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Knitterly Things

Posted by Janis on January 27, 2008

My reward for a busy day yesterday (striking a show and rehearsing another show) was an evening of knit-minded things. Not just knitting, per se, but ball-winding (6 skeins – whee!), end-weaving, AND four rows of (*&^%$!) intarsia. All of this kicked off by a stop at a LYS, where I bought the needles I THOUGHT I needed for the next project (and why would a LYS not have a copy of the current IK so I could check??). Of course, I bought the wrong size – too short on the cables, the diameter is fine. They don’t allow returns on needles, so I’m kinda screwed. What will I do with 12″ Addi’s in sizes 1 & 2? Anybody out there – speak up if you need these needles! I suppose I could use them to make fine-gauge baby hats, but I don’t really do much baby knitting. I’m going to call them today and see if maybe just once they’ll let me swap for the 16″ ones. (I really did think those needles seemed very short, but I was determined… and wrong.)

So here’s the clean-up, woven-in bag beginning: tidy-endings.jpg I feel better about it now that I can see what the hell is going on back there, but what a pain and I didn’t even weave them in very much, just the bare minimum for the felting. Next, fun with the swift and ballwinder. Here’s the Harrisville New England Shetland, ready to begin the Ivy League Vest, when the bag is finished: harrisville-new-england-shetland.jpgDo you hear me — I said “finished” — even though I swatched a bit last night for the vest… It will take me the rest of my adult life to do that vest — but I’m sure I will learn many truths about Fair Isle knitting in the process. I already know I like it so much more than (*&^%!) intarsia, so it’ll seem like a breath of fresh air, I’m sure. And I’ve been practicing the two-handed method of carrying the 2 colors, so that’s getting a little less clumsy.

Finally, this morning I decided that the pile of knitting books and magazines on my nightstand and the nearby bookshelf in our bedroom was getting a little out of hand. I piled everything up (except the Yarn Harlot – those stay) and carried them downstairs, where I took this picture. knitbooks.jpg
Even Harry Houdini is astonished at the pile. The knitting bookshelves are groaning again under the weight of their returned comrades, and I feel like a new woman. (But I gotta get rid of some of these books — like the ones I know I’ll NEVER make anything from, for instance…)

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A Little Night Reading…

Posted by Janis on January 7, 2007

Here’s what’s on my nightstand at the moment:

Victorian Lace Today, Jane Sowerby
Hats On!, Charlene Schurch
One Skein, Leigh Radford
Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters, Sharon Brant

Knitting, Dec. ’06 – British knitting mag, a gift from a secret pal
Knitter’s Winter ’06
Interweave Knits, Winter ’06
knitsimple, Winter ’06/’07

Permanent residents: At Knit’s End & Knitting Rules!,
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (The Yarn Harlot)

Non-knitting: Last Puzzle and Testament, Parnell Hall
2 pens, a pencil, 2 snippets of sock yarn from an in-bed toe-grafting
session before Christmas, subscription offer card for Knitter’s.
OK, so the last two items are knitty. So sue me.

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