Therapies

Weasel!!!!Since, for many reasons, I’ve reached the point of total physical, mental and emotional exhaustion, I’ve taken to immersing myself in the things that I enjoy the most: my family, my knitting, new yarn, the weasels, Madori, and work (because despite the high-stress, I really love my job).

As such, not only have I kicked some serious tail at work, I’ve managed to make some serious progress on Tangled Yoke.

It's a sweater!All this puppy needs now is a second button band, some super rad buttons, and a good washing. I’m psyched that it’s coming along so well now, and the few modifications that I made to the pattern are definately working.

Course I did have to break down and spring for a couple new needles. I welcomed a US 0 32″ Addi Turbo and a US 4 32″ Addi Turbo to the needle stash. And while I was at the LYS, well, how could I not engage in a little retail therapy? A hank of Malabrigo lace weight and 5 skeins of Claudia Hand Paint fingering weight came home with me. The Malabrigo’s for a lace scarf; the Claudia for Eunny Jang’s knee-high entrelac socks, a pattern I’ve been drooling over since I got my copy of the spring Interweave.

This is on top of the tweed and merino lace weight cones and the yak and camel skeins I also ordered from School Products. Bad little yarn stasher! I’ve been drooling over their Web site for quite a while and could no longer resist the urge to place an order and check Why me?them out. Plus, some of their coned yarn is on sale…perfect timing. If I like the quality, I may have to spring for one of those $50 silk cones…or a slightly more expensive cashmere cone. Ooooohhh, cashmere…

I’ll have some lovely new yarn photos to share when the order comes in.

Despite the freaked-out look on Madori’s face in the first photo, she was raised with the ferrets. I don’t know why she gave Buddha such a wide-eyed worried glare, other than the fact that the bed is her turf, but it’s an awesome shot.

She was supposed to be a skunk for Halloween, but her costume’s a bit small and she hates it anyway. I think she looks pretty darn cute as Intellectual Madori in my glasses, though.

She’s probably secretly plotting her revenge…

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Thinking Reddish-Pink

Pip peeks at his MommaAmong the many, many credits that I can give to Ravelry (and if you’re already on Ravelry, then you know what I’m talking about), one of the notable personal credits I can give Ravelry is the kudos for inspiring me to make my peace with Tangled Yoke.

While Lil Bro was sleeping over the past week, I was Ravelring (and making up words in the process). What a gem Ravelry is. Until you’re into it, you really can’t comprehend it; it’s quite the vasty network in there.

Anywho, in my clicks and searches and uploads, I checked out the other versions of Tangled Yoke out there…and I got to feeling a little guilty about my situation at home. There’s some lovelies being knitted (or sported, for that matter), and my Tangled Yoke was just sitting in a crumpled heap.

Also, I found that the vast majority of the FOs and WIPs were woolies, which is not to be in anyway offensive to woolies. Woolies are awesomies (also my made-up word) if you can wear um. But if they tend to make you’re skin want to pack up and move to warmer, less wool-friendly climates, then they’re just not ideal. In the case of Tangled Yoke, I got the insatiable urge to show how awesome this cardi can be even without animal fiber.

So what did I do? I ripped. Out came the needle and rip, rip, rip went the semi-tangled Yeah, that's right, I'm looking at you, ferret!yoke. I ripped back to the last row before the decrease that preceeds the charted set-up row (wow, what an awkward way to say that…can’t believe I used to be a magazine editor, huh?), and then took the opportunity to do something yet unattempted with my Tangled Yoke: I tried it on. There couldn’t be a more perfect fit. Talk about inspiration to finish it; now I want to wear it!

I slipped her back onto the needle, worked the decrease row, and then smartened up prior to jumping back into that chart. I made myself a messload of stitch markers out of some of my waste skein of reddish-pink mercerized cotton. Here’s the thing with real stitchmarkers: some of them are really awesome, artwork even. But I can’t stand the extra weight they put on my needles and the awkwardness of knitting around them. I usually just make some little markers out of waste yarn or embroidery floss, and they work just peachy keen for me.

I then worked the Row 1 of the chart, putting the markers in place at the repeats as I went. And guess what: No screw ups! No tinking! No frogging! Who knew it would take so much aggravation to get such a simple solution to pop into my head!

