Monday, July 17, 2006

You MUST take your knitting

That's what my husband said to me yesterday.

I was on the fence. It was too hot. I got carsick the last time. Hey, I'll just leave it home.

"Take your knitting," he says. "Otherwise I'll pay for it for the whole trip."

I'm sure he's picturing me being a big whiny baby. And him suffering because of it.

"I'm bored. I'm fidgetty. I have nothing to do. Oh, if only I had my knitting."

"Well, ok," I said. "It's packed already, anyway."

So I took the knitting, carried the bag around with me, but didn't knit a stitch.

Too hot. Way too hot.

And nothing to knit that didn't need to be counted. Thought about a vest, but I already have so many UFOs.

These travelled with me:

Fetching fingerless gloves from Knitty. I'm making these pair for CIC. (Yeah, I know. I knitted gloves for the next challenge, and a sweater for the last challenge, but so far only one pair of socks for this challenge. Call me distracted.)

Log cabin pullover. This is fun, but with all the switching yarn, it's not the best to do at the baseball game.

And now that I look at it, it needs a different color for the middle square. Back to the drawing board.

Note to husband: I was able to survive for 9 hours without knitting a stitch. But thanks for the acknowledgement that knitting is part of my life (at least, to save YOUR sanity!)

Friday, July 14, 2006

And many days have passed....

....and this is the resulting CIC vest. (Oh wait, that would imply that it took a lot of days to finish this.)

And one day has passed....and this is the resulting CIC vest.

Unblocked, but otherwise finished. (I'm slightly worried after looking at this picture. Surely my stripes aren't that uneven. It must be the angle. Right? Right?)

The color pattern is called "winging it as you go". A swatch might've been helpful. Or a graph. Those ideas might've balanced out everything a bit more. But nope, didn't do either. Where's the element of surprise? Can't miss out on that.

Still have plenty of bright yarn. I see some bright CIC socks hopping on the needles soon.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Dyeing and vests

These pictures were taken several days ago....we'll pretend there wasn't a time delay in-between, okay?

Dyeing some yarn and knitting some vests. That's what I've been doing. My socks and Clapotis have been ignored. I guess I miss the worsted weight if I've been gone for too long.

Been working through those bags of leftovers, and finished a vest--pictured in the middle. Then, I decided to knit another one, this time in bright colors. Had a pink, then dyed a bright orange and yellow.

Then, we went to a movie, so I took it along, thinking...hey, it's just st st, I can do that in a dark theater.

Not! I didn't have anything started, so I had to cast on in the dark. That might've been okay, but I didn't count, just cast on, hoping to count the sts that were knit with double yarn--and count correctly--in the dark.

I know that lots of people are this talented, but not me. Not a chance. After several counting attempts, I ripped out, and counted each st as I cast on. After that workout, though, this is all that I knit. Hardly worth the effort, is it?

In other news, I finally got the courage to try my drop spindle. The spindle works great, the spindle operator needs some work. :) It was fun, anyway, and rather relaxing.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Doll Sockies

Finally finished and posted my new free pattern for these Itty Bitty Doll Sockies. They fit Bitty Twins and American Girl dolls. Try them, they can be addictive!