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.

• I was spinning on Friday, while in line at the Post Office.  As I sent off a box of fiber, I had a nice conversation about knitting and spinning (and how I go to Sheep and Wool Festivals rather than Stitches) with the woman working at the counter, who’s knit for much of her life but never gotten into spinning.

 

• I was knitting on the trolley on Saturday night (spinning is for waiting for the trolley, not riding on it), and I got into a conversation with the woman sitting in front of me, who’d learned to knit as a girl but hadn’t knit much recently.  So I directed her to a couple of my favorite local yarn stores.  

 

• Knitting really cuts into spinning time.  However, knitted objects are much more useful than skeins of yarn…so I’m trying to take advantage of the finishing kick I’m finding myself on.

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This is the second headband I’ve made out of the skein of Aurora that was a birthday present last year.  I love them both.  And I’m plotting ways to make really sparkly handspun.  (Yes, the pile of sparkly bits for blending should prove great fun, as soon as the drum carder actually shows up.  But there may also be some sparkly thread for plying at some point.)

 

 

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And I finally, finally finished this hat that I started about a year and a half ago.  It’s Lorna’s Laces worsted in Carrot, purchased as extra/backup yarn for my Olympic Socks.  It’s a really simple hat, just varying heights of ribbing, but I started the decreases too early, twice, and then it sat around for a while.

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Pictures of new yarn and a blocked Swallowtail will show up soon.  (*bounce**bounce*)

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Longwood Gardens is beautiful. It was well worth the hour drive each way, and I think I need to go back in another season. Still, fall is my favorite season, and the colors were stunning, so this first trip was well timed.

• I went dancing on Saturday, where I got to see people I hadn’t seen in too long.

Anju and I went to Longwood Gardens yesterday. (Pictures will show up soon–I took about 150.) They have some incredible grounds and greenhouses. And there was a special thing of treehouses.

• I finished my Swallowtail Shawl last night.

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It obviously needs to be blocked, but I was very happy to be able to wear it today, for my birthday. I had an excellent day.