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For Gabby

I haven’t been here in a long, long time. There’s plenty to write about — I was especially looking forward to sharing my experiences at this year’s Ride for a Reason in early August.  I’ll get around to that eventually, but not today. What’s been most on my mind lately is the loss of one of my three dogs.  Gabby […]

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The Tour 2009

Once again it’s the height of summer, that time when we crank up the A/C and spend much of every day inside, watching “Le Tour.”   It’s one of the highlights of my year, and for the second time I’m also taking part in Ravelry’s Tour de France Knit-along.  In 2008, I was assigned to Team Columbia-High Road; for 2009 it’s […]

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Flowers for Memorial Day

It’s hard for me to believe that the month of May is nearly over! I’ve had a pretty busy holiday weekend, and I’m hoping that things will settle down a little bit once I get back into my regular work “schedule.”  (I used quotes there because my workdays never follow a set routine, and a lot of it depends on […]

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Dropped the ball (Trees Part II)

I have no excuses for failing to blog. I have plenty of stuff to write about as well as some photos to share, I just never got around to posting. I’ll admit right now that I’m hoping to take part in this year’s Tour de France KAL, so in that case I’d better start getting back into the habit of […]

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Beautiful Big Trees, Part I

Two weekends ago the Big Guy and I decided to take a drive to go see some California Redwoods. We both love seeing these trees and it had been a long while since we’d taken the time for such a trip. So we got a rental car, checked our atlas, and hit the road to Calaveras County. Since it’s barely […]

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Patience Pays Off!

I was going to call this The Neverending Cardigan. I was going to write about how at the end of December 2008 I started knitting the Buttony Sweater using Cashmere Luxury Chunky in a beautiful Magenta shade. I had 10 balls (700 yds) and I had done some quick calculations and figured I had just enough yarn. And then, as […]

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Unger for yarn

Another wonderful benefit of Ravelry and the fact that people share info about their stash: I’ve now got a clue about the yardage of both my Colourmart DK angora/lambswool AND my Unger stash! I’m really tickled about the Unger; I think I recall not too long ago writing in my journal something about how proud I am about having more […]

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Who stole my knitting project?

A week or so ago I started knitting my Chris’s Blues wrap using three balls of a beautiful hand-dyed blue worsted wool I’d bought last August on eBay. I bought this yarn on impulse, just because the colors appealed to me (as well as the price). But it came with very little information. I bought a hank that weighed 150 g (no yardage listed), and when I began winding it on my swift I soon realized I had three separate balls of yarn. Which was a relief, because it explained why I had six different ends sticking out all over the place. “> But not knowing the exact yardage confused me; I wasn’t sure how to choose my project. My original idea was to knit up a sort of keffiyah with it; the mix of blue colors complements my skin tone perfectly, so I thought this was a brilliant idea. Except I didn’t know exactly what a keffiyah was supposed to look like, and of course there are no patterns for such on Ravelry. Instead, I settled on the New England Stole (Ravelry link). It’s a very nice, simple pattern done in beautiful wool. Except that the wool used for the original is nothing like what I’m using. It’s bulky; I’m using worsted. Her gauge is 3 stitches per inch; mine is closer to 5 stitches per inch. The original yarn is put up at 100 g (138 yds) per […]

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