FO: A Doll Cardigan

First off, “FO” is Ravelry-speak for “Finished Object.”

Secondly, last Friday (7/23/10) I finished knitting one of the projects that I mentioned in my previous post. It was (and technically still is) a doll cardigan made out of a plum-colored acrylic/merino wool blend.

It’s not much but it’s kind of cute. And I like the button. It’s a fun.

And now that I’m done with that, I’ve cast on a pair of socks for myself. They’re a soft gray color that Knit Picks calls “whisker.” I’m just getting going on them and I’m also working on a baby blanket still. But I’m excited about the socks. I like knitting socks; they’re fun and easy, relatively mindless knitting. And the blanket goes rather easily and mindlessly-even if it’s not my favorite color. Furthermore, it’s more than half done, so I am making progress.

Last night, I was hanging out with a friend. As we were talking, I was alternately knitting (a sock) and crocheting (the blanket). He started looking at the blanket and commented that he thought it looked like it was almost done. (It’s about 20 inches long, maybe a bit longer now.) I laughed and told him it was only half done; it’s supposed to be 40 inches long when it’s done. He thought it was long enough the way it was and didn’t need to get any longer. “It can be a baby throw blanket! It’ll be cold anyway. The baby doesn’t need a full-sized blanket.”

Right…in the meantime, I’ll be finishing the blanket and knitting socks. And reading books. And drinking tea.

Uninspired Knitting

I currently have one knitting project (a doll sweater) and one crochet project (a baby blanket for a friend) on my needles. They’re both lovely projects. But I’m not inspired by them. I’m not drawn into them.

I want to knit socks and sweaters. I’m finding patterns and yarn colors that are drawing me in. And I want to use them. I want to use bright greens and purples and reds. And I’m using a pale brown and a dark purple that is lovely-but the attached project has lost my interest.

Now why can’t I just pick up another pattern and some of the yarn I have waiting for me to use? I have a strict policy of only having two projects “on-needle” at a time. And I’m stubborn. I won’t just send these projects to hibernate mode. No, I must power through them, finish them, and then reward myself by allowing myself to make one of the lovely sweaters or a pair of the socks that are calling my name.

Thanks for letting me vent. Hopefully, I’ll post some pictures of some finished projects here very soon.

SOCKS

Last night around 11pm, I finally finished my first pair of hand-knitted socks. I had finished the first sock in just under two weeks and the second sock took a little over three weeks to complete. This was largely due to being busy at work…but I lost my job today, so I have more free time for knitting and reading. Granted, I should find a new job…and will commence with that tomorrow…but I’m always glad to have more free time to knit and read. my first pair of socks

I really like these socks. They’re the Jaywalker pattern by Grumperina from Ravelry. They may not have been the easiest pair of socks to start off with but who cares? I made them! And I’m proud of them. I think they suit my personality in an odd sort of way. And I love the mix of colors.

And now that I’ve made one pair of socks, I know that I can make many more. But first I need to finish that doll sweater and make a friend a baby blanket.

A knitter’s life is never boring.

I’ll Knit Anywhere

My birthday present from the parents this year was a trip with la madre to Stratford, Ontario (that’s in Canada) to see two plays. We went up on Saturday and came back on Sunday. While there, we saw The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest. Both were good but The Tempest was better. Simply put, it was because Christopher Plummer (you know, Captain Von Trapp from The Sound of Music) played Prospero. Plummer is now 80 but he still has it. He still has the magic that wins over audiences. He was powerful and delightful. And afterward, he received a five-minute standing ovation from the audience.

But it wasn’t just the plays that were good. The city as a whole was just fabulous. Stratford has TWO tea stores and that (for me) is just delightful. I love looking at tea pots and tea cups and smelling tea. It was great.

My mother also got to realize how true it is that I will knit anywhere. (I won’t knit at work though, if you’re wondering.) But I knitted during the intermissions of both plays and while sitting on a bench by the Avon river with la madre before we went to see The Tempest.  The funny thing (to me) about knitting in public is that people will always come up to me and talk to me about my knitting. Often it’s just an older woman expressing joy to see a younger person knitting. But other times it’s actual questions about what I’m making and how long I’ve been knitting. (Most of these people are fellow knitters who enjoy seeing a fellow knitter in action.) Saturday night, I was working on the second sock of my first pair of socks during the intermission when a woman came up to me and started asking me about knitting. I told her that these were my first socks but this is the second one and I am *almost* done with it. She told me that she had started making socks the summer before and had since made nine pairs of socks. And she told me that once you get started with hand-knit socks, you’ll never go back. Well, we’ll have to wait and see about that! In the mean time, I have a pair of socks that I need to finish.