Friday, March 28, 2008

Knitted Pieces

This artist has chosen many media to make her statements in. I am biased, but I think the knitting is the most touching.

I am on the cusp of becoming ready to figure out how to knit freeform structures. It will happen someday. I can feel it. In my aorta.

Airplanes are for complicated socks

I wonder how many weeks it would have taken me to get this far on this complicated cabled, Tyrolean Stocking, if I hadn't had a flight from coast to coast this week. I really *should* have taken my Chevron Scarf, and might have actually finished it with 8 hours of dedicated time. But I was dreading the boredom of being trapped in an airplane, so I took a new project that was sure to keep me interested. And it did!

This is the perfect airplane project because it's small, with small needles. You only need ot bring one skein with you for a week's worth of knitting. It's satisfying because progress is very visible. And the rows set themselves up and you don't need to read the instructions after a few repeats. But if you bring the instructions in the Interweave Magazine, then when your hands get tired you just read the knitting articles to rest. Perfect!

Some people do work when they fly, not wanting to waste the workday... but I can't stomach that too often. Flying to New York from San Francisco is inconvenient enough. I like to have some part of it to enjoy. Knowing I was going to tackle the Tyrolean Stocking made me *almost* look forward to the flight! Thanks Ann Budd!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sweater Quantities or Bust?

Is it wrong to split up sweater quantities? I have this wonderful yarn from The Knittery in Australia. It's natural gray, soft, smooth, worsted weight. I love it. I have enough for another (I am working on Paul's sweater now and will have enough left over) sweater. But I want to make those Tyrolean Stockings from Interweave with it. It will be warm, not scratchy. They will look like a fisherman's sweater. It's perfect. But is it wrong to break up the 8 balls I will have, forcing me to use this yarn in small batches, rather than the rare sweater potential that is there. It seems wrong.