Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Project Spectrum Ups and Downs 

First of all, I want to thank everyone who left such wonderful wishes for my move and compliments on my stockings. The positive feedback that I've gotten about the move, particularly from current Seattlites, is so encouraging and really makes me feel like we made the right decision. Not to mention that everyone who's contacted me seeems so nice and has been so willing to provide information. It certainly speaks well of a community when the residents are so giving to newcomers. I've also had an opportunity to check out many new-to-me blogs from first-time commenters, and it feels great to expand my virtual knitting circle.

The latest Seattle news is that Cobra has found us an apartment! It's smaller than our place in DC but it costs way less and, best of all, has a balcony with a view! I'm so excited to sit out there, knit and look at the mountains. You can see a picture from C's camera phone here. He's had a very postive experience at his new job so far and has even gotten to meet his motorcycling hero, Helge Pedersen.

I've had some successes of my own, though they are more of the knitting variety. Back in February, my mom mentioned that she could use some mittens to warm her very cold hands. Her and my dad started a regiment of walking around their neighborhood while he was in cancer treatment, and have stuck with this almost daily exercise, even though my dad is well and could return to his usual running schedule. Her evening walks were becoming more of a chore because she wasn't adequately outfitted for the elements. Knitter daughter to the rescue!

I dug through my stash and found a beautiful, hand dyed ball of Colinette Skye, a sturdy wool yarn that I got at last year's blogger yarn swap. I consulted the work of the high priestess, Knitting Without Tears, and whipped out a pair of 36 Stitch Mittens.


While these were certainly functional and warm, Mom said that she wanted some that were extra warm and extra soft. Plus, I wanted to wanted to give them some Project Spectrum flavor. So, I went back to the stash and found a ball of light blue GGH Kid Mohair I got at the same stash swap.

Mitten Lining

I picked up stitches from the cast-on edge and knit a lining for the mittens. And, they are perfect. These are the cupcake of the knitting world. They whip up quickly, have infinite potential for individuality and satisfy the craving for a small treat. Knitting the lining was like putting on the essential frosting layer that makes it so much sweeter.

Unfortunately, I haven't had the same good luck with another Project Spectrum knit that I embarked on. You may recall that I started a mohair version of a French Girl Pattern. Well, that project has been completed, in a way...

crop top

You may notice that the top looks pretty short in comparions to its width. Well, that's because it is. Even though the pattern indicated that 570 yards would be enough for a top in my size, it fell grossly short. I would like to reuse this yarn, possibly for the layered tube shawl/scarf from Alterknits, but I'm not too thrilled with the idea of trying to rip out double-stranded mohair.

By the way, what's the easiest way to wind a double-stranded yarn back into a single-stranded ball? I've had some trouble trying to do that before.

Despite this set-back, I am knitting on, because life does indeed go on.

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