March 13, 2004

Good and bad

First, the good. On Friday I received a big package of yarn from Wool-Tyme, the on-line store I usually use for basic yarn purchases. In it were eleven balls of each of these yarns:


These are for the next three sweaters for my husband. Perhaps now would be a good time to explain our arrangement about knitting. Mark is extremely supportive of my knitting — I mentioned to him just yesterday that he’s the only husband-of-a-knitter I know of who actively encourages stash enhancement. But this is, at least in part, because we’ve somehow agreed (I say somehow because I’m not completely certain that we ever actually discussed this) that for every project I knit for myself, I knit one for him. In general I don’t mind this, because I like the projects I’ve knit for him; I find it hard to wear Lopi, for instance, because it’s too warm, so it’s nice to have a reason to knit with it, which I do enjoy. However, this has occasionally produced some differences of opinion, when I’ve been knitting entire sweaters for him and supposedly alternating them with small cotton tank tops for myself. The “rules” were bent pretty far in those cases, and it was fine in the end. And I don’t really want to complain, since Mark is very appreciative of the things I knit for him, and is always willing to point out proudly to others that I made his sweaters/hats/scarves. And that’s a fairly good reward!

Anyway, we’ve been working on filling in his wardrobe gaps, since he’s determined to no longer wear any sweaters that weren’t made for him by me. Hence the acrylic and acrylic/wool yarns; he needs some lighter sweaters that he can wear in spring and fall. I’m not particularly fond of knitting with acrylic, but I’m willing to do it if we both like the end product.

And, it turns out, this order of acrylic yarns gave me the perfect excuse to fulfill one of my own desires. I’ve been hearing about Addi-Turbos since I first entered the blogging world as an observer, and I’ve wanted to find out for myself what all the fuss was about. But they’re expensive, and I already had a pretty full complement of needles. However, when Victoria at Wool-Tyme said that if I was having problems with the acrylic yarn sticking on my needles I should try the Addi-Turbos, I decided it was time to get a set. So they arrived on Friday with the rest of the yarn order, and I immediately tried them out with the aran I was working on:


They may not look like much in this picture, but I can definitely tell the difference. I can’t wait to try them with the acrylic — I think they will improve the knitting experience immensely. I just might have to get some more sets… and here, too, Mark shows his support: earlier in the evening when I was discussing the needles with him, he said “You knit so much, you should definitely have the best tools”. I love that guy, I tell you.

However, today was not devoid of drama and worry. Tigger got into a fight sometime this morning, and is not particularly happy as a result. You can read the details of his adventures here on Mark’s blog, but suffice it to say that he’s sore, stiff, and wounded. He was recovering on the bed and taking some solace in the comforts his Bear could give him:


He looked so cute that I can’t resist showing you more pictures: this and this. We hope he might recover by himself, but if not he has a vet appointment scheduled for Monday. Poor boy, he hates the vet so much; but if he will keep getting into fights, he will keep having to go to the vet!

Sorry for the long entry; I guess I had a lot to say tonight! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I hope spring is coming soon, wherever you are!

Posted by Aven at March 13, 2004 10:36 PM

I feel the same way about knitting with acrylic! I just wrote about this a few days ago. While I don’t really care for the sticky, scratchy feeling of knitting with acrylic, I don’t mind knitting with it if it renders a nice garment that holds up well. (I’ll admit, though: I tend to draw the line at 100% acrylic! Unless it’s a novelty yarn, of course…)

Posted by: Becky at March 14, 2004 03:51 AM

P.S. I loooooooooove Addi Turbos. That’s mostly what I use to knit, although I do use bamboo for some projects. I used to use Inox needles but I found them too slippery for some yarns. Addi Turbo’s have some grip to them.

Posted by: Becky at March 14, 2004 03:53 AM

I just stumbled upon your blog. Your husband sounds like mine…. very supportive and loves the sweaters, etc. I have made for him. He is a great enabler. Your arans are wonderful and turbos are the best for most knitting, in my opinion. I’ll be back to visit your blog.

Posted by: Chery at March 14, 2004 07:49 AM

That maroon is a lovely color. What kind of sweater are you planning to make out of it?

I hope that Tigger does recover on his own.

Strangely enough, I don’t really like Addi Turbos. I prefer the Inox and my old Susan Bates needles; I find that I need my needles to have more of a grip than the Addis do.

Posted by: Lydia at March 14, 2004 11:50 AM

I love my addi turbos!!! They make my work much faster, and there are projects I won’t begin unless I have an addi. In fact, I have an addi on the way from Patternworks.

Crystal Place are my bamboos of choice.

My hubby is pretty supportive of my yarn, needles, and patterns addiction too, and I’m very glad for it.

Posted by: Vera at March 14, 2004 04:53 PM

i’m a quilter not a knitter but your finished projects are AMAZING!

Posted by: Rachel at March 14, 2004 04:58 PM

Good luck on Tigger’s recovery - you’d think they would learn from their escapades, but Elly doesn’t. Perhaps he can help you knit until he’s better!

Posted by: Patty at March 15, 2004 01:26 PM

Poor Tigger! I hope that he has a speedy recovery!

I love Addi Turbos! One day, when I’m independantly wealthy, I’m buying the whole lot of ‘em.

Posted by: Anita at March 15, 2004 02:27 PM