Wednesday, February 22, 2006

More Jaywalking

Working on a second pair of Jaywalker socks.... this time in Lorna's Laces Denim colorway. It's coming out really nice -- striping. Why don't I want to work on them? Boring somehow, not in the mood. Nice, though. Brown and blue are not my personal faves, maybe that's why I'm not compelled to work on it.
School break this week ---- nutty kids fighting making me nuts!

Monday, February 06, 2006

Felted Hearts

My valentine this year will be a knit and felted heart..... embroidered prettily (I hope) with a charming message.

The hearts were easy -- I cast on two stitches of Patons worsted on a size 10 needle. Knit one row, purled one row. Then I increased on both sides of each right side row, using a kf&b increase one stitch in from the edge as it grew. When the heart was about 4 inches long, I knit straight for about 2 inches. Then I worked one decrease on each side of the heart before separating in the center to work the two top humps of the heart. Pretty much eye-balled it.... and it felted nicely by hand. I scrunched it in my hands under hot water, then under icy cold, then under hot. Back and forth until I could no longer see the stitches.

Knitted hearts seem to be an apropos valentine this year, since I've become increasingly occupied with the knitting. In addition to teaching classes at my LYS, I'm knitting more than I ever have before. Someone on a blog somewhere (can't find it again!!) made a great observation that we really should thank those who live with us for tolerating the ever-present knitting. How would I feel if my husband took his model-building, whittling, what-have-you hobby everywhere with him?? If he whittled whenever the TV was on, in the car, at soccer games, while on the phone, etc. would I not find him odd? Really cracked me up. I knit during every tv show, every movie, while I'm reading if it's just stockinette.

Also, second pair of Jaywalkers underway in Lorna's Laces Denim. Not my personal color combo fave (I'm a bright color gal), but these are for a friend who really truly loves handknit socks and who gave me the yarn... and who is beyond deserving.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another small finished object

Right now I have several sweatery things on the needles, long-winded, epic projects that are taking a long time.
So I whipped out a Strawberry Cap for my niece (Ann Norling pattern).

I used some Patons worsted wool reclaimed from a never-worn scarf. Funny thing is that I followed the pattern, for once, and at the designated gauge of 5 sts/ inch the hat fit ME. It also fit a moon-headed 12 year old. Since it was intended for a pin-headed 3 year old, we had to start over.
Even at the "6 month" size, the hat fit my 6 year old model.

So I threw it in the wash with the whites and shrunk it. And it worked! Not only is the hat smaller, it is denser and fuzzier too. Semi-felted strawberry