It has arrived, the yarn for the next 3 years of my life arrived on Wednesday.
Isn’t it pretty. I must say I’m very glad my sister picked out some orange yarn rather then cream, because after the bedspread and tablecloth being in Alabaster which is a very creamy cream color, I think I’m going to need a splash of color to save my sanity.
The bedspread pattern is more of a formula then a pattern. The main panels, tumbling leaf, the author didn’t even tell how many stitches to cast on, just the pattern repeat information. I haven’t been able to find an errata for the book either, so I had to use my mad calculating skills to figure out how I wanted the project to go. Additionally, the pattern calls for knitting each strip separately and hand-sewing it all together. That is insane. I know my skills at sewing lack tremendously, so I decided I’d combine it all together and knit it in one piece. Now this led to another interesting dilemna. There are 3 separate lace patterns, the Tumbling Leaf, Openwork Panel, and Godmother’s Lace which edges the piece. Each has a different row count. So I created an Excel spreadsheet which laid out 3500 rows, then the next 3 columns have the repeats of the different lace sections. So for instance I can look at my chart and see if I’m on row 1186, I should be on row of 10 of Tumbling Leaf, Row 2 of Openwork Panel, and Row 16 of the Godmother’s Lace.
Last night I casted on 740 stitches on Size 1 Addi’s. My wrist hurts today. I discovered one thing about knitting that infuriates me. The fact that the U.S. differs in their needles sizes then Europe. My size 1 Addi’s are 2.5 mm, my size 2 Crystal Palace (which is what I started on before I decided to knit it all in one piece) is 2.75 mm. I say we should all just go by the mm and not the us size, its annoying. But then, I’m having a crabby pants day.
However, I must say that I have the best young boss in the world, he’s several years younger then me, has an adorable family (whom I made the flower blanket for his new daughter due in a few months), and this morning he must have realized I was going to have a crabby pants day and he brought me this….
As soon as I finish my salad, I’m eating every last piece!
I’m currently giving up, well maybe postponing is a better work, on dieting. Not forever, but for the next few weeks. Maybe when I return from Alaska I’ll find time to exercise. Time has gotten the better of me, well that and my love of sleeping and not getting up to exercise, and the fact its been too cold or bad weather to walk at lunch. Okay enough with the excuses, I just haven’t been motivated to do it. End of story.
Is this not the sweetest face on the planet earth. Oh how I wish I was at home snuggling that beast. He can always make me feel better.
Django snuggles like this too, but as soon as you get the camera he moves like the wind and you can’t catch him in snuggle mode. Although Django doesn’t snuggle quite as intensely as Abner. Abner will lay there for hours and hours while Django lasts about 15 minutes, then moves on.
I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to take for airplane knitting. I have nothing small on the needles, besides countless sock orphans, but I don’t want to knit socks. I’m sure I’ll figure it out in the coming week and a half. Maybe I’ll knit a hat to wear while I’m in Alaska when I’m on the plane to Alaska and on the plane home I’ll knit with the Quivit I intend to purchase.
Well I’m off to finish my salad, so I can eat those chocolates.