Thursday, May 31, 2007

seven point two

It's likely, I won't have a chance to blog tomorrow. Those 4am starts tend to cut down on my morning blog. So, I thought I would share with you a few blasts from my past. These are from an old sub-blog that I had kicking about which is no longer available to the general public. So, sit back and relax while I transport you back to December 2005...



I was so proud when I turned my first heal. Thankfully, it is not as difficult as I have been lead to believe. All you have to do is read the pattern about three million times, and presto, easy as capturing moonbeams.

These Pippy Long Stalkings come from Stitch ‘N Bitch, the knitters hand book.







Butterflies are Free, a pattern from the Stitch ‘N Bitch books.

I used some old yarn that my mother had given me many years ago. It’s so very soft. I just love the idea of a knit butterfly.






A picture of me knitting. Well, not really. It is funny man, Gene Wilder in the movie Young Frankenstein.

Here are a few things I've knitted to date;

This is my very first non-scarf; Zeeby’s bag from Stitch ‘N Bitch, the knitters’ handbook.

My cat sleeping on my Under The Hoodie, als from SnB


French Market Bag from Knitty.com. I call it a Trug because I use it in my garden to harvest Vegi's.



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seven

First off. I have decided to rejuvenate my Knitted UFO Sitings page. Anyone can join, not that many people read my blog. But if they did read Trampled by Geese, and if they did want to share with the world their stories of UFO woe, joy, frustration and shame, then they would be more than welcome to. All they have to do is leave a comment on the Knitted UFO Sitings Blog stating their desire, and I'll sign them up.



Summer came with a bang like it usually does around here, albeit, a few weeks later than normal. About the middle of February, the cold weather (by cold I mean between 5-10 degrees C.) subsides and a sort of dampish, nippy, unsettled weather sets in for a few months. Not the same dampish, nippy winter weather, which, even though it's not all that cold, it seeps into you and makes you feel like jumping off a building with one end of your latest UFO tied around your neck and the other end attached to the building. But that's no longer an issue. Summer has arrived! It snuck up on us last week, and not it's hot and dry and did I mention hot? What wonderful weather to be knitting this really large and really warm Wedding Gift! But I got a large amount done yesterday. I think I might actually be finished on time, that is if my wrists don't give out before I'm through.



I did a spot of gardening yesterday in the hot sun, and I realized I NEED A SUMMER HAT! While waiting for my bread to rise, I found a pattern for a Sunhat. It looks fun to knit but not really in style around here. Since I would only be wearing it gardening, I figure it will be fine. I have just enough elann.com Endless Summer Luna (in olive green) left over from my Every Day Bag UFO to make it. I'll make it green like my garden.



The photos today are not from my garden. They are from my walk to the Moss St. Market last weekend (before summer arrived) back when it was still spring. In order, hawthorn, laburnum (sp?), poppy, and potatoes which one very intelligent lady thought to start in compostable pots before selling them so that the customers can have their potatoes grow faster.


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

six point one

I found this at Nake-id Knits, who in turn discovered it from Chic Knits.

Knitting Check List

Bolds are completed. Regulars—not so much.

And you?


Afghan
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KALWho didn’t knit Audrey? (actually, I didn't)
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn – not yet, but I have a few sweaters hanging around waiting for reincarnation.
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with bananafiber yarn - Is that even possible? I want some!
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with Bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn—soy blend
Cardigan - Does almost compleate UFO stashed under bed count?
Toy/Doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffitti knitting
Continental Knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book - I want that!
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit - So many times!
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
- I even do my colour work with two or more yarns in the same hand at the same time.
Knitting to make money
Buttonholes - I hate them so much!
Knitting with Alpaca

Fair Isle Knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies...)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns - Way better than circular needles, I always get tangled up in the long cord thing.
Holiday related knitting - I don't want to talk about it.
Teaching a male to knit
Bobbles
Knitting for a living - I just live to knit.
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured Knitting
Kitchener Bind Off
Purses/bags

Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac
Knitting and Purling Backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn
Stuffed Toys
Baby items
Knitting with Cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn - Yes but NEVER AGAIN so long as I have a breath left in my body!
Writing a pattern - what else does one do for fun on a Friday night?

Gloves
Intarsia

Knitting with Linen - Some day soon I hope
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers
Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine - We have all heard of Knitty.com haven't we?
Rug - maybe when I learn to weave. But I did make one out of I-cord when I was little
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/Bolero/Poncho - no, No and NO! (well, maybe one day I'll knit a shrug, but I wouldn't wear it in public)
Knitting with dog/cat hair - um.... NO! Can you imagine what it would smell like wet?
Hair accessories
Knitting in public
- every day.

