Friday, March 3, 2017

Elizabeth's color block

Hey, Pat -- looks like you had fun!

I did finish on time, as you know (everybody, I sent Pat a photo of these guys in their bath on Tuesday night). And I have been struggling ever since to get the colors to photograph right -- one of these days I will break down and learn to use a camera! The green should be a little more acidic; the other colors are close enough.


I chose these colors because I found them together in a bag -- clearly at some point I had meant to use them together, and that was good enough for me.

March assignment: cables! One or more. I have my eye on a very complex mitten pattern, which means I'll likely be knitting a bulky hat on the last day when I realize that there is no way they're going to get done by the deadline. I guess I had cables on the brain because I am signed up to take a class with Norah Gaughan, the queen of cabling, this month.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Colorblocks




Elizabeth,
I worked all month long to complete 3 pairs of fingerless mittens done in four colors, 2 large areas of color, along with somewhat contrasting colored cast-ons.  I'm pleased with the resulting mitts, they fit a number of random hands very well, the colors are fun and unusual and they really do keep you warm.  I used Mason-Dixon's Squad Mitts for my color inspiration and your excellent Mitten Pattern for my mitten design basis.  I used sport weight yarn and size 3 needles (to get a tight fabric).  I have a cryptic pattern, literally written on the back of an old envelope!



Dear friends of mine co-operated in being my hand models and there were several great ideas for photographing the mitts.  I do think the card game is fun, however; I suspect there was something wrong with this deal... 


But hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil is my all-time favorite!

I gave a pair of the mitts to a girl friend who sits by a window at work and is cold in the winter.  I got this picture this morning.  Nice to see our hand-knits hard at work.

Photo by B.Roth






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

First crocus

The tradition continues.

day 1
day 2













I still haven't made those yellow socks. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

my pointy hat

It's so much fun to see how two knitters can interpret the same words. I knew right away that I was going to make Elizabeth Zimmermann's Ganomy Hat from her Knitter's Almanac (the very first knitting book I ever bought -- the hardcover was on the remainder table for $2.98 and it took me a month to decide I could afford it after my 25% employee discount). I last made this hat 23 years ago, scaled down to infant size, when my now very healthy nephew needed surgery on his skull. . . the request was for a hat that would stay on but not squash.

Um -- this is not my nephew. But this guy is the only model I could find today.


Please note in the photos below -- point at the top (left photo) and points at the bottom (center photo).


Strangely, many people on Ravelry have reengineered this hat to give it a rounded top -- I think all of the points echoing the other points are this hat's best feature!

Unless, of course, the best feature is the red pompom. Elizabeth Zimmermann recommends knitting the last 14 stitches for 6 rows, then inserting a pingpong ball (or "a rabble of wool ends") and tying the hat below that to make a perfect round bobble. I went the more traditional route.


Bruno's profile is a bit short on detail, but oh, what a hat!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stopover Pullover


Elizabeth,
I got up this morning and did a sunrise shoot with a dear photobuddy.  We had a great time and Mary took a moment to photograph my finished Stopover sweater.



February is such a blah month.  I think we should knit blocks of colors... does that leave the field wide open?
Pat

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Birthday mittens

The pointy hat is happening behind the scenes and will soon be unveiled. Meanwhile, as has become my custom, these mittens were delivered under cover of darkness for my neighbor on her birthday:


I had two balls of alpaca yarn, neither one big enough to become something on its own. I held the strands together for soft, warm, airy hand coverings. Now I wish I had more!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Pointy Hat

Elizabeth,
I've completed the January challenge of knitting a pointy hat.  I hope this is pointy enough for you.
 A young friend of mine modeled the hat for me and I expect she will do great things in the future.



I've frogged two scarves and am ignoring one other... only time will tell what I should do.
P

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Year, more knitting

Elizabeth,
I can't believe we've been doing this blog for seven years.  That's amazing.  I wish I was a more prolific blogger and a better writer.


I'd like to resolve to blog more often but years ago I gave up making resolutions.  I'd resolved to do something amazing and then I'd quit or give up; it hurt.  So now I knit, workout, play with my camera, read books but I don't resolve to do anything big or spectacular.  I do my best and count all my blessings.



This year like so many before there are no big resolutions, just one tiny one.  I have four scarves "in-progress" that I have been working for over 2 years.  It becomes apparent to me that I'm not enjoying this knitting, I need to stop and rip them back and make something else with that yarn.  That's it, all I resolve to do.


Pat

P.S. I'm working on a very pointy hat!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Now we are 7

Look at that -- it's another year already. We started this blog seven years ago today. We have not been the most visible of bloggers. . . and we realized that we need a little bit of structure to keep us involved. And maybe one that doesn't involve a whole year's commitment. So this year we're trying something new. On or about the first of the month, we'll announce a brief guideline for that month's project. Assignment? Challenge? Topic? I am not sure what to call it. These will be intentionally open to interpretation, and fun, not punitive. You will never see "Take 1700 yards of laceweight yarn and a pattern that involves nupps and a lace repeat of at least 28 rows. . ." (or, Pat, if you do -- I'm not doing it!). I am in charge of odd-numbered months, and Pat will do the evens. Sometimes we'll post in-progress photos; sometimes it'll be just the final thing sneaking in at the last moment on the last day of the month. And, of course, there will be other knitting too! Here is just a sampling from this year:









January project: pointy hat. Watch this space! We're back.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sometimes I Feel Like Bartholomew Cubbins*


24 hats on the way to homeless kids in Maine -- and still plenty more stash to knit up. Half are out of my head; the others (example of each shown in the photo that has just two hats) are from this great pattern.





