Friday, February 25, 2005

Hello, is this thing on?

Is anyone else out there like me, unsure of how to jump into the conversation when you arrive at a party that's already in full swing? Oh, good, there are more of us...

I'm still working on ironing out the photo wrinkle, but there isn't much to show off these days -- yes, I'm another knitter in a slump.

This makes no sense to me -- I have lots of yarn in the stash, and lots of inspiration, either in books or magazines or through seeing what others post on their blogs. But most days I just don't feel like knitting. This leaves me feeling a bit crushed by the weight of the stash -- definitely not a "She Who Dies With The Most Wins" situation. I *really* want to rid myself of that stash.

Hopefully, participating here will drag me back into actively wanting to knit. A little inspiration from the knitting fairies would be welcome right now, too!

Monday, February 21, 2005

News to me

This is probably old news for anyone currently on the knitting lists, but since I'm not, it was news to me.

Political protest turns to the radical art of knitting

(via Dave Barry's blog. Honest! and DRAT! If I'd known about this, I'd probably have postponed my trip to London to March...maybe.)

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Little knitting re-visited

I've injured my left hand. Possibly from knitting, but more than likely from playing the violin. Unfortunately, for a professional violinist, this is not a good thing. In any case, knitting is suspended for while, as I MUST continue to play.

Until this occurance, I've only been able to knit in the car while David drives us to rehearsals and performances, and therefore, I can only knit little projects that don't require much space. Considering all this, in the past few weeks I've knitted several scarves, hats and fingerless gloves, but now, I'm anxious to finish David's sweater (yup, four years on the needles) and I have yarn for at least 5 or 6 projects (most of which will never be knitted).

I have been knitting chemo caps - sadly, quite a few of my friends are going through chemo - and have found that Crystal Palace Merino Frappe knits up into the softest cloud. I order it from Fuzzy Galore. The last chemo cap I made was inspired by the Kittyville hat. Sorry for the terrible picture - the hat is actually a lot cuter in real life. ;)

I've also been working through these short row tutorials, which I've enjoyed and hope to complete. Now, if only my hand would heal so I can resume my happy knitting.

Friday, February 11, 2005

and who would you be, dear poster?

I have no excuse for not posting except two words - teenage daughters. Need I say more? :) I love them, but............

Well, I did finish the never ending sweater (will send pictures when I develop the roll- I'm still SO not digital) and it was a hit. Once I blocked it, that is! The arms had really pulled in and she was afraid that it would be too uncomfortable and was rightfully scared to tell me. But it blocked out nicely and the rest of the sweater fit anyways. I don't much care for the marbling, heathery look of Black Water Abby yarns, but this daughter seems to adore it. It's the second sweater she asked for out of the yarns.

I worked up a nice scarf out of some left-over cashmere blend that I had hand dyed (new experience there!) and sent it off to another teacher friend in El Paso. I have always felt guilty that I'm the reason she teaches Special Ed., as she has told me that I was her influence. Well! Anyway, her mom told me that the scarf stays in the coat pocket and goes around her neck every time she leaves the apartment. It's nice to be appreciated, no?

Right now - no projects - I'm making a Spanish Tudor costume. What are you talking about Afton, you say? I use to be very active in a group call the Society for Creative Anachronism, but kind of dropped out after the divorce (he got custody of the group! heheheh) and my old group that I helped start back in Las Vegas has asked me to come out for the 25th year celebration of the founding of the group (Heavens, that makes me feel old!) They recreate the middle ages and I need a costume as I'm 20 pounds heavier than what my old ones were made to fit. Just think high school reunion with corsets and hoopskirts and you get the idea. (A corset can only squeeze so much in, you know!)

Monday, February 07, 2005

Knitting for Baby

Thanks to inspiration from Linh and the fact that my niece just made me a great aunt, I picked up my knitting needles to start a baby project: the Triangle-Edged Cardigan and Booties from Debbie Bliss' Quick Baby Knits.

It's a good thing I have a handle on the location of all my stash yarn, though I had somewhat of a short-lived panic until I figured out where this particular yarn was located. (In the potential trade bin!!) I'm using the only 6 skeins of Phildar Coton D'Egypte Sport that I have and it's working up at about pattern gauge, 25 stitches to 4". I'm making the largest size, 9-12 months. I figure larger is better, given the fact that babies tend to grow quickly and by the time they're about 1 or so they don't get a whole lot bigger around, just longer in the body. (Not to mention that I'm such a slow knitter, there's no point in making anything smaller!)

The pink is a little brighter than what I probably would have chosen, more of a candy floss pink than pastel pink. But what the heck! When you're working from your yarn stash (and determined not to buy more yarn), that's the way it is!

Sunday, February 06, 2005


I finished a few more items.

I call this my Super Skinny Spring Scarf. It is Patons Cha Cha yarn in "Vegas", knitted on size 13 needles. Eight stitches across in garter stitch.

Knitted another umbilical cord hat. I like this Lime Green color! It is Bernat Cotton Tots yarn. I incorporated a little seed stitch near the bottom.