Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Alpaca and Alice in Wonderland

Are there any less-than-wonderful quotes from Alice in Wonderland?
Today I almost bought a necklace that showed an illustration from Tenniel's Alice on one side, and on the back side, the quote: "We're all mad here." With a tiny compass hanging from the necklace, to guide one away, or perhaps toward, more madness?

On the other hand, I've been browsing fiber lots on AlpacaNation for the last 30 minutes, occasionally contemplating becoming an alpaca farmer.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Komi Mittens Pattern 2

Another pair of Komi mittens from Schurch's Mostly Mittens.
Knit on size 2 and size 4 needles, because I am woefully loose in my gauge. Cast on 40 stitches for the corrugated ribbing, then increased to 54 stitches for the hands on the larger needles. I worked the thumb gusset to 17 stitches, then worked the hand to row 31 before beginning to decrease.

 I again used Ann Budd's specs for mitten decreases instead of the traditional decrease at the edge of each side. I like the more round-y top, and maybe because I'm knitting on such fat yarn, the other way of decreasing at the edges produces a really goofy result.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


The snow is now up to the base of the Weber grill in the backyard.
Using the dog as a measuring device: snow is now up to his belly.
Using the dormer windows in my daughter's bedroom, which face west, the snow is almost covering the windows. Coming down much harder now. It's 8:33 a.m. I'm trying to focus on finishing Vivian, which is in this state:
My other goals: bake bread; try to wrestle iTunes into letting me download a free book from Audible.com; convince my lower back not to be aching; and shovel.

Last night, I brought in wood for a fire later today, and when I wandered into the living room around 9 o'clock, after putting some old movies into my Netflix Queue (Blithe Spirit!), discovered my husband watching what is the guy-version of Say Yes to the Dress: River Monsters. Hilarious. Over the top. And no writer's credit at the end, which is really interesting, given the pot-boiler, film-noir, edge of the apocalypse scripts.Someone's either very confident or very embarrassed.