January 20, 2007


I start school on Monday. Yesterday, (friday) I went to purchase books I'll need for class. There's this freshly planted tree, he got planted in like September maybe, but he's still new to me. And he's a little tree too, struggling against the random winter we've had here in NJ. I forget where on the vastness that is the internet, but I saw a blog about a woman who knit a sweater for a tree at work. I am seriously considering knitting a skinny little sweater for this tree. I'm wondering exactly how much trouble I could get into, and if it would be worth it. You know, it only got cold this week, and by the time I'm done it'll be 60 and then the tree will be overheated and sweaty.. I don't know.

I've also decided that I'm pretty sure I want to felt a hat. I knit a bunch of hats, and for the most part they fit, but this one hat.. its purple and grey wool yarn held together and its just way too big for my head. So i was thinking, I could rip it all out and knit it again (maybe..) and then it might fit, or I could just felt it, and hope it fits :) I haven't made a decision yet, but I've never felted anything and this is a 100% wool hat... Hmmm.. I have to do alittle research, its a 2x2 or 4x4 ribbing and I don't know how that would look felted. We shall see.

I have not really touched green sweater yet. I mean, I worked on it while I was on vacation, but now with school approaching.. I've been cleaning my room, and running other errands – my grandma has been in the hospital so I've been feeding her dog.. I was looking at him today, he's a wee little dog, and I thought to myself: I should knit him a sweater. But he's really old and I'm also wondering if I'll be able to finish it before he dies. He's got a bunch of store bought dog sweaters but maybe I'll heist one and knit him a fluffy warm one for his old dog ass.

I don't hate the dog, or anything, but he's very bossy. I suppose brain damage and old age will do that to you, but I don't appreciate it. Especially when I've got the food, and he's making me clean up poop.

I've also got this magical idea about knitting a hat with earflaps WITHOUT using dpn's – partially because I haven't had the time to learn how to use them, and partially because I don't have the money to buy them and a quarter that I have a real love of circular needles. I was thinking I could knit up the ear flaps from the bottom up, and put them on waste yarn while I knit the second one. Then get both flaps on circular needle and cast on stitches for my head, and they would be attached within the first knit row. I have NEVER heard of a pattern like that, and I have no idea if it would work, but I might try. It would be like casting on stitches in the middle of a row, except.. not really. I know the technique is used in some sweaters.

I guess I'm just thinking out loud today, but I really need more hats and more hats that fit me. Maybe my knitting is off or my head is shaped funny -? I don't know. I need hats to cover my ears though, not just my head.

The search continues for the perfect hat pattern.. Plus my yarn is really soft and fluffy and beautiful. It needs to transform into a perfect warm fluffy hat. Ok, I'm off to the hospital.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot, gives very explicit instructions for getting a hat to fit in her book, Knitting Rules. And don't felt that hat yet! It has to be way bigger than "a little too big," because it will shrink to about half it's size. Okay, less than half, but a lot.