Category Archives: Project Spectrum

Snow is Project Spectrum, right?!

Margene is celebrating her third blogiversary! Leave her a comment revealing a little secret about yourself and you could win some fibery prizes on March 14.

Sundara is celebrating the first anniversary of Sundara Yarn. Guess how many skeins of yarn she’s dyed in the first year – submit your guesses by March 7 and you could win some very yummy yarn!

It’s very snowy here. That truck hadn’t been parked there more than 60 minutes yesterday when I took this picture. If you enlarge the picture, you can see the snow falling (use the truck as a backdrop). This morning? The cars look like snow banks. I’m working from home again today. ๐Ÿ™‚

While I was looking out the window at the snow, I got this cute picture of Mayhem’s little kitty arms:


I started another pair of socks earlier this week, using some Opal Zebra. This yarn is boring me (why is it more interesting in the ball than when knit?!), but at least it fits the Project Spectrum theme (the white). The foot is plain, but I’m knitting the cuffs in the Jaywalker pattern.

“Dum-de-dum-de-dum… oh, look, some yarn on the floor again.” *yawn* -C

I joined FiberFlix. There are two films for March – you can watch Run Lola Run (my personal choice) and/or Logan’s Run. Fitting the theme of motion, I’m knitting the previously mentioned Jaywalkers and will also be starting some RPMs from my first Sundara Sock Club yarn, Lenten Rose (also a very Project Spectrum color – sort of a greyish plum).

“You put this yarn by me and you expect me to be good?! As if!” -M

“I mean, look at that tasty yarn cake!” -M

“Mmmm… yarn cake…” -M

I quickly rescued the yarn at that point!

Let it FO! Let it FO! Let it FO!

Limedragon is having a contest – give Trekking XXL color #76 a better name and you could win a skein of sock yarn! Submit your suggestions by midnight CST on February 28.

Guess how many books Chappysmom has read since January 1, 1996, and you could win some Koigu. Leave a comment with your guess by February 28.

We had a little snow over the weekend… This picture doesn’t show the final accumulation. See the Beetle? By the time the snow stopped falling, that Beetle had snow nearly to the top of its tires!

I did finish two projects over the weekend, although I didn’t finish my refined raglan (after I redid the neckline for the third time, we needed some time apart…). I finished the stripey gift socks, made from Cascade’s new Sassy Stripes yarn, using the stitch pattern from Kristi’s Gentleman’s Socks. I’ll definitely use that stitch pattern again.

“Hello! I’m lying here, May. Quit walking across me!!” -C

“Mmmm…. socks….” -M

(Although it may occasionally look like May is nearly Chaos’ size, that’s all illusion. She’s about 8 lbs; he’s about 15 lbs and looking trim! Yesterday, I noticed that one of his paws can entirely cover her eyes, nose, and mouth. Alas, I did not get a picture.)

I also finished my Project Spectrum socks. The stripes matched up pretty well between socks, until I bound off the second sock… See the little white blop? Grrr…

I decided I had to fix that, so I gathered my tools.


Much better. (My toe-up bind off always looks wonky until the socks are washed.)

“This cat bed certainly lacks in cushiness, Mom. Why did you put those boards in it? Do you think I need more back support when I sleep?” -M

In which SRM is found, I read some books, start a Project Spectrum project, and Mayhem tries to resist temptation

SRM was found last night at 9:27 pm CST when the stove was pulled out. Chaos snatched SRM up and carried it away, growling at May when she tried to examine it. No further information is available at this time.

Adam has opened a new store called Yarn Nerd.

Reading Update
Born in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts). The latest Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke (mmmm, Roarke) novel proved to be a good read – Dallas and Roarke continued their coach training for Mavis and Leonardo’s upcoming baby… and there might have been a murder or two…
Mistral’s Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton. The latest Meredith Gentry (Faerie-American Princess) novel covered only about four hours! At that pace, it could take ten years to get through a week…
Copper River by William Kent Krueger picks up right about where the previous Cork O’Connor mystery, Mercy Falls, left off. Copper River finds O’Connor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and eventually ties up the loose ends from Mercy Falls.
Stripped by Brian Freeman. Hard to believe that this is only Freeman’s second novel! Stripped is as solid a thriller as Immoral was, but I liked it better because it didn’t have the strange court procedural section. In Stripped (set in Las Vegas, not Duluth) Detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial try to solve a string of murders that seem based in events of 4o years before.

