Thursday, December 29, 2005

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    If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun. -Benjamin Franklin

    Cold, rainy, very overcast and dark. And so new photos will have to wait until tomorrow. For now, here's an 2-day-old photo (is that like 2-day-old bread?) of the baby sweater I finished in the wee smas last night:

    Dale Lace Baby Cardigan
    Pattern: Dale pattern book, can't remember which, 12 mos size
    Yarn: Dale Baby Ull - ymmm . . . fingering weight superwash wool - anyone ever use this for socks? Less than 2 skeins
    Needles: 2.75mm Addis
    Notes: Pattern called for 2.5mm needles, but I rarely swatch for baby projects. I plunged ahead, noticed that it was too big, and then re-started with the 6 mos numbers for the 12 mos size. See here for collar trauma.
    Best Thing About This Project: There are many contenders - the admiration of my fellow travelers (on the plane! sheesh, what were you thinking!), the quickness and light of a baby sweater, the classic look of it all, the lack of trauma with button bands, reconnecting with an old friend to find that he and his wife are expecting their first child, there are so many options. But really, the best thing about this project was deciding late last night, that it doesn't need a matching hat. That's right folks. The pattern calls for a cute little cap, a bonnet really, with a ribbon and everything. I cast on for it, knit a few rows, and decided that my cardigan was actually kind of modern looking. A bonnet would just be fussy. And the proud parents-to-be? They'll never miss it. (The pattern also calls for a "one-piece suit" to go underneath. I never had any intention of making THAT.)

    Again, I present a 2-day-old photo of a project finished in the rainy grayness that precludes good photo taking:
    Toasty Toes Socks
    Pattern: IBH's Toasty Toes Socks from the Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book
    Yarn: Yarn for Sox (brown) with 2-ply from MacAusland's Woolen Mills on PEI accents (blue)
    Needles: US 4 Brittany Birch dpns (have I convinced you yet that these are the best thing since sliced bread?)*
    Notes: Pattern calls for 48 sts, but that fit me, and I was skeptical that it would have fit a larger man with legendary "wide feet," so I re-started with 56 sts and adjusted the heel and toe accordingly.
    Best Thing About This Project: They sprung out of an extensive conversation at last years' holiday festivities about the many joys of real handknit WOOL socks. They are a surprise gift for someone who doesn't expect a gift from me. Isn't that fun?

    The race to December 31st continues. Lynda thinks the heart hat is a lost cause, but I think I may be able to bang that out today. I want to finish the first sock of the Canal du Midi socks, and then I think the second sock and the leaf lace scarf will round out my NYC-for-the-New-Year knitting. As for the stuff on hold, I hear it likes elevator music.

    *People always say "the best thing since sliced bread." I never got it until I started making (and slicing) my own bread - very hard it to get nice and thin and even. They know what they're talking about . . .


    Blogger Lynda said...

    Elevator music... hee hee.

    It's nice and sunny here today... but we're expecting rain for the next three days. Too bad I haven't finished anything to take a picture of in the sunshine!

    12/29/2005 9:26 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Wow! A knitter on a mission. You go! (And it looks like it was totally worth staying up until the wee small hours to do the ends!)

    12/29/2005 9:48 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Theresa, where do you come up with your delightful quotations?

    12/29/2005 5:02 PM  
    Blogger Theresa said...

    Chris - a combination of my reading (I keep a commonplace book - a collection of quotations from things I read; sometime I'll blog about my obsession with American higher education of the late-19th century - really, you'll wish I hadn't), and Google is my friend. I search "quotation" and "whatever word I think I want to emphasize in my post." Sometimes a serendipitous quotation drives the structure of the post, sometimes it's an afterthought. Either way, I like consistency.

    12/29/2005 5:51 PM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    I'm a sucker for books with chapters starting with quotations, so it works for me. :)

    12/30/2005 3:04 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Your blog is wonderful alone but the excellent quotes and the perfectly delightful dog add to the charm. I especially liked your trials with the collar for the baby sweater. I'll go to any length to avoid seaming.

    By the way, the sweater is in Dalegarn number 142, the one with the cover photo of a baby lying on his/her back wearing an all white onesie.

    1/22/2006 3:04 PM  

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