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December 20, 2006

Have An Opinion

While lounging on a tousled bed in scant clothing, Charlotte -- played by Scarlett Johansonn -- models a handknit scarf still on the needles.  "Is it done?", she queries her husband John as he frantically packs for the day's photo shoot.  A quizzical look followed by a "huh" is all poor Charlotte receives.  Would it kill the guy to have an opinion?  Is it so hard to say: "perfect! bind off", "one more inch", or "the longer the better, finish the ball".  nona thinks, when someone asks for your opinion, it's important to give one even if you don't know what the heck you're talking about -- why not!?

December 20, 2006 in nonaThoughts | Permalink | Comments (9)

December 14, 2006

Hence the Hat

When in doubt knit a hat.  Advice quickly learned by the followers of Elizabeth Zimmermann's knitting philosophy.  Whether you need to check your gauge, fair-isle colors, or cable combinations EZ advocates for a hat over a swatch.  nona loves the swatch and has been known to knit rather large -- and I mean large -- swatches.  So, knitting a hat in lieu of a swatch was not much of a mental stretch.  As I quickly approached the yoke of my EZ inspired sweater, the question of fair-isle patterns and colors loomed on the horizon -- hence the hat.

Not only was I able to test my pattern ideas, but I ended up with a fun hat as a bonus.  I've said it before and will say it again, that EZ was one smart lady.

December 14, 2006 in Project - Elizabeth Z. | Permalink | Comments (21)

December 12, 2006

Farm Yarn

One positive aspect of aging is the self awareness that comes with the passing of the years.  Me?  Well, I've learned that I -- nona -- am particularly susceptible to an Intention vs Reality disconnect when it comes to yarn.  Last Saturday when nona-sister-in-law and I set off for an afternoon of yarn shopping in the great outdoors, I intended to buy 2 skeins -- one from each farm.  The reality?  12 skeins.  Which leaves Reality at a 500% increase over Intention.  Shall we see what Reality brought home? 

  1. From Dancing Leaf Farm -- our first stop -- I bought 3 skeins of Salsa, a wool & mohair blend.  I plan to knit another version of the EZ baby sweater using the multi raspberry & purple & green for the yoke and the tone-on-tone raspberry for the body.  As for the neutral with a hint of green, who knows -- it was just beautiful.
  2. 1 skein of purple Luster Spun Wool and 2 skeins of Morning Mist, a Wool & Mohair blend, for a crocheted scarf with lots of spiral fringe -- currently in the works.  (Kiparoo Farm)

  3. 1 skein of Starry Night already knit into the Mighty Manly Hat. The label for this yarn reads, "Beautiful sheep with shiny fleece dreaming under the stars at night".  Who could resist? (Kiparoo Farm)

  4. 3 skeins of Ole! -- a Mohair and Rayon blend -- earmarked for a super long, diagonal scarf with long, loopy fringe.  (Kiparoo Farm)

  5. 2 skeins of Lacy Loops -- a Mohair yarn -- screaming mobius neck warmer, which I plan to knit the cheating way.  Inquisitive reader, you'll have to wait and see.  (Kiparoo Farm)

Which leads me to another lesson learned over the years -- It's not necessarily bad if reality doesn't match our expectations.  Perhaps we need to keep our expectations to a minimum and just deal with reality, as it happens.

December 12, 2006 in Stash | Permalink | Comments (15)

December 11, 2006

A Mighty Manly Hat

Please don't tell nona that this is anything other than a Mighty Manly Hat -- 'cause it just doesn't get any manlier.  This weekend my sister-in-law and I visited Kiparoo Farm in bucolic -- isn't that a great word -- Frederick County, Maryland.  Annie Kelley owns over 300 sheep, which she shears twice a year.  The fleece is sent off to Taos to be spun and then hand dyed back on the farm.  Annie displays and sells her yarn along with original Kiparoo patterns in her studio and at fiber shows.  "A Mighty Manly Hat" is a Kiparoo pattern featuring Annie's Starry Night yarn.  I know just the Manly Man for this hat. 

If you're good, faithful reader, and come back tomorrow I'll show you what else I picked up on the farm...

December 11, 2006 in Project - This and That | Permalink | Comments (7)

December 10, 2006

Telling Time

There will come a day when you return home to find your husband with a wad of toilet paper wrapped around his thumb embarrassingly wiping blood off the kitchen counter.  What's a girl to do?  Replace the T.P. with a Kotex pad, grab a knitting project, and hustle the man off to the ER.   A mere 3 crocheted squares and 11 stitches later-- squares for me, stitches for him -- we were good to go.

My knitting -- and crocheting -- have begun to replace time.  How long were we at the ER?  3 crochet squares.  A traffic jam?  10 rows.  A high school basketball game?  Half a sock -- or just a toe if it's really exciting.  A cross country plane flight?  Half a baby sweater.

Did someone say half a baby sweater?  nona just happens to be halfway through the EZ baby sweater from Knitter's Almanac -- pop over to Carrie for an example of this classic.  I'm working the yoke and garter edging in Koigu and the lace pattern in Rowan 4-ply.  Hold on honey, I'll be there in 5 more rows

December 10, 2006 in nona Life, Project - Elizabeth Z. | Permalink | Comments (13)

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