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September 22, 2007

vines in a tree

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Here is another version of Japanese Vines hanging on the huge laurel tree in the back yard. This scarf was knit from two skeins of ShibuiKnits sock yarn that I got at Knit/Purl.

Other yarns that would work well with this pattern are Koigu KPM solids, Louet Gems fingering weight, or Sundara sock yarn. Just to clarify, a single skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock is 420 yds., so depending on what yarn you use, this may or may not be a single skein project.

Now, back to this laurel tree, which is the menace of the back yard. It is MASSIVE. If I do nothing, it will be the back yard. I knew I was going to have to do something about it when I moved in, I just didn't know how soon. I found out when it went and dropped a large branch in the neighbor's back yard (and, thankfully, not on the neighbor's house or anything of value). That forced my hand. It's got to be pruned, and pruned hard. Unfortunately, the pruning will have to be done by hand from inside tree. Nothing is ever easy.

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September 21, 2007

molly update

Thanks for the wishes for a quick recovery for Molly. She's home and appears to be recovering nicely; although, her purr seems to be broken. She still tries to purr, but what comes out sounds awful.

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September 19, 2007

untitled post #12

Mantis

I found this little entity living in the lavender bush out front when I was pruning last week.

Yard work is satisfying of you know what you are doing. If you are clueless like I am, it all seems overwhelming.

I'm finding home-ownership, in general, overwhelming. I am enveloped in dread. I am over-reacting to everything. I guess even at my age I'm not prepared to be a responsible adult.

I'm taking Molly to the vet this morning. She may need an operation. Nothing immediately threatening, but probably something that will need to be taken care of. She's old; she can't last forever. Dread, dread, dread.

I know I'll be OK, but I just wish I at least knew how to take care of my yard.

[knitting content should return soon. The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is this weekend].

Molly_sleep

Update: Molly is having her surgery tomorrow.

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September 15, 2007

Japanese Vines

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A while back, I bought a 10-pack of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids in assorted colors. The skeins sat in my stash for a time before I realized that, although the yarn was lovely, it would probably never become socks.

But the colors were so pretty, I wanted to come up with some use for all that yarn. I thought about what else a single skein of fingering weight yarn could become. A lacy scarf, perhaps?

With a skein of loden green as my inspiration, I started hunting through all my stitch pattern books for a leafy motif. I found what I was looking for in a Japanese stitch dictionary--hence, the name.

Mscarf

Lacy, leafy, and easy to knit. A single skein makes a narrow 6" x 69" scarf or a wider 7.5" by 49" scarf. The CTH yarn is actually quite nice for lace knitting. After a good blocking it becomes soft and drapey.

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Blocked on the left and unblocked on the right.

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I like this pattern so much that it's almost all I've been knitting for the past three months. Eventually, everyone I know will get one of these. I've made four already, and have several more in the queue.

I'm also using this pattern to teach an Introduction to Lace Knitting class at Portland's hipest new yarn shop, Twisted. [Yes, can you believe it? I'm teaching knitting].

And so, I humbly offer for sale the pattern for the Japanese Vines Scarf.

Note: Because I am new to this e-commerce thing and I'm not sure what the sales volume will be, at least to begin with, I am going to be accepting payment through PayPal and filling the orders myself through email. If this becomes difficult or cumbersome to do, I will switch to an automated system.

Because I am filling orders by hand, there will be a delay between placing an order and receiving the pattern. No orders can be filled between 6am and 5pm PT on weekdays.

Japanese Vines Scarf Pattern

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids

Pattern Price: $5.00

I WILL BE UNABLE TO FILL ORDERS FROM AUGUST 12th 2008 TO AUGUST 17th 2008. REGULAR SERVICE WILL RESUME ON AUGUST 18th 2008 AND ANY ORDERS RECEIVED IN THE PREVIOUS PERIOD WILL BE FILLED ON THIS DAY. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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September 10, 2007

THE BLOG IS DEAD!

LONG LIVE THE BLOG!

[OK, so much for being cyptic. Not quitting. Accepting that the blog will never be a particular type of blog. Allowing old expectations to die in order to carry on with things the way they will be.]

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