A Little FO Retrospective

FO Mosaic 2007
This has been a fun year for me. I’ve tried lots of different projects and enjoyed them all.

In the next year I plan to reduce some of the stash I’ve accumulated this year. To that end, for every month that I go without purchasing new yarn $50 goes into a bank account to save up for a spinning wheel. I also vow to make more sweaters. I really liked working on my Tangled Yoke Cardigan and want to make more large projects like that. I’ve got a crazy sock yarn stash, so I don’t see myself giving up on the small projects anytime soon either.

All in all, a good year.

Email Problems

Hi All,

I just wanted to apologize if anyone received an email from me requesting money, stating that I was stranded in London. Apparently, my email security is not all one would wish. Someone hacked my email account and sent out this disturbing message over the weekend. I wouldn’t even have known anything was wrong if they hadn’t also somehow changed my password. I’ve spent the last few days getting the issue resolved with Yahoo.

Again, I apologize if this gave anyone concern over their holiday season.

Ebony

No More Humdrum Mittens Exchange Questionnaire

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I taught myself to knit in the ’90s, but I just got back into it in the last year and a half.

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’d consider myself intermediate. I’m learning all the time.

What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike? I love pink, red, green, blue, gold, white, black, purple, and did I say red?

Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns? I do like any colorwork patterns. Latvian mittens are beautiful, but I have no specific favorite.

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child? I’d like these mittens for me.

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 7″

What is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point? 8″

What other things do you enjoy knitting? Lace and socks are my go-to projects.

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum) For stranded knitting I’m finding that I prefer bamboo or wooden needles. I primarily work with circs for larger projects and DPNs for smaller circular projects. I don’t use straights much at all.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? I want to try making a Fair Isle Sweater. That is a long-term commitment I haven’t gotten up the nerve to do. I plan on designing it myself.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? I’d like to try some of the Shetland yarns like Harrisville or Jamieson’s.

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook? I love to take photographs, and am learning to use my new dSLR. I also quilt and scrapbook when I can find the time. And of course, I’m learning to spin with a drop spindle until I can afford the wheel I want.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything? Does fabric count?

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to? I have no allergies. I don’t really favor sweet candies, but I love chocolate and tea.

Do you have any kids? Pets? No kids or pets, though I do love dogs. I just have no room for one right now.

What is your favorite part of Winter? I love seeing the snow on the ground, and even like having to shovel the walkway and driveway. I volunteer for that job.

What is your least favorite part of Winter? Hmm, I don’t really dislike anything about winter. I am a true winter baby, born in February.

FO: Annemor #5

I’ve been terrible about posting lately. I have been knitting, and spinning, but not telling people about it. I’ve been on a stranded mitten kick, and have got a few finished objects to share. The many Fair Isle sweaters that Eunny Jang has published lately have been sparking my interest. When I first started knitting back in the ’90s I remember designing and starting a Fair Isle sweater in multiple shades, the predominant of which was grey. Is it no wonder that this project got relegated to the WIP, then UFO pile. I remember having fun picking out the patterns, but there being a bunch of loose yarns in bobbins to carry around. I clearly had no idea what I was doing. This time I decided to start small. I bought the pattern for the Anemoi mittens back when Eunny first released it (and have found a few errata in the document while working on them) but just wasn’t ready to commit to the project. I finally cast on a few months ago, but found that my stranding technique was much tighter than hers, and had to rip out the cuffs that in no way fit around my wrists. Plus, since I taught myself continental a year ago, I haven’t knit English style since. I had to get back into the swing of things. Meanwhile, I found Selbuvotter, and fell in love. So, one Anemoi mitten got finished,

anemoi mitt

then Selbuvotter(love, love, love this book) came in the mail. I immediately cast on Annemor #5. I knew that I could use them as a Christmas present and they were small enough that they wouldn’t take long. Indeed, they were a very quick knit. I worked on them concurrently with the first Anemoi mitten and finished them last week.

Annemor #5, finished

They’re adorable. I got back to the second Anemoi mitten and finished it over the last 3 days. It is currently blocking and we’ll have modelling shots shortly.

I’ve learned a few things with these projects, namely how to carry floats over long distances and all about yarn dominance. There are a few great resources out there that have helped me along the way, and I’d like to share them. The first is the Fair Isle 101 class found at She Ewe Knits. This class has thorough photographs of how to go about doing this style of knitting, and really taught me how to carry the floats. The second is Nanette Blanchard’s site. She has some excellent written tutorials and her books and patterns look really cool. She’s one of the designated experts on the Stranded group (Ravelry link). And if you check out the Knit, Knit, Frog blog, you’ll find some excellent videos showing various techniques. Nothing beats watching someone do something in real time.

There you have it, what I’ve been doing lately. Oh, and I started my sister’s sweater. Both fronts and back done and seamed. I’m working on the sleeves now. They’ll probably go to work with me tonight and I should make decent progress on them. Then it’s just the very long skirt to knit.