How gorgeous is this yarn? This is Madelintosh Tosh DK in Midnight in Manhattan. In my stash I have 6 skeins. I JUST CAN’T FREAKIN’ FIND THEM!!
I started this sweater
at the beginning of the summer with 2 skeins I pulled out and finished the back yesterday but now I can’t find the rest of the skeins and of course cannot remember where they are. So after work today I am going to tear apart my yarn room until I can unearth the missing 4. It won’t be pretty but I may go insane if I don’t find it. I have no explanation as to why I didn’t pull out ALL the yarn when I started this project. Middle age sucks.
Whenever I am knitting something, people will ask me who I am knitting the socks, shawl, scarf, mitts, etc. for. Usually I say “no one in particular” but in reality I am knitting for myself. I don’t need 33 shawls for myself and they don’t really get worn much because as much as I love knitting them, I don’t really feel like they are often my style. It is all about therapy. I find the rhythm of knitting so relaxing after a stressful day of work. It is a great way for me to shut out the world.
I am also overly critical of most things I make and don’t consider them good enough for the real world. And it isn’t always easy to know who will appreciate a hand knit item. I have given baby knits to co-workers having babies and never heard anything more about them. I have started a sweater for another baby coming in August. The really crazy thing is that I have spent a fair amount of time trying to find the right pattern for the yarn I have and then starting 2 other sweaters before settling on this one. And I have no idea if it will be any better received than the last ones.
Matt has asked me to make hats for his friends over the last year because they have admired the one I made for him. That is when I have enjoyed knitting for others. Here he is with a couple of them in their hats.
My mother in law and sister in law are also very appreciative of the things I have made for them. I wove this shawl for the MiL for this past Christmas.
Using these yarns:
I was fairly pleased with it since it was only the second thing I have ever woven on my table loom. Too bad I didn’t press it better before I took these pictures! But then I have never been good at ironing. I believe it is time to pull out the loom again!
And sometimes when you’re not…
I have just finished another test knit for Cosymakes. This time I made a fair isle toddler hat named Loon. This was my first real shot at fair isle and I really enjoyed the challenge. The yarn is Cosy’s Snapdragon Sport.
Cosette provided the yarn and pattern and I get to keep the finished project. I also get to choose to receive two of her patterns. And at some point she will post all of the test knitters’ finished hats on her blog and on Ravelry.
I really enjoy test knitting. For starters, it puts me in touch with designers. And the more I can learn from designers, dyers, and spinners, the better.
I have actually produced a lot over the last 6 months…maybe someday I will post some of those things.
Four years ago, at the first Stitches South in Atlanta (at least it was my first and I think it was theirs), I bought this yarn at the Sanguine Gryphon booth.
This is their Free Range organic wool line which is a DK weight in the color Crevecoeur. I was nuts about their yarns. Sadly a year or so ago the company split into two companies The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns. I have not yet purchased yarn from either one, but the yarns on both sites look wonderful.
Last fall, I started a Tea Leaves Cardigan with this yarn but as with many other projects I start, I grew bored and put this one aside for a year. I am proud to say that 2 days ago, I finished the sweater. It needs buttons and a good blocking but here it is:
This is a monumental event for me since this is the first adult sweater that I have completed. It helped that this pattern was all knit as one piece. I hate putting together sweaters.
I started a cowl as soon as I finished this one but about 1/4 of the way through it and I am not liking it at all. Ripping that one out today and starting a sock, I think.
It is Labor Day and I am finishing with some of my other recent pictures wishing summer goodbye
We have been to Snowbird Mountain Lodge many times over the last 20 years. It is a wonderfully relaxing place. A little on the rustic side but really the only objectionable thing about the accommodations is the really bad towels. They feed you like you are on a cruise ship. It just never stops. I highly recommend their mountain trout dinners. They have always been the best thing on the menu.
Also got to meet some of the natives:
I should have taken some pictures of the bar since we spent more than a little part of our days there. But I will leave you with our second favorite place to hang out:
I feel the need to get my zen on. No one at my house is happy with their work environment right now. It happens. I don’t know when it will change so we do what we can to manage how it affects us. So we have spent a quiet weekend doing a few things around the house but mostly relaxing and doing whatever will take our minds off of work. Adult beverages have helped us with the relaxing part. But as always, knitting is the balm that eases my soul.
I bought this yarn at SAFF last October. I love anything with long color repeats but this one just goes to black on all of their colors and I fell in love with it.
So this weekend, I started the Shinkan-Zen Shawl. Very easy and soothing to knit. Just a series of stockinette sections alternated with moss stitch sections and ending with a pleated edge.
Here is what I have so far:
So here is (hopefully) to a good new week.
So today, let’s talk about Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Sweater. I find it totally fascinating. Everyone in the knitting world knows how brilliant she was. And almost everyone in the knitting world has probably made one of these so no great discovery on my part.
I started with this great yarn I got from my Dragonfly Fibers yarn club. It came with a pattern for a herringbone neckwarmer but after 2 bad starts on the pattern, I decided it was really meant for a baby sweater:
I knew I didn’t have enough yarn so I went to their website and ordered a skein of this and simply added it when I ran out of the Super Djinni:
(Sorry about the blurry picture but it seems to be the only one I took.) The Djinni sock was about half the thickness of the Super Djinni so I held it double and came up with the same gauge. I am pretty happy with the outcome.
So for those few who do not know the surprise, you knit up a lovely little blob like this:
And fold in the edges to become this:
Ta-dah! So all that is left to do is sew up the top of the arms and sew on buttons.