Tuesday, 25 November 2014

It counts

A little bit of a virus made me leave work early yesterday and its attendant headache kept me home today.  I hope for much better tomorrow.  To every crappy thing, there is always the other side of the coin.  I had time to knit.

I didn't this morning.  I slept but I found myself completely slept out by lunchtime.  I didn't want to stay in bed so I crawled to the sofa and covered myself with knitting, both worn and to be knit upon.

Its been a couple of weeks, since I last worked on it, or at least, last talked about it, but I think I am pleased with the way my heavy warm wool vest is going.  I finished the back a few days ago working a few rows a day, but today, I sat down and did one side of the front.


I will complain about my hands tomorrow no doubt, but for today, they just kept wanting to knit.  Focusing on the knitting and thinking about hands, and resting on and off, meant that I didn't have to think about my headache.  They did not tire till the last 3 rows of garter stitch on the band.  By then I was committed to finishing because I was so close.

Its an interesting way to knit this heavy weight yarn.  The usual is straight up and down with the patterns running horizontally, but I ran into the Heritage vest in a magazine a long time ago, and I always though that was an interesting way of treating the patterning.  I had the yarn in my stash, the big thick chunky Prairie Wool from Custom Woolen Mills.  Its followed me for a while now and no matter where it lived, it was in the way.  That means it was time to deal with it and knit it. 

And so I began, with some wool, some needles and a sort of half baked idea interpreted my way. And I think it is coming out right.  Or close enough to right that it works for me.  It is going to take forever to get the rest of this done, and work is going to be busy for the next two weeks.  

Sigh.  Still I got the better part of a vest out of a sucky kind of day. That counts for something.

Monday, 24 November 2014

A bright new day and a new Twist Collective.

After my sad post I bring you an armful of lovely things.  I want all the things!


First off, I want those plates that say Knit and Purl.  Only I want them in blue and white.

Quiver  Seriously?  I have the yarn.  I have several yarns and they are calling my name.

Mad Dash ?  Yeeeeessss ma'am.

The Dale Ad?  Where can I get my hands on the book?  If anybody knows, seriously?  I.  Need.  To.  KNOW.

And even though, in my sweater-centric world, I usually obsess only over sweaters, Calinda.

And if that isn't enough of a list of things to need, or enough of a challenge to knit, the multi technique Leadlight.  Just  because you can.

And because it is gorgeous.

Usually there is something in an issue that does not warm the cockles of my heart, some small thing that just doesn't catch my imagination.  But not this issue.

No, this issue, I would buy them all.  I wonder if they do a volume discount? (the answer is no because it goes right to the desinger)

Here is to wishing there was a paper copy to drool over and dream on.

A bottle of Asti Spumante and me

Today is my 35 th anniversary.  It is a day where it is a bottle of Asti Spumante and me and if I can find one, a big yellow ribbon.

No one understands these things and how they go together but me. And that is the saddest thing in my world.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Such a zoo

I can count the number of rounds I have knit this week.  Work should not intrude so much on life but it is.  It will be short term till just after the end of the month.  

Meanwhile, I will squeeze knitting in here and there and I will hope that I come through the days with my head in the right place.

I have 15 minutes so I am going to knit.