Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The MWC 2006 football schedule is up!

Bernie just found out which games he's working this season and here they are! His first game, however, at University of Nevada Reno is not on this schedule.

The full schedule can be found by going to the official Mountain West Conference web site:


Sat., Sept. 30 New Mexico at Air Force mtn. 12 p.m. MT

Sat., Oct. 28 Cal Poly at San Diego State* mtn. 5 p.m. PT

Thurs., Nov. 9 Wyoming at BYU CSTV 6 p.m. MT

All dates and game times subject to change.

An asterisk (*) denotes games where the kick time may be adjusted to better serve the fans.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Yummy washcloths and flowers galore

I've been busy. Not working on what I should be working on, but busy nonetheless. I haven't worked on my black felted bag, nor have I worked on my Tubey sweater (it will be 102 degrees by Sunday) and I haven't finished my second Trekking sock. I have wanted the Bathing Beauties washcloth and soap sack patterns from Fiber Trends for a very long time and finally gave in to the urge and ordered the patterns as well as some DK weight cotton with which to make them from I had been making some face cloths with Cottontots and they're great but I just loved the idea of these delicate looking cloths and matching soap sacks to give as gifts. They make a great presentation.

The day the patterns came in the mail with some of the Petit Mandarin 100% Egyptian cotton yarn I ordered, I dropped everything and cast on for the round Old Shale Lace washcloth. I used a ball of yellow crochet cotton that I had in my stash. It's not as soft as the Petit Mandarin but I knew I'd be able to see the stitch definition and get the size cloth (approximately 9")that I was hoping for rather than a tablecloth size I'd wind up with using worsted weight cotton. It was supposed to have a picot cast off edge but because I had made another round petal edge washcloth prior to casting on for this, I didn't have enough yarn to do the picots. I was happy with the way the regular cast off edge looked, though.

The next day, I went to one of my LYS, Wooly Wonders, to see what type of cotton they carried that I could make more of these cloths with. Luckily, they also carried the Petit Mandarin so I bought one ball. I was also curious to see whether Paton's Grace would do well, so I picked up a ball of that as well. I am pretty happy with how Grace feels. However, the Petit Mandarin is a better buy because it costs less, has more yardage and is softer than Grace. I should finish the Grace cloth tomorrow as I'm ready to fall asleep.

A crocheted rose with knitted leaf made from Paton's Classic Merino of my own design.

I saw a scarf very much like this one on an episode of Surface this past season. I coveted it and vowed to make one of my very own. This is "my precious floral scarf".

Sunday, May 21, 2006

More felting projects

I'm in love with felted flowers! This yellow flower with the black stamen is Cascade 220 with black fun fur. The leaves are Patons Classic Merino.
This pink flower is made with Lamb's Pride Worsted and the yellow center is made with Cascade 220. The leaves are Paton's Classic Merino.
The bag and flowers are all made with Paton's Classic Merino but the yellow center is Cascade 220. I made this bag a couple of years ago and just didn't like it at all. In fact, I couldn't give it away! I just started playing around on Friday night and made a button closure and sewed on the flowers and now I love it!

I just can't stop making these. I'll post more pictures as they're done. I'm still working on a black felted bag that I'll embellish with more flowers. I've been putting it down to do a few cotton washcloths. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Felted flower power

Finished this purse awhile ago but it just needed a little oomph! I made it out of some Paton's Classic Merino and I think the bottom is Crystal Palace Icelandic wool. I've been looking for some free felted flower patterns online and found one that I loosely followed at Mag Knits. I really love the Noni purses at Diva Knitting and my little experiments will just have to do until I pick up a pattern or three.

My next purse project will be a black felted purse that I'm going to embellish with pink flowers and green leaves. I'm not quite sure if I'm going to use felted handles/straps or some black lacquer ones that I have. I'll be sure to post pictures when done. I'm actually working on some flowers tonight. I have pink and purple done and turquoise on the needles right now, just waiting for some leaves and then to be felted. I'm not sure what to do about the stamens but the fun fur seems to work for me.