Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Hannah was helping me last night with the scarf for the Red Project--due today. I've been knitting on it all weekend, but every time I measure I still have 10 inches to go--how is that possible?
Hannah had a lot of fun pulling the skein apart and holding onto the strand that I was knitting from.
Kelly (my dear husband--and I really mean that)--had to insist that the transition I made between the Brown Sheep wool yarn from my stash and the yarn I found to finish the scarf at the Recycled Lamb (Ogedifra Fashion Trend--51% wool, 49% acrylic) was obvious. He implied this with raised eyebrows and statements about the colors being different and didn't seem convinced by my argument that I had blended the colors for several rows by alternating the new yarn with the old yarn and that the new yarn had natural color transitions in it. I didn't point out to him that they have different fiber contents--so if it is washed vigoriously one side will shrink while the other will not--as it seemed he didn't need more fuel on his side of the discussion. I think it looks nice and none of the things happened that I was worried about--like the new yarn needing to be knit on different needles or bulging slightly where they joined--it actually is the same size scarf on either side of the transition. And it meant I didn't have to start again from scratch when I realized I wasn't going to have enough yarn to finish the project. Since he is also a perfectionist when it comes to things that matter (like the new garage door he installed a couple weeks ago), I think I'll let it go. After all, the scarf isn't for him and let's hope that the kid who gets it is just pleased with it and happy with the color transition and never washes it (I'll put washing instructions with it--don't worry). Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Red Scarf Project

That's Kirk Montgomery behind me--we're at Einstein Bagels right before the filming of a short, live segment on channel 9KUSA earlier today. I was the lucky person selected from Interweave because everyone else who could do it was at TNNA in San Diego, and I live in Denver. Fortunately, I was already planning on going, had asked my MIL and her sister to come with me, and had started a red scarf last week. Only problem was that I was running out of yarn--so today I had to run over to the Recycled Lamb where I tried to tell them about the project, but they didn't seem interested, but they were very helpful in finding a yarn that would work for finishing my scarf. So today was devoted to getting ready for the tv spot--reading the literature, curling my hair (hard to tell, isn't it), putting on make up, finding current copies of our magazines, and trying to make progress on the red scarf. The Red Scarf project is sponsored by the Orphan Foundation of America (http://www.orphan.org/) to create care packages for the 2,000 or so foster youth who are aging out of the program and attending college with a family network to support them. We need to make a lot of scarves. I think 500 have been created so far. They have to be handknitted in red or other unisex colors and 60 inches long. You can drop them off at any Einstein Bagel location before January 31, 2006--a week from today. I'm nearly done with mine. Maybe I'll make two! Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 23, 2006

The onesie works

I finished the onesie in time for the photo shoot. Yay! Here is Hannah with Grandma Helen (my grandma--Hannah's Great-grandma) at Monday Night Dinner tonight.
I made Lemon Chicken casserole and salad and took it to Grandma's. Dad was in Santa Fe, so didn't come. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 15, 2006

I'm nearly done with Hannah's onesie--good thing, too! Well, because our house is very cold since we turned down the heat because of our eye-popping-Xcel-energy-bill and also because Wednesday and Thursday are our days for the Spin-Off photo shoots and since I'm taking Hannah anyway to the photo shoot to model some booties, I might as well have Joe shoot photos of the onesie while it fits her in case we decide to use it on the web or something.

I go back and forth on this--but I did take good notes while I was making it, even though it is a design-by-the-seat-of-your-onesie kind of design. Okay--so this is what happened--I ran out of green. Pretty obvious, huh. Then, I ordered more--Glacial Green from Louet and spun more--but I also ordered this Fuchsia at the same time and I really liked it. I could have completed the onesie in green, but I was seduced by the Fuchsia (the correct spelling of Fuchsia seems like an obscenity, doesn't it? Especially right after typing seduced....).
Then, I tried the onesie on Hannah and it was a little tight around her thighs--so I decided to add more to the bottom in Fuchsia (this is getting bad--I'm going to be banned from decent blog rings, I know it.). I did it in short rows because it gave nice shaping--but now my simple onesie isn't so simple. It was supposed to be a tube with straps. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 13, 2006

Denver Stock Show

Hannah and Kelly at the Stock Show--visiting the llamas! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The "is there anything I can do for you" sweater

So--this is the sweater that Stephen's sister gave him for Christmas. He hasn't been able to wear it because it smelled so strongly of lanolin. I think she bought it on a trip to the British Isles. How does it end up in my bathtub? Well--this is a possible result of an open ended offer to help out. How many times have I asked friends who are going through tough times, "Is there anything I can do to help? Is there anything you need?" And how many times have I been let down?--there is nothing for me to do to ease their pain, or to make their lives easier. So when I made my offer to Stephen after he was in a car accident that broke both his shoulders, I was a bit surprised (but pleasantly so) that he mentioned this sweater and maybe I could wash it for him so he could wear it and get warm--he's always cold.
I knew I was committing to a lot of time and work when I lifted the sweater--it was heavy! But this was actually something I could do--so it was great.
When I got home I looked at the sweater closely--it was really well made and beautiful--but spun in the grease--so it was heavy with lanolin and some vegetable matter. It took 2 Sundays to get it clean--the first one took 9 tubs of water for three washes and two rinses each--and I ran out of hot water so had to stop. I let it dry through the week and then returned to washing it the next Sunday when I had time again and finally it smelled good and wasn't sticky with grease. It took another week to dry completely (laid out on the guest bed with towels and underneath that a shower curtain to protect the bed from the moisture. I spun it out in the washer to get all the water out. Stephen was really happy with the sweater and finally I feel like my offer to actually do something meaningful for someone in need was taken seriously!
The other night Liz was leaving work and she sounded like she had a lot to do and I started to offer--is there anything I can do? and then I turned it quickly into a offer to wash her sweaters...it was so funny! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 05, 2006

This was completed in November--so much to catch up on, so little time.
It was a real crunch to finish it in time for the Beadwork photo shoot--the week of Thanksgiving. Posted by Picasa