...the project that's going WELL is a lace doily knit on 0000 needles with size 70 crochet cotton, and everything else is worse than that. I realized it last night, when I was doing my daily two rounds on the doily - THIS is the project I go to for calm and relaxation. The Blue Shimmer (which at this stage is just stockinette) is stressing me out. A sad commentary on the state of things.
Today I'm putting the waist hem on a holder and starting the sleeves. (I could drive all over Charleston searching for a size 0/2mm circular needle, but I just don't have it in me. Medication woes again.) Since the gauge is all screwed up, I have to re-figure all the arm shaping math to get it to come out to the same size wrist. I don't even know how many stitches I'll be starting with at the top of the sleeve. Which means instead of spending most of the day knitting, it will be spent hunched over a pad of graph paper and a calculator. I may have a rep as a math geek, but darn it, I wanna KNIT, not do algebra.
Never in my life have I knit anything this messed up. Stockinette or not, it's turning into the project from hell. (Christmas sweaters for my mother-in-law always turn out this way; it's very bizarre. Last year was an Elspeth Lavold cable-knit that should have been easy, but it turned out the pattern was written wrong and had errors in it, plus the sleeves were knit for an orangutan in the original. I took off three inches while knitting the sleeves, and then after giving her the sweater, picked out the seams, cut off another two inches, grafted the cuffs back on, and the sleeves are STILL a little too long. The year before that was a lopi jacket with color matching problems.)
In the 'good news' column, though, I've got one more sweater and three or four lace scarves to go (eeeeee!) and I'm done with the Christmas knitting and on to ME KNITTING. 2007 has been declared the Year of Me. I'm not knitting for anyone else unless it's something I want to knit, anyway. If they don't like it, I'm keeping it, and too bad for them.
Anyway, I hope everyone's enjoyed this stream-of-consciousness post (I doubled up on my medication and I'm all screwed up again, but at least I'm not pathologically happy). Since there's no visible knitting progress to report, I leave you with a gratuitous photo of my kid. Because she's cute, and I can.