Friday, 21 November 2008

Iz Bad Blogger

But Me= Chicken-head at the moment. I've gotten a "new job" at work, which means additional work (at same pay naturally) and my head is about to explode with information, things that need doing and plans for the arc I need to build to get home today. It's pouring outside. That brought to you randomly because I chanced to look out the window. I'm wearing Crocs. The kind with holes in them. I'm going to be soaked in about half an hour. Joy.

Actually the last line of that list was supposed to say "with all the Christmas things that need doing". I'm still Christmas prepping (we don't have Thanksgiving here, so I feel a bit less guilty about starting Christmas this early), but at least I get to do it in snow this weekend. It's going to snow! And I'm the only one in the country who's happy about it!

I stopped knitting for an entire week to finish my other project and had to return straight back to Remedial Knitting Classes. Granted, the project is lace, but even I'm not usually that bad. Dropped stitches and mistakes everywhere. I decided it would be better, and more fun, to take things slowly, so I have nothing to share on the knitting front today.

2.5 weeks and counting and then I have vacation. Three whole weeks of rest, relaxation and knitting. Yay! I have plans, but I'll have to tell you about them later. I need to go meditate so I'm in the frame of mind to become one with the water outside, because become one I will, like it or not.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

No Knitting for the Procrastinator

I think I’ve forgotten how to blog. So much of not much has happened, that I don’t even know where to start. Actually, I did quite a bit of knitting in the last few weeks, but it was all Christmas projects I was finishing and I don’t want to post them yet. Besides, they aren’t really very exciting. They are for the people who are getting them, but as far as the knitting goes, it was all fairly basic.

I did finally get a package sent to and opened by my good friend Inkysticks. She’s in England for 6 weeks, so I made her a scarf/hat/handwarmer set plus a pair of thick socks for the cold weather. I figured it would be silly to wait and give them to her at Christmas because she’ll be back in California by then - so, now that you’re going back to a warm place, have some wolly items. :P Silly. So here they are. They are made from Kappa Color yarn, I think from Lang, but can’t look right now. I saw the yarn and instantly thought of Inky, so I just had to make her something from it. It is a cotton blend and not overly warm, but it’s perfect for autumn and since she lives in California and we’re not heading towards an ice age, I figured it would serve her better than 100% chunky weight wool. The socks were simple Dad’s Easy Cable socks make from thick wool, but even in Ca. your feet can get cold when you’re sitting and knitting.

OK, pictures another time since Blogger isn't playing today.

There was one small catastrophe which seriously irked me. Last Aug., I made myself some socklettes out of leftover yarn. I loved these socklettes (yes, loved, you see what’s coming). I wore them all the time at home. I loved that they were quick to slip on, warm and comfy to wear. One evening, I was taking the dogs out and slipped my foot into my winter crocs only to find they were cold and wet in one spot. I thought it was odd, so I took my foot out and looked only to find that there was a hole the size of a quarter in them! Worn right through, and no, darning is not an option since I’m A, out of that yarn and B, there wasn’t enough of the stitches left to work with. Then I looked at the other and there was a hole in that one too. I nearly cried. 2 months. They lived for 2 months. I’m still mourning them. Thing is, I’ve never worn through a pair of hand knit socks before. This is the first pair. I’m now almost too scared to wear the normal socks I made with that yarn for fear of wearing them out. *sigh*

The other tragedy, and yes, it does actually qualify as a minor tragedy in my life, is that I’m on a knitting hiatus. I have another project I’m working on which involves my really non-favourite activity: sewing. Trying to work on it a bit before going over to knitting failed, in a big way, so now I’m forcing myself to sit down and sew until it’s done. Duration? Uncertain, but I estimate I should be done by the end of next week. No, it’s not long in the scheme of things, but long enough to go without knitting. Although I may weaken and knit something this weekend, but shhhhh!