Knitting Update
I made excellent progress on the refined raglan over the weekend, but I’ll spare you another in-progress black blob photo. Yesterday evening, I needed something very simple to knit, as I was starting to make silly mistakes on the raglan. So I pulled out one of my sock yarn bins and found the perfect yarn for February-March Project Spectrum (the colors white, grey, and blue) – Meilenweit Fun & Stripes, color 614:

“See how good I’m being, Mom? I can to resist temptation!” -M

“Mostly…” -M

“Although maybe not when the temptation is so very tempting!” -M

Moderne log catin

I might have to work on a switch upgrade tonight, which means working overnight. I won’t know until later today. But maybe I’ll have the chance to get caught up a bit on bloglines, trying to stay awake.

Thursday evening, I’m taking a class on combination knitting from Annie Modesitt at Creative Fibers. Hopefully I won’t get kicked out of class, since I’m taking the class with notorious troublemakers Amy and Deb!

SRP Update: Love You Madly by Linda Palmer, 307 pages. Book three of this relatively new series about soap opera writer Morgan Tyler continues to be enjoyable… and not just because she has a black kitten. ๐Ÿ˜‰

In addition to the Regia Silk sock, I’ve been plugging away on the Moderne Log Cabin Baby Blanket. I’m about 2/3 done with the pair of intarsia blocks on the right. Then I just have another pair of narrow intarsia blocks (burgundy and olive) to add to the top before I can start the tan edging. Project Spectrum tan!

*sniff sniff* “Hmm, is there something under here?”


Ready for Roswell

I am really enjoying the haiku you’ve been writing – they definitely brightened a mundane Thursday! Still plenty of time to submit a haiku for the contest if you haven’t already.

Scout challenged us all to show off our UFOs (unfinished objects). Yikes. As I mentioned a few days ago, I posted about my WIPs last winter and all of those WIPs are still UFOs. Really, doesn’t work-in-progress sound much better than UFO?! Anyway, I shall review them here for your amusement. Please note that the older pictures were taken with my former camera, which I do not miss at all… You will perhaps be amazed at how Project Spectrum most of my projects are!

The tank that will be ripped out as soon as I find it again, as it is chunky and unflattering and it’s all too clear where I switched to new balls of yarn… Note the phantom paw!

A petal washcloth, intended as only one of many for Xmas presents year before last. There’s a peach one that only has one or two petals somewhere (oh, and a missing needle is there, too, I bet!). This exceeded my Allowable Knitting Fiddliness Level (AKFL) at the time, with all the cotton chenilley ends.

Next is Door County Cable in black Cotton Fleece. The body was knit in the round up to the armpits. When I started to go back and forth, I got really confused and put the project away in a snit. Two years later, I might not find the directions as confusingโ€ฆ or I might still. I did find some errata that could help the situation.

One lone sock of a pair that I promised my dad several years ago… He has challenging feet, darn it.

A fingering weight tank top out of black Fortissima Cotton (75 cotton/25 nylon), knitting on Addis 0s. Started last summer and abandoned when I realized that, in picking up stitches for the first armhole, I had made a tourniquet. (Hmm, more missing needles there…)

A mobius cat bed for Chaos. Since it still has a hole in the bottom (and is definitely not felted yet), he found the row counter much more interesting. I put this project aside one hot and humid day last summer – it filled my entire lap with its way too warm self and then lured Chaos in for a nap. Since Chaos has most of a down comforter as a cat bed – do you think he’d enjoy this at all??

