Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Obligatory Knitting

Thank you for all your compliments on the Seamless Hybrid. I must confess that I think I'm prouder of it than I have been of any other knitting project I've completed; I caught myself looking at my husband -- well, at his sweater, anyway -- all throughout Thanksgiving dinner and petting him whenever he came near. The family and friends were much impressed, and my uncle even asked me if I would knit a sweater for my aunt -- the very same aunt who taught me to knit many, many years ago! That was a request to which I could not say no, so there will be some yarn acquisitions in the future. I'm thinking another EZ seamless sweater, perhaps a stranded yoked design. Any and all ideas are welcome.

We had a fairly quiet weekend and avoided all the malls and shopping areas on Black Friday. In fact, other than going to the supermarket, the only shopping we did all weekend was a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond for some much-needed items: a proper drying rack for faster blocking and a cover for our bathtub drain so I could finally use it to wash larger knitted items. I used both right away to finally wet block the Seamless Hybrid, and it was amazing how quickly it dried (not mention how nicely a proper blocking allowed the stitches to relax and even out). As you can see, the racks (I wound up buying three) are serving very nicely to help with my sock washing:

I did do a fair amount of knitting over the holiday weekend, though mostly for others. On Thanksgiving day, it was more of these:

Since then, I've been working on some items that might shock you if you're familiar with the types of things I normally knit.


This Friday is my office's second-annual hallway sale to benefit the United Way. Last year, most people brought in odds and ends they had around the house, and I brought in a bunch of novelty yarn scarves I'd knit for fun with no intended recipient in mind. People just went crazy for them! So this year, I decided to make good use of the freebies that were in the Stitch 'n Pitch goodie bags. I'm hoping people will shell out some big bucks for these, especially as it's for a good cause. The benefit for me? I'm finally moving all this novelty yarn out of the stash.

10 comments:

Jess said...

Oooohhh! Don't you just love the drying racks! I need more. I have one, but I need one to two more. Last week I used our pac n' play on it's side as a drying rack. lol!

Want more novelty yarn? lol!

Jen said...

Wow. Just look at that sea of socks.

Seriously, do you want another ball of novelty yarn for next year's sale (or any last minute holiday knitting)? I have a full ball left over from that chemo cap that I recently knit and have no idea what to do with it.

Jenn said...

I keep meaning to get a drying rack, but I'm never near Bed Bath and Beyond and when I am, I totally forget about it.

I was going to make a bunch of teeny sweaters for ornaments, but I recently gave away all my scraps (and novelty yarn!). I mailed them all to Amanda Cathleen because she's a girl scout leader and is going to use them for projects for her girl scouts. Yay for getting rid of scraps!

Rebecca said...

And, I am MOST CERTAIN the hubby didn't mind the extra petting and cooing.........

weezalana said...

Those drying racks sure beat my fancy "hang them over the sides of the daybed frame" method!

The_Add_Knitter said...

I know it's a long way off, but let's meet up at the next Stitch n Pitch in Pbgh!! I went last year (06) and it was so fun.

DPUTiger said...

Yay Company Sock Wash! I washed my 3 in-use pairs in a hurry on Sunday night and wound up just flipping them over the line in the laundry room to dry. I then left town for three days and haven't been downstairs yet. I'd hope they're dry by now!

Octopus Knits said...

You should be proud! I'm sure your Aunt's sweater will be wonderful - that's very cool!

The little sweaterlets are super cute, and what a great use for novelty yarn!

Hmm... I need some of those drying racks.

Rach said...

Do those drying racks fold up easily when not in use?

SJ said...

Unfortunately they don't fold up, but they're not very tall, so you could probably shove them under a bed or in the back of a closet standing up.