So now I’m thinking reddish-pink, one marker after the next, until this chart is history and Tangled Yoke is cast off. I’m also thinking a trip to the LYS is in store really soon; I’m gonna need a longer US 4 circ if I’m gonna put a button band on this baby.

And I’m also going to need some snazzy little buttons…

Spoiled little bratNo new photos of Tangled Yoke yet because 1) no time for shooting and uploading and editing and fiddling with the posting this week (still part-time nurse, but also full-time flack again) and 2) well, why jinx the progress at this point.

But I hope you enjoyed the charming and adorable fuzziness that is Pip shamelessly plastered all over this post.

A Pause

Blogging has been spotty, and will be for a while, as I help Lil Bro deal with his broken femur and subsequent surgery to repair said broken femur.

I spent 3 days in the hospital with him, and now I’m working from the office in the mornings and working from his house, in between running for juice and ginger ale and helping him reposition his leg and change his bandages, in the afternoons and evenings.

I did get my Ravelry invite, though, which is a.w.e.s.o.m.e. I can’t wait to play on it, but right now I’m Nurse Weaselmomma until further notice.

Warning: Knitting-Related Spoiler…Really

Pushing DaisiesMy favorite new show of the season is most definately “Pushing Daisies.” The previews and commercials for it intrigued me, and by the first episode…yeah, totally hooked.

Last night was Episode 2, and I actually put down Henry to watch it.

Totally hooked.

As if the premise and the fairy tale and the rich color of it wasn’t enough to make it fabulous, the characters are adorable and the actors do a fine job.

And best of all…Emerson Cod knits!

In last night’s episode, he was so stressed in the week that Chuck had been back that he knit “a sweater vest and two handgun cozies.” And the knitting needle saved them from the body bags in the car!

So, Henry only got two more rows added to him, and I fell even more in love with this show.

No new shots of Henry, because really, what does two rows do. And Tangled Yoke…yeah, we’re still not on speaking terms…

Awesome show…

PS: I am not in any way affiliated with the ABC Network.

Possibilities

RevealedI think all knitters stash.

The idea of pulling out some gorgeous hank or skein out right when you want it is just so appealing to we the knit-a-holics.

I’d say that my stash is relatively tame. There’s a lot Ummmm...Malabrigo....of old acrylic and novelty yarn in there, waiting to be turned into stuffed toys (which will happen eventually…maybe).

But mixed in with the “Mink” eyelash yarn that’s leftover from my first year of knitting, when I couldn’t figure out how to purl so everyone got garter stitch “Mink” scarves; and behing the Sugar & Cream, leftover from that dishcloth kick I got over really quickly, there’s some real gems.

Like the three hanks of worsted weight Malabrigo “Oceanus” that I have no idea what to do with. Although Ahhh...Sundara...even the buttery Malabrigo cannot be wrapped around this neck, I love this yarn so much. It’s been in there for months.

Or the beautiful Sundara “Dahlia” merino sock yarn waiting to be woven into some lacy sock pattern that I have yet to decide. The color is so vibrant that it’s almost unbelievable.

(I have stared at and petted this yarn in the stash more times than I can count, but just can’t bring myself to wind it into a ball and cast on just yet. The perfect pattern has yet to manifest for me.)

And then there’s simple things, like the lone skein of Nature Wool. It’s Nature Woolpartner was worked into my first fulled purse…which helped me realize that fulling/felting just isn’t my thing.

Lately, this skien has been calling to me. I think it wants to be a pair of Fair-Isle mittens…but then again, maybe not.

Part of the beauty of the craft, to me, is that the possibilities are truly endless, and each skein tells it’s own kind of story: where it’s been and what it wants to be.

Like the Bamboo Wool. When I took 3 balls home, it had no idea what it wanted to be. But when we laid our eyes on Henry, it all came together. A perfect match of pattern and fiber.

Henry, growing every day

Henry’s about 27 rows in now and moving right along. The texture of the herringbone pattern is just fabulous, and the yarn really shows it to its fullest. If you love sheen and stitch definition, you’ve just gotta love bamboo.

A really big part of me just can’t wait to rip out that provisional cast on of magenta mercerized cotton. But another part of me is afraid of damaging the edge while I’m still knitting on it. And an even bigger part of me is afraid that the whole thing is going to just fall apart once that pink row is gone.

Oh, the anxiety…

Madori is actually fond of the stash.

The Queen Herself

It’s stored under the bed, and she loves sleeping under there, on top of the plastic container.