Sunday, March 19, 2006

Quiet Sunday

Thank you for all the good advice. This morning the black Miina woke me up half past six, there was a beautiful dawn and I felt all the good reasons to get up early and make the first cup of coffee. I love the quiet knitting time late at night but maybe it is better to cut it down by few rows.

I did not get to do much knitting today, but this is how the cardi looked on my lap when the sun hit it through the window...

And here another sign of the spring approaching. It is some of Tina's winter jacket.
PS. Did try to give toe-up socks another try with circular needles, two at the same time. But this dog is simply too old for these new tricks.


  1. Carol in Texas02:24

    Hi Lene,
    I'm glad you are feeling better now. Are you going to spin some of Tina's undercoat?
    Maybe when you feel more energetic, you'll try the toe-up socks on 2 circulars. I've been resisting toe-ups for ages but knew that I had tod try it when it became clear that the one skein of Socks that Rock was not going to be enough for 2 socks. So far, it's not at all difficult and whether I try it for another pair depends on how well I like the fit. It feel good, at any rate, to have tried something new - it made me feel better about having to rip out the almost completed original sock.

  2. You're not too old to learn the two socks on circulars. I started a pair last year (48years), then got discouraged after finishing the toes, it seemed too too confusing. A week ago I dug them out again. Now I'm having fun with them! It's making total sense now. Even more, I like watching the two socks growing at the same time, though they do grow slowly. Use two different colors of fingernail polish and paint the ends of the circs. Example, blue for one set of needles, yellow for the other set.

    Keep the great blogs coming! :-)

  3. Have you tried toe-ups with short rows or toe-ups with a banded toe? I find the short row toe very easy to start, but a banded toe much harder.

  4. Anonymous14:22

    Dear Lene,
    Greetings from Ireland. I'm a visitor from Yarn Harlot.

    I have been knitting for several years and never, not once in my entire life, have I had any interest whatsoever in knitting socks. That is, not until I saw your fabulous knee socks (especially the green ones). Please can you tell me if you had a pattern? And if there's a book you recommend, particularly on knee socks?
    Like most knitters, I regard myself as Intermediate in Skill, but Expert in Taking Risks . . . I'll tackle anything. Just not short sox. Never short sox.

    Any information you can give me would be most appreciated. (I want your green sox.)

    Many thanks and kind regards,

    PS I have 2 dogs also, and it's (unusually) snowing here in Ireland right now. Both of them always want to go for a walk. Even if they're already on one.

  5. hi Lene,
    I stay up too late knitting too. I need to be sure it does not interfere with teaching school the next morning.

    My, we all treasure those little signs of spring when they come!

    Almost every day mom would sweep the floors in the house almost every day she would comment, "We have enough hair here to make another dog." But one dog at a time was always enough for our house.

    I have found a use for that hair, but only a wee bit of it. I have a fan vent above my stove that carries exhaust to outdoors. Each spring birds try to build a nest in there. Yuck -- I don't want birds above my stove!!! So, I give the cat a good brushing and collect her hair into a coffee filter. I attach the cat hair -filled filter to the inner lip of the vent on the outside of the house. Voila -- no birds.

  6. Ellen in Conn16:40

    Hello, Lene,

    Thank you for all your writings and beautiful pictures and inspiring knitting. I, also, just sent for "Holiday Knitting", due to your green socks. I love to knit toe-up, because then I know when to turn the heel and still have enough yarn for the rest of the sock. Cuff-down would drive me nuts, always stressing about whether I would have enough to cover my toes or would this sock fit a tiny foot or a boat-footed person??? Also, I use the "Magic Loop" method on one long US000 circular needle.

    About learning new ways - my sister told me about the "continental" method of holding the yarn, and thought that if she could learn to knit in the first place, then she could learn to knit another way, so she did. Years later, she learned to knit in the other direction - left-to-right - so she didn't have to keep flipping the work when reknitting a narrow section of cable without ripping the whole garment. This is also useful in entrelac. So I learned how to knit continentally, but the purl trick took a number of years more to get.

    My grandmother was Lena, short for Caroline. Her Mama was Karoline.

    thank you again, and happy SPRING!

  7. I have hopes if I leave the dog hair on the floor it will felt into a rug. Glad you're feeling better!

  8. Like you, I have not given toe up socks a try. Socks are my sort of relaxing knitting and my grandma taught me top down and one at a time, so for now I think I will continue this way. The sweater looks lovely in the sun!

  9. LOL, My Elise who has a short coat is shedding now too!
    It's Everywhere!

    I love the color yellow on your cardi! It is beautuful in the morning sunlight! (I am back to knitting dark colors again for awhile, uhggg!)

  10. Hi Lene, Glad to hear you're feeling better. My toe up sock disappeared, I ripped it out and started it again as a normal sock. It seems to make much more sense going from the leg down. Besides, I just wasn't having fun while struggling with it, and now the fun is back, and I can enjoy watching the pattern growing from the self patterning yarn.