At knitting circle (we’re old skool), this week someone thought it would be fun to discuss what we listen to while knitting. So here’s my list:

At Home: DVD boxed sets. I just finished up 5 seasons of Joss Whedon’s Angel and I’m now on Season 2 of Veronica Mars girl detective.

Subways: The tinny sound of hip hop coming out of the crappy Apple headphones of the dude sitting next to me. People complaining and shoving to get into the train car “cause there’s room…over there!!” someone begging for a handout.

In Bars: bad karaoke mostly 90’s tunes and off color comments generally of a sexual nature.

Well, that’s my knitting soundtrack. Were you asking for a song list or does this suffice? I don’t listen to music on headphones. The train is too loud to hear it even with the in-ear headphones. I don’t want to damage my hearing. Plus I hate being so disconnected from my surroundings (even if they include some unpleasant things).

So who’s next? Jenny! Tag. You’re it.

PS The apron is done (although needs ironing):

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However, dude bailed on his birthday fun (he was sick) so I can redo some of these wonky lines. It’s so fun being a perfectionist!!!

If you know the littlest bit about me, and have relatively beginner googling skills, I’m as easy to find as our cat when he’s pretending to stalk yarn like an invisible ninja. Our cat is a way overweight, barrel-chested, big-boned cat, who’s the opposite of invisible (also, the opposite of stealth ninja as he always lands with a loud thud). And I am very easy to find on the Internet.

On Friday evening I was working on blue/purple fingerless gloves (well, tubes with a finger holder sewn in, but the details of that project is a whole other story) with size 5 double-pointed needles, on the downtown 4 train. The woman sitting next to me on the train was staring at me. She noticed when I sat down (I walked onto the train holding my knitting because I was working on the platform).

The conversation went:

Her: You’re knitting.
Me: Yep.
Her: What are you making? Is that a sock?
Me: Nope.
Her: It looks like a sock. Is it a sleeve?
Me: Nope.
Her: What is it then?
Me (I don’t like to talk to strangers on the train because I’ve spent too long working with the public to not know they’re all crazy): fingerless gloves.
Her: Oh wow!! I think it looks like a sock. Where do you work? You got on at [if you really want to know, just google me] are you a student there? [nice ploy to butter me up, but I know I’m 10 years older than the average undergrad]
Me: No. I’m faculty- a librarian.
Her: I’m a guidance counselor at [some junior high school I hadn’t heard of]. I run a knitting and crochet group there. My name is [and she gives me her full name].
Me: Oh. That’s nice. I’m Kate. [I always forget how much the Internet will tell someone with just a first name and place of employment].
Her: Why are you using so many needles? How many needles is that?
Me: Three
Her: It looks like four to me. I see four needles.
Me: The fourth one just moves the yarn from needle to needle.
Her: So, you’re using four needles.
Me: I’m knitting on three needles.
Her: Well, I see four, and that looks really complicated. Will you come to my school and present for my students’ knitting group?
Me: Umm.. I don’t usually do that…
Her: The kids would LOVE it.
Me: Umm… well, my friend works in a public library and goes to schools in your neighborhood doing book talks, and also knits.
Her: GREAT! Can she knit on four needles?
Me: Yes.
Her: Here’s my number!!!

Then she gets off the train and I shake it off, and remember that the public is crazy, even though she’s probably nice enough. Then I tell Jenny about it (yes- I volunteered my wife & tooboo comrade- I hope I don’t get kicked off the blog for that- and for this crazy long post). And then we have the weekend [weekend knitting activities will follow in a separate post] and I totally forget about the friendly guidance counselor.

And then today, I got a VM at work from her! She looked me up and left me a message to try to get me or my friend to visit her knitting junior high group. Weird.

Did your brain just read strike or stripe? Just curious.

hat 1

hat 1b

It’s a stripe strike really with the purpose of commandeering some yarn for these non-military style boot(ee)s.

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At 7 rows left and I REALLY didn’t feel a need to send out a tactical squad in search of the appropriate dye lot. Although more angora never really hurt anyone. Much.

