Monthly Archives: July 2008

The neurotic nature of hoarding

We’re cleaning up a lot of things right now… I cleaned up the guest bedroom and my office as we’ve errected a temporary food prep area in the guest room while Eric tears the kitchen apart.  I had the opportunity to assemble my stash… or at least most of it.

Sometimes I think I’ve been hoarding this yarn over the past several years because I somehow think that it’s there for hard times… or when our situation may change and I should be spending yarn… ooops, Freudian slip.. money on things other than yarn.

In these tubs I have about ’70 gallons’ of yarn. I refuse to participate in the Stash busting contests because… I LOVE MY STASH. It’s my collection and it’s a part of me.

70 gallons of pure fiber joy

70 gallons of pure fiber joy

Tearing out the stuff

Tearing out the stuff

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Peggy and Dinah

I’m such a big fan of Peggy Lee. There was a great vid of her doing the themesong of Lady and the Tramp, but “Darling Disney” took it down.

Here’s Peggy Lee and Dinah Shore doing a duet instead:

[Youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=MEBIf0poxHw]

And another with Peggy Lee and Petula Clark:

[Youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=QK0gHciQPd0]

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We look like a “French Country” table setting.

Rachel and I are both working on the “Tangled Yoke Cardigan” from Interweave Knits by Eunny Jang.  Elaine noticed that sitting next to each other, we appeared to be each other’s inverse.  Blue/Yellow::Yellow/Blue…. or the other way around.

Neither of us have even reached the sleeves, but I have a feeling that we will probably really need the support once we get to the cabling around the yoke. My bust size fell between the sizes so I opted to add a few dart stitches in the front paneling. I’ll have to allow for this when I start the cabling.  The sweater is knit from the bottom up and the sleeves are attached at the beginning of the yoke. It seems that you are spared any sewing other than, I believe some grafting at the arm-pits.  The price you pay, however, is having to cast on more than 200 stitches at once.

Working on the Tangled Yoke

Working on the Tangled Yoke

Tangled Yoke Cardigan - Interweave Knits, Fall 2007

Tangled Yoke Cardigan - Interweave Knits, Fall 2007

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Beautiful Babette

A whole lot of yarn

A whole lot of yarn

At Knit Night at the Naked Sheep Knit Shop, Elaine brought in an armful and then some of Cascade 220, wound it up then placed most of the colors on the table. She wanted us to help her select the colors for the massive Babette Blanket she’s planning to finish before October for a wedding gift.

Babette Blanket Example 1

Babette Blanket Example 1

Maybe I was just uber tired that day, but looking at all that yarn, in so many colors really overwhelmed me. Plus, I like crochet, but not that much. This project is pretty modular and you can take it with you in small pieces where ever you go, but still I think it would take me years to finish it if I was not monogamous. Kudos to Elaine for starting this project and setting her time frame goal.

I love the blanket itself because done it some color schemes it looks a lot like the background of a Gustav Klimt painting.  You can view all the different renditions of this blanket here: Babette Blanket Pool.

Personally, I think that this would be a great group project for several people to tackle. Say if you were giving the gift as a comfort item for someone you cared about… or even a wedding gift.

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I have Sock ADD

STR Gypsum in Spiraling Socks

STR Gypsum in Spiraling Socks

I don’t need to start another pair of socks… I think I have three on the needles right now and I’m planning another set of Socks that Rock (in Coriolis for the Naked Sheep Class I’m taking this weekend). I’m trying to finish up the Gypsum socks above. I’m to the bottom of the calves now and I really don’t like the pooling that’s going on with this colorway of yarn. The Instep and sole looks great though. I guess these will be boot socks.

Fabel Socks

Fabel Socks

To be fair… most of the socks I’m knitting for now on are for Christmas Gifts. I’ll try to chart the simple lace pattern for the anklets. I originally was making them for me… because I love wearing white lace socks with my Mary Janes.

Anklets on

Anklets on

Cascade Heritage Lace Anklets

Cascade Heritage Lace Anklets

And I just got more new sock yarn! Yikes! Most of which will again be converted to X-mas gifts. I do have time to cast on for these before the end of the year. It is indeed the Year of the Sock. I have decided not to participate in the Knitting Olympics because I set my own steep hurdles to jump over. Though I might be able to count my Coriolis sock ala Cat Bordhi as my challenging item.

Imagination Gingerbread House

Imagination Seven Dwarves

Imagination Seven Dwarves

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Googly eyes and dealing with one’s fear of plants

I love Christopher Walken and I love Googly eyes.  What a wonderful way to use them. Click on the image below to get to the movie clip page:

Title page of spoof

Click to view movie clip

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More about Ganseys… and my efforts to start X-mas knitting

I’ve sort of decided that I can only start 2 more projects for myself this year. All other knitted projects that will go on the needles for now will be Christmas or Birthday gift items. Brave, huh? But I have to note that all or most of the knitting other than a few odd pairs of socks have been for ME, me, and MEEEE.

So it’s only fair that I give the selfish knitting a break.  I thought I’d start by cueing up a few projects in Ravelry, and then setting some ‘rough’ deadlines.

However, this doesn’t exclude the two projects I’m currently working on: The Tangled Yoke by Eunny Jang, and my Gansey experiment.

Current status of Tangled Yoke Cardigan 7/7/08

Current status of Tangled Yoke Cardigan 7/7/08

I’ve been learning what I can of the traditional Fisherman’s Gansey and I’ve found the following facts (thanks mostly to the informative forum group on the subject in Ravelry as well as some Internet research). I have to say, after reading through some of these items, I’m starting to really understand the necessity of choosing the right yarn.

Nevertheless, I’m still enjoying knitting the sweater I am working on with the Knit Picks yarn. The progress on the sweater is slow, but I still enjoy seeing the patterns on the sweater slowly form line by line. It’s almost like watching a very slow dot-matrix printer working on a design.

Construction: Traditional Ganseys or Guernseys are knit in the round to the armpits and then knit in separate panels front and back until the shoulders and neck. The arms are usually knit flat then seamed from the cuff to the armpit then sewn on.

Gussets at the arms: most Gansey’s have gussets at the place where the sleeve meets the armhole. This is to allow for more space and ease. The garment couldn’t fit to snugly because the wearer needed a large range of motion to do work. Remember the Gansey is a working-man’s sweater.

Texture/Density of fabric: Gansey/Guernsey’s need to be somewhat tightly knit, as the fabric should be fairly water repellent.  The sweaters were used by sailors and fishermen, so they needed to be somewhat resistant to ocean spray and mist.

Fibers/yarn used: This probably means that you’d want to knit it with a raw’er type of yarn made from wool or animal fibers from animals that live in a wet or misty climate. Hence, merino and superwash yarns are probably not the best choices for traditional Ganseys. A tightly spun 5-ply yarn is the best choice for the traditional garment.

Resources:

Wikipedia on Guernseys

Flamborough Marine History of Guernseys

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