Sneaky Memories

Memories are tricky things. There are the memories that you think about so frequently and you just know you’ll never forget, even if they get blurry around the edges and then there are the memories that sort of hit from left field and it just seems crazy that you still remember such a thing.

Betsy gifted me a very cool book for Christmas – Knit Green – it’s got some great information / articles along with several very cool knitting patterns / ideas (Ravelry link). One I can’t stop thinking about is this soft basket – it’s made from cutting up a flat sheet and then knitting with that “fiber”. We don’t use the flat sheets on our beds, so I know I have a potential resource right there (just want to clear it with give hubs a heads up to this project first). Anyway, I also remembered that I had some old sheets from my Nana – she gave me her full dining room set and china set before she died, and we must have used the sheets to cushion our packing. I found the sheets (tossed in a cabinet, where they have sat untouched since they left Nana’s house with her stuff, so that’s at least 4 years) – they still smell exactly like my Nana’s house. They are in the washing machine right now, but still, I was floored. I’ll have before / during / after photos on that project soon!

Then I was prepping dinner (making chili, my folks are coming over tonight) – I was chopping an onion, which I rarely do (side note. I just don’t like onion. Hubs doesn’t miss it either – usually I really shortcut it and add in some dehydrated minced onion so there’s some flavor, but I’m coming around – I bought a bag of onions at the last grocery trip.) – I was chopping it up and smelling the onion and wondering if it was going to make me teary and WHAM image of Nana, chopping onions in her kitchen, laughing with tears from the onions in her eyes, making Sunday dinner for the family. A good memory, but still, took me off guard.

I miss all my grandparents that have passed – Poppi’s easy smile, Grampa’s stories and grin, and Nana especially. I like to think that Nana would approve of my onion chopping and also that she would approve of cutting up her sheets. We don’t have any twin beds in the house – not planning on getting one either, but I kept the sheets, and I know Grampa would approve of my thriftyness there. And having the family over for dinner.

My other grandmother gave me this picture at Christmas – from my bridal shower, 2004, good times. Betsy! you’re in the background!


My sweater is making progress – as of a week ago it was here:
Trellis & Vine WIP
(excuse the iphone claw hand).

In the last week I have finished the body of the sweater, right down the to the bottom cable and lace patterning and even bound off! The sleeves await me now – I need to go dig through my needles to find another set appropriately sized – I want to knit them at the same time.
Sweater WIP
Not too bad, needs some blocking. The back looked a little “swingy” to me (most likely just from the fact that while I was knitting I switched sizes unintentionally and I wasn’t going to rip it out and redo.) – but I turned it around so that the back was in front and I think I might like that fit a little better. Hrm.
Wearing the back as the front

Lorelai has also taken initiative to be covered up. On Saturday we were doing our thing when, pet-owner duty called and we had to take Jackson outside for a bathroom break. When we came back in, Lorelai picked up her hat and asked me to put it on and then we went right back to coloring. Um, ok. I’m not going to deny the kid from wearing a handknit hat, ever!

Photos in this post were all iPhone photos – not the best quality – quick and dirty that’s for sure. I took a great class this weekend, “Photography for Knitters”, lead by Gale Zucker – it was great and I learned a lot! Photos in the future will be much better – I’ll get out of the bathroom, promise! I wore my Central Park Hoodie hoping to get a decent shot of me in it and I know that several of the other participants did, so I hope to share those soon. Here are a few of my favorite shots I captured during the workshop:
Ishbel - two views
Ishbel – knit by Brenda (fourpeass on Ravelry).

Seahorse in Orange Yarns
Seahorse in Orange Yarns – I knit the seahorse. He’s still missing his eyes. I am going to keep him and knit a different one for friends that are expecting – I’ll use cotton, even though I love the Vanna’s Choice, it does have a bit of fuzz and babies don’t want to chew on fuzz. I think I have figured out how to make it a crinkly toy as well. More to come.

Knit me.
Purple yarn on yellow fabric background – love that little piece of the skein that is squirming out, beckoning… Knit Me. Now. You know you want to.

Mama’s Midriff.

Way back in ’09 I signed up for a SweaterKAL with several of the gals from SnB. Then in the early days of ’10 I think I have signed up for TheSweatshopOfLove’s Sweater a Month Challenge, because yes, I think I can do more than is humanly possible (I will refrain, partially, from telling you about the baby blanket I wanted to knit for a baby that is due sometime in early-mid Feburary, 2010. I have bought the yarn, I have not started. It may be a “Happy Family” blanket for Christmas 2010. hm.) Anyway, I have not forgotten about my sweater which has been hibernating. I almost brought it to SnB this week, but looking at my notes I’m not entirely sure of where I left off. So I figured I would put it on waste yarn and try it on.
Sweater WIP photo.jpg
(my kid is such an imp and a ham for the camera.)
So, it’s not the best representation – I don’t have my shoulders down and relaxed, so that lifts it up a bit as well. There’s still six inches or so between the bottom of the sweater as it is and my belt. I *think* I’m at the point in the instructions to start the cable and lace on the bottom of the sweater. It’s wool, so maybe I can block some of it to a longer length… or I could just knit another inch or two and then start the bottom.

Looking at the pattern I don’t quite understand the sizing… “Piece meaures 12 (11.5, 11.25, 10, 11, 9.75) inches from dividing round.” I will have to get out the ruler and double check that one. I started out to make the 3rd size but somewhere along the line mixed myself up and have been knitting the 4th size, so maybe if I go back to the 3rd size for length it will be ok?

I want to be able to wear this sweater this winter! It was nice and warm on, even without sleeves and being a mid-riff sweater. Light too, not heavy. Hopefully I’ll be able to suss it out this weekend!

Give a pint, get a pound.

More reason to give – you can get a free pound of DD coffee in the month of January when you give a pint. Not a bad deal.

I really do want this to be something I do as frequently as I can. It takes less than an hour of your time. It will help save lives. So why not?

If I could figure out how to knit while donating blood you know it would be the biggest win of all!

I spy a Lorax

I got a huge kick out of the Incognito pattern as soon as I spotted it in the winter issue of knitty. Not casting it on right away allowed it to stew in my brain for a while and think about things like colors and mustaches. I came to the conclusion that this is the perfect starting point for Lorax inspiration.

Lorax inspired "Incognito" Cowl
Lorax inspired Incognito
It’s subtle – the colors are not of a high contrast at all, but I am pleased with the results. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn and a fun-fur-ish yarn I traded another Raveler for back in the summer (I held two strands together). I also modified the mustache slightly – I started with the “Poirot” chart and filled it in to get the walrus style.

This was a quick knit – and turning that hem while knitting I find is a lot of fun.
Knit Hem
Looks nice and it keeps the edges from rolling too much.

While I was taking photos of the cowl, I spied another Lorax.
I spy a Lorax
She was enjoying watching herself eat her lunch.


Originally uploaded by nutmegknitter

No big surprise to anyone if I state here in my blog that I’m addicted to knitting. I am starting to feel the pull of crochet as well. But this was something unexpected. I was gifted a Kindle for Christmas and I started out with some fairy tales (Grimm’s and the Blue Fairy Book) and found I wanted something just a bit more… So I purchased “Twilight” – I can’t stop reading! I also can’t quite put my finger on what is so compelling about this story / writing style. I am totally going to read the rest of the series when I finish this first installment.