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April 5, 2005

Spring in the Air

The forces have been against me when it comes to regular blogging. And my HotSync has been acting up, so the few Palm blog entries I've typed up late at night haven't made it to the site and are a bit dated now. (This, too, is a Palm entry. A reboot seems to have corrected the HotSync issue for now. I'm trying to convince myself that just because I've got a tax refund coming, I don't really need a new Palm - after all, they don't have one with the kind of keyboard entry I'd like yet anyway! But, the screen on M's recent upgrade is VERY compelling.*)

I have been getting some knitting done, but my pace feels a little sluggish right now. A short knit-related list seems in order...

1. Finish My Charlotte.
2. Finish typing up Ninja pattern and submit it.
3. Submit article pitches.
4. Must Have Cardigan.
5. Swatch new lace yarn for original shawl pattern.
6. Sangria Shawl from Christmas gift Cherry Tree Hill yarn.
7. Knitting on the Road socks (started in purple Lorna's Laces).
8. Find my copy of the right Interweave to look at Flower Basket shawl (lace) - especially since I am haunted by/obsessed with photos from the Yarn Harlot's site of one she recently made in Chai from Art Fibers.
9. Use my gift certificate (which I purchased at full price at the school auction) to ImagiKnit.
10. Try a Bottoms Up hat for one of the boys. (We are a very fair, hat-dependent family.)
11. Finish Easter Eros. Yeah, yeah, Easter has come and gone, but the scarf got 'lost' behind a couch, and I just finally spotted it a while back.
12. Tackle ripping out and restarting my Philosopher's Wool cardigan?
13. Add a gallery to my/this blog.
14. Work on stash reorganization project. [Requires me to be in basement - hard with Sp. May have to carry all bins up a few at a time and reorganize. I sorted and re-binned a few bins last week and got all excited by the yarns I was looking through. Some were colors I bought for Jo Sharp's Wattletop. It's still really tempting to me.]
15. Finish "Pregnant Penelope" essay and submit.
16. Whip up some Dulaan hats http://www.nwkniterati.com/movabletype/MossyCottage/.
17. If I could find my Anjuli, I'd finish it. I still really want it.
18. Check out the new sock for Six Sox. (I really fell of the wagon a while back when it comes to this knitalong.)

Well, that's the short list. I haven't really "committed" in terms of what projects I want to be working on right now, other than the few things on my needles that made this list.

(If I'd posted my April 1 Palm blog entry, an itemized account of what we "did" that day, you'd see how even this short list can seem almost impossible relative to the "day-to-day" of it all!)


(* Palm note: Okay, I'm a big Palm user, but I'd really like a well-integrated keyboard. When it comes to journaling or blogging, graffiti will never be fast enough for me. I use the onscreen keyboard, but it feels slow typing my stream of thoughts one letter at a time. My new Nokia has a foldout keyboard that is cool. When you want to use it, you just flip it open, and you have a traditional Qwerty keyboard flanking the sides of the screen. When done, you flip it closed again and have just the normal number pad. A great design. Functional. Small footprint. Why are there no handheld manufacturers doing it?)

April 8, 2005

publishing frenzy

Bolstered, I'm sure, by the flourishing global knit blogger community, a rash of celebrity knitters, and people of all ages discovering the zen of knit and purl, the knitting revolution is (as we know) going strong, and the publishing frenzy around knitting continues.

There are a number of new knitting titles either just released or on the horizon. Ponchos and scarves remain hot, hot, hot, and socks continue to have a cult following. Here is just some of what's available and coming...

