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The Knitting Diaries: Knitting between the lines

I loved that red scarf with the leaves so much I’m redoing it with an alpaca/silk yarn for my sister in law. That’s one of the fun things about knitting … The same pattern can be a snug muffler-type scarf or a long silky drapey affair. Knitting a familiar lace pattern makes it easy-peasy but, the color and texture are totally different. So far this scarf is looking just as I hoped it would.  But, it’s got a long way to go.

And that’s not the only thing on my needles.

I’m still recovering from the mental blow I received when my Nook went belly-up.  (supposedly a new one is out for delivery from UPS but, I’ll believe it when I actually see it!) I had just bought a bunch of books when it crashed so switching gears to read a totally different set of books was weird.  Usually I can see a reading emergency coming but, this one sort of blindsided me.  And that affected my knitting.

So, I’m still working on the sweater:

It’s starting to look like a sweater but, I still have to do the dreaded button holes. And it’s going to need some serious blocking when it’s done so any hints on that will be gratefully appreciated!!

Finally, my biggest project is finishing the basics class.  I’ve done about half the swatches for the second lesson but, I’m holding off thinking about this until those other two projects are done.

The women in my knitting group laugh at the one woman who never has any UnFinished Objects (UFOs) …. she works on one thing until it’s done and then moves onto the next.  I have a feeling that’s going to be my style of knitting.  I just can’t take the pressure of having these unfinished projects hanging around the house mocking me.

How about you? Are you juggling multiple projects (it doesn’t have to be knitting)


48 Responses

  1. My place has more UFO’s than Roswell and Area 51 combined.

  2. Oh, and the new (to me — it’s “refurbished”) NOOK arrived! I should be back to normal by tomorrow!!!

    • I don’t get you all and your nooks, Ipads etc. Don’t you like books? They are easier on the eyes. They make nice house decor. When you have books all over the house with book cases on every wall people think you are smart and cultured even if you are not. They smell great when they are new. They have covers that some artist slaved over. When they are old and dusty they are even better because they are a connection to people who held them 100 or more years ago.
      If you all stop buying books they will stop making them and what if Electronic Armageddon happens and Al Gore’s internets go away? What will we all read. How will we stay connected to our history?
      It was one thing when records, tapes and pagers disappeared, if we let books go away big brother really will be able to change reality anytime he/she wants. The book you read today on your electronic device may be rewritten tomorrow.


      : )

      • I adore books, but I also love reading on my nook, and vastly prefer it, in fact.

        This reminds me of the time my mom gave me a bread machine. I suddenly felt so sad, and said, “But I will miss making bread by hand!” She calmly replied, “But Honey, as long as you have hands you can do that whenever you want.” I felt a bit silly. And 22 years later, both my bread machine and my hands are still making bread.

        • (sniff) I love this story!

          • My mom and I were reminiscing about it recently. I love the memory, especially since my mom almost died from an heart attack in August. She survived and is thriving, and it feels like a miracle.

            And she’s the one who wanted my family to chip in for the nook, something I didn’t think I wanted and now enjoy so much. That’s a mom for you!

      • (rolling eyes) Your smiles don’t fool me. You’ve decided that your taste is superior to mine … and it might even be true. God knows, I’d never tell you if I thought yours was worse.

        What you might not know about me: I am a reading addict. I am a retired Librarian. I’ve probably shelved more books than you’ve ever seen. I’m a computer programmer. I’ve replaced my favorite books up to 5 times already just from them falling apart. Even since getting the Nook, I’ve bought at least a dozen hard cover & paperback novels — and probably more.

        Replacing some of my favorites as electronic editions doesn’t scare me. It’s just another form of publication. One that doesn’t require that I build another book case.

        My nook lets me buy a book when I run out of books at midnight. Time means nothing to it.

        For me the important part of the book is the words/story/sentences/vision. I couldn’t care less about the binding.

        Although I did buy a very nice faux leather cover and everyone who sees it think it’s fab.


        • I can see several reasons why an electronic reading device might be handy, particularly for reading in bed when your sig other wants the lights off.
          I really was kidding, but I am also sincerely worried books will go away.
          I prefer books and it is possible that the house I grew up in could have been a library for all the books we had. when I was a teenager I often read a book a day. That may explain my bad back since I spent 8 to 10 hours at a time curled up in bed or on the couch with a book.
          I really do prefer books and find them easier on my eyes. But I don’t not think that means I have better taste. I am not sure why you would think that.

          • I prefer real books, too. And I worry that something might happen (solar storm?) that might wipe out e-books. But they make sense for people who travel.

            I just think paper is best and I know it can last for centuries.


  3. Wonderful work!

  4. Wow, Katiebird, that yellow sweater is pretty.

    I want to get back to knitting. I quit because of a problem with my thumb that started when I was knitting. But one year of no knitting and I still have a bum thumb, so what the heck, I’m picking up my needles again. I only do socks and scarves. It’s warped, but I really love socks.

    • Erica, I just learned how to do a kind of picking to knit. And it seems pretty stress free for my hands. there’s not much movement involved.

