Tuesday, March 29, 2011


"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

Ah, the immortal words of Ferris Bueller.  Busy, busy, busy lately, but I have been knitting.

Paul's Dr. Who scarf is almost done. I'm in the midst of weaving in the ends (yes, my favorite part of any project!). The mercury is still hovering in the 30s F here in Chicago, so he should still get a chance to wear it this season!
The scarf was a great project for knitting night at the local coffee shop, but not exactly riveting.  It's a loose interpretation of a Dr. Who scarf, as Paul would like to wear it in real life and not look like he's in costume. Hence the colors are a bit muted, and the scarf's not too long (but still a little longer than a regular scarf). Modeled pictures soon, I promise.
My Koigu Turkish Bed Socks (aka Scandinavian clog socks, in my case) see plenty of wear, so I decided to make another pair. The pattern's quick and easy, and even I don't get second sock syndrome too badly in that case. I'm using Madelinetosh Sock in "Bearded Iris." It's pooling rather alarmingly:
Ah well, I'll still wear them. I'm not joking when I say that Capricha is quite the supermodel. As soon as I start snapping photos of knitting, she comes running and tries to get in on the action:
See, here she is again! Capricha's checking out the Shalder cardigan that's on the needles:
Many thanks to everyone for the input on which cardigan to knit next. I think Aidez is the most "me," but I ended up wanting to use yarn from the stash.

This Rowan Pure Wool DK has been marinating for nearly 5 years -- time to put it to good use! Honestly, it doesn't really feel much nicer than the Knit Picks Swish DK that I use so often. The color might be more complex, but it still has that superwash feel, and every so often a weird fuzzy/fluffy bit pops up. We'll see how it holds up through washing and wearing -- that may be the true test of Rowan vs. Knit Picks quality.


kim said...

Ferris was so wise beyond his years. Can you believe he (and I) are staring at 50? (Yikes, did I say that out loud?)

I find the simpler a project, the more I end up loving/using it, even if it is boring to knit. That scarf looks so neat and pretty. I really like the color combos. And the socks are cute too. I just purchased a slipper pattern that has yet to be EMAILED TO ME! Annoying! Lovely model...

Katie M. said...

I hear you on the busy. Lovely knits, though, and a super cute photogenic kitty. Can't wait to see the finished scarf!

Rue said...

Capricha sounds a lot like Nayyir, who just loves hamming it up for the camera.

The scarf looks fabulous and very wearable. But I hope you won't mind when I say I'd rather Paul not be able to use it until next fall :)

Gigi said...

Great cosy knits, J! Can't wait to see your Aidez too. I'm really wanting to make it but hate seaming -- wish I was smart enough to figure out how to modify it to an in-the-round pattern. Oh well, might just have to man up and do it anyway.
And love that cute kitty. Isn't there just something so cosy about having your kitty friend nearby?

Carrie#K said...

Capricha does have that soulful pouty look so perfect for models.

I love Paul's Dr Who scarf. Those colors are perfect for the real world while still invoking Dr Who's spirit.

marycatharine said...

Your bed socks are such a great idea and if they're not going to be worn out of the house the pooling can be your little secret.

Chris said...

Does it help to call the pooling dramatic striping? :)

I'm familiar with the kitty supermodel attitude!

Sharon said...

I love the Madeline Tosh colors and have only used it twice so don't know how the yarn will fare with wear. You weren't kidding when you said you've been busy knitting!

elizabeth said...

That scarf is so cool! He should be able to wear it when the new season starts!

Nanette's Needles said...

Just checked out the site for the Shalder cardigan and it's gorgeous! I can't wait to see your result.