Posts Tagged 'Nancy Bush'

Revisiting Old Books

I’ve been slowly going through my old PieceWork magazines. Today I’m back visiting January/February 2005, reading “Frocks, Cloaks, and Pumpkin Hoods: Dressing for Winter in Nineteenth-Century New England”. It’s a great article. However, I’m amazed women survived going out wearing thin stockings, silk shoes that look like ballet flats, and low-necked coats. Most of the article’s clothing examples are from the early-19th century. And yes, there is an illustration of a pumpkin hood made of quilted black silk.

I’m inspired to re-read some of my Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, or Dickens novels. Will I feel like I can “see” the pictures created by the authors if I know what a pelisse looks like? Maybe not, but that time period may feel a bit more solid to me.

There are some great knitting patterns: an Old Shale shawl designed by Evelyn A. Clark, Danish wristlets designed by Nancy Bush, a bead-knit tank top designed by Lily M. Chin (daunting), and Selbu mittens that you knit and embroider, adapted from a design by Heidi Fossnes (not listed in Ravelry). I’ve been working on a red version of the Danish wristlets. Now that I’m on the second wristlet, the pattern seems easier. I may end up making a bunch of these for holiday gifting. If you do cross-stitch, the site has a free pattern of a heart with Quaker motifs for the month of February. Maybe a little late for Valentine’s Day planning, but something to consider for next year.

This edition of the magazine is still available for digital download, according to the Long Threads website.

Current Knitting – 2019

Now that I’m finally back from my cold…. I finished off a hat (begun in 2018) near the beginning of January. And now I’m on to a pair of socks….

The hat is the Hervor Cap from Viking Patterns for Knitting. Ravelry pattern link here. Oddly enough, the pattern makes a hat that’s a little bit too large for me, and maybe a little bit smaller than expected for my recipient.

My new cast-on project are socks, using a pattern I turn to again and again – the Madder Ribbed Sock from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks.

I think I’ll probably make the Hervor Cap again and again, maybe working on how the top of the pattern looks…. Although, all the reverse stockinette (purling) was a bit boring. The cabling was wonderful fun. Yarn was great too (Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted) So I wonder, what knitting pattern do you return to again and again?

Knitting continues – with kitten intervention

Having learned how to get about half an hour of uninterrupted knitting time (run the vacuum cleaner for a while – the kitten magically disappears), I managed to do one full pattern of Pinkie (Child’s French Sock by Nancy Bush). Which means I’m almost through the gusset of the second sock. I’d love to get these totally off the needles before August, or by the beginning of August.

My knitting lags when I have an active kitten participating in every moment of the day.

Precious little knitting is getting done

Between older cats that are acting displaced, and a kitten that’s bonkers, I’ve been busy managing feline expectations. Not a great deal of fancy knitting has been going on — in fact, with the rehearsals for the chorus over the past few weeks, I didn’t pick up my needles more than half an hour at a time.

I can’t figure out how I made this shawl while Malkin was a teen kitten (although it did get unraveled at least once by him). The Leaf Lace shawl was my Winter challenge during the 2006 Olympics. How did I complete it in 3 months, even if you factor in a half hour commute back and forth to work instead of my current one, and no choral practice to take up my free time?

I’ve got one shawl to work on next, after my lace socks (Nancy Bush’s Child’s French Socks, code named Pinkie). The new shawl is color work instead of lace. Hopefully that yarn will hold up better than sock yarn when confronted by little kitten grabby claws and teeth. In the meantime, I’m knitting the socks (found in this knitting pattern book) when the kitten is in “jail” for being naughty. And when I work on them, they go speedily.

Knitter’s pulse check

1 pair of socks finished (Madder socks).

1 bit of mindless knitting cast on to “use up sock yarn”. It’s pretty much a triangle in self-striping wool.
I can’t decide if the self-striping will go rogue once the repeats have to go over ever-increasing territory. But beyond that, pretty mindless.

