Saturday, November 17, 2007
I've done a couple of these the last few days. They're like potato chips; you can't do just one. You bind one off and go "That didn't take long" and cast on another. Yes, that's Purple Trainwreck sock yarn, if you're wondering. I had half a skein of it sitting here, waiting for me to make it into socks. It would have taken until 2015 toget to it - at least - so to hell with it, I'll make some squares.
Over at Mason-Dixon Knitting, they've got a call out for squares. They wanna sew them together and auction a couple blankets to raise money for a kid with (I think) Cereberal Palsy. Since I had the Goob and started blowing all my money on diapers, I don't have a lot of cash to donate to charities, but I've got enough sock yarn to float the Seventh Fleet, so I figured, hell, I could crank out a few. So I did. They're easy; cast on three stitches, increase once each row until the 'legs' of the square measure four inches (or ten cm), then decrease one stitch every row back down to three stitches, and bind off. Leave tails to sew up with. Viola. Charity contribution.
I don't normally get involved in charity knitting (obviously, if you've read my blog for any length of time), but this time of year I start thinking about everything I'm thankful for. (The US Thanksgiving holiday is coming up in a week and change.) Top of my list is a healthy kid, and the money and gear to take care of her properly. So this one kind of pushed my buttons - it's for a kid, after all. (If he can't have his health, at least he's got cool parents and friends.)
Speaking of my kid, she's been wearing the drum around on her head again.
As for the knitting project monogamy (to jackrabbit back and forth between topics... the weather changed AGAIN, so I'm a little loopy), it's going well but it's not working. If that makes sense.
I'm up to the neckline on the Russian Prime (which means there's only about four inches left to knit on the body) and hope to have the front neck stitches on a holder and the rest of it steeked, tonight. (Anyone want a tutorial/commentary on neckline steeking?) It's been going well, other than having to tear out that round I screwed up while reading the other day. And of course, knitting on just one project at a time gets the project done a lot faster.
However. I was sitting at the pharmacy Wednesday, thinking "I need a sock". Or at least, some small take-along project. For situations like that. With further meditation on my old, pre-insanity-of-2006 knitting methods, I recall that I usually had two projects on the needles, one simple and one complex (back in the day, often a Dale of Norway and a single-color stockinette blanket) and would switch back and forth as desired. So I'm gonna go back to that. (Depending, I consider lace easy, take-along knitting, heaven help me.)
So my next small project?
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