Friday, August 25, 2006's August 25th and we have...(insert sinister music here) a FROST ADVISORY tonight. Un-frickin-believable. The temperature hasn't gotten above 70 degrees in the last few days either. I know I live pretty far north, but this is ridiculous, even for here.

Well, I think I'd still take this weather over hot and humid stuff any day. I guess I'll bring in my plants tonight just in case. We've finally started harvesting our tomatoes and I definitely want to keep doing so through September. I'm glad I plant them in pots so I can move them inside when needed!These are the Sungold cherry tomatoes I started from seed back in March and they are sooo sweet. I plan on growing these again next year.

Knitting hodge-podge:
The very perceptive Ms. Mary, Mary guesses correctly...this was indeed the start of a pair of Red Sox. Of course during the horrifying Yankees series I didn't really have the heart to work on them, but now that they've actually won a couple maybe I'll pick 'em up again, we'll see.

More excitingly (ha), I've made it to skein #2 (of 3) of yarn for the Flirty Ruffles shawl!
I'm starting on the section where it ends the print o' the wave pattern and starts on the bottom triangle-y pattern before the ruffles. But still, I think based on my average time per very loonnnggg row I've got a good 25 to 30 hours of work left on this!

The only other interesting happening is that I recieved the fall Rowan. I wasn't completely blown away but it wasn't too bad either...I think my favorite thing was Dew and I also like the knee-high socks. Also thought it was kinda funny that both Rowan and VK had a section on knitting in gray colors.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Amazing Lace Challenge #6

The final challenge for the Amazing Lace is to find an unlikely model for your project. Well, it's very lucky I live here in Maine, because I found Bullwinkle hanging out downtown:
As you can see, he was more than happy to let me use his antlers to model my Flirty Ruffles shawl. What a sport!
My lace is now as wide as a set of moose that's impressive, huh?

Well, it was a great summer of amazing lace-ing...still got a ways to go on this sucker but the knit-along was a great push for me to try something large and complex. Thanks to the hosts of the Amazing Lace!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Goose Rescue and New Project

Here is a photo from my camping trip in New Hampshire last weekend...there was a BIG flock of Canada geese hanging out by this river. The reason I posted it today is that I had quite an adventure with a Canada goose yesterday afternoon (no photos, for reasons that will become apparent). I was walking home from work and got no more than 100 feet down the road when I spotted a solitary goose sitting on a lawn up ahead. I suddenly got a sinking feeling in my stomach, just knowing that there had to be something wrong with it...I can't stand seeing ill or injured animals! Yes, I know that's sometimes part of nature, but still it makes me so sad.

Anyway, I got within 10 feet of it and it was still sitting down. I crept closer and closer, knowing once I got close enough it would try to get away and then I could see what was wrong. Finally, it stood up and started hobbling away. The culprit? Fishing line tied tightly around both legs! I walked back to the office and called the fisheries and wildlife office that is only a mile or two away. The guy there basically laughed at me but said if it was still there tomorrow to call him back and maybe he'd be able to swing by (note: I live in a big hunting/right-wing community where someone who actually cares about something like a single little goose is considered a dirty hippie or even worse one of those "envernmennalists". Also a lot of people think Canada geese are basically pests though I would argue that the problems created by them have resulted mostly from human alterations to the environment...but that's a whole 'nother discussion).

Not willing to let the critter suffer another night if I could help it, I told my co-worker about the situation and being a fellow animal lover he agreed to help. Luckily, he happened to have a light fleece blanket in his car and a pocket knife. Out we went and threw the blanket over the goose. I gently held him while my co-worker extricated all the line from his legs, which was no mean feat. A length of line was perfectly wrapped around each leg and connected by a line in between, and it had been there long enough to have created a dent as his legs grew larger, though it hadn't become embedded or cut through the skin yet. The way it was wrapped almost made it look like someone had purposely done it to him (it didn't look randomly tangled)...but the thought of someone doing that makes me so sick...I really hope it isn't the case.

Well we got him all fixed up, took off the blanket and he waddled into the lake and started swimming away. He was even giving some gentle honks and I like to think maybe he was saying "thank you!" His legs looked a little funny, but hopefully he will recover. Today when I walked to work I didn't see him in the cove (didn't see a pile of feathers either) so I'm guessing he might be OK. At least he has a better chance now! Hooray for the Goose Rescue Squad!

Now that you made it through that long-winded story, I guess I'll get to the knitting...I'm almost done with the Trellis cardigan. I just need to block, seam, and knit the collar. While I do that, I decided to start a fun new project:
Can you tell what these are going to be (hee hee)?

Also, I was pleased to find out that I had won a prize in the Critter Charity Drive hosted by Rebekah over at Knit Knack:
Some cute stripe-y Cleckheaton wool, very fun! Thanks for hosting the Charity Drive, Rebekah, and thanks for the prize too :)

Well, that is enough writing for now...I'll leave you all with a nice calming photo of the lake this morning. Deep breaths's almost Wednesday!


Monday, August 07, 2006

Hope everyone out there had a fun weekend...I know I did! My friends and I get together every summer for a camping trip, which we did this past weekend. We went to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and had great weather and a great time.

On the way home, I stopped by the Bartlett Yarns mill, which was never open the few other times I've tried to go. But today it was open!
The mill, which has been running in this location for over 180 years, is housed in a BIG old building:I could actually hear the machinery working, but there was a big sign that only employees were allowed, so I didn't try to peek in. I believe the mill is still run by water power from a very pretty stream:
I loved the door where the fleece is dropped off:There is a little factory store, where I purchased a quarter pound of pencil roving (for a whopping $2.50):
I'd been wanting some of this so I can make the "Double Rolled Mittens" from Robin Hansen's book Favorite Mittens, the technique for which sounded really interesting. Not sure when I'll get around to them though!