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Progress

April 30, 2007

Well, I survived chaperoning Jamie’s band trip.  Barely.  I came to the conclusion some time on day two that I’m too old for that shit.  Or, more specifically, I’m too old to be all “woo band trip!” like the kids all were, but too young to be totally accustomed to getting no sleep like all the parent chaperones. 

I had all these grand plans to blog from the trip, and take photos of my sock around town, but I just didn’t have the time nor the energy.  Which is too bad, because Banff was beautiful until yesterday, when a massive snow storm hit.  Freaking Alberta.  I also had grand plans to get some work done, but there was not a single solitary place that I wasn’t surrounded by several dozen and usually several hundred teenagers.  I am very happy to be home where the only noise is the clock ticking.  (Well, and the neighbour a few doors down absolutely SCREAMING at her child.  I went outside to take photos for this entry and I felt like I was intruding onto a very ugly situation.  It was quite uncomfortable.)  There was just constant, constant noise for four days straight and it was exhausting. 

 Fortunately, despite the endless melee, I did have quite a lot of knitting time.  I packed the same three projects that came along to Disneyland: the Gryffindor socks, the Mountain Peaks Shawl, and the Central Park Hoodie.  Poor old Mountain Peaks once again got completely ignored – I swear I will make some real progress on that thing one of these days.  Central Park, however, was much more successful, and yesterday on the bus I finished the back.  Hooray!

Central Park Back

I cannot for the life of me get a decent photo of the colour. It’s a really bright, bold green, very springy and cheerful and apparently very trendy, because I got a ton of compliments on it from the kids on the trip. (The pattern also got major thumbs up from them.)

Most days, though, I didn’t bring my backpack into Banff, so I brought along trusty Gryffindor for my daily knitting. These were also a huge hit with the kids, who were very impressed at the idea of Harry Potter socks. Who knew my knitting was so cool?

As you can see, good progress is being made and I should finish them pretty soon and be able to go back to Rachel’s socks. (sorry, Rachel!) (memo to self on Rachel’s socks – 64 stitch cast on with a decrease down to 60 over the course of the leg.)

Gryffindor Progress

This didn’t get brought along, as I was close enough to finished that it wasn’t worth hauling, but here’s a sneak peek at the body of a baby sweater that I finished last night. It’s the Daisy pattern from Knitty, and it’s not for the next baby in line but I needed a change of pace so I started in on this. It’s a super cute raglan cardigan, and I really like the pattern. Seed stitch edging, raglan sleeves – pretty straightforward and adorable as well as gender neutral – all good things. I need to get some good buttons for it.

Daisy Body

I’m already halfway through the first sleeve. Ah, baby sized things, how I love you.

So here’s my challenge over the next few weeks. I leave for Cuba in 18 days. I plan to bring my shawl and a pair of socks along with me. Before I leave, I’d like to finish the baby sweater (no problem), the Gryffindor socks (should be manageable), and the Central Park Hoodie (unlikely, but it’s good to have goals). I need to finish up the transcribing I have to do, buy a bunch of stuff for Cuba including a new bathing suit, and clean the freaking house. In 18 days. Care to place any bets?

Luckily for morale, the weather has majorly improved, yesterday’s mountain snowstorm and the crapload of rain that was waiting for us in Edmonton aside. Not only is that actual green grass in those photos up there, but the tree next to the garage? Looks like this.

Spring

Hallelujah. I love spring.

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Dear Rogue, I love you

January 22, 2007

Please don’t think that just because I’m seeing other projects, I don’t love you as much. I do! You’re my favourite project ever! (At least, I’m pretty sure you are, but I’m not going to think too hard about that because that’s pretty much a never ending spiral of “no, wait, I think I love THIS best!”) Look at how much progress I made on you this weekend! I didn’t knit anything else for two days straight. I can prove it!

Here’s where you were on Thursday.

Rogue Side Cable 2

Here’s where you are today.

Rogue Other Side Cable

See? You’re almost ready to join up with your pockety friend! Only a few more rows. And as mentioned in that previous entry, you’re not a small sweater. I’m not a small person. A Rogue for me has more than 200 stitches in a round. It’s not like these are fast little nothing rounds I’m accomplishing here. The fact that you’re nearing the pocket join is really quite impressive.

Rogue Full View January 22

(Uh, actually, speaking of that, since I memorized this part of the cable so easily, I sort of stopped keeping such good track of where we are. I’m hoping you can help me out there, Rogue. You’re easy to count, right? Sure. Let’s go with that.)

Anyway, despite what it might look like, you’re still my favourite. Try not to get too worked up about this.

Sock Pal sock

I know. It’s a sock. I said I needed a break from socks. I said I knit too many socks and was really excited about knitting a sweater for a change. I wrote that whole entry about how it was too cold for anything but a nice cozy sweater. I know. I’m a tease.

But look at the colours, Rogue!

Sock Pal sock with flash 1

That is a seriously good looking sock. It’s so bright! So cheery! Such a nice contrast to your sensible but unexciting beigeness! Look at how it’s striping so perfectly!

Sock Pal sock with flash 2

I’m not abandoning you entirely, Rogue. Just sharing you a little with your little socky friend here. I have a deadline! There is a pal with cold feet waiting for some delightful green socks. I have a duty to uphold. Don’t worry, you’ll get finished. I can promise that even more so now that I put you onto some extra needles and tried you on and discovered you fit perfectly. Perfectly! See? We’re meant to be together. Your turned hem even flips itself up, just like it’s supposed to. This isn’t anything meaningful, Rogue. I’m not even keeping them! It’s just a temporary thing.

Don’t be mad. I still love you. How could I not? Look how pretty you are!

