November 2008


As usual, I went up to New York for Thanksgiving with my parents and New York family. Whenever traffic and weather allow, I like to walk through Madison Square Park on my way from the train station, and I’m really glad I did so on Thursday–the current art installation is a bunch of small tree houses (“tree huts”).  (I also caught a bit of the Macy’s Day Parade outside Penn Station, but I figured Pikachu’s back wasn’t picture-worthy.)

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I saw this as I was leaving the park, and thought it was appropriate signage for Thanksgiving:

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I didn’t take pictures of the food or the people, but here’s a shot of the centerpiece (a cyclamen from the Greenmarket):

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I continued to neglect my camera all day Friday, despite seeing the World Trade Center site for the first time since going to the tkts booth there ages ago, but I shot this from my bed on Friday night.  (Please pardon the angle; I was too tired to get up, and there wasn’t a real tripod handy.)  I know lighting like that has to be incredibly wasteful of energy, but I love the way it looks.

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…And then, today, I came home to a snuggly cat.

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The plastic bag in front of Mel is holding the yarn for my new lace project:

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I’m using my corriedale/silk singles for Mim‘s Adamas Shawl.  I’m a little concerned about how well the yarn is going to stand up to blocking, but I’m really enjoying the process.  It’s a really nice pattern, and the yarn is incredibly soft.  (And it’s handspun!  And lace!  What more do I need?)

All in all, a very nice vacation.

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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who’re celebrating; happy weekend to those of you who are not.

I finished two new yarns!

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This is about 360 yards of Chai batt from Enchanted Knoll Farm (sparklier than it looks in these photos) and about 375 yards of baby camel/tussah silk from Spirit-Trail.

So, now, I have to decide what to do with them.  I’ve been thinking that the camel/silk would like to be a lacy scarf, possibly one of these.  Or this.  Hmmmmm.

Yesterday was this season’s first real (temporarily sticking) snow, and I got to walk through it on my way to lab.  (I love snow.  I have to admit, though, that I was happy the snow was only sticking to trees & grass & cars, and not the roads and sidewalks.)

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From my walk to work yesterday morning.  (I still haven’t gotten to the film photos from Longwood Gardens, and I thought it was time for something else up here, anyway.)

Knitting and spinning continue, a bit, but I’ve gotten sucked into reading the Dalemark Quartet, which I love so far.  (I’ve also been enjoying Corey Dargel’s CD called Other People’s Love Songs, though that’s for listening while working, not while reading.)

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We really enjoyed the waterlily pools.

Okay, so I’m happy about finishing the hat and the headband, but I’m really happy about these:

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The lace is, of course, the now-blocked Swallowtail Shawl that I posted last week. I followed the pattern pretty closely, other than yarn & needle choice. I would’ve knit an extra repeat of the budding lace motif, but I was worried I’d run out of yarn. (Oh, well, now I just have to find something else to do with some corriedale/silk. How sad.) I did knit an extra repeat (two rows) of the edging, by which point I knew I’d have leftover yarn.

The fresh yarn is a 3ply that I’m planning to eventually knit into a sweater. The light orange stuff is cormo/kid mohair that I bought at MDSW ’07; the dark orange is rambouillet/llama that Juno happily enabled me into not long afterward. Since I have a pound of the former and half a pound of the latter, and I was pretty sure I wanted to spin a 3ply anyway…this should yield enough for a sweater.  I’m going to decide on a pattern when I know how much yardage I’ve got.

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