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Monday, March 17, 2008

  Monday Morning Mirth  


Old Irish Saying:
Grant me a sense of humor, Lord,
the saving grace to see a joke.
To win some happiness from life,
And pass it on to other folks.

Happy St. Patricks’s Day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thinking about knitting the Aleita Shell? The instructions work with yarns at 21 sts per 4 ” over St st giving a Finished Size: 32 ½ (36 ¼, 40, 42, 45 ¾)” bust circumference AND they also work with yarns at 20 sts per 4 ” over St st (or 5 sts per inch, which might be easier for some folks to find…) giving a Finished Size: 34 (38, 42, 44, 48)” bust circumference.

The row gauge for both is 28 rows per 4” (7 rows per inch). Using this easy to find gauge expands the size range of the pattern a bit. The pictures below show the Shell with 1" of ease and it’s a size 38.

Download PDF knitting PatternsAleita ShellAleita Shell

Pattern found in Interweave Knits Spring 2008 pg. 72

Here’s a list of yarns that would work with this design—
Gauge: 20 sts / 28 rows per 4" using #6 needles
Knit to this gauge, Finished Chest Measurments are:
34 (38, 42, 44, 48)"

Artful Yarn Cliche 55% Cotton/30% Linen/15% Acrylic
Arucania Pomaire 100% Pima Cotton
Berroco Bonsai 97% Bamboo/3% Nylon
Berroco Lumina 54% Cotton/36%Acrylic/10% Poly
Berroco Nostalgia 46% Cotton/30% Acrylic/24% Nylon
Berroco Softwist 59% Rayon, 41% Wool
Blue Sky Worsted 50% alpaca/50% wool
Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece 80% Cotton/20%Wool
Brown Sheep Lambs Pride
100% Wool
Brown Sheep Serendipity 60% Cotton/50% Wool
Cascade Pima Tencel 50% Pima Cotton/50% Tencel
Cascade Venezia Worsted 70% Merino Wool/30% Silk
Classic Elite Princess 40% Merino/28% Viscose/10% Cashmere/ 7% Angora/15% Nylon
Debbie Bliss Cotton DK 100% Cotton
Elann Camila 50% Cotton / 50% Linen
Elsebeth Lavold’s Cotton Patine 100% Cotton
Nashua Creative Focus Cotton 100% Mercerized Cotton
Nashua Natural Focus Ecologie 100% Pima Cotton
Pakucho Organic Cotton 100% Cotton
Plymouth Linen Isle 50% Cotton/30% Rayon/20% Linen
Reynolds Cottontail 60% Cotton/40% Microfiber
Reynolds Saucy 100% Mercerized Cotton
Rowan Calmer 75% cotton/25% acrylic
Rowan Handknit Cotton 100% Cotton
Shibui Merino Kid 55% Kid Mohair/45% Merino Wool
Southwest Trading Co. Yin 60% Wool/20% Silk/20% Bamboo
Tahki Cotton Classic 100% Mercerized Cotton
Twilleys Cotton Freedom 100% Cotton

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

DST does save time daily…

At last, it’s possible to start taking some pictures in natural light around here! We’ve been living in the Grey Zone for about 45 days straight, many of which included snow. This is quite possibly the longest Winter I ever remember; just day after day of socko cloudy skies and nose-numbing temperatures. That, my friends, is my true thermometer: my nose. But when it’s chilled, I panic! Bring on the cowls!

Ye olde nose is a Detective Dog—a couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my couch minding my own business and the nose went COLD! Turns out the furnace was broke and the rest of me (all swathed in a nice woolie sweater) was just fine and it wasn’t until the nose alarm that I would even bother trying to figure out what was going on. Thanks nose! ;p

And I love the natural light for photography! Here’s a comparison, done with some studio lights I have…


You can see, it’s kind of flat, a little washed-out, a little boring…

Natural light makes a much more interesting picture, IMHO. First of all, it’s easier to match the true color of the object. The white balance or color temperature is really forgiving, especially right next to a window or on a porch. When you go to electric or flash lit scenes, the color balance & temperature shifts and now there is a color cast introduced into the picture.

Digital photography is hungry for light. The more light you can give it the sharper the picture will be. Even the most incredible lens is a slave to the sun!

Me too! I long to go barefoot!

It’s been with fine anticipation that I’ve been working on this pulli. I’m about 5 inches into the yoke now—going a little slow with all those stitches… The cotton/wool blend (80/20) is definitely not yet warm enough to wear around here but hopefully will be done right about the time I’m ready to go sockless ;)

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