Don’t worry. This post is rated G.
After emailng the instructions for building a PVC niddy noddy to the Knight twice, showing him Anita’s designer version and pouting, Thursday’s rain somehow moved him to action. Now, keep in mind that while he works with PVC daily, our business uses larger diameters than what the instructions suggested. Rather than send someone to town for supplies for a non-work-related project, he put on his thinking cap and pulled out some 1/2″ pex pipe. It’s a bit flexible, and he’s concerned about that, but what I like is that the bugger’s portable! It’s literally a snap to assemble, and I will nab a jumbo rubberband to hold it all together Tuesday…
There’s no end to his ingenuity. Yesterday, we went shopping for roses for the Garden (still no definitive name), and I grabbed stitch markers, but not enough, and not big enough for the needles I was using. He first offered keys (yes, he probably did have enough on that ring to do for the project), but no thanks. I was trying to soldier on without them, when we stopped for lunch. Turns out a Taco Bell straw is precisely just big enough for #7 needles. Thank goodness he always carries a SHARP pocket knife with him.
I love that it coordinates with the yarn, that Tofutsies is tough enough not to mind the slightly rough edges on some “markers”, and I know the recipient will love that the Knight had a hand in the project, so even though I’ve been home for several rows, they’re staying in place for the duration.
That wad of lace is what I was very literally obsessed with casting on at 6am or so yesterday. I’ve gone from not being able to knit to NEEDING to knit, and not being able to get my fingers/needles to fly fast enough to satisfy my inner knitter. I awoke with the knowledge that I must frog a project, set aside another newly started one I want to crank out in a hurry, and start THIS, right NOW. It is for my aunt with colon cancer, so it needs to be ready to go ASAP, so she has it for her hospital stay next week. I’m about half-way, and I know that because I am modifying the pattern to work with the one skein of Tofutsies I have. (Shush. Of course I have dozens of skeins of Tofutsies and even at least one colorway with two skeins, but this is a limited edition colorway, and it’s perfect. Also, auntie wants a shoulder shawl, so again, one skein is perfect.) You see, it had to be Tofutsies. She loves the beach as much as I do, so the chitin in there will make her smile. Plus, I can’t expect her caretakers to fuss with handwashing and blocking. They do iron for her, and auntie first taught me to knit a LONG time ago, so she’ll see to it that it gets pressed into a pretty shape after washing.
And of course, Grace’s Comforting Heart (see link above) is the perfect pattern. This yarn won’t show the pattern to its fullest, but auntie and I will know those hearts are there. She’ll also know that for every heart on the shawl, wrapped around her as she heals, there’s someone praying for her.
Now that I’ve had to shove my fists in my eyes, let’s talk about the other WIP I started Friday evening. If I you Rav-stalk me (and I know some of you do; turnabout is fair play after all), you know I’ve been clicking on just about every top-down sweater ever knitted, and a few not-that-style sweaters too. So don’t act all surprised that in a fit of frenzy on Friday, I purchased the Plath Cropped Cardigan. Then, I came home and stole some pretty, bright blue yarn from what was going to be the Knight’s firefighter afghan. (I justified that by the copious reviews on how Cotton Fleece bleeds. That won’t do on an afghan with no fewer than eight colors!) I actually swatched, cast on, and know I want to finish this in a hurry so I can enjoy wearing it immediately. However, there was a little heart-tug moment here too, when I was putting the project in my Ravelry list and realized the color is called My Blue Heaven. Miss you, Muggums.
And the frogged… Shawl pattern #2 for the lovely blue alpaca laceweight that will become a wrap for someone very special bit the dust. The Blue Jay pattern wasn’t working for me. So, once I finish the Comforting Hearts, I’ll decide whether I have time to push that one through for the deadline I have in mind, or wait and crank it out for Christmas. Third time’s the charm so they say, so I’m very hopeful that Julia will indeed be the pattern that works for this yarn and me.
I am so excited seeing my pattern being knit, thank you Chan, I feel honored you selected it!!!! Have fun with it!
that shaw is going to be beautiful! what a lovely gift for you aunt.
I am so glad that you are Needing to knit again. I’m sorry the color hit a sore spot,but I’m sure that’s to be expected for a long while to come. Have fun creating the garden (well you know what I mean).
We’re heading out to the races now. Want me to place a bet for you? g
Love the niddy noddy!! And your ingenious straw markers! 🙂
That shawl is going to be just gorgeous! Your aunt will love it!!!
Y’all are getting pretty inventive over there! :oD
Gurl I hope I can get back in the “need” of wanting to knit soon! Ever since Ravelympics I am all knitted out! Haha!
The Julia and Michelle shawls are both easier to keep track of where you are then the Bluejay, if that helps any. Best wishes to your aunt, and thank you for knitting for her!
My hubby works with wood…I was tired of pouting so I went out and bought my niddy-noddy, sort of like the plumbers wife!
Lovely pattern you chose for your Aunt. I’ll be sending healing thoughts and prayers her way.
Seems to me that both you and the Knight are quite resourceful. Good to hear you’re knitting again. 3 weeks and counting!
I love the color you chose for Plath–and I’m honored that you are making it! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!
Good to see you picking up the needles again. Looking forward to seeing the finished items.
Look at you churning out all that stuff! And give the Knight a big thumbs up for the cool niddy noddy. 🙂 The hearts shawl is looking gorgeous!
I do not know what that contraption the Knight made is for, but I am glad you are pleased. I know your Aunt will love the shawl made with love.
Sometimes the yarn tells us what it really wants to be. Each time you work on, and soon wear, your Blue Heaven sweater, think happy Mugsy memories. 🙂
Love the peppermint stitch markers! I like my PVC niddy noddy. I can wash my yarn on it thus setting the twist as it dries. Mine has a little dot of Velcro on the middle “pipe” that holds the starting end of my yarn as I wind.
Your aunt will love it. That is a special pattern, designed by a special person. Good choice in yarn. I didn’t know cotton Fleece bleeds. My stardust is done in it.
I love your stitch markers! That’s a great idea in a bind.
Guess I better get myself in gear and knit up my swatches for our weekend. Now it is safe to say 2 weeks, right? ha ha…
I think there’s a reason that blue cotton fleece called to you for your first sweater for you!!!!!! 🙂 It’ll be extra comforting……
Love the straws… does that mean you need some more markers?? 😉
The Knight is like my Dad. There isn’t anything he can’t figure out or design.
Dear Aundtie’s shawl will be lovely.
The shawl is beautiful and your auntie will wrap herself in a lot of love :).
The niddy-noddy: I showed the hubby who just gave me a blank stare so I’m thinking I’m not going to see this in the near future. Does it require a saw? LOL
I know the Blue Heaven reminds you of Mugsy but I know they’re warm happy memories. Knit it and wear it with a smile:).
The Knight is very creative! Love the straw markers 🙂
The Comforting Heart Shawl is going to be beautiful! I love the color you’re using for the cardigan, too. So glad you’re NEEDING to knit again 🙂