Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The "I thought this was a knitting blog" post
I went to Chapters today and bought the Yarn Harlot's new book, and a stitch dictionary called Knitting Stitches. Oh and I almost forgot, I went to Yarn Forward this morning and got a couple notions, a crochet hook and some yarn for a secret project. That's all I can say about it. Yesterday I pulled out all my WIPs and sorted them out. Frogged about half of a cardigan (the yarn and pattern are from my vacation in Gaspésie). Trying to salvage Razor's Edge, from S 'n B Nation; there is a mistake at the beginning of the pattern, so I want to frog the beginning, lower edge, and work the pattern backwards or something--it is not all figured out in my mind yet how I am going to do this, but I am trying anyways. FO!!! Does anyone remember that shoulder warmer, white, fluffy with sparkles, from Rebecca I was working on a while back? Well it is finished. The only problems are I would have liked it smaller (the pattern only made one size) and the seaming shows. Speaking of seaming, I have seamed and unseamed Debbie Bliss' Blissful jacket far too many times now. I just can't settle on a seam I like. Trouble is, the jacket is in reverse stocking stitch and there are not too many options. Drop-Stitch cardigan: one half of the zipper is in! But I did not, for some reason, pick up the same number of selvage stitches on the other side, so that has to be redone. Felted mini Meema's Marsupial tote (S'n B): Well, it did go through one wash, but it is not felted enough. I've made several of these, using different kinds of wool, this one is made of a bargain bin "your Grandmother would knit this" green, and some Lopi. The bargain stuff was too thick for the smaller circs, and I had it doubled like the pattern calls for, but 1 strand would have been enough. Hence the slow felting. Another disadvantage is I have to felt it at the laundromat, so this is getting expensive. I want to have it all finished by Saturday, in time to give it (dry) to my friend Melissa, who is leaving her position as Women's Resource Centre supervisor at U of O. I'm going to a going-away lunch with her and a bunch of other women at The Works. I bumped into an old English prof today at Timothy's. When I made the Big Bad Baby Blanket (from S 'n B) out of a handspun winey-purple wool, that was given to me by a woman at the Parent-Child Drop-In at Centretown Community Health Centre, when I volunteered there (she had gotten it at Value Village--it's beautiful wool), I gave the finished blanket to my English prof, who was expecting. Well today he told me they are expecting a third baby, end of August! So I want to knit them something again. I'm trying to design something for him. In other news, I had my last review class today, my Wednesday class is cancelled, so classes are finished until mid-June (I'll be taking one psychology class this summer). I may be taking two painting classes in May. So, that's it for the knitting update. Now I am going home, making a cup of tea, and curling up with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off.