Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Still no knitting

I am so close to done with the cardigan. Really close. But I have been busy with the house. The staircase is enclosed now and we have started setting the railing around the stair opening.

I'm having wool withdrawal.

I took my daughter to the Dr. yesterday. For the last couple of weeks she has had a very swollen toe. They took xrays, it's not broken and there was no damage that would account for the swelling. They are doing some bloodwork. I hope they learn something. I don't think we need anymore unexplained medical mysteries around here.

I really need to get some more sewing done this week but I don't know when I'm going to get time. Unless I get up at 4am.

Someday this will all be done, right?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Crappy weather

The weather here is crappy. Cold, snowy, rain.

I'm sitting in my sewing room knitting and watching bad movies.

I really want to finish my red and white sweater but I have things to sew as well. Too many things to do, too little time.

I have a lot of socks to knit, too.

I will be a busy girl this year.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A great lack of knitting

There hasn't been much knitting this week.

Tuesday evening I picked up my friend and bought him to my house, since his car was here. I left after work and after all the visiting and dinner we didn't get home until late.

Last night I went to a meeting. It was actually better than I thought it would be. I am still at a loss about what is wrong with a nice, year-round, free meeting place with room for all of us and space for storage.

Tonight we will be working on the house and probably Friday as well. Saturday I'm gone with friends and Sunday, working on the house.

The upside is that I'm almost done with my cardigan body. The red/white patterning is about 30 rows from done and then just the red patterning is left, then on to the sleeves! It is hard to be so close and to not be able to work on it.

In two weeks I am laying the tile in my house. The Last Floor. I have to gather all the bank documents and send them over this week. It's all coming together (I hope!)

Monday, February 19, 2007

The Weekend

I spent Sunday at a KnitOut. It was great fun and I have no idea how many people I helped to knit. But there were many. We got a great coupon book from the MOA but we missed all the 'vendor' goodies, since we were busy teaching instead of shopping. I conned my friend Liz into coming along. It is amazing what the promise of a trip to IKEA will talk her into.

I spent today putting together the dressers I bought at IKEA, then filling them with clothing and other stuff. My bedroom is amazingly clean, but I didn't get much else done.

I should spend some time this evening hauling boxes upstairs. I have about 1/2 of my stuff from downstairs upstairs now.

My spouse finished putting together the stair case this weekend. It is very nice. It is closer and closer to done everyday.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Here is the progress on my cardigan.

It is going pretty well. I think I'm going to try knitting both sleeves on one circular. Seeing as how well I liked that with socks it should go well. It does work well to make sure that both sleeves are the same.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Saint Valentine's Day

So here I am at home with my daughter. My sweet little Valentine.

My spouse works late. But my daughter wanted pizza for her Valentine. So - no cooking!

I have succumbed to the draw of Elizabeth Zimmerman and I have started a little blanket. It will use some 'lovely' acrylic yarn that I picked up for 25 cents a skein/ball a few years ago. It will keep me warm on these cold nights while I knit all those sweaters I have to knit this year.

9 Sweaters?! Great Ooggly Mooogly!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Next up

So the Poetry in Stitches Cardigan is next. Probably because it is only two colors and I don't have to follow the chart too closely.

Wednesday is the last day to put in a guess as to how many sweaters I'll knit this year.

Kate asks if sweaters started before 2007 count. The short answer is - Maybe. In order to count there must be a significant portion of the sweater not yet knitted. At this point the only incomplete sweaters in my house that don't count are Rogue (it just needs one sleeve sewn in) and my mother's cardigan (which just needs sleeves sewn in and a button band put on). Everything else is fair game.

Kate allowed us to borrow her router. My husband has finished cutting to size and routering 1/2 of the treads and all of the risers for out new stair case. He plans to have it done by the time I get back on Saturday. I think I will be taking days off next week to put down the tile. We'll see.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

One down!

Here it is - Laela. All ends woven in and ready to wear.

I spent today hauling up more stuff from the basement. This makes the sewing room a nearly complete disaster area. I have been sorting sock kits, putting the yarn with the pattern. I've also spent some time unknitting things I didn't like once I'd gotten them started. I'll bag that yarn up and save it until I find another pattern I like.
Better than wasting both the time and the yarn.

I'm getting ready to finish up another sweater. Either AS Mary Tudor or the cardigan from Poetry in Stitches.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The BIG weekend

The weekend was a blast. I got all dressed up (I found shoes - Nordstroms carries some styles in wide AND the guy found me a regular pair from Enzo Asomethingini, that tend to run wide - they were perfect!), had dinner with my husband and friends. We danced and drank, but not too much. I have pictures. And perhaps I'll get brave and post some.

Progress continues on Laela. I'm working on the yoke.

Walker's sweater is ready to be blocked and sewn up.

For the record Laela counts, Walker's does not. :)

Thursday, February 01, 2007


My spouse is taking me to a fancy dress ball this weekend. I bought a new dress, had my nails done and spent days looking for shoes. At this pont ANY shoes. I have 6.5 W size feet. No one carries wide shoes. I usually settle for size 7. The trouble is all the ones I like are too tight in a 6.5 or I walk out of them in a size 7. I hate to spend good money on shoes that are not comfortable to wear. So I have no nice shoes.

Since I had to spend an awful amount of my time shoe shopping I haven't been able to do much knitting. And since I didn't even find shoes what was the point. All that time I could have spent finishing my first sweater of the year. So much for complete one each month.