Monday, December 18, 2006

Foiled again

Sadly I have no pictures for this post although there should be some. This weekend I finished a sweater vest I worked on most of October, but alas, I don't really like the fit. I was afraid of this as the piece progressed. It was worked with two strands of Lion Brand Homespun and is pretty thick. I don't need anymore thickness in the chest area, thanks. I will try it on again and maybe the wonkiness will work out in the wash. Who knows. It just riles me that I worked so long on something I don't really like and probably wouldn't wear.

So now I will wait to see if I like it better after washing, find out if my friend Marlys wants it or rip out the yarn and make another something. And maybe I'll just take it to Goodwill and count it as charity knitting. Any port in a storm.

I did get something done this weekend - another Mason-Dixon dishrag. I really love those things. This is a Christmas knit to match another dishcloth pattern I finished awhile ago. I am now crocheting one last Christmas project. Not sure if it will be done, but hope springs eternal in craftland. It's not that complex but one never knows. I was trying so hard to avoid this stress this year - so hard!!

At any rate, the cards are out. Most of the shopping is done and 2/3 of the gifts are wrapped. Not bad if I do say so myself, although I'm not saying it loudly in case the universe cares to deliver another knitting failure to my doorstep. This leaves my plan for a Winter of Sweaters on shaky ground.

Monday, December 04, 2006

frogging-the good kind

Here, in all its glory, is the frog. The pattern was procured from - great web site. Its perch on the couch here is an improvement over the kitchen counter photo. It was definitely a dead frog walking shot. He looked like he'd been stretched out on the dissecting table. Good grief. Not a happy time for frogs. This is such a cute pattern with the little flies and the drawstring mouth so you can throw your flies about and then catch them and stash them. Much as I like him I'm not sure I did him justice. His pupils should be larger and in my weaker moments I've thought he resembled a pig. But if he is received well by the small boy he is USPSing his way to now I will be happy.

In other news, I have started a sweater. I tried to knit a sweater in November per the knitalong, but it did not happen - almost, but not quite. The only thing standing in my way was the clamoring Christmas knitting making its complaints ever louder by the day. And also that nasty picking up the stitches business. I could have had the vest done weeks ago had I just completed that job. And now I am crocheting a baby blanket and contemplating the beginning of another crocheted sweater. I have gone crazy, there is no return. Unfortunately my hands and shoulder are not really running at peak production speed. I'm going to consult Mr. Chiropractor about that. One's health cannot be allowed to interfere with the holiday knitting and crocheting.