Knitting Ponchos, Wraps & Scarves
by Jane Davis

Scarves: A Knitter's Dozen (A Knitter's Dozen series)
by Knitter's Magazine Editors

Vogue Knitting on the Go: Ponchos (Vogue Knitting On The Go)
by Trisha Malcolm

Celebrity Scarves 2 : Hollywood Knits for Breast Cancer Research
by Abra Edelman

Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers
by Nicky Epstein

Ponchos & Wraps: A Knitter's Dozen (A Knitter's Dozen series)
by Knitter's Magazine Editors

Knitting Over The Edge : Unique Ribs  Cords  Appliques  Color  Eclectic - The Second Essential Collection of Decorative Borders
by Nicky Epstein

Loop-d-Loop: More than 40 Novel Designs for Knitters
by Teva Durham

Sarah Dallas Knitting
by Sarah Dallas

The Pleasures Of Knitting: Timeless Feminine Sweaters
by Ann McCauley

Handknit Style: Contemporary Sweaters From Tricoter
by Linden Ward, Beryl Hiatt

Viva Poncho: Twenty Ponchos and Capelets to Knit
by Leslie Barbazette, Christina Stork

Knitting Vintage Socks : New Twists on Classic Patterns
by Nancy Bush

Sensational Knitted Socks
by Charlene Schurch

Andean Folk Knits : Great Designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador & Bolivia
by Marcia Lewandowski

Hats: A Knitter's Dozen (A Knitter's Dozen series)
by Knitter's Magazine Editors

Odd Ball Knitting : Creative Ideas for Leftover Yarn
by Barbara Albright

April 10, 2005

Cute Initials

It's always funny how you stumble over things. I was poking around at Elann because I've recently been feeling the effects of getting bitten by the Ribby Cardi bug, probably because Mommio is just one of the latest in a string of bloggers making this cardigan. I was looking at Elann colors of Peruvian Wool (unbelievable price point). I'm almost overwhelmed by the possibilities, but I think I might have to go pink and green. (Very Lilly P, I know, or very Knit Happens. Did you see the Knit Happen's Lorna's Laces colorway. Too cool! And, by the way, I LOVE the Yarn Harlot's pink/green Baby Surprise.) After drooling over the colors, I thought I'd check KnitPicks just to see how their new line of yarns compared. sweater They have a similar Peruvian Wool of their own. The price is a bit less (amazingly), but they don't have nearly the range of color offering - although the kind of shades I'm looking for ARE available in their same-gauged Peruvian Alpaca (hmmm). At any rate, while I was looking around, this "initial" sweater caught my eye. Adorable, huh!


It's from Debbie Bliss's new collection Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits For Babies and Toddlers. Stumbling over a special knitsDebbie Bliss book of teddy bears was what prompted me to learn to knit (pre-kids even), and I've always been a fan of her children's patterns. I have a good-sized collection of her earlier works, though I haven't made nearly as many things as I thought I'd make as a mother of little ones. Matthew ended up with several sweaters he wore as a baby - and the first project I ever finished for him was a wonderful blue moss-stitch cardigan out of Mission Falls 1824 Cotton (Spencer wears it now). But once Matthew got big enough to object, it became tough to get him to wear sweaters we made! There's a beautiful brown merino Bliss gansey Megan made that's in the closet unworn. Hopefully we'll have better luck with Spencer. For my part, my knitting for the boys (beyond hats, which both like and wear) will probably best be served by cardigans - just like their Mama!

At any rate, this sweater caught my eye.

I'll try and take some update photos today. Knitting on my Must Have has progressed nicely even though I haven't worked on it all that much. It seems to work up quickly, surprisingly. I should finish the left front today. I think I'll leave the stitches on a holder in anticipation of maybe doing a three-needle bindoff for the shoulders.

April 11, 2005

'Must Have' Left Front

So, here is the left front of the Must Have. I moved it on off the main needles and onto a spare yesterday when I couldn't easily get to a measuring tape so that I could take advantage of a few free minutes to cast on the right front and do the 10 rows of ribbing. I meaured the left front last night, and it looks like I need about another half inch or so in length. That's okay.

must have front

It's amazing how differently the colorway looks worked up compared to the (huge) ball. The photo shows up lighter in general (this is without flash), but beyond that, the ball just has a deeper, darker look to it. In the photo, especially, the darker color shows up navy in tone. In person, it's so dark it's almost a rich ink or black.

