Monday, February 28, 2005

Oh, I had no idea it has been 10 days since I posted! Sorry. I was pretty sick during most of that time, and doing precious little knitting. Just lots of sleeping and coughing and blowing my nose.

ANYway, The Blue Sweater is DONE!! In fact, I'm wearing it right now; gonna break it out in class. I finished it over the weekend, and I'm quite pleased with it. Like I said before, hopefully, I can get a photo of it here before I die.

I've moved on to a pair of socks for myself. Quite a lot of one of them done while watching the Oscars last night. Need to decide on my other two projects soon --- will keep you informed.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Down to An Arm

Yes, all that remains of the Blue Sweater is one sleeve. Well, then putting it together and picking up the collar, but, really, I think I deserve loads of credit for being this close!

I've finished a couple of scarves this week; the one I was knitting during "Chicago," and one more. And I've finished half of a pair of mittens. Pretty good doings, considering daughter was down with flu/sore throat misery for 3 days, and has now graciously passed it on to me. Nothing beckons like the comfy bed right now, just to rest and try to breathe, and not have to swallow or talk. . . But, Real Life doesn't work that way.

I now know how to print photos from my digital camera's memory card. Is it too much to hope for that I can figure out how to download (upload?) photos here? The first one will almost have to be TBS --- don't you think?

Monday, February 14, 2005

Only my son was in "Chicago," but we were all slaves to the schedule. Which is my reason for not blogging sooner.

The run is now over --- four shows in four days, two with the male lead seriously ailing, one with one of the female leads sick. But everyone soldiered on, and it really was very entertaining. As usual, my daughter and I sat in our back left corner seats on Opening Night, and I knit. That is what we did the first Opening Night my son ever had, that show went well, and we've done it ever since. (Though I've since read somewhere that knitting in a theater on openings is supposed to bring good luck.)

The full back cover of the programs was my handeye ad --- I'm not expecting sales, but it was pretty cool seeing so many people walking around with my information!

On the needles: a scarf (what I was working on in the theater) and Still The Blue Sweater. I need to choose a third project now that time is getting back to normal. . .

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Picking Up Speed?

I've never thought of myself as a fast knitter. I'm too often interrupted by other duties to really build up much of a head of steam.

My mother, by contrast, is both fast and committed. She will sit still until she has an entire scarf done. Or the full back of a cardigan. She has always astounded me with how much work she can get done. In all areas, frankly.

But lately, I've been churning out finished items. Sunday alone, two hats. Granted, one of them was for a child, but still. . . Today, I've gotten a pair of mittens done. The second one isn't seamed, but I've finished with the work. I don't know what it is. Are the projects easier? Is there something on television holding my attention long enough to make real progress? I don't have a clue.

But I'll take the results.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Rotten Week

Not a thing has gone well this week. Both children sick. Students griping, not attending, not listening when they do. New printer (because old one was shorted out) will not work properly no matter what I try. Mother pledges new contacts and glasses as birthday present; turns out they need to be bifocals. Son loses binder containing all his work in one class. Just a stinking, rotten, miserable stretch of days.

The yarn I ordered did come in, and it is very nice. I have been doing a lot of knitting, because I don't have the energy or motivation to do much else. Finished my red scarf this morning. Made a pair of unspeakably adorable baby knee socks with the leftover yarn from my "Surprise argyles." Will today choose two new projects.

The blue sweater waits. Just waits.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Getting Tired

I am beginning to get weary of the blue sweater. It's just hanging around, not getting finished, and it's boring. All stockinette, which should be extremely easy (as in mindless.) But I had to unravel most of the back (or front, as I've said earlier) because I had dropped a stitch too far back to pick up. That may have been the beginning of the bloom coming off the rose.

I've finished a scarf, the shoulderette and three hats while the sweater languishes. And I've got a yarn order coming soon, which will put it further back on the stove. But I'll get it done one day, and, watch, it will be one of my favorite things of all times.

Still waiting for Heather to visit. We'll get this thing up-to-date. Promise.