Thursday, November 08, 2007

Catching up (Long and lots of Pics!)

It's been a week since my last post. I knew when I signed up for Nanowrimo I'd be blogging a lot less, but what I didn't realize is that I'd much rather be knitting a sweater than doing anything else. I should have joined Nakniswemo instead.

Nice seque hum? WIP-n-it til Thursday...

This is the yarn I showed two YPFs ago which I loved so much and had to buy even tho I had no idea what it would become. Inspiration struck and this sweater vest from Knitty yelled to be knitted in that yarn. The yarn swooned and had those little cartoon hearts coming out of it in the direction of the pattern. How can I ignore a love like that?

So I started on Monday. The yarn is so yummy. The colors so pretty (contrary to my photo ability). I've been working on this and this alone since I cast on.

The Argosy Baby Blanket is languishing in the corner because we have issues. ISSUES! First I didn't K2tog and had too many stitches. So on the next row I K3tog. It left a little hole, but the whole thing is full of holes. I forged ahead. Then I knit too many rows and the rectangle was too long. So I ripped back all the way to the missed K2tog and fixed that, then re-knit the correct amount of rows and the garter ridges and went on my merry way. It was only then I realized I never cast on at the ends to increase the blanket width. D'oh!

There are no socks on the needles because I finished my Coriolis socks.

Soooo Pretty!

I did attempt to cast on these socks which are so cute and clever. I, however, am not clever. I couldn't for the life of me figure the pattern out. Maybe I'll come back to these some day but right now I'm not feeling the Rainbow Sock love and I'm feeling dumber than a box of hair.

Which brings me to the most important even of the week. I met Bezzie and Chunky to pass the fug on. I knew I'd like her before I met her because she is a genuine person who tells it like it is. I admire that in a person. More people should be that way. What I didn't expect was to have so much in common with her, most shocking of which is that we knit the same way.

I knit like no one I ever saw before. People have tried to pigeon hole my "technique" as combination or continental (which it is most like because the yarn is manipulated with the left hand). But Bezzie knits the same way. No fancy wraps around fingers for tension, no throwing or picking or whatever-ing, just knitting and purling, no fuss, no muss.

You've heard me extol the wonderfulness of my nephews and how you can take them anywhere and they're polite and sweet and smart. Well now you can add another kid to the list. Chunky let his Mom shop in a yarn store for AN HOUR AND A HALF before he uttered the words "Can we go home yet?" I mean SERIOUSLY! Maybe it was a side effect of the strange pox he seemed to come down with.

As Bezzie and I were wandering around, fondling yarn, ooohhhing and aaaaahhhing over - well all the good stuff, one of the women who work at Sticks n Stitches asked us if we needed help finding anything and then stopped in her tracks. "Are you Bezzie?" she said. Introductions were made and then she turned to me and we introduced ourselves and I asked "Do you have a blog?" It turns out we both read each other's blogs! It was none other than Monica from Calling on Kahlo. We missed a meet up that was happening there the following day, but it was fun none the less. I definitely need to go back there and hang out.

I think this is long enough and if you managed to make it this far - WOW. I have like 37 more posts running around my head. Not to mention tomorrow's YPF and Blogstalking 2.0 Week 8. I'll get to those tomorrow. I know you can't wait to see what I had for breakfast! Heh


turtlegirl76 said...

I'm so freakin' jealous.

Bezzie said...

Awww...the Rainbows bit the dust huh? I'm warming up for them with these Calorimetries I'm doing I think.

It was nice meeting someone else that knits funky too! Funky knitters unite! Next time we'll drive down to central Jersey...I'll make sure to pack the pocco dots. ;-)