K is for… um…

Oh right, K is for Knitting!

Can you believe it took me a whole week and many minutes dismissing Frida Kahlo before I figured out that K is for Knitting.  Ahem.

I learned to knit in the 80′s, from my roommate Tami. We ordered wool from a catalog. I got enough for two sweaters! Some teal greenish marly 2 ply and some lopi or lopi like. And off I went knitting the green yarn into a sweater for 6’3″ and about 190 pounds. It was in the round, I don’t remember if there was a pattern or what it was. I got to the armpits and wondered why it looked more like something for me (at 5’9″ish and lots less than 190). Well… knitting into the back of every stitch wasn’t quite right.

So I did the sensible thing and put that down. And started the second sweater. I got the body done and the two arms, and then put it down (probably because the idea of putting it all together was just too much).

And then I knit a hat, Inca style with llamas on it, from yarn I dyed with walnuts and some other things and a pattern I totally made up. And gave it to 6’3″. It was a good hat!  (pride pride… you know, cometh before the fall…)

And then we split up. We weren’t married, but it was a long relationship and much like a divorce. He gave me back the hat. I gave it to a daughter of a friend (in Seattle, so I’d not see it again…).

I had forgotten how to knit. I was cleaning out. Gave the half made sweaters, yarn, and needles to Tami. I’m not sure what she did with the marl sweater, but she finished the lopi sweater and gave it back to me!

It was too huge for me to wear, even when I was 9 months pregnant. And, the neck was too tight. I understand now about a loose bind off. Libby (of Water St. Yarns) and I talked about taking the neck out and felting the whole thing and cutting it into a cardigan. We must’ve started this, oh, 3 years or so ago.  When the idea of taking something out was still kind of scary…  (talk about unfinished projects)

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notice the pattern is reversed on the cuff and hem

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I remember walking around the forestry school in, must’ve been 1985 or so, thinking about this and deciding I just didn’t care

So last night I dragged the thing out, so I could show you the second thing I ever knitted (even though I didn’t knit it all)… and dh says ‘who is that sweater for’? (I think he feels badly that his January birthday sweater sits without arms). I told him how I’d asked him years ago if he wanted it and he didn’t. I’m pretty sure that he tried it on, discovered the neck was uncomfortable and just dismissed it as a possibility for him.

Then I said, why don’t you try it on.
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see he’s holding my ball?

It fits him great (in a loose sort of way)! The thing is 52 inches across the chest and 30 inches long. Geesh, no wonder it takes me forever to finish sweaters for him. Sadly his birthday sweater isn’t as long as this. Maybe it’ll block out a bit (if I ever finish the arms). I’ll bind off the neck on this one over the weekend and block it out (it puckers around the yoke a bit).

This is a long post… what you get when you don’t get a chance to do so over the week…

Third time’s a charm with the niece’s earflap hat.
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Just have to put the earflaps on it, and a pom-pom, and braided ties.
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Because I’d knitted straight up rather high, I did some quick decreasing, double decreases in four places around the top, like in the father-daughter hat or Julie’s (radioactive Julie!), I’m sorry, Trek’s school beans hat.

I know you’re all on the edge of your seats about the snowpile…
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May 28 (me) and May 30 (mom of 4 year old mentioned previously).  There really is ice under all of that dirt.

The two of us…
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I just love how this picture makes me feel like a wrinkly old hag! I’ll keep telling myself that Scott whatshisname told me when I was 13 how he loved all my wrinkles, so I’ve had them for a long long time!

So this charming redhead gave me some fiber. She’s cleaning out prior to a move. Sure, I said, I’ll take it.
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looks like brains… it’s cotton
alpacafiber
alpaca?

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greasy, crimpy wool

Oh shit! What is all that?
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NOT plastic bag bits, but pupae and larvae and eggs!!!

I am so glad this did not make it into the house at all! I looked closer and found much of the same in the cotton. Not really in the alpaca, so I stuffed that in the freezer for the next few weeks. I’m not even sure it’s alpaca, it might be dog??

I may give it all to another friend who is the education director over at the arboretum. Maybe the birds would like some wool for their nests. Any other ideas on what to do with this? I don’t want to keep it or use it for any spinning/knitting activities.

Whew, talk about chatter Molly!

9 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    May 30, 2008 @ 6:27 pm

    Eeek! I wouldn’t take that stuff into my house!! Eww. So, did you have to do anything to the neck of the sweater for it to fit your hubby?

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    olga said,

    May 30, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

    gag. I hate anything that has the word ‘larvae’ attached to it. My snow pile chances are becoming a snowball in hades now.

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    Molly Bee said,

    May 30, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

    “So I did the sensible thing and put that down. And started the second sweater”…*Snort* We truly are twin daughters of different mothers! I say give it to the birds as a bed AND breakfast treat. Yuck! :-)

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    kmkat said,

    May 30, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

    Wet the possibly-alpaca and sniff it. If it is dog, you will be able to tell. Trust me on this one.

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    b said,

    May 31, 2008 @ 12:16 am

    Ugh, the winter that never ends! I have a garage full of llama, most of which was invaded by moths. It was out there all winter, but I’m not risking it. It’s going to the dump hopefully tomorrow.

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    Jennifer said,

    May 31, 2008 @ 8:43 am

    OK, I’m kind of sickened by that last picture. Ew.

    I like the sweater, and if your hubby likes it, how great is that!

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    Tanya said,

    June 1, 2008 @ 11:41 am

    Great pictures!~ I have so been bugging my mom to go seek out my unfinished lopi sweater in her attic from about 86. I was still learning with a friend helping me and would love to redo it now!

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    mia said,

    June 2, 2008 @ 6:27 am

    That sweater looks like a perfect fit!

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    June 3, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    Wow – what a lot of stuff! I like the lopi sweater and the story, and see that it’s done – hooray!

    Am knee deep in essays in Ft. Collins here, with limited permissions. Have not had time/opportunity to scout out yarn shops, but will be doing so before next Monday, hopefully…

    Hi to the gang –

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