Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ready to Wrap

Project: Pacific Northwest Shawl, by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Mountain Colors Winter Lace in Deep Blue
Needles: US 6 circulars

Notes: Love this shawl! I picked up the yarn and pattern while on a trip when I had a serious lace attack. I did a lot of this knitting while on planes and in airports. I cast on 28 September and cast off 1 November. It took me until Friday to block it and Sunday to get a photo shoot. It's huge and so fun! I love the Winter Lace feel. Still, I am having the same problem with this yarn that I have with other Mountain Colors fibers - the colors run! I had very blue fingers by the time I had pinned this out. I probably ended up with a less-extreme blocking than I might have done had I not been rather freaked out by my fingers! Still, it is a lovely shawl. I'll just have to be careful not to spill water on it when I am wearing it!
And, yes, the shawl is ready to wrap. It will wrap me up in lacy goodness. This one is for me!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sky From Saturdays

Today's sky was pretty boring, so I thought I would catch up with the last two weekends. Last weekend we actually had some weather. That means clouds, folks! We even had rain!

We could have used the rain the weekend before that. Those aren't normal clouds. That was the view north towards the "Freeway Complex" fire that raged in north Orange County. We were far from the fires, but the winds blew the smoke our way.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Yes, I am very thankful. I have a great family and wonderful friends. I also have a great job where I get to do interesting things and work with fantastic people. Of course, the great job also impinges on both my blogging and knitting time. Still, there has been knitting here at Chez Engineer. I can't post one of my completed projects until after the holidays and the Pacific Northwest Shawl is still drying as it was (finally) blocked today. I have also returned to my Cardigan for Arwen. One side and the back are finished and the other side is coming along nicely. That one won't be finished in November, but it should be on the blog before the end of the year.

One of the things I am thankful for is that I'm not expecting the baby for whom this was knit.

Project: Seed Stitch Baby Jacket, by Elinor Brown

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in a blue-purple heather (just over one skein)

Needles: US7 circulars

Notes: This is a pretty easy pattern that knits up quickly (or would be if you bought enough yarn the first time or remembered at which Michael's you bought the yarn, since they don't all carry this colorway). The final item is a cute little sweater that is intended for the future first born of Young Man's home room teacher.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Simple, Progressive, and Sensual

11 Ukiyo-e, 7 Islamic, 10 Impressionist, -17 Cubist, -10 Abstract and -4 Renaissance!

Ukiyo-e (浮世絵, Ukiyo-e), "pictures of the floating world", is a genre of Japaneseand paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. it mostly featured landscapes, historic tales, theatre, and pleasure. Ukiyo is a rather impetuous urban culture that has bloomed in popularity. Although the Japanese were more strict and had many prohibitions it did not affect the rising merchant class and therefore became a floating art form that did not bind itself to the normal ideals of society.

People that chose Ukiyo-e art tend to be more simplistic yet elegant. They don't care much about new style but are comfortable in creating their own. They like the idea of living for the moment and enjoy giving and receiving pleasure. They may be more agreeable than other people and do not like to argue. They do not mind following traditions but are not afraid to move forward to experience other ideas in life. They tend to enjoy nature and the outdoors. They do not mind being more adventurous in their sexual experiences. They enjoy being popular and like being noticed. They have their own unique style of dress and of presenting themselves. They may also tend to be more business oriented or at the very least interested in money making adventures. They might make good entrepreneurs. They are progressive and adaptable.

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Monday, November 03, 2008