Friday, April 18, 2014

Away for the weekend

It's Easter, and we are riding the rails down to London to spend a couple of days with my brother and his family. I hope to accomplish several things:

  1. Shop for a sewing machine! If I buy one, I'll have to bring it back on the train, but it seems the best idea, because I can shop with my SIL who knows something about sewing machines. The Sew Show is here next weekend, and a girl could get a "deal," but it is not convenient for me to get to and I have other plans for next weekend anyways. 
  2. Read a Jasper Fforde novel. I have read the first in this series and I *think* I have read the second. Yeah, pretty sure... So, this is the third, and one I have on my bookshelf.
  3. Knit. Now, there's a thing... I have started the Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Knitalong, but of course I did not go out and buy 17 different colours of wool, delightful though that would have been. I am making my squares in Denim. One square pattern has been released, so I will just putter along with that. Not even sure I will make squares, or just keep going and make a strip. Only time will tell. 
  4. Knit something else. I bought a 9-inch circular needle, and will attempt to knit a sock, holding teeny tiny needle ends delicately in my fingertips. I like this idea a lot in theory, and I did try the needle out in the shop, but I am somewhat nervous and think I might find it awkward after a bit. No trouble with losing a sock needle on the train, and no opportunity to poke oneself in the face while squinting up close at dropped stitches, so I think it will all be good. Right? 
I have no pictures. Not even pictures of flowers poking into view, although I have seen a crocus and heard rumours of daffodils. Perhaps next week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What to do, oh, what to do?

I wonder if I have a list somewhere of all the WIPs around the house. Surely I have had this crisis recently.

Ah, yes, from before the Olympics:

  1. second mitten (now I don't need it till October)
  2. Malabrigo scarf (makes me sneeze, but very pretty)
  3. Botticelli (sew the dang thing together!)
  4. Sunday Best (or start a whole new denim gansey)
  5. that beautiful golden shawl you might not have seen but I have knitted about an inch on it (yeah, whatever)
We can add a few more:
  1. Arthur's second green sock
  2. a baby blanket (I've knit about 8 inches on a strip)
  3. a hat
And then there are the things I see on Ravelry and want to join in on:
  1. the Rowan mystery blanket KAL, which might end up being the same thing as the baby blanket
  2. A 1940s KAL, which might result in a hat and socks for the baby, forget the blanket. This is my book, from 1941. It seems like every dang hat has ribbon rosettes to tie the hat on. If I am doing a 40s KAL, is it cheating to change the pattern and knit a little button band under the chin? 
Oh, I don't know!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

That's that job done

Long, long ago, I knit my eldest sister a present for her 50th birthday. I believe that would be 1992. Since then I've knit 50th birthday presents for another sister, a brother, 3 sisters-in-law. At last, this past week, my youngest sister turned 50, and she got a pair of fingerless mitts. Now, until Arthur turns 50, I figure my job is done!

These Pomona Mitts are from the Unofficial Harry Potter magazine from Interweave and named for Professor Sprout. They are cute; the picot edge is tedious but interesting once it's knit and the short rows are a good way to shape the garter stitch mitt.

But the pattern in the magazine is set out very oddly and edited ... not the way I would have done it. I rewrote it all out so I could keep track of rows, and changed the wording. No one needs the instruction "knit to 6 stitches before the marker" when something like "knit 8" will do, surely!

Anyways, annoying but ultimately good.

My stoopid elbow is upset at all this knitting, though! I want to make a baby blanket for this summer! I want to knit Stephen a new hat for next winter! I want to knit myself a cardigan of black denim!! Not to mention socks, hats, half-knit things all over the house. But my arm is really not up to it.

I think I'm just going to have to take up more reading...

Oh, look, I just found an article that says how good crafting is for your mental health... Maybe I should just get that sewing machine.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Stephen went to New Hampshire

This was apparently on a church fence in Hanover, New Hampshire. He didn't inspect as thoroughly as I would have, but we suspect it is individual strips of garter stitch. Nice, eh?

Saturday, March 08, 2014

The cloche is finished

This was the original Ravellenics project, which got a bit neglected during the Games, due to the WIP wrestling that was going on. But now, voilà, finie.

The pattern says to knit the brim 21.5 inches long, but of course, it stretches!

So I made mine 18.5 or so, and it fits around the hat and around my head and all is good. Also, I was running out of yarn! I have about 10 or 12 feet left, so plenty to have knit another inch or two on the brim, but this makes a nice snug fit.

I don't know if I will rush to make this again. I think another time, I might knit the bobbly hat, with a nice rib along the bottom and not bother with the very chic and slightly fiddly brim. This does look nice, though, I think...

Okay, maybe it was all worth it.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

I gotta medal

I finished my socks and my shawl, and I get this little .jpeg file for my troubles.

And, moving on, I have a baby blanket to knit before July. (Yeah, don't mention those other things I once said I'd knit. Oh, like that hat... yeah, 21 inches of a garter stitch band... I'll get to it.)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Last of the Olympic knitting

The project that I'd specially chosen for my Olympic/Ravellenic knitting was this hat, the Popcorn Cloche.

Eleven bobbles around the hat, every four rows.

DNF, did not finish.

I'll keep working at it -- as I keep saying, it's only a hat! But I will not say I'll be finished by the end of the week or anything drastic like that, because we know how that sort of thing turns out.

I've already joined a group on Ravelry to knit during the Commonwealth Games in July!