Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Dog's Life

So I could not resist sharing this picture. Most of my "audience" (all five or six of you :-))) know our dog Tucker. Since the weather here has FINALLY cooled down and it's now quite pleasant out, hubby has taken to watching his Saturday football games outside on the deck in the sunshine. Tucker often likes to hang out on the deck chairs (I think she likes the view she gets from the higher perch) and yesterday when she hopped up, she did not know quite what to do with the TV that she found sitting there. So we caught this very cute pic of our extremely spoiled dog. There was one pic with her looking at the TV, as though checking out her favorite show along with Daddy. If I can find that one I will post it as well. But for now, here's Miss Tucky in all her early-autumn glory:

Third Lizzie Block Completed

As mentioned in my previous post, block #3 did not go as smoothly as the second, but it's finally done! When I started it over (after a jillion mistakes) I ended up having to scrap the first 12 rows, which had been beautiful yellows and oranges, because I got the bright idea to go ahead and weave in ends as I go (and began cutting the yarn to avoid so many trailing ends as I go). I was afraid my gauge would not match up perfectly if I tried to reuse it, so this one is missing those lovely brighter colors, but I was able to liven it up with some scraps from previous skeins. I like how it turned out, even though it's quite similar in color now to block #1. I'll just put them at opposite ends of the afghan or something :-)

I'm beginning block four now, which is starting out very green (everything from emerald to a mossy gray-green-black. So far it's very nice (and going a lot more smoothly) so I hope to finish it up this week. I also ordered my next 5 skeins - this is quite addictive and I don't want to run out of yarn!

Happy knitting!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Second Lizard Ridge Block is Done!

I'm pleased to report that Block #2 is done. This is so much fun! These colors are my favorite of the four skeins I bought initially, as they are almost all blues, greens and purples (colors may not be quite true in the pic). This block is also nearly error-free - a major improvement over Block 1, except that I forgot I was not supposed to switch yarns at the very last repeat. Darn. Now it's got slightly less contrast toward that end than it should have, but I still love it.

Unfortunately, the third time was not the charm. Block 3 started off beautifully, lots of oranges and yellows (a nice contrast to the first two). However, two frustrating knitting sessions later, I have now learned a couple of lessons: First, I cannot knit while listening to hubby talk, even to someone else on the phone. Second, this distraction is made even worse when hubby is talking to my Dad and puts Dad on speakerphone, and we are also watching football on TV. Normal (i.e., more mindless) knitting without a pattern is no problem, but this one involves lots of counting stitches, and I constantly lose my place and have to refer to my pattern "map" to find my way again. Thursday night, after trying to correct what must have been error 463 for this block, after discovering I (once again) had only 40 stitches going on, I gave up and started over.

Of course, this is also the block where I began weaving in the ends (and cutting the yarn) as I went along, so I could not completely unravel and begin again with the same skein. I think there will still be enough yarn, but I hope it doesn't mess with the pattern too awfully for me to start in the middle of the skein :-(( Guess we'll find out!

So that's the Lizzie progress to date - I will continue, wiser this time, and post block three when it's done!

Happy weekend, and happy knitting!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

First Lizard Ridge Block is Complete!

Wow, has summer ever flown by. I just logged in to make this post and realized I have not updated my blog since the end of June. Good grief! I need to do better at keeping this thing updated (she says, as she grabs 5 minutes in between 40 things that need to get done today :-). As usual, I have my priorities firmly in place (!), and notwithstanding the aforesaid 40 things, I have spent all morning (and a lot of yesterday) knitting and completing the first block of the Lizard Ridge Afghan pattern.

I'm so excited to be knitting again. I'd forgotten how much fun it is - my Nana taught me as a child and I used to knit some while I was growing up, but I got out of the knitting loop (ha ha) years ago. Recently I came across a friend's project and decided to try to make one myself (Thanks to Phyllis, for sucking me in - now I can blame you when I don't get anything else besides Lizzie blocks accomplished!! :-) Those of you who know me best know this is pretty much how I do things - either full speed ahead or full stop! I love the Lizard Ridge pattern and the colors are so gorgeous, they're fun to look at even while you're working with them.

So, I will post a further update on our summer very soon, but without further ado, here's a pic of the first of the 24 blocks that comprise the pattern:

I've only got one visible mistake, which I am totally okay with considering that the pattern took me a while to master. :-) I hope to start another block this week, time permitting... the colors in the pic aren't quite true to shade as I had to take this with my camera phone, but you'll get the idea.

And now, sadly, it's back to those 40 (oops, 39 - blog post now completed :-) items on today's to-do list!

Happy weekend!
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