Friday, January 16, 2009

It's the Unraveling...

There is nothing like a Joni Mitchell song for a good knitting quote!
No blogging for awhile.  No apologies either-- this girl got a big promotion, and I really like my job, so I'm OK with working ten-hour days and not blogging while I was making the adjustment.
Mostly because I have been a mad, mad knitting fiend to unwind after hanging out with kiddos all day, resulting in a pile of knitted goods.  In total, from December 15th to today, I have knit:
  • 4 hats
  • 2 cowls
  • 1 pair of fingerless mitts
  • 2 cup cozies
  • 1 bomb-ass ornament
Hm.  Well, now it doesn't seem like that much.  I'll post pictures one day, and maybe even add them to my Ravelry projects page.  If I do the math, that's one object every three days.  Maybe it is a lot.  But the important thing is, I have really knit:
  • 7 hats
  • 3 cowls
  • 4 cup cozies
  • 1 pair of fingerless mitts
  • 1 ornament
because I knit and then unraveled, then knit again.  My name is Britt, and I am an unraveler.
I have always been a sweater unraveler-- there is not a single full-sized garment out there that I have knit, though I have knit several, because every time I do, I pull it all apart.  The tendency has never gone beyond garments to accessories until recently, when I cast on the Frock Camisole, and swore I wouldn't unravel it, even if it was all wonky and full of holes (I had to do some creative math for a pattern mis-read in the beginning), as a lesson in being OK with some slight imperfections.  So now I'm unraveling everything but that.  I guess I haven't learned my lesson very well.
If you look very closely at this picture of a cowl I knit for myself out of some wool yarn I bought on sale for a dollar, you can see about six stitches of stockinette where it should have been garter (I was knitting in the round and missed the switch):

Unraveled that real fast.  But here's the end result:


Oh, knitting.  You are a cruel and beautiful mistress.  To end on an even more fiber-ful note, two lovely pictures of two of my favorite knitting-related things from the holiday:

The first is my cousin, whom I taught to knit on Thanksgiving-- she's sporting a lovely Thick N' Quick scarf we added the fringe to on Christmas (the picture's kind of cruddy because I got a new camera and I suck at using it).
The second is this awesome green tea cup Sarah and John gave to me for Christmas, with some delicious Chai Tea (it has the perfect bit of anise).  Yum nummy.  Isn't it the cutest?


K@ndi said...

Wow! So I'm guessing you made my gift for the scarf exchange? It was fantastic by the way. I didn't get your note. Maybe it got lost in cyberspace...unless you sent it by snail mail. lol.

So glad you liked the scarf. I have a matching one in white. LOVE it.

Happy knitting!

sarah marie p said...

Congrats again for your promotion! Yay! You are a mad moth knitting machine! Mad not as in angry but as in crazy-cool! :)

Oooh that cowl is SO adorable! So glad you made yourself something after all of the wonderful things you knit for everyone else! By the way, I'm in love with my hat! It's perfect! Love the stitch and the color and the shape. LOVE!

Aw, your cousin is so cute! I love that you taught her to knit ... and I'm so glad you love your teacup! Yay! As soon as I saw it I KNEW I had to get it for you! xoxo