Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Didja miss me?

If there is anything sweeter in this whole entire world than having your grandchildren sing Happy Birthday, and then excitedly blowing out your candles for you, I don't know what it is. But I spent the last 4 days trying to find out.

Amazingly enough, , in addition to walks to the park, movies watched (Iron Man and The Spiderwick Chronicles), books read (the 2nd Beyond the Spiderwick book), pictures drawn, games played, and smooches given and received, I did get a bunch of knitting done (of course, a fair amount of knitting happened during the 6 hours we were in the car).

I finished a pair of socks (destined for an honorary Granddaughter)- these were knit from Twisted Fiber Arts Kabam (bamboo/wool) yarn, in the Agnes Colorway (wonderful muted green and purple stripes- and it is a testament to Meg's amazing dyeing abilities that the green and purple mute into each other without even a speck of brown blending). This is just my generic sock pattern, with an easy texture thrown in: Rnds 1-5: K, Rnd 6: *K 2 tog, YO*, rep around.

And I finished 2 handspun ribbed hats- from charcoal romney with a bit of glitz (which actually shows in the pic), and some leftover lighter yarn for stripes. I'm happily reducing the stash of bulky handspun yarns (I have 2 child size hats left to knit, and up to 4 adult, if I get the ambition).
I started another pair of socks (for another Honorary Granddaughter), and ripped the first effort out (a disastrous notion of contrasting bobbles which sounded good in theory, but was hideous in practice). I like this version much better- 2 Rnds of Seed Stitch with 6 Rnds of K in between- just enough texture to look good, but not too much for car knitting. This yarn is also Twisted, the Playful blend (heavy fingering weight, Superwash Merino) in the Tulip colorway.

After we got home, late yesterday, I worked on the cotton wrap (I know better than to try to knit something complex around grandkids)- it totals 65" now, and I need it to be at least 72" (though since it's coming along so quickly, I may work a few more, just for shrinkage insurance). I haven't gotten bored with this project yet, which is a minor miracle. I can't wait to see what it's going to look like finished.

But today, I have a copy edited chapter to go over. So, back to work.


knakedknitter said...

I missed you, I really enjoy reading your blog.

ChristyH said...

Those are really nice. You are right about the dyeing ability.