Thursday, January 29, 2015

To blog

Dear Yarn and Ivories,
Are you really very important to me? Do I truly love you? Let me count the ways...
Really? Should I leave home and spend weeks with my family on the beaches of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica? Should I lazily knit on a balcony with a view of the Pacific stretching endlessly before me, scanning the waters for dolphins or whales? Does the Christmas tree really need to be removed from my living room? And the Christmas trimmings be stored for another year? Should I play piano for four rehearsals a week? Should I try to make sense of two church organs so I don't embarrass myself on Sundays? Should I squeak out some notes at community chorus in case I get my voice back by next weekend?  Should I knit?

SO many questions! And I can answer YES to them all. So, my dear blog, you'll have to wait your turn.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Despite Dogs

Yes, I really finished the Dress.  The dress that the dog loved almost to death.

This one (the second one, a size bigger) was a treat.  I knew she would love it, because garment #1 has been worn and washed to oblivion, and I knew how to handle the neck opening, which is very satisfying.  The only thing I didn't conquer is the bottom (cast on) edge.  It rolls.  I didn't block... but isn't she cute?  She's 5-1/2, and wearing a size 6.
See previous blog posts:
October 27 & 28

Worsted / 10 ply
100% Merino
218 yards / 100 grams

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Something Monumental

Or, it COULD be monumental, if I had more time...
A Blanket:  Yggdrasil (a free pattern)
See Ravelry:

Yes, it is monumental... I started 5 months ago, and worked on and off... It became Huge and not portable.  It was/is heavy (1000+ grams), yet I have another 1000 grams of cotton yarn which can be used to complete two more borders.  But enough is enough, and 140 cm square will make its way back to Norway for the rest of the winter.

I give you an extra large photo,'s extra large!  I'm going to miss it, but I know we will meet again.
Love those borders.  Too bad they get bigger... The next one requires picking up stitches and knitting stockinette, followed by the cable border again.  A project for late 2015, perhaps?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Little Socks

Last October, I thought I was finished with my "sweet tomato heel" socks.  Then my "sweet tomato" granddaughter arrived, and they were too small.  I had to adjust, after she wore them for a week, by undoing the toes and made the foot longer.  I'm not totally convinced that the heel is an improvement on fit.  They are, possibly, more forgiving because the exact turn of the heel is a bit undefined.
But, how can you go wrong with warm PINK socks?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Yes, I Finished!

My socks:
Diversion Socks, finished November 2, 2014, and worn and worn, and washed and worn... My FAVORITE socks for this year... All of the right colors, warm, Ahhhh, perfect.  This was my first pair with a rounded toe (instead of the wedge).  It took me quite awhile to complete since I was knitting other things, and carried these to work.  There wasn't much "down time" to knit, so often I would get pulled away, and return to my knitting without a clue where I was in the pattern.  There was a lot of "tink-ing".
But I love them!  It has a lot to do with the pattern AND the yarn:
Honk if you like:
 Regia Hand-Dye Effect
Light Fingering / 3 ply
70% Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Acrylic
459 yards / 100 grams

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Perfect Gift

One day, last September, I was bored with whatever I was doing, and I picked up needles, yarn, beads and the trusty Butin Collar pattern.  I've made this before, and a month before, a friend presented me with a lovely "collar"... yet, I had new beads to play with!  I think the beads I chose are a little too large, but, nonetheless, beautiful and very similar in color to some yarn.
Months later, the right person, needing a gift, was presented with this, and surprisingly, it perfectly matched her and her outfit that day!  She immediately put it on, and, gosh, it was as if she had read Yarn Harlot's blog about how to react when given a hand-knit item!!  Made me feel good, and I'm so glad she liked it!
by Anzula
Lace / 2 ply
60% Plant fiber, 40% Silk
700 yards / 115 grams

The yarn is from a sample of a few grams.  I was given a subscription to receive two samples every month.  They are all beautiful, and this is the first time I thought to use one of them!


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