Jogger’s Mittens or ….
02/22/2011

…the perfect baby mitts.

I almost made the Jogger’s Mittens in the adult size and put in an afterthought thumb. But then I realized the Jogger Mittens would make perfect mittens for John!

They were easy to resize – I took measurements from John’s mittens, figured out my stitch gauge and did the math.

I thought lining them with bright yellow would make them fun.

I think John looks like a sweet pixie elf when he’s wearing these. He likes them too and calls them his “Mi, mi, mi” (short i sound). Soooo cute!

 

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The Norwegian Mittens
01/18/2011

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!

 

Norwegian Mittens
12/16/2010

The snow is falling, snow upon snow. It is as if the earth is decorating itself and getting ready for Christmas.

I was reading EZ’s December entry in her Knitter’s Almanac and savored her words:

“The human heart hankers after stability and tradition. The feeling and atmosphere of Christmases past, the anticipation of those to come, and the magic presence of Christmas now should all blend and blur, giving the distraught soul something to hang on to…”

Isn’t that lovely?

Ah, EZ, you knew what was good  – that which is simple.

I’m knitting away on the next project in Knitting Around. The Norwegian Mittens. So far I have knit the cuff. I keep thinking of last minute gifts that need to be knit. Also, baking and cleaning and visiting with friends have been getting in the way. But I realize that is the spirit of EZ, isn’t it?

I have also begun to realize that I am not going to make my 1 year deadline. Perhaps if life did not throw me such curve balls as it did this past year, I would have made it. But, that is life and so I will accept the fact that I will not make the deadline… and keep knitting!

Knit with pleasure, my friends!

Pi Are Square i.e. monster
11/01/2010

I need to take a picture of my Pi Are Square Shawl – but it’s still on the needles and just looks like a hairy monster.

In fact, it’s beginning to feel like a hairy monster, something that has taken over my life and is never going to be done. Oh, lovely shawl, why are you so big?

My biggest mistake in making this shawl was to knit it with Icelandic singles (roving) using #5 needles. Near the bottom I gradually eased my way out to #9 and am knitting the border using #9s.

I haven’t felt this way with any other Knitting Around project – but I do feel like this shawl is a bit of a monster. I am eager to be done with it. Is that bad to say?

I feel like it has taken forever.

And, dare I admit it…. I’m tired of garter stitch! opps, I said it out loud!

The Baby Bog Jacket
09/15/2010

I’m so sorry for my long delay in showing you the completed Baby Bog Jacket. But I have some good reasons.

I decided to make the Baby Bog Jacket after realizing that it is essentially the same as the adult version. I needed to save time because … well.. have you noticed? I’m a little behind on my deadline if I’m really, truly going to finish this project by the end of the year. This has been a hard summer.

Luckily for me I had a sweet baby niece I could make the Baby Bog for. So off I went.

This is one project I would highly recommend. It is simple and yet produces a lovely jacket. I don’t know why the Baby Bog isn’t more popular than the Baby Surprise Jacket.

The only modifications I made were in the length and number of rows I knit. My little niece is pint size – as you can see. She is 4 months and somewhere around 10 lbs. Tiny, tiny. But she is the sweetest and has the sweetest smile. Oh, we adore her.

The day after I gave the completed Bog Jacket to her, my sister took her in for some check ups and found that she had two holes in her heart as well as cardio myopathy. What followed was several days in the hospital with my dear, sweet niece hooked up to all sorts of wires and monitors.

To make a long story short, we are still awaiting test results to get the full story. But she is scheduled for open heart surgery on Nov 8 – meanwhile she’s on medication, to which she seems to be responding well.

So… as you can imagine … my family and I have been doing some serious praying and would appreciate your prayers for this dear, sweet, baby girl.

The Details:
Pattern: Baby Bog from Knitting Around by EZ
Yarn: Sock Yarn, handpainted by me – I used a little under 450 yards – probably 420
Needles: US #3

The Mobius Vest
08/01/2010

The Mobius Vest is done! And it is lovely.  I am so glad I am in the midst of the garter stitch portion of the book right now. It is so relaxing and comforting. If you know anyone that is spending a fortune on massage therapy — just tell them to knit garter stitch. It will do wonders for them!

One of the things I did to make the Mobius Vest fit my style was knit it in an Aplaca/Wool blend – Berroco’s lovely Ultra Alpaca to be specific and I used larger than usual needles – #9. This caused the resulting fabric to be drapy and flowy rather than stiff. Love the results! It is so chic, don’t you think?

I love how the “shawl” collar just becomes the “sleeve” which then becomes a very straight and simple back. Absolutely breathtaking. Another marvelous piece by Elizabeth Z! I am in awe of her short rows down the front – now how did she think of that. Must remember that for future use….

The Details
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca – 5 skeins
Needles: US #9
Pattern: Mobius Vest in Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann

A Zimmermann Moment
07/23/2010

I had the most amazing “Zimmermann” moment last night. But perhaps I should start at the beginning.

