Friday, October 21, 2005

Fantastic Foto Friday

Oy vey, what has happened to October? It seemed like just yesterday it began and now its almost over. I guess the good news is that we're that much closer to spring. The last week was such a blur for me. I trying to be proactive with the whole SAD thing that I'm almost 99% sure that I suffer from. I don't want to end up in the pit of despair that fell into last Winter. I've started a daily diary for the next month so that I can hopefully pinpoint the trouble spots before I go to my doctor for a professional diagnosis. I'm tracking my eating, exercise, the weather and stressors. I also bought a full spectrum (OTT) light that I plan to use when there's no sun (like today). I REALLY don't want to feel like I did last Winter ever again if I can help it.

Okay, so I owe y'all a ton of updates.

First up, the Fall Foliage update. I'm really hoping that people are busy taking pictures which is why they're slow coming in. Please oh please tell me that some of you have beautiful fall foliage in your part of the world.

Julie obviously loves fall as much as I do. She sent an entire portfolio leave picures. Check them out here. My favorite is this one.

Busyhands' tree in the front yard is quite the show off. Check this out this beauty.

Jane emailed this loverly photo to me.

Doesn't she have some incredibly vibrant color in Nova Scotia. What a gorgeous yard! BTW, she has a free range scarf design contest up on her blog. Check it out!

Finally, here's a shot of the foliage in my backyard.

Not much to get crazy over is it? :( That's why I need your pictures. Go ahead. Flash me. I dare ya!

Now, even though I had a rough time last week, I was able to movivate myself to finish a sorely neglected UFO. I FINALLY present to you, exhibit A. Dear sweet Rogue.

"Finally, she finished me! Woot Woot!"

Pattern - Jenna's incredibly well written Rogue pattern
Yarn - Cascade 220 Tweed (the color is a brownish green sorry but I've lost the ball bands)
Needles - Size 6 and 7 Denises
Project timeline - Sept. 2004 - October 2005 (Day-um!)
What I learned and what I'd do differently - I learned a helluva lot about knitting the "right" way; that cables rule and are less intimidating than I originally thought; that it would have been easier to knit this in one block of time rather than over the course of a year plus; that a well written and sized pattern does wonders for your body image; that taking the time to finish a sweater properly pays off in the end.

It took some soul searching to figure out why it took me so long to finish her and came up with several reasons.

1.) I'm not happy with my body shape and wasn't thrilled with having to knit one of the larger sizes.

2.) I hate knitting seemingly endless rows of stockinette and after the wrist cables, the sleeves were just that.

3.) I didn't have the proper motivation to finish. However, I promised myself that I couldn't even open the box on my new cellphone until every last stitch was done, the ends were woven in and she was seamed and blocked. Needless to say, I was done in two days. BTW, all of the pictures in this post were taken with my new cellphone. While they're not fabulous, I think they're pretty damn good.

4.) I have major completion issues because I dread the thought of saying "goodbye" to anything (human or inanimate).

5.) Having not knit set in sleeves before, I was a nervous wreck about doing them correctly. Plus, my gauge in the round and on straights is different and even after many calculations, I wasn't positive that it would work out in the end.

Wouldn't you agree that I worried about absolutely nothing?

"Oh Happy Day!"

Check out those hoodie cables!

I finished it on Wednesday, which ended up being one of the hottest days we've had in years in October - near 80 degrees! However, today its in the low 60's and Rogue is oh, so warm and snuggly!

Now King Thing is bugging me to finish his handspun cabled vest. There are no sleeves so this baby should fly off the needles.

On the fiber front, there was no spinning this week. However, I finally found a cashmere sweater at the thrift store (I've been searching for a couple of weeks) and have been happily reclaiming its yarn. Its a beautiful deep red and will yield close to 2500 yards of laceweight yarn. Enough for many beautiful lace shawls and scarves. I think I'm going to have to share some of this with some of my knit buds because its so loverly :)

Oh and I almost forgot that I made a quick visit to the new location of Knitting Sisters while in Williamsburg to speak at the Virginia Library Association state conference. They have the most incredible selection of yarns - Rowan, Colinette, Noro, Lorna's Laces - just to name a few. And a mega ton of pattern books, including the new Noro Revisited by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton. While I am no fan of Noro yarns, I love some of the patterns in this book. The pictures aren't up at the Knitting Garden yet but I do encourage you to check out this new book. It's worth it! As hard as I tried, I did not find that I needed anything but a skein of Lambs Pride for a test project, some Kookabura wool wash and a 40" Denise cord. Exciting huh? But at least I got to soak up some good fiber rays with other knitters. Happy knitting and spinning this weekend!


Sedie said...

Great job on Rogue!! I think you did a fab job! I would send you tons of fall photos, if I were in a place were we had Fall. . . I'm looking forward to more posts of Fall from your site.

emmy said...

Rogue is beautiful and looks fantastic on you!! I keep hoping for some decent fall pictures but I think our dry summer has affected our colors this year. Last week it looked like they just went straight to brown and fell off the tree :(
I have been toying with the idea of Knitting SIster for tomorrow.MMmmm

Rob said...

Your Rogue looks great. I have to admit I haven't made one exactly because of all that stockinette after those pretty cables. And,re winters -- I dread winters, suffer from some serious SAD, but have found two things that help a LOT. One is a "dawn alarm clock" that lightens gradually in the morning -- makes waking up easy. The other is a light therapy box. A half hour of that early in the morning and I really feel much better. That and a lot of yarn, of course.

Pumpkinmama said...

It is beautiful, you did a great job, congrats!

Micky said...

Congrats! You did a wonderful job and it looks beautiful. Looks great on you too. Maybe I can finish mine someday.

KnitNana said...

Rogue is wonderful! I'm so happy you finished...can't wait to see in person, bring to RVSPINKNIT in Nov? Please?
Me too me too with SAD...light, gorgeous light - and what on earth is UP with our lack of fall color???
See you soon (btw, I hate good-byes, too)

Julie said...

Rogue looks lovely! and here's one more fall foliage snap for you taken at Rhinebeck last weekend:
That's become my desktop background for the time being :)

Renee said...

Your Rogue is fabulous!!! Thanks so much for the comment on my blog yesterday. I needed the pick-me-up.

Lauren said...

Yay! Love it.

RunsWithTrowels said...

your rogue looks amazing! congratulations on finishing.
knitting sisters is by far my favorite knitting shop in the area. did you check out their great sale corner in the side room?

Wanda said...

Congrats on a successful knit! I can understand your reasons why it took you so long, but it's really a fabulous knit and looks great on you. I don't know why but my Bloglines account didn't show you for a couple of weeks.
I'm glad that you did finish it b/c it's really a great fitting sweater.

Heather said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! I'M FLOORED. I like it better than mine...I dig that color. lovely.

Kathy said...'re as cute as a button, and you look terrific in Rogue. Well done!

Mrs.Curvy said...

Congrats on finishing it!! It's beautiful!

eva said...

Your Rogue is AWESOME!! I can't wait to get started with mine again. I just have to get off my butt and purchase my new yarn!