      Also, some people use the Portuguese method as a lower stress method.

      • I learned the traditional US way, but kind of prefer continental, though I’m not as fast that way. I’ll look into the Portuguese method.

        Your nook story made my knees shake–I received one for Christmas last year and love reading on it. I hope your new one arrives soon!

        • I JUST got it!! It’s getting charged up right now. I’m so excited, I’m shaking.

          I’ll see if I can find a video of the Portuguese method (the name confuses me because I’m certain that my Portuguese grandmother didn’t knit this way)

      • The knitting is wonderful! What a talent!!


      • Katie, remember that last post you linked a video on how to hold the yarn when doing continental (i.e. going behind the three fingers)
        I have finally gotten used to that! Thanks for posting about it.

    • Also, looking at it like that, I can see that there really isn’t much to do.

      I’d go back to it but, my fingers are REALLY used to doing the leaves on this scarf and I don’t want to have to relearn the pattern if I drop it for a week.

      So, I’m holding myself back ….

  5. My mom knits everyday; she makes scarves that she gives out to homeless people at our local church, when she volunteers every Sunday and Wednesday.

    She keeps pushing me to knit as well, because she says it will de-stress me (I have a lot of white hair, and the number has been increasing every year). I tried it once, but I can’t do it on the count of my stupid fingers.

    Those look great. 🙂

    • Thank you, dorkle!!

      My sister in law (the one who got me started knitting) has terrible nerve damage in her hands. She knits partly to force her fingers to move. She says that knitting hurts but not knitting hurts worse. I’m not totally sure I believe that.

  6. The Hillary group at Ravelry is thinking about reading Big Girls Don’t Cry, which Little Isis reviewed and didn’t much like last September.

    I’m thinking about reading along with them. But, wavering a little. RD’s post yesterday was pretty emotional. I don’t know if I can take a whole book.

  7. I got into needlepoint because I came across an adorable screen that I had to make into a pillow. It was never because I wanted to be a crafts(wo)man. The handpainted screen and wool was expensive. The clerk was patient and knew I was earnestly listening and following her directions in the store as I started the first few rows.

    When I started to work on it at home, I became bored and put it away. Weeks and months passed, I checked the receipt, it was too much money to waste. I quickly calculated the area of the screen and divided it up into 2-3 hour daily sessions. As I begin the pattern, the work became more exciting as the painted forms took colorful shape. The sessions stretched into 4 hours a day. After a couple of weeks, I just wanted to finish the damn pillow.

    Later, at this same shop, l bought a small silk purse with a needlepoint flap to work. It took no time. After that piece, I quit.

    My mother’s first cousin did needlepoint chair covers for her two daughters and a niece. Maybe she’s the one who did the small rug. I could do a rug of wildflower squares, or one of seashells!

    I’m definitely someone who works on one piece and then waits 10 or 15 years before thinking about
    doing anything again.

    katiebird, you have me thinking about a new project! Before I start, will you add a complaining section to your knitting posts? I’ll need a place to vent if I start a small rug.

  8. I saw this on a Ravelry forum …. I wonder if I’ll ever lose enough weight to wear something like it?

  9. Wow–the red is wonderful. I’m impressed!! Still working on horrid green scarf that has been pulled out and re-worked so many times it’s pathetic.

    –Question–are the little scalloped ends at the bottom of the red scarf knitted also–they look like lace?

  10. yes–it’s beautiful. I found a crochetted (sp?) sort of tank top that my Grandmother made for me about 30 years ago while cleaning out a drawer the other day. I can’t wear it anymore, but the work is so stunning. She used very thin thread and it looks like a series of small doilies. Guess I’ll save it when and it I ever have a grandaughter.

    • when I was born in 1956 my Aunt Ethel knit me a Christmas stocking, It was white with snowmen, Christmas trees etc.. on it, It even had my name knit at the top. I am the only one of the 7 siblings that had a knit stocking. All other sibs had really nice store bought stockings but not as nice as mine IMO. I have had that stocking for 54 years now and I still love it.
      I think that would still be a really nice baby gift from someone who knits.

  11. I always have two knitting projects going. One large one like a sweater and one small one like a pair of socks or mittens that will fit in my purse. I’m currently making a pullover hoodie for a friend’s little granddaughter and Bella’s mittens from the movie “Twilight” for my niece. And I love having my knitting patterns on my iPad ’cause that fits in my purse, too. But I prefer reading a book on my Kindle. It’s lighter and easier on my eyes. I thought I’d miss “real books”, but I don’t. I’m really disappointed when I can’t get a book in electronic format.

    • What do you use to carry your sock/mitten projects? I haven’t found anything I really like as a portable project bag & that might be one reason I don’t do it much.

  12. I love that leaf pattern! Lovely. I hope I can knit lace one day.

    I finished my first scarf the week before Christmas and it had a lot of Yarn Overs. I have decided I hate YOs. I am doing 2 scarves now that are basically knit,knit,knit, purl. I feel like I’m counting a waltz while I knit them (1,2,3, purl, 1,2 3, purl).

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