Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Coming Up For Air

The title is a bit deceiving, as I have very little time today to do a post, but I figured I’d dispel the rumors that I’d been abducted by aliens or that I had dropped off the face of the planet or that I’d won the lottery and purchased a large sheep farm in order to grow my own wool (I wish).  The truth is, I’ve been incredibly busy doing vast quantities of various things that are not knitting and therefore, not nearly as much fun.  I have, however, made a scant amount of progress on a couple of things.

First, The Husband’s sweater...  I’d love to say I’d finished but that would be a big, fat, bald-faced lie.  I did manage to finish two sleeves of relatively the same size to go with the ghostly-looking torso.  The stripes may even match up…mostly. 

Close enough

Looks kinda like an oddly colored safety vest

Of course, now I have to sew which I generally procrastinate on, even if I have the time, which I haven’t.  The good news is, once I sew up those shoulders and set in the sleeves, all that’s left is the neckline, which upon further examination looks way more complicated than it need be.  If I were a better knitter, I’d make it up.  But I’m not.  So I won’t.  If you were a risk-taker, you might bet that I’ll have this finished by the end of the weekend.  In the interest of full disclosure, that is not a bet I’m willing to make at this point.  You’ve been forewarned.

Next, I’ve made some progress on the little mystery project I started several weeks ago.  Can you guess what it is? 

If you happen to be reading this and happen to have a newborn infant that I have recently knit things for and you are tempted to get excited about the possibility that this may be something cute for the baby, let me just say that you should not get your hopes up.  The last part of this mystery project is looking a little lame.  It may never see the light of day.  I’m just sayin’…

Here’s a picture of my lace project:

{crickets chirping}

That’s right, there’s nothing there.  Why?  Because I’ve given up on lace for the moment.  Seriously, I need to have a beautiful, lacey, hand-knit item for a friend by the middle of April.  I don’t believe this is going to happen if I continue to try to work with lace-weight yarn because we 1) don’t have enough time to spend together, and 2) I don’t want to be under so much pressure to complete a lace-weight project that I end up hating lace and don’t ever try it again.  For the gift, I’ve located a beautiful lace-type pattern that calls for fingering weight that looks to be simple enough for me to complete without stress prior to mid-April.  I do intend to go back to the lace-weight eventually though.  No, really, I do.

The only other thing that I’ve done a few rows on is a mystery KAL that we’re doing at my LYS.  I missed knit night this week, so I’m behind on one week of instructions, but here’s what I have so far.

I'm told it's not a scarf...but what??

I have no idea what we’re knitting.  This is by far the most fun I’ve had knitting in the last month.

That’s all the time I have for now.  Plus the silly parrot is screaming in my ear because The Husband is home from work and he’s not paying her any attention at the moment.  Methinks I shall make a savory parrot stew…

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  1. I like the colors of your mystery project. I wish I knew enough about knitting to guess what it could be; mainly so could eventually gloat but magnanimously not rub noses is my rightness. =D
    Also, what's a KAL?

  2. KAL stands for Knit-A-Long. Everyone knits the same thing. :-)

  3. Hey - glad to see you are okay. I was beginning to get worried about you! I have no clue what your mystery KAL could be. Same for your mystery project. Hopefully you will let us in on both secrets at some point!

    1. Thanks, Kristie! I'm sure eventually, all mysteries will be revealed! : )

  4. your mystery project a poncho, the body of it looks like a square shawl or blanket the middle I have no idea. I wish you the best of luck on your lace knitting.

    1. It does look like a poncho, doesn't it?! But no, it isn't a poncho, but it is part blanket!


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