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Posts from August 2008

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Details to follow.  It is simply too beautiful outside today.  I am compelled to sit outside with a good friend and knit.






Named for Ireland’s River Barrow, the swirling Celtic-style cables of these socks suggest its powerful currents.   At 192 km (120 mi) the Barrow is the second longest river in the country, behind the more famous River Shannon.  It is one of a group of rivers known as “The Three Sisters”, along with the River Suir and the River Nore.

Worked on two circular needles, the front of these cuff down socks are adorned with bold cables, the back with an alternating rib of cable and lace.  The variety of patterning keeps the knitting interesting, and you’ll be surprised how quickly these socks seem to go. 


I designed this pattern for the Three Irish Girls, Sock Yarnista Club.  It is now available to the public in the Three Irish Girls online shop.




Size 7” Two pairs US size 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needles, 24 inch. (Or size to obtain gauge.)
Size 8” Two pairs US size 3 (3.25mm) circular needles, 24 inch. (Or size to obtain gauge.)

Spare DPN in the same size as the circular needles.
Tapestry needle.

Yarn:  Three Irish Girls Beckon Merino, Colorway: Storm Cloud, 100% Superwash Merino, 350 yards per skein. 1 Skein.

Size 7” 36.5 stitches = 4”(10cm) in stitch pattern, slightly stretched.
Size 8” 32 stitches = 4”(10cm) in stitch pattern, slightly stretched.

Finished Measurement: 7 (8”) (20 cm) circumference at leg and foot.

The pattern can be purchased here.
You will find it here on Ravelry.

All Day Today Mr. Sinatra Will Be Singing in My Head*

Here in New Jersey turning seventeen means one thing.  The man/child is jubilant, the mother is dubious.


At 1:00 pm we visit the local DMV.  Am I ready for this?  Forget about him - he's more than ready.  At least I'll have someone to send to the store for milk or coffee when we run out.


When I sat down to write my boy's birthday post I realized I had so few good photos of him.  Usually he is darting out of the camera frame, or giving me a look that could kill.  So I decided to recycle some that you have already seen. 


These photos show him pretty well.  He is either bleary-eyed with coffee in hand, jumping around playing a guitar or headed off to explore the world (also with guitar).


I'm proud of my boy.  He's smart, funny, kind.  He dreams of a life that allows him to discover the world, it's diverse languages and cultures.  His trip to Iceland this summer only served to strengthen his resolve to find a career that allows him to continue this quest.  This is no recent interest.  At 4 he would pour over atlases, he had a notebook with maps of nations and lists of their languages and foods.  At 5 he memorized hieroglyphics and stunned us when he started identifying the characters on the Egyptian art at the Met.  At 6 he had a collection of flags and could identify each with its country.  Now he collects languages.  He wants to learn as many as he possibly can.  He has thoughtful conversations with anyone who is willing about  alphabets and language structure.  English and Spanish remain his strengths.  But the drive is there so there will be proficiency in others I am sure.  He has been begging to spend a year abroad.  But we insist he waits until he's in college.  For now a few weeks every summer are the best we can offer.

Happy seventeenth birthday A!

*It Was a Very  Good Year

The Trouble Was the Exposure Bias

I had a chat with a friend today who was very, very helpful about my fledgling photography skills.  I've been having quite a bit of trouble with reds.  They would flare out and overwhelm the entire photo.  It turns out there is something called "exposure bias" and mine was way off. 


I've still got a lot to learn, but after a 15 minute conversation I have a really good idea where to get the information I'm looking for.  Yay!  Thanks J!


I'll be buying a new camera soon - very soon, I hope - so I also got some valuable advice about what equipment might be good to start out with.


Kersti Stripe Scarf (a very unoriginal name, I know - if you've got a better suggestion I'm all ears)

Yarn:  Koigu Kersti one skein each of K1100 & K4387  (sale bin at Purl!!!)

Finished Size:  3.5"x55"

Pattern:  Cast on 250 sts.  Work two rows of each color in garter stitch.  Repeat until you reach your desired width or run out of yarn.

Raveled here.

On October 3rd Mel is participating in the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk in Washington DC.  She'll be walking in memory of her mother.  You can help Mel reach her fund-raising goal and be entered in a contest to win some goodies.

I Must Descend from Peasants. . .

Lunch, originally uploaded by throughtheloops.

. . .because this is my favorite lunch.  Add a hearty slice of well made bread and I am in heaven.

