Okay, raise your hand if you noticed that I accidentally added an entire extra month into my YNBA between the first post and the second post. I even set up a little counter down there in the sidebar (currently at 79 days) and thought “that’s a long time, but I can do it!” And you know what? I can. February 24? That’s for sissies. I’m not buying any books, yarns, needles or patterns until March 24. What’s more, I’d like to finish a sweater before I buy new yarn, so that gives me two rewards (yarn and garment). Even a slow knitter can finish a sweater in 80 days, right?
In gifting news, I neglected to mention that I received Confessions of a Knitting Heretic and Knitting for Anarchists for Christmas. They’re very interesting to read together – it’s a pair of books I feel I can appreciate more now that I’ve been knitting for a little while (though I would have loved to read both books’ detailed discussion of stitch mounts much earlier – it might have saved me from twisting a row of stitches on this sweater. Can you see it? About a third of the way up the stockinette section of the back? Joan Schrouder advised another knitter in a similar situation to cut the yarn at that point, pick out the offending row of stitches, and kitchener the upper and lower parts together. I could do that, but I still have the urge to re-knit this sweater in the round, so that’s what I’ll do.
The best gift might actually have been these two balls of Misti Alpaca for the Flower Basket Shawl from Interweave Knits. I love that my 23 year old cousin bought yarn for me, and I love that his mom had to explain what a skein was; thank goodness my aunt is a knitter.
And finally, I present the finished afterthought heel on the first Cherry Tree Hill Sock. I used Dawn Brocco’s six-point heel instructions, and though I feared the heel would be too pointy, it fits beautimously, and my kitchenering has improved since a terrible charity mitten disaster a few weeks ago that we shall not speak of except to say 1.) it looked like ass, and 2.) “Speed-kitchenering” is never a good idea, even if you think you know what you’re doing. I added about six rows of stockinette to make the heel deeper, and was so pleased with the result that I promptly forgot to add the three rounds of stockinette between the first two rows of decreases. Fits fine, no harm no foul – I’m mostly noting these changes so I have a snowball’s chance of repeating them in the second sock.
Finally, I think Theresa had the right idea – there are a lot of really well-written, interesting knitting blogs out there, and it’s time for one (or more) of them to be part of the annual
slugfest lovefest that is the Bloggies. Visit the Fifth Annual Weblog Awards page before January 11 and nominate the best knitblogs out there for “Best Topical Weblog”. yes, it’s a little like a high school popularity contest, but isn’t everything? Why shouldn’t knitters get in on the fun?