- Stornaway sweater for DH
- After two days of 'winging it', I finally remembered to take the pattern with me Wednesday morning, and discovered...that I'd overshot the point where I was supposed to start the cuff by about two inches.
Ripping out your work on public transit is just not fun. For one thing, there's not a lot of elbow room, and for another, it's so humiliating. Also, I barely had enough time to get all the live stitches back on the needles before my train stop.
However, that's the only bad news. The good news is that sleeve #1 is dunzo. And only by Wednesday! I'm so proud of me!
See, some time ago, I was inspired by the incredible speed of Laura's knitting to finally learn continental. And it's been going very well indeed. I'm still astonished at how fast I can plow through a sock, for example. But more interestingly, I've started using it on bigger projects, like this sweater. And I am absolutely convinced that it's making a serious difference. This is, after all, the third time I have knitted this sweater pattern, so I have a pretty good idea of how long things take with it. And this time around, it really seems like I zipped through the sleeve like nobody's business, particularly since I'm not knitting as much each day as I used to. This is huge. I actually would have stood a chance of getting through two weeks' worth of knitting (according to the Schedule) in half the time! (But then on Wednesday afternoon I was hit with Yet Another Headache that wiped me out for several days. It's still there, but at least it's now mild enough that I can function.)
Oh, wait...there is one more piece of bad news for this project. My mom asked me this week where I was planning to block it.
Again, damn. I never thought of that.
I think I might take her up on her offer to do it at her place.
- Garden Shawl for MIL
- This got brought out and worked on when we visited my parents on Monday, since I can hardly knit DH's Christmas gift right in front of him. We spread it out on my parents' dining room table to admire it - unblocked, it looks pretty bad, of course, but the potential for glory was obvious. (Fortunately, my mother reminded me about eighty million times NOT TO LEAVE THE PATTERN AT HER PLACE, so I did indeed remember to take it with me when I left. Phew.) And then it got brought out again during the seemingly interminable Liberal leadership convention yesterday, and...wait for it...I FINISHED THE EDGING.
I couldn't believe it, either.
Here it is, pseudo-blocking on my living room floor, with the wrong side facing up so that I can fix screwups and sew in ends. It's very slow going. But, like the edging, I have faith that the finishing will someday be, well, finished, so that I can actually block the darn thing and check it the heck off my list.