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Here’s a quickie, mostly because the only photo I have is really blurry and ugly, so I don’t want to dwell on this topic too long.

This is my latest WIP, a Sock Yarn Slouch Hat in Knit Picks Gloss Fingering (colorways: Kenai and Scarlet). I think it’s cute, and it’s holding my attention pretty well. I’m trying a couple of jogless jog techniques, but none are working! The jogs are still really jog-y! Any tips?

Speaking of tips, I’m magic looping this with one of my two new sets of Addi Turbo Lace circular needles. I will give you a full report once I’m done with the projects, but let me just say this for now: LOVE!!!!

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Knitting. Remember that? Oh, right. That thing I spend practically all my free time doing, and practically no time photographing/blogging. Here’s the update since last we spoke:

Those Hiking Sox? Frogged. I didn’t measure Nick’s feet (since they were supposed to be a surprise) so I estimated measurements, and after the first one I realized that, unless he has really deformed feet (which he doesn’t, fyi) they weren’t going to fit so well. So I frogged ’em. That’s about the billionth project I’ve frogged with this yarn–anyone have any good ideas for what do to with 918 yds of wine-colored Zitron Trekking sock yarn?

Those fingerless sailing gloves? Hibernating. Soon after I wrote that post, Nick’s mom told me she had gotten him professional sailing gloves as a birthday gift…which meant my bootleg homemade ones were gonna look kinda hood next to her’s. And anyway, I was stumped with regards to figuring out a non-slip grip to sew on, so I was kinda happy to be relieved of having to solve that one. So now they’re going to be regular fingerless gloves, to be given to Nick at some point, probably when the weather again turns cold.

That cowl vest? Still plugging along. I’ve knitted 4758493758942379 rows of stockinette in the round on that thing, and I’m only just at the armpits. I have to jury-rig a way to keep the self-stripes flowing the same even though the piece is now worked flat in two pieces (front and back). I think I’m just going to have to pull out another skein of Noro and line it up to the same place in the repeat and work back and forth, using each skein for one row. Sounds annoying, which is probably why I haven’t started that yet. I’m also worried about the length. I added some at the start because I was worried about it being short on me (I have kind of a long torso), but it’s already 21.5″ and, like I said, still at the armpits. That’s, like, minidress length, which might be cool, now that I think about it, or might be horrible. I guess I’ll finish and see how it looks. It’s a good thing I don’t mind frogging (or so I say now).

Next time: New projects! Hat time! Also, a finished work (finally! really!) Stay tuned!

This post was supposed to go up about five days ago. I’m not going to whine, but let it be known that I am angry at my Asus netbook right now!

KnitPicks is having a yarn sale. Bad news, people. I’ve spent the last two hours pouring over my Ravelry queue picking out the projects I want to make for summer and pricing out an order. I’m up to $305.17–which is a ton of yarn, considering most KnitPicks yarn goes for about $2.99/skein. God knows I can’t resist a sale–and the funniest part is, most of the yarn I’ve picked out to buy isn’t even on sale. But KnitPicks is just so cheap!! (And isn’t it the point of sales to lure us in to look at all the other pretty stuff, too?)

Here’s what I’m thinking of investing in (click on imgs for links):

The adorbs Fleurette Cardigan in Comfy Fingering Yarn (Bison colorway).

The ephemeral Ash cardigan in Aloft Super Kid Mohair (Silver colorway).

 

The sand-ready Menano Beach bag in Cotlin DK (Linen and Cashew colorways)

And to demonstrate that I can be a sale shopper, too:

A perfect-for-the-office Fleurette Jacket (I'm all about fleurs, evidently) done in City Tweed DK (Brocade colorway). Do you realize that, with this sale, that jacket could be mine for a mere $22.54 + time and labor?! Incredible!

 

I love stockinette in the round. What can I say? The more mindless and tubular, the better. But sometimes I need something a little more complex to hold my interest. Enter The Back Panel of a Cardigan I’ve Been Working On For A Month.

I really like it. It’s pretty. But it also requires me to count rows, and math isn’t my strong suit. So it only comes out when I feel like putting on some good tunes and actually concentrate, rather than putting on a movie and knitting without looking down like I usually do.

This is being knit on size 7 needles in Debbie Stoller’s Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe in Beach Glass that I got a few years ago when I was at Joann’s and they had it on sale. I started a bunch of projects with it but was never satisfied. This one, though, I think is adequate. It’s a free Debbie Stoller pattern by Julie Farmer, the Anisette Cardigan, and the cut is cute and the yarn does have enough stitch definition to show off the cabling. Not bad. I think it might be done before next fall!

(Sorry for the punny title. I couldn’t resist.)

See, this is why I didn’t want to show you all my WIP’s at once. Turns out, working on a even a relatively easy lacy pattern is not a good idea in the dark while watching an engrossing, bizarre, mostly-silent movie (starring my friend, Erik!). After two hours of work, thinking I was nearly finished, I turned on the lights and realized that, somewhere about 1 hour and 45 minutes ago, I screwed up a whole row. Without a lifeline. I tried unraveling back to the row before, but all the YO2’s and K2togs made it pretty much impossible. I had to go all the way back to the stockinette.

I’m almost back to where I was–that is, almost finished–so I’ll share the project details when I have a less-depressing photo to show for it.

