Once again…… Not about the knitting

~ I am sad to report that the chick in the burrow did not survive. It is thought that the chick starved because the parents weren’t bringing the right kind of fish. I was unaware until now that puffins are listed as threatened due to an increase in human activity that is causing a diminishing supply of the small fish they thrive on. To learn more about puffins, check out Project Puffin ~

After logging on with every intention of blogging about a knitting project or two, I decided to check the link to the puffin nest cam to see if it was still working. I caught a feeding! Mom flew in, dropped several shiny silver fish and immediately left. Felt sorry for the poor chick trying to gulp down a fish that looked way too big to fit through its mouth and down its throat. After several attempts to eat the fish, the chick dropped it one last time and moved on to successfully swallow smaller pickings. Keeping this post short. See, I’m not distracted!

Puffin chick with fish

WIPs ~ a personal record

On my needles (listed in order of cast-on with the most recent listed first) –

  1. Summer Solstice by Heidi Kirrmaier – a cardigan knit in stockinette. If not for the unique construction and working with Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (a joy to work with), this project would drive me mad.
  2. Vanilla Socks – plain ole socks knit from the cuff down. Cast these on to have something compact and mindless while waiting in the prospective-juror pool. The project mostly sits. Did not get called for jury duty. Yay! It was a really yucky case.
  3. Zigzag Top by Marianne Isager – fabulous design, simple to adjust size, fun to knit. Taking me forevah ’cause I keep getting distracted; I’ve had to rip back several times simply because I can’t seem to understand the written word. Marianne Isager is one of my favorite designers.
  4. Gothic Spire Socks by Cookie A – really, really have to get these off the needles. I work socks “in tandem” to avoid second-sock syndrome. First sock is just past the gusset; second is midway through the gusset so they are practically finished. Such a cleaver pattern. These were supposed to be for my sister, but they are too tight for her. Guess I’ll just have to keep them. My first project with String Theory Caper Sock. Very yummy!
  5. Color Affection by Veera Välimäki – According to Ravelry, 4,331 knitters are either working on or have completed this shawl; an additional 6,982 knitters have it queued up to knit. I love Välimäki’s designs. Not a fan of garter stitch, but the end results are gorgeous. My first project other than socks worked in all Bugga! from the Verdant (formerly known as the Sanguine) Gryphon. Bugga! is awesome and one of my absolute favorite yarns.
  6. Winter Berries by Marjorie Dussaud – set this scarf aside because I wanted to work on summer stuff. It’s really in hibernation even though I didn’t officially label it zzz.

So what did I do today…. purchased another pattern. I was only going to add it to my queue (#70), but noticed it was selling for 40% off ($3.60) until July 14. Derecho by Laura Aylor is a stunning shawl and looks like such a fun knit. I can’t wait to cast it on. Hope I have the perfect yarn in my stash, but then my LYS is having a 15% off sale this month.

There is a seventh WIP; yes, a seventh.The real #1 deserves it’s own post.

Puffins, live!

~ Edited on August 2 to remove screen shots. I am sad to report that the chick in the burrow did not survive. ~

I will get to the knitting. For now, I have to stick with the birds! What’s not to love about puffins. A friend just turned me on to these Audubon web cams: live images are on the Explore.org web site.

Live cam showing chick in puffin burrow

The chick was visible earlier today. I wanted to reach in and feel its downy softness.

Live cam showing puffins on cliff edge

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to sit with puffins on Papa Westry – part of the Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland. What a treat! The chick will grow up quickly. Even in the burrow, birds aren’t alway present. I saw razorbills in addition to puffins on the cliff edge. Hope you get lucky!

A foray into the blogosphere

I am an avid knitter expanding, like so many others, into knitwear design. Figure if I start blogging about it, patterns will evolve into print. My first design is this shawl, but it has yet to manifest itself completely to the written page. In other words, I started writing the pattern and it waits patiently to be finished. The pattern name is Winging It. Used Kauni Wool 8/2 Effektgarn, ~650 yd.

My first written pattern (hope to post it to Ravelry by week’s end) is this hat – Laura’s Hat. Very simple. It’s okay to start with a simple pattern. In fact, that’s probably better. Get a little experience under my belt. Big yarn: ~90 yards of Debbie Bliss Como. Most of my knits are in fingering or DK weight, but big yarn seems to be popular and who doesn’t like a quick knit….

now a free Raverly download

I have taken quite a few knitting classes, but no classes focusing entirely on how to design knitwear. I hope to bring home several new skills after my trip to Manchester, New Hampshire in October for Interweave Knitting Lab.

For today, this is about it. Just one more photo to share. Found this lovely on a potted plant near my side door.

Orgyia definita – Definite Tussock Moth – Packard, 1864

This catepillar eats tree leaves; however, there has to be an infestation for it to cause significant damage. So glad I can simply enjoy the critter for its very brief lifespan.