Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself

I have posted before about my problem with Monkey Mind and once again the monkey in my head is raising his ugly fist.  Rattling in my head are a million ideas of things I could create with yarns and fiber that I have on hand (mostly).  Meanwhile, rattling around my house are what feel like a million stalled projects:

Like this design as you go wrist warmer, I'm working on.

 Or this strip design vest which is about 2/3's done.

Or work on the fronts of this sweater from handspun, with the back already completed.

Or this scarf from Mini Mochi yarn and weave-it squares.  Three more big squares to to, then 12 little squares.

Or wind this warp which I have already completely worked out the design.

Or this doubleweave sampler warp.  (Whoa!  the colors are totally off.  They should be baby blue and chocolate brown.)

Or pick out yarns and wind the warp for this upcoming workshop.

Or ply these three completely different yarns that are waiting on storage bobbins.  (Or for that matter, finish spinning the rest of the fibers for these yarns.)

  Or perhaps ply this spindle spun cashmere.

Or begin the final tapestry assignment from the James Koehler Workshop

Or work out the studies that I want to do on these two other tapestry warps.

Or cast on and knit this baby sweater that I swatched a couple weeks ago.

Believe it or not, before starting this blog post I was going to photograph and catalog yarn on Ravelry.  After seeing how poorly the color comes out on this soggy rainy day, that plan has been eliminated.

Clearly I need some meditation time to get my scattered self focused.

Meanwhile, there is one finished object to report:

A prayer shawl from Joann's Sensations yarn.  The colors are mostly browns and golds with a tad of moss green thrown in.  The idea was to make one that would work for the masculine prayer shawl recipients.  It's okay....the way the ball of yarn was wound, I thought it would be mostly moss green with a bit of brown.

Oh well....from overwhelmed to underwhelmed all in one post.  Meditation cushion, here I come!!

PS: the McCafe coffee was decaf.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Colors of September

Sue has put out the call for our Colors of September.  So here is the version from my corner of the world:




Blue (well...Blue Spruce)




I realize that this might be cheating a bit.  The weather has been wet and windy, making it difficult to take landscape style photo's.  As an example of the wet, when I woke up and looked out my bedroom window this morning, our lawn had sprouted a constellation of white polka dots!  I had to put on my glasses to be sure that it wasn't scattered trash.


So I will end with the reflection of all the colors in the spectrum brought to  you by:

Now head over to Life Looms Large and join in the fun.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thoughts on Design from the Finish Line

I've been thinking about design a lot since the workshop with James Koehler.  Since he references the Bauhaus quite a bit in his design instruction, I've been reading a lot of Anni Albers.

Simplicity in design is one of the hallmarks of the Bauhaus designers, and I can't help but think that this  sweet baby hat (ravelry link) is one of the most simple and elegant knitting designs I've ever come across:

This is the newborn size, but I think it would have to be a pretty substantial newborn...maybe more like 4-6 months IMO.  I loved knitting this and wanted to start another as soon as it was finished.

A couple of you asked to see what I was knitting in the car in my last post.  I hesitate, because I shamelessly copied this sweater down to the last detail from my friend, Mary.  (I included the link so you can go tell her how much you like the sweater.)   It was she who selected the buttons and the colors and knit this sweater first.  I merely copied her design decisions:
This is Mary's interpretation of the Rambling Rows Jacket by Cottage Creations.  It makes me smile every time I look at it.  My son works for a German owned truck building company and his first question was, "Is it for a German baby?"   The colors are close to the German flag....except the charcoal gray would be black.  But no, the baby has a bit of our German heritage since it is being born to my great niece (which will make me a great-great-aunt....wow!) and he will be the good old "Heinz 57" mixture that most of us in the U.S. are.  (I wikkied that for readers who may not know the Pittsburgh euphemism).

The jacket is another one of those elegant designs.  Since it didn't use up too much yarn, I bought some red locomotive buttons and will knit up another with gray as the main color.  I've been knitting baby sweaters for most of my "great" nieces and nephews.  Having one in the stash will be a good plan.  Especially since we've been attending weddings lately.

So...for the baby shower:  a newborn size hat for this winter and a toddler size jacket for next fall/winter.

Continuing down the finish line are this pair of socks:

The yarn is ancient and has aged in my stash for a good many years.  They also languished on the needles for quite awhile.  Now they are done. 

Like the squirrels who have been frantically gathering nuts and stashing them in various holes dug in the lawn, I've been digging up UFO's to either finish or unravel.  Must be the autumn air.....

Monday, September 13, 2010

A weekend away

Pure Michigan:

It looks more like a November day than a September day.

And in the car, there was knitting:

Baby shower gift for Sept. 25 completed thanks to the design and encouragement of my friend, Mary.
Since I totally copied her design, I'm hoping she'll post full pictures of what I copied.

PS:  I have no idea why blogger won't change the color of the link for the light house.  

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I like this...

I like that someone would think of this.
I like that that someone would take the risk, step out of the box and do this.
And I like that the responses of people are unexpected.