Monday, January 30, 2006
That's me, modeling my Rowan Big Wool Coat. This was just sent to my by my mentor, Barb, who took the photo at our weekly get-together at Barnes and Noble. If you look in the background, you will see that they've gotten hip to us and strategically posted some knitting books on an end cap right by the cafe where we get together with 5-20 people to knit and for Barb to teach her unending, 50 years in the making, knitting knowledge. I'm still pushing her (gently) to get started on her book of awesome tips. Look for it in your favorite bookstore....soon.
This is the Tahki Ghost Print sweater I talked about earlier. I had finished it previously, but then decided it needed to have a shawl collar and cuffs. So here is my friend, Cathy, modeling the finished product for me.
And here is a shot of my progress on the Crossed in Translation sweater. Please note that it is crammed onto a 24 inch needle, so you're only seeing what I can show without popping stitches off the needles.
Here is the halfway finished UGG boot. Just a few more rows to go, but I'm bored.....SO....
I move on to yet another project (remember how starting projects really jazzes me?). Yesterday I started a Twisted Sisters sweater, Isolde. Because of my husband's (cough, cough) mandate that I use up my stash before buying new yarn, I searched around for something to go with the Artyarns Supermerino I had chosen for this sweater (without knowing I would need 24 skeins) in colors 209 and 210, and I finally found some Chelsea Silk that was just right (as goldilocks would say. So here is a photo of my first strip of the sweater.
That's all for now, kids. Julie, out.....
Saturday, January 28, 2006
I do! The nicest woman, Pat M., came to my house on Saturday, bringing her Ashford Traveller spinning wheel, to teach me how to spin on a wheel. I've spun on spindles, but not on a wheel, and I've been itching to try. It thrills my husband to no end that I've found yet another thing to obsess about! Pat had answered my question about why people knit socks, and I noticed that she, too, was in Indianapolis. We corresponded a bit and I asked her if she knew someone who could teach me to spin, and she offered to do it herself. She was so nice, so gentle, and so patient with me. She taught me that you can't do anything wrong, except where you're not getting what YOU want. That was freeing. I found myself in a Zen mode after awhile, and I did not want to stop. It was SO relaxing! She explained that after awhile you begin to tredle at the beat of your heart, and I guess that's what makes it so mesmerizing and relaxing. My kids had their cousin here to play with, so I was able to spin to my heart's content. I can't say enough how much I appreciated this woman's generosity, and I will have her to thank while I lower my blood pressure over the coming years. Well, that it after the initial surge of pressure when my husband says, "You want WHAT???? A SPINNING WHEEL????"
So here is a photo of my first wheelspun yarn. The yarn on the right (grey) is a two-ply Shetland (yes, Pat also taught me to ply), and the one on the right (white) is a two-ply alpaca, which I did on a spindle and Pat helped me ply on the wheel.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
I'm also almost finished with the second UGG boot. I'm SICK of it, though. I just want it to be done. I have two prototypes, which, like it or not, are going to be a pair. They do not look alike, but they are reasonable facsimiles of one another, and I'm sure as (*&(*^&* not taking the first one apart and making it match the second. Herein lies my problem with socks. Once I'm past the initial climax of finishing the first one, I'm over it. I just want to roll over and if I smoked, I'd have a cigarette. I don't want to make another one. I don't want to watch a movie twice, either. I'm a one time and out kind of girl.
Speaking of climaxing, I came up with a new word today to describe the addictive quality of knitting for me: Knitphrodisiac. That's what knitting is for me, a kniphrodisiac. Actually, if the truth be told, it is the STARTING of the knitting project that is the knitphrodisiac for me. After that, my interest wanes. Then I start another project to get my fix. And the cycle continues. Herein lies the answer to my many unfinished objects. I love the starting, it's the finishing I'm not into. Same with my stash. I can shop a whole lot faster than I can knit. And once the stuff is home with me, it isn't screaming at me anymore quite as loudly as it did in the store. Not to mention, I've got the umpteen unfinished objects hawking over me. And so it is, and so it shall be.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
There she is, my progress to date on the Crossed in Translation sweater. Boy, oh boy, am I ever glad that I switched yarns! The cables just pop in this Maggie's Aran. I love it! I just tried it on, and I think it will do nicely.
I'm so thankful to whoever made the suggestion to scan in the charts and flip them to do the second half of the panels. Why didn't I think of that? It worked like a charm!
Friday, January 20, 2006
So what is it people? What is it with these socks? Why are there so many sock knitters out there? What are you Jaywalkers up to, anyway? Somebody esplain it to me, por favor. In the meantime, check out my socks:
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
Here is the latest rendition of my Crossed In Translation sweater. As you can see, not much progress. But for the fourth time around, I'd gotten bored with the pattern. I moved on to finishing a Rowan Big Wool cardigan I'd started last month. It's now all done but the crying. That is, the collar and one side seam. I will post pictures of it when it is all done.
This latest Am Kamin is being done in Maggie's Aran from Maggie Jackson. It seems to have great stitch definition. I think it will work great, but if anyone knows why it wouldn't, PLEASE let me know now!!!
Monday, January 09, 2006
Crossed in Translation...Again
Here is a photo of my progress on the beginning of the AmKamin sweater. I've done about 5 rows of the body pattern, and it gets pretty boring after the 3rd or 4th repetition! Well, maybe not boring, but I do get sick of doing it! This sweater may be a long time coming. I may have used up my excitement on all the swatches. Plus, the first week's excitement seems to have dissipated over at the Crossed in Translation blog, too. What are you all up to out there? Let me hear from you!
I don't know how to get the lighting quite right in these photos to really show the cables. If you all have any suggestions, I'd sure like to hear them!
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Here is a swatch from the AmKamin Crossed in Translation sweater I'm knitting. It's in Rowan Cashsoft DK, and I'm zipping along now, knitting the sweater in the round, and I'm up to row 4 of the main body pattern. This swatch just shows a couple of the cables with garter stitch on the sides. I tore out the other big swatch of all the cables and started knitting the sweater before I remembered to take a picture of it. Oh, well.
I took a break from this to work on the Tomten jacket I'm making for my son. I had an hour and a half to knit on it while we drove down to the IU basketball game today. GO HOOSIERS!!!! I didn't think they'd pull it off, but they beat Ohio State in the last few seconds. Ended up sitting next to a couple from my hometown. Small world! My sweet husband, a Purdue grad, actually took me to the game, a great sacrifice, indeed! True love! ( :
Friday, January 06, 2006
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
I've done many a swatch and even started the sweater, only to frog it when it was 45 stitches too big! Now I've changed yarns to Rowan Cashsoft DK, measured 100 times, and I've cast on in the tubular cast on, and I'm ready to roll!!! I'll be posting photos as soon as I figure out how to do that!