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Sunday, September 24, 2006
Small Sweet Things

I was committed to beginning on the 23rd with everyone else. I wanted to feel a part of the collective Zimmermania energy. So after a very long day doing far too much, the kids were in bed and I happily cast on at 10pm.

I decided to start small. I have wanted to try Double Knitting for some time, and I loved EZ's suggestion (in Knitter's Almanac) that one make a Double Knitted potholder/hot pad as a swatch for the Double Knitted Baby Blanket. I don't intend to actually make the Double Knitted Baby Blanket (not now, anyway), but I wanted to start this Zimmermania with a little instant gratification.

For those who have not experienced Double Knitting, allow me to include an explanation from Elizabeth Zimmermann herself:

"It is the procedure of working back-and-forth on two needles in such a manner as to produce a circular piece of fabric. On the first row you alternately knit and slip the stitches; on the next row you knit the stiches you slipped, and slip those you knitted. Thus each stitch is handled twice, once to be slipped and once to be knitted..."

I'm knitting my potholder with doubled Manos. Almost complete. Luxuriously thick and handsome on both sides.

As soon as this is complete (sometime today), I will ignore the unfolded laundry on my bed and begin my real Zimmermania endeavor: the Baby Surprise Jacket.

Will all my pregnant friends and relations please look away now.

Chocolate-colored Classic Elite Waterspun with stripes of pale blue Arucania Nature Wool.

delicious. no?

I've been in a small, sweet things kind of mood lately. I'm enormously gratified by tiny completions. Perhaps because I can only devote an hour or two each day to knitting. Another happy little thingy:

My Ballband Dishcloth (a la Mason Dixon Knitting) It's posing with the espresso machine - a place it will not actually be spending even another moment, as that would result in ugly coffee stains.
Moooollllllyyyyy... your dishcloth is beautiful! I love those colors. Have not started any Zimmermann in collusion with the rest of the maniacs, but did finish a new project today... I think you'll like it. Hey guess what! I moved... again. Yes, I know. Last time, I promise. Back to blogger. I really really wanted to edit that CSS and typepad was saying "no." Blogger, so free, so easy and breezy. See you Tuesday!
I how funny we both posted about little things today. I love the dishcloth!
I came over from Zimmermania. I love the colors you've chosen for the Baby Surprise Jacket. Can't wait to see its progress. Also, I luv luv your M-D washcloth.
Again, your choice of colors is fantastic. Lastly, that chair you found is spectular. I found a similar one at one of our thrift stores last year. (Ok, I think I've used enough superlatives for my first comment!)
The chair, of course, is "spectacular," not spectular (*ahem*).
Love the colors for the baby jacket, can't wait to see it when you're done. Love the dish cloth, are'nt they easy to make, problem is they can be addicting.
Mmmmanos. I love that stuff to distraction. I'm going to have to try that ball band dishrag sometime!
Hey Molly, it was great to meet you last night at SnB! And you have a Caffe Vita mug! I've been there, I absolutely love their coffee!
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