Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Missed Knitting Class

I overslept and missed my knitting class yesterday. I'd signed up for a month long knitting class making something of my choice but with the instructor helping as needed. It is a wonderful way to make something that is a bit difficult, but also something that takes about a month to complete. Well, my body just decided that it needed more sleep, so the two projects that I was considering are still sitting in a bag in the family room.

All was not lost though. I popped into 88 Stitches and sat with Sue for a couple of hours, knitting on another diamond triangle scarf. Since this is my third scarf with this pattern, it is almost mindless knitting at this time. It is a perfect way to try out different yarns that change colours. And the scarves look wonderful.

I haven't been on a scarf kick for awhile now. However, after taking two one day scarf classes in July and August, I've been back knitting scarves. They make for quick projects and also make great Christmas gifts. Of course, my youngest son says he doesn't need anymore scarves, but he'll probably get one anyway in his stocking this year.

I have about 10 UFO's on needles now. That is too many for me, but it seems to be where I'm going these days. I just can't resist buying some of the new Fall yarns from 88 Stitches, and it seems that all I want to do is knit them up as quickly as possible.

I did start the front of my son's sweater last night. If I can continue to do 10 rows each day, I may have this sweater finished by Christmas. The fingerless gloves became a nightmare for me on the long weekend. I tried doing the thumb gusset and the lace pattern got lost somehow each time I tried. I mapped out a different way to incorporate the lace but I'd still find myself with either one less stitch or one extra. I finally gave up and worked with a spiral pattern that I've done twice before. The cashmere is a tad stretchy and now they will actually fit my hands. However, I've only got one halfway finished because I keep working on a scarf or trying to get this sweater done.

Sometimes there aren't enough hours in a day to knit. Other times, I oversleep and lose many knitting hours.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Another Day of Knitting

The weather is fine, and I should be outside gardening, however I sit here still in my pj's with my knitting waiting for another round to be done on my lace fingerless gloves. I'm using 100% cashmere in fuschia that I bought from It is lovely to work with. I've already made the lace scarf from the Debbie Bliss book of Pure Silk out of some of the cashmere. I took the lace pattern from the scarf, altered it to make fingerless gloves and I'm at the thumb gusset now. It has been slow going as I have about 10 UFO's to complete. I have a couple of scarves on the go for simple knitting, but I'm trying to finish a crew necked sweater for my youngest son. It is out of Debbie Bliss merino DK and in a light grey.

Trying to keep up with my knitting when I frequent my favourite yarn shop, 88 Stitches which is located in Walnut Grove and fairly close to me makes it difficult. I have to go into the shop at least once a week to see what Sue has that's new. And she always seems to order the things that I love. The right colours, the right yarns, and the shop is coming along beautifully.

She's the new owner and she has really put her heart and soul into this shop. And it shows!

Back to knitting and I will post a picture of these fingerless gloves when I get them completed or maybe when I finish the first one. I will post the scarves that I've finished once I upload the pictures to my computer.

It is hard to do everything that I want to do. And dealing with my chronic pain, trying to keep up with household chores and spend time with my family means that at least I can knit and listen and even talk at the same time. It is the perfect hobby to have as far as I'm concerned.