Monday, May 28, 2007

In the Pink

Spring has arrived, and maybe even summer, if my roses have anything to say about it.

Usually in the spring, my knitting starts to take a back seat to my other passion, gardening, but the past week was spent home with sick kids, and then they lovingly passed it on to me. While I was doing my Dr. Mom routine, I sat down and spent some time cleaning out my knitting basket. Actually the basket was overflowing into a nearby box, so I decided it was time to sort out the skeins and make some sense of the hodge podge I'd collected there.

There amongst all the skeins, the ones I want to swatch from and the ones I'm considering for the "next" project was my Lucy Cardigan.

I cast this on in late winter because the pink made me feel like was spring was near, but for whatever reason, hadn't done much past the first inch or so. Suddenly, this UFO piqued my interest again, so I picked it up, and as you can see, I've added a few more inches to it in the last week. After knitting with so much sock yarn of late, size 6 needles and a nice worsted like Cascade 200 seemed like just the sort of thing.

It's knit from the bottom up in one piece, then the sleeves knit and added and the entire thing finished in one piece. Given my recent record on sewing things up (like my poor Jawbreaker) and finishing them, perhaps the Lucy will have better luck of finding its way into my closet.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

March of the FOs or Making Room for Some New Stash

Been finishing some things. Just sort of the mood I've been in -- got too many half finished projects lying around and that bugs me. I'm trying to take a real hard look at things and say, "Finish it" or "Frog it" and do something else with the yarn. So here is the recent tally:

Finish it:

The Fair Isle Hat

This was from Janine's all day Fair Isle class at Madrona in January. I know I will need to take her workshop again next year, just so I can absorb more on color theory. This is okay, but obviously I have a lot to learn. Which is just fine with me. This hat is going off to Dulaan and I'm starting to plan more hats to knit, if only to get a better hand at the colorwork that is so much of Fair Isle.

Oh, and for those of you who like to peek inside, here are the floats:

On to the next project, and again in the Finish Category:

The Booga Bag

Here it is ready to felt.

With two recent trips to Portland on the train, I decided to use this as my travel project. And when one of the legs turned into a 5 hour bus ride, I not only had time to finish, but knit a pocket for the inside. When I finished that, I sent my husband the following text message.

On bus. Out of yarn. Send help. He thought I was joking. I was about to commandeer the bus and head to the nearest LYS. I think I could have gotten an aquittal . . . if I loaded the jury box with knitters.

Okay, back to the finish column. Here it is all felted up and ready to go:

Now when you look at the pattern and the picture here, it looks like a good sized bag. Not really. Even as I was knitting it up, I had that, "well this isn't going to be all that big," feeling. Just enough room for a small wallet, slim phone and keys. But cute nonetheless, and really fun. AndI love the way the Noro Kureyon felts. This is now my 2nd fav felting yarn, right behind Manos.

Frog It:

My Central Park Hoodie.

I'm not even going to take a picture of it. But I hate it. The sleeves stop at about my knees, and the fit is, well, terrible. I look like a lumpy sack of potatoes in it. And I really don't like the hood. So I am gearing myself up to deconstruct it and redo some things. Like the sleeves that could stretch from here to Idaho. But some other things first before I throw myself to the wolves on that one.

So in the Let's Play Hooky column, I hopped on a ferry the other morning and went over to Winslow to have lunch with a friend. Well, that was my big excuse for taking the morning off. The real reason was I had a 10% off coupon from Madrona for Churchmouse Yarns and I've been dying to go visit this shop. Oh, it was love at first sight. There were so many really, really lovely yarns. And of course, I couldn't go to all the trouble to take a ferry somewhere and come home empty handed, now could I? Not when I saw a vest knit out of this:

Mountain Colors Twizzle in Elderberry
85% Merino Wool
15% Silk
100% Heaven

Okay, twist my arm. One more shot:

Then, to my delight, two people are having babies in the next two months. My delight is two-fold. 1) I'm not the one whose pregnant, and 2) I get to knit for babies. And one is a girl, which really makes this a tri-delight, because I live in man-world. So I gathered up enough of these to make two baby sweaters.

