Sunday, August 31, 2008

A TAS finished for TAO

Off the needles:

Turn a Square for The Adored One. This is well written pattern which with project monogamy would work up quickly, or if you're me - takes a month.

The yarns are Cascade 220 and Kureyon. As for warm? Very warm, I broke a sweat trying to take a picture of the back of my head. (Admittedly a very amusing thing to watch.) Plenty of yarn left over, so either I or a charity will receive it. The second half of the Kureyon ball is the brightly coloured half. Planned that in advance, since lilac was not one of the colours TAO mentioned when I asked what colour hat he would want.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Busier than...

A cricket with Restless Leg syndrome.

Which is not to say "Productive". My job involves a fair amount of uncertainty and that has been around in abundance the last few weeks. And the entire thing included some decisions that later proved to be poor decisions and others that, while not sterling, are okay - if I don't look at the money too closely.

There was a little tension on the home front because we have talked for 5 years about new floors for the house. And 2 years ago I found Just The Floor I wanted. So we decided to save cash for the floors. This weekend TAO got a new home theatre. (I do not watch TV, I hate TV.) The total came to 9.80 less than the quote for our floors. The only real meltdown came when I figured out that the new sound system would banish all my lovely stereo components to some other (unheated) part of the house. It wasn't pretty, and aired some sulphurous thoughts. Since I don't give a flip about the TV I take my stereo very seriously. In the end, each of us demonstrated maturity when the other didn't, each of us took turns venting, and a happy medium was achieved. TAO is wonderful. The new "theatre" is very nice, and TAO is excited about it being in time for football. Floors will happen in 2010.

I have been so busy that I didn't get around to posting pictures of my variation of the Syrian Shoulder Shawl from Victorian lace today. I used one skein of CamelSpin and had a trifle left over. It's soft, lovely, and due to the addition of some short rows: doesn't fall off the shoulders. I skipped the lace border from the pattern and instead did a crochet chain border.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Drat and Blast!

Apparently this post is going to be photo-less. I thought I had already taken a photo of the two sleeves but am unable to find said photo, and now am sulking and refusing to take photo of one remaining sleeve.

Two became one?

I am still slowly making Smokin' for TAO. And I worked diligently the past two weeks to get the sleeves to match and be ready to attach to the body. So instead of knitting on my new love, a hat for TAO, I decided to be a grownup and attach said sleeves.

I admired my rows of labelled coilless safety pins that meant the sleeve increases were in the same location bilaterally. Then I thought "this fabric doesn't feel the same as the body", got out my ruler and AAArgh! I had absentmindly knit the sleeves in the Continental method instead of Eastern Uncrossed and the gauge is different. How different...oh about 1 stitch per inch smaller on the sleeves.

So I unraveled one sleeve and have re-started it. The truth, though, is that I don't want to be a grown up and knit sleeves for a sweater, I want to knit something else.

Perhaps it will be a nice anniversary sweater instead of a nice birthday sweater.