We’d never been snowmobiling before today but I loved it! I chose to ride with Keith rather than drive my own machine which gave me lots of time to sightsee and take photos.
It’s very beautiful but I’m feeling the altitude. We didn’t get a chance to get out yesterday after we arrived but the views from the hotel are gorgeous including this one from our room. Some XCountry skiing on today’s agenda and a little time to explore Aspen.
I’m in the process of sashing these blocks … The rows are together and now I need to add the horizontal sashing. I was determined to use the green dot as a border but now I’m pretty sure I’ll use about 4 inches or so of the same brown I’m using for the sashing just to frame the whole thing.
It was dark when I snapped the photo but even allowing for that the sashing isn’t going to be really prominent. Luckily I’m liking these blocks better.
That purple scarf is never going to get finished unless I get more disciplined. I should be knitting that if I wanted to knit something.
I’d actually intended to work more on sashing the blocks on the design wall tonight but I couldn’t resist casting on a scarf — it’s going to be my trial in knitting from a chart.
So here’s the pattern – free on Ravelry and one with lots of details, written instructions and a chart.
I’m using sport weight yarn and size 9 needles
I downloaded a free app (JKnitHDLite) to track my progress on the chart. Gotta love that there’s an app for everything! I can import my PDF pattern easily into the app and if I wanted to upgrade, I could add more options but for now all I want to do it keep my place on my chart.
Finally, after weeks of next to no snow (I don’t count an occasional flurry or a dusting) we’ve got some snow. We walked across the river to dinner … A perfect evening!
I consider myself a beginning knitter … Maybe an experienced beginner at best. I taught myself to knit from books and have occasionally searched the web for a video of a technique if the written explanation wasn’t clear. I feel like I need to take the next step and learn to knit from charts … It doesn’t seem like it should be difficult but …. It is.
After all who would write a chart using a symbol that changes whether you’re working on the right or wrong side? The symbol for a knit stitch should be the same symbol in the same chart no matter where the knit stitch occurs… Right? Except it isn’t. And I get that you read the chart from bottom to top and then from right to left …. Except wrong side rows (when charted) are read from left to right …. Oh except when working in the round?? Then all rows are right side rows? Really it’s way more confusing than it has to be and so far has had me avoiding patterns that aren’t written out.
I think I’ll pick a pattern that doesn’t chart the wrong side rows to avoid some confusion for my first attempt!
Do YOU knit from charts? Any tips for me?
Chris sent me a photo of Rae wearing the owl hat I made her.
I love this HeartStrings Quilt of Valor pieced by Tish.
It’s quilted with the pantograph Jilly by Keryn Emmerson.
I’m working — a quilt loaded on the machine and the quilting started and a new hat cast on but nothing to show yet so how about a couple recent photos.
From Chris, a photo of Rae with the quilt I made and gave her for Christmas.
From Adam, a family photo.
I guess every quilt can’t be my favorite and so far this one is not even in the running. The blocks are done and now I’ll start sashing them. Hopefully by the time the quilt is finished I like it more.
A HeartStrings quilt pieced by Becky and quilted with freehand swirls.
I’m using a cold as an excuse to be lazy the last couple days but I’ve done a little piecing, a little knitting, and a little binding. I want to start another hat but I’m trying to resist the urge while I work on my fisherman’s rib scarf and these socks. I have less than an inch before it’s time to start the toe decreases.