What Have I Been Knitting?

I was going through the old images of knitting I have been posting and dating them, and I thought geez these sure are old! I have knit a little bit in the last few years. I decided to share these things, and I would be all caught up and ready to move forward! Because in the words of Ziggy Marley – lesser known than his father Bob, but still no slouch in the wisdom department –  “If you don’t know your past, you don’t know your future.”

Not that there won’t be some flash backs down the road, I’m sure.

 

I finished this gansey for Husband Bob. The pattern is Old Way Gansey by Ann Budd. The yarn is Cascade 220 from stash. When I posted it on Ravelry, Ann Budd stopped by to say hello and added me to her Ravelry group. I was really geeked out.

Le Smoking

I finished Le Smoking from A Fine Fleece, in Fingerlakes Soft Wool 3 ply from stash. This design is pretty but it isn’t super wearable on me, or maybe it’s too small. Or, the shoulders are too shallow? I’m not sure what’s wrong with it exactly, but I’m not wearing it, so there’s that. I’m a little sad because I love this color.

 

I knit a slew of hats, no patterns, just measurements and gauge. The one on the left is a slouchy hat in Berroco Vintage from stash, and the one on the right is a straight beanie in Manos del Uruguay Clara, from Yarn It and Haberdashery.

There were a few other hats in there, mostly beanies knit for kids in straight up stockinette in whatever yarn was laying around. I do get a little bored knitting in stockinette, but it’s so mindful and mindless at the same time. Very meditative.  Plus I can watch a show or a movie and knit and not worry about making mistakes. Mmm… yards and yards of stockinette. So healing.

 

Speaking of stockinette! Right now I’m knitting Plain Grey Sweater for Harald from Manos del Uruguay Maxima in Kohl, also from Yarn It and Haberdashery. It’s my pattern, which is to say it is yards and yards of stockinette: so just measurements and gauge with drop shoulders and ribbed finishing. It is what he asked for, although at one point he thought it might be nice to add some cables. I had already started so I told him no. Maybe next time, after I knit sweaters for his brothers, of course.

Manos del Uruguay yarns are some of my favorite because not only are they natural fibers, they are also single-ply and wearably soft for wool, kettle-dyed for delicious colors, and Fair Trade! I work for a fair trade organization, and ethical sourcing is really important to me. It’s something I hope to get into more on this blog.

Word of the day: Stockinette. Runner up: Slouch.

Thanksgiving Week Q&A

This is what I miss about the internet! You won’t find these on Facebook anymore. Found it through nothingbutknit. My answers are in purple.

1) Do you knit anything from memory without a pattern?

Hats and sweaters and scarves.

2) What is your healthy goal for Thanksgiving through New Years Eve ?

a) Lose a few pounds

b) Gain under 5 lbs

c) Maintain your current weight.

Don’t eat too much. Walk more.

3)Have you ever given up on a yarn?

No. I still have a hank of pine paper yarn. Pine. Paper. Yarn.

4) When you take a road trip, where do you stop for a snack or a meal?

Diners, or Asian, Mexican, or Indian food restaurants. Husband Bob packs snacks usually, which is trail mix and fruit. I still want to stop for beef jerky even though I have to remind myself I don’t eat it.

5) What is your favorite state to drive through? 

California, Highway 1, along the coast. I miss it. But… northern New Mexico is beautiful with the mesas and buttes, especially at sunrise when you are driving west. And I’m pretty sure some day I will drive through Maine in October and my heart will explode!

6) Does anyone polish silver anymore?  

Jewelry.

7) Do you own a knit themed coffee mug?

No, but I wish I did. Something like this would do, or this.

8) You have been asked to knit a scarf for a movie. What movie do you want your scarf in?

Rare Exports. One time I got real excited about the knitting in The Santa Clause 2. I’m pretty sure this is my version of that.

9) Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise

10)Something you are thankful for today…

I’m thankful that blogging can make me feel so happy and alive. I literally got up early this morning to blog. My goal was to blog once a week, but so far I have blogged every day. Sorry not sorry?

More Looking Back (and a Free Pattern)

Back in the old Liberty Handknits days – one of my small businesses I tried to get off the ground – the Button Up Cloche was my most popular and best selling handknit. It was the first pattern I wrote out and dared to put out into the world. I submitted it to a knitting publication, though it was not accepted. I did sell a few on Etsy. I thought it might be fun to offer it here for free!

This pattern only includes the pie crust cable pattern for the brim, but you can knit any cabled pattern that can be worked in bulky yarn in a panel of about 4 inches, button the ends together, turn it on its side, and knit a hat on top!

Button Up Cloche Knitting Pattern

I found the pattern in an old email I had sent to myself for some reason, in Microsoft Works format! 😆 Luckily I found a file converter online.

I didn’t have as much luck finding the Geensie pattern.

I really like this hat, though, and will probably try to recreate it, or some variation of it. And it’s hard to believe my eldest son is now a full grown man!

A Look Back

I thought the best way to move forward would be to look back. In 2009, I began knitting and showing art. Although I haven’t made art or knit much of anything the past few years, I’m still proud of this work, and I don’t want to forget this important and prolific time. I’ve selected some of my favorite works to share here.