This is the start of my Cayuga Set. The mitten cuff is supposed to have a very pretty vine and bobble design (it is also more purple than shown here). Two techniques I have learned while working on these mittens...how to do a tubular cast-on and how to make bobbles. Yes, it is true. I have never bobbled before. Maybe it is due to my being a newbie at bobbles, but these aren't as "perky" as I thought they would be. Plus, they have created these big holes that I keep trying to adjust and close up. I guess I will keep going on since I really like this set and want my mittens to match my (eventual) hat. We'll see if when I get to the hat I can achieve a more plump bobble. And ones with no holes. I do take comfort in the fact that the cuff fits, and I only had to do the cast-on about four times. Bobbles may not be my forte, but I can slam me out some tubular cast-on!
Back at the end of December, my dad, the Bean, and I paid a visit to the Smithsonium National Museum of the Amerian Indian. I had been a few times before, but this visit was a first for my dad and the first the Bean could remember (she has been once before, but it has since slipped her memory). The museum is probably best for kids 5 and up so far as an educational resource goes. The Bean has been studying American Indians in school, so she was very interested in the exhibits. I actually caught her a few times so engrossed that she forgot I was there. I didn't take many photos this trip since I have some from before, but I did take some of the changing exhibit...Strange Comfort by Brain Jungen. Here is a little about Jungen from the museum Web site:
"Brian Jungen (b. 1970, Dunne-za First Nations/Swiss-Canadian) uses mass-produced goods to make sculptures that are simultaneously fake and authentic, playful and political, common and extraordinary. Jungen charges ordinary, useful objects with layers of meaning, exploring and transgressing the boundaries of what they had been and what they’ve become, riffing on Indian imagery, pop culture, consumerism, and obsession in the process."
Here are my photos from the exhibit. I think the gas cans are my favorite. I love how their inherited beauty renders them useless as a vessel to hold gas. The Bean liked the golf bag totem poles and the whale made from patio chairs. Be sure to check out the Web site for more about the exhibit, and definitely pay a visit if you are in the area.
Blog Posts from the Museum About the Installation of the Exhibit (pretty interesting)
As many of you know, we had a TON of snow the weekend before Christmas. I think we got around two feet total. It was definitely enough to close school the following week, and I ended up having that Monday off as well (Dec. 21). We weren't sure what Baldwin would think of the snow, but by the looks of it, he had previous experience. He had no problems with stomping around the yard and chasing sleds. Funny considering he won't even THINK about going out in the rain.
Someone needed a nap after all that work.
Pattern: Neighborly by Jennifer Casa (pattern link, Ravelry link)
Yarn: Berroco Vintage Wool - Pansy, Crystal Palace Mochi Plus - Intense Rainbow
Fiber: washable wool
Amount: 1 skein and a smidge of the Vintage, 1 skein of the Mochi
Needles: US #8 Addi Turbos
I have a bunch of projects that need photos taken, but since this was worn a few weeks ago, it was subject to a quick photo session. I started this project on a whim after seeing the great colors of Mochi that were available at Fibre Space. I knew my Bean would not like Noro around her neck, so the Mochi was a perfect substitute. Plus, both yarns are machine-washable (but I haven't tried them out). I get nervous to wash handknits in the machine, so this one will get washed by hand for now.
This is a great pattern that is perfect for any odds and ends you might have laying around. It is basically just a tube with arm holes and a collar. Quick...just how I like my knits!
Here are some pictures from the ICE show we went to back in December when my dad was visiting. You can learn more about the exhibit here. It was really beautiful, but freezing cold...that was why we had to wear the blue parkas. The really unflattering blue parkas. When it is only 9 degrees inside, you have a tendency to overlook the fact that you look like a giant blue penguin. The Bean thought "it looked more exciting on TV." I think I would go back next year, but maybe leave the Bean at home. Once you've seen one ice penguin, you've seen them all. (if you click on the "Ice 2009 Show" at the bottom you can see the larger version of the photos.)