Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Minimalist thujas

Just got an email from my in-laws with this photo attached... too cute. These are the Thuja socks in cascade 220 superwash. I've also knit these for myself and my husband... they are great for puttering around the house on a cold day. Yum yum yum. I love me some toasty feet.

I am knitting away fast and furious on the Minimalist Cardigan. This thing seems to be flying off my needles! Although - I must admit that the back is taking a bit more effort to get through. So. Much. Moss stitch. Now I remember why I always do the back sections of sweaters first... enthusiasm is the best medicine for a long and moss stitchy road. After the back piece is done, the rest is chump change, right?

And I really have finished the sleeveless turtleneck - and worn it even! - I'm just waiting for a good day to take pics when my photographer (hubby) is actually here. I promise - photos are coming soon! I love how it turned out. *love* how it turned out. And it's soft and squishy and made out of yarn recycled from my monstrous arm cozies... remember those? Yeah. Those were too big. HA! You KNOW they're too big when you can frog two arm warmers and make a sleeveless sweater out of them! *giggle*

I'm not sure what's next on the knit list. I have loads of stuff stashed up. I could knit up Glee in either black or cream, I could knit either the indigo or lovely leaf lace skirt, the Gallery jacket, beaded cami, I could go on. I'm pretty sure I want something with lots of stockinette and NO MOSS STITCH.

Any votes? I'm leaning towards the Glee shirts... I have some mods in mind and it's still kind of winter-y...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

To knit or not to knit?

That is the question.

Do you ever look at a pattern and think it should be cute and conceptually it's cute and the model who's wearing it is cute, but then realize that you just can't quite wrap your head around the end product? Yeah, I'm feeling that way about the tilted duster. I *like* the tilted duster, and the ones I've seen have been cute, and it's a very nicely different pattern... I just can't get my head around it. And I feel like it's cute enough that I *should* want to knit it, but really, I just don't. Not for myself. And not really for anyone I know. And yet, I still kind of do, and I can't figure out why. I've spent hours pondering this pattern. What is the mysterious allure of the tilted duster?

Of course, I've solved the problem quite nicely by deciding to knit only from my stash this year. That means I have a whole YEAR to ponder and decide whether I'm going to knit the tilted duster or not.


The sleeveless turtleneck is being washed and blocked now. Pics next time!

Saturday, January 5, 2008



I made my father in law a pair of socks to match the ones I made for my mother in law... check out how much yarn is left.

Yeah. I'm feelin pretty damn badass right now. :D

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Back to reality...

So the knitted gifts were a big hit, the non-knitted gifts were a big hit, and I made out like a bandit, despite repeatedly telling folks we didn't need more STUFF. So what did I get? Stuff. It's cool - it's all useful stuffs and quite nice. I am a lucky lucky girl.

Not lucky enough to escape illness, however.

The December/January bug has hit yet again. I have a splendid cold that's finally moved into my chest and made breathing near impossible. Plenty of time to sit and... think. Ha ha! Just kidding. I'm knitting. Well, thinking too, but mostly knitting.

And! All this thinking has led to another new year's resolution. After surveying my stash and actually writing out all the projects I have planned (and stashed for) I've decided that this year, I will buy no more yarn.

Yes, you read that right. Keep breathing.

I have so many cute projects that I've bought yarn for that I've decided I'm going to knit exclusively from my stash this year.


Wish me luck.