Better Late Than . . . Late

I guess I’m officially in the doghouse. No, scratch that, I know I’m in the doghouse. I haven’t blogged a line for longer than I care to think about, and (are you ready for this?) I haven’t spun an inch since before that. Excuse me while I go collapse in a sobbing heap. This thing called life keeps interfering with my hobbies!

Not that I’m bitter, no. Life has been quite enjoyable this December. Everything from seeing the Charlie Brown Christmas to having a small live Christmas tree (both for the first time ever) has kept things lively. I hosted my first Christmas play, made my first gingerbread house, and volunteered for the first time to serve desserts at a Christmas party. (Do you sense a theme of firsts here? Well, go with that, because this is also the first time I’ve gotten so much behind on spinning and blogging!)

I haven’t gotten behind on knitting, though. Christmas knitting has skyrocketed. I made three different pairs of sock slippers for various people. (Two of those will be over dyed into different colors.)

And I reached for the stars and tackled a 3D Loch Ness Monster. Isn’t he the cutest? Vanna’s Choice yarn does wonders for small knitted toys.

Unfortunately, while Nessie is cute, my attempt at the Kitchener Stitch isn’t. I think I went through five variations on that thing, and none of them works. Poor Nessie looks like he had a run in with a whaler in the South Pacific. How could I have missed something in the very simple diagram I was following? Sigh. Oh well. I’ll have plenty of time to learn it later, I hope.

I’ve been eyeing some commercial yarn these last couple of weeks. There are two sweater patterns that I would really like to make, and one of them is so huge it would take forever to spin the yarn for. Not to mention I’d want a bright color, and sometimes I just want to buy pretty, less labor-intensive yarn.

It would be either a burgundy or a deep, deep purple (so far the favorite!) cowl neck sweater. I love cowl necks. It’s got some nice stitch decorations on the neck, sleeves, and waistband, but the rest is plain Jane. Perfect for a beginning knitter who has yet to go crazy while “knitting until project measures” . . . oh wait. I already did that with socks. Well, I haven’t done it on this grand a scale.

If you’re on Ravelry, the pattern is called Francis Revisited. The yarn is on yarn.com (great site) and is called Colrain, if any of you care to know. I’m stuck between grape jelly and rich purple. (Sounds sticky.)

And then I’ve found the pattern I want to do with my baby alpaca/mohair/bluefaced leicester fiber. (Just saying the names makes me fiber hungry.) Assuming I actually get around to spinning it sometime soon. Again on Ravelry (gotta love their pattern search feature) it’s called Eastlake. I’d leave the fibers their original creamy white color.

How many more big projects can I plan, do you ask? Well, then there is this enormous shawl in Victorian Lace Today that has caught my eye big time. But that requires 1,800 yards of fingering weight yarn, and I just don’t have the funds at the moment. Not to mention the time.

Speaking of time, it looks very much like I’m not going to get the indigo dyed merino done and shipped before Christmas. (And if any of you try doing the math, do it quietly or I’ll hear you.) I’m so sorry, Mamamentor, but it looks like it will be an early next year present. I am hoping to do New Year’s Dash again this betwixt season, so we’ll see what happens.

3 Responses to Better Late Than . . . Late
  1. Linda
    December 21, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    How fortunate for both of us that I have forbidden myself to do any knitting until I work through my “right away” sewing list. I’m starting to get a little fidgety though!

  2. Lina
    December 21, 2009 | 6:15 pm

    You came out of the dye cave! You did much better than I did on Christmas knitting this year–I finally mailed off the Scarorough socks this afternoon. Best of luck, and I can’t wait to see the Indago!

  3. Grandma
    December 22, 2009 | 10:38 am

    Ah yes, the specter of real life that seems to always be lurking when we are trying to do the things we WANT versus the things we NEED to do! :(

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