As my mind flits hither and thither

It’s just one of those really unfocused days… You know the saying “she jumped on her horse and rode madly off in all directions”? That’s me today. You have been warned.

First, some knitting.

(“Where are the cat pictures? What’s with this knitting stuff? I’m here for cat pictures!”)

Ok, Snowball, how about a quick cat story instead?? I forgot one very important part of yesterday’s tale. When the kittens were born, it was very obvious that Diablo was a boy. Very obvious. No question at all. None. Chaos/Hoho didn’t look like that at all. So, we figured we had a little black girl kitten, who would grow up to be just like her mom… until about week eight, when they arrived. Oh. My. I guess the kittens weren’t quite as perfectly Yin and Yang as we’d first thought.

Back to the knitting. I’d like to get some feedback on my not-so-red Anne Jaywalker. I’m not sure I’m loving how it’s knitting up. What do you think? Of course, in the interest of self-preservation, it took a lovely photograph.

Anmiryam has been staying very focused in the comments, always asking for more detail about what I’m tossing around for the Knitting Olympics. (I know that she’s looking for ideas for her Olympic project – if you have something especially in mind for her, you should definitely drop by and let her know.)

Edit: mrspao has created a brilliant button for Team GB! (Hmm. I wonder if I could move in time to use it??) If you’re a British knitter and have been contemplating the Knitting Olympics, now you’ll be able to proudly compete againt Team Canada.

Um, I briefly contemplated an Eris pullover, but after some swatching, it turns out I don’t have enough of anything in the right gauge in my stash. Since I’m in Stashalong, that takes Eris right out of the running. (Hi Kim! I haven’t purchased any yarn since December 31, 2005… alas, it was delivered last week, so I don’t have that to look forward to anymore.)

Some other things I’ve been tossing around… I have a Woodlands Tunic kit from several years ago. The yarn with the kit is scratchy, lanoliny, purple Briggs & Little stuff. I so do not like lanoliny yarn. I might bathe the skeins this weekend and see if that helps. Oh, and the pattern no longer really appeals to me. But other than that…

The St. Seraphine Knits Simply Stunning Lace Shawl. It’s knit from the point up, so I can use up all of whatever yarn I pick. It’s more complicated lace than I have ever done. I wouldn’t be able to read while knitting it. I have 500 yards of black/green/blue Brooks Farm Harmony or 800 yards of a laceweight black/grey silk – neither of which will make a very big shawl.

The Hourglass Sweater (I am apparently the only knitter in the blogospher who hasn’t knitted this yet). It’s a simple sweater, but looking back over my project list, the fastest I’ve finished any sweater is one month – and that was from bulky yarn in the round. I have some black Brooks Farm Four Play (I just love the name of that yarn – so clever!) that I have to swatch to see if I can get gauge. I also have enough Dale Svale in black or lavendar for this sweater, if I can get gauge.

So, this will be a swatching weekend (it’s all training, right?!). Doesn’t that sound fun, Chaos?

24 thoughts on “As my mind flits hither and thither”

  1. The Jaywalkers look great.

    You might want to add some hair conditioner to the B & L to soften it up and take away some of the scratchiness.

    Yes, my woolies use better and more expensive hair products than me 😉

  2. I love the color of that sweater but I’m not crazy about the sweater itself. I’m probably the other person in the Blog’verse that hasn’t knit Clapotis, the Hourglass sweater, or a pair of Jaywalkers. Lovin’ those red Jaywalkers though!

  3. Are those going to be red jaywalkers? Lovin’ it. Great shot of Chaos.

    I feel a bit outnumbered here…I’m like the only one out of the teeming masses who doesn’t knit, right?

  4. I love the Jaywalkers. Then again, I love red. I’ll fight Lynda for them 😉

    I vote no on any pattern you aren’t in love with now. As for the rest, swatch away! Show us some yarns when you narrow it down.

  5. Kellie N now has a blog!!
    It’s minimal at best, but it does have a photo of my tattoo on it.

    Photos of cats to come later.

    I have no idea yet how all of this works. I don’t even know how to create a list of blogs I read!

    Chaos is a charmer.

  6. That Chaos pic is scaaaary…

    Love the Jaywalk pic – I think you’ll have to knit up more before we can be expected to get an idea of the problem that you are evidently seeing?

    I’m feeling left out. In the interest of fairness, I don’t think we can form a Team U.S.A., but how about a Team Midwest? Our logo could be a knitting cow…


  7. I’d like to say that I have not knitted an Hourglas Sweater either–and you taking one month to do a sweater beats my record (for the ONLY sweater I’ve ever made) by oh, 23 months. And the damn thing doesn’t fit. Damn thing.

  8. i vote for ANYTHING in BFY. My favorite yarn to drool over! I’d like an adult pic of Diablo’s head and horns. I couldn’t see any grey patches in the pic from yesterdays post!

  9. I vote hourglass. Although I quite like the tunic, too and the shawl is pretty…. Decisions, decisions!

    Perhaps Diablo’s horns is like a birthmark which fade with age?

  10. That is a great up-close picture of Chaos with all his whiskers!

    I like the way the sock is working up, the colours should probably go with a lot of different things. They are a little warm and a little cool. I have no idea what I’ll wear the purple socks with ;o)

  11. Lace weight yarn, large needles, severe blocking – you can make a shawl with 800 yrds of yarn. Maybe not big enough for a tall person :-> But, you could donate it to Sheila’s shawls and combine three knitting events into one – an Olympic feat in and of itself.

  12. First, I love, love, love the kitten pictures–Diablo looks so striking compared to his Mom and brother–white really stands out next to the black. Sorry about not having enough yarn for Eris–I like that one too but I need to finish my second Rogue first 🙂 I vote for the hourglass sweater(I haven’t made it yet either) for your Olympic knitting project. It’s challenging enough, but not so challenging that you can’t actually watch the Olympics while knitting it 🙂 Just popping through on weekly Stashalong patrol–have a great weekend, give Chaos a good rubdown for me 🙂

  13. I vote yea on the red jaywalkers too. And all of the choices for the Olympics look good. I’m making myself decide today and am trying to stay away from things that are too complicated.

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