Knitting Like A Sailor

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Weirdness that is me.

I was going to scan in the progress on the shawl, but when I got to blogger and looked at the previous picture, I realized i only have about ten rows to show. Hardly worth the effort, really. I've been working on it religiously, but today I had to rip waaaaay back because somehow or other a yo had been bungled and wound up with a strand bisecting it. I waited to rip it until I was parked in line to get the eldest from school, and oddly enough while I was unpicking it I found myself humming along to the radio, kicked back in the cool breeze of the car vent, and actually enjoying it. It was relaxing. Huh? most of the time ripping is accompanied by curse this and foul that, but today i was just too happy to be bothered by it.

Other projects I'm working on?
Not the By The Sea sweater. The eldest and I discussed it and we both agreed it wasn't working, so he looked through my books and picked a sweater from the copy of the celtic collection that i won last year from a contest on KBTH. He's chosen the Galway children's sweater (link from, click on celtic collection at the top and it's in the list there) in a deep teal green generic acrylic i have. Yeah, it'll probably pill, but i doubt that it'll fit him long enough to be too annoying, and as it was a mill end from a big bin at a local craft store, the price was more than reasonable. unfortunately the eldest is at the age where he's too big for a sweater that isn't a major investment in time and fiber, and too careless for me to be willing to make that investment. He's learning though.

Of course, it probably won't be done until next Christmas, so I've cast on with some handspun superwash and am working up a hat for him too. Most days I thank my lucky stars that I have the stash to see me through the lean times. Some days I wish that I had more than just handspun yarn or unspun fibers awaiting the caress of my fiber tools. It is a good way to keep startititus at bay though, kind of hard to cast on for ten different projects if you have to spin all the yarn first, although i do often wind up changing my mind and ripping out what i've been working on to start something else with the same yarn.

Strangely enough, the girl child is very careful with her clothes and greatly appreciates anything I make for her. She's also small enough that 300 yards or aran weight will cover her and then some. I whipped up a little vest for her from a bag of mixed breed meat type sheep that i spun and space dyed in funky colors. Lots of orange, blue, fuschia, it's very pretty. It'll probably only fit her this season, so when it gets too warm for it i'm going to rip it out and make some socks with it. It's a wee tad too girly colored for me to be allowed to put it on the wee-est one, although the sparkling gold princess costume he insisted on borrowing from the girl child's dress up box this morning didn't phase anyone. Odd, isn't it? he was adorable though...

It's been in the high 70's to low 80's during the day here, our camilla bushes are blooming, the pansies are flowering their little green hearts out, one of the azealea bushes is gearing up for it's third burst of floral display, the grass is still brown so it doesn't need mowed yet, and we have broccoli that we'll be picking this weekend. what's a few rows of ripped knitting in the face all of that false spring-ness? And, we had company this evening. Loverboy's father and grandmother. This is a regular thing, we have spaghetti nights on mondays. Family is a good thing, and I am greatful how welcoming Loverboys has been. Speaking of, I'm shuffling off to veg on the couch with Loverboy and see how many rows I can knit tonight that I'll have to rip out tomorrow.