It's working up pretty, don't get me wrong. Just not exactly as I'd have expected based on the hank/ball.

I'm sure some of you are thinking, "yikes, who does an aran in variegated yarn?!?!" A valid question, but actually, I think it's going to be a beautiful cardigan. Classic in design even if it's not a solid!

April 14, 2005

What Kind of Needles

I spotted results from this "needles" quiz first here and followed here to get here.

My results first time off were "bamboo."

bamboo
    You are bamboo. Warm, cozy, and thoughtful, you take your time and enjoy how things feel, smell, and taste. You love the craft and beauty of traditional things, and you value the comfort and experience of knitting as much as the results. But while you are reveling in your warm cozies, don't get stuck. Warm is wonderful, but so is the whole wide world!

    What kind of knitting needles are you? - brought to you by Quizilla


It does, I admit, sound a lot like me, but I was uncertain about one or two of my answers. So, I read the questions aloud and made M. answer "for" me. In all but one case, her answers were the same (for me). Ironically, even changing a few things, I kept ending up "bamboo."* Guess it must be!


*Except for one time when I ended up "pink aluminum," and the description definitely wasn't me!

Beautiful Ball

woolpak

The right front of the Must Have is progressing nicely. I got a good chunk of knitting time ('good chunk' of course being relative; when you have two little boys, 'good chunk' is far less than it may be for others) last night while the boys were playing. Actually, the boys were walking, hand-in-hand around the house together. Spencer has been 'cruising' (a.k.a. walking the furniture) for months now, and just recently started walking short distances on his own. Concurrent to that autonomy, he's started walking a lot more holding my hand, and last night, the boys rounded the dining room through the kitchen and back into the living room hand in hand for the first time, both of them beaming as they came into my line of sight. I was beaming, too. It was just the sweetest moment, and my heart swelled watching them. I knew they were coming because Matthew had called out, "Mama, we're doing something special" before they got to the doorway.

The glow of motherhood still strong, I got a few more rows in on the cardigan before Matthew decided he really needed to go draw a picture of him and Spencer walking together. So cute.

The photo above/right is a close-up of the yarn I'm using for the Must Have. This actually seems to capture the colorway pretty accurately.

Curious minds want to know...

  • How did Chibi's become so popular that the discontinued pink ones started selling at black market prices before I'd ever even heard of them?
  • Who came up with the idea for glow-in-the-dark pins?

Speaking of balls...

spencer w/ ball

April 18, 2005

A muffin a day

Palm blog 4-13-05

Yesterday I had 'snack' at preschool, which means it was my turn to take eats (versus treats) for 25 (21 kids and 4 teachers). Before Matthew started school, I remember laughing at our friend J. who more than once forgot her day to take snack to her daughter's class. In her case, however, snack is code for cupcakes or cookies. At our little red schoolhouse, no sweets (and no junk food) are allowed, and only water is served to drink. (These are kids that also compost, if that puts things into perspective. We hear all the time about what's good for the worms at school!)

I don't cook much, nor do I bake. But, tired of the bagel and cream cheese routine, I've shifted into mini muffin mode. Last month, I made oatmeal apple muffins as part of our snack. ('Snack' is supposed to have a balance of protein, carbs, and fruits or veggies, and we try and take into account that there are some vegetarian children, one with a dairy allergy, and one with a nut allergy. So, no nuts at all. And a good selection of options to ensure everyone can find something to munch on after playing hard.)

I decided to take the health-oriented carrot raisin muffin route. 72 mini and 2 jumbo muffins later, I was weighing the virtues of bagels... No, I hold firm that I'd rather take something interesting and different, something homemade and treatlike even if healthy. Kids like muffins, and minis seem to have special appeal. Plus, muffins are easy. (Note to self: next time just buy pre-grated carrots.)

