Friday, June 29, 2007

Mystery Laundry Basket Winner; Landscape Shawl; Travel Mystery

The Prize Winner!!
Do you see this sweet, sweet kitty? His name is Cosmic and he is well loved by daughter #2, who calls him her little brother. Cosmic is also a knitting kitty; he loves to help pull the yarn out of the ball and he removes pins from items while they are blocking. He also loves to go outside in the nice weather. Can you imagine how sad we would all be if he ran away, was attacked by a dog or eaten by a coyote. (our last kitty was attached by something and died in the backyard. That psychotic cat was no great loss, but Cosmic would be mourned for decades.
Well, we solved the problem! In my last post I showed this photo and asked whether anyone could guess what it was used for. There were many great, imaginative guesses. Some were close, but no one got the correct answer.
Vicki Knitorious guessed it was a trap.
HPNY Knits loves riddles and mystery.
Diana thought it was a little boy's trap.
sherriknits Sherri guessed a trap, such as a cat trap.
Karen thought of something for gardening.
Kate anticipated the Yarn Harlot's battle with the local yarn stealing squirrel and thought it was a means of protecting yarn that I was drying.
Melissa also thought of a trap.
greno Bea from France suggested that my neighbor (male) is a secret knitter and he didn't want his wife to know so he hid the yarn under the basket!! I love that idea!
Pilar from the Canary Islands thought that I asked my husband to put up a clothes line from which to hang freshly laundered hand knit socks, and he did it upside down!! How does she know my husband so well??
Acuarela from Spain thought that it was a play area for cats or rabbits. Actually, her guess is the closest. and she gets the prize!

We put a blue harness on our precious Cosmic and attach the end of the long rope to the harness. He can then roam around the backyard, pulling his laundry basket as he goes. However, he can't really leave the yard because the laundry basket gets caught on bushes. Sometimes his leash gets caught on rocks, flowers and so forth. Then, he sits quietly until we come to rescue him. We only put him out when we are home and can keep an eye on him. He loves his harness and leash, and will sit next to the box in which they are kept on the screened porch. He cries mournfully and hopefully until we open the lid. He recognizes the sound and stands still so we can put his harness on him. Then, we carry him outside and attach him to the long leash.

Aquarela wins two skeins of Manos of Uruguay Cotton Striata.

Landscape Wedding Shawl

In my last post, I explained that I was making a Landscape Shawl for my step-daughter's wedding on July 2. I finished it on Sunday, mailed it on Monday and it arrived on Tuesday!! And she loves it!! Here it is, blocking. I will post a photo of her wearing it in August. The wedding is a small private affair. The family party will take place in Seattle at the end of July.
Although the shawl is perfect for her (not lacy, lightweight cotton, dusty blue) I would not make another shawl out of fine lace weight cotton. Maintaining tension was impossible and I tried to master 3 different ways of holding the thread/yarn. Nothing worked completely well. Although I love the feel of the lightweight cotton shawl, and the drape, I can't see fighting with the thread/yarn for thousands upon thousands of fine, fine stitches again. I can see why such fine cotton is used in crocheting, but not in knitting.
This is the second Landscape Shawl that I have made. You can see the different shades of blue in the photo; this was caused by different knit and purl stitch patterns. The pattern is for a perfect triangle of a shawl. However, I wanted the shawl to fit better on the shoulders, like faroese shawls. the shawl is knit from the tip, beginning with one stitch. When I got to the tip of the last triangle, that is, the last V that you see in the middle of the shawl, I began doing short rows on either side of the yarn over increases that define the final V. I knit two rows between each short row. The shaping worked out well, giving a bit of extra shawl on each side of the neck.
I am not a big fan of triangle shawls, I've decided, because I like more shawl to keep my chest warm. (Being flat chested, I don't have much insulation there to keep me warm!!) I was glad that the short row shaping worked. I will have to figure out how to do this in lacy patterned shawls.
Summer Pleasure
Travel Mystery
I love it when knitting bloggers post photos of places to which they have traveled. Here are some photos of a place to which we traveled recently. All photos are from the same city, as is the photo of the flowers and sun-umbrellas above. I have enough yarn in my stash for two lifetimes. Therefore, I thought that rather than tell you where I went and what I saw, I would let you tell me!! Name the city and answer one of the questions. Take a wild guess. The names of all commenters will be put into a hat (handknit, of course) and I will draw the winner!

