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.)