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Last night, I was knitting on the train back from my Mom’s house at the NJ coast (accompanied by loud, late-night stragglers from the revelry that is Belmar’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade–unfortunately, less “charming Irish chanties”, more “cartoonishly expressive retching”). I stopped to consider the interaction my sister and I had earlier that day, when I whipped out my latest project to knit as we were chatting with some of my Mom’s friends. I think sometimes my sister believes I knit to show off at parties.

So I have decided to compile a list of why I knit.

Note that this is by no means exhaustive.

-To touch something older and deeper and simpler within.

-To feel the honor and recognize the human necessity of making something with one’s own hands.

-To truly know where something came from.

-To wonder at the act of production, something rarely seen (in my world, at least).

-As a spiritual experience: I am by no means a religious person, and yet I feel myself marveling metaphysically at what is the closest I can come to understanding the creation of something from nothing, occurring through the incomprehensible power my hands seem to have taken on.

-To add value in a world where everything else we buy seems to depreciate the moment we bring it home.

-To partake in the ancient ritual of holding a raw material and creating a useful object from it.

-To feel, even when working alone, in touch with a community both in the present and stretching back to my antediluvian ancestors.

Why do you knit?

**Edit: Whip Up just posted a wonderful piece by Guillaume Wolf about crafting that relates very well, and that I recommend you check out.

I think spelling it with an “x” and adding the word “hiking” makes them more masculine. Because, in reality, they’re purple socks. Lucky for me, I have a man who doesn’t really feel threatened by princess colors.

So, Nick’s other passion is hiking. He shrunk his old wool hiking socks in the laundry a few weeks ago, and where he saw a pair of baby socks, I saw a knitting window.

These are just the Basic Socks #70739AD sized up for a man (project page). I’m knitting them on size 2 needles (magic looped, of course) in Zitron Trekking (XXL) in the Wine Twist colorway. It’s a nice, serviceable yarn. I like tonal striping, so that’s good.

I’m trying to orchestrate a great birthday for him involving hiking. I want to surprise him–give him the socks in the morning, tell him to try them on with his boots, and somehow whisk him away to Harriman State Park, the nearest really nice park to NYC (omg–the view from the top of East Mountain down the Hudson to the New York skyline in the distance–to die for); problem: we don’t have a car. I guess I could stuff him into a MetroNorth train, but I really don’t want to make him spend two hours on a train with no knowledge of where he’s going on his birthday. That would just be cruel. SO the planning continues…

As does the knitting. I have 3 weeks to complete these and the sailing gloves. I think I will… :/

The next project in the showcase are a pair of men’s fingerless gloves. These are being knit up in some leftover Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (not a very manly yarn, now that I think about it) in the Moss and Fudge colorways. This yarn has such a lovely hand and is working up into the softest gloves ever.

The only problem is that “softest gloves ever” is not necessarily what you’re going for when making sailing gloves. You see, my husband has a birthday coming up, and there are a few things he really loves. Sailing is one of those things. He has a membership in the New York Sail Club in Weehawken, NJ and spends Saturdays cruising up and down the Hudson or under the Verrazano Bridge in a small Soling with his friend, Erik. He mentioned to me once that Erik had nice sailing gloves–fingerless and with leather grips on the palms–and it planted a seed. My husband never asks for anything knitted, and so I seized the chance.

I’m still working out how I’ll make the palms non-slip. Sew on scraps of leather–but doesn’t that get slippery when wet? I don’t know–let me know if you have any ideas.

So, I tend to have 3+ active works in progress on my knitting needles at any given time (confession: I have 5 currently). I thought I’d just share one at a time, though, mostly so I can feel better about making some more progress on the other ones before I have to share :)

First up is the Cowl Vest by Whitney Van Nes. I’ve made some of the Purl Bee’s patterns before, and they always end up beautiful.

I’m using Noro Kirameki Singles in the Browns-Greys-Rose (158) colorway. I’m not sure if this is still available; I’ve had several skeins in my stash for a while waiting for the perfect project. I like the way this is working up in the Noro. I love working with singles (I have an odd affinity for variegated thicknesses–it feels more organic to me) and the large needle size shows off the color really well. Looking briefly at the finished projects, I didn’t see any other Cowl Vests done in single-ply yarn,** so I was a bit nervous at first, but I think it looks very unique.

It’s just stockinette stitch in the round, but it’s surprising thought-intensive. I had brought it as subway knitting one morning, but you really have to focus when working with yarn this thin on size 6 needles. So this has been Netflix and coffeehouse knitting so far. I have the usual panic I feel when working on sweaters (what if this doesn’t fit right? am I working all these hours for nothing?) but I think it’ll be okay. And anyway, I remind myself, there’s something beautiful about unravelling an object. A gentle reminder of the impermanence of things.

 

**So, I just looked again and saw there are a few single-ply projects up there, most notably this one by beckybluej which is gorgeous.

Wouldn’t this make the perfect knitting basket? Really, I can’t say that I’ve seen many modern, minimalist objects (my personal style) that would suit that purpose before. But this vintage catch-all fits the bill perfectly. Plus, the legs keep it off the floor (where my cat likes to sleep in it) and off the coffee table (where my husband puts his feet up dangerously close). I love!

And it can be yours for the low, low price of $485! Check it out at modern50.