Here is the shortlist of people who have been in my stash room:
Rosanna (I think? I can’t remember. Rosanna, did you take the stash room tour?)
A Washington Post photographer (What was I thinking? Fortunately the Post did not print the stash pix!)
I think that’s it.
Speaking of Gifts
Lynne E. asked:
Do you give away most of the items that you knit? (Knitted stash = stuff to store.)
I don’t give away most of the stuff that I knit, but I do give away some of it. For Christmas 2006, every member of my family received socks. Two members of my family received scarves. And two members of my family received Noni bags. A friend received the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shawl.
And I give stuff away spontaneously throughout the year. I’ll often knit something just because I wanna, although I know it’s something I will never wear. Those knits are completed and set aside to lie in wait for the appropriate recipient to wander on to the scene. (This is why I often don’t post a modeled shot of a completed knit.)
I used to give family members a sweater every year, but I’ve sort of stopped doing that — I don’t want to foist too many handknits on these poor people.
Speaking of Gifts, Part Deux
My family birthday dinner was last night, and a good time was had by all, and by me in particular, because I got lots of great gifts. My brother, of course, had to make a lot of lame “over-the-hill” jokes (and I would like to point out here that he has no room to talk because he is two years my senior), but I forgave him instantly upon receipt of a pair of gold and diamond earrings from him and my sister-in-law.
They gave Lucy a fancy necklace, so she wouldn’t feel left out.
“Curtsy when you enter my presence!”
Lucy also particularly likes a soft blue throw that my parents gave me.
Here is my mom with her
parrot kitty, Koko.
I did have a question– oh yes, i was going through my collection of patterns for yoke style sweaters (DALE of NORWAY) and they were bottom up not top down, are they usually written this way?
I’ve seen them both ways. The first sweater with a fair isle yoke that I knit was done bottom up — you knit the front and back and sleeves, then stuck them all on the needle and started knitting around. I remember this sweater vividly. It was a Jaeger pattern and I knitted it from sportweight alpaca in the early or mid-1980s. I remember I finished it at approximately 2:00am and was totally jazzed. But I was home alone and had no one to show it to.
Speaking of Questions
do you make other sock patterns besides your toe-up? when you make other sock patterns, do you do toe-up, or follow the pattern as written? in other words, working a pattern written top-down would have to be knit in reverse going bottom-up.
I almost always knit my socks toe-up, and use my own pattern. In fact, the only time in recent histroy that I did not do a generic toe-up sock was for the Whiskers and Paw Prints Socks, which I knitted according to the pattern, top down.
Q. What is more tedious than black stockinette on a 2.5mm needle?
A. 1×1 black rib on a 2.0mm needle.
That’s the bottom of the front of the Bohus (picture washed out by the flash). As soon as I finish that, I can start the last sleeve.