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January 29, 2006

Weekend Knitting

Oh the joys of a weekend filled with plenty -- although never enough -- knitting.  nona believes there are many, many excellent reasons for having multiple projects.  While some of these reasons reflect the responsible, thoughtful side of our personality -- multiple projects allow us to knit on different needle sizes, minimizing hand and wrist fatigue.  Others highlight our impulsive, addictive nature -- multiple projects allow us to start new projects before finishing the old.   Where do you fall?

As for my weekend knitting:

  1. I finished blocking and sewing my fair isle bag together.  The lining is almost done, leaving me with the handle vs. strap decision. 
  2. I turned the heel -- a Welch heel -- on my 2nd pair of mini-masters socks.
  3. I bought yarn for my next project, Tubey -- stripes on the sleeves only.
  4. I finished both Rogue sleeves and am a quarter of the way through the hood, which means I'm nearing the finish line.

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A Welch heel? That's one I haven't heard of before (of course, something I'm running into in wanting to do my own sock study is that so few pattern writers tell you WHAT type of heel they're using, they just put in the directions). Where can I find the instructions on how to do this one?

Posted by: Leisel | Jan 30, 2006 1:10:50 AM

Aaah, great projects, nona! I'm obsessed with casting on for new projects, so it takes me a while to get things finished, but this way I don't lose interest in knitting! And it's great to have a variety of projects to fit my mood.
Anyhow, I finished knitting the Floral Fair-Isle Gloves last night- there are a few ends left to weave in, but I'm wearing them already anyway... you'll see...
Thanks for your encouragement to finally get these babies done, you've been such a great KAL host!!

Posted by: Julia | Jan 30, 2006 1:39:48 AM

Well said, Nona. I'm multiple knitting too. I'm looking forward to seeing which of those lovely colours is going to be the main colour for your tubey.

Posted by: erin | Jan 30, 2006 2:25:29 AM

What a lot of knitting:-)
I had a very cerebral weekend, working out the charts for my next design. Lots of moving symbols around in Excel followed by some test knitting to make sure that the chart was correct. Then I ripped it all to knit it again and check that the written instructions were correct. So sum total for the weekend = 2" of leaves and half a sock!

Posted by: janine | Jan 30, 2006 3:08:46 AM

Welsh heel perhaps? I've just used one on my broken cable rib sock. I wonder if knitting one could count as a qualification for Team Wales...

Posted by: di | Jan 30, 2006 3:21:46 AM

I love your fair isle bag!! It will match the Rogue perfectly - hmm, those colors!
Welch heel??!! Never heard of! That's the beauty with socks: you can never get the whole science. Never!

Posted by: Sophie | Jan 30, 2006 3:29:56 AM

I thought Tubey was a really cute sweater when I first saw the pattern! Rogue's looking great!

Posted by: Sockbug | Jan 30, 2006 5:41:54 AM

Your Fair Isle bag looks great. I'm definitely a multiple project person. One difficult, something fairly brainless and something in between. I'm trying to limit the number to know more than three, but if it creeps up there won't be any complaints.

I also like to have projects going that vary the needle size, but I never realized that it would minimize hand and wrist fatigue. It's an automatic practice for me.

Posted by: Beverly | Jan 30, 2006 6:30:06 AM

Oh you do wonderful work! That fair aisle bag is amazing! I just love all of the colors.
I also love to have several things going at one time-I like to have a choice as to what to knit when I get a few minutes to myself.

Posted by: Kimberly | Jan 30, 2006 7:19:14 AM

Your thoughts on the benefits of having multiple projects on hand to minimize wrist fatigue is great. I was trying to stick to one project but maybe switching needle/yarn/pattern will be better for me in the long run. My favorite is no. 4 rogue.

Posted by: Brooke | Jan 30, 2006 8:20:41 AM

i can't stop looking at that fair isle bag, it is gorgeous! you've got some lovely colors for tubey, which is the main color?

Posted by: kim | Jan 30, 2006 8:40:48 AM

Beautiful fair isle bag!!

I like having a least a few projects going...but sometimes I love one project so much I plow right through it. But usually, I'll need to switch around to avoid getting bored and to have projects for different purposes, mindless TV knitting, crazy new technique knitting, just because I loved the pattern knitting, etc.

Boy I'm wordy today :)

Posted by: jillian | Jan 30, 2006 9:31:39 AM

Love the colors you chose for Tubey! I'm also a multi-project knitter. Always a take along project, and at least one other. Don't get things finished in a timely manner unless it's for someone else, but I don't get bored!!

Posted by: Kelly | Jan 30, 2006 9:46:35 AM

Tubey is on my list of future projects too! And stripey sleeves only is a great plan. Which of those lovely colours will the body be??

Is that your Rogue sleeve in the picture?? It's looking lovely. I went for the twisted stitch on the body, haven't hemmed it and it curls up really badly. I am thinking of using the ribbing option on the sleeves to avoid this.

Posted by: Kira | Jan 30, 2006 10:03:48 AM

Well nona, I got so excited about my new yarn for the Olympic Knitting project (poncho for nona God-daughter)...that I'm almost done with that project...and I love it. SO I picked a new project that will challenge me with a new lacey stitch pattern. We'll see if I can wait!

Posted by: nona friend the oldest | Jan 30, 2006 10:23:52 AM

A variety of needle sizes is important to knitting pain free for me. I do like different projects for different needs and times but rarely have more than 4 going and I like them to be very diverse. Lace, a sweater, socks and a charity item are my usual choices.

Posted by: margene | Jan 30, 2006 10:40:07 AM

What a great range of fabulous projects! I must admit I'm sort of jealous of all the fun you must be having with them.

Posted by: Purly Whites | Jan 30, 2006 11:09:24 AM

I love that fairisle bag! Love it! Is the pattern your own or did you happen upon it? I've been wanting to do some fair isle project, but it seems so daunting. If it's not your creation, where did you get the pattern?

Posted by: Christina | Jan 30, 2006 11:43:29 AM

Don't know if I've said this before, so I'll say it now:
I love, love, love that bag. Love it. Want it. Colors are perfect. Fantastic job.

Posted by: Faith Fiberflash | Jan 30, 2006 5:07:20 PM

There seems to be one project you left out, one you promised to do by the olympics. The clock is ticking aunt nona

Posted by: nona-niece the most patient | Jan 30, 2006 7:40:32 PM

Your projects look wonderful, and the yarn absolutely yummy! The fair-isle bag is simply amazing... I don't know that I'd ever have the patience to tackle an intricate project like that - and you knit it up so quickly! I am looking forward to seeing Tubey in the colors you have chosen - now that looks like a fun, do-able project for me!

Posted by: Bernadette | Jan 31, 2006 5:51:11 AM

Ideally, I like to have an auto-pilot project (great for audio book listening), a more challenging item, and something very portable.

That pile of weekend knitting looks wonderful. Nancy Bush socks, Rogue, and Tubey are all on my potential projects list. And the bag is simply gorgeous.

Posted by: Laura | Jan 31, 2006 6:00:57 PM

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