Thursday, November 30, 2006

Votive and Vest

I’ve knit a second wire and bead votive cover and am need only to graft the third. I keep mentally adding potential recipients to a growing list of people for whom I’d like to knit these. It remains to be seen how many I will actually complete and gift. They are so simple and lovely. I simply string a bunch of beads on some 26-gauge wire and cast on nine or ten stitches with some US 8 straight aluminum knitting needles. Then I work in stockinette, knitting in the beads on the knit side until the piece is long enough to go around the candle holder. Then I graft or sew together the ends of the piece together. I finish off the ends, and I’m done. The process is a bit harsh on the hands and fingers, and the set of knitting needles used for the process are now solely dedicated to wire knitting.

I want to knit hats for the young nieces and nephews. One already made his way through the Knit Picks catalog and let me know which blue he would like. He was quite specific about which would be acceptable, and which would not. I need to get an order off to Knit Picks. For one thing, Mom’s vest needs a ball of orange and one of black in Palette to work the embroidery. I didn’t know that when I placed my initial order, but could have figured it out if I had been thinking more. The vest is coming along nicely. I’ve worked my way through the first chart, begun the second chart, and woven in all of my ends. At nearly four hundred stitches to a round, this is taking a long time. It isn’t something I pick up and work on when I have a few spare minutes. It takes some time to sit down, get the two colors organized, find my place on the chart, and get knitting. Still, if I intend to complete this anytime soon, I need to get to it.

We Fit Knitters have been encouraged to share photos of our exercise places. I read that after I had been fitness
walking at a local mall. I could have snapped a picture of my stalker. Yeah, I had a creepy guy follow me about as I walked. He first suggestively flicked his pierced tongue at me when I passed him. I thought he was with a significant other and their child. As I continued to make my way through the mall, I saw that it was just he and the little boy in a stroller. Yeah, he’s a class act. At first I thought that perhaps I was being paranoid, but after changing directions, taking shortcuts, and winding my way through a department store and still spotting him behind me each time, I knew I was being followed. About the time I was ready to seek out mall security, he decided to end his little game. I didn’t want to make a big deal out of things or scare the small child, but I was certainly not going to head out to the parking lot while this continued. This is a long-winded way of letting you know that I don’t have a picture of my exercise area for you yet.


  1. Anonymous2:38 PM

    thank you for sharing your method to knit the votive sleeves. I am doing them the other way around - I cast on 30 stitches and knit 8 or 9 rows. I've knit 3 so far, and I need 12 more at least to give my students as a Xmas present.

  2. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Dear Sarah,
    Your experience sounds scary! I had a similiar experience at parkway this summer, only with an older guy and then saw him again at one of the NAK meetings.
    Be careful! and cary your kniting needles for protection!
    ( Janet was walking around knitting socks at the yarn store Saturday)
    P.S. I like your beaded votive wraps. I saw a bead knitting bok that had some neat earrings in it at Hobby lobby Saturday.

  3. Anonymous12:35 PM

    Oh gosh! I had a similar experience jogging in the park about 10 years ago. All of a sudden a man in normal street shoes was jogging next to me and then he whipped down his pants. Horrible. I remained calm and told him I hadn't seen anything so small in a long time and then I took a fast track out of that park. I don't think he expected such a reaction and was a bit dumbfounded although he did continue to watch me go. Scary!!!

  4. How scary! I hope that it doesn't happen again!!
    I love the way that your vest is coming out!