Trying Something New...

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Trying Something New...
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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 9:40am

I've professed my love of all things "Yarn" before. But what I've not admitted is that I do not knit for myself-the last time I knit anything for myself was about 45 or 46 years ago when I actually knit myself a sweater. By the time I finished it-I was sick to death of it-& gave it away.

This year, knowing that Mike felt about as eager to shop for Christmas gifts as I did, I bought myself some hand-dyed Merino/Silk yarn. He refused to consider the cost-though after it was ordered, he did ask & nearly fell out of his recliner when I told him. So his gift to me is a new sweater-& now it is up to me to create it. <gulp>

I've looked at patterns, discarded most of them, looked at more, taken the best ideas of all-& just cast on to begin this. The trick will be to keep my interest up. I chose a colour I know is flattering to my colouring (plus one I know Mike likes-have to justify the cost somehow)-then I left my dream world & measured again & ordered another skein of yarn so it will fit. I don't want aything tight-I don't want anything too loose-just a comfortable, easy to throw on cardigan that I will wear. I hope I will wear it, anyway.

So while I don't do resolutions, per se-I am trying to get over my refusal to knit for myself because by doing so-I don't have that person pushing me to finish up what will have become boring near the end. (I'm not ADD-but I do get bored rather easily). And in about 2 mo-if I start looking for someone who wants a lovely handknit cardigan, shades of aqua-turquoise...do let me know! (For Christmas Shirley sent me a book of baby sweaters-beautiful-& just about perfect for me-for those of us with limited attention-spans.) But I'm going to try this one for me first.

Nora

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 11:06am

Good luck - I never tried knitting, but I did get into latch hooking back in high school/college. I have this huge rug (about 8x10) that is still about 25% complete that I thought about the other day - I still like it but I have zero interest in continuing much less finishing it.  And I don't know anyone who would...  The colors sound lovely!

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 11:19am

I freely admit I am not a knitter, but I do admire anyone who has the patience.  And I certainly appreciate the craft.  Are you familiar with the lovely Aran throws and sweaters?  I don't know if the complexity would hold your interest, or drive you insane, but they are certainly  beautiful.  I have wanted a throw for years, but the price is so dear, and with Mooses's chewing habit, I would just DIE if he got hold of it.

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 11:21am
LOL!!!! The rug--I have one, in the same condition, up on a shelf, for at least 25 years now. Thank you. I thought I was the only one.
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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 2:26pm

Oh Sabr-I simply Love doing Aran knitting-it is interesting enough to hold even MY attention. If you thought you could keep Moose (who I assume is a dog?)from chewing it, & found a pattern & yarn-send it to me, I'd gladly do it for you. I've done Aran sweaters for many people-but they take awhile. I did one for ds#1-& realized it would be too small-so I put it-about 75% done-yarn + cedar ball in a plastic bag & knotted it & in another bag & stuffed it in the back of a closet accompanied by many swear words.

During a visit-I showed it to him-with apologies-he said his friend was long & lean & would love it-"Please Mom-finish it for him-he'll love you for it". More words-but okay. I did-sent it to him, & started another that would fit DS. I heard that the first sweater arrived-but not one word from the recipient-& then & there vowed to never EVER make one for a stranger again! They are a lot of work-but so nice to work on-a challenge for sure.

Nora

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 2:30pm

Sorry Suzy-I am not one to do Latch-hooking. I can-but every time I look at those kits, I think of my days in the Psychiatric unit, where OT consisted of a communal Latch-hooking & they'd sit there, usually drooling & minds gone or totally elsewhere & hooking endlessly. It dates me I know-but sorry-you're on your own on this one. And 8X10?-that is huge! Once you'd finish something like that-it would have to be a wall hanging-nobody would be allowed near it!

Nora

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 3:19pm

Here is our Moose.  You can see how he likes his comfort!  Moo is blind, and early on we made the mistake of giving him those fabric "bones" thinking they would not slip away from him like a chew toy or bone might.  Well, he loved them all right, but the problem is, he cannot distinguish between a fabric bone, a fabric rug, or a fabric throw, as along as the mouth feel is appealing.  He's partial to cotton, but microfiber and wool have suffered also.  I do not have throw rugs down anymore, because they all developed a "nibble" hole-- or more.

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Sun, 01-05-2014 - 3:27pm

Here's another pic.  "Lap" dog just doesn't do him justice.

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