October 29, 2007
An Old Favorite
Today was the first cozy sweater day of the season -- overcast with a bit of rain, chilly but not cold, and a bit of breeze here & there. Time to pull out the wool sweaters and to put on one of my absolute favorites.
If memory serves me -- which it doesn't always these days -- I finished this sweater at the turn of the century. Sounds longer than 8 years ago, doesn't it! It's the "St Brigid" sweater (sans fringe) from Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting. I love wearing this sweater almost as much as I loved knitting it.
October 28, 2007
When you become a Knitter you also inadvertently commit yourself to a life-long quest for the perfect needle organizational system. To take a quick poll, raise your hand if you have more than 4 pairs of the same size needle. Now, raise your hand -- and don't be shy -- if you have more than 50 pairs of needles. Just as I suspected, most of us have a plethora of needles. But -- and here's the $64,000 question -- can you find the needle you need, when you need it, without a lot of rummaging and muttering? No? Well, neither
can could I.
Yesterday during my bout of arse-sitting interspersed with house cleaning I totally revamped my needle organizational system and I think this one might just work. (Note to the new reader: nona's an optimist of the highest order who tends to be over confident). Regardless of my mental disposition, here's my system:
- I'm using plastic pocket do-das to hold my favorite, everyday needles -- one for my circular needles (16" and 24" sizes 0 -> 10) and another for my double pointed needles. Both do-das roll up, tie, and are surprisingly compact.
For all my other needles I'm using a plastic bin. Inside this bin are resealable plastic bags, one per needle size. This bin organizes the needles that are either not my favorites or that I don't use on a regular basis.
Being organized feels good!
Added 10/29/2007 -- The plastic pocket do-das are officially called "Stick Sacks" and are made by Ashland Sky. For a list of online Ashland Sky retailers, click here. There are lots of other great needle organization ideas in the comments!
October 27, 2007
Sit On My Arse Day
Life as an empty-nester has been busy and fun -- leaving little computer time, yet plenty of knitting time. The last week and a half have found me simultaneously fighting a bad cough and laryngitis while watching fur-balls and dust bunnies skate across my floor. Clearly it's time to combine a touch of arse-sitting with a bit of house cleaning.
For the arse-sitting portion of my day I focused on football watching and mini-sock knitting. I recently picked up a copy of Cat Bordhi's new book, "New Pathways for Sock Knitters". In her book, Cat introduces 8 new sock architectures or "sockitectures" to use Cat's terminology. Cat's instructions are easy to read and her techniques novel, but I'm left with a few questions. How do these alternative sockitectures fit the foot? And what advantages -- other than being novel -- to they have over the 2 traditional sock architectures? Only an adult-sized sock will tell!
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