I walk the line

Last night a whole bunch of things happened all in a rush – for an entire evening things flew off the needles and into the finished pile and I was ecstatic.  Out of my mind with glee.  I was walking around the house so chuffed with myself that it was a good long time before I managed to get a grip on my smug self and look at things holistically. 

One pair of men’s socks done!

Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering in Midnight.

Pardon the slightly less than revealing pictures this time of year.  There’s a fine line to be walked between blogging enough to show you guys what I’m doing and spoiling everyone’s Christmas surprises because I’ve taken great pictures. Expect a full parade in about 19 days, but until then this little workshop is playing it close to the vest. (&^$#$!!!!!! I forgot about the vest.)

Then a hat!

Mano Del Uruguay Maxima in Currant.

Then a beautiful skein of handspun!

Oh – I sort of snuck that in.  I know that it’s not technically knitting, but it is a present for a knitter.  It’s about 200m of the most delicious heavy fingering, from fiber I got from Fiber Curio and Sundries. (There’s yarn there too.)  It’s a pretty amazing mix of things that I wasn’t sure I would like:  CVM, bamboo, mohair and angora… but the resulting skein is drop dead gorgeous, soft and bouncy.  I am going to be a good spinner and wrap it up as a present though, just like I planned.  (I may even wrap it today, just so that I stop holding it and thinking about giving the knitter a skein of something store bought.)

I finished all those,  and went to the spreadsheet so that I could check them off, and while I was there I saw the two other pairs of men’s socks I’m planning on finishing (well, and starting too, but finishing sounds more inspiring) and the two sweaters and a vest and two hats and a cowl or two and I’m sort of starting to not feel well.  I know there’s a plan. I know there is. I know that the plan is good. It’s solid, and that if I just work the plan the plan will work, but mostly I’m starting to panic. 

If I can get a few things off that list this weekend I feel like it might be okay.  A few things. Like maybe a sweater or a pair of socks or a sweater and a pair of socks and a hat.  And mittens. 

No problem.

Gifts for Knitters 5  

Books. I know, I know – your knitter probably has a lot of books, but scan this list and compare it to your knitters bookshelf, because a really great knitting reference volume is a gift that keeps on giving.  

The Principles of Knitting
Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear, Updated Edition
Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac: The Commemorative Edition
Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods
Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters

(Do you guys want more book suggestions? I’ve always got a list, but wonder if you want them?)

Gifts for Knitters day 6

Assuming your knitter wears jewelry (and remember, knitters are people first… if your knitter is like me and wears only a family ring, a wedding ring and the occasional necklace on fancy days, a great big honking pair of dangly earrings is still not going to be her bag) I love absolutely everything from Sassafras Creations.  She takes second hand knitting needles and makes fabulous jewelry from them.  It’s ridiculously charming.  I’ve been wanting a necklace like this for ever, and I’m sort of giggly over the pens