Tuesday, March 03, 2009

A Touch of the Lion

March is one of the most unpredictable months, weatherwise, in our Fair Alberta. If truth be told, March weather is unpredictable just about anywhere in Canada! This is what I saw today on the Weather Network:

"Weather Watches & Warnings: Mirror, Alberta

WINTER STORM WARNING: Red Deer - Ponoka - Innisfail - StettlerIssued at 4:26 AM MST TUESDAY 3 MARCH 2009
SNOW RAIN AND FREEZING RAIN...THIS IS A WARNING THAT DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS...LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS"

I feel sorry for anyone who has to drive today. Me? I'm staying in to knit and work on my latest art project. Just a hint: it involves fabric collage. I'm studying The Art of Fabric Collage by Rosemary Eichkorn to help me out. I've had the book for some time, but this is the first time I've been inspired to use the technique. Stay tuned!

On the knitting front, I'm lurking on the "Guernsey Socks KAL" on Ravelry. I've only just requested an invitation to Ravelry, and await the response, which should take another couple of days. I was put on to the KAL in the Knit-alongs section at Knitter's Review and because I have Clara's book and a stashful of sock yarn, I've jumped in anyway.

I say 'jumped' because right off the bat, the ribbing calls for single-stitch cabling. This is very difficult to do with a cable needle in the second round of ribbing on 3 dpns. Time to learn to (shudder) knit without a cable needle. In all my 48 years of knitting, I've never done this. Like steeking, cabling without a cable needle can be scary. Now that I have the internet, though, I sought online help, and found this excellent video on YouTube. I had to watch it 3 times and then practice doing the technique along with the knitter, but it was worth it. I'm now very comfortable with the process -- and very proud of myself!

What's next? Steeking?!

1 comment:

Accidental Poet said...

I LOVE cabling without a cable needle - but I've never tried it tiny :) you brave woman, you.