The Ugly Sweater Party

There are not enough theme parties, in my opinion. Enter: The Ugly Sweater Party. Jen mentioned her friend Adam somewhere in an earlier post (she is knitting him a hat, which I believe is forthcoming to the Teamknit blog any day now!) and he is the one who throws the annual Ugly Sweater Party. The concept is simple: Wear an ugly sweater. Come to a party. Let the good times roll!
Men decked out in sweaters that only Bill Cosby could love, and the women looked like their mothers and grandmothers, circa 1981. Ah, ugly sweaters.

Jen wore a barbie pink shapeless 80’s sweater with black sequin stripes, and I wore a gold and black sparkly ‘mom’ sweater with flying-squirrel sleeves (because sweater should give you a wing span), shapeless enough to instantly give you that I’ve-had-4-kids kind of figure. We went shopping (with Rebecca, see below) at Value Village for our stunning finds.
The funny thing was, the idea of an ugly sweater is so subjective. And there was a lot of lively debating with strangers at the party over whether or not a sweater was truly ‘ugly’. And we were never really sure if our friend Rebecca’s sweater was ugly, or just way too big: espeically not when we realized it was an Adrienne Vittadini. What a find!
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Facebook is now littered with a billion photos of that night. Several photos I do not exactly remember being taken, and Jen and I spent waay too much time having a drunken conversation about how we should knit an entire chess set, and how we would go about knitting the different peices. I sloshed around a lot of wine during that conversation.

That’s my kind of party.

A bunch more ugly sweaters here: http://www.kineticform.com/

TeamKnit Brunch v.6 : Decemberlicious

TeamKnit Brunch

Apple danishes, yogurt with berries and walnuts, fresh tomatoes, grapes and tangerines.

TeamKnit Brunch

Grilled savoury omlette sandwiches with bacon and melted cheese

TeamKnit Brunch

so. good.

To the left Becca and Kevin cuddle on the long sofa and to the right Julie is working away on her quoddy blue scarf. She’s got quite a bit done now, and should be starting a new skein any moment now judging from the miniscule ball on her lap. As another installment winds to an end, I sit here with my belly full and my heart warm. It’s good to be back. One post flood comming up!

-jsun

listen to:

Dirty Dancing soundtrack:
Eric Carmen Lyrics Hungry Eyes
Bill Medley + Jennifer Warnes Lyrics (I’ve Had) the Time of My Life
Bruce Channel Lyrics Hey Baby
Patrick Swayze Lyrics She’s Like the Wind
Zappacosta Lyrics Overload
Tom Johnston Lyrics Where Are You Tonight
Five Satins Lyrics In the Still of the Night
Ronnettes Lyrics Be My Baby
Blow Monkeys Lyrics You Don’t Own Me
Merry Clayton Lyrics Yes
Mickey & Sylvia Lyrics Love Is Strange
Maurice Williams + the Zodiacs Lyrics Stay

First Ever FO- back in ’85

So that’s me, at 7 years old. Check out those two front teeth, MIA. check out those snowpants. Check out those elephant earmuffs!!! I wish I still had those blue elephant earmuffs, they were fabulous.

See that scarf? That is my very first FO, a purple and white striped garter stitch scarf. I think I made it when I was in Brownies – because you KNOW I got my knitting badge!!

Anyway, I’m currently trapped at a work meeting out of town, I’m sleep deprived, over caffienated and overfed, and dying to get out of here. And my hotel room is so freaking cold, I slept with Lady Eleanor (WIP) around my neck and shoulders. With the needles attached and everything. Turns out even a good WIP can keep you warm when necessary. I can’t wait to finish it- SO close!!

Quoddy Scarf

I had been doing very well on my yarn diet, until I came across 272-yard skeins of Briggs and Little yarn for $3.50 a pop. It was too cheap to pass up, so I bought out the whole stock (5 skeins) of Quoddy Blue, from the Regal line:I love that heathered blue.
So I decided that I’d knit a scarf for my dad for Christmas, as well as give him a coupon for a knitted object of his choice, which he can then redeem. I’m hoping he picks socks, and not a sweater.

