Monday, August 23, 2010

Do I Knit?

Last week Blue Toe Spinner posted a comment asking if I knit. The truth is...I do. All the time. In fact it's pretty much all I do lately. I am either writing about knitting, knitting, or editing writing about knitting. The things I am working on, however, are for my next book, so I don't like to share them until closer to the book's release. I don't know why this is, it just is. last week I knit 2 hats, a kid's sweater, two cowls and half a shawl. So far this week...well, we'll talk about that in a minute.
The things I post here are things I am doing when I am not knitting, because all of the knitting I've been doing (until today, you'll see in a minute, promise!) has been for this book. So there's been a lot of this gardening stuff.
And there's been a great deal of canning. Some zucchini pickles, then 60 lbs of tomatoes in various forms, and most recently watermelon pickles, which were this morning.
Then there's been some cooking, in this case combining the tail end of last year's canning with a chicken I grew all by myself.
 And today there is this.
Now don't get too excited, because I am not sure what it is yet. Sock? Glove? gauntlet? I don't really know. Heck it could be a mitten for all I know. For now it's a pair of rich and luscious tubes in Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna (75% Superwash merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Bombyx Silk, 100% amazing; color Vireo). Whatever it becomes it will be self-published as a pattern for sale on Ravelry and hopefully via my website as a .pdf (we're working on it. It should not be taking so long, I know, but there's so blessed much going on around here that it's impossible some days to breathe it seems).
Also, Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks is now available through the Crafter's Choice Book Club. This gave me a good giggle because they sent me an email asking me to join, and when I clicked through to see what they had for knitting books, I was greeted with my own book, right there under "Bestsellers"! Now is that good for the ego or what?
Having exorcised my excess energy on starting these amazingly beautiful Sunna babies up, it's time to return to the new book for a few days. Stay tuned - once this book is put to bed for a while I'll be right back at it. I have plans. I want to do some more self-published patterns; a bit of a change from working for other people for a while. Not that I don't love other people. I do. But I want some me time - just yarn and needles and time to play.
And about those Sunna tubes. I am willing to take opinions. Socks? Gloves? Gauntlets? Wristers? I just cannot decide!


Ruby said...

I would go for gauntlets. I always have cold hands, but need my finger for typing. And my kids call them gators - guess gauntlets was hard to say by the little tykes, so everyone says gators around here now. If they were socks I would have to wear short pants to show them off.

Looks luscious. Lovely. Go for it - maybe gators and socks.


Anonymous said...

Love that sock-mitten-gauntlet-thingee :-D

Jen (okay, yeah, I'm sort of partial to the yarn, but the pattern is cool!)

Sarah McG said...

Melissa, you are making me homesick! We preserve tomatoes, make a pasta sauce, freeze, dry, whatever we can from our garden. When we are home. We head back to Aus in 2 months, and as much as I have enjoyed my time in the States, I am looking forward to chooks & a vege patch again. & to any fellow Aussies out there - the bread & butter zucchini pickles recipe in Steph's stripey cookbook is awesome!
I love the knitting on your blog (trying to get better at knitting!), but please don't stop all the 'side' stuff of growing your own.

PS - Sunna tubes - maybe wristlets / half gloves for cyclists?

Anonymous said...

I have your book, Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks. The concept is SO sensible... but I do have a couple of questions. The patterns given generally specify 1 skein of yarn. How can I knit two socks out of one skein of yarn? Pulling it all apart to cut the yarn in two seems a bit ... well, there must be another way.

Also: I want to knit socks for somenone with big feet (circumference 10.75") and am not sure how to adapt your Soft Wave pattern (p 53) but I am itching to get started.

Jin DePaul