Friday, December 19, 2014

Balance

The Modern Gansey is progressing.

 

It seems to have hit that sweet spot where the knitting is interesting enough for me, but subdued enough for James. At the same time, nothing is complicated. So, there's balance. The body is getting close to being done. The neck is already completed.


I often like to get some of the finishing done along the way because it reassures me that the finished product is moving well toward its vizualized goal.
Our snow has melted, our tree is up, and all but the stocking stuffer gifts are purchased. I really hate wrapping gifts, so this afternoon I'll drop by Tara Foods and buy some of their brown paper bags with handles. Dressed up with ribbon (or yarn), they make a good wrap alternative and can be re-used for shopping. I can justify this laziness on the grounds that the City allows us only one garbage bag per week, and regular gift wrap is not supposed to go in the recycling bin (something to do with the dyes).
Have a lovely, relaxing (I hope) weekend.

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  2. Love your designs! Do you have an instagram account I can follow?

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    1. Sorry, no. There's just the blog and Ravelry; I try to keep things simple.

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  3. Sweater is gorgeous!
    I love using brown paper sacks, ribbons (and, sometimes, an ornament) to wrap holiday packages! For me there's something quite comforting about old-fashioned brown paper.

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  4. When I was young, I saved the Sunday Funnies to wrap gifts to the horror of my friends & family!! Now that I'm old & the Funnies have almost disappeared, I use cookie tins which can be reused over & over. No mess, no fuss. And I really like your 'Modern' Gansey.

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  5. Actually, a brown bag with handles tied with colorful yarns seems to fit your whole lifestyle. No guessing who it came from there! ;-)

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    1. Hmm, I'm not sure whether this is a compliment or not. What exactly is "my lifestyle"?

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  6. This sweater is beautifully intriguing; I love gansey designs, and I love this color. I can't wait to see it when it's finished. Is it your design, and, if so, any chance of a pattern in the offing? :-) I agree wholeheartedly with your take on "wrapping." Brown paper or bags, colorful yarn or twine, a snippet of greenery or an ornament...can't go wrong! Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. This is my own pattern and yes, it will eventually be available. I might as well admit publicly that I'm working on a book, and this pattern is intended to appear in it as a "recipe" for a man's gansey-style sweater.

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    2. Oh, this is SO exciting! I just love your style :-) I'm going to go stand in line for my copy right now :-)

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