Out with the old and in with the new… Clockwise from upper right: a hat from some handspun that someone gave me. Started in, um, March? April? Eventually it will be donated to a local project for the homeless. Next are my 1.3 Trekking socks. Then a sock yarn baby sweater from KnitPicks something or other, abandoned in December for unremembered reasons – perhaps because I was winging it on the sleeves (more needles!). Then the first sock of a pair (bulky – yay!) promised to a co-worker a year or so ago as barter for bike repairs. Finally, underneath it all, my moderne log cabin baby blanket – still chugging away on that one.

Where was Chaos in that final, current WIP/UFO picture?

Hmm, you don’t think that all those bibs scared him off knitting, do you?! Oh dear. For the curious, you can see my dining room in the background, upper left. It’s not waiting for a coat of plaster – that’s how the walls are finished. That empty wine box middle left is a cat hidey hole, not evidence of debauchery! ๐Ÿ™‚ And the massive living room mirror can be seen upper right.

Did I distract you from the massive number (11? 12??) of UFOs you just saw? No? Darn it… Have a good weekend anyway!

Under construction

You might’ve noticed that things are changing around here! Missa of MoonArts has been working on a new banner, new button, and some color changes for me. When all the tweaking is finished in the next few days, I’ll be having a Happy New Blog Look contest!

Darn bloglines is acting up and is showing updates for some blogs and not for others. I’m one of the lucky ones who isn’t showing as updated… Hopefully they get things corrected soon so I can catch up on what all of you are up to!

Chaos has a late entry for Project Spectrum purple (sorry, Marina, I know you thought it was safe again). Apparently his purple mouse is no more colorfast than his hot pink mouse. (Oh, and the plant that is industriously growing into the cat feeding station is a purple passion – green leaves covered with purple fuzz. Missed that for July, too, darn it.)

*crunch crunch crunch* “Mmmmmmmm… cat food…”

Little purple houses for you and me

Bethe’s cat Pugsley was fine with wearing bibs – maybe because of the catnip bribe?!

SRP update: Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves, 320 pages. Another Home Repair Is Homicide mystery – these are light light light, but I’m enjoying them anyway.

Ok, as promised and to finish off Project Spectrum purples right, I present two more purple houses. First, the less purple house – I’m particularly fond of how bowling balls are used along the sidewalk. (Click on the pictures see them larger.)

Next, the purple stucco two doors down, which is the most unapologeticaly purple house I’ve ever seen!

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this utterly un-purple house on the next block, which I could have used during PS April!

Once upon a time, I owned a purple Escort station wagon. I loved that car. Alas, it rewarded my love by throwing a rod through critical engine bits (probably an important life lesson there, eh?). Here’s a very bad picture of me with the dead and dusty Escort, as I prepared to remove my stuff from it.

Speaking of cars, this auto repair place a few blocks from where I live has great purple signs. Sorry about the photo quality! I took this 6 am Saturday, as I headed out of town to the cabin. I wasn’t up to playing around with camera settings until after the caffeine took hold many miles later!

Chaos survived my being gone just fine.

“I demand popcorn to compensate me for the emotional trauma of worrying about you!”

Thursday things

Jeanne’s yarn from Saturday turned out great, although it seems as if Bugsy now thinks I’m a bad influence, keeping Jeanne out late. How come he doesn’t think Deb is a bad influence?!

Christine is having a contest to name her new dachsund boy with a “B” name. The contest ends Sunday, July 30, 2006, at midnight, CST. Bonne Marie is having a contest in honor of fictional Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski’s 50th birthday.

Chaos won a contest at Trek’s. Too funny! I wonder if it will be catnip or tuna? ๐Ÿ˜‰

This purple house is only a few short blocks away from me. I still have to get pictures of a few other purple Minneapolis houses before the end of the Project Spectrum purple month – houses that are far more luridly purple than this one!

In the spirit of Project Spectrum, here’s my first completed Trekking sock. I’m just finishing the toe increases on the second sock, so I doubt I’ll be done with it before the end of the month. I’m also back to working on my moderne log cabin baby blanket – no bibs on the needles! *twitch twitch* Bibs bibs bibs bibs bibs! Whoops – sorry about that lapse..

