Monday, November 28, 2005

Remember me?

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted. Geez.

Still not a lot of knitting going on, but finally actually PICKED UP some needles and dinked around.

Lots of focus on belly dance the last two months. This is a good thing, but not for my knitting. I want both, the dancing and the knitting. Frequently, it get's down to one or the other however. Compounding the problem, I am struggling with constant pain in my right elbow running down the outside of the forearm into the hand...that ulnar nerve thing again.

The Baby Albert Baby Coat is about 2/3 done. It starts as a strip which turns out to be the bottom of the coat. You then pick up and knit one front, then the back, then the other front. Sleeves are then picked up and knit and voila, yer done. I'm on the second front. Might actually finish it before the baby it is intended for gets here. Might.

I cast on for this hat, for my freezing sweetie. You'll remember Jodie is from Louisiana....where they wear shorts at Christmas time. It's durned cold here right now, and the snow hasn't even hit yet.

I'm using Cascade 220 Superwash, which is new to me. I love, and I mean LOVE, Cascade 220, but didn't even know they made superwash. I went to the snobby yarn shop for the first time in .... over a year? maybe more like two years? and fell in love with it. 220 yard balls, I got three colors - navy (803?), medium blue (814), and light blue (847). Don't have the bands with me so those are guesses to the actual colors. Enough for the hat and a scarf. Who knows, maybe mittens too???

I cast on and got the band done - which is a nice sturdy band as the designer has you knit x amount of rows, then on the last row, put wrong sides together and pick up the cast-on row with the last row of the band. Makes a really nice edge for the cap. Tell ya one thing...dark navy and trying to pick up stitches.....dang I felt old. Anyway, got past that and oh....10 rows into the slip stitch pattern when I had her try it on.

Too small. Waaaaaay too small. The pattern says size 5's and I cast on for the "medium". Well, being all scientific....I switched to size 8's and cast on the for large. I'll just knit on and we'll see where it goes.

I imagine that kind of knitting would drive some up the wall....but it's me. Seat of the pants knitting pretty much.

As I said, belly dance is heating up for me. Lots of choreography for the troupe, myself, my daughter, and friends. Trying to work on my own I don't kick myself later. My area has just begun a bellydance guild...( and guess who is co-chair for this year? Yup, that would be me. I'm excited about it....tho it is time away from knitting.

I've missed knitting. Really missed it. I have not read a blog, looked at patterns, looked at yarn, NUTHIN' for 6 weeks.

Just think of all I've missed! Now it's time to play catch up...wheeeeeee!


Elaine said...

I am so glad you are back. I've been kicking myself to send you an email and see if you were still earth-bound. Welcome back to Fiberland, you were missed.

Norma said...

Well, hello there. You'll probably need a Reader's Digest version for me, I suppose. One thing I am is verbose. I try to limit it, I really do. But welcome back, Lisa!