Category Archives: Inspiration

Cold hands, warm yarn

So, the hubster and I love to go fishing. Well, he loves fishing, I love having an excuse to sit on my kiester and knit all day! A couple of weekends ago, we decided to pack a lunch and head an hour away to a lake he used to fish with his dad. Well, in typical Northwest style, it was in the forties in the morning, though it was going to be in the upper 60's in the afternoon. So we dressed in layers. I had on my favorite hand-knitted alpaca sweater with a wool sweater over it, some new fingerless mitts I'd made, and an alpaca hat I made on a previous excursion. As for hubs - well, it turns out he's good at losing gloves, and had to borrow a pair of mine. Now, this could be ok, as they were pretty unisex-looking gloves. Except his hands are twice the size of mine. It was downright comical, like his hands were the unwitting passengers in a knitted clown car. I took pity on him and grabbed a ball of unlabeled alpaca I'd found in the free box here at work, and we took off for the lake.

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On the Move

Dan and I recently bought a house (our first!), and the last few weeks have been full of packing, lifting, more packing, more lifting, and painting. The sweaters I knit for Dan also made the journey - I saw this box that he had packed and labeled yesterday, so I snapped a quick photo to share. Good on so many levels! Learned Lesson 1: Don't pack a box full of nothing but books - you won't be able to lift itLearned Lesson 2: Include a warning if your box contains precious cargo (such as HANDMADE SWEATERS!)Learned Lesson 3: Don't forget underpants! :)

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A wild hair

Since hubby and I have spent so many chilly mornings out on the lake recently, I had considered that maybe I should get him a nice sweater to wear under his jacket as another layer. And then I thought, DUH, I knit! I'll just make him one! As it turns out, I'd bought yarn to make him a sweater several years ago, and never got around to it. Why? Because he's a lot bigger than me, and that is just a ton of knitting. At the time, I was still riding public transit, so lugging a big sweater around would have been quite a challenge. But now that I have my mobile S.T.A.S.H. Acquisition Unit (aka my car :)) I'm ready to tackle the challenge. So, last Monday, I looked at what I had: 26 100-gram balls of bulky weight yarn. I swatched, got a gauge I liked, and cast on. Last night, I made it up to the armscyes!

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A lesson from the Knitting Gods

It seems that the Knitting Gods feel I need a lesson in the benefits of embracing the act of ripping out my knitting. First, there was the Stonington Shawl "lesson". Remember that the Stonington Shawl had been my "mindless" portable project. I was in desperate need of a simple project to knit while we were out to dinner with friends. I had planned on starting over with my new square shawl plans.

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