Sunday, August 30, 2009


Want to see my progress on the Hourglass sweater?

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Saturday, August 29, 2009


The purple sock has recovered from Wash's antics:

The pattern is Embossed Leaves, from Interweave Knits W05. This one has been in my queue for a long time, but it always seemed to call for a solid colorway and I ALWAYS knit socks with variegated yarn. Then I moved and discovered a huge, forgotten portion of my stash (truly. huge. it was frightening) including two skeins of Louet Gems fingering weight, plain deep purple. And we were leaving for a 5-hour drive to Boston and I needed a portable project that I already had the right needles for and wouldn't need to worry about gauge too much. Boom. Socks.

Fall is starting to set in here and it's giving me crazy amounts of nostalgia for back-to-school shopping. And apples. Winter squash. Leaves falling. All that crap. So I started a sweater.

Another pattern that's been on my list forever: the Hourglass Sweater from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. The yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8 Ply.

On Twitter I've been following Eddie Izzard as he runs around the perimeter of the UK for charity. In a YouTube diary entry he's running with some ultra-marathoners who are talking about an ultra being "30% physical and 70% mental" and whether some people have the mental strength to just RUN that far. I have a feeling this sweater is going to be like a tiny knitting ultra-marathon for me. I do want the finished product. But wonder whether I have the mental fortitude for so much plain stockinette. At least it's not freaking lace-weight like the Whisper Cardigan that's currently banished to the depths of my cedar chest.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Of course the first entry in my knitting blog is not really knitting but crochet. Still, there is a knitting needle involved -

Broomstick lace. I used this tutorial from Very helpful. I was possessed to make this scarf when my local knitting store sent out a newsletter advertising their broomstick lace class - say what now? A yarn technique I've never heard of?! MUST HAVE NOW NOW NOW

Broomstick lace is AKA "jiffy lace", and yeah, the large loops add length fast, but I'm a very slow crocheter, so maybe not so fast for me. That's okay. The yarn is Colinette JitterBug, a skein I picked up on a whim (i.e. a sale) and I'm glad to have found a wearable one-skein project for it.

This blog is named for my cat, Wash, who currently graces the top banner. Wash loves yarn. Here's some of his handiwork:

I did the beginning of a sock that you can see in the corner. Wash did the rest. Including the kitty teeth marks on the needles. It's a collaborative art piece. I call it "Why I Hide My Yarn In My Dresser At Night".