And a few of my own:


Knitting with buffalo fibre
Knitting at a major fibre related even like a Knit Out
Knitting with Sea Cell yarn. Oh Yah! That stuff is soft!
Double knitting two socks at once (one inside the other)
I-cord edging
And Last but not least, knitting nude!

six

I have kept the same sourdough starter alive for over two months now. It's a rye starter based on Nigella Lawson's recipe in How to be a Domestic Goddess. By based on, I mean I started by loosely following her directions, and now I quite often make what ever kind of bread I feel like from it. Sometimes rye, sometimes oaty bread, sometimes pizza. Well you get the idea.







For those of you who don't know, sourdough, from how I understand it, makes yeast out of air. You mix up flour and water in the correct quantities and leave it loosely covered for most of a week. After a few days it starts to bubble. Once it's made, you can keep it in the fridge and use it to make bread. The night before you want to bake a loaf, bring out the starter and mix some of it with more flour and water and set aside. This is called sponge. Then you feed the starter with more flour and water, leave it out for a few hours (to 'eat' the food) then put it back in the fridge again.







I have no idea how long starter can live. But, to celebrate two months of sourdough, I bought my starter its very own jar (as seen here). And for all you technical fiends, yes, I know how it really works, I just wanted to over simplify things a little for easy reading. Really, when you get down to the bare basics, it's pretty much works how I said.




Tuesday, May 29, 2007

five

I am still waiting for my copy of Interweave Knits. The same thing happened with last summer's issue, it didn't come and I had to ask for another one. There is a gremlin in the postal service here. I don't know what it is, but almost a quarter of my mail goes missing. We have a locked mail box, so it isn't the general public. Pooy to you Canada Post. I love it when you deliver mail, but you really need to get your act in gear.


While I'm in the mood to bitch about stitching, lets talk about knitting groups here in town. A few years ago, before I even started this blog, I popped into one knitting group at my favorite cafe. I was sourly disappointed. Although not new to knitting, I was newly obsessed with knitting and eager to try new techniques. The women at the group were all post menopausal and restricting themselves to square knitting (gtst afghans and scarves). Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but they seemed to put all their effort into how awful it was that I wasn't in the knitting guild. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy myself.



But that was a few years ago; now, thanks to the efforts of Debbie Stroller, the wonderful people at Knitty and the like, more younger people have taken up the sticks and bravely knit in public. There are about 6 or 7 knitting groups in town now, one of them meats two blocks from my home. I might stop by one Tuesday, but not until next week when House is over. Sorry guys and gals, but knitting with Hugh Laurie takes president over just about everything else.


The photos are of some of the araucana eggs that my bosses sell. They have such lushes colour and scrumptious taste.

NB: I apologise for not getting the paragraph formatting correct on my posts lately. For some strange reason blogger isn't doing what I ask it to when I press publish. I suppose I could start correcting the html code, but that's more effort than I'm willing to put in this week.

Monday, May 28, 2007

four

I think I've decided on what to make for Christmas gifts. Well, I've decided two things really, one will be super-wonderful at using up my Yarn Stash. Unfortuantely, on the odd chance that anyone actually reads this blog, I cannot/will not share my amazing ideas with you just now. We will just have to wait 7 more months.


The dream is to become a farmer within the next 10 years. I want a combination of traditional and modern techniques with a huge emphasis on low environmental impact. There will be chickens, pigs, milking goats, ducks, and a small flock of heritage sheep (I bet you can't guess what that's for. Hint: it involves a spinning wheel and some pointy sticks).

There is something about healthy, happy animals fed with fresh and top quality food (which we would grow ourselves) which makes the quality of the product vastly superior to any shop bought bit of meat. Sustainable farming, that's the dream; and maybe, in a few years the reality

Sunday, May 27, 2007

three

It's Sunday morning, and I woke to the sound for church bells. It's one of the privileges of living in a small city is that all the churches chatter to each other on Sunday mornings. Each church has it's own melody and when they ring all together, it sounds like a breakfast gathering of elderly women gossiping over what they saw during the week.

This wedding gift progresses slowly. I still have moments of panic when I try to judge if I'll be finished in time or not. I still have a few weeks to go, but even so, I am nervous.




Here is a rough draft for some socks. Last week, as I mentioned earlier, I wondered down to the Moss St. Market where all things sold are locally grown or made, ethically (used in the common meaning, not the technical one) produced and environmentally friendly. One stall sells yarn and (pre-washed & carded) wool harvested from their sheep, less than half an hours drive, so I bought one bag of white and one of dark grey/brown wool in hopes of actually spinning sock yarn (this time). If it works out I will, in theory, have enough for two pairs of socks. One of them will be like these here. I'm reading about spinning and I've signed up to take a course at the Victoria Fiber Fest on how to spin. Perhaps it's designed only for beginners, but I can pretend that I've never seen wool unless it's in yarn form before.

