What the hell is going on? Is there knitting happening? “You know we can’t see anything if you only wave it in front of the computer screen – Donna, are you there?” Herewith, a list of things that have happened since my last entry:
1. The Lush pullover is up to the armhole shaping. Actually, I went significantly farther because I found stockinette in the round so mesmerizing and I misread the pattern (I know, will I get anything right on the first try with this sweater?). Here is a closeup of the phoney seam seen on the right in the photo above. Here is a discussion of knitting sweaters in the round versus flat, and three posts from the bottom you’ll find phoney seam instructions (it’s so easy, even I can do it).
2. I ordered my one skein of Lush needed to complete the sweater. It is not the same dyelot, and I ordered with much trepidation only after reaching the point where I would have simply been calling random yarn stores – every store that stocks Lush and has a website had heard from me. I received the skein Saturday and even though it is not the same dyelot, you would never know – it looks as though it belongs with all the rest. Can you tell which skein is the new one in the above photo? (It’s the one on the left.) Once again, I have the best internet knitting karma ever.
3. I have also swapped with the lovely Carrie for more than enough Muench Bergamo to complete Salt Peanuts (thank you so much!) in the same dyelot (you are my hero!). Coincidentally, she was wearing the Bergamo sweater she made when I first e-mailed her to say “do you have any left over?”
4. After fits and starts, I am almost done with the leg of sock #2 in the Cherry Tree Hill pair. I’m liking the second sock more, in part because I’ll soon be done with them. I’ve made my peace with the stripes, and I am officially a fan of the Magic Loop method; I like double-pointed needles just fine, but there’s something so graceful about setting up for a new round of knitting with the Magic Loop that wins me over every time.
5. I had a big credit at the local bookstore, and I almost used it to buy Latvian Mittens by Elizabeth Upitis (they basically wouldn’t let me; their supplier doesn’t stock it). But I had a nice conversation with the owner about Latvian folk tales and traditions. Sadly, five minutes is about the extent of my conversational knowledge of Latvian traditions because I (say it with me) don’t have the book yet. I bought and read Enslaved by Ducks instead (very good, no knitting/Latvian content whatsoever).
6. I promised Lisa I would knit a hat for homeless vets in Austin, because she is threatening to send sock yarn to all the entrants of her recent “caption this dog photo contest.” If I’m getting sock yarn as a prize (again) during this YNBA, it’s only fair I make something nice for someone who needs it.
7. Mary spun some amazing yarn – it’s like spring in a skein, so beautiful. [I had nothing to do with this, and the above link is not a veiled attempt to get Mary to spin me any yarn – it just made me go “Ooooh” with its loveliness.]
9. I went to lunch at my favorite tacky Mexican restaurant Friday, where the specials have great names (instead of “# 2”). When the waiter returned to our table with the food, I got to say “I’m Speedy Gonzales” to end up with the right plate. For some reason, I’m tickled to death by that. Slow knitter, but they’ll think I’m a fast eater – hee.