The test-knitters did their thing, the edits are made, and this cardigan pattern is all set to go! Now through March 8th I’m offering it for the promotional price of $5 (instead of $6).
Even though winter is clearly sticking around for a while, this sweater is good for more than sub-zero temperatures. I have sweaters that are beautiful but….they make me sweat. This one is all wool but the Phatastic yarn has lots of air spun into it, and so I wear it comfortably in a wider range of temperatures. I like this sweater over a plain v-neck tee with skinny jeans and boots. Maybe a nice infinity scarf on top.
I’m back. And I brought R. and the camera home with me! A week in Puebla and a few surrounding cities was lovely…definitely better than this never ending lineup of snowstorms.
edit**Many thanks to my father-in-law Ron who shared that the above photo – the convento/museo Santa Monica – was the feature topic on this week’s Public Radio “The World”.
Puebla is the land of mole poblano. Here’s dinner our last night in town at El Mural de Los Poblanos - some gourmet quesadillas and a six-mole sampler. Unfortuntely I was too sick to eat much more than a few bites, but those bites were delectable. I followed up with a nice bowl of rice in broth
Before I arrived R. said that he was routinely stopped by locals, especially in smaller towns, and asked to pose with them for a photo. Usually the locals were teen girls or middle-aged women who giggled as they walked away. My arrival significantly cut down on the number of photo requests (sorry R!), but we did have a woman stop and ask us if she could take us to coffee so she could practice her English. She brought her husband and granddaughter, so there was a wide range of English and/or Spanish skills represented at the table, and we had a great time trying to communicate with one another. She made us promise that when we returned to Puebla we’d come over to her house so her husband could give us cooking lessons. So….guess we need to try and get back there soon!
…and I’ll be trading in the ice and snow for sunshine, cacti, mezcal, and 16th century monasteries (courtesy of a cute tour guide I know).
(photo credits to Sally)
I have to decide what knitting to pack. Big decisions.
Here’s a little peek of a WIP cowl that will probably get carried along to Mexico. It’s by far the softest thing I’ve ever knit. Everyone who’s touched it goes gaga over the feel…
I’m learning how un-fun blogging is when there’s no camera around. Sigh. It’s probably time that I gave up my phone-that-only-calls-people and just got a smartphone. The cameras on those things just keep getting better and better.
At a party this winter someone saw my phone (see above) and asked, “So do you feel jealous of people with smartphones, or just self-righteous?” It was a martini-induced zinger that made me laugh. I mean….who goes this long without a little self-righteousness? Mostly I’m just worried that a smartphone’s GPS will erode my navigation abilities the way cellphones made me forget all phone numbers. I take my spatial memory very seriously because it’s about the only kind I have.
I also fear getting sucked into smartphone-usage like this:
But since I’m not so principled as to avoid mooching off friends’ smartphones (“can you look up a number/address/knitting pattern for me?”) I may have stumbled into dreaded technology-hypocrite territory:
No camera means I can’t show you pictures of our big Wednesday snowfall, which is too bad because for some reason it was an especially pretty one. However I do have a few pictures of FO’s thanks to Christine: Scrap Hat #1, Handspun Socks, and Scrap Hat #2. Plus a nice portrait of Samson
For readers who knit, I’m de-stashing a few things and wanted to share the link: http://www.ravelry.com/people/foxflat/stash/trade
I’m selling it all for less than retail…what a nice excuse to buy some yarn
The Socks that Rock is especially awesome. I’d include some enticing photos here, but my camera was confiscated and taken to Mexico for R’s research trip.
I thought that maybe asking for test-knitters would light a fire under me to finish writing up this pattern! So….are you interested? I estimate that I’m a week or two away from having it ready to go. I’d like test-knitters to finish within a month of receiving the pattern. All test-knitters will receive an edited copy of the finished pattern. I’d love to have a few who are willing to test-knit using the Phatastic yarn. If you’re interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a finished bust circumference and estimated yardage for each size:
XS = 33 in, 850 yards
S = 36 in, 910 yards
M = 39 in, 960 yards
L = 42 in, 980 yards
XL = 45 in, 1050 yards
2XL = 48 in, 1300 yards
3XL = 51 in, 1400 yards
4XL = 54 in, 1500 yards
…this is the most lucrative bit of cat real estate in the apartment.
They love the warmth of the pilot light. It also provides a nice vantage point for spying on a brown Boston terrier who we’re dog-sitting. He is very cute and nice, but he and the cats aren’t quite sure about each other.
Edith took her own safety very seriously at the beginning, and for the first time ever I found her perched on top of the shower door.
If you were caught up in Storm Hercules, I hope you’re safe and warm. We didn’t get too much snow here – maybe 8 inches with some drifting – but it was incredibly cold out. My walk in the snow didn’t last long.
So…naturally I worked on some knitting and sewing. The sockyarn that I spun up this fall yielded a pair of Christmas socks for my mom and there was still enough left over to make myself a pair. I’m finishing up the second one now. I also started working on a new quilt. Kind of a wonky chevron thing to use up a bunch of scraps. Did you have any snow day projects?