Speaking about socks, I made this delightful pair out of seaweed. Don't believe me? Have a look!


Well, okay, I mislead you. It's only partly made out of seaweed. In fact it's made of Sea Cell, an amazing means of processing seaweed. The yarn was far more expensive than I usually pay, but I was in a bit of a funk, and needed cheering up. What's more, it's Canadian produced (which makes me happy) and oh so silky. Produced by Fleece Artist from Nova Scotia, it is 115 grams of Sea Wool, 70% Merino, 30% Seacell, 350m/115g. It comes with a pattern for Bordello Socks, but after almost 3 months of complicated wedding gift knitting, I need a break and knitted up some stst socks (with plenty of yarn left over).

Even though, it's not the most creative sock in the world, I'll post the pattern on my Trampled By Geese Free Patterns so that you can get an idea of what can be done with this wonderful yarn. That is, um, that I will do it just as soon as I find my notes for what I did.

Now, it's my day off. I'm going to do laundry, bake three pies and knit like I have a looming deadline to finish this wedding gift.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

two

Recently, some friends of mine gave birth to a charming baby girl. For the baby shower I made this adorable little teddy bear out of some extra cotton yarn (from my Cotton Cardie) I had stashed under my bed.

It was remarkably easy to knit, just a bunch of gtst rectangles, with the neck and head shaping done afterwards with a bit of extra thread.



Even my cat came to see what was up, but being the coward that she is, quickly ran away to hide in the other room.

The pattern can be found at Any Yarn Quick Knit Teddy Bear.

Friday, May 25, 2007

one point one

FREE KNITTING PATTERNS!

Over the last few years, I have knitted many of my own creations. It's time to share them with the world. You can find your free Trampled by Geese knitting patterns here!

enjoy!

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I'm back, yet again, after another long period of absence. Don't ask me where I've been or what I've done. It's confidential. Needless to say, it involves primarily a very large wedding present.



The wedding present is almost finished, only a few weeks left to go. I tell you, I've never knitted anything so large in my life. The wedding is next month, so after I present it to the glowing bride and groom, I'll post pictures.







I have tried spinning again. I bought a wheel about this time last year, a lovely Alford traditional. But I had run out of wool and with the wedding present taking so much of my time (I started way back in January), I hadn't had a chance to order some more. Besides, last time I touched the wheel in hopes of making some lovely hand spun sock yarn, I ended up with miles of this white stuff which is far to thin even to make lace out of.


I went down, a few Saturdays ago, to the Moss St. Market. I found, of all things, a bag of grey, mixed bread, washed and carded wool, read for spinning. only 100 grams, but it took me two days to spin it all. The best thing was, that it's locally grown sheep. Now, I'm certain you'll see me rant about this again and again, but I can't stress the importance enough of buying local products. Not only does it boost the local economy, but it also cuts down on pollutants caused by shipping goods over long distances. I always try to buy Canadian yarn if possible, and with so many lovely producers within a days journey of my home, I can find most of the yarns I need right on my doorstep.

Now, at this point, I should stop and tell you, I don't really know what I am doing with a spinning wheel: Knitting, I'm a diva - but spinning, well.... I glanced through a library book once. So when I tell you that I didn't measure wraps per inch and all that stuff, you have got to understand that I just don't know how to do that yet. But, I spun some lovely looking yarn, and even plied together. I thought, well, I'll just make it a little bit thicker than the other yarn, it should work, right?


In the process of spinning this, I discovered all on my own what I have recently learnt to be called Woolen method of spinning. I was delighted that I could let the twist travel all the way up into the fiber blob and still draft. I had only committed worsted spinning before.

The spinning went marvelously well, it was easy, fast and just plane fun. I spun and plied the entire bag of wool, confident that this sock yarn would turn out just right - No such luck.

It wasn't until I took out my trusty sock needles and tried to cast on, that I realized that what I had spun wasn't really sock yarn after all. It turns out that the marvelous bag of grey fleece grew into three balls of extremely chunky slub. I have bought artsy, fartsy slub yarn that didn't have as much variation as my creation.





Oh well. I'll sign up for a seminar in spinning at one of the upcoming fiber festivals. In the mean time, I am making a hat. A nice, warm winter hat out of my sluby art yarn. I CO 88sts on my largest double points (6mm), and worked 8 rows of 2x2 rib. I think I might frogg it as it seems a bit large for my head, and try again with 80sts. I have yet to decide on the rest of the hat as I can't find a pattern for your basic hat anywhere online.