Thursday, November 30, 2006

In stable condition.

So, the weather? Yesterday, 80+ degrees. Warm and steamy.

Today? Heh. 35 degrees. And apparently steamy inside my apartment:


Not quite frost flowers, but a true indicator that winter has finally arrived here in Austin. Not just namby-pamby-fake-upper-50s-degree winter, but lo, the real thing.

The kind of thing we Texas knitters rejoice over, in fact! Bring out the wool! Here's a sweater I knit before I started this here blog:


It's the Not Just a Sweatshirt (or something like that) from The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits, and it was my first big knitting splurge, because I knit it with Manos del Uruguay in my favorite color.

I love this's seen me through two Chicago holiday seasons, and is soft and cozy. The only problem has been the hood. A hood knitted in Manos, plus an I-cord with tassels, is pretty gosh-darned heavy. I finally decided to cut it off and recycle the yarn for something else. A hat? A bag? Who knows...I'm just happy that hunk of yarn ain't choking me anymore.

I cut it off with scissors rather than finding the ends and picking out the seams. The yarn's pretty well felted along the neckline now, so I took a deep breath and performed the surgery. I'm happy to report that the neckline's in stable condition, although I might do some single crochet to stabilize it a bit more along the back.

I just might wear it today. And also,maybe even my sockapaloooza socks...I'll have on the two wool knitted things I own! Yay, winter!


At 12:26 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Adult-sized Winter is supposed to arrive here sometime this afternoon. From what they've been saying on the radio, God is going to back up a truck to Chicago and just dump out tons of snow.

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Ashley said...

Yay austin winter! How I miss those two days. (We're supposed to get a foot of snow here tomorrow....)

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Love that sweater!!! How crazy that you could just CUT the hood off - it sounds like it's certainly well loved. Okay, you make sure you bundle up good. Such a drastic change in temperature is going to make everybody sick. (Why do I always type SOCK instead of SICK??)

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Laura said...

did you get snow? i heard there was snow in oklahoma & texas. this morning it was 65 degrees here, and tomorrow i think the high is supposed to be in the 30s. snow is a'comin'.

glad to see the surgery went well and that you are able to wear your woolens. :)

At 6:10 PM, Blogger janna said...

I'm still in Illinois (Chicago now) and although it was in the mid-60s yesterday, there's snow coming tonight. I just hope I can get out of O'Hare tomorrow night.....

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Kodachrome Knits said...

WooHoo for winter and woolen knits. I was so excited to see mucho snow when I opened my West Texas door. "Finally," exclaimed the Canadian gal of the Southwest, "winter is here! Yipee!"
Of course, little did I know the havoc that a foot of snow in West Texas would cause. Accidents galore on icy roads, and nasty, dangerous sidewalks 'cause no one here owns a snow shovel to clear off their walks. But I'm lovin' it--the two days of winter--as Ashley notes above.

PS: NICE work on the sweater. How brave. Way to take authority over those knits, commanding that they be just what you want them to be...It's one of the many great things about the artform!

At 8:17 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Winter in Texas. It's hard to be a knitter in land of hot weather, I'm sure! Glad you are able to break out some handknits!

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

That's so funny - I knit that same sweater as *my* first big splurge too, out of Manos, nearly four years ago. I omitted the hood, though, because I didn't buy enough yarn. I still wear it. I love that you cut your hood off - it looks good sans hood, I think.


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