Thursday, February 19, 2009

a bit of a knitting drought.

Yeah. I haven't been inspired to do much of anything lately. Blame it on February.

Well, I did knit some exceptionally cute baby hats for my friend's new little boy (and the new wee guy's big sister, so she wouldn't be left out) but of course I forgot to take pictures. Suffice it to say that the cuteness was well-nigh legendary.

Baby hats aside, I may be getting back on the knitting horse. I'm thinking vesty thoughts. I've been wanting a knit vest for ages, but have not been able to find a pattern I really like. I've got some yarn (Patons Classic in Paprika, mmm, yay, orange!) but can't decide if I want to have a just-orange vest, or mix it up with A) some brown Patons that's lurking around, and/or B) some random sock yarn whose name I can't remember but which kind of does orange and brown stripes and matches REALLY AWESOMELY. I think if I double it it would work ok weight-wise. La la la WHAT TO DO???

This is actually a dilemma I've been pondering for a good year or so, if you can believe it. Probably what I should do is knit me an orange vest, and then, if I'm dying for an orange-and-brown sock-yarny something, buy more of the Patons. It's not like that stuff's going to disappear soon, and it's not like I think a person can have too many orange garments.

Hey, look, I think I solved my problem! Thanks, blog!

Friday, February 6, 2009

I'm back!

Whew. So my computer went blooey about a week ago. Panic and terror ensued, but when I took it to the nice people at the Apple store (I love you Denis!) they told me that all it needed was to have its operating system reinstalled. Yay! So my brother sent away for a newer operating system than the one I had, and it came today and now all is well. I say again, YAY! My God, I missed iTunes.

I have been doing some knitting with the computer all busted: this is a hat I did just before the madness started. I have no idea where the hell the pattern is, so don't ask. I do know that it's Patons Classic in . . . some color that's named after a wine. (I'm always so gloriously exact, aren't I?) Oh, and this is that hat that was on a bowl on a stick. It's MUCH better for a good blocking. Floppier, as it's supposed to be. Or, at least, as I like it to be.

I'm thinking about sweaters, but not really getting anywhere. I--oh, I knit a good five inches of sock during the Super Bowl. Holy crap, what a game! I did feel slightly guilty, though: towards the end of the game my hands were getting tired, so I took a wee break. And the Cardinals started scoring and all this stuff, and though I try not to be superstitious, I picked up the ol' knitting, and lo and behold, the Steelers march down the field. Coincidence? I don't know. The worst of it was, then I had to KEEP knitting, and it's not easy to knit dark yarn on darkish size 1 needles when there's 40 seconds left in the game and you need a touchdown to win. And your hands are all sweaty and nervous. But I kept on, and Santonio caught the ball.

And I swear to you I'm not superstitious.

But what if it wasn't a coincidence???

The best part of all this is that I don't even particularly like the sock--I mean, it's a nice sock, a Jaywalker in some dark tasteful Trekking XXL, but not a GREAT sock--but I feel I shouldn't unravel it. It has MEANING.