Monday, July 21, 2008

Out with the old and in with the new

My Two cars, at least for another week. The Jetta did me well for the past 3 years but it is time to part ways and return it back to VW. The Subaru is fun so far. These cars are so different, I will miss the germanness of the Jetta. Now I have to get used to the soft and quiet ride if the Outback, what a terrible thing to have to adjust to.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Bret Favre Sweater

Here is my latest Elizabeth Zimmermann saddle shoulder seamless. I call it Bret Favre because the colors are close to green and gold and Favre thinks he still wants to play football. It is made of a wonderful 50% alpaca blend. It is a little wider than I would like, I checked gauge and everything. Someday EZ will bless me with better gaugeing abilities. I love the seamless process, darning ends is all you have to do to finish it. In large sweaters like the ones I make and not the ones in EZ's books I alway have to adjust for the neck sizing, which is fine and I can figure it out. You can see the little saddle to rise the neck is not so little. It still looks finished. The sleeve strips do match the body, it doesn't show in the picture. Now I am doing a pieced sweater jacket in chunky wool, it is moving fast. I was going to convert to in the round but the front placket/facing knits along with the front pieces. I really don't mind purling once and awhile.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Where are the pictures?

The last couple weeks a bunch has been going on. First off the 60 bike ride on Sat the 12th, went well. I asked are there hills? Oh, a couple I was told. About 5 miles into it we were in the foot hills of the rockies. The eastern part of Columbia county is beautiful with rolling hills, green everything and wonderful Amish farms. For biking it, it was a little more work than I expected, there is always a down to the up. I felt good and didn't cramp etc. We completed it in 4 hours and 22 minutes. Not bad we did stop at the rest stops to regroup. The food and the end was great. I might do this again. An hour after the race I had to rush off and get my new car. The older I get the more practical, I got a Subaru Outback. A station wagon with 4 wheel drive. I can't wait for the snow this winter, no more getting stuck in mom and dad's driveway. It is fun to drive, but I will miss the German engineering of my VW. I do have a finished saddle shoulder seamless waiting for pictures. They will have to be flat pictures. I am not putting on alpaca wool in this weather. Romie