Monthly Archives: February 2004

Just knittin…knittin’ a sock.

I’m sure this qualifies as “startitis,” but as soon as I realized that I already had the Cascade Fixation yarn needed to make the Broadripple sock pattern from Knitty, I had them on my needles. I’m not a fast knitter, but I am persistent, so you can see I’ve made progress.

You’ll also notice that I’m obviously going through a “green period”; Picasso had his “blue period” and I seem to be attracted to all the various shades of green I can find – while I was starting this sock last week, we even painted our bedroom green. Thanks to Laura Ashley paints, three of the walls are a lighter Lemongrass, and the fourth is a darker Apple 3. I feel so postmodern with a multicolored bedroom, but I am so ready for spring…and it matches my sock.

Unsure of what to do with your orphan acrylic yarn? Erin’s Afghans Plus will take your knitted afghan squares, or your leftover yarn. What a nice idea!

The love affair continues.

My love affair with Lamb’s Pride Bulky Superwash continues; because my charity knitting group will meet next Sunday, I took this week to devote my spare moments to a hat and mittens much like the ones I worked on before the holidays. Or more accurately, those two hats would have been a hat and mitten set had my parents’ dog not snacked on hat #1.

Tra-la-la – unafraid of threats to my knitting, I knit on, and this is the result – a hat and half a mitten for some lucky little boy. I made this hat even more stylish by using markers to make the necessary crown decreases at regular intervals – et voila, decorative feature! I know, everyone plans their decreases, but I felt like I was splitting the atom.

You could call this hat and mitten “the outerwear of procrastination”, because I am interested in finishing the back of my Lush sweater…but I realized that there’s a row of twisted stitches a good ten inches below the ones I fixed in my last update. Do I leave the twisted stitches, or reknit the back? The deal I have made is that I must knit the front and the sleeves before I decide whether or not to frog the back back (ha!), so I think the plan is to put the back on a holder and on hold while I move on to the front. I am knitting faster these days, but I still can’quite face undoing a week and a half worth of work.

When I’m ready to sew everything together, here is Lucy Neatby’s excellent mattress stitch tutorial. The yarn diet continues: best explanation of yarn dieting philosophy ever. And, in the knitting from my stash department: Super Quick Reversible One Skein Wool-Ease Scarf – I will use up that Wool-Ease yet! Best for last, what looks like an incredibly easy way to start a toe-up sock with a square toe – you know it has to be good if some folks on the socknitters list called it the “cheater’s toe.” Hee.

(A) Back, better than ever.

I was hoping to have this done before posting, but I’ll have to settle for “four or five inches to go”. Here is the back of the FCEK Lush pullover, armhole shaping and all, thanks to the kind assistance of the Knitlist. lushback.jpg

I actually had the most empowering experience while knitting this; I overenthusiastically bound off stitches for the armholes, and had to rip back several rows – whoops! And you know what? I did it, no problem. Theresa’s instructions were helpful, and all it really took was patience. Patience to pick up the required number of stitches, frog back, see that I had picked up stitches from two different rows, frog a little more, start re-knitting, see that I had picked up my stitches twisted, look up a recent post from the Knitlist complete with pictures to confirm my suspicions, and then knit the stitches on the new row through the back loop to untwist them – then sail on as though nothing had ever gone wrong. See? Easy as pie. I felt like the boss of my knitting that day, yes I did. So yeah. I think I’ve done more on this sweater in a week than I got done on the forlorn Ballybrae pullover in two months. I heart this sweater – I’ve decided I’m going to call it “Banff“-ette.

In other “island of lost projects” news, we have a knitting celebrity sighting: I wrote to Janet Scanlon of felted Tote-Around fame, and I said “I am having the worst time wrangling those huuuge DPNs to start the bottom of the Tote-Around; do you think I could plan out the bottom of the bag and knit out from the middle to one side using a provisional cast-on and decreases at the end of each row? When I’m done with the first half, I’ll rip out the cast-on and knit the other side – do you think it will work? Well, Janet thought it might, even if it wasn’t the most elegant solution. Eagle-eyed readers who realize I just completed a Bucket O’Chic will see that provisional cast-on idea in Bonne Marie’s original pattern, so props to her for planting the seed of an idea. And a big thanks to Janet for her support (did you see her Mercury messenger bag? What a great computer tote!).

Speaking of buckets o’ chic, Knit OnePurlToo’s *other* knitting celebrity sighting this week was none other than Mason Dixon Kay, who reported that her own Bucket o’ Chic suffered from Ruffly Brim Syndrome. I fired off an e-mail asking about the technique she used to fix it, and she encouraged me to cut (!) and whipstitch away until that brim was shaped to my liking. I may just do that, though my husband is begging me not to. It’s a learning experience, right? I’m obligated to fix that hat!

Here’s a a preview of IK spring 2004 projects – I now want very badly to knit Salt Peanuts, and I think Kathy Zimmerman should just put me on a subscription plan; I like her new Co-op Cables as much as the Bed and Breakfast pullover. “I’m designing another sweater – stock up on the following yarns….”

What kind of yarn am I?. I’m dishcloth cotton, and I’m a little depressed about it. Bonne Marie’s perfect eyelet cardi looks so swell (I lurve twinsets and cardis – they have such a Jackie O. vibe). Two socks, one knitted inside the other – no, really! Finally, there’s a real affinity between geeks and knitting – I never would have guessed.