Monthly Archives: November 2009

With all of the knitting I’ve been doing for others, I wanted to have a little something for me.

I working on the Egyptian Mittens, found here or here. There are charts, and the pattern is in Finnish, but Google Translate takes care of that.

They are so pretty! Even though it’s been warmer here lately, I know I’ll want warm mittens when winter hits. I can knit a chart repeat in an evening, so as soon as we’re done moving, these are going to be my podcast knitting. I’m about halfway done, and I can really see these being finished by Christmas.

What are you knitting for yourself to keep warm this winter?


I’ve been physically tired by the time evening rolls around, and my brain power isn’t much higher either.

This sweater, which I’ve knit before, is my evening knitting. I have much Love for Elizabeth Zimmerman.

I’m knitting the amoeba-like manta ray sweater thingity [aka BSJ]. My cousin is expecting at the end of December, and I wanted to knit something for her little one. There is enough stitch counting to keep me awake, but it’s all garter, so no thought involved there. I’m so glad I have this as my moving knitting.

There has NaKniSweMo action in my house. It’s slow, and I know I’m not going to finish anything this month, but NaKniSweMo has been the motivator I’ve needed to get cracking.

I have actually been knitting on my dad’s sweater. There’s proof! I’ve knit about 1 1/2 inches of the pattern part, and I’m pleased with how it’s turning out. Each row takes about 10- 15 minutes to knit, so I’ve been saving it for knit night when I have a block of knitting time. I plan on taking this with me when I go down to see my parents for Thanksgiving; hopefully I’ll have more done so Dad can get more of an idea of how it’s going to look. I’m tempted to start the sleeves, but I want to see how far I can get in the patterned part with one ball, just for kicks.

The tree in our backyard, soon to be not our backyard.

I’m going to miss being able to walk across the street to the little shopping center to buy groceries, or get coffee, or checking out the little shops.

I’m going to miss walking the 1.5 miles around the block, with the trees and the park, and the geese, and ducks, and people with their dogs.

I’m going to miss only being no more than 5 miles from everything we need/want, including a yarn store, another grocery store, the public library, the fabric store, our wonderful mechanic, and other various and sundries.

I’m going to miss this little place, where Matt & I made our first home as a married couple.

I tried, valiantly, to post here. It seems that unless I blog first in the in the morning, it doesn’t happen.

It’s still morning, and I’m sitting down to post, so we’ll see how this week goes.

Today I finished this skirt. Skirts are a tricky thing for me, as I am tall and long waisted, and have certain requirements for my skirts.

They have to reach a certain point on my waist, and they must cover my knees when I am sitting [this is a touch of modesty and to remind me that I am indeed wearing a skirt and should not sit as if I am in trousers]. I wanted a longer skirt, touching the top of my shoes, for the cooler fall/spring and cold winter months. This was spurred on almost two years ago by my Burial Rituals in Medieval Europe history professor, who has the loveliest khaki skirt with pockets and a zipper fly a la jeans.

One of the problems in finding skirts like these lies in what is popular in fashion/culture at the moment. I’m lucky to find a skirt that hits my knees, much less goes past the middle of my calves. I managed to find a few websites that sell longer skirts for either Muslim or Tzunit women.

Wonderful skirts, not so wonderful prices.*

Last month, while waiting for Matt to finish a meeting, I was in the university bookstore, and picked up a book on how to draft your own skirt patterns. There were sections on straight skirts, layered/tiered skirts, and circle skirts.

I thought to myself:  “You’ve made lots of skirts for yourself. ” How hard would it be to draft a pattern of my own, make a muslin trial, and go from there?

Not too difficult, luckily.

I used 4 yards of a silvery grey courderoy, matching thread, and an invisible zipper.

Newspaper was my pattern piece. I put it together, then added the invisible zipper. I would like to say that adding an invisible zipper was easier and simpler than installing a normal zipper, and I did it with a normal zipper foot. The key is just to be very careful and slow.

It went together without too much fuss, though I did have to re-sew most of the seams to make it fit. I added a facing at the waist, and my MiL was kind enough to pin the hem for me. Normally I would just pin it all the way around, but I am a curvy woman, and we found out the giggly way it would look ridiculous.

I did a decorative embroidery stitch around the hem, and voila, it is done.

I plan on making one out of denim, and one out of black linen. I also plan on writing up a pattern/tutorial, as I think this is a really flattering skirt, and easy enough to draft for women of larger sizes.

What are you making for the winter?

*Please ignore the fact my mirror is horribly dirty, and the boxes hovering in the background. We’re in the process of relocating.


I’m going to try and participate in NaBloPoMo here, to try and blog more regularly.

I write this blog more as a way to keep track of what I’m doing for myself, and for the random family members that don’t get to see my knitting very often.

No pictures in this one, but tomorrow, I plan on showing my swag from my travels this summer, as I just realized that I didn’t post a thing, and I got some neat stuff, in my opinion.

Happy Knitting!