Rogue Zoomed Out Side Cable View January 22

WIPs on Parade

January 19, 2007

I totally got out of the habit of taking pictures of works in progress during the Christmas Knitting Mania, because I knew I wouldn’t be posting them until they were finished. However, given the nature of the current WIPs, it will be a long drought without pictures if I keep forgetting to do photo shoots. (Do you like how I say that like before the Christmas knitting I took WIP photos all the time? I just flipped through my archives and the only WIP photos are of the sock’s cultural tour. Geez, I suck.)

Fortunately, I remembered this evening, and whipped out my new blanket, perfect for photo shoots. As I mentioned, I seem to be burgundy obsessed at the moment, so the nice light blue blanket that my in-laws bought us for Christmas will be excellent for photos of projects. I finally got around to putting the really good lamp next to my knitting chair (there is space thanks to the tidying now), so I hve reasonable light. I know you should take knitting photos in natural light, but we get very little light in our house (which has its advantages and disadvantages), and it’s cold and snowy out, and I don’t want to dump my knitting in the snow. So this will have to do. It’s a pretty bright light, so it will do the job for now. Better solutions will be pursued.

After my surprisingly successful monogamy around Christmas, I’ve gone back to my usual slutty knitting. It’s nice having so many things, actually – I have something different for every mood.

First up is the beginning of my beautiful, beautiful Mountain Peaks Shawl, pattern here. This pattern is fantastic. The only lace I’ve done is Branching Out and Pomatomus, yet I am following the charts with almost no trouble. (of course, I’m only on chart one!) Even better, when I was reading over the pattern in advance (!), I was confused about one thing emailed Miriam, and got a fast and helpful reply. Awesome! Two thumbs up for this pattern so far. We’ll see how I do when I get to the short rows.

This is the silk that Beth bought me for Christmas. It is very subtly variegated, which just makes the lace look like the sun is shining on it. Glorious! It is so shimmery.

Mountain Peaks 1

Mountain Peaks 2

It’s more burgundy and pink than it looks in those pictures – a great colour for me. I’m hoping it will go with the dress I’ll have for Erin’s wedding.

That’s right! Erin is getting married! Ashley proposed on her birthday (January 3rd), and they’re getting married next summer. (For those of you who don’t pay much attention to these things, Erin was my roommate before I got married, and she was the greatest roommate ever. We had a blast. Imagine my delight when she moved into the basement suite in our house last year! So now she’s my downstairs neighbour, and she was also a bridesmaid in my wedding.) Not only that, but she asked me to be her maid of honour! Whee! She’s leaning towards burgundy for dresses, so I’m hoping I can wear this. (Because let’s be honest here, my lifestyle does not really offer up too many opportunities to wear silk shawls.)

As previously mentioned, I have, after wanting it for well over a year, picked up Rogue. Flush with my success on Samus, I decided I was up to the task, and once I printed off the (awesome and well written) pattern, I felt pretty confident about it.

Here’s its progress so far.

Rogue Full View 2

It’s in Bartlett 2-ply yarn, which is very sheepy and full of lanolin, which means my hands are way less dry than usual. (This is clearly an excellent winter knit for Edmonton.) It’s a bit scratchy, but when I washed my swatch (!) in wool wash, it got very cozy, so I think it’ll be perfect. It’s exactly the oatmeal-y colour I wanted.

I finished the kangaroo pocket at Stitch n Bitch the other night, which looks great. (It’s a little wonky in the photo because the needles are in behind it.

Rogue Kangaroo Pocket

I was a bit nervous about the closed cables (it says ADVANCED cable skils on the pattern, and I hate to presume about my own skills), but so far so good.

Rogue Side Cable 1

I am loving knitting this. The pattern is SO good, and it’s a great mix of mindless and attention requiring. Two thumbs up! My knitting is very satisfying at the moment, can you tell?

My log cabin baby blanket is also coming along well. I’m using Trillian’s technique to avoid some of the picking up, so it’s scrunched up in this photo because it’s all on one big circular. (I love interchangeables.) The colours are also so bright that they really don’t photograph well.

Log Cabin

I really like how the Crayon is looking in the log cabin style, and it’s so nice and soft without being too heavy. Excellent for babies – I will definitely be ordering more of this.

Log Cabin Closeup

And, finally, my thrum mittens. It’s been a bit neglected this week (so many projects to choose from means some get neglected), but one is done and the other is in progress. This is a Fleece Artist Thrum Kit. Highly recommended – it’s SO soft.

Thrums

Outside…
Finished Thrum Mitten

And inside!

Thrums!

My mother was so impressed with this that she actually sort of hinted that she’d like a pair! That’s totally unheard of for her. By the time I’d get a chance it’ll be spring (curse you, spring babies!) but I’ll hopefully be able to make her a pair for her birthday in November. (Somebody remind me in September when the babies have settled down a bit, ok? And nobody get pregnant for the next few months so I can have a lull.) She’d never heard of thrums before but apparently her hands get really cold, so it seems like the least I can do.

I have a few other things in the immediate queue – I promised a few things to people, and since poor Karen broke her hand she made a very pitiful request for a mitten that will go over her cast, which seems like a manageable project that will drastically improve her life until the cast comes off, especially once it gets colder. I’ll have to figure out the best way to do it once I see the shape of the cast tomorrow. We’re going to Calgary tomorrow (woohoo!), so we’ll hit the yarn stores and find some nice non-wool yarn to make her some broken hand mittens.

Isn’t that selfless of me? Going to the yarn store to buy yarn for my poor broken-handed friend? I know. I am a giver. Mmm, Calgary yarn stores.

Now the question is, what knitting to pack? Hmm. Decisions decisions. Unfortunately, due to broken hand I’m driving, so I won’t be able to knit with my snazzy new headlamp. Poo. Still, I’m sure there will be knitting time. Maybe I’d better just pack everything.