Thursday, June 26, 2008

Update

Today marks the first day that I actually knit during my commute. I only got 1.5 rows done on the bus ride because I had a little trouble untangling everything when I took it out of my bag, but I'm still excited I finally got a project going. I need to learn how to knit standing up and also how to ride the T without holding on for dear life so I can knit on the train as well as the bus. Tall order.

In other news, Cressida and the cashmere arm cosies are being put away for the summer. The yarn is just too wooly-warm and I don't want to ruin it with my sticky palms. Besides, it's not like I'll be wearing either any time soon. Though, I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed in myself for not having finished them by now. My knitting funk lasted pretty much all Spring and it's depressing that I still have winter projects on the needles. Now I'm worried I won't have any of my summer projects done until winter and it will be a horrific cycle. I must not let that happen - if for no other reason, because I have to use up my stash!

My bf dumped me this weekend and all of my friends have moved to New York or are about to move there to start their awesome new lives as high powered attorneys. And when I say "all my friends" I'm not being dramatic - I never made any friends in my class year at school so everyone I ever associate with has graduated and fled the Red Sox Nation. So it's just me and Roxy from here on out. But to look at the silver lining, at least this means more time to knit. And knitting makes me happy. And yarn shopping is better than sex, don't deny it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ready, Set, Go! It's a Commuting Scarf

I cast on Sunday for the lace ribbon scarf from this spring's Knitty. It's my little project to work on during my 40 minute commute to and from work every day. Unfortunately, I'm usually packed in the train like a sardine and couldn't possibly knit, but once I transfer to the bus I usually get a seat and will have a few minutes to work. And, you know, since it's already going to be in my purse I suppose it's conceivable that I might accidentally work a few rows under my desk at work. Ha ha.

This is my first time working from a chart and I already have the lace pattern memorized. Whoo hoo! The WIP looks pretty damn ugly right now, but I guess that's just the way lace is. It will look fabulous once it's finished and blocked. My faith in blocking never waivers.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Finished! (Almost!)

I finished knitting the baby blanket last night. Here it is in all its glory:


Now I just need to weave in all the ends which I am sort of dreading (in excess of typical finishing dread) because the blanket is reversible, so I've got to be super stealthy with it. I think what I'm going to do is weave in the ends and then just put a tiny dab of glue on the last bit of weaving before I cut the end off. That way the little end won't pop out during baby play or washing. I tested it on a swatch and it makes a slight hard spot where the glue goes but I think that's going to be less noticeable than having the ends start poking out after the first time this thing is washed.

So, I've got to weave in the ends and then I'm going to steam block it into a perfect little square, then it'll be ready to go! It's more of a floor blanket to lay down for the baby than it is a blanket for the baby to snuggle in. It's nice and heavy and soft so it will be perfect to use as a little play mat.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Race Against the Stork

I'm still not finished with the baby blanket but I'm very, very close to being done!! I was originally going to give it to the mother-to-be last week after I couldn't get it to her the week before that but it wasn't done in time. Then I knew I would see her today, so that was my new due date, but alas, I missed it. I tried staying up all night to knit yesterday but my body simply wouldn't cooperate. But, by a lucky stroke of fate, it turns out I get to see her early next week so I have been given one final extension to finish this thing this weekend. I'm confident that won't be a problem. I would like to blog more, but my body simply won't cooperate. Off to bed.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Knit One, Sip One

Check out the awesome knitting flask I got for my birthday:

Who knew they even made such a thing? As you can see, it slides right into the knitting bag and will always be there when I need some courage for frogging. (Or when I'm about to create a situation that will require frogging in the morning....)

p.s. Yes, that's the baby blanket in the bag - I'm only about 60% through it right now. I was supposed to give it to the mom-to-be last Friday because I saw her for a chemical peel, but it turns out that I have a follow-up appointment next Thurs or Fri, so it absolutely, positively, HAS to be done by then. Moral to the story? Don't drink from the flask quite yet...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Time Travel

So, back in April I finished up my Back to School Vest and my little mice for the kitties and I never posted FO posts, but I have since gone back and posted FO posts but I back-dated them to the original date that I finished the project because I keep this blog as a way to track all my projects, so I didn't want them showing up in my June archives and then I would be confused. I never got around to taking better pictures of the vest, but I decided I should write the post before I completely forgot everything. (And it turns out, I have forgotten most of it. Maybe no so much "forgot" as I blocked out the mental trauma).

In conclusion, the two pretty poorly written FO posts are posted back in April:

http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2008/04/fo-back-to-school-vest.html

http://spicyknitter.blogspot.com/2008/04/fo-mice.html