Thursday, May 31, 2007

Final Faerie Hat

I started this last night after dinner and finished it a few minutes ago. It's made out of a ball and 1/4 of Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran (55 merino/35 microfiber/ 10 cashmere) and will be gifted to Munkee at the Spirit Gathering Next week. 92 stitches on size 6 using the Half dome in the Round pattern off Yarn Boy's site. Now back to the sock.


Eli in the mississippi

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sock one done in four days which is really fast for me : i knit rather slowly

Monday, May 28, 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Year in MN

It should be noted that the 23rd of this month marked our one year anniversary in MN. Only one more year to go and I think it is going to pick up speed as the months role by. I've student teaching both semesters and Flopper and I both have job searches, graduation, and another move come next May all waiting in the wings.

The end of the exile is approaching!


Sock progess since thursday

Friday, May 25, 2007

Ellen Visits Saint cloud

And what do you do in Saint Cloud , MN?

Sit on the couch for hours and Watch DVD's of Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman.

And be licked by Elias.
Our lives are thrilling.


A quick Minneapolis Trip

We went into the city last night and stayed as usual with the ever kind and inestimable Redwing. Thursday evening we saw the Notre Dame Folk Choir. We went with Two Bears who seemed glad for our company if indifferent about the music.

Awaking early in a lovely manner (air mattresses are not stable) we went to drop off tomatoes to a few faeries and subsequently acquired more. My tomatoes were rather small in comparison to the other faeries tomatoes and I was slightly embarrassed though pleased to aquire a few more tomato varieties (we now have six types).

Flopper and I parted ways; the in the van to get Ellen (pictured above with Flopper) and I on my bike in a valiant attempt to avoid the Mall of America which for some particularly cruel reason visitors to MN want to see.

I explored the city on my bike and made a few purchases.

This mitten book has my heart aflutter and I look forward to churning out a few Latvian mittens ere winter returns .

The charts are amazing and the color pictures are really rather impressive.

And of course whenever I go into civilization I get a bit of odd queer theory to read (the sock is what I'm working on at the moment: It's made of soy silk, wool, and chitin from crab shells.) Gay and Gaia. Now how could I pass that up?

And of course here is the requisite picture of Eli in which Flopper seems to be about to crush him.


Chihuahuas are disgustingly cute

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wisconsin Faerie Hats

We went to Wisconsin over the weekend for Flopper's sister's graduation as a midwife during which time I finished these two hats.

This is made of Noro and I think will go to a lucky faerie who has not yet been determined.

This one is made of Malabrigo angora in plum with a strip of "Billy Blue" and is going to Mecca who lives and Duluth and is lacking much hair making such a hat doubly useful to him.

I'll deliver them at the spirit gathering.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Table Staining

This afternoon Flopper and I embarked of a table staining that we had put off for almost a year.

The weather warmed up so we thought it would be a good idea to get to work on sanding and staining.

Tommorow we'll put the varnish on.

Eli seemed interested in the activities but made no move to help with either the sanding or staining.

Lazy puppy.


Friday, May 11, 2007

Tomatoes under glass , Eli, and the ubiquitous feather and fan

So in an effort to keep my little tomatoes alive I have placed them all under glass. Fortunately Mason Jars are cheap and I'll need them for canning the plethora of tomatoes that will result from a dozen plants.

I have been working on a little feather and fan scarf which may end up as an icon cloth.

And here is a picture of Eli because you can never have too many. He's lounging in the chair he sleeps on.


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Queer punk 80's bag

For a certain faerie boy in Oregon. I knit it with Hempathy.

Eli is not impressed.


Monday, May 07, 2007

Garden and pirogi


So our garden is tilled and ready for our happy little plants to go in.

After talking to Dan today I forgot that I had neglected to plant oregano or rosemary. Fortunately the Co Op had some plants so I got one of each and two basil just in case my basil doesn't come up.

I spent the better part of this afternoon making pierogi.

MMMM. I'm going to go boil them now.


Sunday, May 06, 2007

Graduation cake at the local grocery store

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hemp Hat

I've been all about the Hempathy lately(its hemp, cotton, and modal; what is modal?). This hat is 120 stitches on 3's around and is K2 P2 with a cable on the rib every 4th row. I used the needleless cabling method that I saw in passing regarding the "Shifting Sand Scarf" that Brooklyn Tweed did a few months back and thought this was a good opportunity to learn it.

I made it for Flopper to wear while biking because his hair is just the right thickness for bugs to get caught in it instead of glancing off. This hat is an attempt avoid this fate.

The reductions started as one every needle every three rows and then carried for about 4 inches. I then switched to a reduction every two rows finishing off with one every row. I don't really like the top but the hat was getting too long. As it stands it looks cute on Flopper and hopefully will not be too warm.

I have three hats lined up and am looking forward to them.


Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mead Bottled

Well I bottled the mead today. 4 bottles to a gallon with about 3/4 of a bottle left over. Apparently it needs to mellow for a month and then will be drinkable. It didn't taste bad or good really. Here's hoping my little experiment pans out.