Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Not Drowning but Waving: 48 today

Knitting comes over me in waves.
Sometimes it just laps gently at my toes and I paddle about in the shallows, dipping in and out of socks and hats and the occasional mitt.
On a long summer holiday I might swim a little further and start a sweater project or finish a shawl. 
And then... very occasionally, suddenly something comes over me and I dive headfirst off a high clifftop into deep deep water, trusting my instincts to know that when I emerge, gasping for air, the sun will be shining and the sky will be blue and an utterly amazing piece of knitwear will be blocking on the bright green grass.

This is Keito Dama 156.  You can buy individual patterns here. 

Remind you of anyone?! Though I can't imagine FL wearing a "thumbie" cardi...


Phwoar - patchwork to the max!

Tempting...


Great over loose tops!

Sorry?  I can't hear you!


Great use of self-striping yarn!
I have planned to knit from a Japanese pattern for a long long time.  I even bought a book, back in 2010.  And I stared at it for a while before I carefully replaced the plastic wrapper it arrived in and slipped it into a box of books "to keep safe".

But this last  weekend was all about knitting.  My Stephen West Knitalong Project, the Geysir Stretch shawl, has been compelling and enlightening.  Did you know that if you just keep knitting, the fabric keeps growing?  That tiny triangle of fluff from Friday night is now so big I had to add an extension cable to my Denise circular needles to accommodate an entirely unlikely number of stitches... and still it grows!

And in a break from actual physical knitting, after doing the compulsory stretching exercises, what should I do but look at other knitting?  And one thing led to another and I found myself arrested by a Japanese pattern book.
Remember when Rowan designed jumpers like this?
I tried to talk myself down from the clifftop, but it was no use.  My mother sent me £20 for my birthday, as usual.  I could buy myself a pair of furry slippers as suggested or I could buy an inspirational wonderful Japanese knitting pattern book.  No contest. 

It's on its way.  Prepare for a splash. I hope the water's warm!

P.S.   It's my birthday today.  I am 48. How did that happen?

65 comments:

agirlinwinter said...

Happy birthday!

Kestrel said...

Happy Birthday!

p.s I like that cable and fairisle yoke combo jumper. But please tell me you are knitting the fairisle bloomers?

Katherine said...

Happy birthday!

bloglessanna said...

Happy Birthday. Loving the grey cardi which 'would be great over loose top'. Knitting books over slippers any day!

Kat said...

Happy Birthday :) I hope you have a wonderful day. It is my boyfriend's birthday today too. Oh and what wonderful knitwear....

Felicity from Down Under said...

Happy birthday, may it be a wonderful year for you. And how could it be anything else if you leap off high cliffs into warm knitting, all the while fortified by venison, root vegetables, port and prunes? Happy knitting, too!

Kirsty said...

Happy birthday! yes, I did think that could have been FL in that photo with you with your hair pulled back! Please please knit those bloomers. I don't think you'd regret it!!

Anna said...

Happy Birthday!

I turn 40 on the 29th, not sure where the time has gone but I'm hoping it slows down a little bit!

Scruffybadger said...

Happy birthday roo!!! What an amazing collection of warm and stylish knittables....hope you have a great day and yes, treat yourself xx

Donna said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy the new knitting book :)

Jane said...

No contest indeed! Enjoy your book and have a wonderful, happy day. x

Sarahel said...

Happy Birthday. Slippers are so dull, these beauties are so much better value in so many ways.

Sew little time said...

happy birthday. i really feel you need those fairisle bloomers in your life!

shivani said...

happy birthday! what a lovely book. Have a wonderful day x

(I actually do have a pair of fair isle bloomers: bought from Uniqlo - I really can't cope with the cold at all.)

Kerry said...

Happy birthday! I absolutely love that grey cardi! Enjoy your new knitting book xx

Mags said...

Happy happy birthday!

Kirsten said...

Happy Birthday, dear Roobeedoo. I have been meaning to say hallo to you for a long time, having great pleasure from reading your blog. You are one of the most inspiring, honest, courageous and fun inhabitants of the blogosphere. Many happy returns - and many more blogposts, thanks!

Janey said...

Happy Birthday Roo! Have a fabulous day! I've been following your blog for a few months now (found you from Dibs' blog) and recently decided to go back to the beginning and read it all and see everything that you've made. I'm currently at 2011 so it's odd when I'm reading stuff from there and then seeing blog posts come up from the present! Without sounding too strange, I want to just say that I think you are an AWESOME person! I wish you a very happy year ahead :) xx

Noor said...

I'll de-lurk to wish you a happy birthday!
And great patterns- but won't the language pose problems? Absolutely love the Aran sweater with thumb holes though!

wendy said...

Happy, happy birthday ! Look forward to seeing more from your book when it arrives.

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday! I so love your blog -- it remains so positive.

Those patterns are beautiful but when I followed the link, all those words in Japanese gave me a headache. I get so stuck on my knitting, I can't even begin to imagine tackling a project like this! I can't wait to watch! Cheers, dear.

blue hands said...

Happy birthday! I remember your 45th birthday - how time flies in blogland! xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you have some cake.

Maeve

Emma said...

*H*A*P*P*Y* *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y* !

Please knit that last, yoked, sweater. It's fab!

KC said...

Happy Birthday, Roobeedoo!

Sheena said...

Happy Birthday Roobeedoo! Have a great day and, yes, treat yourself!

One great thing about getting older is that you care less and less about what "other people" think (or so I've found).

Sue said...

Happy Birthday!

dottiedoodle said...

Happy birthday! I'd love to know what those models are thinking.

