Knitting Monkey

6.26.2006

My favorite kind of needles...


What kind of knitting needles are you?

You are bamboo.Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You love the craft and beauty of traditional things, and you value the comfort and experience of knitting as much as the results. But while you are reveling in your warm cozies, don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is the whole wide world!
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6.09.2006

Lotsa knitting, but no posting

Well, I finished the mermaid socks. By finished I mean off the needles, but I have to darn in the yarn ends. I am nearly done with one pink and white Laura Jane Bear for my baby niece. I have to wash the pieces, sew it together and then stuff the body. I was thinking of knitting the teddy and Chloe (the niece) a matching sweater or baby poncho. As someone said at school "What happened? I thought you were a practical girl!" I guess the baby knitting bug finally caught up with me. Their clothes are tiny, cute and fast. Normally I am immune from thinking infants are cute and hence avoid knitting for them. But, I finally think a baby can be cute now. Well, also I didn't know any infants previously. Anyway, I wanted to make a teddy bear and I know Chloe won't know what it is or care and will probably drool on it and rip it's ear off, but at least I will have had fun.

I also started the argyle socks I am supposed to finish by Christmas, but I foolishly thought they would be okay to do in worsted weight. Worsted weight in argyle is for sweaters and not socks, so now I have a legitimate excuse to by some nice sock weight yarn and perhaps a pattern specifically for men rather than trying to wing it from a hodgepodge of women's patterns and pattern generators. I don't have a good candidate in mind, although there was a website devoted entirely to 1940's era men's sock designs that I really really wish I could find right now. Not only did it have argyle and variants of argyle but it had tiki intarsia and other fun themes.

I also finished another project! I made my mom a scarf from this book: Modular Knits by Iris Schreier. I really like this book as I am all about the unusual knitting techniques. Modular or domino knitting is a fun and interesting technique, but what Iris has done is to reverse the structure of modular knitting so that the pieces are built outwards, thus enabling you to knit a continual garment without constant casting off and on. The scarf is for Christmas and started as a car project to entertain me on a three hour drive. Since my mom lives in a snowy climate, it will actually be useful for her.

Once again, I have no pictures. You will just have to imagine amongst yourselves.