Reading While Knitting

Nothing complicated; nothing too exciting, but yes, I do knit while I read. As well as during many other domestic activities.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Close Enough

It's been cold here lately -- cold for us, that is. And since we don't have anything as quaint as insulation, or tight-fitting windows and doors, or even central heat, it's also cold in our house. Mornings and evenings are about 50f. I'm especially concerned that Thing 4 stay warm as she's close to the floor, small, and while quite verbal -- last night, she said, "More tortellini" rather clearly, probably isn't up to "I'm feeling unusually chilly -- can I have a hat?"

That's one reason she got the first sweater of the year. The fact that she's fairly small has nothing to do with it. (Well, maybe a little.) I haven't purchased buttons yet, but I just got every pesky end woven in and have decided that ignoring my mistakes while vowing to become a much more careful knitter in the future was the way of wisdom, while balling it up in a corner and weeping wasn't. When I realized that I had burned the beans I was cooking because I was overfocused on end-weaving, the corner/weeping option seemed a little more attractive.

Some day I'll work out collars and bands to my satisfaction. Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan Sweater, tweaked to a small size, KnitPicks Merino Style in Honey, Cornflower, Iris, Vanilla, and Asparagus.

I'm having to fight temptation to cast on for an earflap hat that matches -- she might wear it and be warmer -- and remember that I have eleven more beauties to go. I may just do that hat tonight, though, because the yarn for Thing 3's sweater (he's next -- same top-down raglan, but a pullover this time) is outside drying on the line. Maybe it will freeze first, because it's heading back down tonight around 28f. Freezing is drying too, right?

His yarn is also KnitPicks Merino Style, but overdyed with lots of orange KoolAid. I do not like KP's "Crocus" colorway at all. It's pretty nice now, looking something like my very favorite yarn in the world. The red skein was a natural aran-weight I had lying around, just waiting for "Fruit Punch" KoolAid. It will make a sweet hat for Thing 2 (when I'm done with those 11 sweaters, the afghan, and her quilt, that is). Anyhow, winding and dyeing the yarn kept those middle Things happy while the baby napped and so what if dinner burned while I was weaving in ends?

There's always take-out.



At 3:52 PM, Blogger Heather Madrone said...

Lovely sweater, Stefani. Sorry to hear about the burnt dinner, but at least the Things have lots of warm woollens to see them through.

I'm ripping out a bit of a sweater for me for the kajillionth time, and then I'm going to get some lovely mindless wool/silk and knit some lovely mindless scarves.

I've been lurking here for a few weeks. It's great to hear what's going on with you and yours.

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Jacquie said...

28f - you're lucky! We are expecting -2f tonight.

That little cardigan is lovely. I love the blues with the honey colour and it looks like it will keep Thing 4 lovely and warm :-)

At 5:24 PM, Blogger Mary G said...

Wow, I really like the finished product -- and the waist rib will be fine since it's for a little (they tend to be rather chunky on their lower halves don't they?)

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous Janine said...

Absolutely DARLING sweater!!!!

At 4:19 AM, Blogger Rain said...

One down, eleven to go! It's really sweet, she's going to look adorable in it.

I'm sure you could whip up a matching hat in no time.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Charity said...

Yay for you! One down, and January is only half over! Now you have a head start for #2! :0)

Love the little sweater - I have the same concerns about my youngest. They're so close to the ground, how can they possibly be warm enough? Mine's a bit of a streak, though, and refuses to wear more clothing than absolutely necessary. I hope she's warm blooded.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

28? When we went to bed last night, it was 0. Yup, 0. We thought at first that Weather Channel was having technical difficulties :)

The little sweater is just precious...I shudder to think of all those ends to weave in, though. Not to be a bad influence, but I think a matching hat would be darling :) Love the color of Thing 3's yarn!

At 3:34 PM, Blogger meg said...

Yeah! Now you can get a head star on next month :P I still think you are off your nut, but more power to you.

At 2:45 AM, Blogger amanda j said...

I have decided with my knitting to embrace the Japanese idea of wabi sabi - 'nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect'. Whether I embrace this deliberately or not is another question!

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Marce said...

wow! Now that's a great knit - I hope she's warmed by it and the love that went into it. I really enjoyed catching up on your posts.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Alisha said...

What an adorable sweater!!!

See my thought on the whole cooking thing is that all us knitters need chiefs so we could knit while they cook for us!!! Now that would be perfect!!!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Anastacia said...

OK, add me to the list - that's a really adorable sweater! And so much cuter than the little sweaters I've been making!!

At 5:54 AM, Blogger bfmomma said...

yikes! I swear I'd commented on this already...

The sweater is absolutely divine... Tiny hats don't take long to knit, and M. actually WEARS the hat I made her (not the mittens or scarves or anything else)


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