Knitting Librarian

A knitting scrapbook to keep track of things I've knitted and/or would like to knit someday.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pomatomus socks

The Pomatomus socks are almost done:

All I have left is the toe on the second sock and then I have to sew in the ends. I love them so much that I'm keeping them for myself. I stopped at a local discount store (ala Marshall's or TJMaxx) on the way to work and found 4 pairs of shoes for $47, two pairs of which were clogs, so I'll be able to show off my handknit socks.

Here's a better image of the baby blanket that is ready to be shipped to our friends' new baby girl.

Here's how far I've gotten on the Bohus Blue & Green. It's been fun, but I don't like purling with two colors. I now see the big advantage of knitting everything in the round and then cutting it to make a cardigan. I've tried the Anna Zilborg reverse knitting technique where you keep the front of the work facing you and the yarn behind, and do a backwards knit stitch to make the purl. I'm not great at it though. I'm saving that for the rows where I have to use three colors.

The woman who owns The Knitters Underground in Centre Hall helped me find the correct color for the background on the bohus. I was using a dark brown that I ordered over the phone, and it wasn't working at all (you can see it in the bottom of the border - I couldn't bring myself to rip back that far). She has the best selection of Jamieson & Smith's Shetland wool that I've seen.

Here are my options for new projects to start on my trip to the midwest next week. I'll have lots of knitting time on planes, trains, and ferries. The top left is the sweater for my husband, and the bottom right is a lovely Jamieson & Smith shawl pattern. I'm torn. I should just bring the bohus and work on that - but I have to think too hard with all of the color changing.

Here's a better photo of the shawl option that I stole from here. I love the celtic knot pattern on the ends.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Yarn Diet? What Yarn Diet?

I have been on a serious yarn diet since we picked up and moved house a year ago. While the mountain of yarn that I moved was helpful for packing delicate objects, I was stunned and chagrined to see the amount of yarn that I had somehow accumulated. Even if I didn't have to work for a living, I would never be able to knit all of that yarn. I've been very practical this past year, and have only bought two skeins of black yarn to complete the Philosopher's Wool sweater. Oh, and that amazing sock yarn that jumped into my bag while I was in the shop. And the yarn I bought in Europe this summer. But really, I have been quite restrained, and I have managed to pare down quite a bit of my stash.

But then the Knitpicks catalog came. I couldn't take it anymore. I bought yarn and a pattern to make this sweater:

for my non-sweater-wearing husband. He's more of a flannel shirt/sweatshirt kind of guy. Before I bought the yarn I asked him if he would wear this sweater if I made it. He said yes. We shall see. It'll be the first sweater I've made him, and we've been together for 5 years. He's married to me now, so the boyfriend sweater curse should not come into play. I'm going on a big non-driving road trip the first week in October, and I'm saving starting the sweater for the trip.

And, because I've been reading a lot more blogs at work these days, and almost every one I read mentions Rhinebeck, I've decided to give in and go. I've been twice in the past, once during grad school when I lived in Albany, and one other time. I checked mapquest and it's only a 5 hour drive from where we live now. One big problem is that Brian is getting all of his wisdom teeth pulled on Friday October 20th. My plan is to nurse him for Friday and most of Saturday and then ditch him for Rhinebeck on Sunday. This may be really selfish of me. I'm not sure. He should be o.k. He can even come along if he wants to! I really want to join the Rhinebeck blogger bingo, but I'm going to wait until I'm sure I'm going.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Nip and Tuck

I was fairly productive over the Labor Day weekend. One of the projects I've wanted to do for a while was to take my new-found sewing and cutting confidence and put it to work on a vest I made for Brian last year. The pattern was the basketweave vest from the second Jamieson's book, and I followed it correctly and even used the designated yarn. Here's what it looks like in the book:

Notice how wide the shoulders are. Even after blocking, the shoulders stuck way out when Brian put it on, so I wouldn't let him wear it because it made him look like a big dork. I decided that I would rip out the armhole ribbing, cut back the shoulders, and redo the ribbing. He wasn't going to wear the vest the way it was, so if I totally screwed it up it wasn't the end of the world.

I took a vest that I made him that looks nice on him and laid it over the Jamieson's vest:

I then used yarn and roughly hand stitched a line along the edge of the good vest armholes, into the fabric of the green Jamieson's vest (the shaky yellow line - I'm not so hot with the "draw" tool). FYI, the top "good" vest is the Cider House Rules vest from the Fall 2000 IK. I got out the sewing machine and stitched about 3/4 of an inch in from the yarn line I had made (the 3/4 of an inch was to account for the ribbing). I then cut the knitting and reknit the ribbing. It turned out great. I'm very happy. It looks much better on Brian and I'll now allow him to be seen in public with the vest. He noted that I'm more concerned about how the vest looks than how he looks in it. I told him that he is my model for my creations, but I don't know if that helped.

Here's the bamboo convertible shawl in action:

I ended up wearing it with three of the buttons holding it together at my waist in front. I think I may look into using stitch markers (the kind that open) to hold it together. The buttons didn't stay in very well - although I found that they work great if the yarn accidently gets stuck inside the jump ring with the button shanks!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I am Merino Wool

I took The Nerdy Knitter's suggestion and took the quiz to find out what kind of yarn I am:

You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
Take this quiz!

I'm wearing the bamboo convertible shawl to work today. I will post an action photo soon. I found that the buttons pop out when I try to wear it with "arms." I'm going to look into an alternate fastening option, because I like the look of it "armed."

It's cold and rainy out and I feel warm and snuggly in my bamboo shawl.