Monday, November 28, 2011

What were you Thankful for?

This past week, if you happen to live in the United States area of North America, included a day of Thanksgiving, followed (for many) by a day of overspending, crowds and hitting the malls or stores while it was still more than dark outside.

Originally the holiday was a day of gratefulness, gratitude that crops had grown and matured to harvest and there would be enough to eat through the cold, dark, winter months.  Appreciation for people who already knew the land and what could be found to stretch those crops, although that changed pretty quickly later on, and a general sense of family and well being.

Today, well for some it still means those things, for others it is just the day of feasting before heading to the store to start the craziness of Christmas shopping, or in the case of knitters, frantic Christmas Knitting.

One more project is off my needles, somewhere in the meantime a couple more ideas jumped on, but we will see if they actually end up as Finished Objects or just pipe dreams later on.  For now, I bring you.....

Once more into the stripes...

Another top down raglan, hoodie with no shaping or texture, just plain stripes...well maybe not plain stripes this time around, more varied stripes.
For a more detailed picture of the stripe pattern see this post.

Another one jumped on the needles as TDQ didn't want to be left out, hers is a lighter grey with eggplant colored stripes, pictures in the next few days I think, today I am working on her blanket from the summer that has been sadly neglected and only needs a border and edging.  I am two repeats into the border, pretty sure I will stop after the third and move onto a simple garter stitch edge before weaving in a million and three ends.

And maybe even decorate a little bit more!


Thursday, November 17, 2011


Wordle: YarnDiet

You can make your own silliness here!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Once more unto the breach...

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;..." into the grey wool blend yarn that has become my knitting existence (not really there has been other knitting but itsasecret) these past few weeks.

Both the boys wanted hoodies, and both were quite insistent that there be "NO, I mean it mom, no texture."  Texture meaning cables or "loopy things" when I suggest St John's Crosses on the back.

So once more I am winding my way through miles of endless knit one row, purl one row, shaping here, none there. 

To keep it interesting I have changed up the stripes and pockets on this one.  I can't wait to see what I do with the hood, the last one was a touch wider than I would want, and as I seem to be knitting a families worth of hooded cardigans I might as well, eventually, make one for myself as well.

This is what I have to show of The Other Brother's Striped Hoodie...doesn't look like much does it?


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Apart from essentially knitting it twice....

Officially I started the red and grey hoodie on October 22,2011, but as I had to start it all over really I didn't get moving on this until October 29th, so be completely done by today is not too shabby.

We won't mention that it sat around for three days waiting for me to purchase and sew in a zipper!

Stats:  The First Brother's Sweater, aka Emilien
Lion Brand Wool Ease in Ranch Red and Oxford Grey
Size 6 and 7 (US) needles, Signature Arts Stiletto Tipped circulars that were a "cheer you up" present, and what a present I got one of each sizes 3-9.  You know who you are that provided that pick me up and all I can say is THANK YOU!
I knit the smallest size, chopped a few inches off the length and put in a 24 inch zipper.
Wanna see?

Which means for Christmas knitting I am only committed to make : 2 more blankets, 3 more hoodies, 2 more pairs of socks.

Better get knitting!