Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Where did July go?

I don’t have any clever excuses why I’ve been MIA lately. Well, there was the bout with tonsillitis again but my hands were still in working order so that’s hardly a valid excuse. I just haven’t been in the mood to do anything crafty lately. I actually took a whole week off of knitting if you can believe that. Yeah, I know. I didn’t knit a stitch or draft some wool or crimp any wire for a whole week. Weird huh? I seem to be edging myself back into a full diagnosis of my usual cantkeephandstillitis. I apologize to all you guys about the sidewinder stitch markers. I just haven’t had the time or the energy to make them but I made a partial set last night so there will be some available soon. To get over my guilt and because Nona gave me a kewl shout out, I’m going to give away a set of Sidewinder stitch markers (or markers of your choice). Do I even need to make the ubiquitous “leave a comment” or “random number generator” statements? Ya’ll know the deal right? I'll pick a winner by my next post whenever that may be.

My Sidewinders are about 80% done. I'm using Maia’s method, magic loop style so I won’t have to graft the toe. The only down side is that the rows are sooooo long but I reworked the numbers anyway to accommodate my medium weight wool so it’s not that bad. Basically I magic casted on 77 stitches, separated them accordingly, did my heel and toe increases , knit plain for a while threw some short rows up in that mug and now I’m back to decreasing to my original 77 stitches. Sorry for the suckie flashy picture but it’s kinda hard to straighten it all out on 32” circs.

Side A

Side B

I was (emphasis on the word “was”) a member of the Tour de Fleece but all I managed to spin was this bit I was working on before the spin-a-long even started. I’ll have to dig around for the stats but all I can tell you off the top of my head’s that it was spun from one of Abbys Luxury Batts in the Easter color way. I spun three separate bobbins for a 3 ply and here is half of it. Again, sorry for the flashy picture.

This is how much I have left and once it’s all gone through a wash and set, I’ll give it a proper photo shoot.

Well that’s all for now. By the way, I finished The Book in 1 day and you all know what book I’m talking about. Thanks Maribel, Nancy and Tisha for making it a fun event. Nancy, tell Injury I’d pay him double to baby-sit for me anytime.

Sock On

15 comments:

Stephanie said...

Sidewinder stitch markers. This, I'd like to see! Good luck on that sideways sock. The length of the rows would make me hope there was a sweater at the end!

AllyB said...

Hey, HP! Love that Easter yarn. Hope you get your knitting mojo back soon. I do so appreciate your inspirational photos. Have a good one.

del said...

Glad you're feeling better. I've also taken knitting breaks--I used to feel, I dunno, weird about it but I don't anymore.

Nancy said...

HP rocked. I finished it Monday, I was trying to go slowly!

Injury says he still hears the rugrat in his sleep;)

Trishy said...

Tonsillitis is no fun. I've had it enough that they are finally going to take my tonsils out. I can knit when I have it but I sure don't feel like it. Glad you are feeling better.

Rosi G. said...

I seriously need to start making me some sidewinders!! I keep saying they will be my next project and I end up getting sideTRACKED! LOL

anna said...

I'm loving the colors of those sidewinders!!! :-D

I love that Easter yarn. :-D

Ava said...

Love those stitchmarkers! clever girl! those knitting breaks come and go. My mojo always returns with a vengeance.

Maribel said...

Hunny... I know the feeling..we all deserve a break once in awhile. To make you feel better, everyone at our Tuesday group was asking for you...over and over again.

Chrispy said...

lovely sidewinders and yarn

Mea said...

Hi! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all the socks. How long have you lived in Harlem? Some of my favorite poets are from there (English teacher).

Lyrically speaking said...

You are so skilled with the knitting, lol, I'm envious but I know it's tedious and takes time...i'll get to it eventually...you have some amazing stuff I need to go to your Etsy

Nikki said...

Yes, yes, the spinning is nice. The stitch markers would be a nice prize. But email me so you can tell me which prize YOU pick.

Anonymous said...

Hi there Chante! I have your flower roving package all set and ready to go ... yet I didn't quite make it to the PO today. It'll be the first thing on my list tomorrow and you can keep your eyes open for it early next week. I hope you enjoy the package! Thanks for organizing such a fun swap -- I had a lot of fun dyeing the roving for you. Happy end of the summer!

i-can-d.i.y said...

stopping by to say hay !
looks like you all had fun at the knit out picnic .. sistahs with sticks what a lovely and natural thing ! peace