Thursday, February 22, 2007

Little time to knit

It's been a busy week with work and children this week, and I've been craving some time to myself to knit. I was excited to receive my little package in the mail---very cute cotton wool from Elann and pattern from monkeysuits which I can't wait to knit up for Meredith. Of course, I'm trying to hold myself back from my usual bad habit of beginning the new project before finishing the old. I plan on heading home at lunchtime today to add a couple of inches to the sleeves of Bridget's sweater. I had run out of wool, so I was lucky to be able to stop into the Woolly Lamb yesterday, which is our local yarn shop. It's tiny, but crammed full of beautiful wool and a brilliant selection of patterns. I could have grazed around in there for a couple of hours, minimum, but I had two of my three children with me, as well as my partner, and they of them were less enthusisatic than I was. (The girls had a decent time inspecting the feel of different yarns, though---it's a start!)
I attended a concert last night in which my daughter's school choir participated. It was a Newfoundland act, the Cobblestones, and I had packed my knitting into my purse in case I found a need to fill the time. Happy to report, the show was very entertaining, so I didn't need to pull it out once. But this morning I discovered that unfortunately while fishing for my wallet at some point in the evening I'd accidentally yanked at my needles, and half a row had come off. This is likely what will occupy most of my lunchhour knitting session.
High hopes that I'll find time to finish the sweater in SWS this week...wish me luck.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Finished the wrist warmers yesterday...and I'm always so happy when a project I've begun on a whim actually gets completed, and in a (relatively) short time. I quite enjoyed the yarn also, Diamond Tempo (25% wool, 75% acrylic). The colour was very rich, and the mix of acrylic would make it a good choice for kids' sweaters, etc. I'll have to see how it holds up with wear---hopefully no pilling. We'll see...

I immediately picked up Bridie's sweater (raglan sleeve j.crew-style rollneck, with a nice tangly cable down the front) and this morning finished the front. I'm using Patons SWS for this, but I don't know if I'd use it again for a sweater like this. It looks very pretty with the stripes, but I'm sure it's bound to get filthy over and over as it goes down through my three daughters, and I'm sure I'll end up ruining it at some point in the wash. Oh well.

I'm expecting an order from this week, which will be fun. I've ordered a great reversibly cabled afghan pattern, and it'll be my first afghan attempt ever.

Great pancake and waffle breakfast this morning made by my husband, Jeremy. I hope my mum never reads this, but his pancakes (from scratch) are even better than hers!

Friday, February 16, 2007

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It's Friday 3 p.m....shouldln't I be about to heave a big sigh of relief? I've been draggin myself around all afternoon, to be honest, and wishing desperately I was at home on the couch, drifting between naps and knitting, and watching trashy t.v. I was wishing this morning that I'd finished the other 'wrist warmer' or fingerless mitten, or whatever you want to call it, since it was bone-chillingly cold and I'd had to walk up to pick up the van after dropping off the younger girls at school. At the crest of the overpass I felt as if my face was going to fall off.
I'm still in the midst of 2 projects (well, at least 2 active ones, and inumerable old projects at the bottom of the knitting bench/trunk...) but I think I'll get the wrist things done tonight and will at least move on to the sleeves of the kid's sweater by the end of the weekend. Bridie is getting impatient waiting for it.
My plan at this point is still to knit gifts for my family for xmas 07, and I'm eager to get going. I'll have to actually make decisions on what to knit though, and this could be difficult. I've just bought the Debbie Bliss Donegal Knits book, and several things in there look luscious.