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Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Native Hoosier who never escaped. Living with hubby and kid in a house packed with too many crafts. And this is a problem how?

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Collar down, a bazillion stitches to go

Well, here is the Eris collar, just after I finished it last night. Woof! This is the Caron acrylic. It's not knitting up too bad, but I had to use size 5s to get the gauge. Some of the cable twists were a bit tight, but I made it. This is for the size I (as in "I-yi-yi, that's freakin' HUGE!!!)

Anyone else find it weird to pick up the second half of the collar the way it written? I've never seen that before. I'm not particularly fond of seeing the seam. I'm almost thinking that I would have rather done a waste-yarn cast on so I could just graft the two together. Next time......

I am having to get creative about picking up stitches around the collar. Some places I have enough stitches, some places I don't.

And yes, I did twist one of the cables the wrong direction, and no, I did not go back and re-do it. If you can find it, more power to you, but I'm still not ripping it back.

In other news, the job still sucks, though I did give my notice. The head of the operation wants me to stay on part time and do office work, which I'm ok with, just as long as I don't have to read the same thing over and over again: When you die, leave us your money. It won't be a lot of money, but I've never done a job for the money. Hubby is a bit miffed, but oh well. As it is, maybe I can be home in the afternoons to actually cook a healthy dinner instead of us going out to eat and slowly gaining weight. I don't see how other working families do it. The time management fairy has never lived here.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Confessional time

Bless me knitters, I have sinned.

I have purchased acrylic yarn to do a "trial" run for Eris.

And not just any acrylic. Two, huge, hulking Caron "One Pound" skeins. Color is soft sage. Paid less than $5.00 per skein at Michael's.

I know, I know. What was I thinking? I was thinking that I really want to get started on this thing, and I didn't want to wait on yarn to arrive from KnitPicks or drive down to my LYS with my son in tow. The son that will be 5 years old in 4 days. If he lives that long.

I was also thinking that I really want this sweater in more than one color, and being able to have one in a "crap" yarn that I can shlub around in and wash it without thinking about it would be a Good Thing (tm). My mom has an old sweater that she knit out of Red Heart eons ago, and she still wears it. I have my dad's old Aran sweater she knit from Red Heart just as many eons ago, and it still looks good. OK, maybe a bit pilly aound the underarms, but still wearable.

I did at least make myself finish one project before I even take the yarn out the bag. The lap throw I was making from the Lion Brand Chenille is done, all but weaving in the ends. I cuddled down under it this afternoon and dozed while Sean was watching Veggie Tales. Ummm, warm.

So, am I asking for absolution? Not really. Penence? Only if it includes knitting. My penence tomorrow is Sean's birthday party. Shudder.