Having eaten a jumbo one for breakfast, I will admit that these turned out just 'okay.' I think I didn't like the use of crushed pineapple in the mix maybe. Neverthess, we headed to school with 72 muffins, 5 cans of mandarin oranges, 4 cans of black olives, and 36 mozzarella cheese sticks. I dutifully recorded what I brought on the fridge calender per state regulations. When I went back at 5 for pick-up, I peered questioningly into the kitchen, worried snack might have been a failure or, worse, that there might not have been enough. I was reassured to see a small plate of oranges, obviously leftovers, sitting out, and 2 muffins. A parent-teacher confirmed that there had been enough, that the muffins went over well, and that Matthew was very proud that I'd made snack. But, no, he didn't eat a muffin. He likes raisins straight from his snack drawer, but he won't eat anything with raisins in it. Oh well. Next week I'm thinking of pushing the limits just a little and taking sweet potato muffins. (I did things too last minute this time. But I learned my lesson and have planned ahead for next week. I picked up mandarin oranges at Costco today. 12 cans for 5 dollars versus the 5 for 5 I paid at the grocery the other day (for store-brand). That's a crazy difference.)

This morning, I made Sour Cream Coffee Cake muffins (for us) from the Bed and Breakfast Inns online site. They were absolutely and addictively awesome. Not something you can take to school, but perfect for home.

I could easily live on muffins. A Bundt cake every now and then isn't a bad thing either. Actually, there' a bread pudding Bundt recipe I'd really like to try, but you need 4 slices of day-old white bread, and we only keep wheat in the house. Crazy. I can remember in the not-so-distant past where we never bought or ate wheat. Now, it's so ingrained that it seems silly to buy white bread just to make a cake! What would we do with the rest of the loaf? After all, Matthew's basically only ever had wheat when it comes to toast and sandwiches.

Have we been in San Francisco too long? Or would this have happened to us anywhere we lived?

On to the 'Must Have' Back

I finished the right front of my 'Must Have' last night while watching Grey's Anatomy. I had to do an unfortunate bit of ripping on Saturday, and then some repair yesterday. But it's done. The only problem is that it's a tad longer than the left below the armhole even though the row count matches up on paper. I'm guessing I was just a bit looser working the second piece. I'm sure blocking will even things out.

I'm excited to get started on the back. In the finished ones I've seen, the back is where the cables really shine.

rudgyard story coverI've still totally got the Ribby on my mind. Then, yesterday, M. and I were sitting in the bedroom with Spencer, and I caught sight of my Anjuli (cover cardigan from Jo Sharp's early Rudgyard Story) peeking out of a basket. I've always loved this pattern, and the photos of the model wearing it seaside.

You may recall me mentioning before that we both seem to have lost finished pieces of our Anjuli's, making them permanently stalled projects since we don't want to continue if we can't find the finished pieces because, of course, we wouldn't have enough yarn to redo them (and we bought the yarn and started these several years back). (In reality, mine is too big anyway.) At any rate, I was looking at the Anjuli peeking out at me and thinking that we could buy all new yarn/colors of the Peruvian Highland wool and just start over. (I'd definitely pick different colors this time, too!) M.'s been 'off' knitting for a while now (partly joint issues), but she, too, was tempted by the idea of resurrecting Anjuli as a project even using new yarns. I'm going to find the pattern collection today, take a fresh look at sizes (we both need smaller than we used to), and look at some colors.

(The Rudgyard Story is one of my favorite collections, actually. Wattletop, another that remains on my "someday" list is in that same collection. Love the Knitting Bazaar collection, too. Megan has yarn for Emporium, and I've always wanted to make the cover Boheme.)

April 19, 2005

A Formulaic Approach

Palm blog - April 18

I love it when knitting techniques click and a process that seems confusing, amorphous, and haphazard suddenly becomes clear, mathematical, scientific, and formulaic.

Examples:

  • When knitting a basic hat, you often see decreases of the crown that follow a set pattern like this:

    1. (k2tog, k7)* across.
    2. knit.
    3. (k2tog, k6)* across.
    4. knit.

