Archive for January, 2013

First time

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.

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A break for hot chocolate.

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The view were amazing!!!

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Aspen!

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.

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On my design wall

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.

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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.

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I’m SO bad

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.

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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.

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Snow!

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!

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Do you use knitting charts?

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?

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Rae’s Owl Hat

Chris sent me a photo of Rae wearing the owl hat I made her.

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Another hat

These are so fun to do and quick … Just a couple evenings and they’re done.

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It’s another one from the book Baby Beanies and you can see it on Ravelry at this link.

Edit: I decided to add a flower.

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Quilted

I love this HeartStrings Quilt of Valor pieced by Tish.

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It’s quilted with the pantograph Jilly by Keryn Emmerson.

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A quick knit

A hat for one of my little nieces … cast on last night … Finished tonight ( well its almost 2 am so it’s really tomorrow)

The hat is from a book and the details can be found on Ravelry at this link. I did not tie off the ears. I think this is more practical and still just as cute.

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