The Knitting Doldrums (or “A Nasty Case of Startitis”)

I would post a picture of the Vera Sweater, but it would be redundant. Though I have knitted on it for rows and rows, it has refused to grow or change in any percievable way. I should have known. A beautiful sweater will be had at the end, but the Wool of the Andes starts to chafe after so much stockinette and the brain screams for something more interesting.

I would post a picture of the something interesting that I am working on, but that would ruin the surprise. You see, I am one of those crazy people who starts making Christmas gifts in February and I currently have a lovely on the needles. It may be for you. No pictures, no hints.

I would post a picture of a new project, but I have not started one yet. To combat this startitis I am experiencing, I have made a deal with myself. Finish knitting one ball of yarn on the Vera Sweater and one ball on the secret project and then I will allow myself to commission Year of the Sweater Project #4. Let’s see. Which should it be?

Labyrinth in Louisa Harding Grace?

Or

The Mondo Cable Cardigan in Dream in Color Classy?

Or

The Vine Yoke Cardigan in Malabrigo Worsted?

You know what I am leaning toward? The Impasto Shawlette from the new issue of Interweave Knits with The Unique Sheep Pima Petite (which I don’t have…yet).

Temporary Insanity

I consider myself a fairly even-keeled person. I don’t tend to veer off on wild tangents very often, but it seems like every once in a while, out of the blue, crazy strikes. There was the recent puppy incident, which we won’t relive while it is yet fresh and painful. And there was the time I thought I should knit the medium size diaper cover for a newborn (because there is no way babies come out that small!) But I usually recover in time to save myself. Usually.

Meet exhibit A – Yarn (that I hate) on comically large needles (that I hate) being knit into a pattern (that, you guessed it, I hate).

You’d think that I would stop. Maybe I would say to myself, “Self, yarn that you hate on needles that you hate kntting a pattern that you hate is not going to produce anything you will love.”

Meet exhibit B:

Not only did I finish knitting every, excruciating row, but I actually put it on a chair in my house for all too see! Not too bad, you say? Kinda interesting, you say? Observe.

Exhibit C- After a mere two months of wear and tear:

I rest my case.

A Little Randomness Never Hurts

Randomly speaking….

1) Year of the Sweater Project #3 “Chai” is done and waiting on buttons. I ordered the nicest wood buttons from Etsy and will sew them on and post pictures the second they arrive!

2) I love bedtime stories.

3) I have thumbed through my new book, “100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet” by Lesley Stanfield, so many times now that I have it almost memorized. I can see heavily embellished knitwear in my future….

4) The doll dress is finished. Just a few modifications to the pattern and it works. Next time I would change a few more things, though. I still have time to make another better one. This one is pretty cute, though!

5) Emma, the “Queen of Random” gave me this last random thought. As she picked at invisible somethings in the babies hair yesterday, she said, “Mama, Chloe has squirrels in her hair.” What a kid!

Chloe’s Baby

I have the most wonderful, creative friend. This girl is downright inspiring! Among her many amazing talents, she also makes dolls. Simple, adorable dolls in the Waldorf style. I just bought this one from her for Chloe’s 1st birthday.

Totally cute, right? And did you see the diaper? All hand stitched, all natural materials. Amazing.

So, I get to make doll clothes for her using this: (forgive the bad pic, please. It is all about color, anyway!)

It is Knit Picks Stroll Sock in Twinkle Heather. Using this yarn, I will make the dress from the Ragdoll pattern in Debbie Bliss Essential Knits for Kids. I can’t wait to start! Kids are so fun to knit for!

God Knits

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13

“Clothe me with skin and flesh
and knit me together with bones and sinews?

You gave me life and showed me kindness,
and in your providence watched over my spirit.” Job 10:11-12

God knits. Cool.