Thursday, May 31, 2007

Check Out How Many!

Today I hopped over to the Mosaic Yarn Store site to see how many Hokie Healing squares they have already: Go take a look! Can it really be more than 2000 with more on the way? Incredible.

Friday, May 18, 2007

What have you Knit? MEME!

Bold for stuff you've done, italics for stuff you plan to do one day, and normal for stuff you're not planning on doing.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL

Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand

Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with
bananafiber yarn

Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo

Two end knitting

Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with
circular needles

Baby items
Knitting with
your own handspun yarn

Graffitti knitting (knitting items
on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)

Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting

Dying with plant colours
items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths,
tea cosies...)

Knitting socks (or other small tubular
items) on two circulars

Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone elses handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
for a living

Knitting with cotton
Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular
items) on two circulars simultaneously

Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Tail CO

Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with
selfpatterning/selfstriping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows

Knitting a pattern
from an online knitting magazine

on a loom

Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Hokie Bird and Squares

This morning I mailed off my Hokie Healing squares to Mosaic Yarn Shop. Please, if you can, this is turning into a beautiful project: Take a look at some of the squares they have already gathered!
I worried a little while knitting these. I kept obsessively checking the measurements and worrying that the yarn wasn't nice or soft enough (no local yarn store and all). I obsessed over the Hokie Bird chart because I had never done intarsia before (and ended up falling safely back into semi-fair isle/ semi-intarsia).
Finally I settled into the thought that it is the action of knitting that becomes the prayer, and I relaxed. About that time I noticed that the squares were 32 stitches long. Huh.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Bamboo Socks

My boyfriend is allergic to wool.
I KNOW! Right? But we have decided to try and make it work anyway.
Just kidding!
But to that end, when I found some nice bamboo yarn at the hardware store, I snapped up a couple balls and brought them home. When he saw them, he joked, "What are you making me?" To which I cheerily replied, "Socks! Bamboo socks!" He was shocked, and flattered, and pleased, and a bit confounded (as am I) that they can make yarn out of bamboo.
I immediately cast on for some toe-up socks. He usually only wears socks while working, so these were specific socks that he can wear up at my house where it is cold. Socks for warmth, socks for comfort, socks because and only because his girlfriend loves him.
The ensuing evenings were spent knitting away, and every now and then grabbing his foot and trying on the sock-in-progress. I was obsessed with his feet: Noticing the slope of the point of his toes, the curve of his long arch, the somewhat narrow heel. When I turned the first heel, he showed the amazement of a new knitter: Awe that this tube could be structured into three dimensions, could hug his heel exactly.
When the first sock was done, he remarked, "I've never had a sock that exactly fit my foot before!" He wore the one sock around the house. (It got a bit stretched out. I don't recommend this, since it makes it difficult to compare progress of the second sock. But who was I to resist? He wanted to wear it around the house! Knitter Pride!)
In the meantime, he went back to the hardware store and bought me two more skeins of bamboo yarn, "Just in case" and of his own violition. Of course I took this as the cry of a knitter-to-be: Muggles (especially MALE muggles!) just don't fondle balls of yarn at the hardware store unless they can sense the magic within, right? He apparently told anyone who asked that his girlfriend was knitting him socks! Out of bamboo yarn! And he needed to make sure she had enough of it!
So of course I taught him to knit: His first project can be seen below, and his second project, a knit cap, is currently being reduced in the crown. (12 rows to go!)
Last Tuesday night I completed his socks. The group was over at my house, and he had quietly taken the chair in the corner to work on his knitcap, while the girls gossiped and knit and compared projects and praised him for his plunge into the knitterly arts. When I was done, I knelt before him and slid his socks onto his feet: Feet I had come to know so well as I wrapped each angle in love and yarn.
What do you think?

Bamboo socks:
Pattern: Made it up. Toe-up, short row heel, bit of ribbing at the top cuff.
Needles: 2 circs: knitpicks #2's.
Yarn: Filati Punto Su Punto Bamboo Color 801 "Earth" Two 50g/ 125m balls plus about 12" of a proffered third.
Began: Sometime last month.
Finished: May First.