April 22nd, 2011

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 04-21-2011

  • 06:28:21: RT @NatureNews: Oil spills underreported in Mexican Gulf http://goo.gl/fb/b5T8P
  • 06:30:14: RT @USGS: [VIDEO] Launching first episode of a new series called Climate Connections this morning. For now, a preview: http://1.usa.gov/ ...
  • 07:33:00: RT @gbrumfiel: VIDEO The Fukushima nuclear crisis explained in under 5 minutes: http://j.mp/g5oU4L
  • 10:05:40: Misty-moisty morning--no rain in forecast but about 80 and humid, so went out and mowed in the field for more fire prevention (we hope.)
  • 10:06:11: Then the sun came out, it got distinctly warmer, and a brisk breeze came up--came back in.
  • 10:46:50: Still can't find my mother's circular needles. Or any 8s or 9s. Need to visit a shop or order online. #knitting
  • 11:26:22: Knitting needle preferences: bamboo, wood, plastic, metal??? I've used wood, plastic, & aluminum, never bamboo...opinions? #knitting
  • 11:55:24: I started with v. old wooden needles, loved 'em. Can't find that old pair now. :-( Then used aluminum. W'd love to have wood again.
  • 22:15:57: How do you figure how long a cable you need on circular needles? #knitting

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Needle, Yarn, and a Creeping Start

Today I found the posh (or maybe only one of the posh) yarn shops in Austin, Gauge.   As I (and the entire alto section) had totally blown an entrance to one of the pieces we sang during the Good Friday service, I was determined to make something come right...and finding Gauge and buying a circular needle did the trick.  I had been looking online at many kinds of needles: bamboo, wood, plastic, metal.   I don't have a problem with aluminum needles and I've used wood (very old wooden needles in the family, which I can't now find, just like I can't find my mother's circular needles.   But Gauge carried KnitPicks brand of wooden needles, rather garishly colored (think of "pick up sticks" colors) but very smooth...and interchangeable on the ends of their matching cables.  

That's what I got--a pair of #7 tips and a 40 inch cable and some little ring-shaped stitch markers.   I carefully avoided the yarns.  (They have gorgeous yarn.  Of course.)    Came home and started casting on for my project, 180 stitches.   Despite checking again how long a "tail" you're supposed to have for long-tail cast-on, my almost-10 feet of tail was not enough.   But lo...I joined it to yarn from another ball, and continued on.  (Yes, there's a messy bit.  Too bad.)    I put stitch markers where I'm going to change the pattern, and went on and knit a row.   I like the new needles, but I'm not used to working flat on a cable...something new learned...and I'm not yet used to exactly how much slip/grip the surface is, having been practicing basic stitches on aluminum needles (much more slippery.)   Altogether a good side trip on the way home after church.  I may knit another row before bed.