Sunday, October 08, 2006

So I finished this:

This was the Lisa Knits Braided Cable Pullover, in the V-neck option. I used Cascade 220 (100% wool) in a mossy green on size 6 needles to (sort of) get 5 stitches to the inch. I must rave a little about the Cascade - I think about it at work only for felting, but when this color came in I bought the whole bag of it. Knit at (sort of) 5 stitches to the inch, it is extremely soft and lovely. People at work kept fingering it and asking, "Is there alpaca in this?"

It turned out gigantic, which is okay, because in the last three days I've popped it on to drop off Gus at school, to go to work, to pick Gus up at school, to take a nap, to warm myself up in my chilly house, to take out the trash (over my pajamas), to visit my dad, to fetch the trashcans, hmmm, yes, I think that's just about everything I've done for the past three days. I have it on right now, over my pajamas! I took it off, begrudgingly, to take the picture of it. I took it off, begrudgingly, to do the dishes. I took it off, begrudgingly, to take showers. In short, I've worn it every single second I could since I finished it.

Mary, my boss, frowned upon it because it's biggish, and she's always getting after me to make less-gigantic sweaters. I understand and approve of this sentiment in general and I'm trying to comply, but this sweater was meant to do exactly what it's done - keep me warm and be thrown on constantly over whatever I'm wearing.

Now what's next? I'm continuing with the Totally Awesome Christmas Presents Which I Can't Show You.

I started the Fisherlad Guernsey for my wee fisherlad. A brief personal treatise on knitting for Gus: I always make his mittens and hats out of 100% wool for its insulating and warming properties, but so far I've made most of his sweaters out of Encore Worsted or Encore Chunky. This is a wool-acrylic blend that I dearly love. It's soft, comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors and is truly machine-washable and -dryable. His sweaters go through the wash with everything else and come out looking beautiful.

For you moms out there, I've also made sweaters for him out of machine-washable yarns Sirdar Denim Chunky (washed/dried great), KFI Cashmerino (cashmere-wool blend that washed/dried great), Wool-Ease (a Wonderful Wallaby that went through the washer ONCE and had to be thrown out it came out so horribly pilled and disgusting. I then sold all my Wool-Ease on ebay), Classic Elite Star (cotton-lycra blend, went through the washer and dryer ONCE and shrunk). I've also made him sweaters out of Lamb's Pride, which is totally NOT machine-washable, but turned out to be one of my favorite sweaters for him.

As you can tell, I am not a fiber snob, and I do not do handwash. If it does the job (i.e. is easy-care, feels and looks and wears great), I'll use it. I cannot overstate the comfort I get from watching him roll around the driveway/sandbox/backyard mud in a handknit sweater and thinking, "I sure am glad that's machine washable!" I would hate to fuss after him to keep his clothes clean. With a rowdy 6-yr-old boy that is going against all the laws of nature. He also has a core body temperature of approximately 175 degrees fahrenheit, so if I put him in a 100% wool sweater, he might spontaneously combust.

So anyway, I originally bought some Lana Grossa Merino Big (100% merino superwash wool) to make the sweater in, but ended up returning that and buying some Encore Worsted in a browny/grey-y heather. I still need the psychological comfort of knowing he's wearing something good-looking and extremely durable. I started the sweater last night - it's just 10 rows of stockinette and ribbing right now, so I will spare you the pointless progress shot.

I was going to talk about the Halloween Costume Debate, but this post is already so long, I will save it for tomorrow. Here's a tantalizing hint:

Last night I had a dream that I was married to Matthew McConaughey, but that we were having a trial separation because he told me, "You never listen when I'm talking." Huh? I also have had dreams in the past month or so that Brad Pitt "liked me" and also that Richard Gere "liked me". HEE HEE HEE. The weirdest things about these dreams is that I would rank these three guys at about the bottom of the Official Mighty Momogus Hollywood Hottie McHotHot Rankings (or OMMHHMcHHR). Why aren't I having dreams that George Clooney likes me?

One last thing (I PROMISE!!!): The Yankees, with their $220 million payroll, were eliminated from the playoffs by the Detroit Tigers yesterday. Whatever your feelings might be about the Yankees (and apologies to Lisa's nephew Eddie), I must say.....WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

ok, only to make you feel better, I will reveal my weird trio of dreamtime celebrity boyfriends. They are, sigh, Mandy Patinkin, Jimmy Smits (Ok, thats not so bad, but I'd never really given him much thought.) and, eek, Kelsey Grammer. I know! My real celebrity boyfriends are David Duchovny, Tyler Florence and Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones era).

5:26 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Mandy Patinkin! Hee Hee Hee Hee. I laugh every time I hear his name because of your dream.

7:50 PM  
Blogger DMJ said...

Go you Tigers!! Beat Colgate and the Yankees the same weekend...can't do much better than that. We will now listen to George Steinbrenner ventilate! HA!

9:43 PM  
Blogger Liberty Fan said...

Hey Cugina,
'Member when you kissed Dave in the stairwell at CoreStates? Whaa, haa, haa!!!
DMJ - GS is all over my local paper. I think of you and how happy you would be to read our rag and see the steam come off of it!!
Go Tigers!
Curlygirl, dinner at Applebee's then?

7:45 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Just for accuracy's sake, ELC, it was Dave S. who kissed ME, and it was at an off-campus party, which of course employees of CoreStates frequented so often!! HEE HEE HEE - now I'm laughing hysterically at the thought of that crazy dream!!

8:28 AM  

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