saturdays should be good days… April 28, 2007
my poor wrist… April 21, 2007
the bad news first: a few weeks ago, i was taking a lengthy economics exam (all short answer, so a lot of writing) and when i got out, my wrist was sore. now, i’ve had some problems with my wrist before, mostly some muscle seizing when i wake up in the mornings, but this was worse and it has only worsened since then. at this point, it hurts to knit, to type, to use the mouse, to write… to do just about everything i do. because i’m moving back home after next week, i’m going to wait to go to the doctor for it, so i can’t really knit much in the next few days. this might be good, since i should be studying, but most of my studying involves either the computer or writing, so it doesn’t really leave much for me to do. i’m hoping it’s nothing major, but i suppose we’ll see. my desk here (school provided) is so unergonomic that i’m sure it’s not helping the situation, either.
i. love. this. hat. i bought a skein of rowan big wool on closeout from webs and proceeded to make this soft and thick hat. i didn’t use a pattern, just cast on about 52 stitches and worked around. it looks huge when it’s not on my head, but it fits perfectly. it doesn’t even have a pointy top! ^^
yarn: bendigo woolen mills 8-ply color dusky rose (doubled)
needles: size 8 dpns
size: kids small (4-6)
comments: i saw afghans for Afghans on MDK and decided i wanted to do something for it. i don’t really have the yarn for a blanket, though, so i did something else that they asked for. i think they turned out well. ^^ if i get to do some more knitting before the deadline, then i’ll probably make another set.
travelling vines dishcloth
yarn: sugar n’ cream mill ends color dark-ish green
needles: size 7 straights
size: pretty small; about 6in x 6in
comments: the color is actually darker than the picture shows. i can’t say i was thrilled with the purl-two-through-the-back-loops, but it turned out alright. i may give this to mom for mother’s day or something.
i also crocheted another hat just like this one from a few months ago. it isn’t very exciting, so i didn’t even take more pictures.
i have a few unfinished toys that i just need to get off my chest (and out of my favorites!) and either frog or throw away. they are this chinchilla that i was knitting for my roommate for Christmas (the ears ended up the wrong size entirely) and this monkey that i was knitting for my boyfriend (i was using needles waaay too small for the yarn weight). whoo, that was cathartic, HAHA. now i can get rid of the projects when i come across them in my stash again. ^^
oh, the yarn! April 12, 2007
have you ever had that dream where you’re in a big room full of gorgeous yarn that is dirt cheap? where you stand in awe and then proceed to grab up as much as you can? (i hope that i’m not the only one who occasionally dreams of yarn!) well, something very similar happened to me last weekend. we were at my grandparents’ house for Easter and mom and i wanted to get out of the house for a little while, so we were going to jo-ann’s for buttons for the bibs that i’d finished. lo and behold, the store was closing so everything was on sale. yarn (and they had a LOT of it) was 50% off. 60% off if you bought 10 or more skeins. 70% off if you bought 15 or more. i’ll just let you guess how many i bought. ^^ i ended up with mostly patons classic wool and a jo-ann brand wool/cotton blend that feels insanely soft on my skin. i really just had to laugh at the whole thing, though. here i was knitting bibs out of little scraps of leftover cotton to “de-stash” and then i turn around and buy waaay more yarn. can’t pass up a good deal like that, though!! my yarn now only barely fits in my craft area so i can’t buy any more for a while, HAHA.
Easter was really good. i was surprised that grandma looked and seemed so healthy and normal (minus her lack of hair). i guess i was expecting her to seem much sicker, with the chemo and all. she has a lot of hope, though, so i think that keeps her active and doing well. she was wearing the slippers i made her, so maybe she did like them after all? or at least she wanted me to think she did, which is really quite sweet. we watched charlotte’s web and happy feet while we were there… both were so cute! mom gave me an Easter basket with candy and adorable hello kitty pajama pants! i can’t wait to do laundry so i can wear them.
my latest mason-dixon bibs. i also knit a pink one, but mom took it home with her. it would make so much more sense to knit bibs if i actually had people to give them to! oh well.
i can’t wait for the school year to be over! i had an exam last night, so now i’m done with exams until finals (which are only two weeks away). i always seem to get really burnt out towards the end of spring term, so i’m trying to get out of that rut and finish strong. we’ll see how it goes! i still have a few quizzes, though, so it’s not like i can relax altogether.
cotton… April 5, 2007
so, last week when i finished my socks, (which, by the way, i happen to be wearing today and they’re great ^^) i looked for something new to knit and was almost instantly frightened by the amount of dishcloth cotton in my stash. now, i know that i don’t really have that much, but it bothers me just the same. it was time for some cotton stash reduction. i’m doing fairly well, if i do say so myself.