June 19, 2011

Brave New Knits

I know this book has been out for a while...in fact our fantastic library got it in on January 25th. Just the other day I found/noticed it on the new books shelf and snagged it. Usually when I get a knitting book there are only 1 or 2 patterns I like...this one differs - look at how many I marked! Guess I'm going on Amazon and buying my own copy.

What do I like in it? Global Cable Coat, Koukla Cardigan, Woodsmoke Scarf, The Orchid Thief Shawlette, and the Lubov Scarf. I also like how the do little bios on the bloggers who are featured - some wonderful designers out there in cyberspace.

June 11, 2011

More Potato Chip Knitting

When I knit my Inspira I used the term "potato chip" knitting - someone asked if that was my phrase and I must admit I first heard it from Gigi of The Knitmore Girls. Potato chip knitting is something that is addictive and you say "one more row" (perfect for my blog title). The Inspira was truly potato chip for me - this Daybreak was another potato chip experience.

This is my third Stephen West pattern I've knit and I am constantly amazed by his brilliance in design, colorwork, structure, and pattern writing. I simply LOVE his patterns. I've heard via other podcasts that he might be venturing into sweater design - I can't wait to see what he does.

I have materials for one more Daybreak - I'm taking a break but I think it might be my sit on the beach knitting this summer. I do want to make a Spectra too...it looks like it might have that "potato chip" quality.

June 3, 2011

Back In the Saddle Again

A while back I knit a bunch of "bandanas" for my mom and sisters for an upcoming family (just our original family) to Colorado. My parents wanted to celebrate big birthdays (70 and 75) and their 50th anniversary.

The day before I left the weather forecast was for a very cold time and my mom who lives in Florida said "can't you quickly knit me a scarf?" Well, I fessed up and told her not to worry. Then we got there and it was downright hot the first day so my plans to get a group shot of bandanas disappeared (so hot I was laying by the pool after our afternoon ride).

Our last ride was a cool morning and when we headed out I was delighted to see my mom and sister, Catherine, sporting their bandanas. They live in Florida and get chilled quicker than the rest of us. Warmed my heart and warmed their necks!

Here they are sporting their cowgirl gear and a few shots of the countryside in the area. We stayed at the C Lazy U Ranch and if you are looking for a wonderful vacation, this is the place. BTW, the last shot of the huge hill/ridge is where we rode the first day - when we got to the top you could see forever and had a view of the Continental Divide.