Thursday, November 13, 2008

Time to get out the tape measure

I knit fully 70% of the Ski Lodge Scoop. Enough that I could try it on and discover that it was HUGE. I was on gauge, perfect stitch count, no issues there. Measured the's what the patterns says it should be.

Now, the scale says I haven't lost any weight. Nada, zippo, zilch. But I've had a run of weird fitting experiences over the last 3 weeks. There was a cute store bought sweater that just wouldn't hang right, until I finally figured out it was too big; the pants that seemed just a little saggy and required constant pulling up, that type of thing.

So I got a co-worker (thanks MOS) to measure. Hmmn, think I found the problem. The girls are the same size as before and that's what I see looking down, but there has apparently been some renovation under the girls but before we get to the hips. Uh, Yay!

Except my almost finished sweater is now returned to it's natural state of cakes of yarn. Hmmn...yay? more knitting without spending? yay? (perhaps not)

Sunday, November 09, 2008

For winter

I used stash yarn - gasp what a concept, eh?- to whip up this little winter hat.
It's the Jenny cloche by Julia Madill*. And can we say Very Fast Knit? I cast on Thursday morning, had the hat portion done by Friday night, and the bow finished on Sunday. It's worked with 2 strands of Malabrigo (in Paris Nights) held together and the hat part took exactly one skein.

I made the bow a little smaller than the pattern called for, because this is already dashingly fashion forward for me, and huge bow? No. I also stitched the tips of the bow down to the top so that it didn't blow around in the wind, thereby ruining some of the charm, but making the hat much more likely to be worn by practical me. There's just enough yarn left that I could make a neck warmer or fingerless mitts to match. It's a soft snuggly rib that wraps around the head and covers the ears, forehead and base of skull. I even plan to wear it indoors occasionally, as I tend to keep hotel rooms chilly in order to sleep comfortably.

*seen on a ravaltar, ordered, and downloaded from Ravelry

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Happy Anniversary TAO

I simply wanted to tell you that it's wonderful, challenging, and rewarding all in one. I am so happy to be where I am today with you there to share it with me.

Whenever I look at my life before marrying you and am tempted to berate myself for poor decisions made along the way, I remind myself that each decision brought me to this particular moment, and changing even one would have led to missing you as a compass point in my life.

Thank you for your patience, love, and sense of humour.