Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Weasley is Our King!

I decided right after I finished up Morgan's last sweater, that I needed to make one for Rowan. Alas, the tiger sweater I knitted him when he was 2 is now entirely, officially too small.

Rowan: I want to wear my sweater!
Me: Honey, this sweater is too small for you.
R: It is? My tiger one?
M: Yeah, its just too little.
R: Will you knit me a new one?

At this point you have to imagine a winsome 3 1/2 year old boy doing "the cute trick" that Dot Warner was so famous for.

Me: Oh god! Not the eyes! They're too cute! Aaaaaaaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhh!!!!!

(Okay, that didn't happen.)

Me: What kind of sweater do you want?
Rowan: A BIG one!

I decided that he needed a Weasley sweater after I noticed how much like Ron Weasley he looked in a photo I took of him and his sister.

"Ron" being hugged by some insane child in a funny hat Posted by Hello

Soooo....... On Friday, April 8 I cast on the back. At 2:00 a.m. on Saturday the 16th I bound off the neck. (Too tight, I might add. I fixed it after I got some sleep.) The point is, folks, I made an entire sweater in just over a week. 8 days. A sweater.

Go me.

And here it is:

A Very Weasley Sweater Posted by Hello

And modeled by its handsome and dashing new owner:

Weasley is Our King Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Bad Blogger!

I've been a naughty blogger, and haven't posted in something like two weeks. I'm sure that my audience of ... um... actually no one, has really missed me.

My current projects are (since I know you are dying to know):

  • Weasley sweater for Rowan -- I've the back finished and am about half-way through the front. The "R" is coming along nicely.
  • Slytherin scarf -- I have not worked on this since the Ostara gathering. It will be difficult to finish if I don't ever actually pick it up.
  • Funky Mork from Ork Socks, er, armwarmer... erm.... things -- Okay, so here's the deal. I'm plugging away on my first sock with this groovy Rainbowedy sock fabric (that looks as though Mork would totally wear. Possibly on his head.) I am close to turning the heel and I pulled them on my foot to check 'em out. I learned that a) I have ginourmous fat ankles and b) funky rainbowedy rib looks kinda sucky all pulled out. At this point I have two options. Wait, no I have three options. Option the First: I finish the socks and give them to some person with slenderer ankles than I. Sarah or Rhiannon come to mind. Option the Second: I turn them into funky fingerless gloves. Option the Third: I bury them under an oak tree in the park (see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's At Knit's End: Meditations For Women Who Knit Too Much -- Review to be forthcoming).
  • Athena's Cords -- There's a whole long story behind this, and I might even tell it one day. Suffice it to say, what I've got so far, I'll be frogging and trying something different.
  • Cable Sweater -- Yup, I'm actually trying to make myself a sweater. Its a cabled deal, knit from the top down. It may be a magnificent and terrible failure. We shall see.
  • Mitered Poncho -- Using "Red Heart Symphony" yarn. The pattern's fairly groovy, the yarn is soft, but still acrylic. I am developing serious yarn snob tendencies, folks.

I know I've a few other things "on needles" but since I'm not actively carrying them around, nor pretending to knit them, I'm not counting them here.

Right now I'm primarily working on the Weasley sweater, and (since I started it last Friday) feel fairly confident that I'll be not only finishing it, but finishing it soon. After that, its back to the poncho, or maybe the sock/arm/appendage coverings. Or not.