Where is this and why did it give me the shivers??

Who or what can cross this bridge and what river does it cross??

What is this building?

I will tell you what this is. I took this photo in the ladies bathroom of the building in the photo above. This is a sink without a faucet. You simply run your hands under the little etched drops of water and water comes out. Unfortunately, the little drops of water are hard to see. My husband came out of the men's room (which must have the same type of sink) complaining that the bathroom had soap dispensers but no water!!


Kate said...

I love love love the shawl!! It is really lovely, and will be very much appreciated, I am sure.
The travel photos have me stumped. It's been a long time since I've left Western Canada!
And the fact that your cat likes its harness makes me jealous. Mine not so much, so they are indoor cats.

Diana said...

So cool and unsual that kitty likes the leash and so ULTRA innovative using the laundry basket to keep her nearby!
Your travel pics are great.

As to my husbands carving ... he carves feathers too and hand paints thm and attaches beads. All related to Boy Scouts! He gives them as incentives and prizes. He has wanted to try animals and birds so he's got a good start with my bear! Thanks for checking him out.

Diana said...

Geez, I certainly meant to compliment your shawl! I know it will be worn proudly.
Also that is so funny about your hubby not seeing the water outlet!
Wising I had a guess about the pics but I don't have any idea!

sherriknits said...

Wow!!!! I love the shawl! I hear you, though, on knitting with cotton! I am loving learning to knit with beads...try it. You might like it, too.
Those pictures are beautiful but I haven't a clue where they are. You know how to keep people interested! :)
I love the creativity to keep your cat safe!

Kate said...

Thanks for dropping by the blog!
The dishcloths are satisfying, even if they do get dirty in the end. It's a great way to try stitch patterns, and they really do work well (as cloths).
BTW - the Lavold tank is actually from Shan, another member of my knitting group. It is lovely though, isn't it? And the fire and cake was enjoyed by all of us.
Love your travel photos - a great way to see the sights from places I've never been, so thanks.

Pilar said...

You must be so exited about having Betty with you, and the knitting camp!! I couldn't wish better company for such event. I'll love to see some pictures :)
I'm so glad to count on you as a socks saviour. So far everyone has made their part, just our beloved mail service has messed it a bit up, so far there's only three left!
Hmm... about the laundry basket...growing up with five men you get to know a bit of their way of "thinking" Looks like it's world wide :)
That Manos de Uruguay is gorgeous, I'll keep track on what Acuarela makes of it :)

Lynda said...

Your shawl is beautiful, Gail!
Thanks for commenting on my blog...I used to be a librarian so I love books and read lots of book reviews still! Will you be a grade school librarian when you finish?
Can't tell where your pictures are from-is that the Mississippi River?

Acuarela said...

Thank you so much, Gail!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) I´m very, very, very happy!
Your shawl is fabulous!

Acuarela said...

Gail, thanks for your good advice on writing! I had not thought about it, but you're right. Last week I saw a gorgeous notebook embroidered with beautiful drawings from India, perfect for inspiration and writing thoughts, so I think I'll buy it as soon as I can! :-)
Kisses and thank you again!!

Fiberjoy said...

Cosmos is sweet to not mind the leash & harness.

That shawl is amazing. I love the way you increased around the neck. Great thinking.

The mystery building - wild guess: Guthrie Theater (Art center)?

Lorette said...

I'm stumped on the photos. I'd guess it's an art museum in the midwest, with a foot bridge across the Mississippi, but that's as far as I get. Minneapolis? Madison?
The shawl is lovely!