Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Knitting, Knitting...Must Keep Knitting...

I am an addict. It is plain and simple. I love to knit. I honestly never would have thought that I would enjoy it this much. But I do. Never have I dreamed of a very cold; very snowy winter... but I am this year because I think how wonderful to be 'stuck' at home in front of the fire knitting! OK, maybe we can forego the very cold. Very snowy would be ok.

As I mentioned earlier, I have put myself on a self-induced bag-knitting restriction. So far I have stayed on my 'diet' (unusual for me....)
Of course, the only reason for my success is that I have replaced knitting bags with knitting hats! Here are my first two...

This is the hat you saw my son modeling on my last post. Sure wish he was in town so he could model it again and you could see his wonderful smile! But a bowl will have to do for today....

I double stranded Paton's Wool for this.. and it really is too thick for my liking...



So I had to try again, with a single strand. I'm much happier with the feel of this second hat, but not as happy with my coloring strategy.


Wish I would have put white in the middle of the two varigated sections... Oh well.
Third time's a charm I hear! (Maybe I'll have to cast on #3 today!)


Next, I was able to felt my Trellis Tote, a bag designed by Diane in Chicago, (which was a very fun bag to knit) It is not quite dry, so I haven't attached the I-cord handle to it yet or given it its' shave, but it came out better than I had hoped. I know I will get good use out of this bag. Can't wait to knit another (maybe with a flap this time).. once I'm off my 'diet', of course!




Came home from Galena this morning and my book from Amazon had arrived and was greeted warmly by my Sweet Georgia yarns from The Loopy Ewe. (which are just dying to be knit up and worn around town). I am hoping that knitting socks on two circulars will be a little easier for me with all my circular needle experience. Time will tell....










The other part of my Amazon order has not arrived yet, but I am expecting them any day... Two Lefse Aprons. For those not familiar with Lefse check back soon for photos of our first of many Lefse making days. I will be making it during our church's Fall Festival and need to make quite a bit before hand as well. It may very well be one of my favorite all time foods.
Now I got you curious.....

9 comments:

Joy said...

I just love the felted hats and the Trellis bag is such a beauty! Great work! and I just love knitting too so I know just what you mean.

Sheri at The Loopy Ewe said...

I confess. I, too, am a knitting addict.

And I love your bags and hats. :-)

Rohanknitter said...

Uff da! I love lefse!! One of our wedding presents was an actual "lefse grill." I must confess though, I rarely make it.
Show us your aprons when they come!
I'd love to know what you think of the "socks soar" book when you get a chance to try it. I bought that book months ago but haven't tried anything yet.
ps. all your knitting looks wonderful

Janice said...

Rohanknitter,
Thanks for your comments :-)!!
I do believe that making lefse is a lost art. I have tried to pass the art on to my children. My daughter is proficient, but, alas, my boys lack the desire (because mom makes it!) and I foresee making it for them for years to come!! (Although I already know that everything they need to make lefse will be a wedding present, for sure!!) I have a WONDERFUL recipe that calls for instant potatoes and is quite easy. I will share it next week with photos of my first lefse day of the season.

Janice said...

Joy and Sheri,
My fellow knitting addicts! I just knew I wasn't the only one!!

Robin said...

Love, love, the hats, and bags. But would possibly maim someone for that sock yarn. It is sooooo pretty. I so want to order some but can't seem to make myself spend the money. What is wrong with me???????

Rohanknitter said...

Thanks, I'd love to see your easy recipe. Mine calls for riced potates, and that's usually enough to stop me in my tracks. The town my mom is from (in North Dakota) has an annual "Lefse Days" festival this time of year - some day I'd like to go.

Ang W. said...

Have you made both the Trellis Bag and the Ball Band Bag? They do look different but similar. Can you tell me what is the main difference?

Janice said...

Ang w
The main difference between the trellis and the ball band, is the trellis has larger windows and a larger distance the slipped stitch goes, so it basically creates a honeycomb effect when you felt it. Both are very easy to knit, especially if you are familiar with the Mason Dixon ballband dishcloth.