Sunday, December 18, 2011

Potato Chip Spinning (credit to the Knitmores)

I had places to go and people to see, quite literally, but my spinning wheel was looking at me, and saying, "Just try some Navajo plying. Just a few minutes."  The phone rang, I needed to get the shop to take the kits over that I had intended to drop off in the morning. I was supposed to be in Don Mills by 5, to be back to the shop by 7, 8 at the latest. This is all very difficult to accomplish if one is mesmerized by the siren song of the Navajo ply.

It simply goes on and on, with no end until you come to the end of the bobbin.

If you thought "I just have to finish this row" could suck you in, Navajo plying is an order of magnitude above that.

Late to the shop, late to the party, no hope of getting back to the shop that night for knit night. But Navajo ply complete

I need to credit the Knitmores ( with the term Potato Chip Knitting (it is basically knitting you just can't put down or can't stop until the bag is finished, so to speak.).  Hence, Navajo plying is Potato Chip spinning...just can't put it down until all of the spinning is finished.

Friday, August 12, 2011



a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles
What an apt word!
Thanks to the ladies at Kniterary and Knit Night, I no longer have a Maze gone terribly wrong, I have an Oubliette. 
Oubliette! What a lovely word!  Everything sounds better in French, or with a British accent.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Leaving Well Enough Alone

There are times you should just move on!

While laying out "the maze" I noticed there were a few sections that were enclosed, as in, you can't get to those lines, and if you were air lifted into those sections you couldn't get out. I was puzzled, referred to the diagram I had printed from the pattern, I had followed it meticulously. I moved on. 

Geri faved the maze blanket and then faved Wooly Thoughts original.  Side by side they looked different...but why?  I checked the original.

OMG....I had handed the 4 triangles to Kate, asked her to glue them together (totally unnecessary, now that I look at it, because there is a one piece complete drawing in the instructions!!!!).  She dutifully glued, and I dutifully knit, and for 103,584 stitches and countless views of the diagram I never asked myself about this. Not once.

The fact is, the 4 triangles could have been glued together in 6 possible ways.  Hmmm, I wonder what they each look like. But I digress.

Had I not been so terribly clever and knit the blanket all in one piece, I could simply unseam, rearrange and reseam. 

I will QA any future gluing. 

I am dizzy.

I will not think of this, I will move on. It is not perfect, it is unique. Man, is it ever unique!

Heaven help anyone who is airlifted onto this blanket.

I could steek it and cut it and sew it back together. Now that is really crazy!

On too socks and other things.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Maze is Finished, Birdhouses Stitched, Sampler of Teas Begun

The Maze is finished...the only thing I would have done differently is to work the last green and last black in the round. I decided to sew the seam rather than work in the round so that I could knit every row (purling over 1200 stitches seemed way too painful), but I should have explored a few more options and avoided that final tiny, not quite perfect seam.  But, it is finished, 23 days ahead of schedule. The "princess" declared "that's a nice blanket", and assumed ownership as soon as photos were taken over at Kniterary today.

 Cleo couldn't wait to try it out (she failed at the maze (she's no mouse), but she was quite successful at sleeping).

And now I am on to other things. I have photos of the Seasonal Birdhouses, finished a few weeks ago, ready for final finishing, but the blanket took precedence, so I think I will block it tomorrow and prepare for the edge.  Meanwhile, I started Sampler of Teas by Lisa Cowell. It is coming along nicely. The letters should be finished tomorrow, and perhaps even some of the teapots stitched.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Serial Knitter/Stitcher

I am knitting a maze blanket for Kate when she goes away to school. It is over 80% finished. Intarsia in the round. I realize I am a serial stitcher/knitter. Not much else gets attention when a big project is underway, especially if there is a deadline.

However, this is getting so big now it cannot be worked on in public or at the cottage, soooo, am also working on the Seasonal Birdhouses bell pull.  I haven't taken a picture of mine yet, but you can see the X's and Oh's design in the photo. I did all of the backstitching this past weekend. Next up...the vines on either side.. Then the leave and finishing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Brown Beast - Done, Done, Done

The stitching is finished. 
 It has to be washed, blocked, framed, etc. But the stitching is DONE. 
It was ordered and started for my husband (he wasn't my husband at the time) in 1978 by my mother-in-law and finished by me April 20, 2011. 

It just occurred to me that it would have been my mother-in-law's 97th birthday today. How apropos! 
Happy Birthday Jacoba Anna Baaij

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Brown Beast is slowly approaching....completion

The Brown Beast is almost there - 15-20 more hours, tops. The upper left sections took 3 hours to complete, if that can be used as an indicator. Yes, I have my next (two) projects lined up, awaiting the completion of the beast. 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Sunshine Stitching and TED TV

Are you wondering how the Brown Beast is coming along?
This is what it looked like yesterday morning

Here he is now! I have reached the top and completed one of the top corners. The heavy lifting is done. Very little reference to charts at this point. Far left is dark brown, middle section is medium brown and the glob in the right is the light brown. I can almost taste it.

And, I think I will get some socks finished in the near future too (meaning some time in early February.

Here is an interesting TED TV clip that my son (yes, my son) pointed out to me . Crochet Coral. And here I thought he was ignoring me all these years (I didn't quiz him on the difference between knit and crochet, will save that for another time). This reminds me of Martina

I have been reading books by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, the Danger of a Single Story. I first heard this piece on the QN Podcast, and it grabbed my attention, to realize how ignorant I am of African history and how I had only one story, despite studying Africa in geography in Senior Public School. We heard about starving Biafrans when we were growing up, and that is the image that stuck.  We never really understood that it was a civil war in Nigeria that turned a thriving country into starvation. Her books are fascinating, educating and humbling.I have read Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and have just started The Thing Around Your Neck. These books are difficult to put down. Here is a link to where you can get the books