Friday, April 25, 2008

Up a tree..........

What happens when you combine 4 dogs, 3 bird feeders and one very hungry, young racoon!!!!

He spent most of the morning trapped up a maple tree, yearning for a free breakfast. Mid-morning he silently slipped down the tree and waddled off to the woods.
The last time this occured the poor raccoon spent the entire day sound asleep up the tree and slinked off at sunset.

The Geese Have Landed

The Geese are Blocking!!!

Mason Dixon Flying Geese Lap Rug.

These pictures don't show the true colours, I'll take some pictures outside after blocking as they really are vivid.

Yarn: Rowan Harris DK (10 balls from stash, 3 extra had to be purchased)

Needle : 6 US

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Resting (not grounded) Geese

On Sunday I came to the terrible conclusion that I had miscalculated on the amount of Brilliant Pink I had in the stash. No matter how hard or where I searched I could not find that ball I thought I had. I went online and quickly ordered from Two Swans Yarn, 2 Pink, 1 Lavendar and 2 Peat, just in case I run out of these before I finish. I sent Karen an email yesterday and she said the yarn would be in the mail by the afternoon. I am hoping to have it soon so geese knitting can commence. I choose not to finish off the section with the geese band but to use it to knit another block, hoping that this will save time in the long wrong (am I grasping at straws). I think I will pick up the Peat stitches on the bottom half for the mitered border, more straw grasping. The blanket has to be finished by May 1st for it's arrival in Minnesota on May 3rd. I have one more yarn store in the area that stocks Rowan to check today to see if they by any chance have a ball in stock that I can start on before the yarn package flies in, until then the geese will be resting.

To aleviate some of my anxiety I do what every other knitter does, I knit.

I am working on my gifted Monkey Sock Swap 4 socks. The yarn is hand spun and hand dyed the colour is Majesty, the dyers tag is upstairs but will give her full credit when I finish the socks.

I am also working on a quick baby cardigan from Lopi 26, knitted not quite all in one, sleeves are knitted seperately and then 5 stitches are grafted under the arms. I have had this green baby yarn for years (really), it's Shepherds 4ply from Australia. I am using the large size (1 year) measurements.

And last but certainly not least I have almost finished a baby set using Bouton d'Or Baby. I will post more on this in the next few days, listing patterns and yarns. I still have to finish the button loops on the jacket and buy a yellow ribbon for the elephant.