Monday, February 26, 2007

So is it winter doldrums or pre-spring-training-game doldrums or what? I am in sort of a knitting funk, but if it is a funk, it is a very productive one. Perhaps I don't have the mental energy to take on a big project, so I've been buzzing through a lot of little ones.

I was recently perusing the wonderful "Mason-Dixon Knitting" book ( [sorry, my linking thingy doesn't work in this version of Blogger...] at the store and was struck by the chapter on Log Cabin Knitting. I'm not a quilter, so this marvelous concept was foreign to me. It's as random or as orderly as you'd like, needs no pattern, is portable, and looks great.

I had started a Rambling Rows afghan for Gus at a Tangled Web Knit-Along a couple of years ago, but never got past the first row of squares. It's a fun pattern, but I just wasn't getting into it. But after reading "Mason-Dixon Knitting" it occurred to me that a Log Cabin blanket would be just the ticket!! Before I took that all on knitting however, I thought I'd do a prototype to get the concept down. So I took this:

four colors of Cotton Classic (I eventually added a fifth, because the pattern wouldn't come out with four)

and made this:

a washcloth for my upstairs bathroom

In situ:

It only took a couple of hours to make this, and except for all the ends I had to weave in (you do NOT want to see the back of this thing), it was a really really enjoyable way to spend a few hours! I started with the white square-ish block in the middle, knit a few rows, bound off on the right side, picked up with the lime green, knit a few rows, bound off on the right side, picked up with the turquoise, etc etc etc, until it was the size I wanted. I finished with four white sides, crocheted a little loop with the last stitch, and done and done. No wonder they go so crazy for this over at Mason-Dixon Knitting!

So when I get my big project groove back, I'll start a Log Cabin Blanket for Gus. It's for him to take to college, so I have eleven years to finish it.

I also finished these:

Not to toot my own horn, but this picture allows me to display a valuable-for-knitters-but-useless-for-everything-else talent that I have. This is the ability to halve balls of yarn evenly. I had one skein each of the green yarn, but a big unmarked ball of the pink yarn and also the pink fuzzy stuff. On the first slipper I knit till the the green ran out, then used what I thought was half of the pink yarns. Pretty accurate estimating, I must say!! At work, if customers want their skeins wound into two balls, I am always given this task because of my Special Talent.

Anyway, here they are felted and drying on the radiator:

These were the lower size, and I knit many fewer rows than even the lower size called for. I can't imagine how tall the higher size gets. They seemed really big when they came out of the washer, but when I tried them on they were demoralizingly perfect. My feet must be bigger than I imagined....


Blogger CurlyGirl said...

I like the pink tufty tops of the boots!!

2:09 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Thank you, CG. I too like the kooky tufty tops!

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have as many ends in that washcloth as you would have in the blanket...just saying!

Welcome to log cabin fever. xox Kay

PS Fake Uggs are adorable. How did I miss these?

6:29 PM  
Blogger diana said...

Kay - Fake Uggs are WAAAARRRRMMMM too! If I could just convince myself that they're socially acceptable for outerwear I'd never take them off.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cactus League Game #1 - yeah!

{sorry, i got nuttin on the nittin}

1:23 PM  
Blogger diana said... me away!!!!!

5:23 PM  

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