Friday, June 30, 2006

Wait, There's More!

Not only did I finish up some knitting, the recent break from blogging coincided with the end of Young Man's Third Grade School Year. He finished up in grand style with a great report card and a certificate of promotion to fourth grade. His school always puts on a great end of year program. This year they performed "Pinafore Pirates" and Young Man was a British Police Officer. My contribution was a set of 14 sprite hats. This was certainly less ambitious than last year's Dreamcoat, but it was still a challenge given than I had very little time upon my return from Boston. The hats were a success and they transformed the Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten boys into adorable sprites.

Somehow, I managed to squeeze in one more gift for the best third grade teacher ever. This one transformed a standard clipboard into something special. Given all the hand knits that she received this year, the sheep seemed the only logical choice. She really is a fantastic teacher and we are very glad that we had a year with her!

Now it is onto fourth grade! Well, onto camp and then fourth grade! Today was Scientist Dress-up day. Young Man turned in a grand performance and even borrowed one of my old chemistry textbooks to finish out the part. Ah, Summer!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bring On the Hand Knits!

It has been busy few weeks here at Chez Engineer. After the big Boston trip, there were many things waiting for attention. The big news is that two finished objects are now in my wardrobe.

First, we have some new socks!
Pattern: Plain 3x1 rib with 1x1 cuff.
Yarn: Fortissima Cotton Colori in some variegated colorway picked up on a $3/ball sale. Yes, $3 socks!!!
Needles: US 1 dpns
Notes: Very easy, almost mindless lunchtime knitting. The cotton is beautifully comfortable for summer and these go well with jeans. They also wash very well. Even if this hadn't been a terrific steal for the yarn, I would love these socks, but the bargain makes them even sweeter.

Next up is Aran Rose Peach. Yes, it is finished!
Pattern: Aran Rose from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Knits
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cotton DK in 13028 (tangerine/peach), approximately 15 balls (maybe a smidgen of the 16th ball was used)
Needles: US 6 Addi Turbos
Modifications: I made the body a little longer because no one wants to see my midrif and I added a bit to the sleeves because I have long arms (in retrospect, I probably shouldn't have added to the sleeves because they will probably stretch). I also added decreases to shape the neck. The model must have had decreases as well (even though they weren't in the pattern). If not, the only way to display the neckline as in the magazine would include the use of safety pins.

Notes: I love this sweater! This is the first full sweater that I have made for myself and it is so comfortable! I got 13 of the balls of this yarn on the same $3/ball sale as the sock yarn. I love Suzoo's Woolworks! The realization that I would need 2-3 more balls was a tough one to accept. This time, DreamWeaver Yarns came to my rescue. They not only had the yarn, but it was in the same dye lot! Debbie Bliss yarns must come in huge dye lots or I got really, really lucky. I didn't even think to ask about lots, but sometimes things go right.

Currently on the needles are the three pairs of socks including the first socks for Mr. Engineer. He is getting a stylish pair of grey wool socks done in the Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks. Mr. Engineer is still unconvinced about handknit socks, but he did have to admit that they are very nice at the half-way point of the first sock.

Thank you for the comments on the Trekking sock. I have now turned the heel and they look very nice. The pattern is Melanie's Twist and it works very well with the Trekking varigation. My good deed of the Boston trip was to share the pattern (with full credit to the source) with a friendly knitter on the plane home.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Trekking Along

My trekking began the first weekend of the month, but it has taken me ages to post the proof. Instead of the traditional trek in the wilds, my sock began with a trip on a plane all the way across the country. Here is my skein of #66 ready for its first trip.

We flew to Boston and I began the first sock on the plane. There was one real trek on the evening of the 6th, but sadly, the only picture is of the sock reviewing the trek on a map of the city. The trek began with a short subway ride followed by a quick trek for a subversive meeting at the Union Oyster House with none other than her infernal majesty, Sheelzebub! Since we were discussing her plans for her presidency for life, of course, no pictures were allowed. Just know that there were lobsters involved and cheesecake.

After the meeting, we went for a lovely trek to the waterfront and all over the North End. We attempted to find a spot for coffee, but Boston rolls up the sidewalks very early. We did see cows. There were lots of cows. The sock was quite curious about this, but it was much too dark to get good photos. Sophie the Flower Cow was possibly our favorite, but it was hard to choose.

From there, the sock went on about its journey and returned home safe and sound. Since then, the sock has enjoyed some smaller treks to a local park to watch happy children who just finished third grade and around town for errands.

Today, the sock is taking a break while Young Man and a friend are playing. I snapped a Saturday Sky picture for Sandy, but our sky is rather dismal today. The clouds do not mean rain and they do mean that we won't see the triple-digit temperatures that were hinted at in the weather forecast.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Post Something, Anything!

Okay, it's only a quizzy thing, but it will have to do. Thank you to Femiknit Mafia for getting me off my arse and posting something.

You Are 45% Normal

(Somewhat Normal)

While some of your behavior is quite normal...

Other things you do are downright strange

You've got a little of your freak going on

But you mostly keep your weirdness to yourself