    You continue, decreasing one stitch between decreases every other row.

    I love the thrill of knowing I can use this decrease method for any hat simply by knowing my "divisible" (what my cast on number is divisible by - 8, 9, 10, 11, etc.) and adjusting the first row using this formula:

    (k2tog, k[divisible - 2])*

    It's not rocket science. But sometimes we just knit and follow patterns and don't really try and analyze the how's and why's of what's going on. I've made numerous hats, but I only looked closely enough at what was happening in this type of decrease recently when writing out notes for another Mom at school who had asked how to decrease a hat. (She'd only ever knitted a tube and then pulled all stitches together.) I printed out a free pattern that uses the above type decrease, and loaned her a book with another common decrease, but I was worried she might end up confused since she told me she already knew how many stitches she wanted to cast on (but hadn't told me that number). I wanted to make sure she'd be able to take my notes and the sample patterns and work with any number she had. Now she can! And now I have a handy formula for myself, too.

  • When working increases across a bottom, typically after a rib, I used to have to scratch out hash marks on paper in a hit or miss manner to plot increases evenly, until I realized you simply divide the number of total stitches by [the number of increases + 1]. The result is how many stitches you work between each increase. (You have to scatter any remainders across the row.)

    So, if you have 60 stitches and need to increase 9, you would (k6, inc)* across. If you have 62 stitches and need to increase 9, you would k7, (k6, inc)* across to last 7, k7.

    Simple. But the tendency is just to divide the total stitches by the number of increases, which gives you an increase at the end of the row rather than having nice symmetrical sets of stitches at the each side.

Someday, I'll pay enough attention to what's going on to figure out the formula for the first rows of turning a sock heel. It always baffles me where the numbers come from, so I feel hampered by having to have the same cast on number. Someday, it will click.

April 21, 2005

Caught my eye

No real knitting news (of my own), but a few things caught my eye...

  • Very tempting (and innovative) Back-Tack exchange getting ready to get started here. (My Secret Pal from Secret Pal 2 is one of the organizers!)
  • The line item about "buttons" and a 3-year old here.
  • Amazing pin cushions here.
  • Amazingly cool Fasset-inspired Rosetta Blankie here.

And, I read about it in someone's blog (sorry, can't pinpoint where I was), but how many of you have gotten a KnitPick's catalog with knitable samples of some of their new yarns? The poster was talking about having received it. I haven't, and I'm just curious how widespread the distribution on that catalog was. Sounds like a great idea. I was just looking at an earlier catalog a little while ago and contemplating one of the alpaca yarns and wishing I could feel it/see it in person.

April 22, 2005

Getting Personal

A week or so back, I picked up a monthly writer's magazine, one to which I used to subscribe. My subscription lapsed somewhere between babies, but as always happens in the months leading up to my birthday, my "who-the-heck-am-I-now-and-what-am-I-doing-with-my-life" crisis begins, and so I was out scouting mags and realizing I need to resubscribe and try and get things back in gear (which, um, probably also means less blog reading and more writing).

So, I am flipping through the mag, trying to decide if I really want to buy it, and I see a short (and I do mean short) article on blogging. Buy it I must.

When I read the article later at home, I am struck by this section:

    "But here's a warning: The quality of the writing in your blog has to be as good as your essays, articles and books. There's a noticeable tendency among bloggers to ramble and produce sream-of-consciousness musings. Your random thoughts and insights may be of interest to you, but few others care."

Wow. Pretty narrow-minded, don't you think? What happened to the entire field of non-fiction writing? Creative non-fiction? Memoir? Personal essay? Susan Howe and Rachel blau DuPlessis are names that jump in my head immediately).

Depending on "what" kind of writing gigs you are hoping your blog will help you land (which is the basic premise of the article), personal information may or may not be appropriate, but in many cases, the blogs we are most drawn to may be precisely ones in which strands of "daily" life are interwoven with other content, the ones which demonstrate a compelling blend of content and a strong personal voice.

