Thursday, January 28, 2010

Off in All Directions: Sir Elton and Baby Knitting

The second half of January is always busy for me because of my volunteer work for the Sundance Film Festival. This year includes a lot of baby knitting, too!

Above is the "Dolly" sweater from Jaeger Handknits, JB29. The bonnet was my addition. How can little Daphne Dawn wear the lovely sweater without a bonnet to match? I made a basic bonnet, adding the pattern and the lace trim in the sweater. It was a little challenging, but I'm hoping to make some socks to match...if the yarn holds out, KP Stroll in "Glacial," a discontinued color I bought on sale, never knowing I would be doing some baby knitting! This outfit will be awaiting little Daphne's arrival, sometime around the first week in June. I have lots more baby knitting to do.
I finished this hat the same day as I finished the sweater:

Part of this hat was knitted during the wonderful Opera "Carmen," which we saw at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City on Sunday. The pattern is an in-house design of The Wool Cabin in Salt Lake City. I used "Cotton Classic," which is what the pattern called for. The decorations are my own.
As mentioned earlier, The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, and I'm one of a large number of volunteers of all ages working at the Eccles Theater in Park City High School. (I'm in the middle.)

We are not allowed to take photos of the celebrities who come through the theater. This year so far, I've seen Ben Affleck, who stars in "The Company Men," and I was allowed to open the door to the theater for Sir Elton John, who came to see "Nowhere Boy," a dramatization of the life of John Lennon.
There's some down time during our volunteer work. For these times, I've found my drop spindle useful. Last night, for example, I got some spinning done between loading the theater (I was a ticket-taker) and opening it up again at the end of each film. I'm getting a sizeable kop on my Golding Tsunami. (Thanks to Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont, I know this term.) The bracelet is Oregon myrtlewood. It was a Christmas present, and it makes a great distaff (to keep the fiber supply out of the spun yarn), besides being decorative.

I get some interesting questions from people when I use my drop spindle in public. Such as:
"Is that a dreidel?"
"Did you know that you can pay Spinderella to do that for you?"
"Are you making string?"
I find spindle spinning to be a good use of very short periods of time.

What's on my needles? Still DS2's alpaca hat, but progress is being made. I may CO the baby socks.
What's on my drop spindle? Ashford's merino and silk in "Mulberry."
What's on my wheel? I finished spinning the merino and silk pumpkin fiber and am ready to ply!
What's on my iPod? Lorna Doone, but I'm up to Chapter 47, and well into the story.
What's on my MP3 player? KP Podcast #129, another great podcast! (I want to listen again, because I may have missed something.

Happy knitting, spinning, film viewing and whatever else you're up to right now! --P

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot...

One of my new year's resolutions is to photograph and upload long-finished projects. Like this one...

Here's the back:

This is the Persian Poppy Waistcoat from Kaffe Fassett at the V & A. I actually went to the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988 and met Kaffe Fassett, who was giving a talk there. He left California years ago to visit a friend in England, and ended up staying. He was trained as a painter, but when he went into a "wool shop" in England, he found his new "paint." I ended up knitting several of his patterns, and he inspired me to be more adventurous in choosing colors.

I'm still working on the "Dolly" baby sweater from Jaeger Handknits. Here's a photo of the "Dolly" blocking on my KP blocking mats:

The 4X4 hat for DS2 is coming along well:

I want to get it to him before winter is over in Portland. In about 3" I can start the decreases. (BTW, it's upside down.) It's my second project with yarn I spun myself, in this case, from alpaca fiber from my friend Linda, who raises the wonderful fiber factories and soon will have fiber and yarn on Etsy.

Speaking of spinning, I'm still working on the second ball of merino and silk in "pumpkin" to send along with the hat when both are done, for DS2's girlfriend, also a knitter (like me)!

This week, the Sundance Film Festival starts in Park City, and DH and I are volunteering again. This is our 10th year. Opening night is tonight, and we will both be on duty, which means the pups will go to a friend's house for "day care" (or, in this case, "night care"). It's too much to ask them to wait from 3:00 PM until past midnight to go potty. They will get to play with friends, though.

Still listening to Lorna Doone, but finally making progress with the interesting story. I'm looking forward to the next Masterpiece Classics, Emma, to begin this Sunday. It's a three-part program over the next three Sundays on PBS. I adore Jane Austen! Happy knitting! --P

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Knitting and Spinning!

I've been working on the "Dolly" baby sweater from Jaeger Handknits, 27 Designer Garments by Martin Story for Babies and Children, using KP's Stroll (actually, old "Essential" I bought on sale months ago) in "Glacier," a discontinued color. I just finished the back:

Here's the front:

I managed to squeeze in a hike in the snow. Snowshoes weren't needed, as we haven't had any fresh snow lately.

Here's a photo of Shaman, a wolf who hikes with us, taking a treat from my splint-clad hand.

I only have to wear the splint if I'm driving or doing something strenuous, like housework (ugh!) or hiking. It's impossible to put a mitten over it, so I wear a heavy sock on that hand.

Sunday, I met a high school friend in Salt Lake City for lunch.

She lives in San Diego, but comes to Utah once a year for a genealogy conference. I hadn't seen her since 1985, when DH and I went to my 25th high school reunion. Our 50th is coming up!

Monday I started working on the newsletter for the Park City Mountain Sports Club. You can see the January issue here. I do the editing and pick out photos. Sometimes I write articles for the newsletter. Then I send everything to another club member, who does the layout. I enjoy hiking and snowshoeing with other club members, who are mostly retired or approaching retirement age. They're active, though.

What's on my needles: DS2's hat, the baby sweater and a bunch of UFOs.
What's on my iPod: Lorna Doone. I'm back to listening to the classic, which I downloaded from
What's on my spindle: Still the Ashford merino and silk in "Mulberry," and it's getting fatter all the time!
What's on my wheel: Still the rest of the pumpkin merino and silk for DS2's girlfriend.
I'm also reading an actual book: Respect the Spindle, by Abby Franquemont, available here. It's a good book, and gives a lot more detail about types of spindles and how they work than any spinning book I've looked at so far.

I hope everyone has a great year, filled with lots of knitting and spinning, and may you have very little frogging! --P