I suspect you are dying to know my New Year’s Resolution, so let’s get that out of the way.
Listen. I don’t want to make anybody feel inadequate. Just because I have dreams and ambition and a crackling fire in my belly doesn’t mean that everybody does. Life is hard. We have difficult choices to make. But my feeling is: aim for the stars. Get out there and TRY, girl. Like it says on the sweater, BE the change you want to see in the world. So that is why I am fully committed to my New Year’s Resolution, however unrealistic or difficult it may prove to be. I solemnly promise, in front of God and this assembly, that throughout the calendar year 2009:
I will use hand cream on a regular basis.
It may be too late to prevent early onset of Dinosaur Claw Hands. (The feet have already gone mesozoic, and cannot be saved.) But, doggone it, I’m going to try.
Stuff I Made in 2008
So. I made 2 more Noro striped scarves before I was Done With That. One in mistake rib and one Classic Jared, for a total tally of 4 scarves or 16 skeins.
I have come to prefer the Mistake Rib version. Less stripe, more drape. A bit easier to knit. Wafflier.
These were Christmas gifts. I finished them in Nebraska but brought them home to wash and block, because I don’t like my mom’s well water and it was too cold there for handwashing anyway. Handwashing must wait for spring. And now I’m mailing one back to Nebraska. That’s the way it goes, sometimes, with the handknit Christmas gifts. No point in stressing about it. It’s not like it’s not still winter there or anything.
Straight Talk About Calorimetry
With my rich lode of Silk Garden leftovers, I finally got around to making a couple of Calorimetries.
Now. There is one reason that Ravelry has 6,898 Calorimetries logged in so far. It’s not because our society has a gaping unmet need for partial hats, or woolly button-on headbands. Sure, it’s nice to have such a thing if you have long hair and you wear it bunched up in the back, but people were finding ways of dealing with their hairstyle/hat interface before Calorimetry came along. The reason this pattern is so wildly popular has nothing to do with the FO itself, its utility or beauty. It’s about how truly fun they are to knit. The perfect tasty snack, with a little trick that is easily figured out the first time through. I could see myself falling and not getting up from this project if I’m not careful. As a precaution, I decided never to knit one from anything from leftovers. That should keep my production levels somewhat related to the number of people I know who might wear such a thing. (By the way, for my Silk Garden versions I cast on 100 stitches instead of 120, and used size 6 needles to keep the gauge reasonably tight.)
Such a great place to put a vintage button or two. (If you put 2 the fit is more adjustable to the Hair Of the Day.)
This one really looks like an eye. Creepy? Yeah, but so what. I think there are remnants of 4 different shades in it.
Maggie liked it. She would have liked it a lot more if it had a North Face logo on it, just saying.
That clears my 2008 FO inventory. Moving on.