I read an assortment of knit blogs, and some of them really are "knitting-only." Others have much more personal content. All bloggers approach the issue of how much to share and how much non-knitting to include differently, and blog readers all respond differently to varying levels of personal information. Some of us like "just-the-facts" blogs, and some of us really are looking for a bit of reality-TV in our blogs.

That's why we see such different lists of "blogs we read" on bloggers' sidebars. Do you look at those? I do. I often randomly follow a link or two in hopes of stumbling upon a blog that really resonates for and with me. I'm always amazed at how many different blog names I see that I've never noticed before. There are thousands of us. It's wonderful, but it's sort of crazy.

It's also sad when a favorite blogger shuts things down. A blogger who was one of my daily reads pulled the plug on her blog this week feeling, according to her final post, like she'd revealed too much at times and feeling she just wasn't interested in talking about knitting any more. It's easy to think we "know" people because of their blogs. We just have to respect the lines people draw and remember that we're privy to what someone posts in a blog entry, but that doesn't necessarily mean we have the right to know, ask, or presume more.

To those of us who continue knitting and blogging and being a part of the ongoing definition and re-definition of what it means to blog, may we continue to turn our daily knitting and non-knitting (when approrpriate) endeavors into good content. May we find interested readers (or may they find us). May we persevere.

Have a good weekend. Back here Monday with, hopefully, some progress on the back of the Must Have.

April 26, 2005

Dinosaur Doozy

dino
Whether it's teeth or temperament or something I've done wrong along the way (likely), my little one is absolutely not a sleeper. He's absolutely an all-night nurser, and yes, I know that's not good for baby teeth. But, we're absolutely not cry-it-out moms even when the way it "is" drives us a bit crazy. So, I get very little sleep in general, but some (admittedly rare) nights, are actually frenzied enough that I am compelled to drag me and the baby from the warm bed and hit the living room couch.

That's where we were at 4 am a few mornings ago. Not sure what else to do in that moment, I flipped on the tv and bundled us up in blankets on the couch to watch some QVC before we fell back asleep. As I was scrolling with the remote to see what programs were coming on, I started hearing a mechanical movement sound - something robot-like just around the edge of the couch. I stopped and listened. It stopped. I'm skittish at best.* Turn all the lights off, put me in a dark room, and start making motorized sounds, and my heart starts pounding. I returned my attention to the program listings. The "thing" around the couch started growling. Okay, I was totally freaked. I recognized the sound as Matthew's very lifelike remote control dinosaur (a holiday gift from the Discovery Store).

I'm trying to hold onto logical thought while something prehistoric comes to life a few feet away from me in the dark when a toy somewhere in the same general direction starts talking... "blue square" it says. A few minutes later, "green triangle." Then "A... B... C." Random bits of preschool knowledge are being spoken to me in the middle of the night by a toy somewhere even though no one is activating it.

Matthew used to have a toy laptop that did the same thing.** Every so often, it would talk to us. "Play with me," it would say in the middle of the night, scaring us nearly to death the first few times as the computerized child voice pierced the stillness of night.

Clearly, these toys are overly sensitive to motion and pressure. Whether the "blue square" toy was pressed up against something in its basket or just feeling funky by currents in the air in the chilly living room, I don't know. I would have considered getting up to check, but the periodic growling and moving of the dinosaur was still freaking me out even though I was bravely trying to ignore it all and focus on the TV.

My brain racing, I finally realized that somehow the dinosaur is on the same radio frequency as our cable box remote control. So, as I'd press the arrows to view the TV listings, the dinosaur was being activated. I tried it out a few times to verify that was what was happening before letting my mind relax. Then, eventually, the talking toy got to be too much, and I had to haul us up and off the couch to free it from the toy basket's clutches.

As I dozed on the couch, I kept thinking that I'd have to show M. when she got up, but I was half afraid that it wouldn't work in the light of day.

Luckily, it did.

