Knitting projects with a little real life thrown in

Wednesday, September 29, 2004


I just finished putting together my valentine red "Ruffled Edge Cardigan" sweater from Vogue Knitting Summer '03. I know that Large sizes sometimes have too-long sleeves, but this is ridiculous! It's supposed to be 3/4-length. Instead it looks like I'm just a really bad knitter (which I may be but let's don't go there)! If it has to do with the knitting, I'm prone to blame it on the fact that (as usual) I modified the pattern by using Dale Baby Ull instead of forking out $200 on Bliss Baby Cashmerino as the original pattern calls for.

So now instead of getting to wear it, I have to somehow eliminate 2 inches for it to look anything like the original. I thought about washing it in warm water, but then it would show at least 2 inches above my belly button, which I prefer to keep under wraps for now. Maybe after a few more months of Atkins I might be brave enough for that.

So, should I attempt the impossibly boring task of shortening two sleeves and kitchenering them together again or start a new project? I really want to begin a two-color sweater project of my own design with some Sirdar Legend DK yarn that I bought last year when NeedleArts went out of business. Since I'm hoping to publish a pattern, I should probably start the new one. At least that sounds like a good excuse to me.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to earn some yarn money by going in on a garage sale with friends. So I've been tagging toys, clothes, and everything else I can get my hands on. I keep thinking...if I just sold everything I own, maybe I could start all over and "remake" myself and the house and all. I am definitely selling all items I haven't used or worn in at least 2 years (except my yarn and fabric stash of course).

POSTSCRIPT 2/2006: Great - I just sold the last of the baby stuff last fall and poof! Bun in the oven. Hope it's a boy.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Memory Jog

I've been pulling UFOs out of my closet, cabinet, sewing totes, and even my filing cabinet! I have some projects that I forget I ever started. I thought I should chronicle my progess and in so doing realized I better finish some things first.

So before I can show all the cool stuff I'm working on, I'll talk about what I've finished lately.

Here's my first attempt at a real sock (Christmas tree ornaments don't count). I bought the Dale Baby Ull yarn in Estes Park, CO last year, and decided it was just right for my first footwear fiasco. Then I got totally hooked. WOW - It's unbelievably amazing when you turn your first heel.

Early summer I started creating felted bags. Here's a Lucy Bag (pattern from Two Old Bags) where I combined a Noro yarn with Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Worsted in Limeade. I only needed one skein of Noro and slightly more than a skein of Lamb's Pride.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Just a Knittle about Blogging

I'm a little intimidated about starting this blog. I just discovered a whole new world out there on the net...all these wonderful sites with knitting journals that are so much more than just knitting facts. These bloggers are like a little village where everyone knows each other and they all visit weekly to see what's new with knitting and catch up on the last gossip. Not only do they share patterns, they open up their souls to the world in such a heartwarming and poetic way, sharing joys, sorrows, and just plain old everyday stuff.

I've never been able to keep a written journal, although I love to buy them at Barnes and Noble. But it seems I fill them with wishes, pipe dreams, and mostly things I want to change about my life. How depressing is that?

But how exciting to have a place to share projects (finished and WIP), books I've read or want to buy, my favorite yarns, and of course, excuses for why I haven't found time to use them yet.

Therein lies the rub. Will I have any time left to knit or will I be too busy blogging? I guess time will tell!