Internal dialogue

Claudia does this often.

Me: Hey, Grumperina, you’ve got enough to knit?

Me: Why, yes, thank you for asking. I’ve got a pair of socks for grandma to finish, a shawl for my mom to think about, and I’ve been toying with the idea of knitting a Kimono-inspired sweater for myself.

Me: Hey, Grumperina, wanna see what I took out of the library yesterday? It’s the new book from Melanie Fallick, Handknit Holidays.

Me: Ooh, beautiful photography! Lots of interesting things here!

Me: Hey, Grumperina, did you see those wire votive sleeves by Annie Modesitt? Aren’t you a big fan of her designs and ideas, and haven’t you always wanted to try knitting with wire?

Me: Now that you mention it, yes. Annie’s Confessions book has a whole chapter on knitting with wire techniques, which I always found extremely enticing, but the featured jewelry projects just aren’t my cup of tea. But votive sleeves… that’s something I can see myself using!

Me: Hey, Grumperina, I can sense you’re getting weak. Want to go to Beadworks to just “check it out”?

And that was that. I knew it was all downhill when I joined the Knit-along.

I got all the stuff except the smooth needle-nose pliers. Beads: I had some mauve beads left over from making the cuffs of my shrug, so I got some peachy-gold and strawberry beads to match. Wire: I decided to go with silver-tone wire. Votives: I had a hard time finding slim votives like the ones in the book, so I got two fatter ones from Crate & Barrel. Like the ones in the book, they are 2.5″ high. The round candles are also from there.

As for the pliers – I have a huge fear of them, just like people have a fear of bugs or heights. I see them, and I immediately imagine them yanking my teeth out… shudder. So, for my wire adventures, I decided to order some pliers online instead of visiting the local hardware store. I think they’ll be delivered soon, and more importantly I don’t think I need them until the votive sleeve is finished.

This project is most exciting to me right now, and I’m very eager to get started!

As for the Kimono-inspired sweater, I haven’t had the chance to really sit down and think about it yet. But, you know, sometime soon…

Or maybe I have and just don’t want to blog about it! (my blog and all…) Maybe I’ve already finished a back and have started on the front!

A girl can dream…


16 thoughts on “Internal dialogue

  1. Jennifer

    Ooh those do look like fun to make. Right now I need another project like I need a hole in the head so I’ll just enjoy the process vicariously through you. 🙂

  2. Stephanie

    Oh, aren’t you just a temptress! I recently acquired that very book and oohed and ahhed over those votive holders. Alas, no time. I can’t wait to see yours.

  3. Angela

    I totally want to make those too. But no time to get the supplies.. I’ll knit vicariously through you but then realize I’ll just have to go out and really make my own.

  4. Lolly

    Yeah, those little votive holders caught my eye too… I joined the knitalong and I think I could just knit the whole book.

    The beauty of those votive holders is that they are not ONLY for holidays — they are good anytime.

  5. juno

    Those narrow tapered shot glass votives were from Target – I saw them a few years ago, don’t know if they still carry them. They don’t burn long, but they’re very pretty.

  6. Vicki

    Love these little things – they’re very cute. I tried making one last week – got all my beads strung on (I was using shades of blue beads with silver wire) but I didn’t get past the first row. I think I was trying to knit it too tightly…now I have to unkink my wire and start over but I was too frustrated to look at it again that night. Very cool project though.

  7. nona

    I’ve been eyeing those votives — along with a beautiful knit wire necklace from Alterknits — but was unsure about knitting with wire. I’ll be curious to see what you think.

  8. Siri

    I’m putting together a display of different knitted “fibers” for a fiber art show our knitting guild is putting on in February. I was thinking about making a couple of those votives sleeves for an example of knitting with wire.

    I’ll be checking out how it works out for you, looking for any hints you might have to offer.

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