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Friday, November 17, 2006

A little Knit of this; a little Knit of that ...

Good grief. I guess my knitting dry spell is officially over. I have so many projects started I can hardly keep track of them. I really should settle on one, finish it, and go on to the next. Except I can’t. Each one offers different challenges, or states of mindlessness. I know my blog site is boring for those of you knitter-type-people who visit here because I am not talking about knitting much. On the other hand, all my non knitter-type-people will probably be bored by my posts on knitting. Or maybe not!

My newest project is one for a good cause. A blogger friend of mine, we’ll call her firefly, is collecting knitted squares to make blankets for Habitat for Humanity. She calls her project Gracious Parcels and you can read about it by following the link. I like her theme of squares that represent the countryside she lives in. My first square I call Grass and I chose a basketweave pattern to represent an open field. I plan on making two more squares. One to represent Autumn Leaves [yarn is Cherry Tree Hill’s Earth], and another using two colors of yarn worked in large ribbing to represent rows of either wheat or corn, called Bountiful Fields. If you have a pair of idle hands and want to help she’d be greatly appreciative. She’s trying to get a few ready in time to give by Christmas, but this project will go beyond Christmas in scope, so if you feel you can’t contribute a square or two by then, your contribution will still be put to good use in the future.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

My favorite project in the works is Fetching, a fun pair of fingerless gloves; a free pattern from Knitty.com.  It’s my first try at cables and I think they are turning out pretty well. I think they’ll need to be blocked a bit, but I’m happy except for my thumb join. I think it ended up a bit messy. I’m using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. It’s soft and really nice to work with. Sorry for the slight blurriness of the second photo. It’s too hard to take a photo of your own hand and get far enough away. I tried multiple times and finally gave up.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Another project that is pretty mindless is a scarf done in double seed stitch. I bought this gorgeous handpainted, handspun yarn from a shop on eBay. I’ve bought other yarn through her as well and just love it’s natural look. It’s very wooly and knobby; spun with some thick and some thin.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Last by not least is the pair of felted clogs for my Sis S that I’m supposed to have done in time for Christmas. One is already done [except for the felting] and they go fast so I’m not too worried. Hey, Sis, are you out there? How does the size look [hahaha]?  [I’ve been trying to get my sister to comment on my blog, but so far no luck.] I’ve used this pattern a lot and it’s so much fun I keep trying to find people I can knit them for. It’s a fiber trends pattern and you can find it here.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Well, that’s about it. Oh, except for the second pair of Fetching in a lovely blueish-tweedy yarn [merino, silk and cashmere blend] from Italy. Not enough progress to really take a photo of. What? You want to see the yarn? Okay, okay. Here it is. But now I’m going to go and take a dog for a walk down to the pond. Bart walked in the boggy bits of the yard today [another inch + of rain last night] and it’s a good way to get them clean again. Plus, some exercise for me. It’s gorgeous out there today!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Comments:

I can feel it….CHRISTMAS IS COMING makes us all do strange things….DO NOT knit yourself into a corner <grin>

Hey Cat, no worries there. The only Christmas present is my sister’s clogs. Other than that they are all for greedy guts…ME!!!

Hey Lynne,
See, I am finally leaving a comment—your knitting looks beautiful.  But, why fingerless gloves?  (probably a fashion statement, eh?)Love the color of my slippers—a beautiful GREY, but they look a little large—I know—you have to shrink them to size.  Can’t wait!!!
Keep up the wonderful writing,
Sis S

Oh my, it actually worked. My sister left a comment! Thanks Sis! And yes, we’ll shrink them to size when you come for Christmas. Not to worry. The gloves…well, they are fun to make but it remains to be seen whether or not they are functional. They are soft; warm.

My goodness, you are a busy lady.  Also, love the fact that your husband makes cheese.  As it happens, my husband eats cheese!

Thanks so much for linking to my Gracious Parcles project ... you are a good friend, indeed!  I love the names you are giving to your squares.

Lovely, just lovely.

~firefly

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