For those of you who have worked with Briggs and Little before, you know it’s not exactly a soft yarn. At all. In fact, I’m seriously wondering why I bought such rough-textured yarn. Oh wait- because I got 1360 yards of it for $17.50. But I’m told that it is possible to soften rough yarn with a nice bath and some hair conditioner. Is this the best option? I’ll have to look into it further.

But in the meantime, can I say what a sheer joy that scarf pattern is? It’s from the Yarn Harlot, and can be found here. It’s only a 4 stitch repeat, only one row, and it’s completely reversable. I can knit it while I read (book propped open with my knee). Isn’t it great when you don’t even have to look at it?! I finished this book tonight, then looked down and was pleasantly surprised to see that I’m almost halfway there.

Gobble Gobble!

Sometime in the summer, I agreed to knit a turkey finger puppet for my friend, Julie. Actually, we had just met that night and totally bonded over several martinis and the fact that we were both left-handed Julies. Since then, we have become friends even while sober, and it was her birthday this month. So I thought it was high time I came through on my drunken turkey finger puppet promise:

Turkey Finger Puppet
(great pattern name, I know. I’m so imaginative, it hurts.)

Materials:
– set of 3.25 mm dpns
– any kind of worsted weight yarn (this makes for a stiffer puppet, but that helps keep the tail upright. Sport weight could also be used, but will result in a floppier tail) in dark brown, beige, white, burgundy, and some yellow for embroidering the beak.

Body:
Cast on 17 stitches in dark brown. Join for knitting in the round.

Knit in the round until the body is 3 inches long. Change to burgundy yarn for ribbing.

In burgundy yarn, *k1, p1*, and at the same time, increase 4 stitches evenly in this round. Do 3 more rows of k1, p1 ribbing (4 rows total).

Knit(knit all stitches) 5 more rounds.

Decrease: *k2tog, k1*, repeat to end of round.

Knit one round.

K2tog all stitches, then thread remaining loops with a tapestry needle and sew up tight.

Tail:
In beige yarn, cast on 50 stitches. The tail will be worked flat on two of the dpns.

*k2, p2* for three rows.

Switch to dark brown yarn. *k2,p2* for 3 rows.

Decrease: k2, p2tog, until end of row.

Next row: p2, k1 until end of row.

Change to white yarn. k2, p1 to end of row.

Change to beige. p2, k1 to end of row.

Decrease: k2 tog, p1 to end of row.

Next row: p1, k1 to end.

Change to dark brown. k1,p1 to end. Continue in dark brown, in pattern, for another 3rows.

Decrease: *p2tog, k2tog* until last stitch. k1.

Next row: p1, k1, to end.

k1, p1 to end.

Change to white, contiue in pattern for one row. Then cast off, in pattern.

Here’s a clear shot of the back of tail, for reference:

Wings: (make 2)

In white yarn, cast on 4 stitches. Change to beige.

Purl one row. Knit one row. Purl one row.

Change to dark brown, do four rows in the established stockinette. Cast off.

Finishing:

Weave in all ends (this takes longer than it does to knit the thing, I found). Taking a small amount of dark brown, make french knots for the eyes. The beak is nothing more than one straight stitch down the middle. The red waddle is done by making a loose loop in burgundy, and then keeping your finger in the loop as your pull it taut. While keeping the loop intact, remove finger, and make another (much smaller) straight stitch across the loop to secure it in place.

As for the tail, I used the white to secure the cast off edge to the puppet, and the dark brown to sew the bottom dark brown portion to the back of the puppet as well. This seems to provide a stable tail. Sew on wings wherever you would like them.
I liked doing the ribbing for the head, since I find that without some kind of head definition, some finger puppets look like condoms. But not this little guy!

Rumor has it that American thanksgiving is coming up soon (this week? next week? I have no idea), so I guess it’s seasonally appropriate!

And if anyone finds any pattern problems, let me know.