Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fickle Fingers

K1, p1, k1, p1 for rows and rows and rows and rows and ... Yes, a bored knitter has a roving eye for other projects. Here are two favorites:

CocoKnits' Gretel, a seamless Issey Miyakesque, Eileen Fisheresque Habulicious tank. I even already have the cotton gima in my stash, color: cornflower.

A Few Stitches Short's Chinoise Wrap, a lacey confection inspired by wicker and the chinese lantern plant. For this one, I would have to buy yarn.

But first, back to

Monday, April 19, 2010


It used to be that socks didn't get no respect, to borrow the line of the immortal Rodney Dangerfield. Now? They're recognized as wearable art. Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum has
Socks: Between You and Your Shoes. If you can't make it to Toronto, there's the online Sock Museum, assembled for last year's Sock Summit.

Click on any photo to make bigger. These socks are Ariel from Sock Club: Join the Knitting Adventure. The lace motif is a Japanese interpretation of mermaid tails. The variegated yarn - Pagewood Farm's Yukon (merino superwash/bamboo/nylon) in Turquoise - somewhat obscures the lace. I happen to be one of those who likes that effect but I may knit these again in a solid color. As lace goes, I'd give these a moderately-adventurous rating. It was possible to knit these while watching episodes of the "House of Elliot". Last night, Tom and I watched three episodes back-to-back. We're still on Season 1. Does Sebastian ravish his younger half-sister?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

From The Campus Bookstore, Madison

Tom and I were at the University of Wisconsin - Madison yesterday for a conference. During a break, we walked over to the University Bookstore. Look what was on the main floor ...Photobucket

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

On the Metal or Bamboo Needles

As the crow flies, it is less than two miles from my house to the warehouse store of a crafts mailorder house. The business is known mostly for afghan kits in acrylic yarn. The store is still a nice resource for knitting needles and counters, especially when they run a coupon for $10 off any $50 purchase.

Such was the case last week. I stopped by to stock up on counters and double pointed needles. Dpns are used to knit small items like socks and hats in the round. My favorites are the metal Addis for their strength and slippery-ness. If you're interested in more about bamboo needles,
here's a nice explanation. Bamboo needles do need to be replaced every now and then, due to their tendency to bend or warp or even snap in two. If you torque hard enough on metal needles, they'll bend, too, but they won't break. In any case, metal or bamboo is just a matter of preference. You'll get nice knitting from both. How about a show-and-tell of what's on my metal or bamboo needles?

Exhbit A has come to be known as Big Pink. It's an afghan in Cascade 220 Superwash for a daughter who is going off to college next year. A rectangle of k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 - that's all it is until that bless├Ęd day when I get to whatever edging I end up putting on this behemouth.

In counterpoint to the simplicity of Big Pink is an elaborate pair of lace socks. I have one done and am about to cast on for the second. The pattern is Ariel, named after Disney's Little Mermaid. I've traced the mermaid trail in the lace motif. This is an incredibly fun knit designed by Debbie O'Neill from the new book Sock Club: Join the Knitting Adventure. I had some Pagewood Farm Yukon (70% merino superwash, 20% bamboo, 10% nylon) in the watery Turquoise colorway. The variegation obscures the lace a bit, no suprise there. You can click on any photo in this post to make it bigger.

And how about some beagle love to round things out? Here's what was happening beagle-wise while my sock model posed.