Tuesday, May 30, 2006

A Semester of FOs

Today I managed to write 7 pages of a paper, miraculously enough. I'm not sure how that works, since my usual average is 4-5 pages per day. I'm quite happy about the 7 pages; that puts me at 24 solid pages in a 25-30 page paper. Yay!

But really. You want knitting pr0n, I know it. And as promised, I have some pictures of FOs from over the last semester.

First of all, "The Husband Sweater," so named because it took me from about late September, 2005, to late March, 2006, to knit it. I think I now know why they speak of the curse: it took me forever to knit this thing. Miles and miles of stockinette, folks. On and on and on it went, with only a small break for a little cable at the shoulder. All in all, though, a great project for watching TV, and it fits Coffeeboy - yes, that's what I'm calling him here - perfectly. The pattern was Rosemary's Medium-Sized Sweater from the Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book.

I, by the way, feel very strange posting a headless picture of Coffeeboy. It's like I've decapitated him or something, except I love his head! Where did it go?!

While knitting The Husband Sweater, I also worked on some smaller projects for Coffeeboy:

1) Little glovelets to keep his hands warm, modified from the pattern Cigar at knitty.

These were made with leftover bits of Cascade 220 from a striped raglan sweater that I made last year. I barely had enough of the brown to go around, so I stretched it with some of that lovely orange color and a bit of the red.

2) With the rest of the red, and small bits of green from the same sweater, I made myself some bulky Christmas socks - all red except green on the toes. They became a kind of slipper for me, and are now all pilly. Hence, no pictures.

3) I also made Coffeeboy a hat, that basic ribbed hat from the first Stitch N' Bitch book. I know, there are two hats here. Believe it or not, they both go on Coffeeboy's head. The one on the left - minus the cat, named Magellan, who stepped in to be in the photo - is actually really floppy on his head, and doesn't really fit by any ordinary stretch of the imagination. I made it last year out of some wonderful yarn that still smelled like the sheep that made it. The coffeeboy does wear the hat occasionally, but it's kind of goofy. The one on the right is the stretch ribbed one, made in the smaller SnB size, which was, unfortunately, one size too small. It's a bit tight on his head, but seems to stretch enough to fit, mostly. Thus, I'm on the quest to make him the perfect (as possible, that is) hat!

4) Socks for Coffeeboy. These were my second pair of socks, after the red Christmas ones. I knit them on size 3 needles so they'd go faster, but it should have been size 2. They're too big. Really, I'm establishing quite a reputation for myself. Usually things (that aren't scarves, that is) I make fit a bit better, at least on me. Maybe I just have a problem sizing for other people?

5) You're probably wondering whether or not I ever knit for myself - I probably do too much of that. But this was a light semester in terms of knitting for me, at least in terms of FOs. I did, however, complete the Conwy socks (see this post), which I love. And I also completed a feather-and-fan scarf in Noro Kureyon, knit with 2 balls of one colorway, and 1 of another. Groan. The second colorway is on top, underneath the main colorway. I think they match all right.

Well, I think that's about it for now. Back to wondering why my cats - who are sisters (named Juniper and Magellan) - are having hissy fits every evening. I thought they were hissing at the neighbor's cat outside the window, but they hiss at each other. I wonder why?


Anonymous said...

Don't worry, I still have a head atop my neck. :)

-- Your Coffeeboy Husband

UrsaMajor said...

Showing my preference for the cool colors, I love the scarf!

Angel said...

Coffeeboy's sweater rocks- (and the name btw is so appropriate) the first sweater I ever knit was the basic raglan from the GMS book. I love that book....

The blog looks good and woo-hoo on the writing, now if only I could get writing...

Diana said...

I think you spoil Coffeboy! Your FO's rock! We would like to see his head (the round thing that sits on top of the neck) as all good knitters like eye candy!

Greta_Jane said...

I am new to the idea of knitting blogs. (You will notice that I have not posted any of my knitting yet, because I am scared of your digital camera!). But what is an FO? When angel (who I am assuming is knittingangel) wrote about UFO, I though she meant Unidentified Found Objects. Now I am thinking Finished Objects and Unfinished Objects?

Since I saw and complimented the projects in person, I will just say that I like the cofffeeboy moniker.