Thursday, February 28, 2008


Missed WIP Wednesday, so here's my wip:

Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang.
While I love the pictures and I'm sure I'm going to love the sweater, I'm not loving the knitting of it. Some patterns, are so intuitive, or maybe it's instinctive. Most of the patterns by Elizabeth Zimmerman for example. Recently, for me, it was the Koolhaus Hat by Brooklyn Tweed. There's a moment while knitting that you go "AHA! I see where this is going and I totally get it." That's when the knitting gets almost Zen like, or what I think Zen like would be. The knitting sings to me. Now this sweater is not doing that for me. It's more like, hmmmmm, what exactly does THAT mean, what is she trying to tell me. I don't know if it's the words or the pattern itself. Anyway, it becomes more of a puzzle that you have to slowly figure out. Not that that's a bad thing and not that you won't love the FO. Just that the process of the knitting is very different. I love all aspects of this craft, but I guess I like some better than others. And this one isn't singing.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Very Long Time Ago

I was a very young mother and I knit my newborn a sweater from this book:
Here's the picture:

and this one, too:

It only cost one dollar, isn't that funny! Mon Tricot from Spring/Summer 1973. I knit probably almost everything in it and bought a few more of the books, too. I learned so much from those little books, read every word, more than once. And I gave away almost all the clothes I made as my babies got bigger. And the books disappeared. So when I found the books again last winter, I bought them. I paid a lot more than a dollar! Here's where I found them. And here's a picture of Baby Reese in the sweater I made for her just like her mommy's:

I think her mommy might have the original pink sweater I made. I'll have to ask her.

Do I Sound like Every Other Grandma?

Have you seen my beautiful grandchildren?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The French Hat

"Grammy, can you knit a French hat?"
"A beret?"
"NO! A FRENCH hat!"
"Yes, I can. What color do you want?"
(frantic searching on Ravelry
This one is great. Thank you through the loops.)
"Olivia, how do you know what a beret is?"
"I just know what French people wear."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

WIP Wednesday Update

Please see last Wednesday, I'm still slogging along with the gathered pullover. Body, neck, 1 sleeve done, ready to do the sleeve cap on the second one. Getting sick of stockinette. Planning what to do next.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Shameless Promo

Just a quick note about Best Daughter Ever. She has a little internet shop for scrapping right here: The Scrap Paper Shop and she is allegedly making me beautiful tags to put on my knitted gifts. Of course Mom comes after the other paying customers. And she is opening an esty shop, I told here to make more tags for knitters and she wants me to knit some booties or party shoes. The esty shop is here: Pretty Little Scraps but I don't think it's open yet. When I finally get my tags, I'll show you what they look like.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

An Unexpected Honor

When I started my little blog here, I never expected anyone to actually read it. And I am always amazed that anyone does. I didn't even use it in my signature on my comments on the knitlist for a very long time and when I received my invitation to Ravelry, I didn't link it there for a while either. But this past week, Stacie friended me on Ravelry, which is always nice. And when I took a look at her blog, lo and behold, she had added me to her blog roll! Truly amazing! I've returned the favor and although I can't believe it, I am very honored. So thank you Stacie.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Heads or Tails?

Mr. Truck has not done so well taking the pictures to put here. And I can't seem to make him understand what exactly I want. So CherryPie says she'll take the picture and after much posing around her house we come up with the shot. BUT...heads or tails, Mom? Do I want my face or my butt on the internet? Such a decision. I chose tails. What would you have done?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Pear Dilemma

Since it's WIP Wednesday, I thought I'd show you my latest WIP. I do have a finished sweater, the Bristow from last week but it has no buttons, yet. Maybe today. I started the Gathered Pullover from IK over the weekend. The dilemma I had has a lot to do with my hips. I am a pear, not a very big pear as Mr. Truck points out, but still, a pear. What size to knit? So I made the next to smallest size for the pear part and then decreased to the smallest size for the upper part. I did the decreases somewhere around where I think the waist is. We'll see.
And since I'm so in love with the new baby, here's another picture of her.
She's wearing the Pea Pod set I knit for her before she was born. Isn't she just beautiful?

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Where was I before I was so rudely interrupted?

Oh yes, hats. As I was saying, some people look great in hats, any kind of hats. Have you seen f.pea's cloche ? Perfect on that head. Looks great. Now my head for some unknown reason looks terrible in hats, all hats, any hat at all! So basically I do without a hat. But we walk the big dogs every evening when I get home from work and a couple of weeks ago it was so cold I was in tears after a block. Mr. Truck in his unibomber dogwalking outfit was just fine but I thought my ears were freezing off my head. So I knit myself a hat and I don't care how I look, I will never be that cold again! I used this pattern and I love it. Not too tight, a little slouchy, long enough to cover my ears and a nice pattern to knit.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

WIP Wednesday

So I've been reading that Wednesday should be WIP Wednesday. This is my latest: BRISTOW.
I have the back, both fronts and a sleeve done. It's in Ella Rae Classic Wool on size 5 needles. I'm liking it so far but I did have a BIG problem with the sleeve. I knit the whole first sleeve and got the right measurements but the sleeve was HUGE, I mean too big for Mr. Truck even. Frogged, reknit, still too big, frogged, reknit. It's much better now. Good thing I like to knit!

Friday, February 1, 2008


Miss Reese Megan. Born a day ahead of schedule on 1/25/08. 6lbs 15 oz 20 inches. Isn't she perfect! And isn't Reese better than Willy Nilly? We're in love again.