Archive for December, 2009

Giftmas.

December 7, 2009

I have a somewhat conflicted relationship with Christmas knitting.

Most importantly, I hate the damned holiday. I’m not Christian and not fond of the airport experience, the awful music, or the horrible color scheme.

The contradiction in my feelings about the holiday lies in the fact that I love giving knitted things and I have a strange affinity for deadline knitting. My own taste in clothing and the climate of San Francisco don’t allow me much use for something like this:

But I enjoyed making two pairs for two consecutive holidays. The pattern is Eunny Jang’s Anemoi, worked in two colors of Koigu I bought so long ago I can’t imagine where the ball bands are.

So I’ll be giving a sweater, a pair of socks, and a cowl. I’ll be documenting those projects here as soon as I feel like a FO shot won’t jinx them.

half dozen of the other

December 6, 2009

I like knitting sweaters.

I think I might set a goal of six sweaters started and finished in 2010. I will finish four adult sweaters and two baby sweaters before 2009 is over. Quite a ride. I’m most proud of the Autumn Rose I just sent off to my aunt. I have to come clean on this sucker:

I started it two years ago and finished it more than a year ago. There were some issues, however. I’m a perfectionist with my knitting. Not with much else, unfortunately. The AR knit precisely to the pattern ended up with a neckline that fell below the nipple line and odd wings of fabric in the very tops of the raglan decreases. I had steeked. I had picked up the eleventy billion stitches of a deep U-neck and worked the neckline only to find that I had to rip it back to the underarms.

Actually, to below the underarms where the neckline steek started. (I should have known at that moment that we might have issues.) It took over four hours to rip that beautiful Shetland Spindrift out and goddamnit, I made it sit in a brown paper bag on the floor of my bedroom and think about what it did for a solid six months before I so much as touched it again. I re-wrote the neckline to a simple V by drawing my own lines in for a decrease on each side every row until the top of the shoulder. I did something similar with the shoulder decreases, just evened them out. It fits. I can move on with my life and pick my next project.

The question is, what’s next?