Archive for September, 2008

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What’s on My Sticks?

September 15, 2008

Whether it is being worked everyday, once a week or tossed in the “for later” basket, there is always something on my sticks.  Which is why I have so many needles and have just ordered more.  Insane, I know.  Some might ask, ‘Why don’t you just move the projects to stitch holder or scrap yarn?’  

Ah, easy to say, not easy to do.  I’ve done this before and, after a long and restful hibernation, I have picked up the project – a sweater, for example – and can not for the life of me remember which needles I used.  Of course, this was all before Ravelry and my newer, organized, record keeping self (ha!), but still – I simply prefer to have the needles in the project.  If this means multiple needles, so be it.

At the moment I have several projects in the works.  From socks, to sweater, scarves to rugs, I have employed many sets of needles.  The oldest project on needles at the moment are a pair of Pomotomus for Darling Z.  These were started in June of this year and, once I was confident in pattern and my gauge, they were tossed in the basket.  I hope to finish these by next Spring.

 

Poms for Z

Poms for Z

 

 

The next hibernating project is the February Baby Sweater, up-sized for Darling Z, also started in June.  I stopped knitting this one once I started the button holes, realizing I had not selected buttons and did not have any on hand.  Just three days ago I found the perfect button online and purchased three.  This too, I hope to finish by Spring.

 

February Young Lady Sweater

February Young Lady Sweater

 

 

In June, I also cast on for gauge, a lace project for a KAL to begin in July.  The South Seas Stole was such a pleasure to knit.  Was?  Yes, was.  I finished the body of the stole just in time for the KAL to end.  However, I have not yet finished the stole, as the border remains undone.  I was hoping to start the border sometime this month but other KALs, obligations and, of course, holiday knitting has me otherwise occupied at the moment.  I am hoping to cast on for the border once my holiday knitting is complete.  

South Seas Stole
South Seas Stole

Dr. Thuja has been on my needles for way too long.  Although I only just cast on at the end of August, these socks, which are worsted weight house socks, should really be finished by now.  What is taking me so long?  I am not sure exactly.  I think my procrastination on this project revolves around not knowing the recipient’s shoe size.  I have guessed, based on height and visual sizing, that I should be knitting a size large, which I am.  But I am so afraid that this person has freakishly large feet and therefore, a large may in fact be too small.  

What to do?  Based on information found in collective knitting books, I know I can assume the foot is the same length as the forearm and the same circumference as the fist.  I have mentally measured both, based only on sight.  How do you get a person’s measurements without their knowledge!  I am befuddled here. Once I make up my mind to make up my mind, I will finish the socks as a size large, perhaps with a little extra length, just for good measure.     pun, definitely intended for comic relief

 

Dr Thuja

Dr Thuja

 

 

So, that is actually it for ‘hibernating’ projects.  Then there are the projects that are about to be started.  chuckles insanely I am not so sure that I can finish the projects I have set myself up with, but I will try nonetheless.  Here is my list of projects to be knit by Christmas Eve – most ideally, by December 20th.

Project:  SOSiii – As of this posting, I have not even started this.  I have, but I have to start over in a different yarn.  So, until that yarn arrives, I can do nothing and have fallen behind 5 charts so far! :sigh: 

Recipient: myself

Priority: low

 

Project:  Convertible mitts – this knit is intended as a Christmas gift but also is part of a KAL incorporating our hand-dyed yarns into a colorwork project.

Recipient: Darling Z

Priority: High

 

Project:  R2D2 Hat – Inspired by other hats and using my own charts.  I expect this hat to take awhile as it will be design, knit and learn as I go.

Recipient: QXT

Priority: High

 

Project:  Transformers Hat by Lori Magnus.  This hat is also stranded. KFJ loves transformers, so to find this pattern was perfect.

Recipient: KFJ

Priority: High

 

Project: Kenobi by Norah Gaughan.  There is a lot of moisture in the air here.  That means humid summers and cold, damp winters.  This jacket would serve as a great housecoat for DH.  Presently he uses a very expensive jacket he purchased in Japan.  This jacket is not easily replaced or repaired.  That said, this jacket is beginning to fall apart.  Time for something new and to pack away the Japan-coat.

Recipient: DH

Priority: High

 

Project: Hooded Baby Sweater by Debbie Bliss.

Recipeint: AEJ

Priority: High

 

Project:  Flutter Scarf by MimKnits.  I love this lace scarf.

