LuLuPurl

A knitting blog for the somewhat addicted.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

It's been a long time

I've been so busy with work. I spent two weeks working on a environmental site investigation in Livingston, Montana. It was very interesting work, but long, long hours and very cold and windy. Then a came home to contract negotiations for a new environmental compliance project that has been a crazy wild start. I am so exhausted and cranky. I can barely even knit, but at least I got a lot of knitting done in the hotel in Livingston and on the weekends I am working on a really fun project. O.k. FOs include a Cornelia Tuttle shawl in Noro, the basic socks for my husband, and the simple cardigan in Bitteroot Rainbow. I really have to photograph those. I also started a pair of socks in Mountain Colors Bearfoot, but those are on hold for the moment. Now I am working on a pattern for a new design I created! That will have to be finished this month. No one is getting knitted Christmas gifts this year from me. All my energy is in the project at work and this other design. Someday I'll be able to knit full-time . . .

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

O.k. I'm a nut!



A girlfriend called me on a recent Sunday morning and cracked up after the following conversation:

Me: "Guess what I did this morning!"

She: "What?"

Me: "I made a sock!"

She: "You what?"

Me: "I made a sock for Mike."

She: "What time did you get up?"

Me: "Seven."

She: "You are a nut!"

Me: "You wanna know the funny part?"

She: "What?"

Me: "I snuck back into the bedroom and measured his foot, because I want it to be a surprise. I untucked the covers and slowly lifted them and held my measuring tape up to his foot. I got the measurement, and he groaned a little, so I covered his foot back up and slipped back out of the bedroom."

She: "You are too much. When do you want to go for a hike. I think I need to get you out of the house."

Monday, November 06, 2006

Rainbow Flash



The Bitterroot Rainbow Tie-Front Cardigan is coming along. It actually has one and a half sleeves now. I'm knitting faster than I can photodocument. It is so soft. It is 85% merino wool and 15% silk. It's incredible. I'll have enough left over so that I can make some baby booties as gifts. The colors will be wonderful for baby tootsies.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Hat Class

I just took a color knitting class with Anne Carrol Gilmore from the Black Sheep Wool Company in Salt Lake City. It was great. She is so inspiring. She has researched many traditional patterns and incorporated inspiration from these sources into her own designs. She gave us a bibliography for inspiration which included the following: Enchanted Knitting, Folk Socks, Tassels: The Fanciful Embellishments, The Tap Dancing Lizard, and many more. We made Khroma hats. I'll post a picture after I block mine.
That was the weekend before last. And then since I have had absolutely too much activity lately, I hibernated at home most of this last weekend and started a new project. It's made out of Mountain Colors, Twizzle, in Bitteroot Rainbow. The pattern is a simple, tie front cardigan from Pure and Simple. It has a seed stitch border. It's a top down pattern and I got to the arm pits last night. Tonight I will separate the sleeves and start the main part of the body. I love knitting top down, and I love the colorway. It's so primary and bright. It will be the perfect thing to wear when volunteering at the Utah AIDS Foundation! That wasn't totally my inspiration, but I think it fits.
I know, I know a blog without photos is pretty boring. I'll get to work on that ASAP.

Friday, October 06, 2006

The Washing Machine Brain Cycle


Well the washing machine brain strikes again. You know the times when something is bugging you and you wake up in the middle of the night with the repeat spin cycle going on in your head? You know the times when you recreate conversations and wonder what you should or shouldn't have said? Then you compose and recompose in your head a letter to all concerned parties trying to address any mistakes you may possibly have made? Yes, it's 2:45 am and the washing machine brain has driven me from my cozy bed and onto the living room couch. Here I sit with my laptop. I have knitted half a sock for my husband. That's the big surprise I was talking about in a past post. I'm now not concerned about sharing because for some unknown reason my husband seems more interested in rock climbing and golf websites than knitting ones. Well to each his own. My husband has the endless possibilities associated with golf shots and bicycles. Clyde has his red ball which is filled with hope and possibilities. He has joined me in the living room, after finding his red ball, giving it a good chew, and then curling up with his head resting on it. I think he derives similar pleasure from that ball that we derive from yarn. The possibilities include endless options of hand tosses and fetches in midair, grounders, after bouncing off of a fence or the garage door, or finding it in the tall grass after it has come to a dead stop. Do you think these possibilities are similar to the possibilities of socks, bags, scarves, and sweaters that we see when admiring a new yarn? I hope so. That would help me understand this seemingly crazy obsession he has with his red ball.
Anyway, I hope I have broken the washing machine cycle in my head. My hand has gone numb from knitting furiously and I would like to get some sleep tonight. The reason for my spin cycle head is that I got a rejection letter today. I had applied for a job and interviewed with six people. I know and have worked with several people at the company and I believe they were pulling for me. I think I'm very qualified for the projects thecompany has right now. I don't know what happened. I know better than to take these things personally, but I can't help but think that I must have committed a faux pas, said something disconcerting, or acted really ditzy. Maybe I'll find a way to ask. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be. Right now I'm just hoping for a little sleep, but in the mean time knitting with my dog by my side is so very comforting.
BTW: I am about six rows shy of finishing my diagonal scarf and I ran out of yarn! Oops. I guess I'll have to get a few more skeins and make another scarf for my mom. The whole time I've been knitting this I've been thinking of her and how much she would like it.

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Buttons


Here's the Proof


See? I really did get to meet the Yarn Harlot and hold the sock.

Best and Oldest Friends

I have known this woman since before I can remember. Our dads used to race motorcycles together and our moms became friends and shared their pregnancies with us together. Both sets of parents split up when we were two. My mom and I moved in with her and her mom. We have grown up together and apart, but can never be anything but our true selves to each other. She was more vibrant, athletic, glamorous, and outgoing. I was more bookish and quiet with a hidden dangerous streak. When we were teens she moved to Singapore for a couple years with her mom, stepdad, and new step brother. When she came back she was tall, tan, super skinny, and beautiful as ever. She hung out with a group of very mod and hip young women who called themselves the fab four. I hung out with my rocker boyfriend. When we graduated from college she moved to Ireland and then Iceland to act in the theater, commercials, and some film. I moved to Utah to ski and become a geologist. Today she is in Colorado Springs with her wonderful husband, two wonderful girls, and a baby girl on the way. I think about her daily and with so much love. Although we are riddled by a grown-up politeness, we still get into competitive conversations like we did when we were children and teens. Sometimes we are a magical duo who can change the world. Most importantly, like I said, we can't escape from our true selves when we are together.
I would post more about knitting but I have been painting the house. My hands are sore and my knitting has suffered. The diagonal scarf is almost done though, and I have been doing a row at a time on my Ariel-design-as-I-go summer top. It will be out of season, but it looks very nice so far. I have been trying to up load my wonderful and cherished photo of my with the Yarn Harlot, but my computer bonks each time. I don't know what to do about that. I'd really like to share it. I'm also trying to learn how to put my web ring buttons on my side bar. If anyone has blogger and knows how to do that, please let me know.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

You Have to Have Balls to Knit Like This

Light can be deceiving. It looks bright and warm, but really that's just the camera flash. This is the Taos diagonal scarf in process in a log cabin in Wyoming. The clue to the actual conditions are the heavy fleece, the actual kerosene lantern on the table, and the headlamp. My husband's caption for this picture is, "Let Me Knit or I Will Kill." I don't think I look that crazy, do I?
We had a great time. The conditions were rustic but adventurous, and the scenery was fantastic.


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