Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I Got Bit!

I have been bitten by the sweater bug. By taking the plunge and making my first "sock," I am now in the state of mind to take on new and different sorts of projects. I am going to be more than a scarf and hat knitter! Not that I mind or dislike just making scarves and hats, but I think I am ready to try something new. I used to read patterns for socks and sweaters and be scared, but now I have a lot more confidence about my knitting ability. Just like Kim Possible, I can do anything!

Now, about the sweater. To be honest, when I decided that I want to make a sweater in the near future, I didn't just want to make any sweater, I wanted to make a Weasley or Gryffindor sweater. I have started looking at patterns, but I haven't found one that clicks just yet. I am trying to navigate the fine line between making a Weasley/Hogwarts-esque sweater and a classic sweater. For example, I am all about making a tweed raglan sweater, but I don't want to have a snitch on the front of it. I also don't just want to knit a tweed raglan sweater. The Gryffindor scarf worked out well, because the gold and burgundy stripe pattern will always remain classic, but it still has that Gryffindor flare. Now if I can just find that in a sweater.

I feel I should be completely honest about the sweater. I am also pumped about an excuse to get Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns and Maggie Righetti's Sweater Design in Plain English. I already have a couple of books that talk about knitting sweaters, but any good researcher should have all the information in front of her before she starts, right?

Today I found a completely amazing blog. The LA Fire Department has started their very own blog. How cool is that? I looked to see if Providence has one, but I couldn't find one. RI is supposed to become the first wireless state, but we can't have a city or state-wide blog? I didn't realize how much I wanted one until I saw LAFD's blog. I neeeed it, I waaaaant it.

Okay, I am going to work on some of my knitting projects. Pictures will follow. I am going to go do things, because just like the Dunkin' Donuts commercials says: "Doing things is what I like to do!"



  1. Hang tight, because it's all down here from there. Oh, sure, it starts light. Scarves. Maybe some hats. Dishclothes. More scarves. And then you make mittens, and next thing you know (or five years later, take your pick) you measure your yarn in gallons (as in 80 of them) and have 15 progects OTN. Not that I know anything about that, of course. I've just, er, heard that.

  2. go, knitting! =) neuro IS awesome, i agree. heard about the hail and the hillary clinton hecklers. oh, brown!

  3. Alison has some Weasley sweater patterns - here: