Sunday, August 19, 2007

The Endless Afghan - The Twelfth Square

Kenny starts 6th grade tomorrow. This past week has been spent doing "Mommy" things after putting a full day at work ----- taking Kenny shopping for new school clothes, new shoes, school supplies and a new backpack. I have also been informed by my young man that he is "too old" for the kids dressing room so I was relegated to sitting outside the "adult" dressing room and waiting for him to come out show me his choices.
This left me very little time for blogging but a great deal of extra time for knitting.As a result, I finished the twelfth square of the Endless Afghan and have most of the thirteen square completed as well. Hopefully,things will return to normal around here next week.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Sweater Progress

Working for a living certainly gets in the way of my knitting. Particularly since the Fresno County Courthouse does not allow knitting needles to be brought inside the building and I had 10 hearings scheduled this past week.
Needless to say, the right sleeve on the Elsebeth Lavold sweater has been rather slow going.
But once I finish it, I only have the right front to knit. Then I can block all the pieces and start to assemble them for the front button and button hole bands. Hopefully, I will finish it in time to wear up to Washington at the end of next month. Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

What is this??????

Kenny wants me to knit him a hooded sweatshirt for the upcoming school year. He has requested "a cool sweater with a dragon or wolf on it". I got out my graph paper and started to sketch out a pattern. I then turned to the internet for some inspiration.But when I came across this on the net, all I could think of was "Why?????"

Why would anyone want to wear a sweater that looks like roadkill?

Saturday, August 4, 2007

The Endless Afghan - The Eleventh Square

Problem: Justin and his two best friends want to attend a 12 hour long rock concert in San Jose, California. Mom is very uncomfortable with the idea of three 18 year old boys driving 125 miles from home over a road nick-named "Blood Alley".
Solution: Offer to drive them to the concert, then hide out at a hotel for a day of uninterrupted knitting.
Reward: The boys had a great time and were very happy NOT to be driving back to Fresno at midnight. I was very happy because all that time alone allowed me to finish the 11th square on the "Endless Afghan".
This pattern is from The Great American Afghan and features a oak leaf and acorn design. I have oak trees at both my homes in California and in Washington so I thought this square was wonderful representation of my ties to both states.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Is it just me?

I enjoy visiting fiber arts blogs to see what other like minded wool addicts are up too. Sometimes I find a link to a new project (such as the Mystery Stole 3), a tip on a technique I would like to try, or inspirational photographs of WIP's. When I visit, I try to leave a comment to let the blogger know that I stopped by their site.
If you visit a lot of blogs and leave comments, then odds are you have come across a "robot trap". The trap is a bunch of letters and/or numbers that have been stretched and pulled until they resemble a drunken chorus line melting into a lamp post. Right below these distorted runes is a little box. The commenter is asked to type the letters/numbers into the box "as they appear above". The reason? It supposedly it prevents "robots" from leaving spam comments.
When first ran across these little gems, the grouping seldom exceeded 5 letters. Lately however, these sequences are getting much longer. Sequences like "Jfjur" or "yerhn" have now morphed into "gjrnfbbdjfklmblj" or "okgjvjjiivwwvmmnxvvwv". Trying to decipher these encryptions often requires perseverance, luck, and a good, stiff drink.
Not much better is the dreaded "grey box". This trap consists of a rectangle infused with what appears to be swirling sticks and stones in deep, grey, foggy mist. Interspersed within the greyness are six random letters/numbers that appear to be jumping rope out of sequence. They are about this tall, which makes them difficult to see without the use of an scanning electron microscope.
Don't get me wrong. I am all for keeping spam out of the comments. I just sometimes wish there was a simpler method.