Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A small thing but…

I got to sit on the couch and finish this little shawl on Christmas day. I've wanted to be able to just relax like that for a long time. It turned out to be the best gift of all. I started out going in another direction with this yarn, it's from Knit Picks, "bare" sock yarn. I dyed it in these autumn colors then forgot about it; must have been before I decided I wasn't knitting socks anymore (they wear out too fast). After I rediscovered it I thought about working up a straight rectangle stole in an openwork squares, modular knit pattern by Iris Schreier.
The fabric is more dense than what I did finally and I knit a piece about 15" long and just as wide before I realized I didn't have enough yarn for a stole. So I frogged it. I like the openwork pattern and will maybe incorporate it as an edging for a sweater; something with bigger yarn. Something like the Sweater Spin 2011 group on Ravelry maybe?? I think I have enough fiber in here to dye and spin, and have been mulling over my requirements since I joined the group.
So far I know:
  • Must have an open or V-neck.
  • Must have three quarter length sleeves.
  • Yarn should be no more than sport weight if I intend to wear it at all.
  • Soft, no scratchy- scratchy.
Other aspects like color and design haven't come into focus yet, also whether to dye the fiber first or after it has been spun. More, later.

Into the Vortex… nice!

This is my version of "Vortex", a Knitty pattern. I am down with the silly hat, though this hat is stepping all over full bore crazy. I pulled some leftover hand spun wool from the stash for this one. Looking forward to making one for my dear boy, whose dignity will not brook the over the top "poink!" Sweet child has no idea what becomes of dignity after awhile.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Got tired of looking at that wadder green blouse below. I can't believe I haven't updated this in over a year. I have been busy though, doing some of the stuff I started this blog to highlight, and working like a dog. There's a lot I'd like to show & tell but for now, because I simply could not look at that blouse one minute longer, I'll post some Christmas cheer. We can't be called materially wealthy in most categories you could name but we can hold our own when it comes to Christmas ornaments. The accumulated treasures of at least 3 families means we have some very old stuff. Stuff with that tarnished patina the lifestyle stores are selling at a premium. These elves were part of my husbands dowry. The green elf's costume got terribly faded though, so a few years ago I knit him another one. This is a nice sort of treasure to manage, we can pretty much, do whatever we want with it, the ornaments only have sentimental value in our minds so we don't have to get all precious with them. My husband regularly GLUES old favorites back together, and that becomes part of their charm.
The old glass balls are known to crumble in your hands. We like to express alarm when it happens but even the eleven year old is onto it now, he delivers the shattered ornament to his Dad and they assess its condition and how it could be repaired, then he fetches the appropriate glue. It's part of our Christmas Ritual.