Friday, November 28, 2008

Working weekend

This is what I want to work on this weekend:

Umm yumm - perhaps in purple heather

But this is is what I have to work on this weekend instead:

Watch this spot for what this ball of turquoise tweediness will turn into

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who were eating turkey yesterday while I was working

And happy weekend to everyone!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We remember

In memory of Dexter Colwell and William Pachal of the South Alberta Regiment whose lives were lost during the battle to close the Falaise Gap at St Lambert sur Dives, France on the night of August 20/21, 1944.

We remember for those who no longer can

Monday, November 10, 2008

Newest SoTM

Some times a design in my head spills right out onto the needles and takes no time at all to get to a point where it works for me.

Novembers didn't come easily though.

This was in my head:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

It is by Robert Frost and a favourite poem - one of the few I can still recite parts of!

This is what it turned into:

In lovely Fortissima/Socka - a great sock yarn in some classic and not so classic colours.

This was the green I used in Holly Berry from a few years ago (that time with red and cream). it is a great green - lighter than loden but not too grassy or kelly green.

And through the magic of Photoshop, these are the other colours it will ship in


And turquoise:

A happy Snowy sock.

It took me 4 tries to get it right. My first go was too large and there was no coherence in the pattern. I ripped it out quickly so as not to leave any evidence behind.

The 2nd version worked better but there was too much cream in it and I would have had to ship 2 balls of cream instead of 1 with the colour (making it more expensive than I wanted this months to be - last month's was the most expensive of any kit I have done so far ($33.00) ).

The 3rd was almost there but the highlight stitch that is where the line of checkerboards along the ankle sits now wasn't carrying its weight well enough so I changed it to the checkerboards.

Took a bit of doing but I am happy with the result. I hope you like it too!