Myrna said...

Have a fabulous day. Congrats.

Seraphinalina said...

Talk about burying the lead...
I hope you have a very happy birthday.
Keep an eye on your eyesight, you know these things shift as you approach your 40's. ;)

Lucy said...

Happy Roo day!

daisydonut said...

Many many happy returns of the day. Glad to hear your diving in and not going for the furry slippers :-)

Sarah Rooftops said...

Happy birthday!

Linda C said...

A Very Happy Birthday. Think about it- you could knit the bloomers and wear them over tights under a skirt you thought was to short. What a surprise when you bent over....

LOve the loose sweater, but I am sure you would choose a more dazzling color. Also the bottom sweater is very nice.

Enjoy the day. Your mother wants you to get something you want, I am sure. You will always find the funds for something you really need, I have found.

LindaC

Sylvia said...

Hello Roobeedoo, i enjoy your blog over the past year. I wish you a wonderful birthday. May the water be warm. If the wind is blowing ... your new bloomers will keep you warm ;)

Gail said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a wonderful day and get to do all the things you want to do.

Thanks for sharing these designs too - they're gorgeous! I especially love the last one.

Jane said...

Many happy returns! Thanks for the lovely knitting inspiration. I think knitted Fair Isle bloomers would be wonderful. Or just make them into leggings à la Toast this winter (or Elizabeth Zimmerman any winter).

Lynne said...

Happy birthday!! And I LOVE the aran cardigans in the first photo!

starryfishathome said...

Happy Birthday to you! Who would ever have thought of Fair Isle bloomers? (Breaks out in a hot flush at the idea). The last sweater looks lovely.

superheidi said...

A big fat happy Birthday!

Sabs said...

Happy birthday! Hope you've had a fab day (sans slippers, altho I'm quite partial to a pair of furries...). I love all your knitting projects, I really want to learn to knit in the new year. Are there any books for beginners that you would recommend? Thanks!

rosyragpatch said...

Happy Birthday! I think Japanese pattern book....

indigorchid said...

Happy birthday!

(Oh, and I wanted to tell you that the magazine on my blog you commented on ("The Simple Things"), that you said looked intriguing - it's a UK mag and they have a 3 issues for £5 deal, and... I think they're totally worh £5 a piece, so I just wanted to pass that along! I'm not being paid to say this I promise! ;) )

Debi said...

Happy birthday m'dear!!!!

Alison said...

Happy Birthday! I need to learn how to knit properly..

Alison
x

LinB said...

Happiest of happy birthdays to you! I'd have spent the money on a book, too. You can always knit yourself some warm slippers.

At age 48, you'd have been married for half your life if you got married at 24. Also, 48 is divisible by 4 for k2p2 ribbing. Just let these essentially useless facts serve as my birthday gift to you. (You're welcome.)

jo90 said...

Happy Birthday. You really should knit the fairisle shorts!

Anonymous said...

I'm the 48th reader to wish you a happy 48th birthday (unless someone beats me to the punch as I type). So you were born in a dragon year - so propitious!
-- stashdragon

Sadie said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have been having a lovely day.

RebeccaHoward said...

Lots and lots of birthday wishes Roo. I can totally see you in that knitted skirt. Then if you we're REALLY cold, you could do those cute little shorts under. With bright tights. And short boots. Mmm. Well at least the skirt. You know you love skirts and this would be something challenging. Something different. Just, well, Rooish.

Mela R. said...

Hope you've had a wonderful birthday!

Saffi said...

Happy birthday! Nothing better than celebrating with knitting plans!

Pam said...

Love your blog. Happy birthday, you youngster, you!

sylkotwist said...

Happy Birthday dear blogger! Hope you've had a really lovely day, keep waving!

Anonymous said...

dear roo,

happy, happy b'day! i have loved your blog since i found it when hugh was diagnosed with MM. your lovely photos, book reviews, sharing of family life and wonderful writing ability - all so appreciated.

i took my first knitting course, but was so far behind - i STILL have not finished that stupid felted coin purse. but i never give up! i knitted by candle light over the 14.5 days we lost power - heat, light, phones - from a horrid storm, sandy. that would probably account for the massive number of errors and subsequent rip out more than i knit fiasco. still, i love knitting and i AM going to finish that coin purse. i hope you will be proud of me.

love, xoxo

karen

beate said...

happy birthday from germany!
wish you lots of cosy yarns and beautiful fabrics :-)

sewbusylizzy said...

Happy birthday my long-lost twin :-) I always look forward to your posts so I wish you a year of inspirational sewing, knitting and posting!

Sigrid said...

Happy Birthday! to a woman of young spirit.

Madelaine said...

Happy Birthday! Glad you went with the pattern book. You could always knit yourself the slippers ;)

acharmofmagpies said...

Happy birthday! I hope it was truly wonderful and all that a birthday should be.

Yet another beautifully lyrical post, dreamy and poetic. I can't wait to see what you make up.

clb said...

Happy birthday! I am almost 48 and I still can't work out how to turn a sock heel. I eye your creations with awe. Love your blog, even though you keep costing me money by linking to nice patterns and shoes and dresses and cardigans and stuff. Just looked up that book and now I want it! Curses.

Mary in TN said...

Happy belated Birthday Roo! Hope it was awesome!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Missed this, a very belated Happy Birthday from me Roo :D

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for your funny,inspiring,thoughtful posts. please knit the fairisle shorts!! who else could wear them?
hope you had a great day. martina

Alessa said...

Happy belated birthday! Everyone needs a cliff-dive now and then, and those patterns look seriously lovely. :)