Saturday, February 2, 2013

Where I actually talk about knitting

Well I'm not on the road to California quite yet.  While we thought we'd have to leave sometime soon, he isn't due to start his new job now until May.  That means our grueling road trip can wait until April, and we can make the journey during tornado season instead of the snowy one.  Hmmm.  Somehow I think I prefer slippery conditions to traversing Tornado Alley, Oklahoma.  How do people live with that every year?


I've not been knitting a lot lately, or at least it hasn't seemed like a lot, but maybe it really is.  I'm participating in the Ravelry KAL in the Jimmy Beans Wool group.  We're knitting gauntlets for the Downton Abbey knit along.  We're halfway through season 3 of Downton Abbey and halfway through the project.  I have one mitt to show for it and I'm hoping I took good enough notes.  I knit as directed for the arm, but once I got to the wrist, I thought it too loose and made decreases to fit my hand.  I did not use the Lorna's Laces specially died yarn, but chose instead some Madelinetosh Pashmina from the stash.  It's beautiful, and if I may say so myself, a little better suited to lace.  The striped Downton Abbey yarn seemed a little busy.



I'm also still working on that never ending sweater from late last year.  Every day, I knit a repeat of the cabled hem.  It's boring, monotonous, mundane, but, oh, it's pretty and clever.  Someday I'll finish.  Just in time for warm weather, I'm sure.



In the middle of all of that, the remnants of some Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL sport yarn in Ravenscroft was calling my name.  I had 80 grams left after knitting a shawl, but just let it sit until it spoke to me.  That was Monday night.  I read a recent Yarn Harlot post about her knitting her daughter a Wurm hat.  I have one myself already and it's my go-to hat all winter long.  It felt right.  That's what that yarn wanted to be.  I cast on with abandon and prayed there would be enough.  I'm two repeats away from casting off and I have 24 grams of yarn left.  Wish me luck.  I'll be heartbroken if there isn't enough.

That's it from Detroit where once again, it's snowing. Shocking, I know.  It's been warm, cold, rainy, blustery, snowy,windy and bitterly cold here, all in the span of a week.  Since that rodent in Pennsylvania did not see his shadow,  maybe we will get a reprieve from this whacky winter weather soon.  I'll not hold my breath.


14 comments:

Mimi said...

You have so been knitting a lot!
The Downton Abbey challenge gloves/warmers are really lovely ( I already admired Stephanie's), they seem to have everything you could wish for in a pattern (which leads me to think it's probably a complicated pattern!).
I really like that hat too...hope you have enough yarn, I hate that feeling "will I?/ won't I?", until the last stitch is bound off.
Good your roadtrip can be postponed, does that mean you get more time with your son until then?

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

wow that's a lot of projects! they are lovely!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxo

Finding Pam said...

Knitting is so enjoyable for you. I am enjoying my mittens so much. I'm glad you can wait to go to California. Down here we have tornadoes and when hurricanes come in shore we get the tornadoes from the storms.

We have had mild weather. It go into the sixties today with the lows in the thirties.

Rositta said...

We are just now getting Season 1 of Downtown Abbey and I'm hooked. I knit the Wurm hat last week and frogged the whole thing. It was too big and looked dumb on me. I might try again with maybe a 70 st cast on. I'm busy learning to spin these days...ciao

Jane Galley said...

A Downton Abbey KAL sounds fun, love the top edge of that gauntlet. Hope the wool lasts out, it would be horrible to run out when you are so close

SapphireBlue said...

One of these days, I'm going to watch that series. Maybe on summer break.

NCmountainwoman said...

Good luck! There's nothing worse than having ALMOST enough yarn to finish.

Silliyak said...

Yawn, change of subject.. just saw this of FB and as a health professional thought you should be made aware of this.
http://youtu.be/VsyE2rCW71o

Ruth said...

Beautifull gloves.
Waiting for the next series of Downton Abbey to begin. Have been watching Upstairs Downstairs finished last night with WW2 commencing.

Alice said...

Glad you are waiting.
Are you teaching more classes?

and Silliyak . . . I'm still giggling!

The Bug said...

Ooh I like the hat! Sure hope you have (had?) enough yarn to finish it...

I'm thinking I should maybe start watching Downton Abbey, but I don't know - I need to get through the Nick & Nora movies first!

Stephanie V said...

I expect that hat is finished now...I always knit really fast when the yarn is running out. Like that will somehow make it last just long enough.
Your mitts are so pretty and I agree their chosen LL yarn is too busy for the lace. Did you notice that the question of lacing is answered with I-cord? But the nice thing about making a pattern your own is that you can have ribbon if you want. Can't wait to see them all finished and going to dinner parties.

Brenda said...

I love all of your projects. You should have pretty good weather for your trip out west. Here in Missouri we have tornado warnings year round. The kids and I were in the basement last week. One day it was in the mid 70's and two days later snow and 30's. Sounds like Michigan's climate is more stable than ours.

flutterby said...

Nah, that rodent in PA lied.