Pour the wine, I am ripping out!

I have ripped out half of my cabled throw. Yes, it is true. There are definite blessings and curses that come with OCD (I like to think of it as being a perfectionist!). When things go well, the outcome is usually quite good, but when things don’t, nothing will stop us from getting things back to rights. This, in my case, typically means doing, redoing and doing things until I am satisfied. So, back to the throw. I created two left leaning lattices in a row. Minor to most, not noticeable to DH, but glaringly obvious to me and every time I looked at it, it seemed to grow!!! Freaky. Well, I do pride myself on my ability to fix errors in my work, but I have never done this with complex cables. I tried, and for all intents and purposes I did succeed. I probably should have left it at that, but the tension of the corrected area was very loose. In my eyes, it stuck out like a sore thumb. After much deliberation (not!) I marked the row where the troubles began and ripped, ripped and ripped. When all was said and done, I was happy at the chance to fix the tension but had a lap full of ripply tangled yarn! Being the odd duck that I am, I sat in front of the TV and while watching the Mets, untangled the equivalent of 260 yards of wool.
As of today, I can officially state that I am right back where I was before the ‘incident’. I don’t know… I realize that ripping back that far may seem extreme to some but I know there are others who would rather redo then have something that bugs them every time they look at it. In fact, in a recent post in ‘Knitting Daily’, Sandi Wiseheart (editor) broke the news that she would be ripping out the front of one of her latest projects. Oh I felt so validated! Hey, by our mistakes we learn. Not to mention that this is reason enough to have more than one project on the needles. Sometimes we need to recover with a simple sock or hat, no?
Tell me about your oops and make my day!
Be well.

It is never dull…

The last time I sounded in I was making great strides with my cabled throw. I want to blame the wine, but I think I just zoned out. The pattern begins and ends with a lattice cable. I did well on the “begin” part and not so good on the “end”. I omitted about 3 cable sequences on the end panel. Duh! I am very good at correcting oops’ without having to rip out and was able to do this to my throw, but…when all was said and done, I was left with a very sloppy looking I was not sure would settle in once I blocked it. So I sat and I ripped and ripped and ripped. I unraveled about 200+ yards of wool. The project looks a bit longer than the photo I posted in August. Here is the thing…it did not bother me in the least. I wonder if there is anyone out there who finds raveling, winding and inevitable untangling of yarn relaxing. I found comfort in a recent ‘Knitting Daily’ post by Sandi Wiseheart admitting that she too must re-do. It is a dirty job, but we all have to do it at sometime or another. I really wanted to have some fabulous pictures of


I know I am not alone. There must be plenty of you out there with multiple WIPs. It is indeed a struggle to decide which one to work on first. I am making strides on my cabled throw. It is a worsted weight wool so the knitting bag is busting at the seams. Now, I could find myself a bigger bag, but…knowing me, it would just fill up with more smaller projects. I really try to do the small project when I need to go somewhere, and keep the larger one at home. Somehow, that never seems to work. I don’t know about you all, but sometimes I just have to have that pure wool smell; cotton socks do not cut it. Life is full of difficult decisions, is it not? Ahh, what to do, what to do… While I am making up my mind, I think I will go and sit on the deck and start a hat. Damn, is there medication for this?

What do you think?

I think we can all appreciate how difficult it is to find a hat pattern that really flatters our heads. I have tried a number of them and I have not had any luck. I have gone from ‘dorky’ to ‘granny’ and back. When I saw this hat it seemed to be a basic ‘no nonsense’ hat. I think I will give it a try. I found another one I liked, hopefully I can locate the pattern. If anyone has a functional but groovy hat pattern to share I would love to see it. Until then, this is Granny signing out!

Chenille Purse

This was a fun project. I found the pattern at ‘Michael’s’; it is one of those freebies that hang on the shelves in the yarn department. I used a heathery purple chenille that was picked up at a yard sale. The pattern is by ‘Caron’. It is a basic rectangle knit in stocking knit. When you want to create a fold, just purl that row. The strap is an I-cord. This can be any length you want. This is a project you can finish in a weekend. I love it for when I go on walks. It is just the right size for my cell phone, sunglasses and my MP3. I throw it over my shoulder and head out the door! A sassier sight cannot be found!

About that Wool Wrap

Let me tell you a story about a little girl and her wool…
I was given 9 skeins of Merino wool from Morehouse as a birthday present. I had intentions of making a lovely sweater for myself. I was on the last 3/4 of the last sleeve when I realized the yarn did not have enough twist and tore very easily. I am typically hard on my sweaters so in my mind I picture suede patches on the elbows within a month.
I turned to my trusty guru, ‘Mon Tricot’, and found a stitch called ‘Imitation Embroidery II’. Initially this was going to be a shawl. I was in the final stages of completion when I decided to take the shawl, twist it and sew the ends together. The final product was a circular wrap/muffler.
Tigress is modeling it for you. If you are stranded in Siberia, wear it over your head; it will easily cover you ears and nose. When the weather is not so drastic, pull it down and it becomes a scarf. The great part about it is all the ways you can wear it. I wore it at work, pulled over my shoulders to keep the draft off me.
I was pleased with this little improvisation and would like to attempt it in a finer wool. I think it would have a more graceful drape and could be used on all occasions. Here is the stitch pattern:
This is worked over a multiple of 9 stitches +2 for the selvedge
Row 1: *P2, sl1, k1, psso, wrn to m1, k3, m1, k2tog* p2
Row 2 and alt. rows: K2, *p7, k2*
Row 3: *P2, k2, m1, sl1, k2tog, psso, m1,k2* p2
Row 5: Rep. from row 1

Cast on any number of stitches in multiples of 9, and knit to the desired length. I used #8 circular needles and 10 repeats. The final product was about 30″ long. I twisted the wrap once and wove the ends together then worked all the loose ends in.
This is a great project because you can make it any size you want, in any yarn you want! I am picturing the next one in a fine fingering wt. wool. Lacy and feminine.
I am happy with the outcome since it started as such a disaster.
You can see the close up of the stitch pattern in the next picture.

Banana Bread

You are probably wondering why this is called ‘banana bread’. When I entered these socks in the Dutchess County Fair, they were incorrectly labeled! I have to tell you these socks are the best damn loaves of banana bread my husband ever wore!
These were made on size 1 dp needles (5). I used a pattern from ‘Patternworks’ before they were sold. It is a basic sock pattern with a slip stitch heel that is so comfy! I chose to make these in crew length with a 1×1 rib. There are no seams at the toe; it is woven together with the kitchener stitch. I am working on a second pair with a cable. The yarn is ‘Socka Cotton’ in a black marl. 2 balls is enough. This yarn wears like iron! I have also used their wool and it is uber hardy! Sorry the picture is not very clear, but I am trying to get the hang of my new camera phone.