Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ahoy! Mates


In the knitting world, there are things called "Knit-a-longs," or KALs in knitting parlance. Other than Sockapalooza 2006 (where I joined 600 others in knitting a pair of socks for someone unknown to me, and receiving a pair of socks knit by someone else), I've never really joined one. There are patterns that make the KAL circuit frequently: Harry Potter Weasleys, Hourglasses, Green Gables, Jaywalker socks. I've steered clear. So what, I wonder, just possessed me to sign up for the "We Call Them Pirates" KAL, in which between January 15 and March 15 I'll be knitting either a skull hat or skull mittens along with several dozen other KALers? I swear I've had nothing stronger than green tea today.
So what will it be? The hat or the mittens? And who should get them when I'm finished as I'll look like the world's largest poser in my J Jill clothes and Dansko clogs trying to pull off a skull hat...

7 Comments:

Blogger amyzeats said...

I vote for mittens. Mittens are sweet, thus a skull on them would be funny -- no one could think for a second you were actually taking yourself seriously as a punk rock bad a** if you're wearing mittens. It's cheeky! A hat would make me wonder if you were about to pull a skateboard out of your purse.

6:49 AM  
Blogger amyzeats said...

p.s. i started that knitting class last tuesday. :)

7:09 AM  
Blogger Cindy K said...

I like the idea of the mittens, Amy. My only concern is that there are *two*. I find I often leave one sock sitting around the house mateless until, say, four months later I think to knit him a friend. Maybe Dan needs a skull hat for blustery days when he's dashing into the city for a big deposition? Or might Baker? Surely the wind blows cold in Marblehead, and it would go with his tattoos. How was the knitting class??

9:32 AM  
Blogger amyzeats said...

dan would definitely love a skull hat! (although he has an unusually large noggin, so whatever size seems big? it's bigger!) baker, too, tho -- i can totally see him in a skull hat.

knitting class was awesome. so far, it looks like this woman kathy and i are (ahem!!) cruising along and catching on fast. it must be from editing your book. :) although, funny, kathy's first few rows look all nice and even, but not crazy tight, and mine look like they were created by...well, someone who is very, very, very uptight and needs to relaaaax. we're using the exact same needles and yarn and all my stitches are tiny and tight, tight, tight. can knitting tell as much about a person's frame of mind as handwriting??? maybe i need to take a yoga class or something...

1:16 PM  
Blogger Cindy K said...

You are a perfect beginning knitter, Amy! Everyone starts out knitting like they're sitting on a mine field. Tight tight tight. When you're used to it a little more, you'll loosen up. I always love talking with first-time knitters, sqeezing their stitches as tiny as possible, saying, "This is supposed to be RELAXING?" I'm so glad the class went well!

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Laura Kitchel said...

Dammit, I want to learn how to knit! Quilting is fine, but lugging my sewing machine out when I only can snatch about 30 minutes of work time is just not practical. Cindy, you've attempted to teach me the basics, but like Amy, my first attempts were less than stellar. I gotta find a knitting class close to home so I can get some guided practice. Not that I wouldn't like to be taught by you, but a fair distance between our homes and 3 little boys make that a little tricky. . .

9:54 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

That is a totally cool hat. I am going to call you this week to set up some knitting time. I want to knit a Harry Potter scarf.

11:22 AM  

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