That’s the only word that can accurately describe my absence. I have excuses, but they’re pretty lame (flu (me), flu (Max), hip/back issues, etc., etc…do you feel even a little bad for me yet?). But I’m back – for tonight, at least – to give you some random updates.
1. I’m finally doing a “Mystery Knit-a-Long”. I’ve been waiting for ages to find one of these before the mystery is solved and the fun has left the yarn store. The pattern is “Iznik I Heart You“, and all I know is that it’s lace, a shawl, and has ~1500 beads. This is SO not my kind of project: I love lace yarn (I have a rather impressive collection), but I hate to knit with it (which is why my collection is so impressive); I also dislike working with beads. They interrupt my knitting flow, and there’s way too much brow furrowing involved in getting the beads to go over a stitch. But this pattern is impressively well written, and the final product will be a surprise, so I’m going to stick with it. The first clue was released on Saturday, and I’ve already finished it. If you’re interested in joining in, the pattern is free until March 14th (read the pattern description to find the coupon code).
(psst…if you want to see mine so far, click here. I didn’t want to put the picture in the post in case I spoiled the surprise for someone else)
2. I finished a really cute sweater for Penny (a few weeks ago). I love it, and she loves it, and because of all this love, I’m going to make her another one. My LYS has a sample of “Diggory” from Berroco, and it is sooooooo cute….but again, not something that I’d usually choose. It’s knit out of cotton, and the non-stretchy properties of cotton make my hands ache. But I’m going to make an exception this once, and see if I can get over it. So a few minutes ago I purchased the pattern, and started to look for the appropriate needles – size 5 & size 6, straight. My straight needles keep disappearing, but not in pairs. So I have one size 7, and one size 9 – you know the drill. When I looked in my mason jar o’needles, however, I immediately located both size 5s and both size 6s. This sweater is meant to be. So I’m going to start it right after I finish here.
3. Another project that I’ve (almost) finished is a pair of socks for my lovely hubby. Since I’ve started knitting, I’ve made him a hat and a pair of fingerless mitts…but that’s it. I was having some guilt about his wool deficiency, so I used “David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook” to create a pair of socks for Sir Alex. They’re not totally finished yet, because I can’t find my darning needles, which means I can’t weave the ends in. All this is because I can’t remember what I finished before I started on his socks, so I don’t know which bag to look in. And I don’t remember what I was working on before because I haven’t been blogging.
4. Which is why I’ll do my best to write some more tomorrow, so I’ll be able to find stuff.