I’ve been a bit mushroom mad here. My mom got me a cute mushroom book (by a woman named Katya) and both the knitting nancies I wanted. The first, a mushroom man, came with very Katja colored cotton yarn, so I’m going to make her a scarf:
Making i-cords with these has been great meditative fun while watching “Heroes” on my computer. I could stay inside all winter watching TV and “knitting” i-cords. I tried out the larger mushroom, but with my sock wool, it was a little too big and loose. Now the kids are using some chunkier wool and having a go at it. (And yes, I’ve gotten very tricky, adding beads to my i-cords. Unfortunately, the really cool ones don’t fit through the hole in the smaller mushroom man.)
As long as I’m playing with wool, I decided to try to make a shrug of various brown yarns. I’ve limited myself to knitting only rectangles and using only simple stitches. I thought that I could make the shrug as a tube on my circular needles, but after a few false starts, I realized that the circulars were too big for the cuffs I had envisioned and I couldn’t bring enough stitches around to make a ring (if that makes any sense). Before resorting to making a rectangle and sewing up the ends for the sleeves, I took the plunge and got out my double pointed needles. (And why do I have dpns? I have no idea!) I’ve watched my neighbor M whip out many a sock on her miniscule dpns, so I figured I could at least try.
I am knitting in the round with double pointed needles. I am making ribbing. I have not inadvertantly added or deleted stitches. I even plan to weigh the finished cuff so that I can be sure to reserve the same weight of yarn for the cuff on the other end (something I wouldn’t have even known to do if I hadn’t been reading blogs). I am so proud of myself! I am even so proud that I will rip all this work out and start over with two ribs fewer so the cuff is a little tighter. (Swatches, we don’t need no stinkin’ swatches.)