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Holiday Knitting

I hope all of you in blogland survived yesterday. We had a passable Christmas but my husband’s grandmother fell on Christmas Eve Day and broke her hip so we’ve been pretty sad about that. She’s 94 and really sharp and independent. She’s so mad at herself for falling. I hope she’ll be able to get over the anger so she can focus on recovery. She broke her other hip seven years ago and she bounced back relatively quickly so we’re pulling for her this time.

A few weeks ago, I took this sunrise picture at my grandfather’s apartment. It’s not a great picture but I love the color the light made on the white wall.

I’ve been working on a hat pattern that I’m going to call Winter Sunrise because I’m using a nice red and orange. If the hat looks good, I’ll put up the pattern. If it’s ugly, I’ll grit my teeth and rip.
I took the color work pattern from this book:

Speaking of hats, here’s a picture of Aaron’s Bea Ellis hat with the liner sewn up. I’ve read in blogland that a provisional cast on makes the liner seam easier but I think it would look funny with the color work pattern, since I would be knitting the black liner together with both black and white stitches. I didn’t want to compromise the color work so I tacked the liner up later. It seems pucker-free so I probably won’t block it.


Stay tuned for more knitting!

P.S. Google’s Knitters

Have you seen the Google graphics from yesterday and today?

Stash Expansion, Part II

Laura thinks I’ll have enough of that Woolarina yarn for two Endpaper Mitts so I think that might be my Christmas project. We’ll see. It sounds promising to me!

OK, stash expansion. Here goes. Five 100-gram balls of Regia sock yarn purchased from Wollsucht. Each ball will make one pair of socks. It’s much cheaper to buy Regia from Germany – I couldn’t believe the price difference! From left to right, Regia India Cotton 4301, India Cotton 4302, Canadian Colors 4732 (Toronto), Canadian Colors 4730 (Alberta), and Rellana Flotte Socke Jubiläum 3 4410. I’m not much for variegated yarn but I’ve never tried self-striping (mostly because I’ve never found a self-striping sock yarn that I liked). These seem nice in the sample poster so we’ll see how they turn out. The last is a bit loud for my taste but I thought I’d experiment. After shipping, it came out to about $8/ball – not bad for a full pair of socks, eh? OK, that’s it for the stash expansion… sort of. Does something count as a stash expansion purchase if you’ve already used it up??? I present the Traditional Bea Ellis hat in Black and Cream Heilo. As it turns out, I’m not the only one who has recently found a Bea Ellis kit to knit. The cotton headband liner is what is rolling up on the brim. I hope to sew it inside the hat this weekend. I’m still debating about putting some tassels on this hat. This is another hat for Aaron and he’s not really all that keen on tassels but because so many stitches are drawn up at the top, the hole at the top is larger than I’d prefer for a tassel-free hat.
I like the pattern but I cut it short a full inch. The pattern suggested knitting for 8″ past the brim before starting the crown shaping. While the shaping is only 6 rows, I find 8″ awfully long. I was also running out of white yarn so I stopped at 7″ and it’s still a bit long.

Next, here’s Aaron modeling that gray hat I worked up last weekend. I’m thinking about felting a knitted flower to add to it to make the effect less “meuh”. It’s not my favorite but I now have one less skein of yarn in my stash so that’s OK. Those of you who are making some snide remark about how I just added 17 new skeins to stash? Shut it. :-)
Did any of you hear Dorie Greenspan’s cookie piece on All Things Considered with Michele Norris? I decided to use her three cookie recipes for our holiday cookies. Let me highly recommend them! WOW! Sandies, World Peace Cookies and Rugelach! Here are some of the latest cookies:
On that note, I wish you happy holidays and lots of vacation knitting time!

Stash Expansion, Part I

First, the vacuum. Who knew one could fall in love with a vacuum? We are living it up sans Petunia hair!! I’ve never seen such an amazing vacuum. Granted, in order to be totally Petunia-free, we have to vacuum every other day. I can handle that. I keep telling Petunia that she’s worth it, even if she smells rotten. Here she is, in a shocking moment of activity.

These days, we’re celebrating her first anniversary with us (although she’s nine years old) and her 20-lb weight loss. This exclusively table scrap-fed dog went from living in a ranch house with no stairs to eating diet food and climbing lots of stairs:
She was a real tub of lard. I’m so proud of the stinky mutt, even if she didn’t have a choice about her weight loss. :-)

As promised several posts back, I have lots of fiber goodness to show. I bought a bunch of yarn for my birthday even though my stash is *ahem* sizeable and I have little time to knit these days. If only I could knit WHILE exercising like Marly! To further complicate matters, I will be back in grad school full time next semester so there will be even less time for knitting. NEVER MIND ALL THAT! Here are my recent purchases:

One skein each of Woolarina’s Raspberry and Grapefruit sock yarn. Intended tentatively for some Endpaper Mitts. This was a bit of a mistake. I thought I was buying two skeins of each for two pairs of socks. Now, I need to find a way to put them together. Eunny’s mitts seem like they’d work – any other ideas?

Next, 10 skeins of Knit Picks Swish Superwash in Baby Blue. Why? Because it was cheap on eBay and superwash is never cheap. Is that an acceptable answer? No, I don’t have a project planned. I’ll probably make lots of small things with this – sweater knitting is not possible these days.

But the title of this post is Stash Expansion, Part I??? There’s more??? Indeed, friends, as I have no self restraint these days. You’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s post for the rest since Aaron has the camera at work today!

A Reprieve from Sock Knitting

Thanks for all of your comments and encouragements about my return to running! I’m pretty excited about it. I know that it will be hard to find the time (not to mention the daylight hours) to run without Beatrix but I’m committed to it. If I get desperate, I can leave her with Aaron and run on the treadmill at the rec center down the street from our house.

I have no finished socks for you. I haven’t picked up the socks since I last posted. Instead, I engaged in a few stash-busting projects. Using some Araucania Nature Wool, two wool soakers for Beatrix using the Picky Pants pattern. Note the fancy elastic waist (I learned a new skill)! And look how close I came to running out of yarn! Eek. That’s why the 2nd pair ended up as shorts and not pants. I just love the pants but they fit more like capris. I forget that Beatrix is a really long and skinny baby. I’ll add a few extra inches to the legs the next time I make a pair.
My second stash-buster was an Odessa hat for Aaron using Lamb’s Pride Worsted. I omitted the beads for a more masculine-looking hat. I made him a really basic hat from Henry’s Attic Alpaca a few years ago that he wears all the time. It’s a bit light for really cold days so I thought I’d make him a hat with something heavier.

Finally, I cast on for another hat using more Lamb’s Pride Worsted. I’m not too fond of the hat but I don’t have much left so I’m just going to tough it out.

Meuh. As you can see, it’s nothing to write home about. I thought I’d use a picot banded edge but it just looks lame in fuzzy gray yarn. I knit much of this hat in the car on the way to buy this:
That’s a Dyson DC17 vacuum. Why, you ask?

and

One word: Petunia. Well, that and a baby who will be crawling in a few months, of course!