Later on next week, I will explore the latest boxes of “things Dad kept for me”.

Second sock syndrome

I’ve finally gotten past turning the heel on a second sock, and have reached the always discouraging “knit in same pattern until 3-1/2 inches from the end of where you want to be” stage. Eh. So how many nights of knitting 5 rows a night will it be before I’m surprised by progress? And how many dark, bleak days will there be, until I’m able to take a picture of that doesn’t look like mud? The yarn is so lovely (Mountain Colors Bearfoot, in the Alpine color combination).

If you want me, I’m lost somewhere in the second arch, knitting along. It’s the Lichen ribbed sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. The first sock turned out wonderful after a few broken knitting needles and gauge issues. You can check my Rav page for more details if you have access.

Next project: something on larger needles. But it may still be a “finish up” project.

Knitting socks in the teeth of boredom

Thank heaven for knitting during phone calls. I’ve had a few awkward phone calls that I had to sit through recently. Knitting on my socks is going well… and I managed to bite my tongue many times. For those of you without Ravelry access: they’re the Lichen ribbed socks from Knitting Vintage Socks. I started them in July of last year, and they’re my go to “knitting when distracted” project. The pottery projects have taken the upper hand in my project queue, but I’m still knitting. Pictures when there’s more of the second sock beyond half a leg.

 

In which gauge kicks me in the shins

I’ve been knitting then tinking, then knitting then tinking… all on the same sock: Lichen Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks, by Nancy Bush. The yarn is lovely (Mountain Color Bearfoot); the resulting sock looks lovely, although I’m quite tired of 3 inches of sock that has been done and then undone. Whether or not the sock will fit the recipient is up to the fickleness of Gauge.

So far: one favorite set of wooden needles shattered. I substituted size 1 metal needles, and apparently my gauge gets much tighter when using aluminum needles instead of wood. I now have some red stained wood needles and have sized up to US size 2 (2.75 mm).

The result feels looser on my foot than the version of the sock before it was tinked, so I’m hopeful. However, the Gardener has sturdier, longer feet, so we’ll see how this goes. And Gauge is quite fickle.

A few short words for spare, stylish prose

Henning Mankell’s The Pyramid offers mysteries without overly describing the sensational aspects of the crime scene. They’re a wonderful sharp sorbet, cleansing the brain after reading too much fluff.

There is a series that PBS was showing that is exquisitely acted, but too emotional when compared to the matter of fact tones of the books. I think I’d prefer to read the books first, and then see if I can catch up and see the series later, so that I can enjoy the stories and put the emotional tones in myself.

Unfortunately, I have received a notice that it is due at the library, so I have to finish the last short story. [Shh — don’t tell me how it ends!]

I think I’ll read something else that is different, next. Maybe a Jane Austen or Dickens that I have in the house already. In depressing news — the second sock that I was working on is a different gauge than the first one.  They’re supposed to be mismatched mates, but I can’t hope that the recipient has two different sized calves, now, can I? Gearing up for a frog festival and search for a set of needles one size larger.

Second sock syndrome

Forget second sock syndrome — first sock syndrome has had me in its grip. I’ve got one Hiiumaa mates sock done (except finishing the toe). I’ve been working on this sock off and on since October of 2008. I’ve started the next one, and hope that there are fewer momentous emotional icebergs in the water ahead. This last pair has .not.been.fast.at.all. The socks are well traveled — they’ve been to Europe, New York City, Dallas (and heavens knows where else when they’ve been in the belly of a plane), and I’ve used this particular yarn to death. It’s the third project using these 2 sock yarns, and I’m yawning when I look at it. In fact, I’m wearing a pair of short anklets I knit with it right now.

So, does anyone else have any dirt simple projects that just aren’t flying along naturally? I’ve felt stalled for a good long time, partly by lack of time, and many of my projects are languishing because I’m just too tired from commuting to think of anything other than watching t.v. or reading a novel.


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