Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Photo Shoot

I just got the pictures back from a photoshoot I did with a friend back in early September. Enjoy!

Those are Saroyan, my homespun shawl and Corona, in that order. Many thanks to Philipp for being awesome with a camera.


When I got to VT, my neighbor's house looked like this:

Just a few days later, it changed to this:

I got to watch as it was slowly, but visibly, lifted up in the air. So cool! Spring flooding was pretty intense last year, and lots of the older summer houses were below flood level- this is the solution.

Since this is supposed to be a knitting blog: hat! This is the result of not remembering to bring a hat with me to the great white north, which of course means I should just knit myself a new one. Which I did.

Yes, that's 7 size 1 dpns. I had to get really creative to get this hat done, given that most of my supplies are several hundred miles away and yarn stores close for entire days here. Finishing it involved magic loop with a 16" circular and a single dpn. I am super ninja.


Pattern is the Rustling Leaves Beret, from Coastal Knits. So much fun to make and the charts were super easy to memorize. I got most of the knitting done during Thanksgiving festivities. If I were the sort to make multiples of things this pattern would definitely be one of them.

Happy holiday season to everyone! Have you entered crazy knitting season yet? I'm off to struggle with SSS- Second Sleeve Syndrome. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Still in VT and still loving it, although my descriptors have changed from 'crisp' to 'f'in cold', 'where the hell is my fireplace' and 'I-need-more-cats cold.' My plan to go for a walk everyday got shot down pretty quickly in the face of all this cold. I have decided to make myself a hat. I'll take pictures tomorrow when there's more than a ball of yarn. Instead, I give you indoor shots:

Xmas cards in progress

My breakfast view

Sometime in the future: what my neighbors do when I'm not looking. (Your mind, out of the gutter, now. :-P)

Friday, November 18, 2011

An Experiment

I just got this idea, and I'm super excited about it. Ready?

Needle swap.

Confused? That's ok. Work with me here.

I've inherited/been given/acquired through illicit and uneducated means a reasonably large stash of knitting needles. Problem is, they're all either metal or plastic, and I am very decidedly not a fan. I work almost exclusively with wooden (mostly bamboo) needles, the only exception being very small ones (size 1 US and under) which become completely unstable in wood form.

Now, I happen to know that there are plenty of people out there who have the same feelings towards metal or plastic needles who might have wooden ones that they hate. This idea is for you guys.

I would like to transform my stash of 'unusable' needles into totally usable ones, with your help. I propose a 1-1 exchange with the following things being '1':

  • One set of 2 straight needles
  • One circular needle
  • One set of 4 or 5 dpns

In a perfect world of exchanges, I could give away all these straights and get circulars or dpns in the same size, but getting straights back will be ok in a pinch.

So, is anyone interested? Please comment here or pm me on Ravelry (Riven921). I'll get started making a list of everything I have, to be posted in the future, assuming interest.

P.S.- If you're in the Burlington/Middlebury VT area in the next week and a half we could meet up to exchange needles instead of mailing them!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Vermont in November

What follows is a selection of pictures that I took on my walk yesterday. Everything is quiet and cold, grey with last fall leaves not yet fallen. The air is crisp and so refreshing. I love everything about it.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Photo bites from Rhinebeck and Beyond

This goat's got it figured.

I have no memory of this.


Mexican by the train station turned out to be super yummy.

Results of our (mine and Jude's) soap felting class.
First snow in NYC

Clothes-furring culprit caught in the act.