With the pinky/lilac one I am going to make a sweet little girly cardigan, with the prettiest white shell flower buttons. The celery color, since the parents are going for the big surprise, will be a cabled hoody cardigan, perfect for a stylish Manhattan baby, boy or girl. I know. I know. I just screwed up a big person hoody cardigan. Well, the consolation on this, is that if I don't like the baby hoody cardigan, it will be less to frog. There's always a rainbow on these things, you only have to look for it.

Monday, May 21, 2007

100 Things

Saw this on another blog and thought it was fun. I realized how much I have done and some of the challenges still left to tackle. The bolded words are the ones I've done or tried.

Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up - I've been reading Wendy Knits, so I think I am ready to give toe-up knitting a shot.
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
My mother is forever finding secondhand yarn. The calls usually begin as follows: "I was at this really good garage sale . . .
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn - I have some of this in the stash.
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items

Knitting with your own handspun yarn - I don't even want to go there. I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head!
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)

Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit - got two boys that eventually will learn how.
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks - Oh, I am so dying to try this.
Knitting art - I should bold this since IMHO all knitting is art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously Did this until I got to the heel flap and then I got a little confused. I think they are still on the needles somewhere.
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Purses? I've got a whole closet of them. And a new one to show off!
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO

Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
I liked doing this. In fact I have some leftover that I want to do into socks.
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public
Knitting a tube with two dpns

Thursday, May 17, 2007

5 Reasons to Knit in May

Sorry I've been so lame about blogging lately. Too many trips, family commitments, company, work stuff et al, and just not enough knitting of note. So here is the summary of what's been on and off the needles lately:

One Collar Finished

I've had the yarn to finish this for a bit, but just haven't made the time to knit the collar. Now all that is left is a little sewing and my Jawbreaker is done.

Two New Socks

I love these socks, but I don't know if I would knit with Socks that Rock sock yarn again. The color really faded when I washed them. And they are already getting a halo around them. Is that usual?

Three Pieces of a Purse

I finished my Booga Bag. At least the knitting portion. And had enough yarn leftover to knit a cell phone pocket for the inside. I'll get it felted this weekend. Who doesn't need a new purse?

Four Bad Words Spoken as I Frog This Sock

This sock could fit an elephant. I don't know why I think after three pairs of socks I can just wing it and it will come out right. So a froggin I will go and redo them. Sigh.


These I am enjoying knitting. Such soft, lovely yarn and really nice to work with. I'll finish the heel tonight and then start down the foot.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Contemplating the New Skeins

Cindy asked in my last blog "How many skeins of lovely ShiBui sock yarn did you buy at Knit/Purl?!" Oh, Cindy, I had my hands full of ShiBui, then I spotted the above skein and it was love at first sight.

This is Fleece Artist's Superwash Merino in Fruit Punch.

I decided right there and then that the theme for the afternoon had to be "tropical," so I reached for some Sangria:

In the book that is coming out in August, my heroine wears red wool socks--very unfashionable for her--but perfect for me. So I've had my eyes peeled for a red that I liked so I could make a pair just like hers. I'm even thinking that one pair of red socks might not be enough . . .

As for my tropical indulgences, I brought them home and wound them right up. I just love yarn when it is all caked up and ready to be knit:

Now they are living in my knitting basket for the time being. This means that while I'm knitting these,

I glance over from time to time at my basket and consider what I am going to do next. Please don't everyone at once shout out the obvious answer: Knit Socks with them. Yes, I am a sock knitter. I have to keep practising that because I am not quite used to it yet.

Of course, as I am knitting this fun pair of stripes and solids, that are partly from my stash and a skein I scored on DeStash, I am also searching my brain as to where I put my copy of Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks. Don't you hate it when you can't find a book?

Speaking of books, while at Powell's, I found this book. I've never read it, but I would like to get better at making sure a sweater is going to fit before I launch into knitting it. Has anyone else read this book?