a knitter navigates through life
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
And it is well on its way to becoming a sweater.
Look at those colors. Isn't that spectacular?
As you can tell from the top picture, the three balls of brown are VERY different dye lots, so I'm having to alternate two rows of each, but it's worth it. If only I could find some of the blue . . .
Hedera is coming right along. I think this is the first real picture I've taken of it, because it's my work knitting (small, portable, with a chart that looks complex enough that I can pretend I can't talk while knitting, but really memorizable enough that I can if I want to.)
Must go to sleep; it's waaaay past my bedtime.
which was even more fun for those who have to put up with me. I was cranky and grouchy and felt crummy all the time, and I didn't like any of my knitting and I didn't want to cast on anything new because I didn't like any of the yarn I had at home and I didn't want to go yarn shopping. You know it's bad when you don't want to go yarn shopping.
But thankfully my will to knit has returned, and I feel another "Heel, yeah!" coming on!
Not one but two lovely sock heels completed, and all that's left to do is the cuffs. The only drizzle on my parade is that, do you see the teeny-tiny itsy-bitsy little ball of yarn between my feet? That's all that left of this yarn. In the entire world. So I'm thinking these are either going to have very short cuffs, or when I run out of yarn, I'll finish in purple. They are just about the softest, squooshiest socks in the world, so I will be happy no matter what.
I have a three-day weekend coming up, so lots more knitting and pictures to come!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
"Feet are cold and wet! Bad! Delicate kitten is freezing and dying!"
"What was that?!"
"Ok, that's enough. Let's go inside!"
"Cold and wet on my poor little feet!"
"Now how do I open this thing?"
Friday, January 18, 2008
I hope everyone enjoyed the lovely snow the other day. I didn't get any pictures because I was way too busy running to the window every twelve seconds and squealing, "Snow! Snow!!!" The people who love me are very patient people, that's all I have to say. According to the weather people, we are supposed to get an inch of snow tomorrow. I'm baffled. This is GEORGIA, people. We don't get snow. And unfortunately, in my line of work, we don't get snow days. Should be exciting.
Unfortunately, I have no new knitting progress to show you. Isn't it funny that I always think I'll get so much knitting done on sick days, when what usually happens is I feel so sleepy I'm barely able to sit upright? But, fortunately, I realized a while back that I have several knitted objects that I've never shown the blog, mostly because they are in constant rotation so I never get the chance to photograph them. In honor of not having actual knitting content, here they are.
1) The very first socks I ever made (well, not counting Fuzzy Feet) in the wilds of a local coffee shop.
Thanks, Dave, for your help. These socks were knit with Colinette Jitterbug in the Mardi Gras colorway. The pattern was a generic toe-up sock pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, by Charlene Schurch.
In addition to flaunting my socks dangerously close to other people's beverages (dangerous for them, not me. Socks can be washed, but no one wants to drink something that smells like my feet. Or if you do, please don't tell me about it.), here we have another of my favorite handknits to flaunt:
It fits beautifully, and it had better. I had to rip out and redo this puppy FOUR TIMES. It spent a year sitting in the bottom of my yarn trunk (the only truly cat-proof place in the entire house), thinking about what it had done. But, as they say, fifth time's the charm. I made about five different people verify my gauge before I started the last time. Alex likes it too.
3) Lastly, a scarf and hat set made from Gedifra Chandra, in colorway #7607.
Here we can see Jaymie sleeping on the scarf.
Do anybody else's cats do that? It's not enough that they're sleeping on top of a blanket on top of another blanket on top of a comforter on top of a mattress on top of a box spring. Oh, no. They need another layer, so they sleep on the scarf/sweater/pajamas/whatever as well. I wonder if I placed a single dried pea underneath the bed, if he'd feel it and wake up horribly bruised.
I'm extremely proud of this hat, because it marks important progress in my mental development: Finally Realizing How Big My Head Actually Is. Here we have a progression of three hats, my first, second, and third attempts to make a hat that actually fit. Notice how the final (successful) one is at least twice as wide as the first. Which is weird because I don't think I look strange or anything, walking around with a giant melon head. I guess I need a lot of space for all that useless trivia I have stuffed in there.
And now if you'll excuse me, I need to do some more recuperating by sitting in front of the TV, eating salty things and drinking carbonated beverages. All this healing is grueling, I tell you.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
And toe, yeah!
The only good thing about interminable waits at the doctor's office is the impressive amount of knitting you can get done. I started and finished the heel in the waiting room, and did the second toe when I got home. The only thing that's making me nervous? I have this much yarn left.
Keep your needles crossed for me. (Or your hooks, if that's the way you roll.)
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Isn't that just irresistably yummy looking? This doesn't include all the odds and ends and little experiments she's given me over the years. Having a soap connection is a very good thing. Kathy also makes this:
The most glorious shea-butter that is the only thing that has completely quenched my dry skin. It's like going to a spa. I can't stop feeling how soft my skin is even hours later. ("Umm, Kim, why are you rubbing your own arm?")
Admit it. You envy my soap.
Plus, Kathy is one of the sweetest, most hard-working people I know, one of those really healthy-looking, outdoorsy, I'm-just-naturally-this-gorgeous sort of girls that I have always wanted to be. I am not outdoorsy, and I will never have Kathy's gorgeous hair, even if I were to sell my soul. I will also never have Bernadette Peters' hair, and it makes me sick with envy and keeps me awake at night, but that's just my own cross to bear. Enough about my girl-crush on Kathy. Go buy her soap, and let's all hope it can give us just a little of Kathy's gorgeousness.
Friday, January 11, 2008
In other news, I learned the hard way last night that when one starts a project after swatching, one should be REALLY REALLY CAREFUL to make sure that the needle size one is using is the intended one, not the needle size one was most recently swatching with. No, I don't want to talk about it.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
In other news, the baby cable rib sock continues, with Malcolm helping model.
I love this yarn and this pattern SO MUCH. I adapted the pattern from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks.
Please let me know what you think of the possible blog title change. I want opinions; you love giving opinions. This should work well.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
The RPM socks, finished (at long last), reclining triumphantly in the Happiest Place on Earth. The yarn, in case I've forgotten to tell you, is Trekking XXL, colorway 100. Of course, now that I've finished nummy warm socks that I can't resist wearing, the weather is getting back up in the 60's. I don't try to control the weather like this. It's just a talent I have.
Friday, January 4, 2008
What about the rest of you? Anyone get anything really cool? Show-and-tell time!
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I also began another pair of socks, modeled by my new friend Malcom.
Happy New Year!