Sunday, April 15

A waking dream

I have many dreams for my knitting - finish all those UFOs, deplete my stash, make an Aran sweater, learn twined knitting. I think I can still wear that green vest I started in 2000 from The Traditional Sweater Book (Madeline Weston) after I rework the button band because I used the next size up needles by mistake. If I make an Aran sweater using the stash of Lion Brand Fisherman WoolEase, that would be one big bag of yarn fewer in the closet.

This morning I discovered that I dream of different knitting - apparently I want to meet Ann Shayne and make a man bag for my husband out of green and white cotton using the ballband warshrag pattern. The Ann Shayne in my dreams had a southern accent but had dark hair cut short, styled in a teased up-do. She and I were talking outside a confessional where a very small young woman was being toyed with by a lap dog. We commented to her that this must happen a lot - being tossed about like a faceless, stuffed squirrel - and she said yes, it's because she is so small. About 18" like an American Girl doll.

My husband came to get me because it was time to go swimming - the pool was in the other half of the building. He was carrying a shoulder bag with his stuff in it. Green and white warshrag pattern with a buttonhole stitched in as part of the pattern.

I don't know what this is telling me. I prefer to keep working on the green guernsey sweater:

Wool Gathering #76. That pattern above the garter stitch is Indian Corn.

My list to the right just got longer.

Wednesday, April 11

Of needles and hiking

Scotty is checking out the second sock of the project that brought me out of my knitting funk. I lost one of the needles somewhere between the curb and the coffee table when unpacking the van after our trip to Brown County, IN. Never fear, Elizabeth Zimmermann encourages knitters not to be so dogmatic in time of need. One can easily substitute an emergency needle of indeterminate size - drastic times call for drastic measures. And I recently completed the inventory of my needle collection so I know I have an amazing set of Crystal Palace bamboo, sz 1-1/2 (2.5). That is plenty close to size 1 (2.0). Julie gave them to me. This is going to work out just fine. The substitute needle gets moved around each section so there is not a bloated row lined up one over the other. And there is that wonder called blocking, or easing after a wash. I don't block socks.

I took the project with me on our short Spring Break vacation to Brown County, Indiana. What you should always take on spring break is your winter coat. Rain and wind, but I got a couple short hikes with the family and one by myself.

Some of the trails were created by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Beautiful limestone bridges and revetments are still in use.

I highly recommend a trip south.

Sunday, April 1

Sock redux

I came out of my funk when I remembered I have an interesting project to work on. This started out as a top-down sock. Until I had about 3" left to knit and about 1" worth of yarn. That was last October. I have been meaning to rip it out and work the socks toe up.

Steinback Wolle, Strapaz Cotton Effekt from Sit & Knit (New Buffalo, MI). The label is in German so I can't say what the color way is. Slouch socks from Socks, Socks, Socks modified for toe-up. I start the ribbing when I see the end of the skein.

And here is Lupine - wondering why her charms are not inducing me to put a little snack in her bowl.

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