Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
However. Can't decide if I love it or hate it. Usually that means I hate it but I'm not willing to give up the dream so I plow ahead anyway. Girlfriends say "love", so I'm keepin' on keepin' on. For now. Sorry about the crap cloudy day photo but I'm not sure it looks all that better in real life, anyway.
And lastly, this little nugget. I need a baby sweater for a super-special kindergarden teacher. Cast on Sunday night and by Monday morning it looked like this:
Well, that's it for the January edition of Sweater Talk. Anybody care to cast a vote on which one to finish up?
Monday, January 26, 2009
After those first couple busy documenting-and-mosaic-making weeks of January, I was ready to take on a nice, big project. Last week I wanted to spend some serious time with the television, soaking in everything I could about the inauguation. I wanted a project that would be meaningful to me, because you know how you look at something and remember what you were doing when you made it?
A momentous occasion calls for momentous project. Does that sound silly? Well, it's how I felt. I had a few (meaning: a lot of) sweaters on the needles but I didn't really want to make a sweater that somebody would outgrow in a year, or that would be out of style in a few years and be relegated to the bottom of the stack.
I wanted something that I would look at every day for the rest of my life. Is that too much to ask?!
Solution: the quilt I started last year. The great thing about it is that, since it's for my bed, the
"look at it everyday for the rest of my life and remember what I was doing" potential is there. And as an added bonus: it's red white and blue! Perfect!
I sewed many blocks while watching every last minute of inauguration day, from the long parade of V.I.P.s decked in hats and scarves, to the glorious entertainment, to the poem and speech that I have read and re-read, and found more and more meaning in every time. To the parade, the commentary, and every last ball.
I have many blocks now.
Thank you for all your comments on my 2008 production. You are all so sweet to me. It didn't seem like all that much at the time.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Year in Review
Koigu turtleneck, February Lady, Chantal, Cable Cardigan, Beryl, Hey Teach, Bay Cardigan, and Capri, almost all of them on my Ravelry page, or ask me in the comments if you have a question. (I'm sorry, but linking individually to all 60 projects on this post might put me over the edge.)
Next Subject: Socks
What I already knew: I love knitting and wearing handknit socks.
What I learned: I finished more socks than I thought. And apparently I like green socks.
Goal: With a little more effort, I could make 12 pairs of socks a year.
Caveat: I tend to go on sock sprees. I either love knitting socks and it's all I do and I go through them like crazy, or I am not interested. If I sign up for a sock-a-long, it's the kiss of death for sock knitting for me for several months. If you notice me leaning toward a sock KAL, please say gently: "Lady, please back away from the sock knitalong." I thank you in advance.
(I will devote a whole post to the socks and give details on the yarns asap.)
Next Subject: Scarves, Hats, Mitts, Etc.
What I alreay knew: I love these little projects. These are the delicious palette cleansers between sweaters. Also: I love my kids in cute hats, and they can't have too many.Raveled. If not, it probably is going to get its own post. Again, if you have any questions, ask me in the comments and I will answer in the comments.
Next up: Baby Stuff and Gifts
What I learned: I don't love making baby blankets. But I love the opportunity to be the maker of potentially a small human's favorite object. So it's worth it.
Goal: keep on keepin on.
Next up: Bags
Most of these bags were for other people. Many of them I made from my dish towel totebag tutorial (see sidebar.) I will never stop making bags! BAGS!
Ok, now I get to the really pathetic department: Quilts.
What I already know: I used to be a quilter.
True confession: When I talk about quilts now, I feel like an imposter.
Goal: I need to make more quilts.
(Because really, the tree skirt doesn't even count as a quilt, but it is quilted, and I didn't have any other category for it.)
Make 12 sweaters per year.
Make 12 pairs of socks per year.
Ease up on the accessories already.
Gift knitting: good.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Is that an unfortunately placed bowl in the background or does he have horns? You decide.
She kept commenting on how warm and cozy they are. I think she possibly knows how to play her cards right in order to get another pair. xo