October 28, 2008

Fun with Cables

Posted in Finished Objects at 8:24 pm by merknits

catriona finished

catriona finished back

cables close up

Pattern: Catriona by Debbie Bliss, available for free here
Yarn: Cascade Cotton Rich DK (I think 8.5 balls)
Notes: The cables are just so cool looking that I couldn’t resist this one.  It’s not a really difficult project, but cables just seem to take me a while to do (and the fact that I used cotton didn’t really help either – it’s not always easy to work with).  But I think it turned out great, if I do say so myself!  Knowing that Debbie Bliss patterns always seem to turn out large, I knit the smallest size and it fits perfectly.  The sleeves are a little odd, I guess because the top is just a big rectangle, but I still love it!

I was going to knit the Flutter Sleeve Cardigan from IK Spring 2008 next, but Houston’s recent cool weather has inspired me to start a project that I’ve had in my queue forever – the Lacy Cardigan from Vogue Holiday 2005.  I’m not sure that I’m up to another time-consuming project, but we’ll see!

October 1, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized at 1:36 am by merknits

BlogSpirit has decided that I’m over my limit (even though I just deleted a whole bunch of pictures) and I’m certainly not paying for their poor service, so here I am in my new blog space!  I considered stopping blogging all together, but I wanted to keep things going for a bit longer at least.  I’ll still keep the old blog up, especially since I can’t seem to transfer all of my old posts over here.  And something weird is going on at the old blog where it’s not posting anything on the front page, so I hope at least a few people find their way over here!

Now, as for what I’ve been doing.  The big news was Hurricane Ike – we didn’t end up having much damage, but it certainly was an interesting experience.  In the middle of the storm, the transformer blew (which is right outside our apartment) and the entire apartment filled up with smoke.  I was sure the place was going to burn down, and of course you can’t call the fire department when there are 100 mph winds outside.  So we sat it out with the fire extinguisher in hand, and luckily nothing too important was on fire (we still have no idea what actually happened).  Here was the view from our apartment after the storm, including our power line which disconnected from everything:

power lines

neighbors' tree

We were without power for 11 days, but luckily had somewhere to stay so it wasn’t as much of an issue for us as it was for others.

Now, in all of this, I have done a tiny bit of knitting.

catriona back

It’s the back of Catriona!  This project seems like it is taking forever, but I am excited about the finished product so I’m sticking with it.  Perhaps now that things are kind of back to the normal routine, my desire to knit will return!