My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,by Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock, using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

Archives for December 2002


Happy Monday, everyone. I hope a good weekend was had by all. All was well here, apart from a power outage of several hours on Saturday.

A very happy belated birthday to Kate!

I finished the back of Fulmar, so I’ve got the body done. The back was finished while watching Austin Powers Goldmember. A very funny movie!

Started a sleeve. Lookie here:


So I can see the end of this project on the horizon.

I was asked by Mary (go see her beautiful FO, Inishmore, btw) about the guernsey wool I’m using for Fulmar, what I thought of it, how I liked it. I mailordered this wool from Frangipani Knitwear in the U.K. I wound it into balls and found only one knot in each of two 500 gram cones. Incidentally, I’m about two-thirds the way through the second cone as I start the sleeves, so for those of you who wonder, I will need at least a third of the third cone I ordered.

Anyway, I am very pleased with this wool. It behaves exactly like the other 5-ply guernsey wools I’ve used and the quality is consistently good throughout. The resulting fabric is firm, but not unpleasantly so. It’s got a nice springiness to it. Mary, yes, I would use it again!

Old Sweater du Jour

Here’s an aran vest in handpainted wool.


I bought the yarn at a TKGA convention in the early 1980s. The vest pattern was from a Bernat leaflet. I remember I modified the diamond cables slightly. The pattern shows up surprisingly well in a variegated yarn.

Oh don’t forget! If you haven’t checked out the latest issue of Knitty yet, go do it now!

I’ll leave you all with this link. Here’s the description that was emailed to me:

The image is a panoramic view of the world from the new space station. It is a night photo with the lights clearly indicating the populated areas. You can scroll East-West and North-South. Note that Canada’s population is almost exclusively along the US border. Moving east to Europe, there is a high population concentration along the Mediterranean Coast. It’s easy to spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. Note the Nile River and the rest of the “Dark Continent.” After the Nile, the lights don’t come on again until Johannesburg. Look at the Australian Outback and the Trans-Siberian Rail Route. Moving east, the most striking observation is the difference between north and South Korea. Note the density of Japan. What a piece of photography. It is an absolutely awesome picture of the Earth taken from the Boeing built Space Station, in November on a perfect night with no obscuring atmospheric conditions.


Yesterday’s snow day was good.


The snow continued on halfway through the afternoon. Izzy and I got a lot accomplished.


Izzy helped me refold the sweaters in my cedar chest.


She helped me do laundry.


She helped me wrap Christmas gifts.


How did she help? By supervising, of course!


I got some work done on Fulmar.


But as you can see, Izzy was worn out by this time!


I was wiped out too. I woke up shortly after 3:00 a.m., and couldn’t fall back asleep. Didn’t get the word on liberal leave until after I took a shower, which woke me up for good. And I had a really busy morning, so was totally drained by noon.

There’s no such thing as a restful day off!

Today’s Old Sweater

Another one from Marion Foale’s Classic Knitwear.


A close-up of the collar:


This is knitted in a shetland-type wool, fingering weight. The close-up photo is more true to color. The entire sweater is knitted in seed stitch, so you can tell I was a masochist when I was younger.


The winter issue of Knitty is up! For your convenience, this is a direct link to my article.

Still lots of snow out there (I think the official snowfall yesterday was 6.1 inches), and it’s in the 20s. It’s time for me to drive very carefully to the train station. Take care and have a great weekend everyone.

Snowy Thursday


In case you can’t quite figure that out, that’s Izzy lying on Fulmar, keeping it warm for me. She was her regular perky self last night. Tuesday night after her vet appointment she was one sleepy kitty. The vet said that would happen — a result of her getting her shots.

Because it’s so cold outside, here’s a nice warm old sweater:


This is another gem from the Debbie Bliss Traditional Knitting book. I knitted this out of Bovidae Farm fisherman weight wool. One of the cool features is that the front bands have openwork cables in them, and you use those openwork cables as the buttonholes. Cool, huh?

Here’s the back of the sweater, being supervised by Izzy:


This was another one that was a lot of fun to knit, and I think it was the first design I knitted from this book.

Well, we got our snow last night. This is the view outside my window, at about 4:45 a.m.

Snow day

At this moment, the Federal Government is open, with a liberal leave policy. Because they are saying we could get up to 8 inches of snow by 5:00 this afternoon, and because I live at the bottom of an unplowed hill, I’ll be staying home today.

Some people outside the DC area may consider us “such wimps” but I’m not interested in risking my car with all the maniacs out on the road who have no idea how to drive in snow.

So it’s a knitting day for me. Assuming this headache goes away. I think the change in weather has set my head to a-pounding.

If it’s snowing where you are, be careful and stay warm!

Clean Bill of Health

For Izzy!


She behaved like a little lady, not a whimper out of her during her ordeal at the vet’s office. She did have a pissed-off look on her face the whole time though. Not that I can blame her, considering that she was poked, prodded, and stuck with needles.

She forgave me very quickly for this whole incident. Leftover turkey has a way of erasing any bad feelings.

So . . .

Let’s look at an old sweater!

Peer Gynt Sweater

This is a Peer Gynt design, knitted in Peer Gynt sportweight wool. My aunt gave me the pattern and wool for Christmas seven or eight years ago.

I did some knitting on Fulmar last night, but kept falling asleep.

It was way cold yesterday! I wore Jubileum to work and was very glad of it. Today I’m wearing Lake Placid.

The Weather Wankers are predicting snow for tonight. And a fair amount of it. Oh please, oh please, let the government be closed tomorrow. I’ve got lots of stuff I could be doing at home, like wrapping Christmas gifts.

Unwrapped Gifts!

Tuesday, Baby!

Yep, we survived Monday. I didn’t think it was possible.

Here’s an update photo of Fulmar:


This is the back. The front is done. On the back I’ve got five out of eight pattern repeats done.

This is taking forever. I’m bored with it, so don’t knit on it as much as I ought to. I’ve got another project to work on at the same time — a design for Knitty. Not for the December issue of Knitty, mind, as that’s about ready to pop. But a future issue.

So Fulmar is a big yawner right now. I’m just not in “the zone.” You know what I mean? The enthusiasm, the drive to get it done. I knit a couple of rows and get tired. And then I feel guilty for not working on it more. And then I feel guilty for not knitting on the Knitty design more. I’m just not emotionally equipped to work on two sweaters at once! I think (hope) that once I’ve got the back done and can get going on the sleeves it’ll not be quite so painful.

Maybe I’m just tired. Period.

Let’s look at some old knitted crap, shall we?


This is a cute little tam I made a long time ago. It’s knitted from Jamieson & Smith shetland jumperweight wool. As it happens, it’s knitted from the leftovers from the old sweater pictured in my blog on November 6. The pattern is in the wonderful Homespun Handknit, a book I highly recommend for small projects. Here’s the other side of the tam:


Knit it in the round, dampen it, stretch it over a dinner plate, and let it dry.

I’ve never worn this. I rarely wear any hat. I’m not a hat person.

Here is my little angel, Isolde.


Doesn’t she look contented? Little does she know that she’s going to the v – e – t this afternoon for her annual check-up and shots.

I’ll be spending the evening apologizing to her.