Endz

knitting, eating (well, cooking first… mostly vegetarian), bodywork, menopause and general recreating

Am I designing?? October 3, 2008

Filed under: knitting,knitting basics — lynne @ 6:13 pm

My dear friend J. is having a baby! We know it’s a boy, and she’s asked the hubs and me to be the godparents- so exciting! I told her that of course I want to knit something for the babe, and she asked for a snuggy- you know, bunting, baby bag, whatever- to me it’s a snuggy. I have always struggled with the idea that a baby knit will not be long enjoyed by the intended baby, as I understand the little things tend to GROW really fast! And in this case we’re pretty sure he’ll be an ‘only’.

So here’s my idea- I’m knitting rectangles that I’ll sew up into the intended snuggy, and then a second snuggy too. Once the little lad grows out of his snuggies, I’ll remove a couple of seams and join the two snuggies into one blankie!! I’m so thrilled with this idea- and hope he’ll have the blankie for many years.  I’m using Bernat Cottontots (in two solids and a coordinating variegated), because wash-ability is an important factor. I really like the yarn- feels so soft and knits up nicely. Once there’s actually something to see, I’ll post some photos, and later, instructions (just in case anyone finds this post!!).

So do you think this counts as designing 😉 ?

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FO! Nina Shawl for Mom November 1, 2007

Filed under: knitting,knitting basics — lynne @ 9:57 pm

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Here she is- from the beautiful Nina Shawl pattern from Mason Dixon Knitting. I just love this pattern because it becomes so many different things depending on the yarn you use. This is Elann’s Sonata cotton- my only complaint about it is the numerous knots I found in nearly every skein (refer to previous post re: changing yarn mid-row- for a newer knitter, the idea of unknitting 70 stitches was so daunting. But I did eventually figure out (doh!) the value of pulling out a row’s worth from the skein to check before starting a row. Of course, you have to remember to do that every row… and remembering?- so not my specialty.)

My original (year+ old) plan was to surprise my Mom and my best friend Drew with knitted gifts- they are both knitters and I thought it would be fun to spring my new passion on them in this way. But it soon became apparent that it would be some time before I finished anything, so I finally let the cat out of the knitting bag, so to speak.

My mom is just thrilled that I’ve taken up knitting- she says she finally has someone to “leave” all her knitting goodies to! And it gives us something else in common, which is a very nice bonus. (hi Mom!)

One great thing about starting this blog is that it’s motivating me to knit more- so I’ll have more to share! I’d also like to show off my first few FOs, but it seems I need to work a bit more on learning to size photos correctly for this space before I do that… suggestions welcome! Oh, and disclosure: I am a mad abuser of exclamation points- sorry.

 

Endz… October 27, 2007

Filed under: ends,knitting,knitting basics,menopause — lynne @ 8:18 pm

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So I’m the world’s slowest knitter, and last week I finally began sewing in the ends of the Nina Shawl (from Mason Dixon Knitting) I started knitting for my Mom last September- as in 2006.  That’s them above- and no, I didn’t count them, but I’m pretty sure there’s nearly a hundred. It struck me that sewing in the ends meant the end of that project. And since this premature menopause is attempting to settle in on me, my hair is so dry that I’ve kind of become obsessed with how to keep the ends smooth. Also, menopause, kind of an end. And all these ‘endz’ seem to have been the inspiration I needed to finally start something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now- thus, a blog called Endz…

There’s so much talk in the knitting blogosphere of the unpleasantness of the task of sewing in ends. I’ve knitted mostly rectangles to this point (well, a pair of socks, but only one end per sock there,) so this was my first time dealing with a ton of them. And because of all the bad press, I kept putting it off. But then I finally started, and guess what? I love sewing in ends! I love that with each end I tuck in, the piece grows closer and closer to really being a wearble garment. Of course it’s the same while you’re knitting a thing, but it’s not a whole thing yet. Does this make me a project knitter? I had thought, simply because I do it for so long (being so slow…) I must be a process knitter, but this ends thing is so very satisfying. Perhaps, as usual, (and being a Libra) I’m not one or the other, but a bit of both.

 Things I learned from this project:  1) It’s a really bad idea to start a new ball of yarn mid-row. Now perhaps this is obvious to most, but I’m stubborn, plus I was worried about running out of yarn. 2) I don’t know how to hide ends well, especially in stranded knitting. I’ve looked around quite a bit for more info on stranded knitting, but besides the basic how-to, I haven’t found a great resource on how to do it well. 3) If you tie square knots when you change colors at the end of a row, be sure to UNtie both parts of the knot before you weave in the ends! Otherwise you get bumps along your edge. I guess that doesn’t matter if the edge will be sewn into a seam, but for scarves and shawls- untie your knots!

Next post, the finished shawl.