Saturday, January 26, 2008

Knitting night

Last night I went to what's called a "mom's night in," which is pretty much what it sounds like: a bunch of moms getting together (mostly without their kids) at someone's house. And since it was knitting-themed, we pretty much all just sat around and knitted and chatted. This is actually the second one of these that I've been to, although T insists that this is actually a cover for some sort of crazy girls night out involving tequila and male strippers. Don't I wish!

In any case, as boring as it may sound to many, it was actually quite fun. And I got to make some headway on the latest skull hat I've been working on for E. I ended up completely unraveling the first one I made for her and starting over using a variation of the same pattern I used to make this one for my sister-in-law. As I get really close to finishing though, I worry that I'm going to run into the same problem of it being too deep in the crown. So it looks like I may be starting over again. *sigh*

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Just a quickie post

I finished the dishcloth that I was working on. It was actually quite a fun little project to make, and it didn't take very long either once I got the sequence of stitches down. I'm thinking about making a few more for a set. Oh, and despite his initial skepticism, T actually thought it was very cool. In fact, he said he feels bad using something so nice as a dishrag.

In case you're interested, you can find the pattern here.
I added a couple of pattern repeats to make it longer. I also added an i-cord loop to the corner so I could hang it on a hook. (Basically, I cast off all but the last four stitches, switched to a DPN, and then knit an i-cord)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Falling behind

Well, I was on an excellent roll until I actually got ON vacation and had to deal with a sick baby, being sick myself, and just all-around too much travel and stress. I did not manage to finish the scarf I started for my brother's girlfriend, nor did I even start on anything else. I'm feeling pretty lazy about now since the projects are starting to pile up.

Last night, I started knitting a cotton dishcloth, just for kicks. It's knitting up pretty fast, so I'm hoping to be done with it tonight or tomorrow. When I told T what I was making, his response was, "why?" My response? "Because it's cute," and "why not?" I mean, really, come on. Who really knits things because they're cheaper or because they have a burning need for them? If I want a decently cute, cheap winter hat, I can go to Target or Old Navy and pick one up for like, $5. In fact, that's exactly what I did when I realized that the kitty hat I made for E wasn't going to cut it in Chicago. But most crazy crafty types make things because they're unique, they're cute, and they take great satisfaction in knowing that they made something themselves. Am I right?


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