A friend of mine was privileged to go to Knitting Camp 2 – THE knitting camp put on by Meg Swansen and Schoolhouse Press. Ah, I know, doesn’t it sound glorious?

She arrived home and sent me an email and said, “Hey can you pop by the knitting shop.” I thought it was so that she could tell me all about the camp and I was ecstatic. Couldn’t pop by in the afternoon because we had the mold inspector coming by the house, but arranged with my husband to watch the baby if I left dinner for them both. So off I went — a night to myself, to hear the grand tales of knitting camp.

And lo and behold I get there and my friend surprises me with the new EZ bag – signed by Meg Swansen herself!

Talk about swooning. Actually, I’m told I screamed.  I was so excited. It totally made my year. What a jolt of happiness amongst such dreary house situations.

And, Tonia, my friend, also captured this:

Now, isn’t that just adorable? Meg, you are the cutest!

Tonia — I cannot thank you enough. You are one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I know. May you be blessed ten-fold for the blessing you have heaped upon me.

And to all the Knitting Camp knitters who have joined us, Welcome! We are just plowing our way through the mobius vest and are about to head into the Bog Jacket! Join us or offer some advice!

Happy Knitting to all!

The Moebius Vest
07/20/2010

I can’t believe how long it is taking me to get through the moebius vest. I suppose that is mainly due to the fact that I decided to start over entirely with a different yarn and new calculations.

And due to the mold found in our house and the remediation going on in it we have been moving in and out of it during the last 8 weeks.

Although I will say, if you have a complicated situation going on a big project of garter stitch is divine. You can pick up and carry on or stop it at a moment’s notice. Also, the simplicity of the moebius vest astounds me. It’s simple, direct, yet elegant (once you choose the right yarn) because of the gentle shaping in the front with the short rows. Amazing.

I also have a new appreciation for EZ as a knitting mother. I wonder if she loved garter stitch or knitting in the round because it is terribly practical for a mother on the go.

I am also finding the rhythmic (almost monotonous) nature of the garter stitch to be therapeutic during this stress full time. There is something to be set about it’s repetitive nature, it’s deep texture under your fingers and the endless rows it creates… but anyways, I’m blathering.

Just checking in to let you know, I’m still here, in the midst of a moldy house full of chaos, but I do have the back and one side of the Moebius Vest completed!

The Seamless Yoke Sweater
04/13/2010

It’s done! I can’t believe it. I have this euphoric feeling about having accomplished the beautiful sweater that launched Elizabeth Zimmermann into publishing her own patterns.

The sweater is currently hanging on my sweater form downstairs, out of the way of Baby John who is now crawling and able to pull the sweater form down on himself. So occasionally I peek around the corner to make sure I’m not imagining things and ensure that it is, indeed, done!

I loved knitting it! The body and the sleeves came at a very busy time for me – I was trying to put together the Whispers of Spring Collection – so the repetitive nature of knitting around and around and around was meditative and relaxing.

Then came the yoke! Oh, what fun! It was hard to put down once I got to the yoke pattern. I just wanted to do one more row just to see more of the pattern emerge.

Then came the steeking! It was actually sooooo easy! I knit the crochet stays during one of Baby John’s nap periods and then cut the sweater after dinner. It was then a matter of picking up and knitting the button band. I have firmly decided, it is the crochet steek for me – always. JK took a video of me cutting the steek – I sound hilarious – like I have a lisp or something. I’ll get that posted as soon as I figure out how to!

What I learned:

  • Phoney Seams are wonderful! I think this is a trick I will implement into as many sweaters as I can. The phoney seams help a sweater that is knit in the round hang straight and gracefully. I didn’t know how much I was missing.
  • Fair Isle Yokes are addictive – if you like playing with color and changing the color schemes you can have endless fun with yoke sweaters.

Resources:

  • Crochet Steek: Eunny Jang’s Steeking Chronicles are the best tutorials on steeking out there. I referred to her crochet steek tutorial to refresh my memory before I began mine.

What’s next? Well, it’s The Very Warm Hat. But before that I have another little niece arriving any day now and I haven’t knit her a sweater yet! So, that is going on my needles pronto — why did I pick a pattern with fingering yarn and #1.5 needles? AHHHHHH….

Yarn Giveaway
03/28/2010

Well, I came home from an afternoon walk with Baby John and was just about to push the stroller in the house when I noticed this box on the front porch by my newly planted pansies.

It was yarn, donated by the wonderful people at Mission Falls, for you all! Yes! Mission Falls sent some yarn for our project! Hooray! They were very generous and sent 10 skeins of the wonderful 136 Merino Superwash! Some of you are using it for the Seamless Yoke sweater we are all currently working on.

The color is Basil – a lovely spring green. It is heavenly, in fact. I’m so eager to see this color on the trees. But … back to the giveaway: leave a comment on this post with your favorite type of project to knit, i.e. sweaters, hats, shawls, socks, etc. On Friday, April 2, I’ll get the random number generator to choose one person to send this lovely yarn to. I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, April 3rd!

Meanwhile, I’m knitting away on the body of the Seamless Yoke. I can’t wait to get to the color part!

Good luck to all!