My current work in progress:

1. "T-Rex," designed by Rebecca Danger, knit from Blue moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock in the "Lucky" colorway on U.S. size 3 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Because the ‘Hus

Because the ‘hus belongs to knitters
Because the ‘hus belongs to lust
Because the ‘hus belongs to knitters
Because the ‘hus belongs to us.

Ahem.

I realized that I neglected to answer some questions from the comments from the past few days, so here you go.

Theresa asked:
I’m still thinking about upsizing a Bohus and now I am wondering about the Angora. I’m generally allergic to it. I’m wondering what you think might be some good substitutes. It doesn’t seem like it would have quite the magical effect without the Angora. I wondered about some type of mohair…maybe too hairy?

Theresa, I think the mohair would be too hairy. You’ll not get the same effect from a yarn other than the 50/50 merino/angora that is used, but you could certainly sub another yarn, say, a fingering weight merino? Problem is, you won’t have the lovely halo that the merino/angora yarn has, and you might have problems finding all the subtle color variations.

If you made a cardigan from the merino/angora yarn, and always wore it over something else, like a cotton turtleneck, would you still have the allergy problem?

Mary asked:
The silk is just stunning. Stunning. Any plans for it yet?

(Mary’s talking about the hand-dyed silk from Solveig that I pictured last week in my blog.)

The skein is 350 meters — a lot of yarn. I’m thinking about a large lace scarf.

Laura asked:
I was also wondering about your flat knitting. In Poems of Color, the pattern has you knit the yoke in the round, do front and back shaping flat, knit the sleeves, then join all and knit down from the arm join in the round. I was hoping to knit my Blue Shimmer in the round from the armholes down. Do you think it would work?

It would work, but I think there’s a definite advantage to knitting flat and seaming. The knitted fabric of this sweater is very soft and delicate. Side seams will give it some support and structure, which I think it needs.

That’s my opinion. I prefer knitting in the round myself. But I’m knitting my Bohus as the pattern directs, because I think the resulting sweater will drape better and wear longer.

Christina asked:
You’ve probably mentioned this before, but what needles do you use for colorwork? I remember you mentioning Hotz & Stein rosewood needles, but the Bohus sweater appears to be on metal needles. I have a hard time maintaining the tension of my floats if I use Addi Turbos.

Before starting the Bohus, I checked my needle stash. The only wooden circular needles I have in the 2.0 and 2.5mm sizes are (much to my surprise) 16″ bamboos, and one 32″ Holz & Stein ebony in 2.5mm. I have Addie Turbos in both sizes in 24″ and 32″ lengths. I didn’t want to use the ebony needle because the main color of my sweater is dark green, and dark on dark? Not such a great idea for purposes of actually seeing what I am doing. So I went with the Addis, because I didn’t want to wait to cast on until I could get some light-colored wooden needles. What? Me? Impatient?

I paid close attention during the colorwork to make sure I kept the tension properly — uh — tensioned.

Here’s my Bohus progress du jour:

bohus122005 Because the Hus

And here’s an extreme close-up:

bohusclose122005 Because the Hus

A couple of you asked about the difference between the Kimmet Croft Bohus kits and the kits from Sweden. Here’s a close-up of the yarns, taken with my macro lens.

bohuayarn122005 Because the Hus

The red yarn is Kimmet Croft Fairy Haire. The green is the yarn in my Swedish kit. As you can see, the Swedish kit has a finer gauge yarn, and, of course, a finer knitted gauge.

Generally Speaking

Suzanne made a very astute observation:
I don’t finish knitting items anywhere even nearly as quickly as you do, but your comment about your knitting time made me think of something. I often get asked by nonknitters, “How do you knit so much and get so much done with your schedule?” What a lot of nonknitters don’t realize is how many perfect knitting opportunities there are throughout the day. I knit while waiting for my kids to come out of school, I knit at their activities, I sometimes knit at lunch at work, and of course, I knit every evening. I often wonder what these nonknitters do with themselves during all of these spare moments in life!

Yep, those spare moments really add up! On some days, I get more knitting done during “stolen moments” than during my designated knitting time in the evening. That’s the real answer to my volume of knitting, I think.

