Sunday, May 30, 2010
First of all, there is the $%^&* skirt. It is a bit snug. It’s more than a bit snug. The swatch is lying in the bottom of my knitting basket, abandoned, lonely, and angrily shouting at me:
I told you so. I told you so. But did you listen??? No, you did not, and look where you are now.
I admit it. I did do everything involving the swatch correctly, but when it told me that I had one stitch too many over two inches, I scoffed and thought, “No big deal.” But it is a big deal over 205 stitches. Maybe I’ll try blocking it before I start the bottom ruffle, where the knitting becomes fun and interesting, using a lace pattern and hand-painted yarn.
But not today.
And the gorgeous raspberry colored yarn? That too is at the bottom of my knitting basket, shouting out, Make a decision already!
I meant to use it for the Glitzy Cat's Paw Wrap with more stitches so it would be wider. But after I made a bit of it, I just didn’t see the pattern as well as I would like because the yarn is so thin (lace weight). So I took that out and started on a Bit of Fluff wrap, using three times as many stitches so that it would be wider. But on two different sizes of needles the fabric was SO light and fluffy that I wasn’t sure it would stay on my shoulders; I’m pretty sure it would just lift up and float away.
Then I checked on Ravelry, entered the type of yarn and found over 500 projects listed. I checked through some of them, found a pattern I liked, downloaded it, studied it and decided it wasn’t something I would like to wear.
So I am stalled on that project as well, and that is it for today. No more knitting.
As a bonus to my day, I received an e-mail this morning from my nephew, who is getting married in November, and I thought the link he sent was for a wedding site. There was nothing in the message line, so I should have known better, but I opened the e-mail and the link anyway. The link took me to a pharmacy in Canada that has, so they claim, great prices on Cialis. Obviously some program has hijacked my nephew’s address book. Yay.
I’ll run the anti-virus program and the spy-bot program and then draft a letter of apology for anyone who gets an e-mail from me offering them a great deal on Cialis!
And now for something completely different. In one of today’s NYT wedding announcements, the groom, in discussing the couple’s first meeting, said “It was not a good first impression,” adding that they were each dating other people then, and glad to be rid of each other.
All righty then.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I admit it; I am fickle. I really, really intended to do no other knitting than the $%^&* skirt until I had finished the %$^&* skirt.
But at Thursday's Knit Night, another knitter was making a beautiful wrap from this Cascade 100% Baby Alpaca Lace yarn. (Made in Peru, color 1410) It is so soft, so delicate, so everything good that I was powerless to resist, and now I am starting a wider version of the Cat's Paw lace wrap that I finished just before I started the $%^&* skirt.
It will be nice to knit with something other than thick, stiff, waxed, colored dental floss for awhile.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Topic one: The Satan Skirt
I really am knitting and knitting on this and on no other project, but I seem to be making little progress. I hope to have it ready for an evening wedding in October, but .... I just don't know. I am only into the second of TWELVE skeins.
Topic two: Consequences of too much time in the sun
I have to have Mohs surgery on Monday for an "active" type of squamous cell skin cancer. I've had this surgery before, but on apparently lazier forms of squamous cell cancers. So I'm a bit put out by all of this, but today the paperwork arrived for the surgery-permission forms, etc. and along with them was a question/answer section. One question was:
Q: Can I die from this?
A: Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Melanomas can spread to other parts of the body and may lead to death under certain circumstances.
And even though I did know this, and even though my dermatologist told me that I caught mine really early (it's small), seeing this in print did not improve my mood.
Topic three: The weather
According to the hyperventilating weather forecasters on television, we are about to get clobbered by terrible storms. It's dark out, and now I hear the first of the thunder. I just hope that no Oklahoma type tornadoes go through here.
And a bonus - some advice: If you know where something is, leave it there. (I can't find my glasses.)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
is a synonym for squirrel.
Dh has wired the bird feeder closed but this squirrel is determined to get back inside. I've been watching him for awhile, and he tried to get the top off again so that he can climb inside and eat everything, but so far, no luck! He can get some of the smaller bits of nuts from outside, and that will have to keep him happy for now. I don't think he will be able to get the top off, but I've learned not to bet against a hungry squirrel.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Apparently I should have understood that all the label really meant was that for each stated weight, there was the stated amount of yarn.
When I weighed the yarn at home, after I became suspicious that the small ball I had wound could truly be 400 yards, I discovered that the ball contains only 2.29 ounces. Nowhere on the label is there printed any other weight/yardage than what is shown in the photo above.
I have bought some mohair to use with this yarn in order to have enough for the scarf, but I'm wondering, are we supposed to carry gram/ounce scales with us to yarn shops now???
(And can I blame making this mistake on the intoxication caused by yarn fumes???)
Update: I have heard from my knitting friend, L, who also works at the LYS, and she says that the label tells me (in handwriting) that I am buying 400 yards of yarn, not four ounces, and that the 2.29 ounces I got when I weighed the yarn sounds right. So it's just confusing labelling (in my not-so-humble opinion) and I did get what I paid for.
So.......... never mind!!!
Update #2: I've just had an e-mail from Pagewood Farm, and in part it said: We believe that we should have made the label clearer and we are doing that in the future . We appreciate you taking the time to let us know this.
And they didn't even call me an idiot or anything!!!
Friday, May 14, 2010
Peonies and a rose? Perfect!!!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
So I have no more excuses to keep me from getting going on the Satan Skirt (aka Sasha Skirt) that I have been avoiding even looking at since I came back from Austin. I love the finished project; I don't love knitting with the waxed dental floss that making the skirt requires.
And I just know that SallyKnits will have made a lot of progress on hers and will have it at knit night on Thursday and I will be envious.
Must go knit......
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I should learn to knit socks from the toe up in order to use more yarn, but I think I'm too lazy. At least today.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
I love the Sunday wedding announcements. They are just plain fun to read. My favorite from today's paper announced the wedding of an elderly couple.
"The bride, 90, will take her husband's name."
Well, ok, but maybe not for long.
(I do wish them well. May we all live so long!)