Chaos spends a fair amount of time on top of the fridge or dangling over the edge – hopefully he doesn’t fall off onto his head… (That black kitten card on the front of the fridge? Not Chaos, but how could I resist it??)

“A cat falls off the fridge once! Only once! And gets grief about it forever. Sheesh.”

KisS KisS

Although I’ve been rather quiet about it, I’m participating in the Knit Sock Kit Swap (KSKS). I had to be sort of sneaky about the whole thing because my swap target was Mrs Pao and I didn’t want her to figure that out. But now that she’s received her swap package, I can talk about it – especially since it was such a Project Spectrum kit! ๐Ÿ™‚

I asked Scout to dye a special skein of yarn for Mrs Pao, incorporating her favorite colors of black and purple (yes, yes, I know, those are my favorite colors, too, but I was ever so good and didn’t keep the lovely skein of yarn). The absolutely perfect Stormy Chaos colorway reminds me of Lorna’s Laces Black Purl and Koigu #305.

The bag was knitted from black Tahki Capri, a sadly discontinued Egyptian cotton tape yarn, using the Two Old Bags’ Pamela bag pattern. I can’t sew worth anything, but I dug out some swirly purple silk jersey and sewed a bag lining by hand. I have my very own Pamela bag from the same yarn (although not lined… yet) and think it’s perfect for carrying around a sock, since the bag handle loops so handily around the wrist. As soon as Mrs Pao’s router is playing nice again, I’m sure she’ll share details of what else was in the kit!

Last night I met another local knitter, blogless Kathryn K, at Bar Abilene for chips, salsa, margaritas, conversation, and, of course, knitting. We had a lot of fun and I bound off the first purple Trekking sock! One down, one to go…

And yet another SRP update…
The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King, 358 pages. The first Kate Martinelli mystery in a long time! This book sort of bridges King’s two mystery series, the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series and the Kate Martinelli series, as much as can be done when they take place many decades apart.
Wicked Fix by Sarah Graves, 290 pages. This is the first “Home Repair Is Homicide” mystery that I’ve read, but I enjoyed it and will be reading more. The series is set in Eastport, Maine, and features former Wall Streeter Jacobia Tiptree.

If you’re ever curious about the order of books in a mystery series, curious about mysteries set in a certain location, can remember the character but not the author, or want to find new books to read based on authors you like, check out Stop, You’re Killing Me! It’s easily the best resource an avid mystery reader can have (besides a public library…).

Chaos is enjoying the sun and the air conditioning…

“Why are all of you upside down?”

Frivolous Friday

Everybody wants to be a cat
Because the cat’s the only cat who knows where it’s at
Everybody’s picking up on that feline beat
Because everything else is obsolete

– Psapp, “Everybody Wants To Be a Cat”

When I got home from work yesterday, Chaos was completely back to his usual Chaotic self. Yay!!

“I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m a badass kitty – what would I possible be afraid of?! Wait, did you hear something???”

Some contests to tell you about. First, Aija of Sock Pr0n is having a very interesting contest that’s open until July 23rd. Second, Wendy (yes, that Wendy) is having a needle identification contest that’s open until noon ET July 23rd. Third, Susan’s clever and amusing contest is “dress Ken” and is open until July 29th. Fourth, Frarochvia says “Leave a deafie-type question you’ve been wondering about, and hmmm, there will be a random drawing for a prize!”

It suddenly occurred to me this morning during breakfast that I haven’t taken very many Project Spectrum pictures this month. Considering that purple is my second favorite color (black being the first), this was quite a shock (especially since it was 5:45 am). So I immediately pulled out the camera and took a few pictures. Let’s just say that my photographic skills are not the greatest at that time of morning! Oh well, I got most of the cat in the pictures. What’s an ear here or there?!

Some purple fabric from Crafty Planet that I was powerless to resist. This is very amusing, since I don’t sew.

“I’m sure I heard something. You don’t hear it?!”

Two purple mice – one old, one new. Can you tell which is which?!

“Oh, SPM, if you would but share the secret of where SRM is!”

“I’m sure I can convince you to give up your secrets!”