Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Definitions of Knitting

Have you ever noticed how many types of knitting we all have? I’m not taking about “circular” knitting, or intarsia, or whatever technique you are knitting. I’m talking about the type of knitting we have for various occasions. When talking with other knitters I’ve heard them refer to their knitting as follows:

Backup Knitting - this is the extra knitting project you take with you when going somewhere, just in case you finish the project you are currently working on.

Chartiable Knitting - this is knitting from the heart. This is the way knitters help to warm others, be it babies, the homeless, and even the animals in shelters.

Christmas (or Holiday) Knitting - this is the knitting consisting of all of those “gifts” you are knitting. These would be fun except you’re under a lot of pressure to get them done because you waited until October 15 to get started.

Commuter Knitting - this is the small knitting project that fits into your purse or backpack. It’s small enough so you don’t need a whole seat on the bus or train, but big enough to help you pass the time while stuck in rush hour traffic.

Dial up Knitting - this is the knitting project you work on when you are using dial up service for the internet. Depending on how fast the dial up service is it can be mindless knitting or serious knitting.

Fall Knitting - this is when you are ready to think about knitting with those lovely wool yarns in your stash. It’s finally getting cool enough to knit up a new sweater to wear in January.

Knitting Class Knitting - this is the knitting you do while taking a cool class from people like Cat Bordhe or Sally Melville. You are so anxious about keeping up, and learning, that you end up with a stiff back, sore neck, and a headache.

Knitting Guild Knitting - see Sip and Knit Knitting, except the sipping isn’t involved.

Knitting Knitting - this is the project you work on anywhere you want since you know the pattern, and are able to do anything while knitting. It’s your current project and you are having fun doing it. It can be any of the knitting listed, depending on how well you can mix the type of knitting with what you are currently doing.

Mindless Knitting - this is therapeutic knitting. This is the knitting you don’t have to think about, such as a garter stitch shawl or scarf, or maybe even the leg or foot of a sock.

Ott Lighting Knitting - this is the lace project on size 0 or 1 needles you do during the winter in the evening hours. At a certain age you need all the light you can get.

Serious Knitting - this is the project with charts, or complicated instructions. You need a quiet space for this until you get the pattern or instructions straight in your brain. It is usually done at home.

Sip and Knit Knitting - this is the knitting project you take along with you to a gathering of other knitters for sipping and knitting. This project usually ends up on the table, or in your lap, while you are busy sipping and chatting. It’s best if this type of knitting is mindless knitting.

Snuggle with the Dog or Cat Knitting - this is close to snuggling with the kids while knitting. However, depending on the size of the dog (or cat), and how well trained they are, this can be combined with Ott Lighting knitting or serious knitting. If the dog (or cat) is big, or not too well trained due to juvenile behavior, then this knitting should be combined with mindless or TV knitting.

Snuggle with the Kids Knitting - this is knitting you can do while you have a kid leaning on you while sitting on the couch. Afghans are perfect for this type of knitting, especially if you are watching TV and snuggling with the kids. (See reference to TV knitting.)

Spring Knitting - this is a transitional period. You can finish up the winter knitting at the beginning of spring if the weather is cool. It’s also time to start up on the summer knitting so you have a new sweater to year when it gets hot.

Summer Knitting - this is cotton, or cotton blend yarn knitting you do when the weather is hot. You don’t want to be knitting up wool sweaters in the hot weather. You will end up just putting the knitting down and feeling even hotter.

Teaching Knitting - this is the garter stitch knitting project you are working on while teaching someone to knit for the first time. It’s fun to knit along with them.

Travel Knitting - this is knitting you take with you for trips of more than an hour. If traveling on a plane or train, it is probably best to have a small project because of limited arm space. Circular knitting such as socks is best. If traveling in a car, the project can be more expansive, unless of course, you’re traveling in a carpool.

TV Knitting - this is close to mindless knitting, or sip and knit knitting, but you can incorporate it into serious knitting if you stop and read the charts and/or instructions during the mundane commercials.

Winter Knitting - this is the best knitting. It’s cool enough to bring out the wool and wool blend yarns and knit up a storm. It’s time for the sweater projects. It’s time to knit up hats, scarves and gloves. You usually get the most knitting done with winter knitting because it cold and dark outside, and you are snug in the house staying busy with yarn and needles.

What type of knitting are you currently doing? How many types of knitting? Me, I am sure I have about ten types of knitting currently in the works somewhere around the house.



Monday, September 22, 2008

Operation Holiday Stockings 2008

It’s sad, but true. We still have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we need to let them know we haven’t forgotten them.

It’s sad, but true. People are sick and tired of the war. They want it over. Well, we all do, but Operation Holiday Stockings is NOT about the war. It’s about the troops. It’s about showing our SUPPORT of the troops. It about letting them know they aren’t forgotten.

It’s sad, but true. Enthusiasm for this type of a project is next to nothing now. This type of a project isn’t “in” or “politically correct.” Fortunately, for our troops in the war zones, there are still a bunch of us who do CARE. We remember they are still in harm’s way, and we won’t forget them.

It’s sad, but true. We have our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters, cousins, and dear friends, in war zones, and they won’t be home for the holidays. The least we can do is send a little bit of home to them.

It’s sad, but true. This is the fourth year we will be doing Operation Holiday Stockings. Each year we do this project, we pray we won’t need to do it again the next.