Recipient: Making 2, one for MDT and one for me

Priority:  High and Low, respectively.

 

This list in by no means complete but the most immediate items to be knit.  And of course, does not include any new techniques I may be picking up or KALs I am signed up for or swaps or clubs I belong to. 

ETA – I can not believe that with all the UFOs and WIPs I have currently, I have just cast on for three additional new projects!!!  I need a 12 step program.

So, I want to know – What’s on your sticks?

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Schedule-Schmedule

September 11, 2008

It has been nearly a month.  I’m getting better, right?

It is not that I have nothing to write about, trust me.  In fact, there is much I want to write about – too much. Seriously, my head spins with all the ideas I have flying between my ears.  Here is a sneak peak:  knitting, dyeing, designing, magazines, books, socks, sweaters, toys, bags, wool, alpaca, silk, felting, vests, learn new things, ravelry, painting, dpns, organize, knitting, kal, swap, stitch markers, lace… 

You get the idea.  I wish I had another 24 hours in a day… all to myself.  If I had 24 Me-hours in a day… whoa!  I might actually accomplish something worthwhile!  Instead, I have 24 real-time hours in a day where I look after and take care of a home, four children, a husband, help with a knitting group, and somewhere in there, I try to do a little knitting – usually between the hours of 10pm and midnight… sometimes midnight and 3 am.  I am in the process of figuring out this schedule thing.  

For your information, it took me 45 minutes to write the above, courtesy of 3yo and newborn.

Let me jump right in and start with what is now on the top of my mind, as this changes rapidly.  In the wee hours I previewed the new Knitty.  I like Knitty and all Amy Singer has done to enable knitters and designers, both new and old-hands.  Knitty offers a resource of fresh designs, free of charge.  Usually when the newest issue of Knitty is released, I immediately find one or two designs that I want to knit.  Whether or not I actually get to knit is another topic entirely, laced with preparing meals and changing diapers.  This issue, the 25th issue, celebrating Knitty’s 6th birthday, is packed with so many lovely patterns, I had to create a new folder on my desktop to contain them all!

As with any pattern resource, be it a magazine, book or e-zine, I immediately am drawn to the sock and lace patterns.  This issue of Knitty offers four amazing sock patterns.  I say amazing for three reasons:  all four patterns are lovely, all four patterns are knittable and all four patterns are now in my queue.  

 

Hourglass by Bev Elicerio

 

Garden Gate by Emily Johnson

Garden Gate by Emily Johnson

 

 

 

Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia

Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia

 

 

 

Baroque by Janice Kang

Baroque by Janice Kang

 

 

As for lace, Knitty was not lacking.  Of the two lace patterns, the first is by Rosemary Hill titled Waves of Grain.  This pattern calls for alpaca – already, I know it will go into my queue.  After viewing the pictures, I am certain this lace will be knit for Fall.  The clean lines, accented by beaded wheat, is just begging to be knit up.  The second lace pattern is designed by Amy Singer herself and is excerpted from KnittySpin.  A simple yet effective lace cowl, calling for handspun silk… yumm.  

 

 

Waves of Grain by Rosemary Hill

Waves of Grain by Rosemary Hill

 

And these were only my immediate interests, dear reader.  Not soon after devouring my sock and lace desires, I couldn’t help but take notice of the five patterns that fall into the ‘Tops’ section of my queue, two of which are intended as menswear but could easily be altered for a woman. I am thinking the Mangyle would look great in a clematis/periwinkle/fuschia combo with added short rows… what do you think?

 

Mangyle by Sarah Sumner-Eisenbraun

Mangyle by Sarah Sumner-Eisenbraun

 

 

After perusing the tops, I went on to the scarves/stoles/wraps, not expecting much.  Shamed am I.  From fun and quirky to sophisticated, Knitty has us covered.  One of the four patterns is designed by the loved and honored Norah Gaughan, Kinetic.  At first glance, this look like a boring wrap and then we see the close up.

 

Kinetic by Norah Gaughan

Kinetic by Norah Gaughan

 

 

There is enough textural interest here to satisfy any tactile person.  While this design is posed on a pretty woman, I can easily see this wrap on a man – either full-sized or scaled down.

But that’s not all,there are mitt knits, baby knits and more.  In the interest of … er, interest … get on over to Knitty!   

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I have so much more to say … I will try to post again soon!