Got Ice?

The storm that went through the midwest and up the east coast hit here on Tuesday and we ended up with about 3 inches of snow-sleet-ice. I worked from home yesterday and while I intended to go into the office today, my car is currently adhered to the road in front of my house. Despite my better intentions, I worked from home today as well.

This side benefit to this is that at lunchtime, I decided that I needed a Calorimetry to wear ice skating. I remembered that I had a lone ball of Noro Silk Garden in my “miscellaneous wool-blend yarn” stash box. E (Poking My Eyes Out) gave it to me — in typical Noro fashion, it was the one ball of the colorway and dye lot that she purchased that just didn’t fit in. Who am I to decline Noro?

Calorimetry was such a fast knit that I finished it at lunchtime!

me in cal
that single digit windchill kept me inside
look, it works as a neckwarmer, too
a closeup of the colorway – yum

I cast on 80 stitches instead of the 120 specified in the pattern and I think I only worked 7 short rows per side. I also picked up the short rows so that I did not have holes — the pattern method does create holes, it was a design feature. I created a yarnover buttonhole and found a random purple button in the buttonbag for it.

It took less than an hour to knit. It fits, but it could perhaps use another 1/2″ or so of length. Luckily I wanted it tighter, not more loose.

I’m not sure I will wear it much now that it’s done. I do hope to wear it ice skating so I can keep my ears warm and still have my hair up in a ponytail.

In other fun things, I received a package from E earlier this week. Of course, it’s her birthday week so she sends me something! That makes sense, right?

E and I worked out a trade: she took the Malabrigo leftovers from my Licorice Whip (4 full hanks + 2/3 hank) and a bunch of Addi Turbos that I no longer need, and she sent me 8 hanks of Manos in Bing Cherry.

mm mm manos

Except that wasn’t all she sent me! That cheater!

chocolate fabric - yum
a fat quarter collection

Yum, fabric! I am thinking about a small quilt top throw with these fat quarters. We’ll see! I’m still afraid of quilting (though I love quilts). I think it would be very cute though!

As for the Manos, I am thinking about making a top-down cardigan similar to Laura’s (cosmicpluto knits!) “easy and top down raglan cardigan.” Seed stitch edgings, maybe some other details in there. I am contemplating how one would add short rows bust shaping to a cardigan…

11 Comments so far

  1. Jess on February 15th, 2007

    Ooh, that Manos is such a gorgeous color! I can’t wait to see it knit up :-)

    Have fun ice skating!

  2. Holly Jo on February 15th, 2007

    The manos is so nice and will make such a SOFT cardigan.

    I think I need a calorimetry for running. Thanks for the link.

  3. E on February 16th, 2007

    OMY. I need one of those calorimetry. I must make one in itchy stretchy yarn! and hehe .. a QUILT! Happy ice skating!

  4. ann on February 16th, 2007

    love your calorimetry! I never thought of using one as a neck warmer :)

  5. Dawn on February 16th, 2007

    Love that Bing Cherry yarn, wow! You traded Addies! why? Oh, and that fabric, nice color blend. Hope it warms up soon for you.

  6. Kristina on February 16th, 2007

    I LOVE that manos color! I am drooling…

  7. Dipsy D. on February 17th, 2007

    The more Calorimetries I see in the blogosphere, the more I feel the urge to knit one too – it seems to be just the perfect thing to wear, plus the perfect pattern. But then again, we seem to have spring here already, so I’m thinking more about knitting summer tops these days ;) Yours turned out so beautifully though, what a great yarn you’ve been using!

  8. Ashley on February 17th, 2007

    That is some gorgeous Manos.

    So Calorimetry really is _that_ big, huh? 80 stitches down from 120 seems like a huge drop–but people are saying it’s written for a giant’s head, basically, so, hmmmmm….

  9. ana on February 19th, 2007

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for the info reagarding the D70 and dpreview. Hopefully, I’ll get everything sorted out soon.

  10. stacey on February 20th, 2007

    ooh – looks like you both got a great trade! the manos is beautiful!

  11. Julie on February 22nd, 2007

    Hmmm… I like the neckwarmer idea too, especially as I can’t walk with my long scarves without fighting to keep them on these days. Nifty thought Jess. :o) (Playing super slow catchup).