Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Star Crossed Road to China

Road to China is my new favorite yarn. What is not to like? The deep purple color is a winner. The combination of 65% baby alpaca (not just any alpaca, but a sparkling new baby one!), 15% silk, 10% camel, and 10% cashmere is a winner. (The fiber breakdown on the website is different than what is written on my ball band. *shrug*)

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Lawson is a winner, too. It's a Ravelry only download, so if you like to play with yarn and are not a member, here's another reason why you should join.

The colorway is Dark Amethyst. It was abbreviated on the ball band as Dk Amethyst so I mistakenly thought that the yarn was DK weight, but no matter. It all turned out fine.

Because I have some sort of blockage in my head preventing me from following a pattern, here are my modifications:

- Cable cast on
- 1x1 twisted rib for 6 rounds on size 9 needles
- Knit the rest of the hat on size 10.5 needles

And a question for the ladies: why is it so hard to make your hair look right when wearing a slouch hat? I could not get a picture of me in this hat that deserved the light of day, so back of the head is all you get to see. This is partially due to waking up at 4:45 AM for work, but mostly due to it being really hard to get cute hair with a knit hat. Hmph.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Dogs, Rain, Yarn

The Bay Area is having a long overdue rain spell. I am feeling cooped up since I hate cold, windy, and wet, which is exactly what outside is right now. The dogs are also feeling cooped up, since they have a bad case of princess feet and do not want their precious paws to get muddy.

To give the dogs something to do other than sulk around the house, I took some of their Nylabones and smeared the ends with a thin layer of peanut butter. The Nylabones have lots of crevices from the dogs chewing and chewing on them, so there were lots of little nooks for peanut butter to reside (you can see what I'm talking about in Vespa's first picture). It was a hit!

Vespa likes to pretend she's swimming on her beach towel, and she dreams of warmer days.

Mingus likes to chew his beach towel. He's still waiting for a thought.

I am very glad that we trained our dogs to eat treats on towels. It saves us a big mess.

Greaseball has been acting odd, and perhaps it is due to this weather. I find him staring at what seems like nothing. I'm sure he sees something. I can see it in his eyes. I just don't know what he finds so facinating on the door jam.

The rain makes pretty symetrical patterns on our plants, so I do appreciate that.

Another thing I appreciate is this swift that the boy made me. I've had it, and used it heavily, since November, but I've neglected to mention it here! Isn't it spiffy?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Slouch for All Seasons

The slouch trend could no longer be ignored. I had to have one, regardless if I looked silly or not! The top of my head and the tips of my ears were tired of being cold during dog walks, so slouchy hat to the rescue!

The pattern, A Slouch for All Seasons, was quick and fun. And if I get tired of this hat, Vespa wears it well.

Pattern: A Slouch for All Seasons
Yarn: Cascade 220, in some shade of red (the ball band is hiding from me)
Needles: Size 7
Pattern Modification: I changed the 1x1 ribbing to 1x1 twisted rib


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