Phew! Now you’ve met us both. Until that masters’ course breaks for the summer, you may only hear from her sporadically, but I’ll
nag her gently remind her to make herself known once in a while.
Oh, Anna-Liza here. Now I’m discovering this blogging business is quickly addictive. I can see why darlin’ K (my husband) said something about losing sleep over this. Two days out, and here I am at the keyboard after everyone else is asleep! That’s usually my knitting time. Two equally compelling addictions–this could be trouble. I’ve already got a problem with far more WIPs than FOs … and I do have to work for money, at the moment. And not knittin’, neither.
Currently on the needles:
Aforementioned “pretty color” socks for Mr. B, the first of which I’ve ripped back to the gussets and reknit three times because I keep making the foot too short. I mentioned the long skinny feet thing. I’ve finally given up. I’ve cast on the second sock, with the plan of making the second foot one half inch longer than the first, then ripping back the first and reknitting it to match the second. One half inch makes a pretty big difference on a six-inch foot! Should work. Getting an accurate foot length on a wiggly three-year-old is apparently beyond my skill.
“Eris” pullover from “The Girl from Auntie”, this one: http://www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/
This is one of the best explained, most thorough patterns I’ve ever run across. And a good thing, too. Beautiful, absorbing cable work, which requires full attention to execute. Full attention being the operative phrase; small children just hate when mom’s full attention is on anything other than themselves. I’ve been stuck at the lower back corner of the bottom border for over a month now. It’s not the hardest cabling I’ve ever done, but it does require concentration. Optimum caffeination and quiet help. Kids telling me long and involved and almost incomprehensible stories, breaking off at intervals to hit their brothers, do not help.
Once I’ve got that bit of cabling done, I’ll be able to finish the border and the sleeves while
yelling at the kids conversing with friends and not really worry about messing up. It’s not going to be ready for this cold season, but should be for next. Debbie Bliss Merino Aran in, I believe, colorway 506. If it’s not that, it’s darn close–a deep green.
A rectangular shawl from Vogue Knitting a few issues back–I’ll have to go find the magazine, since I’m carrying around just the charts and instructions with the project. I think it was Fall 2005. This will be about 6 feet long when complete. I’ve got about 8″ to go on the main wavy lace bit, then I have to add the borders. I bet y’all know the shawl I mean. The issue had several shawls, and this one is shown in a soft olive green. Wavy main pattern, geometric borders. See, you do know the one I mean! For this, I got a Cascade 220 in a heathery olive green, almost the same as the photo spread. I was looking for plum, but then I found this and loved it.
Buncha socks. There’s an experimental toe-up pair in KnitPicks Memories “Fly Fishing”, and I just frogged the “Dublin Bay” pattern because it was coming out too baggy in the ankle. (see “long narrow feet”). This catefory includes all the sock yarn that has patterns matched to it, but not actually cast on yet. And the tiny superhero boot-like socks. Can you say “overcommitted”? How about just “committed”?
Another Vogue Knitting pattern–a chunky pullover with a single cable motif in front, ribbed all over, from the Winter ’92-’93 issue. Ahem. It may be a little longer before I get to that one again. Lamb’s Pride Bulky in a hot pink. Very hot, very pink. I’m not sure if I have found all of the yarn I had bought for this–I may not have enough now to finish it. Darn.
Another planned and bought but not yet on the needles is a little white cabled lap blanket with lavender edging. This one is intended as a knitalong with my daughter (the 21 year old), and she’s not ready to start yet. So that one’s not my fault.
F.O.s, well, I won’t go all the way back to 1992. In recent times, there’s two pairs of socks for Mr. R, 1 pair felted slippers for same, 1 much larger pair felted slippers for darlin’ K, four pair socks for myself (but one given away–see below), the Mandarin Blouse by Annie Modesitt from last summer’s (?) IK, buncha scarves.
The four pair of socks for myself are my initial learning curve set. I wanted to get good at the sock thing before making them for others. Don’t want to be known as the “toe torturer”. My very first was a really plain pair that came out so large I gave them to darlin’ K, and he wears them as a second layer over his other socks in winter. He’s not a freak or anything, just considerably taller than I, with proportionate feet. Heh. Just call me a loose knitter.
The other three for me are a pair of ribbed knee socks in Dale Sisik, very warm, a pair of Embossed Leaves socks from IK in lavender Wildefoote, and a basic chevron-pattern pair in one of the Regia self-stripers for which I’ve lost the ball band. I’m liking this sock-knitting thing. I’m liking it a lot.
I took an extended break from knitting and took it up again a few years ago. I don’t consider myself advanced–maybe an advanced intermediate. Depends on what kind of knitting. I feel pretty confident with texture and cabling and lace (in yarns heavier than laceweight. I have a nice large skein of laceweight sitting there, waiting for me to get to it. I just can’t make up my mind on a pattern!)
I haven’t done colorwork since I took up needles again, and here I am contemplating the Bauhaus Fair Isle in the current IK for darlin’ K. I’ll have to do a hat or something first, I guess. If anyone has some suggestions, I’d love to hear. Something not too foofy, and not too many colors for someone just trying colorwork again after *cough cough* years.