July 4th Surprise

I am at my parents house and I decide that I will run out to the car to check on that yarn that I bought to make myself a fair isle hot water bottle cover that my mom has now decided to make for me for Christmas (got that?).  I noticed when I got out to my car that the glove box and console had been torn through and everything left on the seats.  I went back inside and asked who had gone through my car and not put everything back.  Judging from the blank stares I was getting I put my money on no one and went back outside.  Upon a closer examination the dashboard console had been popped off and someone had tried to get my stereo, but didn’t succeed.

 WTF?!?!?!?!  This is supposedly a safe neighborhood.  All night long I thought of stuff I was missing and came up with about $1,300 in missing items.  They even took my brand new Mason Dixon Buttonhole bag and I hadn’t even gotten a picture.  Now I don’t even have a camera so there wouldn’t be a pic forthcoming anyway.

 The only funny side to this whole incident was when the Prospect police came out and when I told them it was a handknit bag the officer proceeding in asking all sorts of technical knitting questions since his wife knits.  Was it made of wool, felted and/or worsted weight?  His partner was looking at him as though he was crazy!  It was hilarious.

This whole incident really burned my biscuits!

KY State Fair Project

If you have read my blog previously then you know about my entrelac ambitions.  I learned how to do the entrelac pattern through a class at my LNS on a gorgeous hat.  I started on the scarf and …

 Well, I had these high ambitions (isn’t that always the start of a huge downfall?) that I would finish my scarf before the summer was out, so to make me meet this deadline I decided I would enter the Kentucky State Fair in the Knitted Hat and Scarve competition.  Believe it or not I actually made my deadline of the beginning of July to finish the project.  To prove it here is a pic:

Entrelac Scarf - Completed

Now all that needs to be finished is the blocking, which I am going to have to do in three sections.  Due to the fact taht the Noro Silk Garden, while gorgeous, can go from fingering weight to worsted and back again and the additional factoid that I went from a tight knitter to a loose one overnight while working on this project, no two spots are the same width.  Therefore, I am having to make sure I pin it tightly and steam it hard.  One good thing that came out of this ferocious blocking is that my bag which I thought was really ugly previously has not flattened out and no longer needs to be backed.  Here is a blocking pic:

Entrelac Scarf - Blocked

Now that the scarf was out of the way I focused on the brim of the hat thinking it would be a piece of cake.  Alas, my foolish dreams came to naught.  I rolled it, folded it, twisted it, anything you can think of I probably did it!  Nothing looked right, so I took the drastic route and cut the brim in half.  I carefully pulled back 2 rows of stitches and then started binding off as loose as I could possible make it and it looked TERRIBLE!  So, now I have to remake the freakin’ hat.  This totally sucks because I am working on my Christmas and July project and now won’t be able to finish that dern thing because of it. AARGH!

 

Gratuitous Pics of Calvin and Frank E.

The Boys

The Boys

Happy Frank E. with the Mittens         Solemn Frank E. with the Mittens

Happy Frank E and the Mittens                                           Solemn Frank E with the Mittens

Calvin the Sun God

Calvin the Sun God

 Frank E in the Freak Snow Storm

Frank E in the Freak Snow Storm