So since the hat wasn’t rocking this stripe the way I hoped I ripped it out. The angora held up really well, usually such a fluffy yarn tenaciously resists ripping back to the point that well, there wouldn’t be one.

Hat1c

The hat looks pretty funny, but the bootees!! Oh fluffy white magic courtesy of Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I’ve been meaning to branch out but I love the ridiculously simple construction- no heels, no seam sewing just some slipped stitches and a game of stitch pick up and suddenly you’ve got a bootee. All in under an hour!

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Also, since tomorrow is the start of March and the babies’ Mother has a thing for clovers I’m going to embellish the hat with a crocheted clover or 2. This one is practice, I’m not really a crocheter but I’m feeling the need to cover as many crafty bases with this kid as possible. You’ll see what I mean soon enough 🙂

clover

Between sweater sleeves and the Dr. Who Scarf (which I haven’t started but already feel the emotional weight of) I’m a little done with plain old knits. I’m going to break it up with a bit of bootee and hat (surprise) knitting. My husband’s cousin’s wife’s baby shower is early next month and will require something cute for oohing and aahing. But in the meantime:

Pink Dolphin

Embroidery! Embroidery? Well, since Lauren has been making all these great embroidered gifts I thought I could too. This cheesy gem features one of those rare pink dolphins from the Amazon River (or LA). Witness my first real attempt at backstitch, not too bad for a first try. A little wobbly and not as even as I would like but HEY! check out that French knot eyeball. Pretty good eh?

Knife Diagram H

My plan is to practice a bit and then embroider a simple knife diagram on an apron for my brother-in-law’s birthday. It’s not as strange as it sounds: we took cooking classes this winter (we’re both vegetarians who want to be able to make delish veggie dinners) and knife skills was part of the course. I learned both the Japanese and French style of cutting food. Fancy!

Knife Placement 1

I’m still not sure about the placement, but I think the pocket would be nice. UNLESS!!! OH IDEA! I could flip the knife 180 degrees and boom! it will fit on the sternum. I may just do that since embroidering on the pocket would be rough. Thanks for the inspiration blog!

Knife Placement 2Knife Diagram V

Now I just need to practice: dolphin pod or other twee critters?

That’s right, it’s today.  Enjoy!

pipe bag

My friend Neil casually mentioned that he’s had a knitting machine locked in the trunk of his car for 2 years. Other than the immediate ‘why the hell would you possibly have a knitting machine’ reaction there was the ‘I MUST HAVE IT’ response. I’ve been lusting after it for over a year now. Sigh. It’s like a friend, my little knitting machine fantasy. I daydream about the crazy shibori experiments I could try and the silly photo blankets I could compose.

So I proposed to Neil. No, no, made a proposal to him to make a Dr. Who scarf in exchange for his knitting machine—which he TOTALLY isn’t using and should therefore just give me (ebay be damned!) 😉

Dr. Who Pics

Here’s a glory shot of the yarn, minus 4 back ordered skeins, as proof of my intentions. The green is named ‘nervous green’  hee hee…don’t worry little yarn, I’ll be gentle.

Dr. Who Yarn

ANYWAY, here’s the blinders part: I’m not entirely sure he’s accepted my offer. I mean, I know he wants a Dr. Who scarf, but is he willing to part with his random piece of trunk nostalgia?

In addition, I’ve never seen this knitting machine so it would be rather funny to knit a 20 foot long scarf for a hand-cranked I-cord maker. That’d be just my luck!

Right now, while someone is out smokin’ and drinkin’ and carrying on at pipe club, I am here struggling in the last vain attempts at girlfriend perfection. I also kind of need to be writing an article for a professional journal that’s due on Friday, so that just shows you where my priorities are right now.

The inspiration:

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The pipe bag:

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Thanks goes out to this awesome lady, without her I would be making a big giant mess with needle and thread. Not that it’s not really messy or anything, but I shudder to think about what would have happened had I done it regular old embroidery-style.

Tomorrow I will try to have pics of the finished accessory! God help me.