I seem to be having a bit of a problem focusing on getting stuff done lately. I am blaming it on C-2 – that lovely little vertebra near the top of my spine that decided to move about 45 degrees off its normal axis and put all of my neck muscles into a state of frozen panic – frozen into very tightly pulled cords which have worked strenously against allowing me to bend my neck into the necessary position to knit and spin . . . and type for that matter. Driving is interesting too since I have to move my entire body to check a blind spot. Sigh.
Good news is I found a local chiropractor I like so things are looking up – well – not up yet but a little more side to side than before.
So with that as background, I can show you that I now have finished both the front and the back of Chris’s sweater.
Yeah, I know. That’s ALOT of grey. And stockinette stitch. Sometimes you just have to plow through it to get to the other side.
With that finished I started the first sleeve of Chip’s sweater.
You would think a sleeve would go quickly. Well, lets just say that I thought the sleeve would go quickly, but it is actually pretty wide. It started at 42 (the meaning of life) stitches in a row and is now up to 78 stitches in a row. It will be increasing more until it is 96 stitches across. That’s only 24 stitches less than the body of the sweater – so no real reduction in time to complete. I finished most of this Saturday while sitting through a legal education seminar. I must be getting good when I can knit an aran sweater while paying attention to a seminar. I couldn’t just sit there for 7 hours and not get something accomplished. I had to bring a project.
Jesse is starting his fingerless mitts too. Here he is casting on – which is something he learned for this project.
Next he will be learning purl stitches – which he is really excited about.
I had to place an order with Amazon a while ago when Markus’s dog Jett caused an untimely death to Vash’s stuffed tiger. Vash really LOVED his stuffed tiger (which is why I had thought of making him a tiger costume for Halloween) so I was immediately on the internet finding a replacement tiger. Then, as long as I had to order the tiger (and the stuffed Wall-E to replace the one Jett ate about 6 months ago), I ordered a few new books for the library.
One on spinning
and two on making natural dyes.
Can I just say that I get so excited when I start reading about a new craft or idea. Chip and I are both really interested in what we can do with the natual dyes – both for wool and for leather. Danielle and I are attending a workshop on dying yarn this weekend so I want to be prepared with questions as who knows when we will get to work with a yarn dyer again. Hee Hee.
And finally, can I say how much I love winning? Lets be real – I’m a lawyer. Everyday I am working on beating someone on some issue or another. But last month I won a contest that The Sanguine Gryphon held. (They are the yarn company that I stood in line for an hour and a half to buy their yarn at the Rhinebeck Festival – see October 15th post). They were issuing 15 new patterns with the theme of the patterns being the old Film Noir murder mystery movies. They gave us a fact pattern and we had to submit our answers for how The Old Dame died and who killed her. I won for “most accurate” and the prize was ALL FIFTEEN PATTERNS – FOR FREE!!!!!.
I got them this week.
Gram would have been proud. She and I used to sit in her livingroom on Sunday afternoons and watch the old movies – she liked Bogart and I liked Cagney and we both liked Betty Davis movies. She was also a murder mystery fan so she would have been helping me on this one if she was still here. I know she is thinking, like I am . . .
So, that is this week’s report. Maybe I can be more productive next week. Wish me luck!!