Saturday, April 29, 2006

Finished "Deep" Project

I finished Deep from Rowan but I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease with my #8 needles. I should have known not to make a whole sweater in ribbing! It wasn't flattering for me at all. My niece modeled it for this photo and she decided she liked it. So now it is hers.
This yarn was really soft and nice to work with. It split a little but not enough to discourage me.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Answering Some Interesting Questions

What is your knitting philosophy? is knitting about relaxation for you? do you prefer a challenge yourself with each project?
Lolly at Lolly Knitting Around posted these questions. This is a good place to answer.

I knit to remember. Knitting for me is a link to my grandmother and mother. They knit and they taught me. They made sturdy sweaters and my mother made misshapen gloves. Yet anything they made was something special. Clothes came from discount stores. Remember Klein’s on 14th street in NYC? Or Mays in Brooklyn? Clothes weren’t special. But something hand knit was. It kept you warm and showed you were loved. This is a picture of my grandmother's knitting needles. My mother and grandmother never worked from patterns. They weren’t afraid of making mistakes. I am not as daring. Something keeps me from designing, even though I have visions of what I want to make.

I knit because my fingers won’t keep still. I do other needlework. I’ve crocheted, embroidered, and hooked rugs. But nothing satisfies like knitting. Although knitting calms me, I’m still not calm enough to do complicated knitting. I like stockinette or simple repetitious patterns. My mind races while I knit. I think of what I’m making and what it will be like when it is finished. I think of what I need to buy for supper and what I want to do tomorrow. I review today and I relive all my problems. I knit presents, but not everyone wants hand knitted items. So I mostly knit for myself. Most things I do are soon gone. Dust returns, food gets eaten. Children grow up and get married or move away. But my sweaters are pouring out of my closet, as I continue to add to the piles. They are a sign of how much I have accomplished.

Friday, April 21, 2006

New Week, New Projects

Well here is my second week posting to a blog and I still feel funny writing to "outer space." I've been knitting slowly on Deep, a kind of shrug from the newest Rowan magazine. This is the first time I've joined Rowan and am a little disappointed that a size extra-large to them is a 40 inch bust. Come on guys. Since I don't want to spend a lot until I see if it is going to fit, I'm using Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in a really pretty blue. If I like the sweater I can try it again using Rowan yarn.
Also I'm working on a 7 by 9 inch square for the WarmUp America project for the knitting group in my local library, "Keep You in Stitches." The meeting is next week so I'm sure I'll be able to finish a few of them.
Spring has really bloomed this week and I don't know if it is a cold or allergies but I have been suffering all week. Hopefully I'll feel more like knitting next week. Here are a few Project Spectrum pictures I took around my office.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

First Post

Hi. This is my first post! Hopefully this blog will be about my knitting and other things I do that are interesting. These are the socks I finished for the Six-Sock Knitalong. They are from Lion Brand Magic Stripes yarn on two circular needles size #2. They took about a week to make and were interesting to knit.
These pictures were taken by my son just before he left for his home on the other side of America. I'll miss him a lot!!