Thursday, August 30, 2007

Casting on, casting off . . . again. . .

The instructions for my garter stitch gloves arrived the day before yesterday. Hurray! For some reason, having just finished my right Anemoi mitten, it seemed important to cast on the left one before moving on to other things.

So, I did.

Then I started the gloves. They remind me of knitting the fiber trends felted clogs -- easy knitting, but a bit fiddly too. Lots of provisional casting on and casting off, which will allow the gloves to be virtually seamless, eventually. I love the yarn I'm using, and something about the short row shaping for the thumb makes me particularly happy. I have had a couple of questions about the pattern, which have been quickly (overnight) answered by the pattern designer via e-mail. So far, so good.

The past two days have also been the days my kids have cast off on the journey of a new school year. They're both in high school this year, the older one a senior. I'm trying not to think about that too much. Honestly, the heart tug as they drove off together yesterday morning was nothing like as strong as those mornings they got on the kindergarten bus without looking back. Not as strong, but otherwise, a familiar feeling.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

One down . . .

Anemoi mitten, #1 (right hand). I finished this last night, so the ends aren't sewn in and it isn't blocked. But it is pretty, I think.
Here's a reverse view. Speaking of reverse views, I'm planning to reverse the colors on the second mitten. A long time ago I knit a pair of baby socks for my son from a Dale baby pattern, and became enamored with "unmatched" sets. Besides providing visual amusement, it evens out the amounts of yarn used, and it lets the knitter toy with color relationships.

Friday, August 24, 2007

New books on the way!

I'm making progress on my mittens, and Am Kamin, but I'm not sure how many times I want to show incremental progress.

In the meantime, and on another channel in my life, my newsletter came with some good news: good books on the way.

The books I'm looking forward to are:

Run, by Ann Patchett --
I loved Bel Canto, and think this will be another book to get lost in.

There's a new book by Richard Russo coming, called The Bridge of Sighs. It sounds more depressing than Empire Falls, but since I found that, in it's own way, hopeful, I'm hopeful, as well.

And, from Ann Packer, who wrote The Dive from Clausen's Pier a new book called Songs without Words.

Apparently, one of the consolations of autumn will be some new books!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Home again, home again, jiggety jig. . .

Home again! We had enough fun away that I wish I still was . . .

My knitting had fun too - here's my Anemoi Mittens on vacation:

Here's the progress I made on them, by the time we got home:

Here's my progress on Am Kamin. Since the last picture, I realized I'd knit the ribbing on this front much tighter than the back, so I've reknit almost the whole piece. The "Kacha" row counter is new -- a souvenir of the trip.

And I did a little souvenir shopping:
Who knew Bigfork, Montana had a yarn shop? At Witty Knitters, there was a basket of beautiful Mountain Colors Yarn, and a wonderful pair of gloves -- Custom-Fit, Sideways-knit Garter Stitch Gloves. They fit like, well, a glove. So, I came home with this beautiful Sapphire Trail yarn and the pattern. I'm hoping to make a pair to send to our hostess (who'll be surprised, since I don't think she does the internet). The pattern (by Joan Goldstein) is something different. I sent my hand measurements (so, they'll fit me exactly, but my friend has similar hands) to the designer, and she will send custom instructions. The advantage to this is custom fitting. The down-side is that this is the only size you get. She will do second sets of instructions for a reduced rate. I'm not sure what I think of this plan, but I loved the gloves. And, it's Montana yarn and a locally designed pattern.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Casting On, Casting Off

I'll be away from the blog for a few days. As if you could notice, at my blogging frequency.

Be that as it may, here's the knitting I'm getting ready for my time away. I've finished the back of my Am Kamin sweater, and have started the right front. When you take a year to finish a piece of a sweater, there's quite a lot of rediscovery -- like figuring out how I cast on for the first piece, and how I did that cable cross. I think I've got it.

In case that's too complicated for the car, I'm bringing along the yarn and pattern for my Anemoi Mittens. No, of course they aren't my design. They're designed by Eunny Jang. But this pair is for me. I seem to be in a stretch of that right now -- knitting for me!

I've also dipped my toe in at Ravelry. All I can say is "wow"!

Sunday, August 05, 2007


DSC03437.JPG, originally uploaded by Pam.

Here's my amended Surplice Lace Top. I added a little inset in the "v". It was almost not too low, but not comfortable. It was better if I wore a cami, but then that added a layer to a top that otherwise would work in our summer heat. So, I knit a little triangle. It actually looks a bit better than this photo.

This photo shows the color of the sweater a little better.

Later -- an amendment to my "Amendments" post:

Tiennie asked how I made the inset & whether I sewed it in later. The answer is, I made several - this one was once much bigger, but my daughter convinced me this little bit showing kept the feel of the top, while giving me the little bit of modesty I was craving (it covers my radiation tatoo, and keeps the wrap from opening).

Here's what I did -- I started with three stitches, and then increased at both ends of each right side row for a couple of inches. Then I knit about 8 rows of garter at the top, still increasing on the right side. I sewed the edges of my little triangle to the place where I'd cast on the neckband stitches. So on one side, it's not quite as tacked down as the other, because I didn't want to sew through two layers of the wrap. If you have this top, you'll be able to see what I did, and what you could do too, if that's your thing. It looks OK now, but at first the color of the inset was a bit different. I'd only washed my top twice, but the pink had shifted and faded just a little.