I was the first one awake this morning so I did a little bit of poking around my dad's garden. When I lived here it was my domain and I miss it. All the poking around in dirt was just as important to me as knitting. The lack of it may be why the knitting has ramped up in the last two years after I moved to a climate inappropriate for gardening. I planted this Columbine the summer I moved away and it's gotten bigger but kept the fantastic colour. Usually I bring something fairly simple for my travel knitting and socks do fall into the simple category. This time the socks might not end up being simple since I've started Marie Antoinette
(ravel it). Not the most effortless pattern but it's been interesting just getting started.
The cuff is knit flat and then grafted together before you pick up the stitches to start knitting in the round. I've gotten just past the first chart so I'm about to embark on the leg chart. Most of this is probably as interesting as dirt but it's been a great way to keep my mind working as with most of Anne Hanson's patterns.
I'm going home for my oma's funeral tomorrow, instead of doing anything productive I'm playing with stitch markers and planning what knitting to take for the plane ride. Sometimes death is sudden but even when it isn't I'm still surprised that it has come and taken someone away.
I'm just short the last few rows on the Hemlock Ring Blanket before the blocking adventure can begin. Where it will be blocked is still a mystery but something will turn up, I just hope it's not the bed. Due to the constant rain I think it will take quite a while to dry and I don't want to give up the bed in favor of my knitting. Somethings like a good nights sleep do come before knitting, only a select few but I can't entirely give up my grip on reality. Today I dragged out the Print O' the Wave stole for some much needed knitting time. Every once in a while I try to make some headway but nothing really happens and it never gets any bigger. Today it was compared with a fancy dishrag, hopefully this will light a fire under my needles. The biggest problem is that I abandon it over and over so whenever I try to knit it again I've forgotten the pattern and have no rhythm. I need to concentrate on it for a while and at least get the body done before it stagnates for over a year. This urgent need might have been brought on by the fact that my next shipment of lace weight Sundara Silk Yarn will be shipped out in less than a month. I need to get something done on the current project before anymore of the yarn can enter my stash.
Let me first say that taking pictures of myself is not exactly my favorite activity. I tried over and over to get a good shot of the scarf on but this is the best I could do. Fiddling with self timers and mirrors is not my strong suite. Washed out and faceless was the best of the bunch - not exactly blog worthy. Despite the lack of good action shot I'm really happy with the finished scarf. It's light, airy and warm enough to be great when you need a little something extra come fall. I'm keeping this for now but it might end up in the gift pile not because I don't like it but because it might not get enough wear up here.
The pattern is simple to memorize and keep track of so it was great for dragging around with me in my bag. The yarn qualifies as earthy and I'd been wanting to cast on since I saw Meg's version earlier in the spring. It's just over two meters long which makes it long enough to wrap a few times around my neck. Once I had it finished it was fun trying to block it on my bed, I had to pin it over the sides it's so long. This might be a sign that I need to invest in blocking boards but I'm going to ignore it for a while longer. The fingering weight yarn dried in only a few hours with just the breeze from the storm coming through the window.
Just in case... Pattern: Haruha Scarf by Tikru (rav link) Yarn: Sundara Yarn Sock Yarn in Sour Apple, 1 skein Needles: 4.5mm straights
This post should really be named "thanks to Bea " because I blamed her for my fabric stash acquisition but now I have something to show for it. I'm nice like that blaming other people for things that aren't their fault at all but at least this time I'll give credit where it's due. She's always showing off all sorts of fantastic fabrics and then one day I came home with some fabric of my own. One bit had a purpose but this piece of flowered goodness didn't. I'd been trying to figure out the bulletin board situation for a while now and finally came up with a solution. The old one was just to big and didn't go with anything else in my tiny apartment, every time I looked at it I cringed. While this may not be at all original I like the way it's gotten rid of some extras - ribbon, batting, and a canvas - that were just lying around taking up space. The other fantastic part was the staple gun. I do love me my staple gun. Who can blame me for the little happy dance I do every time I press the little button and it attaches something together? And the mess factor is so much smaller than a drill. I'm convinced that staple guns are cordless drills for girls.
I started a new project but I have a whole list of reasons to justify it so here they are.