As I showed her, we realized that Spencer is scared of that dinosaur, too. He's fascinated as it moves and makes noise, but he won't get near it. It was pretty funny to watch, and I have to admit to trying to get a video of his reaction for posterity.



(* Okay, I have to admit, part of my terror stemmed from the fear that a mouse was playing in the toys. Given the number of cheerios or half-eaten goldfish that wind up in such places... you get the picture.)

(** Thanks, Gramma. It's totally her fault that he's now a preschool computer junky and GameBoy addict. Okay, I'm a computer geek, too.)

Needles Snafu

mh back

Palm blog - April 24

Even though my mind was spinning with alpaca color choices for another project, lace variations for a shawl I want to try, and fascination with the super cropped "Sideways Spencer" from last fall's Interweave, I stuck to the plan and made steady progress on the back of my Must Have this weekend. Relative to the number of rows left to do, I was feeling discouraged by my progress. M. walked in and exclaimed in surprise at how quickly it was going. I guess it's all a matter of perspective.

It's the first "garment" I've worked on in a while, so I'm giving myself some leeway. I know I have a history of being more of a starter than a finisher, but I'm doing better. I just can't let myself get too sidetracked. The thrill of starting something new is intense, but I'm really looking forward to the glow of accomplishment that comes with finishing a big project. Guess my knitting attitude is growing up!

A cautionary tale...
I cast my back on using wooden 6's, the same ones I used for the fronts. After doing the rib, I wanted to switch to a circular needle, so I had scouted through my portfolio of needles and turned up just one wooden 6. It's shortish, but I figured it would work. As I got ready to work onto the circular, I happened to look down and notice that my straights are a 4.25mm/6 but the circular is the more standard 4mm/6. They may be close, and they may both be sold as a 6, but as far as I'm concerned, they're not interchangeable! I felt lucky to have noticed before making the switch. It could have thrown my gague off on the back for sure.

So, I'm stuck working on straights. It's less convenient overall, and already, just a quarter of the way up the length, the needles feel heavy to me. But, I'm still glad to have caught the potential problem now rather than later when I couldn't figure out why it was smaller than it should be.

The moral of this story is... before you switch needles during a project, make sure you doublecheck that they are the same. 6's are one instance where this discrepancy occurs between manufacturers. I'm not sure off-hand, but I think it happens with one of the smaller sizes, too - I'm thinking it's the 3.

April 28, 2005

Odds 'n Ends

I'm making progress on the back of my 'Must Have.' Even if I only do a few rows at night after the kids konk and while watching tv, it feels good to see it taking shape.

After an extended non-knitting kick, M's picked up needles again and has been making Dulaan hats. The stack she's already finished makes me feel a bit guilty that I have one half-finished sitting in a bag by my chair (because I couldn't find a second circular to start the decreases way back when). She's whipping warm and bulky hats out - and feeling really good about making them. Someone at Matthew's school also asked me to show her how to make a hat as she'd like to contribute, which is great. I'm a "circulars" fan and would never make anything seamed that didn't have to be seamed, but M. insists I should show her how to make the basic hat on straights first rather than teaching her on double points. She's probably right.

A few links here and there...

April 30, 2005

Belated Blogiversary

I missed it! Things have been busy and keeping me on the run, but all week I was thinking that my 1-year blogiversary was on the 30th. I just checked, and I was wrong. I started the blog on April 25, 2004. So, happy blogiversary to Threaded Thoughts. It's been a great year. I've loved hearing from many of you and making connections with a few of you. I hear regularly from a few of you, in fact, and I love that. I love knowing you are all out there, checking in, and that we're similar kinds of people with similar thoughts, ideas, and a passion for good yarn and the process of knitting. This blog has kept me anchored in many ways this past year. I started it shortly after the birth of our second baby, and the blog has grown up alongside of him. I know the blog keeps me knitting and productive, and I look forward to more great projects, yarns, knitalongs, and exchanges this year.

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