Monday, November 26, 2007

For The Love Of Wool

If we've chatted for more than five minutes, it would become apparent that I have quite a few interests. Alongside history, languages, travel, social justice and politics lives my life-long interest in fashion. Oh, the incongruity! Anyway, as I was going through my daily reads, I found this item at The First Post: Wonder Woollens. Apparently, knits - especially big, comfy knits - are all the rage in Britain. Does this surprise? After all, it is the home of Rowan, Jaeger, Debbie Bliss and Blue-faced Leicester.

Quite coincidentally, big, hearty, like-a-hug sweaters have been much on the mind of late. I credit Rebecca with the term, "February sweater" because it's about that time in the Midwest when you are really and truly sick of winter. It loses all its pretense of chilly charm, the stuff formerly known as snow has now become something definitely not from nature and you just want it to be over. Period. All I have to do now is decide on the perfect pattern. Maybe Twist? Or the Dollar and a half cardigan? The yarn has been selected from stash after much gnashing of teeth over plunking down additional dinero on tweed. I think it'll do just fine.

Burgundy Jaeger Shetland Aran
In the meantime, the race is on the finish two gifts in two weeks because I'm scheduled for a lumbar laminotomy and discectomy on December 10th. Since the new scarf is taking longer than anticipated, I may switch to *gasp* crochet to do the majority of it, then switch back to knitting to mirror the start.

Black & Blue Scarf
I'll let you know later this week what I end up doing. It could be an interesting texture mix of hook and needle.

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Anonymous SarahA said...

OOh, I hope this helps your pain. I will give you internet hugs in the meantime.

11/26/2007 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Eek, hope it all goes well for you. I actually like the look of crochet and knitting melded together - in it's proper place, of course.

11/26/2007 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Dollar and a half! That way I can knit it vicariously through you.

And don't forget to call me to come over! I know where you live!

11/26/2007 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'll be praying that your surgery goes well and helps with your pain! I'd vote for the dollar and a half sweater!

11/26/2007 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger Susan Pandorf said...

Well, that's unfortunate timing, right before the holidays and such. On the other hand, if it diminishes your pain, then it will be the best kind of Xmas present - the kind you enjoy every day for the rest of your life. Keep me posted, twin...


11/26/2007 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

As always, I'm wishing you the best of health!

I heartily approve of your new tweed. Is it just me or does Dollar & A Half seem like a blast from the '70s or '80s?

11/26/2007 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Dollar and a Half! What an interesting knit! I LOVE that yarn too!!

11/26/2007 08:39:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

I like the new tweed, it would look great in either of those knits. Good luck with the surgery!

11/26/2007 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous KarenJoSeattle said...

Keep us all posted on your recovery, please, Karen. May this do the trick.

I'm so envious of the Jaeger Shetland. That's one that went away before I ever bought any.

11/27/2007 05:16:00 AM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

oh, my thoughts and prayers will be with you on the 10th!

oh, i say go with the twist! i love the twist!~

11/27/2007 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Bonne Marie said...

I saw that scarf in person and it is gorgeous!

Thanks for the slideshow on the Wonder Woolens--I always am just intrigued by how people put their gear together!

11/29/2007 08:57:00 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Your scarf will look great. The colors are really good together. I will be sending good vibes your way for a successful surgery and an easy recovery.

11/29/2007 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

my prayers are with your for a swift and complete recovery. keep us posted.

11/29/2007 04:13:00 PM  

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