Wednesday, December 19, 2007

This Used To Be My Playground

My co-worker is blasting 80s & 90s music this week (in between Christmas carols) - from New Kids on the Block to Genesis. It's made me a bit homesick for my friends & family so I'm especially looking forward to an extended vacation down south next week including the week of mostly uninterrupted knitting...

I've finished the Chaos sweater - blocking & all. I'm rather sad that it's over & now I'll have to begin a new project that's not the Chaos sweater...This was really the most fun knitting project ever and it looks fabulous. It knit up so quickly despite the continuous die rolling.

I'm still working on the Big Snugs KAL - trying not to get ahead of my knitting group.

Speaking of getting ahead, I was really rolling on the AOGG K&RAL. I got thru the first 6 books with such joy & vigor. I remembered being like Anne - young with hair as red as carrots with my tongue hinged in the middle. [My 31st b'day came & I realized now I'm old with hair as red as carrots with my tongue hinged in the middle.] I cried with delight when Anne & Gilbert got married & had babies. Now I'm on book #7 Rainbow Valley - I keep falling asleep trying to read and/or listen. I'm just finding it difficult to get thru it & I feel guilty about it. I feel so loyal to Anne & I want to care about her children's many (many) adventures. I do perk up a bit when the characters are knitting, but then I fall into the depths of despair when the author doesn't elaborate on the project. It's definitely been a different experience to read the books as an adult & I've cherished the experience despite the hardships.

I've started an ongoing project called "Labyrinth Circle Rug" from One Skein. The pattern calls for various colors of worsted weight yarns. I'm using my "leftovers"...doubling the yarn when appropriate. It's fun to go thru yarns & recall my (many) succesess and (few) failures over the years and it seems appropriate to make a labyrinth logging the many twists and turns of my occupation as a amateur knitter.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The Ketchup Song

Ravelry has encouraged my OCD like no other thing could. It drives me crazy that I don't have pictures of every FO I've ever made as well as current photos of my WIPs. Each time I log in, I know the project page is gonna come up and I'm gonna see BIG WHITE SQUARES taunting no featured photo. So, I've been stalking everyone for whom I've ever knitted anything. People all over the country are getting weekly reminders that I was nice enough to knit something for them and I'd appreciate a photo in return. This may seem a bit rude but, since I only knit for those I really love, they seem to love and understand me enough to get past the rude part & GET ME A PICTURE! To those individuals who've fulfilled their obligation, I salute you by posting your picture:


Striped Baby Blanket (my pattern; Dale of Norway Baby Ull)

Knitted Blocks (Knitting to Go; scrap yarn)

Dishcloth Baby Blanket (Moma's pattern; Velvet Touch)

Mal's Grandmother
Knitted Elephant (Last Minute Knitted Gifts; random stash yarn)

To those who haven't yet provided a picture: I'll be in touch:)


About a month ago, abehap organized a "Carrot Top KAL" for the Redheads ravelry group. The plan was to knit something green during the months of November & December since redheads look so handsome in green. Although it sounded fun, I opted out since I didn't have any shade of green yarn in the stash nor any plans to make anything green anytime soon. Since then......I've made these:

Peekaboo Mittens from Magknits

and these:Snuggles Fingerless Gloves

and now I'm working on this:

Chaos from Knitty

Knitting conspiracy or just a fluke???