A New Trick Up My Sleeve

A New Trick

I’m in the wind-down part of Hannah Fettig’s Zip Up Cardigan and I LOVE it.  I can hardly wait to have it done, though, because it has taken forever to knit it.  Not a fault of the pattern but a symptom of my utter lack of free time this past summer and fall.  But here I am starting the sleeves and I decided know was the time to try knitting them together.  So here they are on one straight needle with their own balls of yarn.  I think I may have to put them back on circular needles because a) I need to start the stockinette on 10 1/2 needles which I only have in circs and 2) I cannot handle another row on bamboo.  How on earth did I knit so long on bamboo?  Ssssslllllooooowwww – constantly sliding those stitches across is a pain!  Plus, I figure this is stockinette I won’t have as much trouble keeping myself straight on where I am.  That 2×2 rib was another matter.

2010 Knits

I’m already thinking past the two projects on the needles toward 2011.  Actually, I have a few that I would love to have done before our trip to NYC in December, but that’s probably unrealistic given my work and school schedule.  *sigh*

In January…

neckwarmer
My husband needed a neckwarmer for winter fishing

pair of scarves
I finished the kids’ Harry Potter scarves to match their hats from Noni

In February…

spring shirt for M
My daughter got a quick little sweater from some purple mystery yarn that sat in my stash for years. Literally.

wip:: valour back - now finished
There was the Valour sweater that cost me about $200 in yarn which I knit for my knitting group. I hate the sweater so have never taken a finished photo of it, although I have worn it a few times.

In March…

scarf
I learned how to knit cables and made a scarf for my son’s teacher’s birthday. Love that scarf!

In April…

Kippah 2
I knit a yarmulka for my Multi-Cultural class while we visited my in-laws in Indiana over spring break.

In June…

Lacy Edged Chemo Cap
I knit a soft chemo cap for a dear friend now battling stage four breast cancer

Redone Hat for Grey
I re-knit my husband’s hat which had begun to look a bit odd due to the other knitter (my mom) refusing the use DPNs. The hat was then melted in a freak Cub Scout camping incident two months later and I’m delaying knitting a new one as a reaction to lack of yarn respect.

In September…

The Leg Warmers
I knit some legwarmers for my daughter – now the talk of the ballet class – while falling madly and deeply in love with Nantucket.

Hopefully I will be able to add the two knits I’m working on to this list before the end of the year!

Early in the Teacher’s Lounge: A WIP

Baktus

Yesterday was a particularly windy and rainy day in Southwestern Connecticut and the weather prompted me to leave home at 6:15am in the hopes of avoiding a parking lot on 95 headed toward New York.  My commutes are generally an hour and ten minutes – occasionally less if I leave at that ungodly hour.  Yesterday I got to school at 7:20am and immediately wished I were a) home in bed or b) anywhere else.  Did I mention that I am battling strep and should probably still be resting because the antibiotics don’t seem to be doing much?  True.

At any rate, I pulled out my knitting and sat down waiting for the day to begin.  I am in love with this sock yarn from Yarn Picks!  It is a beautiful rusty orange wool that knits beautifully.  And while I hadn’t planned on using it for this Baktus, I am liking how it is coming out.  Unfortunately, I was hoping to give this as a gift this weekend and, as you can see, it’s not quite ready.  At it’s widest point it should be 23 inches.  I’d say it’s probably 12 right now and less than 50% complete.  I’ll either have a very late night tonight so I can block it for Saturday, or turn it into a Christmas gift.  The latter seems more likely.

WIP Baktus

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