Sunday, September 30, 2007


I jinxed myself with my last post. Well, maybe not jinxed exactly. You see, I realized last night, as I was knitting sleeves for this that the whole thing was just not going to work. You see, ever since I knit Central Park Hoodie in the 40" bust size and realized that it was a bit of a mistake (albeit a mistake I can easily live with, in this case), and then I knit Wicked a bit too small, I have been knitting sweaters with negative ease, or, if I'm feeling like a comfy sweater, I'll knit something with no ease. I've found that that works for two reasons. First of all, I have a belly. And women with bellies look much better in things that are form-fitting rather than boxy crap like this which was knit a size 36" bust with no waist shaping. Bleh. Second of all, blocking my sweaters produces a drapier fabric that I love, but that usually stretches out somewhat. So I knit things small. Back to the problem at hand. So the sweater I'm working on now is a drop-shoulder sweater. I've never knit one of those before. I didn't realize, when looking at the model whose sweater is slightly oversized (but she's a model, so it looks good on her), that the sweater HAS to be sloppy-looking in order to work. So now I have this lovely sweater body and cowl neck all knit up and blocked, and a nice looking half-sleeve that will simply never work. Pictures will come later when its not dark out. Flash sucks. So I think what I'm going to do is rip the body out to the underarms and re-knit the yoke so that the sweater will either be a raglan or will have set-in sleeves. Le sigh. I also realized that the Tilted Duster jacket is not for me. I can't pull that off because I will look pregnant. And I'm glad I was able to realize that before I knit it, because it is a large... um... duster. So I cast on for the Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan and because the yarn is not that lovely to work with (linen), I'm also going to cast on for the drug sweater. That's right, thanks to Bek the Lucy In the Sky Cardigan has a new name. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds=LSD.

And because blog posts without pictures are bad blog posts (at least where knitting is concerned, I leave you with this:

The elusive Tina cat. She sleeps more than any cat I've ever had/lived with/known.

Saturday, September 29, 2007


Every now and then I will read a blog posting in which a knitter declares that she/he is going to knit one sweater per month over the course of one year. I have never known anyone to have met this resolution. I always thought it would be kind of cool, and that if I worked less (I have one full-time job) or lived alone or was new in a city with few friends or SOMETHING where I had more free time on my hands, only then would I be able to acheive such a goal. Um, yeah... so I've knit 11 sweaters this year. Well, almost. I have one that I haven't blogged about because it is still drying on the blocking board,

one that needs the sleeves to be blocked, then sewn on the body,

and one that just needs another sleeve knit.

I count those because I expect to be done with them this weekend. Whee! I also count another sweater that I expect to be done with by mid-October at the latest. It only needs another 1.5 sleeves.

So that makes four sweaters that are nearing completion that I have yet to blog about. Plus these:
Central Park Hoodie, finished in February (started Christmas Day 2006)
Cabled Spiral Pullover, May
Rogue, May
Snow White, June 2007
Trumpet, July
Wicked, finished in July (started in June)
Fonn, finished in August, started April-ish

Which equals eleven. Now they were not all completed inside of one calendar month. In fact, one was even started a week before 2007 began. But they were all finished in 2007, and I figure that as long as I average 12 sweaters over the course of 12 months, I can say I knit a sweater per month, right? Now, before you start saying "wow, you knit a lot!" let me point out that four of these sweaters were knit on US 10.5 or 11 needles. That makes for very quick knitting. The others were all knit on US 6, 7, or 8 needles. No 4ply yarn for me, no ma'am.

So I need to knit one more sweater this year to meet that goal. What shall I knit? These are all looking like tasty knitting... but I can't decide what to knit next.

Swirled Pentagon Pullover on US 7 needles in this yarn (Cash Iroha), minus the turtleneck, like Grumperina:

Dollar-and-a-half Cardigan on size US 5 needles in the recommended yarn (Reynolds Soft Linen, a linen/acrylic blend)

Lucy in the Sky Cardigan on US 7 needles in this yarn (Debbie Bliss Merino Aran):

Tilted Duster on US 8 or 9 needles in this yarn (Jaeger Shetland Aran):

Decisions, decisions...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Oh dear...

What is your Harry Potter Identity?

G'day Ronald Weasley!

You are the strategizer, the one who is loyal and has a sense of humor! Though you can become very jealous at times, you are always loyal to those you care about! You keep your friends and family very close to your heart and will always pack up the courage to protect them at the end, even if it means facing your worst fears!

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