Knitwit's Rambles

My attempt to actually have a knitting blog, and to update it regularly. We'll see how well that works.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Grr. Just had to resize the window and lost everything I'd been typing.

Anyway. As I was saying...

I've had a couple commissions in recent weeks--one of my classmates asked me for a Harry Potter scarf, and another has asked me to make her a couple pairs of socks. I started on the HP scarf on Friday, thought I only have a single colour stripe done. I was running around all yesterday, and have been trying out a couple stitch patterns today. Kind of thinking of making myself a sweater with Patons' Shetland Chunky--have some realy nice colours now that they've redone the line--and was thinking of doing a sweater with a simple repeating pattern. Not sure though--I've wondering if the stitch/pattern size of a chunky yarn will emphasize my somewhat chunky body type. :-) Must ask the ample knitters about that.

Speaking of chunky... One of my classmates has got me hooked on spinning. She gave me a small spindle and bag of roving and was showing my how to spin during class on Wednesday. I finished spinning the roving she'd given me that night (it's now a VERY slubby yarn!), and am now on the hunt for more. :-) I was thinking about approaching the curator of the living history museum I worked at last summer as I know they have a huge bag of raw wool, and a fair bit that's been washed. It's not of a great quality, but I don't want to buy nice quality and prettily dyed stuff till I have some tension control. I was thinking of making a deal with her: I card, spin and maybe dye the wool, and knit something for the house with it--was thinking of doing a shawl as those are always useful. I get practice, they get another (historically accurate!) addition to the costume collection.

I've also approached the curator about doing my internship there this summer, as well as a project idea. I'd like to design and give a children's program teaching knitting over the course of a few weeks. It's perfect for my course, as I'd have to design the program from scratch, and then I get a bit more experience with the education & interpretation part of Museum work. Besides, it gives me a good excuse to knit and look for knitting websites during work time. :-)

Anyway, that's me this week.