Sailing season has started; this means less time available for yours truly to knit. I do miss it, but I am out of the house early and home late, worn and washed from sun and sea. It has been almost a week since I put needle to yarn and what’s worse I am not sure where my needle case is. Personally I blame the needle gremlins. On the plus side sweetie bought me some lovely yarn from "Aussi Wools" in a dark green Mallard color. I am ready to start my vest except I have to roll the skeins. Every time I try to wind the yarn rebels and tries to run away. I will eventually get on it, but the yarn (worsted weight doubled) knits up quite nicely; it was suggested that I swatch for a large slightly shaped project. Off to look for my needle case and motivation. I put some of my more attractive yarns in a large vase on my coffee table; it is cheaper than flowers, looks good and is a constant source of encouragement. I also have two exceptionally nice balls of Alchemy Bamboo in the Dragon colorway that are crying for a nice project, I haven’t found it yet though. Suggestions?
Knitting (in mind if not in body) in the Bronx.
I was sitting in the ER today (a by-product of an overly combative student with more ambition than aim) and ran out of books. I could not find a wireless connection otherwise I would have geeked out and posted a pic of me actually knitting in said ER, so I started knitting. I like having a sock "to go" as it were. When I was called to the room I was able to toss the project down mid row, pick it up in the examining room and then toss it down again upon the doctors arrival.
I like my multi needle knitting in the round for this reason. I have seen sweetie’s sister throw a double round knit behind a couch with a fair amount of force only to pick it back up and start knitting without missing a beat. It was impressive to me at the time (I was not a knitter at that point) and now that I have set needle to yarn even more so. I was called to the examining room and was able to toss down my sock only to pick it up again for another "broken" row waiting for my doctor to show up. As I look at it now (on the futon) it has two needles in the middle of the second needle; not that the preceding makes any sense to anybody who has not knit, but I think you all know of which I speak. I can pick it up and go on with the pattern no problems, the only problem I can foresee is when I wind up doing decreases but by then I hope I can "read" the stitches and tell where I am in regards to the pattern. Of course I don’t really plan on being in the ER that much anymore.
Again on the couch, wine cozy to the right. I want to get some rows put down so I will be brief at the keys. Posted are pics of the WIP's, and here is a link to some of my finished projects. (sweety is nice enough to post them for me)
feedback is nice.
The Wine Cozy is being made out of Encore Colorspun Worsted (colorway 7129) using #6 needles.
The socks are being knit up out of Steinbach Wolle on metal #3s' (my wooden ones broke, a lot)
Knitting in the Bronx
So, here I sit watching TV, IMing my sweetie with two projects on the futon next to me. I am working on the second of my first set of socks; there are some mistakes but I am proud of my effort (as is sweetie and moms; dad asked if I was sure they would fit) and I am sure that I will correct them next time around. I happen to like socks as a travel project because knitting in the round is good for me on the subway and Amtrack. I cannot knit and drive, the police get upset at that don't you know? but so long as I have time to sit and knit I find socks one of the most portable.
I am also working on a wine bottle cozy, loosely based on a Knitty.com design. What happened was I was interested in cabling and decided to make a cabled wine cozy; this is my current couch project.
I AM going to knit something big soon. I have been taken by the golf vest pattern in "Sweaters for Men" by Phelps and Hiatt. I am currently shopping for the correct yarn. But then I ran into a bit of a problem. Sweetie posted some pictures of what her sister was knitting, and I was quite taken by a cable hoodie pattern.
What to do? What to do?
So far I am going with a vest out of Ausi wool (a New York LYS "Seaport Yarns" has it at a good price and in many cool colors) in some form of tweedy green or maybe a nice wine color.