Thursday, February 26, 2009

Hyperbolic Reef is in town

The hyperbolic reef by Institute for Figuring is going to be at
The Track 16 Gallery at
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica.
until this Saturday.
It’s very cool, and when I saw the exhibit in London dad was listed as one of the contributors!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Grand day out

We had a lovely day at the York Viking Festival yesterday.

We arrived in York at 10:30. The first thing we did was have tea, hot chocolate, a fat rascal (big scone), and an egg benedict at Betty's, a York institution. Jessamy and I shared these things of course. I can eat a lot, but not that much.

Then on to York Minster. We decided to fork over a lot of money to do the do everything tour, starting off with the free tour which was very informational, then saw the undercroft, treasury, and crypt.

And climbed the 275 steps to the top of the tower.
Then back into the Minster.
We bought yarn for my next project - socks for Jessamy - at York's LYS, Sheepish. Bought pork pies and a Turkish wrap from the continental market.

Then on to the Evening Battle: Light and Sound Spectacular where the entertainment included the amusing Horn Dancers (4 guys carrying elk horns, one guy with a bow, and another with a wooden deer head dancing and doing little formations). It would have been more exciting had the horns been on fire, but really this picture is of the firedancers who were pretty good.
The battle was entertaining, but strange. There was maybe 50 guys, dressed in chain mails and with wooden shields. Occasionally chaos ensued, chips of wood went flying, and it did seem at times like they were actually trying to hurt each other. But half of the time the sides were just staring at each other trying to figure out who to attack.

The show ended with dramatic and well timed fireworks set to Flight of the Valkyries.

Then it was back to Betty's, which was the only place we could find that served coffee after 7. I had a yummy Wensleydale soup, a very chocolaty hot chocolate (felt a bit sugar overdosed after drinking it) and cheesecake. Jessamy had a latte latino (the actual name) and a yummy ginger sponge cake.

We managed to hop on the train back home with less than 10 seconds to spare.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I can see you clearly

New glasses! I lost my old pair : ( But I paid way too much for these and got a second pair for free. So now I can plan on loosing one.

Now I also know how to make Jessamy laugh so hard her stomach hurts- have her to take my picture for the blog. I'm that unphotogenic. I'm also started to look my age, which is freaking me out a bit.

I like this picture. It's blurry, even though I have glasses on : )

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cabled socks anyone?

26 stitches over 4 inches
40 rows over 4 inches.

Happy Feet by Plymouth (2 skeins)

Cast on 68 stitches with size 1 needles
Add stitch marker, join in round

*k2, p2* repeat until end.
Repeat the 2X2 ribbing for 10 more rows

Change to size 2 needles
Decrease rounds:
Round 1: k3, k2tog, p3, k4, p2, k4 *p2, k4, p2, k4*, repeat 2 more times, p2, k4, p3, ssk, k3 = 66 stiches
Round 2: k4, p1, p2tog, k4, p2, k4, *p2, k4, p2, k4*, repeat 2 more times, p2, k4, p1, p2tog, k4 = 64 sts

Setting up the cables:
Round 1: k4, *p2, k4, p2, k4*, repeat 3 more times, p2, k4, p2, k4
Start cables:
Round 2: k4, *p2, c2f, p2, k4*, repeat 3 more times, p2, c2f, p2, k4

Regular rounds:
Round 1: k4, *p2, k4, p2, k4*, repeat 3 more times, p2, k4, p2, k4
Round 2: Repeat round 1
Round 3: Repeat round 1
Start cables:
Round 4: k4, *p2, c2f, p2, k4*, repeat 3 more times, p2, c2f, p2, k4

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length of leg (minus half an inch). End with a round 4. My sock leg is a total of 5.5 inches, and there was plenty of yarn left over.

