Saturday, November 28, 2009

This an incredible knitting tool.

Especially when you are dealing with this. It was a lot of fluff, and it was big, and it was very late, and I just wanted to get it done by the time Aunt G. stopped at the house in the morning.

Thanks to the i-pod I kept working, and listening, and was able to sit and focus on the project at hand.

Thanksgiving leftovers, mohair version.

Then I was able to put my scissors down, and it was finished.

Over 10 years in the making. Why did it take so long? Lack of enthusiasm by me, by the recipient, and some pretty intense years.



I'm happy to be finished. Happy to see it go and leave my home. Of course, D. didn't bother to look and make sure Aunt G. picked up the bag from the porch when she stopped by, so I had to drive it over. I didn't stay up late to have it sit here another day, but that's another story and I don't care because it's finished.

Cabled Tunic by John Brinegar, Vogue Knitting, Fall 2006
Classic Elite La Gran Mohair, 430 grams used.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Guess what I did?

I baked a pumpkin pie.

I made stuffing for the turkey.

I got the turkey in the oven in a timely manner.

And I burned the giblets.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(and I'm ignoring the mohair sweater, for now)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Update - Project Mohair

I took off the bind off, and knit another inch or so to the front, AND have finished knitting the back of the mohair sweater.

I even started seaming the shoulders...

Monday, November 16, 2009

You were right!

The front of the mohair sweater is finished.

However, I just tested it for size on my mom and I think it'll be a bit too short. Especially since sweaters are longer again, I think it needs another inch. It seems like it always needs another inch.

Time to go rip out some mohair.

grumble, mutter....

Friday, November 13, 2009

Here it is.

The parts of this dreaded mohair sweater, per Marcy's request.

Ollie is helping with the loose ends there.

It was a trick.

She knew that when I pulled it out of it's hiding place, I would look at it and say, "Oh, there's not much left to do, why don't I just finish the thing?".

Okay, I'll try.

Thanks Marcy, you're right.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dear Mr. Noro,

First, thank you for producing such truly amazing yarns. Second, please forgive me. I know that colors are chosen through a very thoughtful and careful process, I read the booklet that is available and very informative. I understand that colors don't always"match" in a Japanese aesthetic, but I had to do it.

(That's Cupcake's tail and butt in the photo)

It's true. I'm sorry. I mucked with the order of colors in my skeins. I even edited. I knit a Noro striped, ribbed scarf, and after completion I even cut it apart and mucked around with it some more. I like my version better.

The knitting gods are still on your side though. My grafting was not the best, it's really fiddly grafting a live edge and then a bottom edge that was unraveled and I had to fudge in some spots.

I still like my scarf, and this is mine too!

I saved all of my leftovers and edits, and I spliced them together rewound them. I think they look pretty good too.

Thank you!

Friday, November 6, 2009


(Done) Here they are. Sock 1 still needs to be a bit longer, but sock 2 is perfect.

For me!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Where are the socks I made for myself?

Well, I quickly finished the first sock, and couldn't wait to stuff my foot into the thing (I felt like Cinderella), and it was too small (then I felt like the ugly stepsister). Grrrrrr. I should have made one more repeat on the foot. So I took the sock off and put it and it's toe-less mate into time out.

My first reaction? "Oh, well, (not really, but let's keep it clean here) who should I give these too?"

The thought of any frogging or ripping was so entirely unappealing that I thought I'd rather give them away. Yes, I snapped out of it. I just finished knitting the second sock, and it's waiting for a kitchener stitch up. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for some decent photos tomorrow, assuming I kitchener tomorrow sometime...the thought of tackling the toe, blech.

It's not that I really mind doing kitchener, I think it's quite fabulous. I don't know, something about the toe has just lost my interest, I mean it's a sock toe.

The other project that will soon be in need of kitchener is my 2x2 rib 2 color Noro scarf.

Wait a minute, scarves like that don't need kitchener! Um, well....they do when you've knit the darn thing - the whole thing and realize you don't like the grey & brown grey section in the middle and decide to cut it out and reknit it with hot pink and brown grey and then you need to kitchener the sucker together again. It would have been great to photograph the whole ridiculous progress, but ...ummm, just use your imagination. Yeah, it'll boost your creativity. Yeah.

Mohair? Huh? I think I have some knitting attention issues.

edited to add some photos.