Knitting is a Privilege

March 29, 2010

That’s the way I’ve always felt about it, but I wasn’t able to articulate it as well as 10-year old knitter Felix in this CBS Sunday Morning video: . Mo Rocca learns that knitting is not a punishment in this funny clip.

Must Have Cardigan, continuing

March 24, 2010

Here’s an update of the aran cardigan I started last June. It’s slow going because it’s not “mindless” knitting. But I’m making progress!
Back (almost done):
Must Have - Back
Sleeves (done):
Must Have - Sleeves
Fronts (just starting):
Must Have - Fronts

Thank You, Canada….

March 1, 2010

For a wonderful Olympics. Thank you Ravelry (and the Ravelympics Mods!) for a wonderful Ravelympics. And thank you, Yarn Harlot, for a wonderful Knitting Olympics.
This was my Day 15 picture: Gypsy Socks WIP
The socks were bound off during the closing ceremony last night:
Gypsy Socks FO
Very comfortable merino (Cherry Tree Hill Supersock DK). I met my goal of doing two-at-a-time magic loop. I partly met my goal of knitting continental – it’s not as natural for me, so I reverted to throwing at times, especially at the beginning of each row. But I knit the majority continental and feel more comfortable with that technique now. I am proud of finishing the pair within the 17 days – that would be like falling off a log for some knitters, but took concentrated effort for me. A Gold Medal event for The Finish Line!

Olympic Update, Day 11

February 23, 2010

Photo as of Day 11:
Gypsy Socks WIP
Past the heel and a couple inches into the leg.

I have MOSTLY been project monogamous. Especially since Saturday when I only had 1/2 the feet done and realized I had to step up my game a bit.

Go Knitting Nomads!

February 13, 2010

I am Team Captain for the Knitting Nomads. Since Saturday is our regular knitting day at Kari’s Cafe, we got to share our newly cast-on Ravelympics / Knitting Olympics projects.
Knitting Nomads Team
Project: Pretty Thing in cashmere.
Knitting Nomads Team
Project: Mobius Cowl
Knitting Nomads Team
Project: Oops, I forgot. That’s not the name of the project, I just forgot what S. is making.

There will be some more team members coming soon….

To my team members, you will be happy to know that according to the Yarn Harlot’s rules, chocolate is mandatory.

Let the Games Begin

February 13, 2010

I signed up for the Yarn Harlot‘s Knitting Olympics, and took the Athletes Pledge.

I cast on this morning. (We watched half of the opening ceremony last night, but I went to bed before the torch was lit. My dear son woke me at midnight to tell me the torch was now lit and I could cast on, but I deferred until after I’d had my coffee this morning.)

Gypsy Socks WIP
Here are the socks with 3 rounds knit.

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Pre-Olympic Training

February 10, 2010

The Olympics start on Friday, so the Ravelympics start then, too. Knitters, weavers, and crocheters all over the world are ready to start their projects as the Olympic torch is lit, and be finished before it is extinguished.

The basic idea is to pick something that is challenging to complete in the 2-week timeframe. I am doing socks which in itself are not a challenge, but I am going to do two-at-a-time magic loop AND I am going to try to knit them continental. (I am an old-habits-die-hard thrower, even though I know how to pick.)

My friend and co-Knitting Nomad JW is going to help me with the Magic Loop if I get stuck.

Here is the yarn:
Gypsy Socks WIP
Cherry Tree Hill Superwash DK, in colorway “Gypsy Rose.”

I have the yarn wound, and last night got the idea to rewind it into the 2 balls that will be needed and find the same starting point on each one, so that my toes, at least, match.

I am entering in several competitions: Sock Hockey (since it is socks), Speed Skate (since it is one skein of yarn) and Stash Dance (since I didn’t buy new yarn for the event).

By the way, I am the captain of the Knitting Nomads team – Go Knitting Nomads!

Tyra done!

February 10, 2010

I finished my Tyra. It is warm and comfortable. I don’t think we were able to get any really good pictures, so I may do another post if I can get some better snapshots.
Tyra FO
Tyra FO

Car Knitting

January 4, 2010

I had some concentrated knitting time last week – on the way to and from a lovely visit with my family. The result is this:


which will become the lovely Tyra

from the book Modern Living by S. Charles. From the moment I saw the pattern I wanted to make this vest/shawl. I got the book from Webs (my LYS didn’t carry it) and found some Maggie’s Alpaca in my stash.

It’s great car knitting because it is all seed stitch and ribbing. It’s a bulky gauge (12 sts/4 inch) on US 10’s. The pattern called for 14 sts/4 inch but I couldn’t get that with this yarn so I modified the stitch count. The vest is constructed from 3 rectangles.

Ahhhh, Cashmere

November 27, 2009

This is just an everyday, no nonsense, warm cap, but it’s made from a blend of 60% cashmere and 40% merino wool.
I bought the yarn at Stitches East 3 or 4 years ago. Because of my faulty memory and/or record-keeping, I thought it was merino – if I had remembered I had cashmere, it would not have hung around unused for so long. But, I’m glad it did, because I dug it out to make a cap for a friend, and it’s perfect for him (I hope he agrees!). One of the Rainey Sisters just happened to blogged about a Marsan Cap at about the same time I was mulling over what pattern to use, and thus the stars were aligned.
I’m quite fond of the twisted rib (very stretchy) and the way the crown decreases spiral.