Archive for January, 2011

The Aran Coat

The deed has been done…

All the yarn for the Aran coat has been ordered from my LYS, Stitches & Scones.

In some ways I can’t believe it… the yarn for the last project in this saga has been ordered. I have bittersweet feelings about it. On the one hand I feel like it’s been quite an accomplishment… on the other hand I don’t want the adventure of Elizabeth Zimmermann, the friendship that I’ve found with all of you to end…

Ah, well, I’m getting ahead of myself. I still have the sideways mittens to knit and the joggers mittens…

off I go…


The Norwegian Mittens

My dear husband has just run out to our local Starbucks to get us a treat before we begin another night of study. As you might remember from the beginning of this project, JK’s studying for his MA in history and I’m studying Elizabeth Zimmermann. Hopefully our coffee treat will fortify us against the drowsiness that seems to be setting in.

I am quite pleased to report that I have finished the Norwegian Mittens. They were quite the trial. Not because they were stranded two color mittens … but because of my life right now. Try working on stranded color work while your 16 month boy is toddling around eager to get into everything and anything.

You are constantly putting down your knitting and picking it back up. I could never get the into rythmn that I love about colorwork. I was sooooo frustrated. Finally I gave up and relegated these mittens to evening knitting.

Even so, these mittens are full of mistakes. If I had to submit them for a final exam I would come close to failing.

Do you see the glaring mistake in the picture above? In the thumb I changed which hand carried my colors. Isn’t it interesting how one hand is dominate? In colorwork my left hand is dominate and I must always carry the color that I want to be the dominate color in the left hand. Many people never realize this and have colorwork that doesn’t pop but sinks in and gets lost.

The second thumb I made sure was absolutely perfect.

So these beautiful mittens are finished. Which is a good thing because my world is covered in snow. These mittens will definitely come in handy pulling Little John in his sled.

Well, I had better run and get to studying! =) The next project is the sideways mittens -for some reason I’m dreading them. Anyone made them before?

happy knitting!


One Year On

One year ago, at the stroke of midnight, I began this crazy quest of knitting my way through Knitting Around. I was blissfully optimistic to think I could knit everything in a year. Well, I could have if life hadn’t gotten in the way.

I’m sitting here tonight, a glass of sherry in hand, the fire is almost out. The mitered mitten in my lap is halfway done. I have learned a lot this year – a lot about life (how you can, indeed, make your way through tough times) – and a lot about knitting (how simple things can be turned to exquisite things by one or two small details).  But I find myself shaking my head at my blissfully naive self – that self that was so excited to start a new year 12 months ago. I am on the precipice of a new year in 45 minutes and I find myself a bit wary, a bit leery of starting, a bit afraid of what the new year holds.

But, as Elizabeth Zimmermann said, “Knit on, with confidence and hope…”

So here I go… knitting on, with confidence and perhaps just a mustard seed of hope.