Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: January 2009

Sock One-up-man-ship

Sock One-up-man-ship

I am confident that if you asked just about anyone who knows me in person if I am courteous and polite, the overwhelming response would be yes.  However, I have noticed that my courtesy does not extend to my handknits.  They can be quite rude, […]

Containment

Containment

Earlier this past week, while M and I ate dinner one night, I looked over at an “extension” of our bar and sighed.  The extension was an old TV cart made of contact paper covered particle board from my graduate school, single days.  Liquor bottles […]

StraTEEgy for 2009

StraTEEgy for 2009

I’ve always liked Bugs Bunny’s pronunciation of strategy as strah-TEE-gee much more than the “correct” version.  I like it so much more that professionally when talking about “cloning strategies” or “purification strategies,” I have to pay attention not to say it like Bugs.  But when considering strategies (so much nicer than resolutions) for leisure time for 2009, it’s stra-TEE-gy all the way.  So, what will an ideal 2009 look like here at Molecular Knitting?  Here’s the plan:

1.  Blog at least 4 times per month, which doesn’t seem like all that much, but I didn’t do that in 2008.  I primarily want to stick with knitting, but I may add a bit more about reading, cooking, photography, cocktails and the like (M and I want to post at least once a month to Cocktails with M–we have lots of photos currently, but we’re going to have to remake and taste again several cocktails in order to write about them–yeah, it’s going to be rough).  I have rules about blogging, which actually make the blog a form of therapy.  You see, I want the blog to be upbeat, cheerful, funny and HONEST.  With the mental torture my brain can put me through that becomes a challenge, but a sanity-saving challenge.  This is probably my most important leisure strategy (remember to say it like Bugs!) for the year, although keeping up with the knitting will make it easier to blog.

2. Knit up one of my three stash albatross yarns into something I like and will be useful. I have 2000+ yards of Lamb’s Pride worsted in periwinkle, 1500+ yards of Lamb’s Pride bulky in raspberry and 1400 yards of Bryspun Kid ‘n’ Ewe in dark red-violet. These three yarns were all purchased in 2001-2002 when I first learned to knit. I thought the February Lady Sweater would be great in the Kid ‘n’ Ewe, but the yarn is terrible in my hands. It “deplies” and breaks. The FLS is in hibernation while I consider whether the whole thing, if I finish it, will simply fall apart when I block it (my current imagined outcome). However, Friday I found a project for the Lamb’s Pride bulky (YAY!), and after starting out, I think it will work out great (Double YAY!). Since I didn’t really want a sweater in a bulky yarn, I was at a loss until I thought of a throw. I may have thought of the throw because our living room temperature was 62 °F. Ravelry led me to Anne Hanson’s Totally Autumn from Knitty (Fall 2007). Anne’s patterns always totally rock, so I cast on faster than you can say 7.0 mm needle. I’ve just started, but I’m pleased.
Totally Autumn beginning
It even matches the new throw pillow I just bought on clearance.
Totally Autumn and throw pillow

3. If 2008 knitting taught me anything, it is that I really appreciate having coordinated hand knits to wear. I also learned that with very short hair and an aversion to turtlenecks, scarves are good even indoors for staying toasty. Therefore, I’ll be trying to knit scarves and socks that coordinate with the sweaters I’ll knit and the clothes I have. My first foray into this consists in knitting a mohair cabled cardi that I’ve knit before, but is now too big. M really loves the first version of this sweater on me, but it has always been huge (row gauge matters when knitting sleeves!) especially now that I am not so huge, so he offered to buy me more yarn to knit it again. Mohair isn’t my favorite yarn to knit–it slows me way down, but it is so warm yet lightweight, that I couldn’t resist. This time round, I chose the Pomegranate shade of La Gran.
Pomegranate Cardi back and Upstairs Scarf
BTW there is nothing reminiscent about pomegranates in that lovely pinky-coral color. Their flowers are orange, their foliage green, and their fruit purply-red. Anyway, the coordinating scarf is a narrow version of the Upstairs Wrap (Ravelry link) by Wollschnegge, which I’m knitting in some CTH Supersock in “Foxy Lady.” I’ll have two more hand knits that can be worn together. I’m practically giddy at the thought.

Finally, I hope not to fret too much in 2009 about WIP number. For example, I love red. I started a pair of socks in a multi-colored, mostly red sock yarn. Of the only 6 pairs of hand knit socks I have that fit me well, two are mostly red, and one has quite a bit of red. So this pair is hibernating while I knit some other colored socks that won’t clash with all my pink and berry colored clothing. Coordinating! I hope it will be a good thing.

P.S.  If anyone has a brilliant idea of what I can knit with 2000+ yards of Lamb’s Pride worsted in periwinkle, I demand you leave a comment and tell me.  Pretty please!

Four Final FOs of 2008

Four Final FOs of 2008

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with peace and good cheer! M and I spent two weeks in Illinois and Wisconsin visiting family and friends. All our flights went smoothly with no delays, and we had a good time. We even got […]