Thursday, August 28, 2014

At Long Last

At long last, I've completed the long sleeves for my Acer Cardigan.  About a week ago, DH and I spent a week at the in-law's lake house in Pennsylvania. 

No wifi, no stores, no restaurants, no cafes, no office,  nothing nearby without a 30 minute drive. Boring you say? Perfect for knitting I say!!

I arrived with Five WIPS and came back with 2 completed, Sleeves done on Acer and a fourth whirling along.

Wisp: done
Snow Drops & Snap Peas: done
Acer Caridgan: Sleeves done, body done, just finishing left
Milky Way Scarf: progress made
Echo Flower shawl: never made it to the light of day.

There was also time for hiking and mushroom hunting, a new interest of mine. Notice double duty of my knitting tape measure to help ID the fungus' we encountered.  Mushrooming is more difficult than I anticipated.  Although, it's easy enough to find dozens of them, they all look similar to my untrained eye. I have yet to ID most of them.

More about my trip to come.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Galaxy of Inspiration

Inspiration for knitting comes from many places, some unexpected.

It's not unusual to start a new project after reading a knitting magazine or browsing Ravelry.  But, it can also come from more surprising sources.

 I recently attended a showing of "Dark Universe" at the Hayden Planetarium. Visually stunning and packed with information, you may want to see it twice so you don't miss anything.

My husband & I went with a few friends, including a Professor of Astrophysics from New York University.  After the show, she seemed to enjoy answering our numerous silly questions.

Around the same time I had come across a beautiful lace scarf pattern called "Milky Way".   I began thinking about what galaxies, such as the Milky way, are: A collection of stars such as our sun.  The pattern page shows the scarf knit in blue but stars come in a number of colors.

Stars can be blue, but also, orange, yellow, white and of course red.  So it made perfect sense to knit this scarf using the orange yarn in my stash.  Cephalopad Skinny Bugga in the colorway Bronze Moth.  My project here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Too Much Knitting for a City Apartment

I just moved to a new apartment. A smaller apartment. If you've ever done this you will know the agony of editing all you own. And part of what I own is yarn and hand knit items. Many hand knit items.

I used to give away a fair number of items, but learned early on that most other don't appreciate the crafty items as much as the person who makes them. The fake thank you, they never wear it or some wont even try it on, as if it will burn their skin like acid. Even if you're not related you begin to feel like the elderly aunt who always gives everyone the ugly Christmas sweater with an appliqué reindeer on it.

The knitter sees the fun of a pattern, the feel of the yarn in ones hands, the cheerful color. The recipient sees an unstylish hat they wouldn't be seen dead in. Or they see someone who is too cheap to buy them a gift because they don't realize cashmere is $20 a skein and their scarf used two and half skeins. They certainly don't see the dozens of hours of work.

I haven't cut back on my love for knitting, just the gifting of it. But, now I have a ton of hats, scarves, tank tops, wrist warmers shawls, etc and a small apartment with no room to store all of them.

Most charities who accept knitwear have specific patterns they want you to knit. Patterns that are simple and therefore boring. Many also ask for specific yarn, often acrylic for longer wear and washing.

One of my strategies is to knit socks. Wool socks are often hidden way inside boots or under pants cuffs and people don't seem to mind crazy colors and patterns. And If they don't have standard size feet they are amazed at their pair pair of custom fitted socks.

For for now I'm not sure what to do with all my FOs ( finished objects). And don't say I should wear them. Because to tell you the truth, I won't want to wear a number of them either. But, they sure were fun to make.