Monday, February 28, 2011

Ok Jules

Since Moby Dick is really about rowing, why couldn't you have followed Herman's example? The Mysterious Island could so easily have been about knitting... Stranded on an island with (long, boring, cold) winters, with SHEEP! How hard would it have been to make a spindle and knitting needles? They made a felting machine, for crying out loud. (And a telegraph...)

I, on the other hand, have done quite a lot of knitting while reading about the castaways not knitting. My current socks (Twisted) aren't the best knitting for reading, so I started the Stripe Study Shawl, which is much more compatible: garter stitch, with lots of long rows. I'm using some slightly mysterious yarn which the very sweet Peaceful Knitter gave me for my birthday. Mysterious because the tag says only "Baby Camel Lace by School Products," which is all good as far as it goes... there are 2 skeins, one cream, and one with one cream ply and one tan ply, and I estimated that each has about 400 yards, so I should be all set for the shawl.

I wore both new sweaters last week, but still no pictures... one day!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ready for Spring

I managed to run outside yesterday, only climbing over a few snowdrifts (people who STILL haven't shoveled your sidewalks... I am not impressed). Naturally, it's snowed again, but in that second of spring, I finally took off my coat outside!

Meet Shadow[]box:

I feel like I've said all of this already, but I knit it on size 10 needles, with a strand of Miss Priss and one of Baby Kid Extra. Cozy, but a little bit molt-y. Fortunately, the fuzz is white, so it blends in with the bunny fur. I mostly wear it like this, with the shawl pin, but it's also good open, as long as I don't think too hard about the invisible asymmetry situation.

And I'm looking back on it fondly as I slog through socks and mittens on teeny needles. I took a break last weekend to make an bulky infinity scarf, and then yesterday to make a bulky cowl. Same stitch pattern, which looks like plaid. They were fun and speedy to knit, so I'd like to pull them together into a pattern--just in time for spring!

(Maybe I'll save them for next year?)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Foiled Again

I've been wearing the purple sweater every week or so (sorry, coworkers! Hope you're not bored... at least I'm not there every day), in the hopes that I'll be willing to take off my coat outside long enough to get a picture... but no luck.

Same with the wine colored Adrift (which I've also been wearing at home on my work from home days, with the idea that I might somehow take a picture of myself). And I'm wearing Shadow[]box at this very moment.

I can report though that Shadow[]box is quite cozy and convenient, and that if you can get over the knowledge that it's asymmetrical but doesn't look asymmetrical when worn, the shaping is quite good at keeping the whole thing in place, but still letting the neck drape. I'm not sure why knowing that the sides are different but that you can't tell bothers me, but there you have it. I've had to tell myself several times not to worry about it. (Oddly, I have no problem with actual, visible asymmetry.)

Given my recent obsession with keeping my neck warm, it should come as no surprise that I've started Idlewood with this handspun:

But I may lengthen the sleeves if I have enough yarn.

I really love the yarn. It's partly mohair, and very silky and light. When I was spinning it, I was worried that the mohair wasn't more evenly dispersed--sometimes the single seemed to be entirely mohair, sometimes it seemed like there wasn't any for a long time--but plying seems to have evened things up.