*The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by Dr. Seuss

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Last week's mittens

Last Sunday, 18 inches (46 cm) of snow. This Sunday, 55 degrees F (12.7 C).

While it was snowing, I realized that I'd need mittens so I could shovel. And these happened:


1 strand Lamb's Pride worsted + 1 strand unidentified sock yarn. 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Samadhi Saturday

Every year I sneak across the street at midnight or dawn and leave a birthday package at my neighbor's door. This year it was especially fun. Some of you may have heard that the Washington/Philadelphia/New York stretch got a little snow yesterday. . .here is what it looked like at midnight (not bad for a cell phone picture!). And it was so quiet -- no planes, no trains, hardly any cars. It was a beautiful night.


I made Samadhi, a Martina Behm design, using yarn dyed by my friend the Black Bunny. The yarn had been ripening in my possession for several years, and finally found its purpose.

The picture on the gridded board shows the colors almost truly. My scalloped edge -- well, let's say I hope I have more patience the next time I block one of these. Because I will most certainly make the pattern again.





Happy birthday, neighbor I am glad to call friend!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Another one

I had an extended fling with the Age of Brass and Steam in 2015. This one went off to Ohio last week. I sure wish I knew what the yarn was, because it was lovely to work with. It was from New England, a standard-size sock yarn skein, and there might be a little silk in it.


I had just enough yarn to do one extra section of the pattern and get halfway through the bindoff. I finished with a purple that wasn't an exact match, but I decided it was close enough. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

I want to go to your sister. . .

I have always loved Manos del Uruguay's Wool Clasica. In years (too many years) when money was tight, I would allow myself to go to a yarn shop once a month, and I'd buy a skein of Manos as a treat. That led to an exceedingly undisciplined collection of colors, still waiting for me to figure out how to put them together.

But one year Manos introduced a line of naturals, and I fell hard. By that time I was able to buy a little more, a little more often, and I indulged myself by collecting a whole bunch, with the intent of someday making a blanket.

Last February, the skeins had matured to the point where it was time to cast on. I decided on my beloved bias squares, knit from two sides down to the last 2 stitches. And I cast on. Three rows into block #1, the blanket said to me, "I want to go to your sister." I had thought this one would be for me, but when the knitting talks. . .

Thursday, December 24, 2015

celebrate in whatever way makes you happy


 
Best wishes from elizabeth and pat . . .


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

What I did this summer


I have a lot of yarn.


I started a project to work through the many, many single skeins in my stash.



And all of these things went off to Maine this week to help keep homeless teens just a little warmer.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Azalea time

I was knitting on the front porch when I noticed an interesting juxtaposition:


I am racing the yarn to the finish -- will report back!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pitter Patter

Of very little feet. I finished these booties yesterday morning, just in time for the afternoon's baby shower.


But -- silly baby decided to be born yesterday morning. Shower postponed, and I guess he won't be wearing these home after all. . .

The pattern is Hodge. Yarn is a no-longer-labeled sock yarn that was in my collection and available. Finished weight (booties, not baby!) 20 grams.

Friday, February 27, 2015

It's been a great winter for knitting

But the first snowdrops are here! Battered and frostbitten, true, but here at last.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Uh oh

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Happy birthday

Every year on this day [posted a day later than planned -- January 24 is the official date] I leave a present on friend S's porch so she will be greeted by it when she leaves the house. This year, with nasty weather and the date falling on a Saturday, I didn't know how early that will be. So I tiptoed over right after midnight and left it well wrapped in plastic (we are having a Winter Weather Event -- involving every form of precipitation you can name, all of them cold and wet).





I decided last August to use up some of my random skeins of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica making the Four Seasons Throw. I knit in individual blocks rather than strips because I wasn't sure what colors I'd ultimately use. If you have a chance to plan ahead, I'd definitely urge you to go with the strip technique!

By about block 3, I realized that S might really like this. She is a person who appreciates wool, so a good target. I finished all the knitting by November. And then, suddenly, on Tuesday of this week I realized I'd only sewn two blocks together and the birthday deadline was imminent. It's amazing how well I work with a deadline. . .


Thursday, January 8, 2015

a little warmer now

I won't be getting any points for originality when I mention that it's kind of cold today -- 12 degrees Fahrenheit at 9 this morning (Celsius folks, that is minus 11 for you). Which has finally made me put these things in a box and send them off to Maine, where they will be distributed at a shelter. I'm a little cold right now -- but I am inside my house, with more warm clothes to put on, and a way to make hot food and drinks, and I have never, not even once, had to live with the realization that I couldn't keep my kid warm. Except for the two hats, these things are toddler- and kid-sized, and they need to get on up there fast.