Checks date. Ummm… I seem to be behind. But the January sock is finished! I am pleased. I did mess up the Kitchener stitch at the toe a bit, so I will have to redo it. (I am afraid a hole will develop where the goof is.) But here it is for now:
This past weekend was the annual Haliburton retreat. A bunch of us drive to Haliburton (an experience of it’s own in February) and we sit and knit and eat and drink and roll in yarn. Some people snowshoe across the lake but I had a strict no activity policy (which was thrown out the window when we had to push cars out the long, slippery, uphill driveway).
Just the same, you’d think with all the knitting done I’d have gotten further with my projects. I have about 2″ of February sock done:
See how much I have done!
And about 3″ of the Susie Hoodie completed:
It is long though
But much fun was had. Yarn was acquired. Much food was consumed. And the nice thing with going with 10 other women… everyone does a bit so it seems that the food just appears and the cleaning just happens. We ended up being delayed (due to being stuck at the bottom of a long slippery uphill driveway), and so we all cleaned the place in 5 minutes. 11 women * 5 is almost an hours work. Magic.
I’ve been sick. Both physically and overwhelmed with depression. The cough/cold/flu thing has mostly gone and I am trying to fight the depression with various degrees of success (depending on day, week, hour). But I have kept knitting. The hem of the Susie Hoodie is almost finished so I get to switch to my signature needles soon.
And I am almost finished January’s sock. Checks calendar, hmmm…. there may be a problem. On the bright side I am going away next weekend for a knitting retreat. Knitting, eating, drinking and, in theory, snow shoeing and running. Hopefully I’ll make a dent in my socks and Susie.
January sock (oops)
Meanwhile, my two washcloths for January and February are finished, so I haven’t been a complete Zombie. Yes I know washcloths are pretty much instant gratification but they are done and the boys love them!
I’ve finished the first sleeve of the Susie Hoodie. And I’ve started the body. At 235 stitches a row it is rather slow going. So in the interest of finishing something this lifetime I have started the washcloth for January. I have chosen Gulls and Garter Washcloth. I am using the yarn my boys picked out some time ago. F is loving the result with all the colours.
The problem with knitting is when you are deeply motivated to knit something, you already need it. I am working on the Susie Hoodie andit is -12C out. Obviously, I’d really prefer that it was finished. And on me. Instead I am most of the way through the first sleeve. By most I mean past the elbow.
No I don't have unusually short arms. I have an unusually large imagination with respect to what I have completed
Meanwhile Keri over at When did I become a Knitter is leading me into the dark side with her washcloth challenge. She is doing one every two weeks. I could squeeze in one a month. Maybe. I’ll try to hold out.
Also I am starting to compile next year’s YOP list. Mom asked me to knit my sister a long sweater jacket for my sister. Fortunately she is 5’2″ and tiny. Still not a minor project… about those washcloths…
As for my first sock in my 12 in 12 challenge… well I have about 1 cm done. At this rate… well at this rate there is no rate.
Well I should get back to frantically finishing Susie. Then I could wear it. And maybe be warm. And warm socks might be nice… more knitting, less (well it is the kids that consume most my time… fewer kids is not an option if I want to keep the police out of here.)
I finally finished the lining of one of my Wagon Pulling Mittens fiddlehead mittens). I’ve decided to start the second one this morning I’m hoping to work on it today and tomorrow so that I can wear the mittens for the rest of the winter.
In the home stretch
In the meanwhile, I am working on Semele and I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled with the results.
One leaf - look little beads!
It being Christmas Day, I need to cook and sleep. And knit. So instead of writing, I’m going to go do those things. Have a Merry Christmas.
Sorry I missed last week’s post. Last weekend we visited my husband’s family and on Sunday we went to the extended family Christmas party in the nursing home my husband’s grandmother (Meme) lives in. The party was fun but unfortunately on the Tuesday after the party most of the families who went were stricken down with the plague. Including us. So no knitting all week, by the time I felt up to knitting I worried that the baby stuff I was working on would become contaminated with plague so I held off.
Fortunately, Keri over at whendidibecomeaknitter had a get together yesterday, and since everyone here was better, I went. We sat, and ate, and knit. I didn’t drink much because I was still very weak from the whole not eating for 3 days or so thing. But sitting with friends talking, laughing, and admiring the latest indigodragonfly club package was just the ticket. And I finished one of the hat and mitt sets in time to mail for Christmas! (The other will be hand delivered when we see them closer to Christmas)
Oops I still need buttons!
And in case you are wondering, the boys were quite ill for a few days but are now their noisy, exuberant selves. Right now they are playing Lego. (We live far too close to a Lego store and the pick a brick wall had horses yesterday!)
