The Sock You Cannot See

I'm working on some socks for The Boy (compensation for his efforts in the giant book shipping extravaganza that he's about to participate in).  I'm using a lovely brown yarn with subtle hints of green and red.  It is lovely, and in the right light you can see all the glorious tints and shades it has to offer.  In the wrong light, you cannot.  It's Cleveland, it's December.  The right light is hard to come by.  This picture does not do it justice at all. But it's knitting.  I've been skimping on the knitting of late, and for the love [...]

December 3, 2014|

As Promised

Despite that wee bit of pre-trip knitting that resulted in the unexpectedly early completion of the hat and one mitt, I did manage to save some knitting for the trip. As proof, I offer the mitt on the needles on the conveniently photogenic moldering log located beside the place we are staying.  It will be done with just a few more minutes of knitting, and then that lovely great pile of remaining yarn will get turned into some sort of snuggly neck thing.  I am fairly sure it will be delightful.

October 26, 2014|


When last we left the hat, I was wrestling with the perpetual brimmed hat question...will my laziness win out? Or will I conquer the deep folded brim.  Four full inches of 1 by 1 twisted ribbing later, I can proudly say I was victorious. It looks ridiculous when it's left unfolded of course, but when it's turned up, it's adorable. Now comes the too short/too long/too short/too long dance that marks the final few inches of every hat.  I have high expectations for this one.

October 20, 2014|

How to Knit a Hat

The hat is underway.  The hat, destined as it is to have a nice deep brim, begins with an almost interminable stretch of 1 x 1 twisted ribbing.  The hat is whispering to me how much more interesting life will be when I start the patterned bit, and I am firmly pointing out that it will be more fun to wear with a deep brim.  I'll let you know how the conflict ends.  In the meantime, I thought I'd tell you how to knit a hat. 1) Decide upon yarn, pattern, and needles. 2) Knit a nice swatch and, armed [...]

October 15, 2014|


The blue thing has grown (erm, it's all lowering clouds and sunset glow here, hence this seeming to be a rather enthusiastically different color than in the last picture...I don't love you all enough to fiddle with the color on a blog picture, sorry). This is tremendously uncharacteristic knitting for me.  I don't usually do blue (turquoise yes, blue-y blue like this, no).  I don't usually knit flat.  I don't usually knit on big needles.  I don't usually knit wraps.  But this simply needed to be done.  It's cold outside.  This is warm.  The world at large seems exceptionally abrasive [...]

October 8, 2014|


This weekend, for the first time this season, it was well and properly cold.  Not cool.  Not brisk.  Not chilly.  Cold.  As in, the temperature in the house was markedly lower than where we keep the heat set in the winter.  Of course be haven't turned the heat on yet (I'm pretty sure we had the AC on a week or so ago, and I firmly believe there should be a significant period between last use of AC and first use of heat). So, like any reasonably well prepared knitter, I reached for the woolies.  I put on my slippers.  [...]

October 6, 2014|

Small Steps

Knitting teaches us the importance of small steps.  Do the math.  That hat?  That sock?  That shawl?  They all have an alarming number of stitches in them.  So many that, if you stop to think about the numbers involved, you may go a bit weak in the knees.  So today I am declaring it enough to have started the second of these socks. Sure, I'd like to be turning the heel or heading into the toe.  But those things won't happen until I start.  And start I have.  So I'm calling that a step in the right direction and taking [...]

September 11, 2014|

Inside out or Outside in

As promised, a quick look at both sides of the stitch on the mitts.  The one on the left is what we've been calling side B, and on the right is side A. The finished mitt has been blocked, so I've stretched the partial one over a bit of cardboard to give a better sense of what side A will look like once it's blocked too. I continue to be pleased with them.  I think I may have to play more with reversible cables (hint, the answer is ribbing).

February 28, 2014|

Tip Top

I really should be telling you about all the other stuff (slippers, that little experiment in gauge, a book or two) that's making progress in the background.  But I'm not going to do that.  I've been taken over by this purple hat and its reversible nature.  It seemed dreadfully important that I come up with crown decreases that were every bit as reversible as the rest of the hat.  I'm sure it's immodest to say, but I think I nailed it. Side A: Side B: It's all so marvelous tidy even I am impressed.  The Boy continues to profess his [...]

February 24, 2014|
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