I love ME!

The parents are gone, and I have survived. The apartment is still spotless, so why don’t you come on over? Invitation valid for the next two weeks only :).

Now, back to knitting ;). Very specific knitting, actually.

While visiting me, my parents became simply enamored with the Wire Votive Sleeves I knit back in December (pattern by Annie Modesitt in Melanie Falick’s Handknit Holidays)

Quickly, a request was placed – four votive sleeves, please, perhaps in a greenish theme, primarily intended to decorate the kitchen.

No problem! Except… what did I do, exactly? Did I follow the pattern? What size beads did I use? Wasn’t there something about a tricky cast-on?

Situations like this justify and perpetuate my obsessive-compulsive tendencies: I had written down all the info in a moment of fortuitous clairvoyance! I love ME!

I refreshed my memory, visited Beadworks, jumped for joy in Crate & Barrel when I was still able to find the same votive holders and votives, and will now get a-knittin’.

The first sleeve will certainly follow the requested green theme, but we’ll see what happens next (Will I be able to restrain myself from using all the other pretty beads I have in my possession? Probably not ;)).


32 thoughts on “I love ME!

  1. jody

    congrats on surviving the parents’ visit! the votives are great. i still have them on my list of things to make too (for a housewarming gift).

  2. Lynn

    Those beadworks jars look like shot glasses all lined up for tasting. A little peppermint schnappes, a little scotch, a shot of Grand Marnier, and some Courvoisier hiding in the back. Mmmm….. Happy sampling!

  3. amisha

    isn’t it great when thinking ahead pays off? i love those votive sleeves… i made a multicolored one for myself, but must start doing some as gifties too. after all, i got a pack of 12 votive holders 🙂

  4. Kat

    The votive holders are so cool! I would probably take the green theme as a suggestion and go where my whims took me. But then again, I have never knit on commission from my parents.

  5. LaurieM

    Restraint? From you? Sure you could do it, but why would you want to?

    I’m sure you’ll come up with a creative way to play up the green theme.

  6. Rachel

    I should learn from you. I should learn from past experience. I should learn from common sense. In spite of all these options, though, I never learn — I NEVER write anything down. That’s why I have lots of mismatched socks and unintentionally asymmetrical sleeves.

    Love the votive sleeves — so pretty.

  7. margaux

    welcome back!! I looooove beadworks. It breaks my heart that we don’t have a store like that here in jersey… can’t wait to see what you do with the votives!

  8. Sarah

    Yes, the blog does come in handy sometimes — there’s something to be said for documenting every detail of a project! I’ve always thought I should keep some sort of journal or notebook to keep track of the yarn I used, needle size, modifications, etc., but then I remember I already did all that on the blog!

  9. Julia

    Love them! I did some wire knitting last year at Christmas and really enjoyed it (although my hands did not!). Perhaps votives should be on the list.

  10. Heather R.

    How pretty! With the holidays coming up (I know I’m jumping the gun, but what the heck) those are a great idea.

    Even though at times it makes little sense, you just gotta take notes!

  11. Carrie

    I’m glad you posted that pic again. I’d loved those at the time but had been in the middle of something else, and since *I* am not as fortuitously clairvoyant as you are, I didn’t write it down! Hooray for your parents’ requests!

  12. courtney

    good for you for writing things down! I love it when anal retentiveness comes in handy…

    the beads are lovely, the colors are so wintery to me. is it really hard to knit with the wire? I’d love to try, and have the book…maybe I’ll take the plunge. 🙂

  13. Martha

    You know how they say about labor that after you have the baby, you forget about the pain? Knitting votive sleeves must be something like that, because all I remember about those sleeves was how much they hurt your hands. They’re lovely, but my hands hurt just looking at them. You’re a good daughter, that’s for sure!

  14. Stephanie

    Don’t ya just love that about a blog? You write all the important stuff down while you still remember, and you can then look back at it later. Gorgeous beads and I love those votives and votive holders.

  15. Jomy


    Glad to hear that you survived the parents! ^_^

    Now, about the sleeves.

    They look GREAT! Your sleeves urge me to knit something beady myself. 😀

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