Saturday, March 22, 2014


Sweaters. Or scarves. Or shawls.

I was thinking at the beginning of the year that I was going to make a list and know ahead of time what I would knit. But I'm not sure that's going to work out. I mean, I started a Mr. Rogers Cardi-Along on Ravelry (don't ask, let's just say...I said something, then I made a sparkle gif at the sparkle gif generator and suddenly there's 30 odd people knitting cardigans together). I wasn't planning on a sweater this year. And then I went to see the second replay of Coriolanus and fell in absolute love with this:

Can you see it? Can you??!

It was all I saw, I'll tell you that. Oh, his performance was stunning, I enjoyed the whole thing immensely, but every time Mark Gatiss walked on stage, all I could see was that sweater

It's long, I can tell that much. You can see the bottom edge there next to his left knee, between his pant leg and that darker brown patch on his duster. It's got the sleeves -- I'll leave out the hole in the elbow (which you can't see in that picture), but what really got me? 

The scarf. 

That scarf around his neck is, I believe, attached to the back of the sweater. It never moved, not once, except when he threw the ends around his neck. Even then, it did not shift from side to side. Not at all. 

So now I'm thinking I need to reverse engineer a sweater like this. Long sleeve, long body, long scarf attached at the neck -- maybe buttoned to the neckline, so I can wear the sweater with or without the scarf. Maybe...five buttons, so the attachment point is very secure. I don't know what the front should look like (the sweater was never buttoned, and the front edges always fell under the duster he wore over it), but I can bodge something up.

Anyway, until I saw this movie, I had no plans to make a second sweater, much less the first one. If I'd planned out my knitting for the year ahead, I'd have to shelve both sweaters in order to keep to my list! 

I guess it's a good thing I never got around to it, isn't it?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I'm wilting in this weather.

Winter. Just...winter. I'm over it.

On the positive side, we had a local yarn crawl today. I went with some coven menbers. It was awesome.

Macro-photo of the swag:

Here's the yarn all on its lonesome:

 Freia Ombre in sportweight -- I had to show it colors on, intead of the label

I'm doing a Mr. Rogers tribute sweater, starting this March 20.
It's a Knit-Along. Join me!


 I also got some notions and doo-dads:


There's also some hand lotion I got but didn't photograph. Which reminds me, I need to take that out of my purse after I log off, before I go upstairs and collapse into bed in a boneless fashion. The constant cold and lack of outdoor time is making me feel very weak, and even though today was really nice (it hit 50 F today, and was sunny), I think it's going to take me more time in the sun to recover than just one day. And time away from the threat of snow and blech like we're having tomorrow. 

So, anyway. Ain't it all purty? Alas, I'm still doing a destashing game, so my score is now significantly negative. Not as bad as I ended up last year (I think I was somewhere around -145 at the turn of the new year), but still.

I should probably be ashamed of myself. But I'm not.  

Je ne regrette rien.