Decrease rounds:
Round 1: k2, k2tog, *p2, k4, p2, k4*, repeat 3 more times, p2, k4, p2, ssk, k2 = 62 sts

Round 2: k1, k2tog, p2tog, k4, p2, k4, *p2, k4 * repeat 4 more times, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2tog, ssk, k1 = 58

Round 3: k2tog, p1, k4, p2, k2, k2tog, *p2, k4 * repeat 4 more times, p2, k2, k2tog, p2, k4, p1, ssk= 54

Round 4: k1, p1, c2f, p2, k1, k2tog, *p2, c2f, p2, k4* repeat 1 more time, p2, c2f, p2, k2tog, k1, p2, c2f, p1, k1 = 52 stitches

Round 5: k1, p1, k4, p2, k2tog, *p2, k4, p2, k4* repeat 1 more time, p2, k4, p2, k2tog, p2, k4, p1, k1=50 sts

Heel flap
Row1: Knit 9, turn
With a new needle: Row 2: purl 18, turn
Row 3: *slip 1, knit 1* repeat until end (18 stitches)
Row 4: Slip 1, purl to end
Repeat rows 3 and 4 13 more times for a total of 26 rows

FYI, you should have 18sts in your heel flap, and 32 in instep = 50 stitches

Turn Heel
Row 1: Knit 11, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 2: sl1, p5, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 3: sl1, knit to stitch before gap, k2tog, k1, turn
Row 4: sl1, p to stitch before gap, p2tog, p1

Pick up 14 stitches along each side of the heel flap with new needles.
Divide the heel as you normally do.

Needle 1: Knit to last three stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: Knit even (working cable pattern throughout)
Needle 3: K1, ssk, knit to end of needle

Work until you have 17 stitches on needles 1 and 3.

Work straight until you are 2 inches away from desired length

I used a slightly rounder toe than normal, taken from knitty.
1 decrease round, 3 even.
1 decrease round, 2 even – twice.
1 decrease round, 1 even – three times.
Decrease every round until you have 16 stitches.
Kitchener it up, and viola.

1. If you only have a size 2 needle with you, you could instead cast on 60 stitches. The majority of the leg would be knit in k2, *p2, k4, p2, k4*, repeat 4 times, p2, k4, p2, k2

2. You can also do one sock with a left twist cable, the other with a right twist cable (hold the cable needle in back).

3. Yes, There are a lot less stitches in the heel than expected, but it fits me.

c2f = Slip 2 stitches p-wise onto a cable needle, keep cable needle in the front, knit two stitches, knit the two stitches from the cable needle.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Another dimension?

Work made everyone leave 3 hours early because of possible transportation issues due to the snow! What dimension am I living in?

It was a clear day when I walked to work this morning, but it started snowing almost immediately after I arrived. On my way back though, from the bus stop to home, it was lovely. There was a layer of white on the ground, on cars, on houses, very light snow falling, and the comforting sound of freshly fallen snow under my feet.

What shall I do with my now 2 hours of extra leisure time?!
Finish the socks, for one. Then who knows!
Really, all I have to do with the socks is redo one toe. As you can see in this poorly taken photograph (it looked ok in the viewfinder, really), the right sock is done in the usual decrease every other row toe. Usually I'm fine with it, but it just wasn't cutting it this time, so I went online to search for pictures, and decided on the simple round toe from knitty. I'm much happier with the whole project now. I'm hoping to have the whole pattern on the blog in the next 2 days...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Robin's Egg Red Hat

Jessamy's hat is finished. Here she is wearing it at a jaunty slant. It took us at least 15 minutes to find the right button.
I used the crown shaping found at The Knitting Fiend.

It is a bit exaggerated for the photo. Too bad I was never able to figure out what I did with that cat/devil hat. Now that was a nice crown.

I had quite a few modifications. I thought the seed stitch border looked a bit big in the original picture, so I started on a row 2 (1 row less than called for). I m1, k1 instead of k1, kf/b and did ssk instead of k2tog because I tried to memorize the pattern instead of just printing it out …
I've figured out a good solution to this though, save the pattern onto the "portable reader system" which was Jessamy's mom gave to us because she had received it as a gift and but never used because prefered to read actual books instead of digital words.
And I BO 4 instead of the 12 (purposefully) for the flap.
And that's about it.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Not snowed in yet

It's been the coldest week in 18 years here in the UK. Newcastle survived relatively unsnowed. We did get enough on Monday to warrant a slight panic about buses, and another little flurry Friday and today. But in the end it was nothing compared to the rest of England, or really to the rest of the county, with several people at work who live outside the city limits calling in to work on Monday saying they were snowed in.

Friday, February 06, 2009

A little closer now

Jessamy has been invited to her first post-graduate interview. The museum is in Massachusetts. Brrrr.