1. Soon it will be to warm to knit a blanket but it needs to be done by September 4th 2. I had the yarn already and it matches Earth for Project Spectrum 3. Everything else on my needles is in Sundara Yarn - fabulous - but sometimes you need variety 4. All of the supplies had been amassed and were just taking up space in the stash
I'm happy I was able to talk myself into just one more project. As knew soon as I saw the hemlock ring blanket that I needed to knit one for my father for his birthday. I've been thinking about it for almost a year and just putting it off in favor of other smaller knits. Other than a little bit of inital fiddling with magic loop to start it's been very easy and fast. Since hitting the chart section it's slowed down as the stitches have increased but it's still incredibly simple and doesn't take much thought. Being able to pick it up or put it down without worrying about loosing my self in the row is nice. I can't wait to see it finished and blocked but that will take a while.
The light up here is so varying from one moment to the next it was hard to get a good picture of these once they were finished. Yesterdays attempts were all thwarted by the rain that kept rolling in and darkening the sky. The colour is most accurate in the second one but since that's taken on my glass table I couldn't really stand up on it for a better view of the pattern.
I think I still like Hedgerow Socks (ravel it) as the best alternate to ribbing. The eternal search for a patten that doesn't bore me but still produces a nice basic sock is still on. The pattern has a few too many oddities for my liking as well as the toe of the pointy footed. Yes I know that I can change those things but sometimes I just want to knit and not think. Now they need to go into the dresser and wait for winter because there is no way I'm waring socks during the few months when wool isn't necessary. Green is finally starting to show and it looks like the trees will begin budding at any moment. I'm not sure what to work on next since the sweater is still to heavy for my shoulder, maybe I should cast on for something new.
Just in Case...
Pattern: Go With the Flow Socks by Evelyn A. Clark Yarn: Louet Gems Fingering in Fern... 2 skeins Needles: 2.25mm dpns
I have four whole days off in a row but nothing important planed other than a lot of knitting and a Indiana Jones marathon. Usually I get to my days off and I have a big list of things that must get done but for some reason not this time. It'll be nice to just laze around and ignore the world. One of the great things about working while everyone else is off is that when you have time the rest of the world is at work not standing in front of you in the grocery store, really who likes to stand in line? Last week I had this notion that there would be no casting on until a few more things were finished but then this scarf insisted on being launched. Nothing deadline related is left for me to finish so I don't suppose it matters if I add something new to the pile. I'm hoping to finish at least one other thing this week before casting on for anything else. Although I have a list as long as my arm so you never can tell. I know there are knitters who knit only one thing and knitters who have almost a hundred projects, sometimes I wish I was both a little more disciplined and a little more free. Wanting to have my cake and eat it too is not helping me find a balance but I think it might be more about how I feel about each individual piece than anything else. Sometimes I need to knit something new just to re-inspire me to knit the old. Funny how the brain works. The other advantage I find in having tons a few things on the go is the diversity of needle size, sometimes my hands just need a break.
This hat has been a long time coming since I should have finished it in April. It is a super easy knit but I don't think I could have ever finished it if I used a cable needle. Since almost every row is cabled I'd have gone crazy if I had to slip the stitches onto another needle over and over. The last time I talked knitting with my Nana we discussed the cable needle as a concept. I thought it was funny that a woman who'd knit many a cabled garment had never heard of cable needles. She thought that I was making them up when I first mentioned them and couldn't figure out why anyone would ever want to use one. To each their own I suppose. What with all the cables and the fantastically squishy yarn this hat is very cozy. I can see why so many people have knit it from Malabrigo but I'm happy that I choose a more tightly plied yarn to give the cables more definition. It's also a hat for a sixteen year old male which makes me think that there is no way he'll be de-pilling it. The only problem I can see is that the black yarn has a tendency to pick up every bit of fluff. He asked for black however and black is what he got. Now I need to go and find a gift certificate and mail it off to him before I forget.
Just in Case...
Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood Yarn: Sundara Yarn Worsted Merino in Black Needles: 5.0 mm circ and dpn
I knit these without a pattern hoping for a pair of cozy ribbed socks and I think I got them. Another Project Spectrum offering I'm putting them in the brown column although they do have some other things going on at the same time. Other than the long knitting time - hand not working - there isn't much to say about these. I did knit them a bit on the small side width wise because I've found that socks tend to grow after a few washes. I'll have to wait and see if I made the right choice but I'm happy with them right now.
Just in Case...
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Toscana Needles: 2.5 mm