Posts Tagged ‘clouds’

Back on Track

May 8, 2015

So.  It took me a week to tink back the Saved by a Fish’s Kiss socks.  After a couple of days of being bummed and not so eager to pick them up.  However….little by little I persevered.  Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 1500 stitches tinked.  And now I’m finally moving forward once again, sans vampire-bite holes and with the correct stitch count.

With the tinking came an extra little challenge:  What to do with all the yarn coming undone.  I couldn’t just rewind it, since these socks are being knit from the two ends of one skein.  So no way to really rewind.  I tried to keep the unraveled yarn neat, but in the end there were some….rather intricate tangles.  I used a pair of improvised butterfly bobbins, and managed to get it all sorted out with very little profanity used.  Well….maybe a bit more than very little, but not much, honest.

toe up taat back on track

They’re not terribly convenient to use either, but better than nothing.

I think I’m going to enter these socks into the Yarn and Falafel Fiber Fest WIP competition being held at the end of the month.  Basic vanilla socks, to be sure, but they represent a few new techniques learned, and I will be proud and relieved to finally get these finished after several years in the WIP basket.  All WIPs that are completed by the gathering are eligible for the competition, I will hopefully get a couple more things done and tag them to enter too.

I will again be teaching a double-knitting workshop at the Fest, and again use my Hot Cuppa Coasters pattern to teach.  The pattern has had great success, with two separate KALs done on Ravelry in different groups learning double-knitting, and in at least three off-Ravelry classes in double-knitting around the world.  Three that I know of – those in which the instructors wrote and asked my permission to use the pattern.  I have heard of one class taught in which the pattern was used without anyone contacting me.  Which, since it’s free, is cool, although I much prefer to be asked.  So far, in ten months the pattern has been downloaded by over 1000 people, there are 51 projects up on Ravelry, and it’s in another 94 queues.  Which makes me ridiculously happy.

More about the Y&FFF later!

I intend to get some housekeeping done around the blog soon, the pattern and book pages are woefully behind the times, and there are plans floating around my head to revamp some things as well.  We shall see.

Interesting clouds outside my window…

Shabbat Shalom!



Clouds A-Creeping

April 22, 2013

On the trip to kidlet’s school this morning we were treated to a wonderful sight.  Clouds filled the sky – white clouds, gray clouds, dark black rain clouds.  And between them glimpses of very blue sky.

But what was interesting, and what prompted me to tell kidlet to get out the camera and start snapping, was the fact that many of the clouds were just sitting low on the hillsides, like little pockets of fog while we drove by below.


From a distance, as we approached, it even looked like smoke from a fire.  But no, it was clouds.


The lower clouds burned off later, and there was more sun, but the higher clouds still remained, at times sending showers of rain down in between the sunny moments.




Still weird weather for April, but at least intriguing.



November 3, 2010

Well,  the cooler weather has again disappeared and we have another heat wave (enough already!).  At least it is much cooler in the morning and evening, so while I’m still wearing thin shirts, they are long sleeved.

I posted a picture of the clouds moving in when the last heat wave broke a few days ago,  which I snapped when leaving work.  The sky that day was pretty amazing.   Partner also was struck by the sky when she left work.  Her pictures are much more impressive than mine.  But then, she has the advantage of working at the beach.  In actual fact, her office sits out over the water, with windows all around.  Very nice.  Except in stormy weather, when the waves tend to crash against her windows.  And while I have to rush to catch my ride, snapping pictures on the fly, she walks home, so she can take her time, compose her pictures, and wait for the sunset.

Here are a few of her pictures that day last week:

Breathtaking clouds, they just went on and on and filled the sky everywhere you looked.

Sometimes you have to look hard for the little miracles in nature, find the beauty hidden away.  And sometimes it just leaps out and smacks you in the face.

I love the sunsets over the water.  When kidlet was tiny, she used to get worried that the sun would go out, setting into the sea.  Then one day she decided that the sun had to take a bath before going to sleep, just like her.  Aren’t kids wonderful at explaining things?    😀

And on a different note entirely, this morning I began the picot bind off on my vest!   If I can get it done on the way home from work I will be able to block it tonight!

It will be sweet to finally finish one of my WIPs  (other than the gifts…).