Being an alum of the Appalachian Trail, when Jeff goes on vacation it is somewhere to hike – out in the woods, away from everything except those brave souls who go out with him. When I have a vacation (three, week-long, a year + summers, yeah it is a plus to teaching) and it doesn’t involve holidays (December’s and April’s) it is my time.
This time was great for many reasons, I got to see two of my closest friends for some quality hang-out time. Amy came up from NYC and we chatted, drank coffee, and went to the movies (I am sure No Country for Old
Men is good, but I was really pulling for Michael Clayton). I also got to visit with my friend Erin and her two little girls – I am in awe of her calm demeanor with two sweet & high energy toddlers!
The rest of the week was spent knitting, spinning and sewing – the living room was a blur with fabrics and fiber for a few day, luckily Jeff realized that while he takes his vacations outside, I take them inside.
Start: February 15, 2008
Finish: February 20, 2008
Yarn: 1 skein (200 yards) Tintagle Farms 50/50 Merino in Olives colorway from Rhinebeck 2006
Yarn: a few yards of Manos del Uruguay Olive colorway
Needles: Size 5 Knitpicks Options
Gauge: 5 stitches to the inch
Thoughts: This is my first EZ pattern – while I have several of her books, I hadn’t actually gotten around to doing any of the projects within, believe the hype, she is really a genius. The Baby Surprise Jacket was a fun, quick knit, that was stash busting to boot. The yarn from Tintagel Farms was wonderful to work with – I am kicking myself for not picking up more at Rhinebeck last year, but I hadn’t worked with it yet so I didn’t know. Hope they are there again next year. The other two skeins became the bias-knit scarf I made for the International Scarf Exchange 5.0 this fall. I have ladybug buttons to put on the sweater – but I am waiting to find out if this will be a boy-sweater or girl-sweater.
Project I Knitting Bags: Small
This is the basic cylinder design that I’ve made before – it has evolved over time, this generation I used the button hole option on my sewing machine for the draw-string instead of the metal grommet. These would fit a sock project/1 skein project.
Project II Knitting Bags: Large
Same as above, but a bit longer – this would fit a scarf or shawl project
Project III Amy Butler Madison Bags
I have used this pattern before – but with the longer strap, the handles were a bit tricky, I’ll make them again but be a bit more careful on the placement. Coordinate the lining to the outside was fun – the sheep and elephant fabrics are from japan from this etsy shop
Just have to press the linings with a smaller iron – hard to get in there with the regular one!