Monday, April 30, 2007
Bad news first. Emme just ran off with my mouse again. Wait, that's not news at all. No the bad news is that I don't have a working project. Boooooo! I gotta fix that ASAP.
The good news is I finished the newborn hat for the Afghans for Afghans Mother's Day drive.
I used the Elann Peruvian Highland Chunky Yarn in Mid Indigo and #10.5 bamboo kneedles. The combination of an all natural yarn in a gorgeous blue on bamboo or wooden kneedles is such a relaxing, lovely feeling. I adjusted the Nona pattern you used for your little hat because of the thicker yarn. I cast on 40 stitches and then followed the instructions from there -- mostly. In order to make sure it fit over the ears, I followed your advice and made the ribbed part longer and then got carried away and made the non-ribbed part longer too. I think it came out good, but not great.
Switching to the continental method midproject wasn't a tidy idea, but it did illustrate the difference in my version of the two knitting styles. My continental stitches are looser, which I like, but they are also more uneven, which I don't like. So I'm going back to the slower, but consistent, English method.
My project for this morning is to start another project. I feel so... incomplete... without one.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
It's something daring, The Continental,
A way of dancing that's really 'entre nous'.
It's very subtle, The Continental,
Because it does what you want it to do.
-- Ginger Rogers in The Gay Divorcee
You have such a wonderful collection of WIPs, including the tile. Soon, soon I will have multiple WIPs to show off, but for now I just have the hat that is half finished and the tanktop which is in more of a UFO state. As usual, you inspire me to fit more knitting into my life.
I'm also inspired by many different people to write (and knit socks) and I'm very happy to have sent off my submission to be a paid WoW geek/writer/columnist/player/geek tonight. Woot! I'll let you know how that goes.
P.S. I think you should post your ooh aaaah moment here. I'm just sayin'.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I’m pretty proud of them!
Turns out, we can use blogger to do what we want. *smacks forehead*
So anyway, I've been Knitting In Public at work. I get the opportunity on breaks and at the end of the night when waiting for the door to be reopened. (Working past closing at a major retailer means having locked exits to keep the late night customers away.) I bring my KIP bag, which happens to also be my Chase-My-Toddler-Daughter-Around-While-Knitting bag, and let it hang off my wrist while knitting. (Side note: I think I'll call her Emme in this blog from now on.)
As you can see, while you have knitted two hats for Afghans for Afghans, I have accomplished an inch and a half of one. Sigh.
I was knitting during my meal break tonight when a Japanese coworker, we'll call him Ken, expressed shock that I was knitting. This was the first time that anyone at work had mentioned it. Everyone else just looked away uncomfortably, like I was dissecting a mouse in public or something. Seems that in Japan, children are/were taught knitting in elementary school. Ken said that when he was 8, he couldn't finish his knitting project. When they were due, his teacher went around and wanted to see everyone's finished projects. When his teacher came to Ken, he painfully opened his desk only to discover that someone had finished the project for him and done a great job. He got high marks from his teacher and he never found out who the secret knitter was.
I love working in a diverse environment.
Off to WoWKnit.