I picked up the massive heirloom tomato and sliver of cheese at the Union Square Green Market this morning.  Then I walked the 50 or so blocks home, weaving my sweaty way past office workers in prim suits and tourists in brightly colored shorts and t shirts.  A perfect start to my day.   Now I count the minutes until lunch.

I NEVER talk politics or religion on this blog.  I have no problem when others do it on their blogs, but I feel that for me that is not what Through The Loops is about.  I simply choose to blog about what brings us together and avoid the things that drive us apart.  However, I will make an exception today.

"None of us are free until ALL of us are free"
Today marks the start of the Summer Olympic Games.  It is important to keep in mind the situation in Tibet.  In support of those who struggle for their freedom, Beverly at PoMo Golightly is having a contest.  You can win some pretty nice yarn from Pippi KneeSocks.  So go check it out.  Enjoy your day.

Robots in the Rain

DD#2 has been spending some of her free summer days sewing.
On a trip to Purl Patchwork last week she picked up a yard of adorable robot fabric.  (Between you & me it was also the same day I let her take the subway alone for the first time.  It was a route she knows well - E train; 42nd Street to Spring Street.  Hey, Purl was about to close.  If I'd gone all the way uptown to get her we wouldn't have made it.)



She made her own bias binding using one of these nifty gadgets that we got at Purl last winter.  If you sew, I highly recommend one.  So much fun - so much potential & making bias tape is such a pain in the arse otherwise.




Robot Shorts - By DD#2

Fabric:  Kokka Fabrics Robot Line, colorway Red HA3320-24B purchased from Purl Patchwork
Pattern:  New Look #6785
Mods:  The pattern doesn't have a shorts view.  She shortened the pants to get the look she was after.  She added the bias tape.  The pattern calls for a folded edge with twill tape on the inside.  She also put the zipper in the back.  In my experience side zips along a curved hip edge tend to ruin the line of the garment.

Does modeling finished objects in a swimming pool & with umbrellas count as "Water" for Project Spectrum? 

Lazy Days of Summer

Before I begin, I'd like to thank you all for your kind response to my Genmaicha mitts.


Since I am not one to pass on sweet treats, it was preordained that I'd place an order for these cookies.  I'd followed the link in Scout's post earlier this week.  There was a flavor called "Leah Rosie's Chocolate Pepper Chile Cookies" and we  just had to try them.  My girls never bake a batch of brownies without throwing in a bit of cayenne, so these were sure to be a hit.  They did not disappoint.  Two bags were ordered.  One is left.  The mail only arrived an hour or so ago.  Nuff said.   


My son left over a week ago.   The Lucky Little Brat (aka LLB) is in Iceland.  Off he went with his guitar, a Turn a Square Hat, and his Wildly Staccato Hoodie.  We finally heard from him yesterday.  He's having an amazing time and says "i suppose its hard to climb a glacier and not have your world view altered".  The program he is on is run by National Geographic.  The kids are traveling around Iceland, exploring the natural wonders of this spectacular country and learning about global warming.  All the while they are making a documentary film of their trip.  I don't know if I've ever mentioned that he's really into film making.  His dream job would be to travel around the world, exploring cultures, languages and music while making films about them.  You can see why this might be the ideal trip for him.  Oh yeah, and have I mentioned his obsession with Bjork?  Yup, pretty much his dream trip.  Too bad Bjork is on tour.


Since the Wildly Staccato Hoodie is off in the north, I we DD#1 decided that it was high time I make another.  This one has been even more fun to knit than the first.  I think it's the Dream in Color Classy that I'm using.  How can one not love knitting with this yarn?  The fact that I am working with seven of their sublime colors makes it seven times better.  Hard to put down really.  The body will be finished today, only a week after I started. (That's with my sister's family's visit.  The girls and I spent four days playing NYC tour guides to  6 boys and girls ranging in age from 8 to 49.  A great time was had by all, the forty-nine year old was seduced by the food and wine, the 12 year old twins loved Soho & the 8 year old particularly liked the subway.)  Next it's on to the sleeves.  A pattern for this sweater is also in the works.


Since there were mittens in June, why not a pair in July? 


The plan for August is to complete the trifecta by finally making a mate for this.  The first has only been waiting for it's partner for TWO years!


The Mittens of July were knit from Farmhouse Yarns, Andy's Merino to match the One Day Beret.  No pattern,I  just knit a pair of mittens and alternated two colors of yarn, every round.