Monday Project Report – Books and Parts

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 . . .

Hee Hee.

So, that is this week’s report.  Maybe I can be more productive next week.  Wish me luck!!


About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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3 Responses to Monday Project Report – Books and Parts

  1. Barbara Antonelli says:

    Yaaay! a new blog. The projects are looking good. Have you looked at the CD yet? The books look like fun….Jesse is putting me to shame, who knows,maybe I’ll make fingerless mitts too. I want to bring some knitting with me when I drive up with Raymond. I still have cotton yarn left,maybe I’ll make Vicki a dish cloth…she can always wipe the dog’s mouth with it. Oh well. Love to everyone Mom xxxxxxoooooo

  2. danielle says:

    Wow, both of those sweaters just seem so daunting to me. Anything with seems scares me. I hope your back starts to feel better fast. I’m pretty much all better now, just a small lingering cough, not enough to even take cough medicine for. I can’t wait until Saturday!!!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Yaaaaay Saturday!! I am back at the chiropractor’s on Friday so hopefully the neck will be even better by then. I feel guilty that I get to go do these fun classes and poor Chip can’t come with me – he has to stay home with the boys. 😦

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