We are again doing Operation Holiday Stockings. We have to do this. Our troops need us to do this. I have spoken to some of the soldiers who have received the stockings and they have told me the stockings were cherished and very much appreciated. The idea that a we cared enough to do this project did wonders for the morale of the soldier away from home and family during the holidays.

We are collecting stockings that were made with love and caring. These can be knit stockings, crocheted stockings, sewn or decorated stockings. Each stocking should be about 6”. Including a note inside the stockings is prized. We will need to receive them no later than the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

We have a Yahoo page set up for this project, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OHS_2006/, and all of the information, history, and patterns are listed on the page.

Please email me at ramsddj at aol dot com for more information. If you know of a soldier who we can send stockings to, please let me know.

I’ll be keeping you all posted on our progress. Thanks for your continued support, and keep praying this will be the last year we need to do this project.



Sunday, September 21, 2008

You Be the Judge

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been knitting in spurts this summer. Since early July, I've been knitting the Sweet Sabina Child's Cardigan from Webs.
It's going to be for Cyn's granddaughter, and I'm knitting it in the largest size for 2-3 year olds. It's been a real pleasure to knit it, and challenging for my concussioned brain. Each step of the way, I've had to relearn a technique, which is what I was hoping for. The more I had to relearn, the easier it got. Hurray! I think the concussioned brain is finally back to (near) normal. This darling sweater went on vacation with me, back and forth to Edgar's Acres, and to work to knit during my lunch hours (when I got one). I'm ready to finish the sweater by sewing up the sleeves, and then sewing them onto the sweater, but I have a question ....

Do the sleeves look too small for this sweater? I would appreciate your opinion. You be the judge. I already left a message for Cyn to check on the sleeve length before I sew in the sleeves. This morning when I was showing off my handiwork to David, I thought the sleeves looked a bit out of proportion to the rest of the sweater.

I finished the sweater last night at 5:20 (strange the things we note and then remember), when it dawned on me I was OUT OF KNITTING. Sure I had the stockings for OHS 2008, but that's my traveling knitting because I don't need good light, and will knit on them on my way home today from Edgar's Acres. No, I was referring to "sit down and relax knitting." I told David "I'm out of knitting, what am I going to do?" David laughed, he couldn't believe I didn't bring back up knitting. If fact, he really laughed. Well, I thought I had included my back up knitting, but it wasn't in my bag. I was close to panic, when I noticed a basket in the sun room that had a bag in it. Guess what, it was an old knitting project I started a couple of years ago. It's a shawl out of a cotton/linen blend and is perfect for dial up knitting. In fact, with each picture I upload to this blog, I can get three to four rows (of 150 stitches on size 11 needles) knit. Not too bad.

Well, I've managed to knit about 16 rows on the shawl while posting today. I've got some things I need to get done here at Edgar's Acres before we take off to Bellevue today.

Note to Deb: Thanks for the belly laugh. Regarding your question in your comment on my last post, I think by the fact that you picked up on the "t" is answer enough for you.



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I've Been So Busy

Six weeks, it's been six weeks since I posted. Where did August go to?

I haven't been just sitting around for six weeks, that's for sure. I've been handling work, the garden, knitting a bit here and there, trying to find time to relax and waiting for summer to show up. We've also been traveling back and forth to Edgar's Acres every weekend working on a big project.

Summer arrived on Labor Day; finally!!!! We've had beautiful weather since then and now my garden is going nuts.

In the past six weeks I've been canning green beans, Blue Lake Green Beans, the only beans worth growing, preserving and eating. I planted both the bush and pole varieties in order to have plenty. I was starting to worry whether or not I'd have enough because it has been so cold. Now that the sun and warmth have finally showed up, I'm harvesting the beans, picking every third day. So far I have put up 45 pints and should get at least two more pickings off of the pole beans, giving us about 10 more pints. Good eating this winter. My family will be very, very happy. We had a bumper crop of raspberries this year. I put up two batches of freezer jam, which is plenty for us. Cynthia came over to Edgar's Acres and picked enough for three batches, and there were still plenty left over. Because of the cold weather during this summer, I had to go buy pickling cucumbers to make the dill pickles. I did use my own garlic, however, so these pickles are going to be tasty. And yes, those are red peppers in the jars. These will be ready for Thanksgiving.We have now harvested all of the red potatoes. We got over 100 lbs of these red beauties. David and I have what we need, we have shared a bunch with our friends, and donated about 60 lbs to the food bank. The russets will be ready to harvest next month.

I have spent the last six weeks harvesting, cleaning, and curing onions. Walla Walla Sweets, Red Burgermeisters, and Cobra, a yellow storage onion. David and I have enough for twelve months, and again passed them out to our friends, and donated a bunch to the food bank.

And then there is the garlic.

You have to believe me on this one, there is nothing better than home grown garlic. There is nothing easier to grow than garlic. The garlic on the right is the hard neck garlic, which is really potent with rich flavor. The garlic on the left is the soft neck, which is mild and stores well.

And then there is the knitting. I've been knitting, but not a lot because my hands have been busy with produce. The only knitting time I have is during my commute to and from work (if I'm awake that is).

Well, the doggies want some attention. They say I have been busy with the pressure cooker and computer long enought.