Nov 11, 2018

Battle of Wills

I've spent much of the past week playing with yarn, stitch patterns and color combos for a new shawl, but as entertaining as these diversions have been, it's time to face facts.

Two out of three pairs of woolly mitts still need to be seamed. Since I'm eager to get this fresh crop into the wearing rotation before winter hits, this is a top priority.

Unfortunately, there are also two afghans languishing in the background. Herlacyn Breeze still needs a proper blocking ...

and the red, white and blue afghan needs a border.

To complicate matters, I have a handful of patterns in near-final form. All they require is a bit of time, concentration and polish, so they can be sent off to the tech editor for review.

This list may not seem long, but we all know I get twitchy if there are too many projects in progress or hovering on the horizon. My inner adult understands this quite well, which is why she keeps reminding me to buckle down, clear the decks and focus on finishing. 

Sadly, in this particular battle of wills, my inner toddler just hums louder in an effort to drown out the nagging voices, while she drags more yarn out of the cupboard. She's having waaay too much fun swatching.

It's Veterans Day in the US, so I wanted to take a moment to thank all veterans for their service. To read more about red, white and blue holidays, click here.

Nov 4, 2018

TV Land: Does Amy Knit Her Sweaters?

As The Big Bang Theory enters its final season, one burning question remains unanswered: Does Amy knit her sweaters, cardigans and vests?

According to Sheldon, the answer is yes. In the Opening Night Excitation (season 9, episode 11), Sheldon tells Penny and Bernadette that "Amy enjoys knitting her own sweaters, so I was thinking of getting her an all expenses-paid trip to the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival" as a birthday gift.

Any true knitter would be thrilled with such a treat, but in the end, Sheldon foregoes the wool festival and opts to celebrate her birthday by consummating their relationship, a choice Amy embraces with enthusiasm. That's all well and good, but let's get back to the issue at hand. 

As an avid knitter who often has BBT reruns playing in the background while I work on projects, I've seen no evidence Amy knits sweaters. With the exception of one cardigan that might have been handcrafted, all of her knitwear appears to be commercially produced. The one exception that comes to mind is the caramel cabled cardigan she wears at the end of The Celebration Reverberation (season 11, episode 11).

Plus, we've never seen her wield knitting needles onscreen, there are no baskets of yarn or WIPs anywhere in her apartment, and the afghan displayed on the couch in her old apartment was crocheted.

With two pairs of wonderfully woolly mitts off the needles and in the seaming stage and a third freshly cast on, these are the deep, universal questions that occupy my mind. 

So what say you: Does Amy knit her sweaters?

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Planning ahead? You can learn more about the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival here.

Oct 29, 2018

Crystal Ball

The mission to make more mitts has become so firmly fixed in my mind, it's possible I'm getting a teensy bit carried away. 

One pair of mitts is ready for seaming and another is already on the needles.

Knit straight from stash in Valley Yarns Amherst worsted weight wool leftover from my Tikkyn Flagstone afghan, the first pair is worked in charcoal and ash, and the second in ash and light grey. This soft yarn has a slight halo, which tends to make the photos look somewhat blurred or out of focus. The image below shows the stitch more clearly. 

Both pairs are worked in the same slipped stitch, which produces a stretchy, syncopated rib. This stitch is not only easy, it's particularly fun to work, because it creates horizontal stripes (first photo) or vertical ones (second photo) depending on whether the contrast color is introduced on a right- or wrong-side row.

When these mitts are completed, I'll do a proper FO post. Meanwhile, you don't need a crystal ball to see the future. This stitch is so versatile and the results are so varied, I'll definitely be casting on another pair.

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