(lace is everywhere; third in a series. guest toilet, 9 am sunday)
well, it got cold alright. the poor furnace turns on every 15 minutes it seems. i’m seeing frost everywhere but no snow.
stet that—i think i see some now
after a hiatus of a couple of days to take care of the server migration, some deadlines at the job, and some other technological developments (see below), i am back to work on the snow shawl.
and so far, so good. man—this yarn is soft (i thank michelle every few minutes for it).
that’s about the last you’ll see of a flat piece; i put it on circular needles soon afterward and from here on out, none of us will know what the heck it really looks like til it’s done (how’s that for livin’ on the edge??).
which is one of the reasons i swatched so extensively and got most of my charting done before beginning—so as to plan things (like the length) out before i find myself measuring around a pumpkin-shaped blob of knitted wool.
it is really fun to knit, i have to say. the stitches are simple, simple, simple—knits, YOs, and simple decreases. every other row is plain knit all around . . . a TRUE “rest” row. at least 90 percent of the shawl will be constructed this way. it’s possible i will use a stitch at the border that has YOs on every row, but i’m not positive.
and of course, the border itself, though not tricky and easily memorized, has a little more going on. but let’s face it, by then, we will be SO ready for a little challenge.
so i made that little hiatus sound totally innocent, didn’t i??
in truth, i was sort-of being very bad. because instead of buckling down to what i was supposed to be doing (snow shawl, my main project), i decided that it wouldn’t hurt a bit to cast on for the new little nothing. i would get the stitches on the needle and then it would be all set to take along to classes during the week.
yes, that’s what i’d do—just cast on, and ok, maybe knit a few rows, and then i would put it in a little carrier in my knitting bag.
ooops, that might be more than a few rows.
in fact, i wiled away my saturday evening on it.
but i had to write the pattern up to, and for that i needed research. i swear—when i swatched i totally forgot to measure the swatches before soaking, so i needed to knit a few repeats to figure out how long one should knit before stopping.
(this might not be a good place to brag about the fact that i estimated the number, and was going to be happy with that, then found out i had guessed right after all. hehe. but still, it’s good to be sure, right??)
i really love this scarf, you guys.
and the yarn—the pairing is just right for me. this stitch is a lot like like the one in hypoteneuse—a simple change to that pattern produces this much airier and more tilted texture.
and i love knitting this scarf the same way i love knitting hypoteneuse.
so much so, that i believe i’m going to take anne’s (not me, the other anne) suggestion, and do a stole pattern as well. i’ll enlarge the motif for that so as to keep it proportionate, but i think it will be crazy-beautiful in a sheer, floaty stole . . just a whisper of a thing. can’t you just see it?
(i made up for the day off BTW; i spent ALL of sunday on the snow shawl, and enjoyed it with equal relish.)
oooh, before i forget, i also wrote up the pattern for the baby socks and put it in the shop. it has two heel options, two toe closures, and includes seven sizes.
and you know how i have been chipping slowly away at that cabled sweater? it has been my late-night knitting for a couple of weeks now and each night i put in some work on it (unless i’m knitting on the scarf or the baby socks). well i am in the finishing stretch now
i finished the body up on friday evening and last night i picked up the stitches for the mock turtleneck. i couldn’t quite get it all done because it got late and i had classes this morning, but tonight is definitely the night.
it needs a good soaking to even out some of the shapes and open the cables a bit, but it should dry pretty quickly with the furnace running so often, and then i’ll put it on and take some pictures.
i am so pumped about getting this off the needles, that i am going to move the other sweater that’s been languishing (also for two years) right into that time slot and see if i can get it off the needles and into my drawer as well (whew, that was a mouthful).
so with all that knitting going on, why haven’t i posted in a few days?
well, we purchased a new computer for me, one that i will be able to take along when traveling and so forth, that is also powerful enough to handle all the software i need for work.
so tell me, if one buys a laptop, and this is what one needs to run it (according to the resident techno-geek)
is it still considered portable??
and forget about getting near my desk or my old computer—ha!
(see the weather station in the background . . . is it me, or is that thing jeering? yes, i definitely get the feeling that thing is enjoying my discomfort.)
i have every confidence that this situation is temporary, but sometimes, ya gotta wonder.
hopefully i will be all hooked up very VERY soon and we won’t miss any more opportunities to post because of all the wonderful technology we have now.
speaking of which, apparently bloglines is not picking up the feed for the new dns for this site . . i don’t really know if there is anything i can do about it, but if you DO know, and would share with me, i’d be grateful.
ok, it’s almost time for class; i’ll try to be back tomorrow.