Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Works-in-progress Wednesday

Here we have a hat for our baby (if it is a girl). It's Rowan Cashsoft aran, which is wonderfully soft; I just grabbed it from my stash but I think I may have to go buy another ball in a boyish color for the if-it-is-a-boy-hat.
Here is some great (for me) progress on sister M's socks. These are in kid mohair and they are turning out very fuzzy and snuggly feeling. The mohair is kind of annoying to work with so I can only knit with it for so long before taking a break.

And last but not least, my very second mitten ever. I am doing this one on 40 stitches instead of 44 and I think it's going to be a much better fit. That means I have to rip and reknit the first one....

It is only through great willpower that you don't see a partial baby sweater here today. I've already got most of it planned.

Note also that there has been no progress whatsoever on the Grey Sweater II or the Little Child's Socks. What's it to you?

Monday, October 09, 2006


Recently I have started itching to spin again (like I don't have enough other things to do). I spun in high school on a homemade wheel similar to this one, but it is long gone. After some brief research it looks like a "real" wheel will cost me around $350 (and that's the lower end) so I guess I'll have to start up with a drop spindle (which start around $10-15).

Thursday, October 05, 2006

My daughter, the knitter.

This morning F was drawing with her markers, and as usual, after a few minutes became bored and started playing with the caps (on, off, on, off...). My husband noticed she had taken two caps and was sitting on the couch, holding one in each hand and rubbing them together over and over. He asked what she was doing and she signed "knitting". Of course.


I have had a craving for ice cream for days. Weeks, maybe. Specifically, I've had a craving for Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream. This afternoon I went to Country Village to get a scoop and, horror of horrors, the restaurant that serves it had closed early today. Sigh. So I had to settle for some Ben & Jerry's. Not as good as the Snoqualmie Gourmet, but it (mostly) took care of the craving. I'm still hankering after SG's pumpkin ice cream.

As you may have noticed, I completely forgot about Works-in-Progress Wednesday last night. Here you have a finished sleeve:

And a rather short sock:
(I figured out part of my dark photo problem. The pictures look lighter on the camera than they do once I move them to the computer. Phooey.)

Now that I have started posting regularly about my progress I am embarrassed about how slowly everything is going. I realize that I have other commitments, but it still seems like I should have more to show each week.

Today I bought yarn for a secret Christmas project. I would post about it but I know the intended recipient reads my blog. So you'll just have to imagine some Brown Sheep worsted until after Christmas.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Well, Socktoberfest is officially here. I have decided that my goals for this month are:

a) to finish sister M's socks. These have languished on the needles for months (she asked me to make them for her back in March) and I've finally decided that toe-up is not going to work for this pair. When I next attempt toe-up socks, it will not be with kid mohair.

b) to finish my Little Child's Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks

c) make the Thick Woodsman's Socks from Knitting Around

d) learn the two circulars method of sock knitting, and

e) attempt toe-up socks again.

Obviously, I have too many goals. Especially because we are going to go on vacation for two weeks and I've got a million things to do before we leave. But maybe I can do three out of five....