I get up every weekday and get ready for work, and I usually have 15 or 20 minutes where I watch the early early early news before I need to leave the house to go to the train. I knit during that 15 or 20 minutes (unless Lucy wants my undivided attention, which was the case this morning).

I knit on the first train — 25 or 30 minutes. Usually I wait 6-10 minutes for the second train, and I knit during that time. I’m on the second train for less than 5 minutes, so no knitting then. I knit at lunchtime, I knit on the 25 or 30 minute train going home. And any stuff like doctors’ appointments, trips to the post office, evacuation drills, etc — the knitting goes with me.

Lucy Sez

lucy122005 Because the Hus

“Why, yes, I AM cross-eyed. What’s it to you?”

(And P.S. to Jenny in Duluth: “I am indeed a fuzzy-fuzzy-hooshie-booshie kitty snookums. Thank you for noticing!”)

Comments

  1. In my recent frusttration with my Christmas knitting I noticed that when I dedicate my knitting time to one project, I see progress and finish fairly quickly. However, when I do stupid things and knit 3 or 4 projects at once (mark my words, never again) all the projects seem to crawl – no progress on any of them. I’ve noticed that you are a dedicated knitter – you’re very loyal to the project you’re working on. I imagine that also accounts for what we all see as immense progress in your knitting. Lucy is, as always, such a beautiful little lady.

  2. That yarn is like thread, it’s so fine! That sweater is just a marvel. It’s going to be stunning on you. Did you do a gauge with the colorwork?

    A lacy scarf with the silk? Can’t wait to see how that goes….

  3. Ooops — another question I meant to ask in my previous comment. What kind of camera do you use? My zoom is broken so I’m camera shopping and asking everyone their opinions.

  4. DUDE! That is just wrong. ;-)

  5. Please pardon my ignorance, but isn’t Lucy supposed to be (at least) a bit cross eyed? I thought it was part of the charm of the Siamese. Although she’s a Ragdoll (and a real doll no matter what her bloodlines) she does have a Siamese background… No matter! Lucy is a princess and so very lucky that you and the King adopted her. Or is it that you and the King are lucky she allowed you to adopt her?… (tough to tell sometimes who’s in charge, isn’t it??) LOL

    Leslie – second mother of Perry (aka Perry-the-BiPolar)

  6. Lucy’s coat is starting to look like a Bohus to me, with its subtle color changes. I blame the songs. LOL

  7. Lucy is a beauty. Cross eyes or not. We love Her just because she is herself. Who could want her to be different?

  8. Gotta love those spare moments of life! (They’re good for catching up on reading, too, but maybe that’s just me?)

  9. I love that sweater. I had a suggestion for the yarn substitute question. What about a 50/50 Merino/Alpaca blend? The alpaca will still give a halp to the sweater, without being hairy, plus it will be soft and warm.

  10. Okay, that’s it. Next time I’m coming in here I’m bringing my boy’s karaoke machine.

    xo,
    B

  11. Okay, you really have to stop with the songs. Or I just need to stop singing them outloud. Or the dogs just need to stop howling at me. Hmmmmm.

  12. Oy, Patti probably woke up reaching for a sweater this morning and didn’t know why (other than it’s cold out). Bundling up in that fuzzy sweater sure sounds like a good idea this morning.

  13. Wendy thanks for answering my question about the Angora. Unfortunately I have a true allergy to rabbits not just skin sensitivity so even a cardigan would make me wheeze and itch! Then noone would notice the beautiful sweater! LOL I’m going to investigate Danielle’s suggestion of a merino/alpaca blend…then maybe I can dye the color variations. It truly is turning out awesome…have you seen that commercial where the guy is humming Kharma Camelon and his buddy asks him if that’s what he is singing and he denies it and downloads Where Da Hood At from his cell phone and says that’s what he is singing? I think of you every time I hear that! :o)

  14. I’m with Danielle. Perhaps a 50/50 Merino/Alpaca blend, but what really sparks my attention is a possible merino Possum blend. I think that would be lovely and it takes dye really well. (I just dyed a skein of Merino/Possum and it looks great and has a little bit of a halo to it.)

