that building back there?"
This year, 2015,  can we recognize the building behind us for the Church it is?  Yes I think we can.
Are the leaves as full as they were in 2006?  No, I think they are not.
Spring just failed my annual test.

But as true Canadians might say "Well, at least it's not snowing."