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Feral for Fair Isle! (picture-heavy post)

Posted by Miss Knotty on November 25, 2006

That’s right, I’m (ahem) wild for it. I unfortunately had a moment of shining stupidity impatience and threw the coasters into the pillowcase into the hot wash with no pictures of the uncooked ones. BTW, the pattern I used (without any of their design recommendations) is the January 13, 2006 Felted Coasters, Hot Pads, Beverage Jackets pattern from the 2006 Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar. If you’re thinking of getting this as a gift for a knitter, I recommend it. I have to say that I’ve gotten SEVERAL patterns out of it that I have used and will likely use again, like the coasters. There was also a neat wimple pattern that I might try out. It’s on the ole list, after Mobius (however that’s spelled). It’s also good on sock patterns, and it even has some sweater patterns. I happened to notice last night that Borders Books has the 2007 calendar for sale. Just sayin’. There is always my Amazon Wishlist, if you’re floundering for Gift Ideas. Like… Both of you. (snerk). I’ve been told that I’m a hard person to shop for, not because I’m ungrateful or spoiled (althought I am spoiled), but because I don’t ever tell anyone what I want, other than ‘money’, ‘books’, or ‘yarn’. Not very descriptive, am I? I like being surprised, is what it is. I’m ALWAYS curious what people are going to give me, if I make no recommendations, like will it be something that they know me well enough that they can give me and I’ll love, or find funny? Okay, Before I go into insanely selfish mode, I have FOs to show you. And a confession.

Purple One Green One

Oh, and my counters are so nice and clean, aren’t they?
[Pats own back]

Enter my current (ahem) tawdry knitting affair:

What could this yarn be?
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Why, it’s a ball of Essential by Knit Picks, and 1/2 of a ball of Trekking XXL. Whatever could I be doing with this yarn?
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Here’s what I have so far. I’m in the increase gussets for the thumb. It’s going quick. I burned up most of Thanksgiving afternoon working on these. Here’s a pic of the inside, just because I’ve seen other knitters do this, and I think the inside of these looks kinda cool:

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It’s Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts.

I’m doing my interpretation of her pattern with Trekking XXL in some random colorway from my stash and KnitPicks Essential Sock yarn in ‘Dusk’, on sz 3 addi Turbos, in 2 Circs method (instead of DPNs – partly b/c I don’t own any sz 3 DPNs, and partly b/c I don’t like DPNs if I can possibly avoid them – I get horrible ladders, and I can’t seem to solve this problem.  It’s annoying. I’ve tried pulling tighter, I’ve tried leaving it looser, prayer, anger, and I still get ladders.  Even with circs.  But not as bad as what I get with DPNs.

However, further proof that I’m not cut out for long-term relationships:
Languishing in the ‘long-term relationship’ category:
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The Circumnavigated Cardigan, which has made it up to the 3rd decrease on the pockets, and has been carelessly discarded for instant knitting gratification. Not really carelessly discarded, more like just not picked up as faithfully as it should have been. Like while I spent all day after lunch on Thanksgiving further improving my mad Fair Isle skillz, yo (told you I had ’em), I could have been knitting and purling on the CC. I could maybe have had the pockets done by now if I’d applied all that time on Thursday to the Sweater. But I didn’t. I worked on the mitts. There are a couple of reasons for this, though. I prefer to call them ‘justifications’.

1) I need new mitts, as the demon cat has chewed a couple of little side vents in either side of one of my cabled fingerless mitts, which looks a little more Oliver Twist than I was prepared to admit. Also, the chewed mitts are cream colored, and, while the cabling looks cool, I do have to admit that from a distance, they look like either too-long shirtsleeves, or bandages. Usually bandages. People who don’t know I knit usually will come up to me looking all concerned and ask me what happened to my hands and am I in great pain? And then I say, ‘no, no I made these to keep my hands warm.’ Their reply to this is, ‘oh, okay, cool. As long as you’re not hurt.’ Then they walk away. Kooky.

2) I’ve been looking for an ‘easy-ish’ Fair Isle project (with an actual pattern, rather than an arbitrary anything) that isn’t socks or a hat. I like socks and hats, but I want something… else. Just how I am, I guess.

3) I don’t ‘need’ a sweater right now. It’s sunny and 60s-70s here. But I do I need things to keep my digits warm at work, in my refrigerated very cool office while I work [that don’t look like bandages].

4) The rows on the mitts are short. Pick-up/put down short. 28 sts short. (27 +1 “seam” stitch) short. The rows on the sweater are 396 stitches long at this point. That’s long. That’s a time investment for EVERY ROW.

5) The mitts are lightweight. Fingering Weight Yarn. The Sweater is heavy. Worsted Weight. and last, but certainly not least:

6) I get to be arbitrary in my knitting. Nyah.

Another installment in the ‘unfaithful to projects’ gazette:
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Seraphim. I’ve run a lifeline and started Chart 1. Literally. I did row 1 of chart 1, putting in markers (meticulously) as I went, and then put it away. So I’m on Row 2 of Chart 1. 249 stitches per row. When the going gets long, the knitter picks up mittens. Or socks:

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These are the Veg-all socks. Yarn was gifted by (blogless) Lea, after I crowed about how much I love this yarn. It too is Trekking XXL. These are on Sz 0s. I’m using Wendy’s Generic Toe-Up sock recipe (found here).

So it may be that I’m a little distracted these days. I have to keep myself busy while I’m on VACATION this week though. I figure 4 projects in the works will keep these idle hands from being the devil’s playthings. That, and that I’m going to see Casino Royale, and run around with my grandmother, and hang out and clean house, and do all those relax-y vacation-y I’m-not-working-y things that people do while on vacation. I have to admit, though, I feel a little restless and a lot nervous. I don’t know what really to do with myself if I’m not at work. I mean, there’s the obvious – housework. But that’s still work, isn’t it? Grossly-needed work (no pun intended), but still work.

I also need to cast around and see if I can’t scare up a new knitting bag – my backpack is not cutting it. I keep catching the yarn in the zipper, and I want something that’s easier to get into and out of. I like the Longaberger baskets, but I don’t want to shell out for one of those. So I’ll be going to Hobby Lobby and see if I can’t find a suitable craft tote there. If not there, then Stein Mart maybe, or Joann’s or Hancock’s…. We’ll see. And while I’m there, I’ll try and find some more shoes and work clothes. I always need more work clothes.


2 Responses to “Feral for Fair Isle! (picture-heavy post)”

  1. Hey there — I really like the toe on your sock — very neat and smooth. Try more than one set of dpns on your mittens — I hear the more you use, the fewer and less curse-worthy the ladders. I also descend into the natural man when frustrated, and I hope this helps one of us from sinking into cursing.

    Also, when choosing a knitting bag — do not even consider anything that closes with Velcro — I have fuzzed too many sections of whatever I am knitting by it getting caught on the velcro, and the natural man rises to the fore again. Not pretty. I prefer to be super-natural, and I know the Lord is on my side when it comes to sanctification. Yours too.
    Glad to see you have time to post these days. My good hubby has just gotten laid off, and we are praying and resume-ing like crazy, no time for blog-writin’, only readin’.

  2. Jennifer said

    Haha, I am at the Exact same spot on the circumnavigated cardigan. I’m trying to catch up on it, been so busy! Casting on 240 stitches provisionally was not my friend either, eh. Love the Endpaper mitts- they look great!

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