Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Look Ma, No Fingers!

I adapted "Moya's Orpah-Annie Fingerless Gloves" pattern for my granddaughter, Aubrey. The gloves are made using a variety of sock yarns, giving them an eclectic, colorful look.

The work on the needles is pair of adult sized gloves, almost half-way completed, to give you an idea of size.

I seem to accumulate more yarn, patterns, needles and other accoutrements of knitting than I actually end up with in product, but reading this from the Yarn Harlot's 2009 calendar gave me comfort ~

I no longer make resolutions about my knitting. I don't say, "This year I'm going to get the stash in order" or "This year I'm going to alphabetize my patterns," and it's been many years since I swore that I would have fewer projects going a once." It's not that I've given up, since I'm not the sort, but rather that a kind of acceptance has come over me. I am a knitter. This is what it looks like. Anyone who thinks it's too much, or too messy, or too unfinished ... Well, they should just be happy that my passion is for lovely soft yarn and beautiful sweaters. After all, it could be much worse. I could have these same feelings about cabbage.

I was talking to Meaner the other day, though, and we both acknowledged that if we want to give socks as gifts for Christmas, we really need to start knitting them in January, given our lack of ability to stick with a task for long and the fact that we both have several people wanting socks. My other problem in making items for Christmas is that when I'm done with a project, I want to give it right away. I've never been known for delaying gratification, either my own or yours.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mean finishes a project

Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again. ~Dorothy Day

I made this sweater for my grandson, Mason. I just finished it. I told my son, Mike, that when Mason grows out of it, I have too much time invested in it to simply throw it in the Goodwill bag. It may be a simple little project for experienced knitters, but anytime I finish anything I'm amazed and have to have the proof around for awhile.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's been like forever

I'm sure we are all busy working on knitting projects. Me? I'm regretting not starting on those ten pair of Christmas socks back in July. Even if I had, I probably could not have held on until Christmas to hand them out, so, oh well.

Meaner's been knitting madly for her new great-grandson to be and finished up the sweater and hat to go with the lovely blanket in the last post. Here they are ~

Here's a shot of the beanie standing up. Obviously, it will be much cuter with a little noggin inside it !

Mean is working on yet another crocheted afghan (among a half-dozen other projects) ~

I just ate three oatmeal-raisin cookies for breakfast. That's not a bad thing, is it?