Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Some day, I'll get the hang of this blog thing...

Perhaps when tons of people begin to read it, yes? So, I'm very safe right now... Sorta just tossing out thoughts to the ether...

One week later, 26 knitting days left until Christmas travel. And what do I have to show for it? Well, I dropped a bunch of stitches. Not all at once. One here, one there. Followed by a little agony of reworking. Stopped working on that sock, because I'm not entirely sure I've got everything right, and I just don't have the focus to sit down and double-check all the picking up I've done. So, I cast on another pair! And... I laddered. I never ladder. And, oo-ee, there were big honking ladders forming. In my defense, I also don't purl a lot at the end/beginning of the needles on socks, so I just wasn't snugging those dang purl stitches like I needed to. And, on the bright side, I only messed that up on two rows. Unworked, reworked, and now 16 more rows along. The ladders are gone, gone, gone!!

Good things did happen, though. A present I want to make for my father required me to design a graphic. Yeah, right. I had the brain wattage to do that. But! Enter eBay. Dontcha just love all the weird stuff you can find on eBay? Including the lovely Christmas appliqué I had bought for myself years and years ago. The one I am so in love with. The one I used for myself when I bought it. Yip. Found it. Bought it. Now, all I have to do is apply it!

And I taught another person how to nalbind! A very nice one-on-one session! Ah, the best way to teach. I could watch her like a hawk, and not feel like I was ignoring someone.

Perhaps this weekend will be full of finishes. At least, that's what on the schedule! ;)

Perhaps next week a blog post will appear that will be full of enthusiasm and joy for all that I've created!

I seem to be darned fond of "perhaps" today...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

OMG!!! Where did November go??

So, here I am. Looking at the calendar. The day is November 18. Do you know what that means? Only 33 knitting days left until Christmas travel begins. Yikes!!!

So, how am I doing? There are 6 pairs of socks that will be given out at Yuletide. One of which is done. Oh, bother!!

And then there's the "sit quietly listening to classical music" lace scarf. At least one whole week of solid knitting. And I cannot watch TV and do that one. I've got some lovely CD's lined up for that flurry of knitting.

Next, the "OMG, you want me to knit what?!?!" cardigan. On the bright side, it knits pretty fast. 2 rows and it's around an inch. So, knitting 14 inches to the armholes? Shouldn't take too long. Right? Should go pretty quick, right? Note to self: do not ask Carol what she wants to have knitted for Christmas.

Oh, and two wood working projects of a non-trivial nature, and precisely one weekend where I can work on them. So, if anyone reads this and has some weather control abilities, I could use a little sunshine on the weekend of December 6. Got that? December 5 through December 7. Sunshine. Please? Finishes will be applied inside where it's warm, but I hate sawing on a gloomy day...

Yes, I have mapped out a schedule. A relatively precise schedule that has where I have to be on every single project for each and every one of those 33 days. And, yes, it is doable. Really. Honest.

Oh, crap.