Friday, October 31, 2008

Hermione & Luna

Dressed for "Witch/Wizard Wednesday" during "Haunted Homecoming" week for school, my daughter and her best friend were the best-dressed witches from Hogwarts in my opinion.

My favorite parts of the costumes?

1. The real radishes Luna is wearing for earrings!

2. The U.S. #10 Brittany birch needles transformed into wands.

3. The socks. You gotta love the socks!

4. Hermione's time-turner necklace.

Luna's Quibbler is posed just right so that you can't see the official Ravenclaw house badge on her uniform sweater, but it's there too!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Halloween Arthur Miller

Some schools might be performing Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, this fall. (I remember my own high school's performance as one of the worst productions in memory with cast members reading their lines off the walls behind other actors and one set falling over....but I digress!) It's also getting to be the time for spooks, etc. as Halloween (not to mention, an election) approaches.

I just discovered the perfect song for contemplating such things. It's from my favorite indie artist, Josh Woodward (music buttons on the side bar to the right!)

It's called Gallows Hill. Give it a listen!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Autumn Colors

Out shooting photos for a variety of projects and ran across this tree the other afternoon. Decided to turn it into a "painting." I finished off the socks I was doing with the new On Line 6-ply. I really like them and they sure knit up quickly.

I'll post a photo of them soon!

Happy Knitting & Shooting!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Sweater

Well, I finished the sweater I knit for myself. Here it is!

And in full . . .

It is pretty much exactly what I suspected it would be:

Really, really comfortable.

Incredibly soft (I mean, it's baby alpaca and cashmere for crying out loud!)

Beautiful color

Perfect fit (I adjusted the pattern to make it longer in both body and sleeve length.)

Not wearable outside the house.

Why? Well, because it was knit with worsted weight yarn on size 8 needles and as I've always suspected regarding sweaters for myself any such knit would look "bulky" compared to machine knits at fine gauges.....SOOOOOO.....add that to my already "bulky" frame and it's not exactly flattering.

Even though I TOTALLY love the sweater, I'm afraid that if I go out of the house in it people might mistake me for a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon that got loose. Shamu in blue. It just wouldn't be pretty.

(Your first hint should have been the fact the photos of the sweater were of it laying on the floor rather than on me!)

Anyway, we'll see if I ever get up the nerve to knit something on needles small enough to make something that looks nice enough on me to wear in public. I think that would be a HECK of a lot of knitting!