Thursday, June 28, 2007


Here we are in the middle of a heat wave, and I'm sitting in my office wearing a getting-kinda-ratty zip-up hooded sweatshirt. The office cardigan is no closer to being completed than it was two years ago. Such is life.

I was pretty much done with the increases in my first sleeve of my mom's Noro cardigan, but I suddenly got sick of the endless stockinette. Don't know whether it was the weather or the fact that somewhere along the line I added an extra stitch (or did I just forget one? The world may never know...). Seems like I could find any old excuse for not working on it. So I put it aside for now; she wouldn't be able to wear it for several more months anyway.

I don't know where my Mermaid's Hair pattern ran off to, but it ain't around. You'd think, too, that I'd have it figured out by now, but that is not the case. Why? Well, it seems to move at the pace of frozen molasses.

Meanwhile, my lace jones and my need for something to keep my brain occupied finally led me to start Hazel Carter's Violets by the River shawl. Its simple four-row repeat may drive me nuts like Kiri, but there are clearly defined points of progress that will make me happy. Plus it's a great opportunity to break out the Misti Alpaca laceweight. I've never used alpaca before; I thought, "Eh, I'm sure it's pretty nice." OOOOOH, it's so soft. I want to touch it and touch it and touch it. For 6 bucks a skein, it's a darn good price, too.

In addition, this Friday marks the beginning of Mystery Stole 3. I'll be out of town pretty much all through the weekend and next week, so I should have some good knitting time if I choose to take it. (Hey, I'm not driving!) I tried the first one several years ago and failed miserably, but this time around I have a lot more experience, both with lace and knitting in general. I had a lot of trouble reading the charts and just generally getting flustered, so this should be more fun.

Of course, I do like to match the project to a good yarn, and it's so hard to figure out what to use when I don't know what it'll look like! My laceweight options include a deep teal, a bright red and a very soft mint green. I just don't know. Maybe I should grab something else...

Yarn diet be damned.

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Note to self:

Baby sweater that was so cute at Susan's Fiber Shop the other day? (Thank you, new car!) Most likely Mexicali Baby Ole from Knitter's 71. Sock yarn. Cuteness. Do it.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Hey, a meme's better than nothing, eh?

Bold for stuff you’ve done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, normal for stuff that sounds intriguing but isn't really a priority, and strikethrough for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket (baby)
Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up (I started one once. The toe construction was the only part of the sock I liked.)
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater (adult, pullover)
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
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

Cardigan Doing it right now.
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn (it's in my bag and ready to be knit!)

Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book (you never know...)
American/English knitting
Continental knitting (I try... and my gentleman friend's aunt once admonished me to pick, not throw.)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca (My hands are still tingling!)
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit

Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO

Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items

Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair

Hair accessories (I think I owe someone a panta...)
Knitting in public