  15. jenny from duluth says:

    Hmm, possum?? Really?? Tell me that what I’m thinking ain’t really so.. :)

  16. I often wonder what nonknitters (or noncrocheters – I do both, and demand equal time) do while they’re watching TV. I suppose it would be rude to come right out and ask, though: “So, you just sit there and…watch?” :)

    Lucy is so lovely! And so is Bohus – I wish I had the patience for such an involved project! Maybe patience comes with time and experience. I shall hope for the best.

  17. Mmmm glogg…. I used to work for a man who strained out the raisins and almonds and ate them on his morning cereal. Mornings were interesting at that job in January.

  18. Here is my problem. When I knit, I need to really sit and concentrate. I find it really difficult to pick up my knitting here and there throughout the day. Maybe I’m just an inexperience knitter?

    Like I couldn’t really pick up something that has increases or decreases or colorwork and just knit for 20 minutes while in the doctor’s office. If I did that, I would totally screw up.

    Any thoughts on that?

  19. Some months ago, my MIL was cleaning out closets and sent me a sweater she thought I might like…you guessed it…it was an original Bohus. Susanna of Bohus fame just happens to be a neighbor and knit-buddy, and she confirmed the authenticity and dated it between mid-50s and mid-60s. MIL doesn’t remember.

    Anyway, to comment on Theresa’s message, there are only little traces of angora in my sweater. I would say it is more similar to shetland wool. Only a few of the little peeries (for want of the Swedish translation) are angora. The effect is fabulous.

  20. Darwin, my little kitty person, wishes Lucy Happy Holidays, and hopes Santa Claws is extra nice to her this year.

    I was wondering about Lucy being cross-eyed but didn’t want to ask! I don’t know much about cat breeding, but I didn’t think Ragdolls had Siamese in them? Lucy looks too classy to have the Siamese yeowling meows, though.

  21. Don’t even think you’re done with the bad song title parodies.

    Bohus the greatest ‘hus
    of all
    Is knitted by WendY
    Bohus is soooomewheeeere
    near DC

  22. Wait..was that a Patti Smith reference? Damn Wendy I think I love you EVEN MORE than I did before and that was a LOT!

  23. As much as I may hate my job sometimes, I am so grateful that when work is slow (which is most of the time), I can knit my days away. If work ever picks up, or if I get a different job, I don’t know how I’m going to keep up on the knitting.

    Of course, if I quit, I could knit ALL DAY.

    And not be able to afford more yarn. Poo. There’s always a downside.

  24. Huff! Puff! Huff! Puff! I finally made it here today with time to spare before the new Bohus song, no, I mean blog entry!

  25. Lucy is a beautiful girl, but the cross-eyes put her over the edge in a adorable, like cindy crawford and the mole or something! I might be biased I have a blind Angora house-rabbit who looks exactly like the bunny version of Lucy.

    Thanks for the Bohus motivation, I’ve had the Poems of Color book on the shelf for ages and I often take it down and drool over it never quite got the courage to try it, seeing you do it is the required kick in the pants!

    The large collar is my favorite (well and the Dean) I can’t wait to see yours!

    Rock on, happy holidays!

  26. I am a new knitter and like Kenny I also find it difficult to knit on the Metro or in stolen moments because of the concentration it requires. I tried knitting on the Metro a couple of times and came home with dropped stitches, miscounted rows and all sorts of other mistakes.

    I look forward to getting more experienced because being able to kill time while traveling or while waiting between appointments was one of the reasons I took up knitting.

  27. Dear Wendy:
    The genes that result in Siamese coloring are also linked to crossed eyes. Here’s a link you might find interesting that explains Siamese genetics which is a form of albinism http://www.cat-world.com.au/cat-worldsiamesegenetics.htm
    Your Bohus sweater is gorgeous and looks so soft. Have a happy holiday.
    Linda

  28. I love the way you broke down your knitting moments. I never gave it much thought. I’m going to use that as part of my reply next time a non-knitter says “Oh, I don’t have time for that.”