Far too close to the Lego store
On actual YOP projects I managed about 2 rounds of the lining of one of my fiddlehead mittens.
Where does the time go? Already the last Sunday of another month! And it has been a rather productive week. I finished the rainbow coloured hat, I did some of the lining on my fiddlehead mittens and I am almost finished the little Girl’s jacket I have been designing.
It has a pom pom!
Of course that isn’t near what I had planned on finishing this month. I have less than half of one lining done on the fiddlehead mittens complete… Nowhere near the pair! I have barely looked at Mom’s Semele and the girl’s jacket… Well that will be done although not the pattern. And I’m sure there were more. Oh well it is close to Christmas and things pop up.
So for December:
My, time does seem to fly by. We are definitely entering the Christmas time distortion field. The Christmas time distortion field affects children and adults differently. Time is stolen from the adults and given to the children making Christmas come about the 3rd of December for adults and about February 29th for children.
Fortunately the only Christmas knitting I have planned is Mom’s Semele shawl and I won’t see her until January.
Mom's Semele (good thing I won't see her until January)
Just the same I got no knitting done on my YOP list. I heard that a group that promotes community and nature and resilient children that my son had been going to had gotten charity status and were having a silent auction to celebrate. So I grabbed the ball of Knit Picks Chroma I had in lollipop and decided that a 2×2 ribbed hat would be a cute quick knit. A word to the wise: 2×2 ribbed hats are not fun quick knits. Particularly when knit in the presence of the Christmas Time distortion field. In the presence of the 2×2 ribbing time slows to an agonizing pace, while it steals time from outside the range of the 2×2 ribbing. So when you put your knitting down it is even later than you thought and you are even further behind. And you’ve not gotten nearly far enough in your hat.
This week I will finish the hat. And resume the lining on my fiddlehead mittens.
It has been a fairly productive week. I went off the anti depressant meds on Monday and starting Wednesday my energy returned. Sweet. Now if I can avoid relapsing into a depression all will be good. To prevent that I’ve been going to gym every other day. That’s been a bit rocky but I figure it will get better with practice. I’ve been a bit emotional the past couple of days. I’m not sure if that is the depression coming or going. (I tend to feel apathetic when I’m depressed). Still with my history of reactions to drugs and side effects, I’ve decided to be very sure before I take the next medication that I need it.
One thing I got emotional about was yesterday morning computer time. I like to work on weekend mornings on computer things. (Blog posts, pattern writing, budget… things like that). I am still fresh, as opposed to after the boys are to bed … when I’m lucky I have energy to watch TV. On good nights I can watch TV and KNIT! (yeah it’s been a bad few months ). Anyways just as it looked like my prime thinking time would be taken up with going to the hardware store to ensure my kids do not pour caustic chemicals on each other, J said I could stay home and he’d wrangle the boys himself. I used this precious time to work on my Little Girl’s Jacket pattern. And it went really well. I realized it was the perfect day for a photo shoot, sunny with crisp autumn light and cool but not cold. Perfect. Too bad the jacket isn’t finished. So I worked on that too.
After Wednesday I started showing signs of life again. I’m kind of liking that. And, I finished the exterior of the fiddlehead mittens! I’ve even started the lining.
Just in time for the cold!
I also finished the Noro block I started at Rhinebeck. Yes it did take me the better part of a month to knit one Noro block. You’d think that something that took the better part of a month would be a little bigger but no. It is just one block size… approximately 9 inches by 10 inches. In garter stitch. (I have friends who are planning on MULTIPLE sweaters for November sweater knitting month… Then again they may just be crazy too.)
You'd think it would be bigger really.
Hopefully I’ll have a pattern or two to release soon. Meanwhile all the pretty things are calling my name. And I actually have the energy to hear them. I should go make something. Or make sure the boys aren’t pouring caustic chemicals on each other. Or both. Probably both.
After the Creativ Festival my mother went home. And that is when the excitement from the previous two weeks caught up. Between the depression meds and the excitement I crashed hard. It took me a week to get up the energy to watch TV. Then I’d watch TV and not knit. And THEN… I lost my fiddlehead mittens pattern. So October was a bit of a bust in the knitting front.
I did get several squares for my blanket done. And about half of the second fiddlehead mitten exterior finished. (And I now have a copy of the pattern). And I’ve been making good progress on my Little Girl’s Jacket.
Part of the back
I did do some sewing. I sewed the Darth Vader costume:
I find your lack of knitting disturbing
It worked out pretty good. It had an inner and an outer cape, shoulder armour and gauntlets. J made the chest electronics and belt hardware. (And the clone trooper’s blaster).
So for November:
- Finish the Girl’s Jacket.
- Finish the Fiddlehead Mittens
- Get a good ways into Mom’s Shawl
- Cast on Susie Hoodie.