Tuesday, July 29, 2008

This post is going to be all about knitting.

I picked up this book today and was BLOWN AWAY:

I can't even tell you how utterly amazing the sweaters are in this book. It was like Ms. Lisa Lloyd somehow got into my head and found sweaters in there that I couldn't even imagine because they are so perfectly perfect in every way. Like the gloves and mittens in my dear darling "Selbuvotter", I would make every single garment in this book. Maybe I will! Maybe I will make it some sort of lifelong Knit-Along. Most of the sweaters are aran-y or gansey-y, but they're just gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Knitters out there, RUN don't walk and get this book!

Phew. Okay, now I've got that out of my system. I've been working on basic and easy cable scarf patterns for Momogus Knits. Here's one in chunky weight (Cascade 128 Tweed, one of my favorite yarns):

Here's the slightly modified worsted weight version (in Cascade 220):

(I must block your flippy edges.)

I've been mostly working on store samples for some of the new stores that have picked up my patterns, so that's been taking up most of my time, but I figure designing new Momogus Knits patterns counts as productive use of my time. Next up is a reversible cable scarf, in chunky weight and worsted weight. Then I've got to fiddle around with the Adult Cable Hat pattern to add chunky weight numbers.

ANYWAY, enough MK talk. I am intrigued by Ravelry's Ravelympics event. Inspired by Yarn Harlot's wildly successful Knitting Olympics a couple of years ago, Ravelry is doing the same sort of thing. You start a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics and finish it by the Closing Ceremonies. As tempting as that as an excuse for starting a new project, I think I will probably do the corollary event, which involves taking a languishing unfinished object and finishing that during the Olympics. Lord knows I have enough of them.

Complicating things is the fact that we leave this Saturday for Vermont and my arm, though flirting with tendinitis, seems to be okay. We're venturing up to the Northeast Kingdom this year, so that means new yarn shops to explore, plus an extra 2 hours of driving/knitting time. Plus we're staying at a cabin on a lake, so after I've fished and canoed and splashed about the lake and made Gussie play 1400 games of Yahtzee, as is my way, I'll need to settle in for some nice quiet knitting.

Anyway, I have a few days to decide. Should I take the store sample knitting to work on or should I treat my vacation as a.....vacation and leave the sample knitting at home and treat myself to a nice new travel project? Or should I be good and work on the sample knitting (like, say, on the car ride up and back) and have a nice new project for when I get there? Or should I work on the sample knitting on the car rides and work on finishing up unfinished objects? Ugh. Let me know your thoughts.....


Blogger Elizabeth D said...

VACATION! All the way up, all the way back, and while you're there. What part of Northeast Kingdom? I spent my 20s with someone from St. Johnsbury, and know the area pretty well. . . or at least I used to.


2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've thought of joining and getting rid of some WIPs, but in the past, i've realized that they only clear up when i have the dire urge to finish them. until then i'll work on them a bit at a time. nothing sucks more than working on something you hate.

4:37 PM  
Blogger diana said...

eliz - we will have to have a BIG chat when I get back and compare notes. I'm excited about exploring a new part of vermont!

jjp - i can't in good conscience start anything new (unless it's MK-related), but i like the idea of something (ANYTHING!) forcing me to finish some stuff.....

9:11 PM  

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